I spotted an eye-catching press release today with a headline proclaiming that a “Three-in-One Product, Android Mini Laptop Netbook eBook” is now available for purchase from DinoDirect. I was intrigued… until I figured out that the $99.99 device isn’t a laptop at all. The so-called “7 inch Android 3G Mini Laptop Netbook E-Book” is actually a cheap Android tablet… in fact, it’s the same Android tablet that’s been available for a while in the US as the Maylong M-150.
If the Maylong name strikes a chord, that could be because this is the tablet the folks at retailer Best Buy determined made a better coaster, bookmark, cutting board, mouse pad, frisbee, or iPad stand than an actual tablet.
Now here’s the funny part: Not only did DinoDirect throw keyword spam into the press release to generate attention for the tablet… the company also used Best Buy’s coaster, mouse pad, bookmark, and other photos on the official product page — without permission, and with the addition of a DinoDirect watermark.
One of my other favorite items on the product page is the section about 3G. The product listing describes all the benefits of 3G access… and then points out that this particular product does not include a 3G network card.
Anyway, I’d recommend staying away from this product unless you’re on a very, very tight budget. But if you’re curious about the actual specs, the tablet features a VIA WM8505 processor, 256MB of RAM, 2GB of storage, a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel resistive touchscreen display, a microSD card slot, 802.11b/g/ WiFi, 2 USB ports, and runs Google Android (it’s not entirely clear to me if this model ships with Android 1.6 or Android 2.0). The tablet has a 2400mAh battery.