Pallmallmedical.co.uk Review:Private Consultants, Doctors, Tests and Scans | Pall Mall Medical - Pall Mall Medical provide private healthcare and access to consultants, doctors, tests, scans with little or no waiting times across Manchester and the North West.
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First I'd like to say that my foot size is a 15 EEE. When I placed my order, I ordered a size 16 skate knowing that the skate is supposed to be true to your foot size. Amazon sent me a size 17, but let me tell you I don't know what I would have done if I got the 16 because the size 17 skate fits my foot like a glove going against all skate-sizing logic but this is the case. Anyways the skate is very comfortable and easy to skate with. I'm not a hockey player or a figure skater, but feel like a pro with these skates. I highly recommend them for everyone needing a larger skate, because frankly they're the only option unless you go to Bauer or CCM and have them make a mold of your foot for a custom skate.
Tablet charges quickly, from 50% to 100% in a couple of hours with included charger. Only charges via USB port when the unit is in standby.
Wifi works fine (router is on ground floor and used it on third floor. was able to stream movies on youtube) If you are having issues with wifi, try changing the channel on your router. I'm using an 802.11B/G router.
Can't get GPS inside, but GPS locks quickly on my porch (a couple of minutes). Be aware that GPS is a very weak signal and difficult to lock indoors. If your other device is able to connect indoors, it's most likely using the cell network to triangulate or wifi network. I tested out the GPS in a moving car on a cloudy day. Got 13 satellites and used 10 within 2 minutes of enabling it (no wifi). There is a little loss of signal strength when the tablet is vertical vs horizontal.
I downloaded Locus and some maps and tested the GPS in a moving car. Works great. Got like 14 satellites and it followed me pretty good. I'm not sure how to mount it in my car though. Since the GPS antenna is on the edge where the camera is, make sure you are not holding it there since that will degrade performance.
Screen looks wonderful. Super IPS pretty bright. It's pretty easy to change the brightness. Fingerprint magnet, but easily cleaned with the included cloth.
Camera blows Ipad 2's camera away. Pictures are useable, but I'm not sure how much I will use it. Flash also very bright.
Stock browser pretty good. There are a few hiccups (but even my 2 quad core computers have them now and then). Haven't had major issues with any web pages I visit so far.
ICS very intutive. It took about 10 minutes to upgrade. Was able to figure most things out without the manual (available online only). Everything synced to my google accounts easily. I had a few apps force close, but restarting them made it fine. I have not had to fully reboot my system yet (had it for a week). Tablet is pretty zippy. Don't have much to compare to except my wife's ipad 2 and they're pretty similar.
There are a bunch of apps, but the good ones are still limited. Some apps just don't open, probably due to the new OS. Make sure you d/l the amazon appstore for some freebies. Some good free ones that work are google translate, google++, google Earth, wifi analyzer, GPS test, BSPlayer lite, angry birds, kindle, skype, and tank recon 3d. Skype video chat works. You need to go in the Skype settings and enable video. It said it hasn't been optimized for the device so video may be poor, but it looked fine to me. Use wifi analyzer to select a good clean channel.
I was able to hook it up via USB to my computer and upload all my music and video. Make sure the tablet does not go to standby when you're doing this or bad things can happen. I've also installed a micro SD card and was able to play/copy from it.
Waiting for my micro hdmi cable so I can test it on my TV. The $3-$4 beats the $30 one you need for the iPad 2.
I got my micro hdmi cable. My first one got lost in the mail. My second one made it fine. Quality looks excellent. One issue is that it seems to cut out about 1/2" around the edges. In some apps, it just duplicates what is on your screen, in others like BDS player, it goes black and only shows the controls which is nice.
My issue is about the inconsistent flash performance on large network sites (NBC, CBS, ABC, etc). Sometimes I can get it to work, some never work, some sometimes work. There was a new flash update so time will tell if this improves. Unlike the iPad, there are no apps that can play shows from these places.
I'm not sure if the GPS and wifi issues are blown out of proportion, if there's user error, if there's a unit to unit variation, or if the later units had a fix, but these 2 features seem to work fine on mine. Instead of focusing on numbers (ie speed/BW), just see if it's able to do the things you want reasonably well compared to similar devices. You don't need a firehose to water a plant or having a supercomputer to write a paper isn't going to get it done any faster. :) Likewise, it's very possible that some of these units are genuinely defective.
Lastly, a hint to buy it on amazon (at it's intended price and free shipping) is to add it to your cart and just check it religiously. I saw it become available once (Wed morning) and it was gone in 30 mins. I saw it again Fri night and that's where I snagged it. With prime, I got it on Monday.
There was an update today but I do not know if the following was due to the update or not.
I tested my wifi using speedtest.net on my TFP and my wife's IP2. Both had similar wifi results. (make sure you select the same server).
I also tested the GPS and was able to get a few satellites on the 2nd floor. On the 3rd (top) floor, I got lots of satellites and and was able to lock.
Using the device to watch TV. NBC not supported. ABC works decent. History Channel works but a bit laggy. Don't have Netflix.
NBC still doesn't work. I think it's because they use Silverlight though I heard they were changing. The APP has little or no content.
HULU Plus APP installs but video not supported.
History Channel more stable now.
TED APP works, though a bit buggy.
I though I'd post some tips I learned here.
If you use google accounts (gmail, calendar, google++, ect.), it's pretty to sync it to the Transformer. Simply d/l the app and login. If you want to sync your bookmarks on your PC to the TFP, it takes a little more work. First, you have to d/l the latest Chrome browser. The you have to enable the syncing to google accounts. Then any bookmarks that you add to Chrome show up in the stock browser after a few minutes. If you are not already using Chrome, you can use Chrome to import your bookmarks from other browsers. After that, they will show up on the TFP.
If someone sends you an invite from their calendar program (ipad, google calendar) to your gmail account, it appears in your calendar. Makes it easy to sync calendars with other people.
Sorry if any of this is basic knowledge, but it took me a while to figure out how to do this. I think some of it is new to ICS.