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Lightly used 10" Android tablet (and accessories) for sale 
3rd-Oct-2011 08:51 pm
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Hi. A few months ago, I bought (from woot.com) a Viewsonic gTablet 10.1" Android tablet to use mainly as an ebook reader. I found it to be a great general-purpose Android tablet (after I wiped the somewhat flaky version of Android it came with and replaced it with CyanogenMod), but since I do most of my ebook reading on the subway, sometimes standing, it was a bit too heavy and too bulky for my purposes. (It really needs two hands.)

It’s nice and fast, and (in addition to a mini-USB port for synching) it has a full-sized USB port for attaching a keyboard or flash drive (or, I think, even a powered USB hard drive). It’s got a front-facing camera for video chatting. t’s got a capacitative (read “good”) touchscreen. It will come with a fresh install of CyanogenMod on it.

In addition to the tablet, I've got two docking cradles (which provide another USB port, and theoretically an HDMI-out port and a wired Ethernet port, although I have not successfully gotten HDMI to work under CyanogenMod and I didn’t try Ethernet), and a portfolio case with a built-in USB keyboard which turns the thing into a touchscreen mini-laptop (although you really need to use it on a table).

Anyway, $200.00 for the lot, PayPal preferred. (I bought the tablet itself for ~$280 new. The accessories added up to about another $100, but I was using a gift card for most of that.)
4th-Oct-2011 01:05 am (UTC)
If someone doesn't grab it before then and it's not too inconvenient for you to bring it with you, DD might want to take a look at it on Thursday.
4th-Oct-2011 02:40 am (UTC)
Sure, I can bring it Thursday.
4th-Oct-2011 01:34 am (UTC) - drwex and I might
but he needs to look at the geek part of it (given the change in the OS) and see if we want it.
4th-Oct-2011 02:44 am (UTC) - Re: drwex and I might
OK, let me know. I think DD has first dibs, but it’s not clear that he’s interested.
4th-Oct-2011 04:25 pm (UTC) - Re: drwex and I might
I'm curious why you're dispensing with it, and just how modded it is.
5th-Oct-2011 02:16 am (UTC) - Re: drwex and I might
Dispensing with it because it’s a little big to use as an ebook reader one-handed on a crowded Red Line train, and I’ve replaced it with a Nook Color, which is less featureful but a lot smaller and lighter. (And the things the ViewSonic tablet has that the Nook doesn’t, like a camera for videoconferencing and a USB host port, were things I didn’t really use anyway.)

It’s modded by replacing the stock firmware (which was ViewSonic’s tweak of Android) with CyanogenMod, which is somebody else’s tweak of Android that runs on lots of phones and tablets. The net effect, I believe, is actually to make it a more standard Android tablet. Poking around the CyanogenMod web site will give you a clearer sense.

There are some Android Market apps that think they aren’t compatible with it (mainly due to screen size), but most are fine, and since it didn’t originally ship with Android Market access at all, it’s a net improvement in terms of app compatibility versus the stock firmware.

That said, I’ve poked around and I believe I have the right files to reflash the stock OS it came with, if DD doesn’t want it and you do and you’d prefer the stock firmware.
5th-Oct-2011 04:03 am (UTC) - Re: drwex and I might
OK let me know if DD doesn't take it. Looks fine to me.
7th-Oct-2011 03:56 am (UTC) - Re: drwex and I might
DD did not take it. (He's actually looking for something in more the Nook Color form factor.) Let me know if you're sure you want it, or if you'd like to take a look at it first. (And let me know if you've changed your mind and I should offer it to keren_s, below.)
7th-Oct-2011 12:52 pm (UTC) - Re: drwex and I might
Yes, I would like a chance to handle and play with the machine before buying. If you don't mind my borrowing it, I would also like to have the kids see it as I'm thinking about it as a next computer for them.

