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Specs for the tablet aren't impressive at all, but it's to be expected given its sub-$200 price point

The tablet market is pretty crowded these days with numerous companies duking out for a piece of the action. While Android-based tablets have been taking up the lion’s share of the market, HP has yet to launch any true "breakthrough" products in the sector.
 
And given today’s “stealth” launch of the new HP 8 1401, which was noticed by Phone Arena, it appears that HP still isn’t ready to put much effort into the category. The tablet is equipped with a quad-core Allwinner A31 ARM processor paired with a scant 1GB of RAM. The tablet comes with 16GB of internal storage, although it can be expanded thanks to its microSD slot (up to 32GB).
 
The budget-minded specs continue with a 1024x768 7.85” display, 2MP rear camera, and a low-resolution 0.3MP front-facing camera. Battery life is listed at just 7 hours thanks to its 3800 mAh battery.
 
And don’t expect to see an updated version of Android shipping with the HP 8 1401; it’s running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean while the latest version shipping is 4.4 KitKat.
 
Not all is lost, however, when it comes to the HP 8 1401. HP does give you 25GB of cloud storage for the life of the device. And when it comes to pricing, HP is offering up its latest tablet for just $169.99 in the U.S.

Sources: HP, Phone Arena



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RE: Yawn
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/7/2014 10:42:16 AM , Rating: 2
What's wrong with Cynogenmod? It's pretty awesome. And Touchpads were pretty much bought by enthusiasts JUST to put on Android.


RE: Yawn
By Reclaimer77 on 3/7/2014 10:51:12 AM , Rating: 2
Nothing. Hell my phone is running Cynogenmod.

The irony is Mitch using it. The guy who trolls against Android and it's users all the time here. Who claims it's full of malware and etc etc. Who can't find a single good thing to say about it.

Just hard to picture him using it lol. I imagine he would feel the same if I went "oh yeah, I'm using a Surface RT tablet" :)


RE: Yawn
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/7/2014 10:57:04 AM , Rating: 2
LOL, I got ya now! ;)


RE: Yawn
By retrospooty on 3/7/2014 11:06:42 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... Ya, I wondow how many malware infections he has had on it. My guess, ZERO.


RE: Yawn
By Reclaimer77 on 3/7/2014 11:12:17 AM , Rating: 2
Who was that other guy? I can't remember but he would go on and on about the superiority of Apple and how much Android sucks...

then he revealed his daily phone ran Android!

Damn...who was that?


RE: Yawn
By retrospooty on 3/7/2014 11:15:27 AM , Rating: 2
Testerguy... Banned, Testerguy2, banned again, now he goes by Wazza1234


RE: Yawn
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2014 11:40:43 AM , Rating: 2
You only hear and read what you want and tend to comment negatively about items that you have never touched.

I do have some complaints about the Android tablet but they are tolerable and you cant buy a Windows Pro tablet for $200.00. Its Windows RT that I believe will go bye bye when Windows Mobile 9 comes along. The HP Tablet hardware is good and solid. I dont do much of anything except surf the web when using the device and have maybe 6-7 games on it. I use it mostly for sports scores.

Ive never been impressed by Android phones due to the number of black screens, hangs, inability to sync with 64bit OS, Screen Jitters, stuttering, etc from the 7-8 Android based devices we've owned over the years. Heck we had Samsung Android devices and they were horrible I mean who the heck was still using 32bit windows with that horrendous sync application they had? Oh you cant sync using a 64bit OS? WTF? Even worse listening to my wife say she missed a call or text because her Android phone black screened again and she never downloaded apps to her device this was the core os. Or I love the somehow the photo app would switch to low resolution and take postage size stamp pictures ruining the camera experience. 4 Android phones none of them worth what we paid. Maybe a lot of that is possibly fixed however Im not buying Android anymore and Im not buying Samsung phones ever again. Ive given them enough money. The hype on Android is over with me. Maybe Samsung should hire some people from Cyanogenmod.

Then we tried Windows Phone 7 it was only single core but never hung, never froze, synced perfectly, smooth as silk and fast, never slowed down over time, and in the what 3.5 years Ive been using a Windows Phone just rebooted it once because Good Technology app wouldn't sync when everything else still ran perfectly. Why would I want to go back or support the nightmare of another Android based phone? My wife never complains now the photos are excellent the video and audio are also excellent and it never eff's up. NEVER. But something is wrong with having a working device and I need to go back to Android? Fruck No!

So if Microsoft does take the Windows Phone OS and does like Apple scale it up into tablets and they offer them in the $200.00 price range with Windows 9 then I'm in for a couple. My experience with the Windows Phone OS has been spectacular.


