Versus vs Essential

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Versus vs Essential

Postby icarusi » June 10th, 2012, 7:37 pm

Just notice a 'Versus' tablet in PC World yesterday. It has the Scroll family 'buttonage' so I thought it may be a Excel type, but now think it's a slightly upspecced Essential, more memory, slightly bigger battery. Is the Essential sd slot on the back lower rear LH when viewing in landscape mode?

Just checked on the Scroll site and it's as per the Excel for the SD slot, so this must be different. It's hardware is much like the Essential but with 8Gb onboard memory and ICS. PC World price is lower than most for an Excel (but not all) but higher than an Essential, but you don't get 1.2GHz or 4200mAh battery.
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Re: Versus vs Essential

Postby Trashcooky » June 10th, 2012, 8:01 pm

icarusi wrote:Just notice a 'Versus' tablet in PC World yesterday. It has the Scroll family 'buttonage' so I thought it may be a Excel type, but now think it's a slightly upspecced Essential, more memory, slightly bigger battery. Is the Essential sd slot on the back lower rear LH when viewing in landscape mode?

Just checked on the Scroll site and it's as per the Excel for the SD slot, so this must be different. It's hardware is much like the Essential but with 8Gb onboard memory and ICS. PC World price is lower than most for an Excel (but not all) but higher than an Essential, but you don't get 1.2GHz or 4200mAh battery.


Difficult to know what's going to pop up next as Scroll have repeatedly updated the Excel and the Essential.
We know that the Essential will run ICS as Piers has upgraded to this on his Essential.
The Excel started out on its maiden run with a battery rated at 3,400mAH but ended up with 4,200mAH so maybe that's as far as they can push this size battery without needing more space in the case. (in some Excels the battery is stuck on the back-side of the screen disply with a chinese version of Duct tape.)
Whoever the actual Chinese maker is, there are so many changes in the specs from this allwinner based stable that goodness knows what we will end up with. As far as is it being the same as the Essentail or the Excel? who knows, you pays your maney and takes your chances.
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Re: Versus vs Essential

Postby Piers » June 10th, 2012, 8:21 pm

Hmm, the Versus has 'ARM Cortex A8 1.0GHz with 560MHz DSP' from what I can tell this is a Rockchip RK2808A which is a crappy GPU. I would stay well away from that tablet.

edit: For £65 you could get the Essential and put ICS on there or for £99 grab an Excel with ICS. If I had to buy another small tablet I would get the Essential again, it's top stuff for £65...if you don't mind the Resistive screen.
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Re: Versus vs Essential

Postby icarusi » June 10th, 2012, 8:37 pm

Piers wrote:or for £99 grab an Excel with ICS.
Or £90 from CCL inc 8Gb SD.
if you don't mind the Resistive screen.
Didn't spot that. The Versus is capacitive. Pity they can't combine both. I like capacitive for response and resistive for accuracy. Used a PocketPC for years.
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Re: Versus vs Essential

Postby Piers » June 10th, 2012, 9:04 pm

CCL prices are getting pretty good these days, just bought a 120GB SATAIII SSD for £72 delivered from there.
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