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Can I make my own Android tablet?
June 10, 2010 1:12 PM   Subscribe

OK, so I have a lovely screen on my HTC Desire which caters to all my media needs (Spotify, Radio Paradise, iPlayer). What I would like is a large version of it, on the kitchen wall, which permanantly hooks up to my bluetooth speakers. So when cooking, I would merely touch the wall to get music, video, stream bbc things etc. Cool idea no? So can anyone recommend a cheap touchscreen PC for that purpose (preferably at least a 7" screen), and how hard is it to install android on one?

Techonological level: I can follow step by step instructions under the bonnet and use my initiative on the obvious stuff. And

Long time lurker but first time poster, so forgive me if it's a stupid question :)
posted by welovelife to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Well, the Archos 7 is $199, which strikes me as probably as inexpensive as you'll find.
posted by General Malaise at 1:18 PM on June 10, 2010

I just got the SmartQ V7 for about $250.
It has bluetooth / wifi / USB and an HDSDCard slot. It runs Android, Linux and WinCE, but it more of a hobby device that finsihed product there is a lot of tweaking required and other than Android doesn't have finger touch friendly interfaces installed by default.
It will do what you want it to do but it would take some work to have the presentation that you want.
posted by Mahogne at 2:40 PM on June 10, 2010

It is not hard to install the Android development emulator on a regular PC, though it'd have to be a fairly fast machine to get good results.
posted by miyabo at 6:28 PM on June 10, 2010

Several Android tablets are due out very soon and might work better than rigging something up.
posted by JMOZ at 7:17 PM on June 10, 2010

This 7" android tablet has been getting fairly good reviews and is only $99. I believe it doesn't have the standard android store, but you can still install apps on it. Also it runs 1.6, which is a fairly older build.
posted by wongcorgi at 10:26 PM on June 10, 2010

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