bmodo12 windows7 A new Windows 7 tablet with a difference: the BModo12G

It's a wonder to me that there weren't more Windows 7 tablets in the market like the BModo12G. The prevailing logic is that if you need to do "real work", you're better off with a laptop. However, despite having an Apple iPhone 4 and iPad, my experience is that there are quite a few things you do wish could have been better supported by the Apple line-up, and not have to always hunt for ‘alternatives’ to simple tasks like transferring files (e.g. Dropbox), watch Flash videos (e.g. Skyfire Browser), print documents (e.g. Airprint) and using mobile broadband USB sticks with unlimited and inexpensive data plans (separate 3G plan or Sim card cutting). So how does the BModo12G compare with other tablet devices? Read on.

  A new Windows 7 tablet with a difference: the BModo12G

Bmodo12G: A Windows 7 Touchscreen Tablet 

 A new Windows 7 tablet with a difference: the BModo12G

 

Unboxing the BModo12G: Quick Start Guide and Power Cord

 

 To my pleasant surprise, Bmodo has not fallen into the trap of delivering a crippled product just to save a few dollars (which is in my opinion what a few other tablets have done and ended up being cheap but irrelevant). The Bmodo screen is capacitive (read: pretty responsive) with an acceptable screen resolution. After a few hours with it, I realised that given the Windows interface, Bmodo’s screen size of 11.6-inch is probably the optimal size (The smaller 10-inch Windows touchscreen tablets may be uncomfortable for some users). If the screen were any smaller, I feel that sidebar scrolling would be quite impossible with adult fingers. Tapping on small icons and tabs will also be difficult on a smaller screen size.

 The netbook-like specifications on the BModo12G just means that you’re not going to be playing Mass Effect 2 or other serious First Person Shooter (FPS) games on it anytime soon. However, anything that runs on a netbook will run on the Bmodo tablet. You will probably want to plug in a mouse for moderate gaming requirements, since the on-screen keyboard could otherwise make things a little tricky.

Here's a look at its hardware specifications:

LCD Module

Capacitive Multi Touch LCD TFT 11.6-inch HD Glare (1366 x 768)

OS

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Processor Type

Intel Atom Pineview-M N450 + ICH8M; 1.66GHz, 677Mhz, 512K L2

Memory

1GB DDR2 800MHz

Internal Mass Storage

SSD 32GB

Bluetooth

2.1 + EDR

Wi-Fi

Integrated 802.11 b/g/n

GPS

Mini PCI Interface GPS card. Support A-GPS and S-GPS function

WWAN Module (3G)

HSPA/HSUPA/WCDMA 2100/1900/900/850 Mhz: Compliant with 3GPP TS25.101 (R6). GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz: Compliant with 3GPP TS 05.05 (R99)

Camera

1.3 M pixel Webcam

G-Sensor

Display Orientation (3-axis sensing)

Graphics

Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 500 with Discrete 1080p HD Video Accelerator

I/O Interface

1 x DC-in

2 x USB2.0 Ports

1 x OMTP Jack (Audio Jack)

1 x SD/SDHC (32GB Max) Slot

1 x SIM Card Slot (unlock)

1 x Mini HDMI

1 x Hotkey

1 x 26-Pin Connector (For docking station. Sold Separately)

Audio

1 x Built-in Speaker (1.5W) x 2, Mic x 1

Battery

Embedded Lithium-ion Polymer 2 cell (7.4V, 5000mAH, 2S1P)

Size Weight

295mm x 195mm x 14mm, 990g