Two of Hanvon’s Old Boys smashed an Apple ice sculpture in a funny reminder that Asian manufacturers still don’t get it. Firstly, smashing an icon is adolescent fun that might lube up two old blokes, but doesn’t solve anything. Second, if you’ve got to make a spectacle, make sure you’ve got something to offer. The Hanvon TouchPad B10 is not that something. It’s another in a long line of silicon and plastic wannabes that tout the most tablet-useless software ever: Windows 7.
Personal problems with Windows 7? None – on the desktop. It is a fine mouse-driven OS, but move its silly icons to a touch screen and you have an Ice Age of potential crap. HP’s Slate has changed sides. Android and Chrome are on the prowl – all mobile-driven OS’es. Why does another Asian manufacturer lose site of clever market trends and release another blow-chunks POS? At least they got the female-hygiene nomenclature down pad.
Spec and hands-on video after the gap:
Hanwang TouchPad B10 specs:
- Processor: Intel ULV743 at 1.3Ghz with 2GB RAM
- Graphics: Intel GMA 4500
- Display: 10 inch 1024 x 600 capacitive multi-touch
- OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
- Hard Drive: 250GB – 320GB 2.5″ 7200rpm
- Wireless: Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
- Cam: Standard 3MP Webcam
- Audio: Mic and speaker port & dual mics and speakers
- Storage and expansion: SD card slot, 2 x USB
- Video Output Support: Mini HDMI plus VGA dongle
- Dimensions: 253mm x 168mm x 18.4mm
- Weight: 980g
Their Apple shattering hardware is basically a notebook inside a touchscreen. It weighs more than the iPad, has an ostensibly powerful army of hardware, and sports a s-s-spindle hard disk. For a device that is meant to be fingered, it is handled unwieldily by both heavy, hot hardware, and an OS made for Solitaire.