Want to buy Android tablet (again)

During my trip to Linaro Connect 2012q1 I want to buy Android tablet for myself. But this time I decided to spend more time on choosing one to not end with crap like Hannspree Hannspad which I bought half year ago.

Also situation on market changed. There are cheap tablets worth checking but there are also cheap crappy ones. So let me list what I checked so far.

Kindle Fire Nook Tablet Archos 80 G9 Classic Archos 80 G9 Turbo
price (USD) 199 249 259 299
RAM size 512MB 1GB 512MB 512MB 1
resolution 1024×600 1024×600 1024×768 1024×768
screen size 7″ 7″ 8″ 8″
internal storage 8GB 16GB 2 8GB 16GB
external storage none microSD microSD microSD
CPU OMAP4430 1GHz OMAP4430 1GHz OMAP4430 1GHz OMAP4460 1.5GHz 3
stock Android version 2.3 customized 2.3 customized 3.2 (4.0 in February) 3.2 (4.0 in February)
community Android version 4.0 4.0 not checked not checked
locked bootloader no yes (hacked) no no
USB Host no no yes yes
HDMI output no no yes yes

As you see my requirements are more or less simple:

  • dual core cpu (arm7)
  • 512MB ram (1GB preferred)
  • 1024×600 (or higher) resolution
  • 7-8″ screen size (I had 10″ and it was too big)
  • price below 300USD

During CES many vendors presented new tablets but I think that most of them will be released in Q2 or later. ASUS MeMo 370T looks nice for 250USD but it is not on market.

And I do not want 3G module in tablet — my phone has over 10GB of data limit to use for next months and so far I was not able to consume 1GB per month 🙂

Have I missed some devices? If yes then please share information in comments. Just remember that I do not want any of those NotionAdam/Viewsonic/Hannspad ones.


  1. rumours says 1GB in newer Turbo model 

  2. 13GB /data/ so it is hard to put own data over USB 

  3. if you are lucky and find them in store — OMAP4430 1.2GHz otherwise 

Scythe Mugen 2 and socket 1155 mainboard

When I moved my home machine to i7-2600K I realized out that Scythe Mugen 2 cpu cooler which I was using lacks elements to mount it on socket 1555 motherboard.

I looked at shops and found out that I need SCCSMG2-1156 (Scythe Mugen 2 mounting kit for Socket 1156/1155) as I have quite old version of cooler (then there was Rev. B released with support for all socket types). But then problem started — no one in Poland had them…

So I contacted Scythe directly and later after spending 10€ I got mounting kit delivered at Xmas Eve. Took me some days to find time to mount it.

First attempt ended with lot of curses, angry email to Scythe and stock cooler mounted again.

But I decided to not give up. Did some extra research and found this YouTube video where I saw that I mounted bolt screws wrong…

So I did another try. This time it fitted perfectly and I can enjoy silence.

Next step: replace new case fans with more quiet ones.

Events in 2012 which I will attend

In March I wrote where I will travel. Decided to write such memo at start of year so it will be more visible what my plans are for 2012.

In February I will miss FOSDEM because Linaro Connect Q1.12 will start right after it. So at 4th I will fly to San Francisco for a week. But this time instead of flying back home I decided to spend weekend in New York City where I hope to meet some people from Bug Labs company. You know: we worked with each other for 1.5 year and I met only Peter Semmelhack and Ken Gilmer. Also I plan some sightseeing.

Then a bit of quiet until next Linaro Connect will happen. Probably May but it was not yet decided where and when. As many people I also hope for Asia (never was in this part of world).

Same month there will be Ubuntu Developer Summit somewhere at west coast of USA. Who knows — maybe it will end in trip around the world in May? Sounds interesting but I think that only sounds as it can be hard to survive due to jet lag.

Then July/August another Linaro Connect. No idea where, but hope for Europe. In meantime I may or may not attend Ubuntu Rally (Canonical internal event) which will be somewhere in US (as it follows UDS place).

And end of year will bring yet another Linaro Connect and Ubuntu Developer Summit. Second one in Europe.

What else? Probably LinuxTag if company events will not be at same time, maybe something local (there are few conferences planned in Szczecin).

Overall it looks that there will be some travelling — but this year I plan to make more use of free time to see something else than conference centers.

2011 timeline

Again we are at start of new year. As usual I decided to write some timeline for 2011 year.

January

February

  • FOSDEM as usual. This time I went there with my wife. She saw more of Brussels in one day then I manage during few visits. But she had ‘spouse tours’ in Saturday and Sunday 😉
  • Started using Cyanogenmod on my phone instead of stock Android. Nice improvements and always fresh system.

March

  • Decided to drop KDE and switched to XFCE on desktop and laptop. Main reason was KMail which started to be too hard to rely on. Moved to Evolution and few months later to Thunderbird.

April

  • Linaro porting jam weekly event started. It got quiet last months but we will resurrect it!

May

June

July

  • Another Ubuntu platform sprint — this time in Dublin, Ireland. Met some old friends which moved there from Poland. Also spent awesome weekend with my wife and local part of our family.
  • Took 2 weeks of vacations. We went nearly in the middle of nowhere 😉
  • Switched phone operator again. This time it is Orange, PL and I am on prepaid. Number stayed the same of course.
  • Started using Google+.

August

  • We had first official Linaro Connect in Cambourne, UK. It was kind of conference with lot of hacking time. During it I played with all developer boards which we support and wrote what do I think about them. This post gave me unofficial title of ‘Linaro’s main complainer’ and as a result we can expect some hardware guys presence during next Linaro Connect events.
  • Released some generic Linux cross toolchain for tests which got some use. Toolchain working group has now people working on it.
  • Bought Hannspree Hannspad tablet running Android 2.2 by default. Played with Cyanogenmod7 and Honeycomb on it. Finally got rid of it month later as I got one with shitty screen.
  • Tried Unity but gave up.

September

  • Modded ATX Power supply which provided 5/12V for my developer boards got fried. Replaced it with industrial +5V/20A one — no boards running at 12V at desk.
  • VPS upgrade from Ubuntu 10.04 ‘lucid’ to 11.04 ‘natty’ ended with not bootable system. All I got was “Error: Boot loader didn’t return any data!” message from Xen. Solved problem, described for users.

October

  • Bought a bike for me and another for wife. We also got extra seat for our daughter and did some trips in forests surrounding Szczecin. Then it became too cold for family trips.
  • Went to Open Source Szczecin conference to listen what people have to say about some projects. Was quite interesting.
  • Got mx53 Quick Start board from Freescale for my Linaro work.

November

  • Visited Prague, Czech Republic again. This time for Embedded Linux Conference. Nice time, met friends. There was also general assembly of OpenEmbedded e.V. organization.
  • Linaro Connect Q4.11 took place at same time as Ubuntu Developer Summit. Another visit in Orlando, Florida, USA. This time we got room as usual — at the end of corridor 😉 Bought myself Amazon Kindle e-reader which I am now using to read some old Science Fiction books.
  • I got interviewed during Linaro Connect — we were talking about projects which I worked on in past, what brought me to Linux on ARM. Worth watching!
  • Started using Unity again.

December