The eLocity A7 Android tablet has been getting a lot of attention recently, as one of the first Android tablets available in the US to sport an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, Android 2.2, and a capacitive, multitouch display. That ain’t a bad set of features for a $299 device. Unfortunately, it’s starting to look like “multitouch” might be putting it strongly.
According to users at the xda-developers forum, it turns out that while the eLocity A7 can handle pinch-to-zoom the display is actually 1+1 touch instead of true multitouch. That means it can’t register more than two inputs — and it doesn’t really do a very good job with two either. Basically the screen can tell when there are two fingers touching it, and the device’s software helps figure out the appropriate action (such as zooming).
If all you’re looking for in a multitouch device is pinch to zoom, then this might be good enough, although this type of pinch to zoom implementation isn’t as accurate as it would be on a true multitouch screen. But if you want to play games or run other apps (such as Google Maps 5) that rely on multiple inputs, then you’re out of luck. Software keyboards also tend to work better on true multitouch displays, since you don’t need to completely lift one finger before placing another on a different key.
The eLocity A7 is one of the fuller-featured tablets available for under $299… it’s just not quite as full featured as we had expected.
via Android Tablets