Considering that the Augen GenTouch78 tablet is one of the worst mobile products we’ve ever reviewed, it’s not hard to imagine something better. Heck, in our view, a 5-dollar steno pad from Staples is a more functional, low-cost tablet. However, we were surprised today that when we googled “augen gentouch78,” we saw a sponsored link pointing us to a “strong rival of Gentouch?”
When we clicked through, we were transported to a site called PandaWill, which sells imported Chinese products, including the new Gpad G10 and Gpad G11 tablets, which retail for $184.99 and $185.99 respectively. The chart below compares features between the GenTouch78 and the two Gpads.
To be totally honest with you, we’re a little confused as to why someone would purchase the G11 as it costs a dollar more, but lacks a camera, a G-sensor (is that an accelerometer?), and “multiple touch” capability. However, we can totally understand why someone would want an alternative to the Augen GenTouch78.
Both Gpads feature 7-inch, 800×480 screens, Android 2.1, 800-MHz Telechips ARM CPUs, 256MB of system memory and 2G of storage memory. PandaWill even has a video hands-on, which we have embedded below:
We can tell after about 30 seconds of the video that this is a much better tablet than the GenTouch 78, because at least it records video and has HDMI-out. It even seems fairly responsive in the demo, but we’d love to get our hands on one and see just how easy it is to tap.
To be honest, we’d never heard of PandaWill before today, but after looking over their site, it appears that the company is a Chinese importer who sells, among other things, low-cost tablets with either no brand or weird, unknown brand names like EKEN. Among, the most interesting looking of these no-name tablets is the X10 MID, which runs Windows CE and is available with a wireless keyboard. There’s also a Panda Pad with Android 1.7 for $106.99 . In addition to tablets, the site also sells a wide varity of goods, from lingerie to watches and knife sets. No, we’re not making this up!
Both the Gpad G10 and Gpad G11 are currently sold out, but according to PandaWill’s forums, both units will be available again in mid-August. We hope they’ll be more than just a “strong rival” to the GenTouch78.