Okay, first off, I left the Android OS on the new tablet I purchased (continuing on from my February 23, 2015 post). I figured since I had more time to set it up, the two most important features that I want out of it are working, playing my music files, and the ability to read eBooks, I might as well keep it the way it is. It does these tasks quite well, and I did pay for them. Secondly, as far as a the rest of the Google garbage that is littered on it, well, I will just ignore it for the time being. I will leave open the option of installing a true Open Source Linux OS on it if the tablet get too buggy. Last, the tablet is functioning quite well. I am happy with its performance.
When I first bought the tablet, an RCA 7 Voyager (1G RAM, 8G Storage, 4 Core Processor), I thought I could get it running right out of the box, or more specifically, the “apps” that I wanted. The eReader, called Google Play, is a complete joke becuase you need wifi to connect to the internet, and then you need to set up an Google Account to run the app. But after doing all of that, Google Play could not find my EPUB files–period, not even from on my micro USB card. Oh, I tried. So desperately sitting at work in the lunch-room, I managed to connect to the company’s wifi, and downloaded a free eBook app, the first one I could find–which happened to be called Aldiko (I did not make this name up); it worked, after a bit of tinkering around. Sadly, I spent all of my time during my breaks tapping and swiping the app, setting it up before I got the eBook file to show. There were no instructions on how to run the app that I could fine at the time using the tablet’s Google run browsers.
Google’s love for data collecting of my personal information was so overwhelming that when the tablet first booted up on wifi, I shut it off. None of the apps and their main functions of the tablet would not work with out a Google account. Reluctantly, I actually have two Google accounts, one for Gmail, and another for my Youtube account, so I used one of them. That was when the flood of questions needed were asked by Google. To my ignorance, I started on filling in some of them before I figured out how to skip the online questions.
Aside with Google’s love for my personal data, there was their ads that loaded up when I started the Google Play app. The wifi was so weak that I spent most of my time waiting for the browser to load the ad banners, than getting what I wanted in the first place.
Now that I decided that the tablet’s value as a web browser is next to useless, I will only use it for listing to music and read my eBooks with. It does do these two tasks very well. Its performance as an eReader, with the Aldiko app, is very good: good screen resolution, fast page turning, some good configuration functions. I ran it for almost five hours before the battery ran out, which is one hour better than what the manufacture says it should last.
To give the benefit of doubt to the tablet, Google and the Android OS, I will chalk this up to my honeymoon phase with the device as a newbie. It took me about twenty minutes before I went through all of the system setting and explored those function before “I got it.” I guess, in the end, I expected a little more functionality when I embarked on this upgrade. I am pleased with the tablet, as it does what I originally wanted it to do, so for about fifty bucks, I think I won. I still have the option of installing an Open Source Linux OS if I want to, such as Ubuntu Touch.