RE: Yawn
By retrospooty on 3/7/2014 11:50:24 AM , Rating: 2
Not to beat a dead horse, but if you have been on WP for 3+ years, then you dont know Android. It just got good in July 2012 with JB 4.1 Anything prior to that truly was crap. Any bloat or slowness after that is 99% Samsung and thier awaful bloated software. Not sure what you mean by wont sync with 64 bit OS. I have been on 64 bit Win 7 through many Android phones, even the old Droid 3 on Android 2.3 and never had any issues with Win64.


RE: Yawn
By Reclaimer77 on 3/7/2014 12:13:57 PM , Rating: 1
Oh dear. He doesn't seem to understand that Windows Phone is a dead-end platform. Seriously, it's just dead. The only ones who use it in any number are in developing markets. Developers won't touch it. The only company who even bothered investing in the hardware had to be bought by Microsoft.

A few people like it, so what? He might as well be talking about Blackberry, pretty much the same difference. Irrelevant platform, but don't tell that to the loyal fans!

And yeah, sync issues with 64bit OS? Sounds made up to me. Black screens? Wtf.

Every time he talks about Android, it's like he's using some super-sucky version none of us have ever heard of. I go online and Windows Phone users complain of just as many issues, but he says it's been "perfect" for him.

Smells like BS.


RE: Yawn
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2014 12:30:34 PM , Rating: 1
Dead end that keeps gaining Marketshare?

Oh look history repeating itself.

Samsung admits Outlook sync issue with Android 4.3 update
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/phone-and-communi...

It appears that this problem isn't restricted to just S4 handsets, with many Samsung owners reporting similar issues over on the Android Central and XDA forums.

How to fix Android's blank screen of death
http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/how-fix...

Black screen of death: Android 4.3 + Netflix
http://forum.xda-developers.com/nexus-4/general/bl...

I'll stick with Windows Phone.


RE: Yawn
RE: Yawn
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2014 12:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
Not seeing any blue or black screens of death in the links you provided and the reboot issue is solved when you don't use a 99 cent ebay charger. Use a $4.00 charger.

Your kind of proving my point that Windows Phone is far more stable than Android is.


RE: Yawn
By retrospooty on 3/7/2014 12:46:48 PM , Rating: 2
NOt at all... The point is any OS has tons of bugs. Its true for IOS, Android, SP8, Linux, Windows, MAC, etc. There are also individual issues with software and particular products made on those OS's. Judge it evenly.


RE: Yawn
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2014 12:55:31 PM , Rating: 3
I did why cant you accept that I am not interested in Android Phones after personal bad experiences? I found a phone that works. Windows Phone works case closed. Its why many Apple people dont see the need to leave IOS for them it works why change it?


RE: Yawn
By Reclaimer77 on 3/8/2014 8:54:12 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I did why cant you accept that I am not interested in Android Phones after personal bad experiences?


Because you've allowed those personal experiences to define Android. Then you come online and speak about Android as if those experiences still relate to the whole.


RE: Yawn
By retrospooty on 3/7/2014 12:48:19 PM , Rating: 2
"Not seeing any blue or black screens of death "

And btw, uh.... YES

Black
https://www.google.com/#q=windows+phone+black+scre...

Blue
https://www.google.com/#q=windows+phone+blue+scree...

Any other questions?


RE: Yawn
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2014 12:52:16 PM , Rating: 2
ROFLMAO - Never seen one before but I find it hysterical the majority of images are Samsung Windows Phones.


RE: Yawn
By retrospooty on 3/7/2014 12:57:54 PM , Rating: 1
First, Windows doesn't have blue and black screens, and then I why you it does and now its Samsung? You are truly hilarious. Especially because its not Samsung.

Black SOD - 1st 2 links, HTC and Nokia Windows phones.

Blue SOD - 1st several links - all Nokia Windows phones.

You have been so totally dominated in this little debate it isnt even fun any more. I feel like I am tricking a dog by fake throwing a ball.


RE: Yawn
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2014 1:03:35 PM , Rating: 2
I love your claim of victory its so cute.

Ill prefer to let peoples own experiences with Android, Windows Phone, and IOS speak for themselves. If it works for you then by all means stick with it and if it doesn't then by all means try something else. Try to be open minded.


RE: Yawn
By retrospooty on 3/7/2014 2:04:37 PM , Rating: 2
It wasnt a "victory"... Too easy that is all. It wasnt anything I did. It was your self defeating logic and poorly thought through arguments along with lack of attention to detail.

