A quick review of the Prestigio MultiPad 8 Ultra Duo

After a long and painful period in which I couldn’t decide whether I really need a tablet, I bought a Prestigio Multipad 8¬†ultra duo. When deciding to buy a tablet, I couldn’t see clear alternatives in the market. That is, if price is a factor. And it is to me. The reason is, there are not enough quality 4:3 tablets on the market. There are the 10” ones that are OK even if they are 16:9. The good ones are either rather expensive, or cheap and heavy. In fact, I still don’t find the lighter ones light enough… maybe in a year or two?

Then there’s the Nexus 7. It’s too small, and it’s 16:9. That means I can’t read most of the Websites or PDF documents comfortably without panning and zooming. All the other 7” tablets fell out of the competition for the same reasons. The Nexus 10 … seems more than OK, except it’s not cheap enough. ūüôā

So that leaves me with 8” tablets which seems to me as a sweet spot. Apple gets it, but there are actually very few 8” Android tablets. So why Prestigio? There are very few reviews of it, but none are negative. It is also very cheap. It has reasonable processing power. So here’s a quick review…

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Linux is finally ready for the desktop? Maybe, with Android.

A year have I lived with Android, and after going through a period of disillusionment and disappointment that is inevitable for an Android device owner (Samsung Galaxy S and S2 phones), I can safely say РAndroid is not the great kill-all Linux platform yet, but it is getting there. Over the last year I read a lot excited comments and blogs from Linux lovers about Android, and it seems they have been partly right. I say partly because, most of them saw the success of Android as a proving of Linux, after which success of existing Linux desktop offerings would follow. But the only real possibility for Linux to succeed on the desktop, and that would be, say, 20% desktop users, is actually Android.

Now, of course, not in the form¬†how it is today. But in a year or two,¬†certainly. There are¬†three main¬†reasons why I believe that: Windows 8, Asus Transformer (Prime) and Motorola’s Atrix¬†with Webtop. All of those are attempts to unify 2 different experiences: Laptop / desktop computers and tablets. In addition, all the Linux desktop environments¬†are trying to prepare for the touchscreen too. Unity, KDE (plasma active), Gnome 3.. all are more or less¬†ready and have pretensions¬†to be¬†touch friendly. The reason for this: people want compact and powerful tablets that, when docked, become full grown desktop or laptop computers.

A few other¬†indices that Android is capable of inciting adoption of Linux on the desktop is the vast array of companies that are trying to battle and subdue it legally. None¬†do it because they’re evil. Not Microsoft, not Apple. They do it because they fear it. They fear the possibilities. Android by itself is slowly prevailing, and the possibilities for evolution and growth¬†are truly to be feared. I don’t think it would be impossible to expect¬†from¬†Ubuntu to create their own Android tablet, that when docked, provides the full desktop/laptop experience? Or even Google could do something like that with Android 6 or 7 in a couple of years…

So, to end this post in a cheesy fashion by quoting Ghandi, and I think Android phones really have gone through this progression: “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win”. Legal battles are still being fought, but with popularity Android phones already have, none¬†will give up on them and victory can be¬†proclaimed. With tablets, Android didn’t achieve¬†the same success, but with ICS and Amazon Kindle Fire,¬†2012 seems to be¬†the year Android tablets show their¬†teeth.¬†¬†And after that the next goal will have to be laptops and desktops. Only time will tell.

Adding almost any language autocorrect and prediction to Android

I have a Samsung Galaxy S phone. I bought it, was happy about it several days until i installed a few apps and then it started lagging, courtesy of Samsung’s RFS. I had to install a custom ROM to replace RFS with EXT4, and now the phone works great. But that’s another story.

The thing i missed the most after installing Darky’s Rom is Croatian auto-correct and it took me months to discover MultiLang Keyboard. It supports many languages in the form of installable plug-ins. And everything is nice and beautiful again in my Android world… ūüôā

Check it out: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.klye.ime.latin&feature=related_apps