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Optus My Tab - My Favoruite $99 gadget - Hidden link to last of the supplies.

Posted By: QuirkyKiwi, posted 2011/07/08 23:33
Optus My Tab Starter Kit
$99
Prepaid
Mobile Broadband
Terms & Conditions

These are the same Mytabs that were on sale through Auspost, Big W, Optus, DSE etc last month and sold out very very quickly.
I received an email to advise that Optus online had more stock and was able to order one, then I went back an hour later to get a 2nd one and they had all sold out. Now I check another hour later and they have stock again...I think the site got overloaded...so if you are quick (and persistant like me!) you can get this gem of a find for $99.
I don't use the sim card in it, just use it at home (for all the downloads etc) then at wifi hotspots (like Mcdonalds)...I have upgraded mine to run Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4) and boy without all the bloatware from Optus it runs super fast....another benefit is that it becomes unlocked and will take a sim from any carrier after the upgrade.

I rate this as the best gadget for the best price that I have bought in the past 3-4 years and I buy a lot of gadgets!!

It has been a great (and fairly safe) way to learn all about android, the ways to root and mod (terms I was not particularly familiar with before this).
So I have got benefit out of learning how to modify it as well as using it as a GPS, music player, internet browser a mini PC really!

I have used mine so much in the past 2 weeks I am now starting to find myself touching my comptuer screen to select links or run programs!!!! Wait for it and you will know what I mean soon enough!


Features ReviewsOver 75,000 Android apps for hours of entertainment
Unlimited~ access to Facebook®, Twitter® and MySpace within Australia
A 3MP camera for photos and videos
Integrated 3G connectivity, WiFi and Bluetooth
Includes up to 3GB Data valid for 3 months
Expiry date:2011/07/15
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  • wfdTamar2011/07/09 09:51:53
    I can't work out how big it is - is it iPhone size or iPad size?
  • QuirkyKiwi2011/07/09 11:27:37
    It's a 7 inch diagonal screen.
  • ninkasi2011/07/10 15:41:12
    Thanks for the head's up, Quirky. Although I put up the original thread, as I already had a couple of cheap android tablets I um'd and ah'd about whether I really needed one of these and missed out. Just put the order in for one now - will use it as a remote for my home automation kit. I actually run a mac mini with itunes on it for music, and have heard good things about this app that wouldn't run on my older tablets, so might give that a try as well.

    For any interested parties out there, some further info on the thing is here
  • Rebekah762011/07/10 23:02:15
    out of stock. anyone have a different link to more hidden stock?
  • ninkasi2011/07/12 17:48:01
    Sadly, still out of stock. You might have some luck going to a bricks & mortar store (dick smith, big W, even Optus) and perhaps they can hunt one down. I will say that the one I ordered was scheduled for delivery today, and didn't turn up. Checked the website, and the estimated delivery date is now blank - so perhaps I've missed out anyway!

    Personally, I suspect that they are just tryng to shift all that's left and the new model (there's always a newer model) will come out that can run honeycomb. Of course it will cost more....
  • QuirkyKiwi2011/07/12 22:28:28
    Ninkasi,
    No I don't think you will have missed out. I rang and was cascaded through 4 levels within Optus, finally I got to someone who was able to give me an accurate (??) update. They have been swamped with orders but if you got your confirmation with an order number you should be fine. She was only able to tell me about the Sydney area ones, apparently there is not enough stock to fufil all of the orders straight away but they have another shipment coming in the next week. He said that some of the orders will be just delayed by the sheer volume of dispatches they are trying to deal with but others will fall into the lack of stock bucket.
    Never fear your tablet will appear (I have my fingers crossed as well as I had two shipments due today but neither arrived ).

    He did tell me that the order will not show up on the tracking site (an Auspost link apparently) until it has been scanned as ready for pickup...he said that once the order shows up in the tracking site then you can expect it will be out to you in the next couple of days.

