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Monday, March 17, 2014

Coby MID7065-8 7-Inch Android 4.0 8 GB Internet Tablet

Coby MID7065-8 7-Inch Android 4.0 8 GB Internet Tablet

At a Glance:
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 7.0 inches Display
AMD Z-series Dual-Core Z-01 1.2 GHz
8 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory

Processor, Memory, and Motherboard
Hardware Platform: Unix
Processor: 1.2 GHz ARM dual-core CORTEX A9 OMAP 4
Number of Processors: 2

Special Features
Built-in Microphone
DC in Jack
Integrated Card Reader
Touch Sensitive Screen

Hard Drive
Size: 8 GB
Type: Serial ATA

Graphics and Display
LCD Native Resolution: 1024 x 600

Ports and Connectivity
USB Ports: 1
USB 2.0 Ports: 1

Cases and Expandability
Size (LWH): 0.5 inches, 7.8 inches, 4.8 inches
Weight: 11.84 ounces

Battery Type: Lithium ion
AC adapter

Wireless Type: 802.11bgn

Pre-Installed Apps: Google Play Store, YouTube, Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, Google Search, Cloudlink, OfficeSuite, AccuWeather, eMusic, Gtalk, Google+, Kindle E-reader and more

Connecting to the world is just a touch away. The Coby Google Certified MID7065-8 is a powerful and flexible Internet entertainment solution weighing just 11.8 ounces and sporting a brilliant 7-inch capacitive Multi-Touch display, the MID7065-8 runs the Android 4.0 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”) operating system and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor to help you achieve maximum usage across countless demanding applications.

Access the Internet and stream media over your home network via ultra-fast Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 (b/g/n). The MID7065-8 tablet offers full support for Adobe Flash Player for accessing Flash-enabled websites, watching video and playing games.

Typing messages or notes is simple and easy with the built-in virtual QWERTY keyboard. The MID7065-8 tablet is equipped with a VGA front-facing camera for video chat. Other features include 8GB of internal memory, microSD memory expansion up to 32GB with optional cards, Bluetooth wireless connectivity for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming.

This was my 3rd experience with Coby Electronics, the first being an MP3 player a few years ago and the 2nd being a MID7048 tablet. Both were great pieces of electronics. So, when I received this tablet, I was SUPER excited.

Tablet in sleep mode

Tablet at Home Screen -- I apologize for the dirtiness

Technical specs of the device

Now, as you may notice, my screen is different from the stock photo above. I wanted the look and feel of Jelly Bean on the tablet, since this is the operating system I was accustomed to. So, I installed Nova Launcher Free onto the tablet.

Home screen with Nova Launcher free installed and Apex Christmas theme overlay.
Widgets shown is the Battery Solo Widget

This is a low-end tablet, only having 8 GB of storage, 2 GB internal and a hair over 4 GB external. (2 GB are used for system files)

As far ad a person with a disability goes, this is a pretty easy device to operate. The hardest part about this tablet is turning it on. The screen response is snappy and responsive. It doesn't freeze or glitch.

I like this tablet a lot... so much better than the MID7048 I was using. It has double the capacity and double the speed. Only downfall I DO NOT like about this tablet is the inability to update the Amazon Kindle app. The Amazon Kindle app was preloaded onto the tablet. Ever since I received the tablet, this app WILL NOT UPDATE to the 4.2.0 version, giving me headaches upon headaches of aggravation. The update applied with NO issues to the MID7048.

The Google team didn't really say WHY it's happening... Just 'It's broke and we can't fix it, Tough luck.' Which is bad, because the tip they suggest (uninstall and reinstall) doesn't help when it's a BUNDLED app and can't be uninstalled without rooting permissions, something I haven't figured out how to do.

The Coby MID7065 tablet is available at Amazon for $129.99 and Best Buy for $139.99.

The Coby MID7065 tablet is a great starter tablet, perfect for kids or those that don't want to shell out $250+ for one of the more 'popular' brands of tablets.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hay Day

Hay Day

I was told about this game from my Aunt Betsy, with her telling me how fun it was. So, I decided to install it.

It was on my tablet for about 15 minutes and then promptly removed.

The game, made by Supercell, runs along the same premise as other successful social simulation games like Farmville, Cafe World, Chefville and other games in that genre.

The premise of Hay Day is to build your farm from the ground up, planting and harvesting crops, milking cows, baking goods to sell, etc. You complete 'orders' from the NPC 'townfolk' and, if linked to your Facebook, friends who also play. (Social linking is completely optional, but the constant reminders to do so are intrusive)

The quicker you complete orders, the quicker you can 'upgrade' your farm and reach higher levels. In the 15 minutes I played the game, I got to level 6. And that's when it got boring for me.

I am not a patient person when it comes to games like this. I am not a gamer in general, but social games like this are DEFINITELY not for me. I like to make progress as quick as possible, and this game has certain time limits.

As far as a disabled person playing this game, it will be tough, even for someone with perfect motor control. You need to tap and swipe for a LOT of the game and if you're not careful where you're tapping or swiping, you could easily find yourself on your device's home screen.

The game is cute and for a mobile device, the graphics are great, but it just didn't cut it for me.

Hay Day is available on the iTunes App store or Google Play for free, but there are in-app purchases.

Hay Day is a cute game, but it's hard for a disabled person to play, and it gets old and repetitive quickly.