Charlie wrote:Yes JCB I understand what you are saying, but the 1st version of the Excel came with a 3400mAh battery which would have been a better match for the Evoke with it's lower power A9 - That battery would have been the magic sweet spot between weight/price/conformance for the Evoke tablet IMO.
People might be interested to know.
During the initial release of the 2nd generation Excel (not the Excel II - there are so many variations now
) the Excel actually had a S.O. quoted 4,200 mAh battery capacity. Maybe, I am just making too much of this battery capacity but with the Chinese technology firms knocking these out in their millions you would have thought that if S.O. really wanted to take out the competition on price and spec
(price alone doesn't do it for everyone) - especially with the added drain of the welcomed Bluetooth
- that the battery capacity of the Evoke would have at least stayed the same as a bog standard Excel (3,400/3,600 depending on which month of the same year you bought it)
not been reduced.
When I asked Storage Options about this with the Excel II they told me that the latest performance processor required less power. OK so the A13 is less power hungry - so more time in use - but if this is at all significant why the Devil aren't they making a show of this in their advertising? I am sure I am not alone in believing that all serious buyers go just as much for the spec as the cost.
In fact you don't mind paying a bit more for a good spec.
I simply shudder at some of the bad press S.O. get on places like Amazon and even on the Gadget show's pages displaying the new Evoke some people have already made some seriously damaging comments about Storage Option's products and their customer service. If they would only clean up their act with after sales and customer service and provide firmware support people would be clambering to buy their products.
As it is, some of the twaddle they dish out regarding why they can't provide after sales updates is so lame it truly sucks.
Other brand tablet suppliers in the same market (often with clone-like product) offer firmware upgrades, the tools to do it with and instructions, but on the understanding that if you bugger it up it's down to you. Amazingly, some of them will also continue to try and help you on their dedicated forums even when you do brick your tablet because company staff who certainly seem to know exactly what they are doing, are on these forums and using business resources to continue to provide answers. Now that's the way to create loyalty.