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$180 RAMOS MID W9 Android Tablet teardown

Cracking open the $180 RAMOS MID W9 Android Tablet

Want a tablet, but don't want to spend $499 for an Apple iPad 2 or $799 for a Motorola XOOM? Then you might be tempted to purchase one of the low-cost Android tablets that are floating around the Web.

In February 2011, we reviewed and cracked open the $100 LY-706 MID Android tablet (distributed in the U.S. by FocalPrice.com) in February 2011:

We're back with another low-cost tablet, the $180 RAMOS MID W9
(also distributed in the U.S. by FocalPrice.com). Follow along as we take a peek at the hardware inside this sub-$200 tablet.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

18 comments
longtex
longtex

... or at least in some of them. Mentioning dimensions is good, but it really helps to have something in the photos to establish or reinforce the scale. Oh, and you might want to use a medium gray background so both black and white things show up without fussing. Other than that, good job all around, imo. You can't please everyone - you show the engine and you'll have some people whining for camshaft pix and others who snivel because you didn't tell how loudly the turn signals click. Illegitimi non carborundum.

grewcockd
grewcockd

OH! come on Bill, It is supposed to be a teardown, not a guided tour around the outside of the thing!!

usoulsby
usoulsby

Mr Detwiler, I've happily followed the tear downs for some time, and thank you very much for the time and effort. You mentioned in an earlier tear down that your photography had improved. And this is true! Could you go a step further and photograph the white tablets/PCs on a dark background, and put some low light contrast on them. My low end work monitor has poor contrast, and my photo phobic eyes struggle.

skf
skf

You are ignoring the point.

andy
andy

So, how was the tablet? The insides are cool to look at, but not knowing much about chips and whatnot... Did you play with it at all? I'm just curious how it handled. Granted, that's mostly subjective, but I'd be happy with a quick run down. "Screen was responsive, the Angry Birds benchmark test was a little choppy" or whatever.

stewed_grunt
stewed_grunt

Bill if you are not trying to promote the iPAD why not put the pricing after the comparison of the two "high end" tablets...such as "iPAD or XOOM for $500-$800". The previous posters are quite correct that there is an implied misrepresentation of the XOOM pricing in your wording.

Gothar
Gothar

,not peak. Unless you will be peaking, I suppose. Peek: to look or glance quickly or furtively, especially through a small opening or from a concealed location; peep; peer. Peak: the maximum point, degree, or volume of anything. Oh, and I agree with the comparison issue pointed out by Indigo.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

I'm not comparing the iPad 2's price to that of the XOOM. I'm comparing high-end tablets (priced around $500) to low-cost alternatives, such as the $180 RAMOS MID W9 or $100 LY-706 MID.

aauxcode
aauxcode

Bill is either an Apple fanboy or completely out of date with current tablet pricing war. Either way he is not helping techrepublic to get more credibility with the caption. Nice tablet tear down photos though.

indigo196
indigo196

Please stop the inaccurate comparison of $499 iPad 2 vs. $799 Xoom. It could just as easily be a $499 Xoom vs and $829 iPad 2 or a $599 Xoom and $599 iPad 2. Both products have a range of hardware. The two $599 editions of the product are as close in spec as you can get... so why not use those as a point of reference?

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Thanks for the feedback. I'll take it into consideration for future teardown galleries.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

If you're referring to my responses to the iPad 2 and XOOM pricing, I believe you should read the post, image descriptions, and my responses again. Nowhere in this gallery did I compare the iPad 2 and XOOM to each other in price or features. I only mentioned their prices to show the difference between high-end tablets and low-cost ones.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Did you read the title of this gallery? Did flip through the photos and read the descriptions? This gallery is not a comparison of the iPad 2 and XOOM. I only mentioned them in the first image's description as a point of reference. Both are high-end tablets compared to the sub-$200 tablet that is this gallery's focus.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

I fixed the typo you spotted. Thanks for alerting me to it. But, I don't understand the "price comparison" issue. I'm not comparing the iPad 2 and Motorola XOOM. What text in the first image's description gave the impression--simply listing the prices of the models I cracked open?

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

What "pricing error" you're referring to? As of this date, the base retail price of the Apple iPad 2 is $499, and the base retail price of the original Motorola XOOM is $799.99. A Wi-Fi only version of the XOOM is available for $599, which is the same price as a WiFi-only iPad 2 with 32GB of storage. The prices listed in the first image's description were for the iPad 2 and XOOM models that I cracked open earlier this year--both are linked to. More interestingly, I'm not even comparing the iPad 2 to the XOOM in this gallery. I only mention the two high-end tablets as a comparison to the low-cost RAMOS MID W9, which I'm cracking open here.

BrightLibra@Gmail.com
BrightLibra@Gmail.com

...didn't seem that way to me. I was thinking that the comparison was between "high end" and "low end" cost units. I am looking for bang for the buck and that doesn't mean Apple (usually) wins. I do want (need!) something that can work with Adobe DRM documents and that means way better than Kindle. Keep doing these, Bill - I do appreciate the information!