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Creative's 7-inch Android Tablet Now On Sale

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Just in time for last minute Christmas shoppers, Creative's 7-inch ZiiO 7 tablet has gone on sale.

Announced last month, the Creative ZiiO packs a 7-inch 480x800 display, Android, a ZiiLabs ZMS-08 processor, up to 16GB of storage, a front-facing camera, mini-USB support and room for up to 32GB of storage via MicroSD.

Unfortunately, it's running Android 2.1, and there's no word on when we can expect an update to 2.2 (Froyo) or, dare we suggest, 2.3 (Gingerbread). Still, at $249 (for the 8GB, 16GB will cost you $269), it's a bit cheaper than the Galaxy Tab.

No word on the 10-inch ZiiO that Creative announced around the same time (creatively called the ZiiO 10) but we're sure it's not far behind. Nothing on pricing for it either, but we'll keep you posted.

Click through to Creative if you're interested in purchasing.

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    fstrthnu , December 18, 2010 4:43 PM
    Whoa, it's got MKV support! It's got us anime fans drooling here
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    r_pad , December 18, 2010 5:00 PM
    Android 2.1??? This should be filed under archives!

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    AMW1011 , December 18, 2010 6:05 PM
    Archos 70. $275, Android 2.2 (flash player 10.1 coming soon with full hardware acceleration), great video support, Android market hack, and yes you can even find players on the Android Market that plats MKV.

    I own one and I'm real happy with it, but until this Creative gets 2.2, I won't be impressed.
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    dimar , December 18, 2010 6:29 PM
    Still waiting for a 12" tablet.
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    kinggraves , December 18, 2010 6:37 PM
    AMW1011Archos 70. $275, Android 2.2 (flash player 10.1 coming soon with full hardware acceleration), great video support, Android market hack, and yes you can even find players on the Android Market that plats MKV.I own one and I'm real happy with it, but until this Creative gets 2.2, I won't be impressed.


    Weren't there a lot of problems after Archos upgraded their tablets to 2.2? And it seems impossible to find a 43 anywhere that has 2.2 already on it, even at their own site.

    Doesn't seem to me like they really want anything above 2.1 on tablets for some reason.
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    geof2001 , December 18, 2010 7:46 PM
    Just order my Archos 101 yesterday can't wait!
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    Soul_keeper , December 18, 2010 8:14 PM
    nice to see a Ziilabs processor make an appearance in a consumer product
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    AMW1011 , December 18, 2010 9:42 PM
    kinggravesWeren't there a lot of problems after Archos upgraded their tablets to 2.2? And it seems impossible to find a 43 anywhere that has 2.2 already on it, even at their own site.Doesn't seem to me like they really want anything above 2.1 on tablets for some reason.


    Yeah there were, but Archos came out with a new Firmware that fixes those issues.
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    apache_lives , December 19, 2010 3:09 AM
    so this is what creative has been doing? why bother? and so late? and kinda out-dated?
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    dark_lord69 , December 19, 2010 3:13 PM
    good luck getting support for that!
    I'll never buy another "Creative" product thier support sux!
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    long2know , December 20, 2010 4:18 AM
    Resistive touch screen? Fail.
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    alexie , December 20, 2010 1:12 PM
    well i'm checking the specs of this gadget and find something:
    Wireless Network: IEEE 802.11 b/g
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    quantum mask , December 20, 2010 1:28 PM
    I'm sorry, but Android is really hard to use with a resistive touch screen. If it's not capacitive, don't even bother.
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    megamanx00 , December 20, 2010 1:58 PM
    The Archos 70 has a capacitive screen, an update available already for 2.2, and a community they don't try to censor. Oh, the Creative does have more space though, whoop :D .


    Archos doesn't care if you load up alternate firmware or apps (as long as you don't try to RMA them when it's your fault ^_^) unlike creative which went way out of their way to stop people from enabling the functionality they paid for. If you don't know what I'm talking about just Google Daniel K.
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    thrasher32 , December 20, 2010 2:34 PM
    Android 2.1, Resistive Touch Screen, Creative = FAIL

    Can we PLEASE get rid of the annoying spambots???
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    jgutz2006 , December 20, 2010 6:00 PM
    dimarStill waiting for a 12" tablet.

    You just want a 12" screen? even if its the same resolution as 7" tablets (480x800)? Or are you willing to pay the outrageous prices for the first devices with Amoled/oled 12" screens and HD resolutions? I purchased an iPad and cannot wait until i find my perfect Android tablet so that i can sell my iPad. I'm willing to go up to $800 for it if its got the right specs
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    Doom3klr , December 21, 2010 8:17 AM
    Hands-on with Creative’s new Ziio tablets

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    Posted on 3 Nov 2010 at 16:08

    Creative, a company better known for its sound cards and MP3 players, today gave us a preview of two new Andoid-based devices, the Ziio 7 and Ziio 10: products it hopes can capture the rapidly growing tablet market.

    Designed to offer a budget alternative to Apple’s incredibly popular iPad, the Ziio range comprises a 7in and 10in model, both of which are based around Google’s Android 2.1. This lacks the improvements and updates that were introduced in version 2.2, although Creative has promised that an update is on the cards following the devices’ release.

    Both devices will feature a custom ZiiLabs ARM-based processor, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and an implementation of Creative’s X-Fi audio quality boosting technology, designed to make the devices significantly more usable as a media player. An HDMI output, a feature missing from the iPad, is also included. The 10in version has an SD card slot for users to add up to 32GB of extra space, while the smaller model has a micro-SD slot.

    During our brief hands-on with each model, we were impressed with how responsive Android felt, even on a resistive touchscreen display. Most touchscreen devices have a capacitive screen which don't require any pressure to register your finger. While neither version has multi-touch support, the screens needed very little pressure to register a touch. For a little more precision, Creative will be including a stylus with every tablet.

    Both models look sleek, although we preferred the 10in version’s piano-black finish. Both tablets felt light and construction seemed sturdy, even in the pre-production versions we tried. New apps could be found only in the Ziio store, as neither tablet has access to the Android marketplace.

    While we couldn’t test Creative’s claim that the processor in the Ziio tablets is powerful enough to output 1080p video to an external display, we were impressed with the image quality on both devices. The white 7in model has a decent 480x800 resolution, while the black 10in version ups this to 1,024x600.

    We particularly liked the Bluetooth wireless audio feature. Using a set of Creative’s wireless-enabled speakers, it was possible to stream music with the press of a button. It was also great to be able to tweak the speakers’ X-Fi settings directly from the tablet.

    Prices start at at £200 for the base 8GB 7in model and rising to £269 for the 10in. We'll be taking a more in-depth look at both models closer to the early December launch date.
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