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Pendo Pad 7 Full Windows 8.1 with Bing & 1 Year Office 365 Personal $89 @ Coles Supermarkets

550

Manufactures site http://pendopad-7-intel-quad-core-windows-tablet-pndppw81q71...

Intel Quad core Atom Z3735G
1GB DDR3L Ram
16GB Storage
Micro SD card slot
Bluetooth 4.0 & Wireless N
Mini HDMI
USB OTG cable Included
Supports Miracast
7" Screen native 1024x600, forced @ 1280x800 to run Windows Store apps.
Plays Full HD (1080p) MKV with Divx codec installed.
you will need to need to check out the service counter, may net be @ all stores

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    Performance would be pretty average on this, but for that price, it's not bad just for the licenses for another machine.

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      Can you really transfer the Windows licence from this? Anyone tried it? I thought it would be tied to the hardware for that price. Not bad just for Office 365.

    • +1 vote

      I bought one a couple weeks ago after it was in the Coles catalogue. Works pretty great if you're a casual user, all i really wanted was something cheap to take overseas. Screen is a bit meh but the price is right.

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      Would be OEM license so not transferable

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    Where did you hear about this? I have never seen this advertised anywhere.

    • +6 votes

      Have you tried a windows phone?
      Iv had ios android and wp8.
      Have to rate wp8 as the best

      • -1 vote

        WP runs smoothly but the user experience is still pretty awful. I really want to like it but it is just so far behind Android in so many ways. WP is certainly better on cheap hardware, though.

        • +3 votes

          @NOYANONO: There are so many inaccuracies in your comment. To address a few:
          - It's only a one off developer registration of $21 to create apps - hardly breaking the bank. You can also get free developer tools: http://bit.ly/1gJhKtY
          - No file system? WP8 is plug and play like a normal USB. There is also a file manager app http://bit.ly/1oSEpFp

        • +5 votes

          At all the above, this tab runs windows 8.1 which is full desktop windows on an x86 cpu hence its amazing value. It is the same operating system on desktop and laptop computers thus it can use all of the same software e.g. adobe, CAD, VLC, steam, office making it much more productive than an android / ios tab.

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          @Maxamillion21:

          IIRC the fee is only if you want to list apps on the store. I think you can sideload your own apps on your own devices for free.

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          @Maxamillion21:
          Sounds like his statement about paying Microsoft to dev was pretty accurate to me.

        • +1 vote

          @jazoom: Meh. Developers have to pay a fee for all of them. Google Play, Apple App store. Don't even get started on the cut that they all take.

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          @jazoom:
          You're not paying them to Dev, your paying them to host and distribute your product on their store. The stupidity of some comments on here…

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          @Fybre:

          That's not true. I'm an Android developer. Anyone can develop for Android without paying anyone. There is a fee to put your app on Google Play. That's different. This is what that other comment was referring to. Anyone can just start developing for their device with no barrier, which is how I got into it.

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          @NOYANONO: Why would you need the Zune software for a Nokia 530?

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          @sallan75:
          You do understand this isn't running Windows Phone or Windows RT right? SMH.

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    I would rather pay $50-$60 extra for Acer with 2 GB RAM+32 GB Memory+Better Screen

  • +2 votes

    Bought this for 49. Potluck bargain. Due to wrong display of sticker. :D

  • +1 vote

    I have a nexus 7 and bought this to try out windows 8.1 . the thing works OK although the screen is pretty average.
    But gee I hate windows 8.1 compared to android.

    • +2 votes

      thats not a fair comparison

      i mean i use my Nexus 7-2 for actual work… the screen is clear as and it can multitask

      this $89… nah its not a work tablet

      at best its a messing around tablet

    • -2 votes

      Had a WP phone… WP is a pain unless you use the net for everything.
      Give me android anytime.

  • -1 vote

    "With Bing".

    hahaha… like that's something to brag about. It's free too.

    • +4 votes

      It's actually referring to the version of Windows - the one the manufacture gets for nothing as long as the device has a screen under 8 inches, comes with 1gb ram max, and sells for under AU $429. It's called "Windows 8.1 with Bing" and it's the right price to compete with cheap android devices.

