CTL 2goPad SL10
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- Very responsive capacitive touchscreenAccelerometer Front facing webcam and lots of ports
- Thicker and heavier than othersWindows 7 skin is lacking and sluggish Poor battery life
At 0.72-inches thick and 2.6-pounds, the 10.1-inch slate is obviously heavier than the smaller 9.7-inch / 1.5-pound iPad and the 8.9-inch / 1.9-pound Nav 9, but it's even the chunkier than the 11.6-inch / 2.4-pound JooJoo and the 10.1-inch / 1.9-pound Tega v2. (The latter actually just landed in our newly erected tablet testing laboratory and is pretty slim for a Win7 tablet). As we've said previously, we think 7-inch devices are an ideal size for two-handed navigation -- the 10-inch 2goPad is best used when propped up in its included pleather case or against your thighs when lying in bed. Overall, the feel of the tablet is best described as really solid and certainly not cheap by any means. As for port selection, CTL's made room for two USB ports, an Ethernet socket, SD card reader as well as headphone and mic jacks. There's also a Mini VGA output; CTL kindly includes the adapter in the box.
Obviously, your biggest question right now is how is that touchscreen? Well, it's pretty much your standard capacitive display, which after working with the resistive screen on the Nav 9 is a total breath of fresh air for certain activities. Light taps and swipes is all it takes to make selections / scroll down pages. It also supports two points of input, so pinch-to-zoom worked quite well in Windows Photo Viewer. However, because Windows 7 wasn't necessarily built for finger navigation, we have to say there were times that we wish the tablet came with an active digitizer and a stylus, like that on the TouchSmart Tm2, for navigating through tighter menus. (We actually did test out the oStylus with this tablet, but found it really hard to use, not to mention it's terrible for handwriting recognition). CTL compensates slightly for that aspect of Windows navigation with the four touch buttons located to the right of the display -- you can use the up / down arrows to maneuver through narrow menus and then hit the "OK" button to make selections. The placement of the buttons is a bit odd, and at first we kept mistakenly hitting them, but we got used to it after awhile and actually put them to good use. There's a tools button as well that brings up a settings menu, which allows for easy access to the brightness, volume and camera controls.
Speaking of which, the 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera took some crisp shots of our mug and allowed us to do a two-way Skype call, where apparently we appeared clear and well-lit. Thankfully the tablet has a four-way accelerometer, which adjusted the orientation at a decent pace; it takes about 1.5 seconds for it to rotate, though the screen annoyingly turns black in between adjustments.
Beyond QuickBits, you've got all the robustness and capabilities of Windows -- which we're not sure is a blessing or a curse when it comes to it being on a slate like this. We spent most of our time with the device surfing the web in Firefox, watching clips on YouTube, checking our Twitter stream in TweetDeck and reading a bit in Kindle for PC. All of those experiences were fairly pleasant on the device, though we did find ourselves mistakenly hitting commands with our fingers in some spots as those third party programs weren't built for finger navigation either. (We actually see the point of a Windows touch app store of some sort for that reason alone.) On a productivity end, we were fine using the on-screen keyboard for inputting URLs or firing off a quick tweet, but it's hard to position it correctly on the screen in horizontal mode, and then when flipped vertically the keys are rather cramped. Also, it doesn't always pop-up when you need it to in third party software, like Firefox or Tweetdeck. If you're looking to transform the tablet into a productivity system, you're best picking up and pairing a Bluetooth keyboard.
Performance and battery life
|CTL 2goPad SL10||2:11|
|Netbook Navigator Nav 9||2:25|
|Toshiba Mini NB305||6:30|
We're going to start to sound like a broken record across these Atom-powered tablet reviews when it comes to the battery life, as the processor in combination with three- or four-cell batteries (in this case four), can't find the strength to churn out more than three hours of runtime. The 2goPad lasted only two hours and 11 minutes on our video rundown test, which loops the same standard definition video at 65 percent brightness. In our regular use of the tablet -- surfing the web and listening to music -- we got close to about 3 hours of runtime. That's less than any netbook out there these days and significantly less than any ARM-powered tablet that we've tested. We're certainty looking to Intel's next generation Oak Trail to mend the endurance issues here, and our guess is that a number of the other manufactures out there are doing the same thing. Also, we should mention there's no way to swap out the battery or actually open up the back as far as we can tell.