Unboxing the Enspert E201 Identity Tab
The Enspert Identity Tab E201 Android tablet ($349) that goes up for exclusive presale at Dynamism tomorrow, February 1st, arrived at Pocketables HQ today.
The unit I have is a retail version (final hardware), but it's currently running an earlier version of the firmware (yes, I already rooted it). I should be getting the final firmware, with Android 2.2 and the complete Google experience, next week so benchmarks and comments on performance will have to wait until then. In the meantime, though, let's get the 1GHz Hummingbird CPU-powered device out of the box and see what it looks next to the Galaxy Tab.
Note: All E201s purchased through Dynamism will include the final firmware out of the box; the first shipment is expected on February 15th.
Update 3/8: The final firmware has still not been released. Due to the delay and other commitments, I had no choice but to return the E201 unreviewed.
Included in the box are the Identity Tab E201, polishing cloth, slipcase, USB cable, AC adapter (not shown above), earphones, Quick Start Guide, and instruction manual on CD. It's a pretty complete accessory bundle.
There are some other accessories on the Enspert's Korean website, but I don't know if they'll be available outside of Korea.
As soon as I took the E201 out of the box, I was immediately impressed by its build quality. It's very solid and sturdy, with a smooth matte back made of silver plastic (?). It has a nice heft to it and feels good in the hand.
Some of the standout features for me are the full-size SD card slot, HDMI out, stereo speakers, standard miniUSB port, and responsive Menu, Home, and Back buttons.
It's hard not to think of the Samsung Galaxy Tab when you look at the Enspert Identity Tab E201, especially since the latter's UI looks to be flavored with the former's TouchWiz interface and also has an LCD density that needs to be reduced, so here are the two Korean tab-mates together.
I'll have more to say about the Identity Tab when the final firmware arrives next week, but so far the device is looking good.
I rooted it on the first try with Universal Androot (some devices require multiple tries), so let me rephrase that. So far it's looking really good.
The Enspret Identity Tab E201 will be available for $349 at Dynamism.