Brave New World, Or Wretched Dystopia?
Both the half-priced LG burner and the Nexus 7 are noticeably more responsive at basically every task than the Kaser. We didn’t need benchmarks, or even a stopwatch to gauge this. It is abundantly clear. Moreover, as touchscreen-based devices, the Gingerbread-based smartphone and Nexus work very well with Android. Whereas the Kaser’s oversized, touch-friendly buttons are totally unnecessary when used in conjunction with a mouse. Throw in the touchscreen-optimized UI controls and the need to constantly pretend that your mouse is your fingertip, and it’s pretty apparent that Ice Cream Sandwich just isn’t suited to the PC input paradigm.
Adding insult to injury, the Net'sPC2 is completely and overwhelmingly out-gunned by the PC that you probably already own and don’t use anymore. What’s that? Post-PC era, you say? Right.
In short, the Kaser Net'sPC2 YF810-8G is not something we can recommend. The desktop and Android don’t play very well together in the first place, and using the cheapest components known to man in order to hit the $100 price point doesn’t help things at all. By trying to be an Android-based PC, the Net'sPC2 loses the convenience and portability of Android, while simultaneously losing the power and performance of the PC.
Though the included VESA mount may encourage you to turn the YF810-8G into a cheap HTPC, that’s not happening either. And the headless re-purposing options are equally non-existent.
It’s not very often that we come across a product with absolutely zero value and no saving graces, but this is one of those times. The only thing that Kaser's Net'sPC2 YF810-8G is good for is burning through one hundred dollars. Honestly, you’d be more satisfied by ten buckets of the Colonel’s chicken.
As for Android, it should also be possible to make it more usable. A better specced device would have 1080p native, and allowing to change DPI settings on the fly is likely to do wonders to usability on a bit screen (i.e., scale the UI instead of blowing it up).
Android also has some limited windows. It's a hack, but there are apps which support it, such as Tiny Apps, which provides a notes app, calculator, paint, music player and music recorder all running in their own small windows. There are also floating video players ("floating" is the Android app way of saying "windowed") and floating web browsers.
I think that an Android PC could be made usable (though not great). This one isn't it, and I feel that testing was too limited, but I won't fault you for it because any A10 device is not really worth a second look.
How come? 1st Gen iPad is powered by Apple A4 SoC which uses a 1GHz Cortex A8. And this Allwiner A10 is powered by the same Cortex A8.
This is very disappointing for a well known techsite.