Walgreens is entering into the tablet market place with entry-level 7″ Android powered tablet PC. The surprising part is that it is priced at only $99.99 plus $4.99 shipping. Unfortunately the tablet is not sold in stores, which causes a problem for me. I like to play with my toys before I buy them. So what do you get for your $100 bucks?
On their website Walgreens lists the following components:
- Google Android™ Operating System
- LCD color touch-screen 7-inches
- Full Internet browsing capability
- Experience YouTube at your fingertips
- Easy access to emails
- Download and play games
- Included digital music, video player and digital picture viewer
- Digital picture frame
- e-Book reader
- Download and install custom Google Android™ Applications
- CPU: ARM9(VM8505+)
- Memory – RAM: 256MB DDR
- Memory – Flash: Built-in Flash
- Display – Touch Panel: 7-inch TFT LCD
- Display: Resolution 800 X 480 Pixels
- WIFI: 802.11b/g
- Input/Output – Touch Panel: Resistive type touch panel
- Input/Output – Speaker: Built-in loud speakers
- Input/Output – SD/MMC: T-Flash card slot
- Input/Output – Network/USB: Dongle for RJ-45 network and USB connection
- Buttons/Switches: Power On/Off, Volume adjustment
- Battery: Built-in Li-Polymer battery
- Charger – Input: AC 100-240V, 0.5A
- Charger – Output: 9V, 1500MA
- Tablet device with 7-inch color touch screen
- AC Adapter
- Network/USB dongle
The tablet is made by a company called Maylong. So who is Maylong? I did a Google and found a web site for the company. The tablet comes with a one year warranty. There are also phone numbers for an RMA return as well as locations where the tablet can be purchased. I contacted their sales department via email and asked to receive a test model of the device. I will let you know the results of my request.
If anyone has purchased the Maylong tablet, share your thoughts and experience with us.
Source – Walgreens
Source – Maylong
I am trying MagicJack and so far it works for me.
Several months ago, I dumped my home phone and went with two cell phones from Straight Talk for my wife and I. The Straight Talks have worked great and not having a home phone was working OK for us. But we have one problem that has surfaced when school started. Our grandson, aged 11, comes to our house after school. When we are not home, he has no phone to use in case of an emergency. So I was looking for an option that would be inexpensive but provide phone service.
I have used VOIP from Vonage before, and it worked flawlessly, after I upgraded my wireless router to one that supported VOIP. I have also read many of the reviews and personal opinions about MagicJack that seem to be divided between success and failure. My buddy Charlie in California has been using MagicJack and recommended I try it, since he has used MagicJack without issue. I had also read stories of people ordering MagicJack from the company and being charged for service before the 30 day trial was finished. So I opted to buy MagicJack from Walgreen, [$39.95 plus tax], since I know I could return it without a problem, during the first 30 days.
I picked up MagicJack Saturday morning and installed it when I got home. I have a 10G wireless service and hooked up MagicJack to a 4-year-old Gateway laptop running Microsoft Windows XP with SP3 installed. The system is a single processor running at 1.6MHz with 1MB of RAM. When you hook up MagicJack to a USB port, it automatically installs the necessary software and handles the registration process. The software installed without any issues. What was annoying is that you have to go through hoops in order to get the unit registered and activated. The hoops are that the company wants to see you a host of additional features which I did not want. Why would I want to sign up for 5 years of service, at a discount, if I didn’t know if MagicJack would even work?
After installation was complete I was assigned a phone number and tested MagicJack. It worked perfectly. I was actually pleasantly surprised that the call quality was excellent, in fact I believe it is better than Vonage. IMO. I have played with MagicJack trying phone calls at different times of the day and thus far it has worked just fine.
I will be doing a follow-up report in about a month and let you know how well, or not so well, MagicJack works.
Is MagicJack for every one? If you have a fast broadband connection and a computer you can leave on all of the time, you may wish to give MagicJack a try. But I would suggest that you read the reviews of MagicJack on the Amazon site. MagicJack may not work for everyone, but so far it is working for me.
I found this interesting since I have seen the TV ads for the Topsy Turvy Tomato Tree. According to the official Topsy Turvy Tomato Tree website, the price of the plant is 2 payments of $19.95 plus another $19.95 for shipping and handling. What is unique about this product is that the tomato plant grows upside down. According to the advertisement, this should make growing tomatoes easier for those who do not have a traditional garden.
I can see where people who live in apartments or have limited growing space, would benefit by using this unique design. But what brought my attention to this product was that out local TV station noted that the same product could be found at Walgreen’s for just $9.99. Sure enough I went to Walgreen’s site and there it was. The same Topsy Turvy Tomato Tree. What is also surprising is that Walgreen’s offers free shipping for this product as well.
I thought I would pass this information on to you, just in case you are thinking about buying a Topsy Turvy Tomato Tree. You can also read the reviews located on the Walgreen’s site for additional information before you make your purchase.
If you have purchased a Topsy Turvy Tomato Tree let us know what you think of it.
Official Topsy Turvy Tomato Tree site is here.
Walgreens site for the Topsy Turvy Tomato Tree site is here.
KY3 news report.