How soon would you like to complete the sale?
7th-Oct-2011 01:10 pm (UTC) - Re: drwex and I might
Within a week would be nice, since I have a couple other people interested and I don’t want to string them out. All the stuff (less a screen protector and case decal that I never installed and that might have gotten bent in shipping) is currently at my office in Kendall Square (in Stata). Should I leave it there for now or take it home to Quincy? (I.e., is it easy for you to get to Kendall at some point, or should we make other plans?)
7th-Oct-2011 01:50 pm (UTC) - Re: drwex and I might
Getting to Kendall Sq this workday is not possible for me. I might be able to meet up with you this weekend, or Michelle will be at Diesel next Tuesday.

Monday I'm going to be up in NH for taura_g's father's funeral.
7th-Oct-2011 03:18 pm (UTC) - Re: drwex and I might
Scheduling might be tricky. I’m going to be at work in Stata until at least 7 tonight, if that makes a difference. I'll also be at work Monday afternoon for some upgrades, but I have to be at home (in Quincy) Monday morning and evening and Tuesday evening (and probably Sunday night) to meet potential renters. And unfortunately I'm going to be away Saturday into Sunday afternoon.

If there’s a time you could get to where I’m going to be, let me know. Otherwise I may see if other potential takers could pick it up. Sorry about the logistical issues!
7th-Oct-2011 03:34 pm (UTC) - Re: drwex and I might
Scheduling is hard! Let's go shopping!

Sunday afternoon looks open for me. I could drive down to meet you somewhere (either at your or your sweetie's place I assume?)

If you know in advance, send a time/address to my gmail please; elsewise call my cell and I'll leave home on Sunday once I hear from you.
8th-Oct-2011 06:10 pm (UTC) - Re: drwex and I might
Replied in email (to the Gmail account I have for you). Did you get the mail, and if so, will that plan work? If you didn't get the mail, can you email me your phone number so we can coordinate?
8th-Oct-2011 06:49 pm (UTC) - Re: drwex and I might
Oh yes. Sorry I forgot to respond. I plan to come by tomorrow as per your email. Kids have to be dropped off at Sunday school around 9:45 and I'll drive in after that.
4th-Oct-2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
I'm looking for a tablet right now. Does CyanogenMod support all Android-based apps? I'm mainly getting the tablet to process credit cards, so it's a bit useless if I can't use Square on it. Also, what are the other specs? Storage memory, RAM, cameras, etc?
5th-Oct-2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Does CyanogenMod support all Android-based apps?
In general, it should. Some apps require a certain screen resolution or pixel density, so may not work with this particular hardware. Some apps are arbitrarily restricted by the developer to certain devices (as Netflix was when it was introduced; I believe they’ve opened it up to all phones and tablets now). And some apps check whether your device is rooted and won’t run if it appears to be; apps like that wouldn’t run on CyanogenMod ’cause it’s rooted out of the box. But in general, you’ll get at least as wide app compatibility with CyanogenMod as you would with any given vendor’s stock Android firmware on comparable hardware.

This has a standard headphone jack, so I would presume the Square dongle would work, and I would presume Square will install on CyanogenMod (although that’s the sort of app that might try not to run on a rooted device, in an attempt to keep people from storing credit-card numbers), but I don’t know for sure. However, it is a fairly big tablet, and if this is about taking credit cards on-the-go, you might be happy with something more pocketable. (Also, this tablet has WiFi but no cellular data connection. For taking credit cards, you might want a phone, which would be able to get on the net from places without WiFi.)

Specs are on Wikipedia and in the sidebar on the CyanogenMod site.

I’ll let you know if it’s still available, and you can let me know if you think it’s worth a try.
6th-Oct-2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
I'm coming late to the party, and it looks like you have a lot of potential takers, but if it remains unsold, please add me to the list.
7th-Oct-2011 03:57 am (UTC)
I'll let you know if drwex doesn't take it (and addiedj doesn't want it). DD was looking for something a bit smaller.
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