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Office Max has a Presidents Day sale on the Le Pan mini.

Online Orders Here


Here is a link to the review I did on the Lepanforum.com

Review

The Mini is one of the lightest and thinnest tablets I have owned. Le Pan has always made some of the best aesthetically pleasing tablets.  At $99 it's a steal.

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Sero 7 Android OS / UOT MOD Kitchen
« on: January 01, 2014, 03:48:54 PM »
With the plethora of CWM ROMS for The Sero Pro and a custom CWM for the LT I thought I would point out a really great tool for customizing your Android interface.

UOT ANDROID KITCHEN




UOT Kitchen is a menu driven customization that uses your framework-res.apk and SystemUI.apk.  It supports Froyo to JellyBean 4.2 and can be used with rooted stock odexed ROM or CWM.  Once you have picked your custom edits you upload you framework and system files then usually in about 10 minutes the UOT Kitchen will create a zip file you download that can be made CWM compatible or you can replace the files manually yourself.

Nice instructions and video HERE

One thing to remember is if you release the MOD you really should credit the kitchen. There are literally thousands of MODs out there that either used the kitchen or files created by the kitchen that they claim is their own.

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The Lounge- Off Topic Forum / What is up with the tablet manufacturers??
« on: December 18, 2013, 12:51:25 PM »
Just a little off topic rant. I currently dev actively for about 6 tablets, with 4 new on the way and about 6 more I still do stuff occasionally for. I have owned about 30 tablets now in the last 3 years.

Lately I have been getting bombarded by people asking about this tablet or that tablet and how cheap they are or worse someone bought one and wants support. The problem is the the crap these manufacturers are putting out. Suddenly there is a flood of "NEW" tablets with 512MB Ram and slow single core processors, but they are being advertised as dual core because technically the CPU is one core and the GPU is another. Since when did 6 hours become "A quality extended life battery" particularly when that 6 hours can only be achieved with WiFi and sync off and the screen at it lowest setting, that's average at best.

It seems manufacturers are taking a step backwards. If it's just an attempt to dump old hardware why doesn't anyone dump a bunch of Tegra 2 SOC so at least they can be decent tablets. Normally as tablets progress we get this years hot chip becoming next years budget tablet processor.

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Sero 7 Pro Accessories / Justin Case 7" Universal Case with 5800mAh battery
« on: November 25, 2013, 12:48:54 PM »
QVC is carrying the Justin case Universal tablet case and charger. If you travel with your tablet it's a great battery extender. They have the 7" 5800mAh. They are basic cases and the tablet is really easy to remove. So even though it isn't specific to the Sero it isn't that inconvenient to still get at the camera if you need it. retails at $49 and they have a 11,600mAh version for $60. I got the 9" version for my Nook HD+.


QVC

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Sero 7 General Discussions / 8 days....
« on: November 24, 2013, 12:00:23 PM »
8 days, two movies ( one streamed ) , some testing, and some games and the battery is still @ 21%. This may be the best performing tablet battery wise of any I have owned or tested. The closest would be the HP Touchpad in webOS mode. In Android not so great but not bad.

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The Lounge- Off Topic Forum / Ouya Giveaway
« on: November 18, 2013, 12:40:49 PM »
If anybody is interested they are giving away an Ouya Android Console on Android Life. It's open to anyone, but you do have to register to post.

Official thread here!

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There has been an interesting discussion about rooting going on and I though it might be a good idea to have a thread about the pros and cons.

Rooting is a process with one function, to give you full access to the Android OS on your device. It does not make you tablet faster or fix any issues. Flashing a new ROM is not necessary to root nor is rooting necessary to be able to flash a new ROM.

The rooting process install a new version of su, or replaces the existing one with a different version. Su means "substitute user" or "super user". it allows full administrative access to the system and it's files. Su can be edited to limit those as well. The rooting process also install Super User or Super Su app which act as a bridge between the applications and the base OS as su. It will prompt you to see if you want the different apps to have su access to the system.

Rooting is accomplished by different methods. Some are simple scripts that temporarily mount the /system folder as rw and copy the su to /system/xbin and the SuperUser.apk /system/app and set the proper permission. Other ways use exploits through system backup or through an exploit in the sdcard mount unmount. There are many different exploits based on the version of Android you are rooting.

Once rooted you will have full or mostly full administrative and read write access to the system. in the case of the Sero Pro there  is an issue with the stock boot.img where once rooted you have full "shell" root but some parts of the root remain protected when using the GUI interface. You can now remove or manually install system apps, make changes to the build.prop file (this is the configuration file for the system) , replace systems sounds or the bootanimation, to just name a few.

Is there a right or wrong answer to the question "Do I root or not?" personally I think there is. Specifically in the case of the Sero Pro you have a tablet that is extremely well setup stock. Of all the tablets I have used/developed for in the last few years it performs easily the best out of the box. Because of that rooting and a couple of minor changes to the build prop and apps will get it running at it's peak. IF nothing else rooting gets you access to a few programs that can help you manage your tablet better. File managers and backups being the biggest. Most non root backups only backup minor system data.  Does rooting mean you are missing out? Not really.

The only con to rooting is that in most instances it will void your warranty on tour tablet. But the upside to this is removing root is very easy should you need to return a device for warranty work.




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Does anyone know whether the Sero 7 pro uses updates signed with Google test keys or a custom key? I haven;t received mine yet but I am going to try to make a custom using the stock recovery if I can. CWM works great but also presents another break point if something goes wrong. If I can use the stock recovery it makes it easier to restore to stock if warranty work is needed.

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