      • +1 vote

        Thanks for informing me. What a silly, confusing name. I really hope this new Microsoft is getting its shit together. Calling the next version Windows 10 is an interesting start.

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        Wish they let them come with 2GB ram, 1GB just isn't enough for full Windows

      • +1 vote

        Seeing as it's creating some confusion it's also important to note that the only difference is that with 'Windows 8.1 with Bing' the manufacturer has no say on what the default search engine in IE is set to.

        Aside from that it's exactly the same as standard Windows 8.1 and there is nothing preventing the user from changing the default search.

  • +2 votes

    Wow bargain! I could have bought this just for the office 365 subscription! Office 365 personal cost me $29 after cash back and for another $60 you get a full blown Windows 8.1 tablet… nice price. Could use it as a low power Windows home server to share files like a NAS or as a download machine.

  • +1 vote

    Just a heads up, if you install all the updates and install 365 and set up email you potentially end up with 1gb free

    The resolution looks better if you drop it down slightly.

  • +5 votes

    I tried to look for reviews and I came across the cutest little guy haha
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCRgL1KZZ30

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      hahaha. That's actually better than some unboxings I've seen before. Well, assuming he actually unboxes it in part 2 haha.

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    It's not in the catalogue. Is it from previous deal op?

  • +1 vote

    7" Screen native 1024x600, forced @ 1280x800 to run Windows Store apps.

    This makes it a crappy tablet. However, with HDMI out, it might make a decent HTPC.
    Or would a cheapy Android tablet with hdmi do just as well? The Atom-based tablet could run OpenELec and XBMC?

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    Dumb questions probably, but does this tablet with "full win 8.1" have an actual underlying file system? And can it be easily accessed from a Windows pc thru usb, as android can.
    Also is there fully usable USB port(s), or just make believe/unusable ones as with most tablets I've had. Example can you run a 3G dongle, or an 2.5" external usb drive?
    Thanks for any info.

    • +4 votes

      For all intents and purposes, Windows 8.1 with Bing is exactly the same as Windows 8.1.
      Under the manufacturer's agreement with Microsoft, the manufacturer cannot change the default search engine that IE uses (Bing). (The user can change it if they want to).

      Microsoft is trying to level the playing field with "windows" tablets, as manufacturers always complained that it was more expensive to create windows tablets because they had to add the overhead costs of a OS (Windows 8.1) on top of their hardware costs.

      Therefore Microsoft introduced Windows 8.1 with Bing which is their "Free" version of Windows 8.1 for manufacturers to use in their low cost tablets.

      Good thing is, to us the end users, we see no difference between Windows 8.1 with Bing and Windows 8.1.

    • +2 votes

      You can run any programs you can run on a regular PC/laptop on this, you can also use any 3G dongle or 2.5" HDD through use of the included USB OTG cable (Converts microusb to a USB port you can plug stuff into). To access the underlying file system open up Windows Explorer or your file manager of choice.

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        Thanks a zillion Agret. Will buy now if store has stock.

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    So if it comes with an office 365 subscription, does that mean this also includes unlimited onedrive storage? http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/27/microsoft-adds-unlimited-on...

  • -2 votes

    Why on earth would you play full HD videos on this. What a waste of storage space.

  • -2 votes

    I'm still reading it as "pedo pad"…

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    The post lists "CashRewards Cashback". How does this work?
    Is this tablet available online at Coles somehow? I couldn't find it at shop.coles.com.au

    • +1 vote

      Any deal for Coles will list the cashback available, the system doesn't distinguish if the item is available online or not.

      Keep in mind if something was on coles online you would need to pay for delivery unless you spent over $100, which would eat up most/all of the $10 cashback. Also the cashback is for new accounts first order only:

      https://www.cashrewards.com.au/coles-online#Coupons

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    HP Stream 7 came out in USA for $99 and it has 32GB of Storage. That would give it a lot of extre breathing room for additional drivers apps and updates.

    Assuming it comes Down under, i'd wager it be around $120.

    I'd think twice about getting a 16GB Pendo brand for $89.

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    Trying to understand how these things work. Can I plug in a usb drive and effectively use it as a low power nas for xbmc boxes to access video files? Also it seems if it runs normal windows programs I could also run utorrent and have a low power always on download box?

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      Yes to all your questions.

