Andy Pad’s 7 Inch Tablet sports 256MB RAM and resistive Touchscreen

Andy Pad 7 Inch Tablet TeaserUK based manufacturer Andy Pad is aiming to enter the market with an affordable and well suited 7 inch tablet. Besides an A8 CPU running at 1.2GHz the tablet is accompanied by a 3D capapble GPU and will support 1080p output via HDMI.

The resistive 7 inch Touchscreen features a 480×800 pixels screen resolution. The tablet comes with Android 2.3, no words on future updates, as of now.

It has 265 RAM, but it’s ROM is optimised to run smoothly with a variety of applications – even 3D games and HD video with no lag.

The tablet has an USB input, that seems to support USB-host mode.

The Andy Pad is a 7” white tablet with a highly responsive resistive screen. It’s aimed at the younger generation with an aim to being a tablet for those who simply want a cheap tablet that works and isn’t like the cheap Chinese imports (IE: slow & confusing).

A price of 129GBP (145€) grants an entry into the 7 inch tablet world without a financial ruin. It comes with several apps like Twitter and Facebook preinstalled. Some games are sitting on the device, too.

As manufacturer Andy Pad says a Pro version is planned for the future and it will come with double the RAM and feature a capacitive touchscreen. The launch date is September 1st 2011 for the 256MB RAM with resistive touchscreen version.

UPDATE 27.06.2011:

As announced earlier today on our Twitter (AndyPadUK), the Andy Pad will come with 512 RAM, contrary to previous statements of 256. We believe that the user experience is paramount and after a large outcry from the community, we’ve decided to use 512 RAM. The price will remain the same at 129 pounds.

What do you think of the Andy Pad and it’s technical specs? Would you buy this 7 inch tablet as your first tablet?


Use Facebook Chat in Pidgin with XMPP

A few days ago Facebook opened their chat service for the use of the XMPP, an open XML based protocol.

The XMPP potocol is widely known thanks to Jabber and GTalk, both based on XMPP.  Thanks to the use of XMPP as a protocol users are able to connect to Facebook Chat using a XMPP supporting client like Pidgin, Trillian and more.

In our example configuration we are using Pidgin.

To use Facebook Chat in Pidgin you need to add a new Account and select the XMPP protocol. As username you need to enter the Facebook Accountname found in the FB settings under Account->Account Settings->Username. If you did not generate a Username you might do this now. The needed domain entry ist As Resource you might choose Pidgin, your PC name or whatever you like to. As Password you need to enter the Facebook Account Password.

Facebook Chat in Pidgin Einrichtung Teil 1Facebook Chat in PidginSet-Up Part 1 

After you are finished with the settings in the Basic Tab, you need to switch to the Advanced Tab. Here you need to enter as Connect Server and deactivate Require SSL/TLS as the XMPP Chat connection to Facebook only works unencrypted at the moment.

Facebook Chat in Pidgin Einrichtung Teil 2Facebook Chat in Pidgin Set-Up Part 2 

To finalize the Set-Up you can now Add the newly created Account and use it in Pidgin. For more information on XMPP and Facebook you can use the Facebook Help Center and search for XMPP chat. There are instructions on other clients besides Pidgin, like Adium and iChat.