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How Maylong Tablets Work

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Maylong Tablet Features
Screenshot from Maylong's M-270 tablet
Screenshot from Maylong's M-270 tablet
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The features of the Maylong tablets are important, and not because of what they have but mainly because of what they lack. That's not necessarily a criticism; the tablets are inexpensive because of what is left out, and there are a lot of people who are perfectly content with the bare bones. Why buy a $500 tablet if you're just using it to check your e-mail?

All of the models have WiFi capabilities, and none have 3G. Once again, the 250 and 260 are the barest of them all. Yes, they have an Internet browser (although which one is never specified), a digital media player, streaming capabilities and limited apps are available. In other words, a generic tablet without much power or technology behind it. If you're looking for a cheap tablet for your 10-year-old, this might be it.

Once you start getting into the 270-285-970 range, things start to improve. A Flash Player and a PDF reader are installed. YouTube, Kindle, Kobo, a generic eBook reader and access to an app market are all included. Keep in mind the app market isn't the full Android app store; it's a cultivated library, meaning there are limited access to apps (it uses the GetJar App Market).

All the tablets also have a camera, but beware: the cameras on the 250, 270 and 285 are 0.3 megapixels. Again, equivalent to the camera on a flip phone camera. Oddly, the 260 lists a 1.3-megapixel camera. The 970 has two cameras: The front is 1.3 megapixels and the back is 2.0 megapixels -- not bad, but not great compared to the iPad 3's 5 megapixel iSight camera.

The style of the tablets vary; every model but the 970 has dedicated home buttons (the 970 is touch screen only). While the 250 and 270 just have home buttons, the 260 and the 285 have physical volume buttons as well, near the home screen. The 285 also has a back button.

The Maylong has had some issues in the past; let's take to the next page to find out what they were about and if they're still a worry.


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