I am in awe of my Le Pan S. I was somewhat concerned when I realized the 8gb storage was actually 4gb on the tablet combined with a 4gb sd card. Even when using my phone I go through that pretty quickly. The biggest key is how everything is stored. I purchased a Thrive in the spring, and although I can change the battery, charge my phone, and my Le Pan S from its full size usb port, it still does not have ICS. This seems to be the key to being able to transfer apps from the tablet. Another awesome thing about the Toshiba Thrive is that it accepts up to 128gb sdxc cards. I couldn't afford to spring for that so I bought a 64 gb card. I still have 40 gb free, but am an avid reader as well as being a full time student. I bought the Le Pan S in the hopes that it would be a lighter choice for taking with me to work and school.
Today I received my 64gb microsdxc card. It took a little work, but the Le Pan S recognized it and began transferring apps to it. I am thrilled. The instructions were on lepanlife.com. I also received a Bluetooth keyboard, and I paired it up and began using it in less than 30 seconds. At first I was unable to get the microsdxc card to format to fat32, and even when using my laptop it would not format it into that specific format. I had to download EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition from downloads.cnet.com. After doing this the microsdxc was placed in the adapter. After installing the program I carefully followed the prompts, made sure allocation unit size was 32k and in fat32 format. In less than a minute I was putting the newly formatted card in the Le Pan S, and IT WORKS!
The only large concern I have is the lack of access to actual Le Pan charging cables. Yes, you can whittle a little of the plastic off of the edge of an Ipad/ipod 30-pin cord, but I would much prefer to have company made equipment. Another small concern is the lack of true accessories for this line. I purchased a couple of things from Amazon which were reportedly compatible with it. They work ok, but there are still some gaps. My favorite is the Acase Premium Leather Slimline Carrying Case for Ipad or HP TouchPad. While it is a little loose, and requires a little adjustment for the charging port, I would definitely buy it again. Also, adobe flash is not native, but there is a tutorial out there on getting around that as well. This is located on the Ultimate Droid blog.
Overall the LePan S works smoother than my Thrive. Unless I am needing to use its battery to charge my LePan it will likely be left lonely at home.
My mom was home when I received my tablet, and was impressed with it out of the box. She has an Ipad, a Thrive, and previously an Acer. After looking at the smooth interface and design of the S, we sat down and she ordered one from Walmart. Should be in tomorrow, and then we’ll be spending a little time reformatting a card, and sideloading flash.
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