Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

Fermata Doesn't Just Need To Be Held, She Needs Cuddles

I've hit the first real problem with Fermata, my Cruz T104 Android tablet.

Keep in mind, I wasn't expecting much.  I just wanted a tablet for doing things on the run.  I refuse to pay over $500 for a tablet.  For that price, I might as well get a full blown computer (benchmark:  Fujitsu laptops with a swivel screen that let you use them as a tablet PC clock in well below that, run Linux, and have a built in optical drive).  Given that I got Fermata for $170, I wasn't expecting a miracle machine.

Fermata works fine for the most part.  I like that the screen is actually glass instead of a plastic sheet that can distort the screen when you press on it.  No cell phone stuff, no Bluetooth, no keyboard, but so what?  Once again, Fermata is for one handed operation on the go, not actual computing.  No 3D acceleration, but I wasn't looking for a game machine, anyway.

My only real bitch about Fermata was the laggy touch screen.  It can be a bit hit and miss at times.  I thought this was due to the underpowered CPU -- it uses a generic CPU, not an ARM, and clocks in at roughly 400Mhz.  Standard ARM architecture nowadays is 800Mhz or faster (PROTIP:  get a A8 or higher, nothing less will run Flash).  I was informed that there is a firmware update that will fix this.  The procedure is to put it on your SD card, don't change the file name, then poke the Reset button.  As soon as you release it, press the volume up key.  As soon as you see the Cruz logo, release it, and the update will commence automatically.

Well, I spent fifteen minutes trying to make the button presses do their magic, and nothing.

And now, something I don't usually do.

I'm leaving it alone.

Seriously.  That doesn't usually happen with me.  When playing with tech, I can burn through hours just trying to tweak something.  I didn't even want to try the thing about installing the Android Debugging Kit on my Windows machine and trying it that way.  Fermata works just fine as she is.  A little slow (you have to hold your button presses.  How appropriate on a device named "Fermata"), but more than adequate for what I use her for.  Later on, when Fermata bites the dust, I know what more to look for in a tablet.  But for what she is?  I'm totally cool with her.

It would just be nice if Cruz made it easier.
Tags: computers, foss, linux, technology is a beautiful thing, this ought to be interesting
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