Mitch101: "Android has blue and Black screens of death, Windows Phone doesnt"

Retrospooty: (shows you links that it not only has both, but both are quite widespread ).

Mitch101: "All those Windows Phone blue and black screens are on Samsung devices"

Retrospooty: (points out that is it mostly Nokia and secondly HTC having Blue and Black SOD on Windows Phone.

Week dood. Are you not even trying, or are you really that dim, or is it that you just cant admit that your arguments have no merit?


RE: Yawn
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2014 2:46:58 PM , Rating: 2
LOL now your re-wording some of my comments or taking them out of context now. I like how you tacked on "Windows Phone doesnt" at the end of the comments. Your the one serving up the week sauce.

Technically Ive never seen or heard of one until today gods honest truth its just like I recall people saying the original X-Box had a blue screen in walmart but damn if all the years and games I played on it never saw a blue screen. Looking even deeper I can see a couple are really bad photoshop as well. Not sure what search engine your using for images but the majority of mine are Samsung.

I thought you Won? You said you did. Why its important to you on a blog/forum is actually pathetic.

Like I said if all is well in Android enjoy it but if you have an Android and its effing up maybe its time to look at something else. Try Apple, Try Windows Phone its all good just find something that works for you.


RE: Yawn
By Reclaimer77 on 3/7/2014 3:35:33 PM , Rating: 2
No offense but you're being a child.

You don't get to make sweeping claims based on nothing but myopic experiences, then when he proves your precious has as many issues, dismiss them offhand because they didn't happen to you.

Myopic much?


RE: Yawn
By retrospooty on 3/7/2014 4:28:32 PM , Rating: 2
Absolutely amazing. The guy is like Pirks.


RE: Yawn
By Gondor on 3/7/2014 4:34:45 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
I love your claim of victory its so cute.


Tony Swash is strong in this one.


RE: Yawn
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/8/2014 8:13:49 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
ROFLMAO - Never seen one before but I find it hysterical the majority of images are Samsung Windows Phones.
And I have never had any of the issues you claim happen to Android. What's your point?


RE: Yawn
By Reclaimer77 on 3/8/2014 8:35:05 AM , Rating: 2
Honestly the only issue I have with modern Android is the wakelock issue. Where somehow a bug allows an app to run wild while the phone is "sleeping" and hoses your battery.

And this has been completely solved with the Greenify app. Which actually has many cool side-benefits I've come to enjoy. More control rocks.

If he had any experience with Android first hand, he wouldn't have to sit there on Bing and fish up stuff to complain about.

I honestly have never used any hardware/software system that didn't have SOME issues. But these Windows Phone guys are some kind of special. It's amazing how only Android has problems, but never Windows Phone. How convenient!


RE: Yawn
By Reclaimer77 on 3/7/2014 3:54:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Dead end that keeps gaining Marketshare?


Wrong. You gained some marketshare early in 2013, now it's slowed to a halt. WP is actually losing marketshare, because it's growth is now anemic and Android and iOS are growing faster.

http://betanews.com/2014/01/27/nokias-poor-lumia-s...

Windows Phone 7 launched in 2010. And you people are still quoting marketshare numbers barely into double digits as some kind of amazing thing. Hello, see something wrong here?

quote:
I'll stick with Windows Phone.


Hey you do that. There are people out there sticking to Blackberries too.

Both are dead platforms. Time to just face the facts.


RE: Yawn
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2014 4:41:10 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't know you were in Latin America?

BetaNews is that prototype news?

Using the same article you referenced.
Germany Up 2.5%
Great Britain up 5.4%
France up 6.4%
Italy up 4.4%
Spain up 4.4%
USA up 1.9%
China up 0.2%
Australia up 2.2%
Latina America -1.5% Boo
EUS up 4.6%

Considering overall smartphone sales numbers were up from previous years yes showing any market share growth is a big deal it means your outpacing the growth.


RE: Yawn
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2014 12:19:35 PM , Rating: 2
Ive heard that before "you dont understand the latest version is much better" only to get burned again. They got our money 4 times thats more than the 3 strikes rule.

My Wife had an Android long after I went Windows because mine was corporate issued and she was still under contract and I have a number of friends who are pro Android and still I watch them have issues but they tolerate it and still claim its great. My guess is they have come to accept it and when it gets too buggy well its time to upgrade.

We have ZERO issues with our Windows Phones there is no reason for us to ever look elsewhere.


RE: Yawn
By retrospooty on 3/7/2014 12:28:06 PM , Rating: 2
OKeedokee. You wanna close your mind, go for it... But dont forget the track record of your favorite company.