      It runs the full Windows 8, it can do everything that Windows 8 can do on a PC/Laptop.

      The only problem is that it's powered via its only USB slot. Would have to see about using a multi-usb adapter to keep it powered and have a usb drive plugged in at the same time.

  • +1 vote

    I bought this one. The screen is probably the most disappointing about this unit. It made me dizzy after 30 min of using it. I figure it would still make a good unit for plex server when connecting to a TV. The HP stream 7 is a very good alternative however you will have to sacrifice a mini hdmi port for 32Gb storage and an ISP display.

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      Does everything appear 'squashed/flattened' due to the forced resolution & aspect ratio? Battery life any good?

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        I actually didnt mind the resolution. What annoyed me more was the super narrow viewing angle. Ofc that wouldnt be the case if you use an extra monitor. Battery life is okei. To be honest, i sold it right away after realising it is not for me. But you for that price you really should be looking at a tablet to play with rather than doing serious stuff with it.

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    OP Manufacture's site link needs fixing.

    Anyone know real world battery life for this tablet?

  • +1 vote

    After buying the 8" one from Target I would not attempt to use a Windows tablet device with any smaller resolution screen. The desktop is workable but not great, OK for a techie and blowing up fonts.

    Also there is no simple way of getting apps to load on memory card instead of internal memory so you are going to struggle with space to live on just not-metro apps.

    Also, after using the Windows tablet for a couple of weeks the most disappointing thing is the apps. They are all half baked and terrible compared to the Android and iDevice offerings.

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    Anyone know if this tablet can be charged and a usb 3G dongle used at the same time?
    Got a feeling somebody mentioned this elsewhere, and it can't be done?

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    Looks like at its native resolution it wouldn't run Metro apps anyway.

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      Correct, that's why its forced to run initially at the higher resolution and downscaled so the apps will run. You can change the resolution to native, but apps wont work.

      • +1 vote

        Why the negative vote? The display is lower native resolution (1024x600) than the resolution that the OS is displaying at (1280x800). This is because the Windows Store apps WILL NOT RUN at the native resolution of the screen. This is why they are downscaling 1280x800 to 1024x600, because without doing that you couldn't use the Windows Store apps.

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        Did you manage to change the resolution to native? The Windows 8 display settings shows 1280x800 as the only available resolution to me.

        • +1 vote

          Yeah it's a bit hidden:

          • go to the desktop
          • long press (right click) and select "screen resolution"
          • click "advanced settings"
          • click "list all modes" down the bottom on the "adapter" tab
          • choose 1024x600

          It looks much cleaner than the default resolution.

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          @MrFunSocks:
          Saved the day. Could not figure this one out either. Now how to join with XP over usb for file exchange??

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          @NOYANONO:
          Easy solution, OTG cable and usb key is no fuss for XP file exchange.

  • +2 votes

    Just saw this for $99 at Auspost store.

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    In 2012 I made the mistake of being roped into a deal with Dodo that involved a 7 inch version of this brand of tablet. I knew as a budget device it would not be the 'Ipad killer' they claimed it to be,but the price was right & at the time I only really wanted a mobile device for reading the odd e-book, checking emails & browsing Reddit at the coffee shop.'Piece of trash' more like. I at least expected basic functionality. It was a pile of junk from the get-go. Slooooooow,browser never loading,frequently crashed,wouldn't connect to wifi, wasn't compatible with Google Play,no storage.Charge lasted barely an hour doing the lightest browsing. My fault for not researching it better, but if I can save somebody some pain,my mistake will have been worth it. There are some great little budget tablets out there:this was not one of them. For all I know, the newer models may be greatly improved,but I know I will never risk it & buy a Pendo Pad ever again.Easily the worst computing device I've bought in the last 7 years. Avoid.

    • +2 votes

      That sucks to hear, but I'm typing this from this Win8 Pendopad and while I've only been using it for about 3 hours now, I think it's more than worth the $89. Plex runs perfectly on it, all the other apps I've tried run perfectly, and had no trouble connecting to my WiFi. In fact it has a better WiFi connection than my Lumia, Surface and iPad in terms of range.

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    I just wish the VivoTab Note 8 would have had a run in Australia. I should have bought one from the US before the Aussie dollar dropped.