Πέμπτη, 25 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

Neighbours E-star Grand tablet preview


A new  different  blog page this time .

As you may know Greece is still  in deep crisis after 5-6  years of  austerity measures imposed by the IMF and the EEC.
This continuous austerity forced  most of the youth  and possibly also some  older families to  go abroad to find a better luck for work , causing a  severe brain drain making our country , a country of older people mixed with  immigrants and people of  neighbor countries working for a very low salary  that  everyday lowers  down .
More than 3.5 million people are  jobless  in a country of ca 10 millions an seems that  numbers will  grow more as austerity deepens and everyday more companies stop their business  .  I have seen a man having a business with machinery rollers stopping it last year and now  begging in the roads .

Brain drain as you may know means the  sending the youth  to work in the foreign counties for a better   future. Most  of these young people have  at  least one  diploma from Greek universities and either work here  as waiter or jobs of very low  salaries  that start from 400Eu  and below (this is the basic part time 4 hr  salary that includes also insurance ) and only just in case that they  will be very  lucky to find a job under very bad  terms of work. Over the time  work is unpaid.

As for example my brother in law  left the country  two months  ago , after  waiting   two years to find a job here and works now in London  in a  restaurant with the hope  that soon he will find a job suitable to his studies   in a civil engineering  company.
In another bad example  myself as  well my wife  have lost our jobs two and one year ago respectively.
I looked for work in several companies but none could buy me or my wife for work as we are over aged for them (53 and 43 years respectively). Dole  has been terminated  for both of us last year and cannot be restarted and  we are based on our parents pension  which is everyday lowering as caused by the government and its allies (IMF EEC etc ie troika ) This is he reason i asked the DX  follows to help me.

The same happened with one of our  neighbors . His son very recently left the country  for better chance in France. The only way to communicate is with a tablet that he bought recently after upgrading his  phone line to DSL . Our  neighbor doeskin know too much about  tablets and asked me to help him Surely I couldn't ask him  for money for this help and  made several tests to compare it with mine of 2 years ago, the F&U model which is in its  end of life.

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This  model is an E-star one called Grand. It is promoted by Infoquest a major computer accessories company from at least  30 years existence in Greece and surely the product has a Chinese origin ,  tough I dont know if it is a "Tecsun radios" type model for tablets
Its size is 10.1 inches and uses  HD screen tech . I don't know  if this is  the screen  type or just a technology such as LED  or OLED, but as the factory advises it offers  good watching from all optical aspects. And it is true . Once you use it  you cannot see  any   picture degradation from nearly all angles  except from  looking from the top of screen. A feature that my tablet does not have (it is just LCD screen )

This is the main picture shown as desktop of the tablet



The model  has  4 cores and Lolipop 5.1 android. IT is  quite different  op. sys. from 4.2 that my  tablet uses. From  the  quite short time i  used it, i found some  interesting differences between these  operating systems:
-ability  to use  many users
 most basic operations  are included  in a drop down menu: connectivity on off  , G option orientation, air mode (conn off ), GPS on off, and a few more
-task manager  is quite different showing the programs as drop down cards than simply screen shots as in 4.xx version 
-the droid keyboard is different  this time in a white  color and supports  mechanical greek   keyboard . it happened by chance when by mistake connected  it to a standard keyboard



This is on how 5.1 droid popup is shown  

The ability to have multiple users





-Its battery  is 5 Mah. Its battery  drains  not so fast , with nearly the same draining time as with mines which is 4 MAh of 2 core system . As consulted  the battery can drain in abt 5 hrs .

-I installed Xiia live for audio tests and put my fav   radio  station for making a comparative audio test  using the Sennheiser headphones which is my fav among two others and added two of my favorite  stations to test its sound    . They have the same audio quality /fidelity but E-star  grand has higher basses i ve seen that  program installation is quite time consuming , it requires  nearly the  double time  than in mine's. though i preferred to remove the program , the neighbor asked me to keep t and add a few  Greek stations from Athens with news though most of their program is also relayed here in Thesaloniki .

 screenshot of the  Xiia live dropdown menu

- I then installed  Viber and Skype for communication between him and his son. Though  Skype uses  email for communication  Viber  requires only a  telephone to register . It then sends a  SMS  to your telephone to unlock the connectivity . I use  this program  to discuss  to my bro-in-law as he didn't like  Skype. Viber seems having some issues with its  video. HD video is also  supported ,but is OK to make audio communication.

I could  buy one for me shall  i collect  some money  as mine 2 years old tablet is close  to its death  form its  very long operation every day(sometimes  more than 10 hours )  . I liked most  of its features but the only i don't like is that it uses only 3 sockets  for connectivity to the external world :
-micro Sd socket , supporting up to 32 GB memory
-earphone socket  , 3.9 mm type
-micro USB for connecting to the mains adaptor for charging. I could love to see  a 2 USB to USB splitter/joiner  to  do the connection  but as  asked next day technicians in  high tech stores this cannot  be  made without problems.

Mine F&U  uses a separate socket to charge  the battery. A standard mains adaptor cable of the older times with plug of just  1.8mm. Its USB socket is always connected with a external keyboard. i use  it to type most of my texts as  logs , reviews, my new stories ,MY computer is used now very sparingly and for more  heavy tasks (audio and video  conversion, heavier text processing a/o QDTP  )

This was a review of just 20 minutes of checking/ overview . Hope that this information can  be interesting to you.