Answer:
1. Windows OS
2. MS Office
3. Internet Explorer
4. Windows Phone
5. Direct X

Question: Name 5 products that absolutely sucked rocks until many years and many versions in before finally being quite good.


RE: Yawn
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2014 12:37:27 PM , Rating: 2
Close minded would be not considering Windows Phone which is what many people here do even making up stuff about the OS just becasuse it came from Microsoft and Windows 95 used to blue screen. Yet since Windows XP and XBox first generation are solid OS's but Windows Phone OS based on NT kernel is somehow flawed? Really?

So what your saying is I should stick with the Suck of Android until its good because an OS written by a search engine company is better than companies with 30+ years of experience in software development?

I still think Internet Explorer trails everyone else. Happy now?


RE: Yawn
By retrospooty on 3/7/2014 12:45:04 PM , Rating: 2
I didnt say WP was flawed. I actually think its decent at this point and like the stuff repoted to be added by 8.1. If anything apps are a weakness, and the 1/2 way walled garden, but that part is purely my personal preference to have everything open. I was just pointing out that MS stuff us usually crap, severe crap, until many years and many versions later, so apply that same logic. Generically speaking, don't judge version 7 based on version 3's shortcomings. Judge it on its own merits. If you havent used it then dont even comment.

"So what your saying is I should stick with the Suck of Android until its good because an OS written by a search engine company is better than companies with 30+ years of experience in software development"

No, I dont think you should use Android at all. It may be too dynamic for you. I am just saying the crap you spout about it isnt correct. It's like arguing with a 12 year old. "So, this one phone has one problem 3 years ago". OK fine, dont buy it, but dont talk about it today as if its still 3 years ago because you just look clueless and uneducated.


RE: Yawn
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2014 1:00:18 PM , Rating: 2
You implied it and that something is wrong with people who don't embrace Android over Windows.

Sorry I do not agree with you from personal and professional experience.


RE: Yawn
By retrospooty on 3/7/2014 2:11:32 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... Really, you are getting worse and worse as every single thing you say gets proven wrong again (again[again])

"You implied it and that something is wrong with people who don't embrace Android over Windows."

??? I defy you to show me where I did that. I said nothing at all negative about WP other than showing you that all platforms and produccts have hte same type of issues... You stated incorrect things about 3 years old version of Android that isn't true today. I told you it was old versions. You said you dont trust it after bad experiences, I showed you that all of MS's best , most popular and lucrative products all started out as crap but got better and better as years went by to point out how you arent using a linear logic and that you should just stop talking because you dont know what you are talking about...


RE: Yawn
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2014 3:01:49 PM , Rating: 2
I accept that challenge

Implied
Windows is walled garden
open is better than closed
MS stuff us usually crap severe crap, until many years and many versions later
If you havent used it then dont even comment. (Umm I have used it)
too dynamic for you (Android is somehow more dynamic at what?)

quote:
OK fine, dont buy it, but dont talk about it today as if its still 3 years ago because you just look clueless and uneducated.


Is this the part where I claim myself victor? Not sure I want to but I'm sure you'll throw a few your a child, close minded, obtuse, vacuous comments my way to support your cause of superiority and self proclaimed victory.


RE: Yawn
By retrospooty on 3/7/2014 3:32:20 PM , Rating: 2
Oh come on... That isnt at all what was said. You chopped everything up and cut out important bits.

Windows is walled garden - I said 1/2 walled garden and that I prefer open, but that is only my personal preference.

open is better than closed - again, I said that was my personal preference, look above.

MS stuff us usually crap severe crap, until many years and many versions later - Yes, Windows, Office, Direct X IE, many other examples. And dont get me wrong, I think Windows is by far the best OS ever made (just Win7, not 8 LOL). I am an MS fan.

If you havent used it then dont even comment. - YEs, that is in no way a negative about WP.

too dynamic for you - Yes, I stand by that thought I formulated in the middle of this thread seeing how completely inane you are, maybe IOS would be even better for you. AGain, not at all a slight about WP.


RE: Yawn
By sprockkets on 3/9/2014 5:44:24 PM , Rating: 2
Well sorry to hear about your android issues, but that's not my experience. I did have the camera bug you had, just once. Why did you try Samsung's syncing software, android doesn't need that.

Oh and you are chiding Google about their experience of making an is vs. Ms? That's terrific. How well did win 9x work? How much of a security disaster was xp? How well did vista work? How crappy was ie?

You'll find that history shows ms to be the WORST maker of software. Unix beat them by decades on workstations and servers. Winmob was the worst mobile os seen.

Google is piggybacking on the many developers of the Linux kernel, with IBM and rehat as major contributors. Its weak spot has been the GUI layer on top.


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