Update: As several commenters had pointed out, all signs point to this being a scam. Nobody has received a single unit yet, and it appears the company hasn’t actually placed any orders for the tablet with the Chinese manufacturer responsible for making them. More details at Engadget and ycombinator.
Update 2: It looks like some units are actually shipping.
With Apple, HP, and other tablet makers duking it out for dominance in the $500 and up space, it looks like the battle for the budget tablet market is also heating up. I recently reviewed the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, which was released last year, making it one of the first available tablets running Google Android. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but it’s hard to argue with the $250 starting price tag — at least until you check out the Enso zenPad, another tablet with a 5 inch display that’s selling for just $155 plus $25 for global shipping.
The zenPad has an 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen display, 8GB of storage, and a 667MHz Samsung 6410 processor. It runs Google Android 1.6 and comes with built in GPS and WiFi. You can pick up a 3G adapter for $35 more, although you’ll have to plug it into a USB port.
The Archos 5 still has the edge when it comes to media playback. Archos loads up the tablet with some excellent audio and video software that can handle a wide range of file formats. But it’s even harder to complain about a $155 price tag.
If you’re looking for something a little bigger, the Camangi WebStation has a 7 inch display, runs Google Android, and starts at $275. But it gets lukewarm reviews and appears to be mostly out of stock at the moment.
The Zenpad from Enso is a scam. They took my $200 and keep sending email excuses saying it will ship soon. It has been over 2 months and paypal won’t let me dispute the transaction. I have now stopped using paypal since credit cards let you dispute a transaction up to 90 days.
Absolute scam: read more about the person selling them:
Zenpad scam! Rip off! Dont order! I ordered i never received it! I read about it nobody received it! They collect the money only!
I sent my complain to paypal.
I ordered it, never arived. Scam. The sell, some Italian guy said it was some delays. Did my research and it seems it’s some italian guy selling the units and never had them.
This tablet looks nice (especially for the price) but for one thing: it does not have an accelerometer, instead the switch from portrait to landscape is software controlled.
This means that most Android 3D games won’t work because they need the accelerometer for control.
If it was not for that I would be ordering one right now…
Nice price but I am not sure a 5″ tablet is big enough unless you plan on using it like a Chumby. Ideally I would like to see Android 2.1 on a 7″ tablet with a bit higher resolution screen.
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