With the drop in Android tablet prices I thought it was about time that I took advantage. To this end I'm planning to fit a small tablet into my kitchen to replace a rather old DAB/CD player and be able to stream radio and video via wireless from both the net and my media server. Doing this has several advantages over the old radio, not least that it only has a 5V power requirement compared to the existing radio.
This has actually proved to be easier that I thought when it comes to sourcing the right bits.
Firstly I need a method of mounting the tablet to the wall and it has proved to be a lot easier than I thought with many companies now producing low-cost brackets for this purpose such as this one:
1GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB large storage (system space approx 2GB)
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
front 0.3 mega pixel Camera, 2 mega pixel rear camera
b\g\g WI-FI, HDMI out,1080p
Operation System: Android 4.1.1
RAM 1GB (DDR 3)
ROM（Memory） 16GB Nand Flash
Screen Size 7 Inch
Capacitive Screen, IPS, G+G techlogy
Resolution: 1280 x 800px
Visible Angle 178°
Supports up to 32GB micro-SD cards
Camera Dual camera, front camera is 0.3 and back is 2.0 megapixels
10 Point multi-touch + ALPS touch botton
Video 1080P, AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV…
However it does have a problem. It's name. When I first noticed this tablet and saw the spec I thought it would be ideal for schools, but, but...well the model is called Novo 7 Venus. But the manufacturer.......*draws breath* The manufacturer is called 'Ainol'. And it's written on the front.
I'm still going to buy it though, but breaking the news to my wife that I'm going to put an Ainol tablet on the kitchen wall will result it quire a conversation I think.
Similar spec, though not as good in places, but it seems like it'd be ample for what you want:
Rockchip dual core 3066 1.6ghz
Quad Core VGA Mali 400
Operating System: Android 4.1 jelly bean
Supports BBC Media Player
7” Capacitive screen, multi touch - 800 x 480
Quad core graphics mali 400
Up to 5 hours battery life
3200MAH 5V 2A
Width 19.2 cm
Depth 11.8 cm
Height 1 cm
Weight 323 g
1 Micro usb,
micro sd card port
Front camera 0.3 megapixel
we had one of those tablets in the office. It performs very well for the price. the build quality however was terrible, the battery rattles around inside and after a small drop the screen shatter into many many pieces.
I think a Kindle fire or nexus 7 would be the best bet.
It's going to be securely mounted in the kitchen, and not used as a 'pass around' device. As regards the N7 or Kindle Fire (very underspecced IMO) I think money soent of an N7 would be wasted for the use I have planned for it. TBH, I would have preferred a 10" device, but the price jump is just a tad too much for my likeing.
Last edited by Dos_Box; 14th March 2013 at 12:42 PM.