    AFAIK most of the B&M stores are also in the same boat....but I was lucky enough to get two that I had ordered through an optus store, because I had paid over the phone in full for them they chased and managed to get them for me. I picked them up yesterday.

    Ninkasi...I really want you to get yours as I am hoping you will post your results back here with your home automation project!!

    Now I am off to explore the options in terms of getting flash websites to work with these tablets. I am crossing my fingers that the brains trust out there come up with a hacked way to run flash, that would be super cool icing on an already cool gadget. (in fact what I should be doing is putting my presentation together but I am a good procrastinator when it comes down to it!)
    QK
  • ninkasi2011/07/13 15:50:10
    QuirkyKiwi
    Ninkasi,
    ....I really want you to get yours as I am hoping you will post your results back here with your home automation project!!

    Now I am off to explore the options in terms of getting flash websites to work with these tablets. I am crossing my fingers that the brains trust out there come up with a hacked way to run flash, that would be super cool icing on an already cool gadget. (in fact what I should be doing is putting my presentation together but I am a good procrastinator when it comes down to it!)
    QK


    Thanks for the info. Well, the home auto stuff should work just fine - other than my recent descent into the darkside of itunes, it's pure web based control. I've been using misterhouse for many years now, but am currently playing with homeseer as frankly my available time & inclination to do things with perl is dropping. For what it's worth, I have a mac mini (running elgato eyetv to record tv shows, and itunes to play music) hooked up to a receiver and tv. The mac also runs a virtual machine with homeseer on it. This is connected to an ocelot that runs core code (things I always want to work - like lights coming on in the kitchen pantry when people walk in - even if the mini dies) as well as using it to send adhoc commands (like dim the lights in the theatre area, or even fire up the mirror ball - for the girls, honest).

    Good luck on the flash side - I suspect that even if it can be done, performance might be fairly ordinary... but you never know.
  • ninkasi2011/07/15 08:24:13
    Update - checked the courier last night and mine is on the way!
  • ninkasi2011/07/15 12:08:29
    ...and arrived at my reception an hour or so ago. Now charging!
  • ninkasi2011/07/15 15:56:37
    Initial mini review after a quick charge & play

    Positives:
    Feels a little cheap compared to the likes of the iPad or Galaxy, but then again is way cheaper. Definitely seems to be better quality than the cheapie android tablets I got shipped over from China some time ago.
    came with 2.2 installed
    screen surprisingly responsive

    Negatives:
    screen dim by default, but can brighten it up - still nowhere near an iPad etc in brightness or clarity. I expect that using it outdoors will be ordinary
    although way better than a lot of other resistive screens I've used, it's still not capacitive - so not as responsive and no multitouch (multitouch is feasable with resistive, but not normally particularly successful)
    fair bit of bloatware [might still try 2.3.4 on it sometime]

    Undecided:
    haptic feedback (it buzzes gently) when touching the buttons (home, back, menu). I don't hate it, and I know some people love it, but I just see it as a battery drain that I could live without.

    unimportant:
    Registering on the device was awful (to take advantage of that included data) - recommend doing it online via a separate computer
  • QuirkyKiwi2011/07/15 22:47:22
    Mine too - arrived today. I checked yesterday and the order still wasn't showing up...but today they came.
    Upgrading the first one now to Gingerbread....
  • QuirkyKiwi2011/07/15 22:53:54
    Make sure you install the Blade WiFi Fix app if you are going to leave your sim card in and want to take advantage of the 'free' downloads through WiFi. The ZTE V9/blades/San Francisco’s all suffer from a loss of focus after sleeping (or going into a low power state) and do not always do a good job of reconnecting to the router.

    FYI - I use the auto brightness option in the display settings. In Gingerbread (at least the Cyanogen Mod of 2.3.4) there is better control of the brightness and auto brightness.
    Anecdotally a good screen protector does seem to make the visibility in glare situations a smidge better.
    QK

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