ZenPad MID Unboxed on Video, Now Shipping –- GPS and 3G/Voice Optional, Android 2.x Supposedly Available in 1 Month, Android Market Along for the Ride

Posted on 21 May 2010 By Ben Lang

zenpad The Enso ZenPad (AKA Evigroup Wallet) [Portal page] is now shipping from enso-now.com.

Lot’s of new info about this device now that it’s shipping: Though the device is essentially a WiFi-only Android MID, it appears as though you can equip it with internal GPS for $25 on top of the starting $155 price. Additionally, it looks like 3G and voice [UMTS/HSDPA/EVDO (850, 1900, 2100 MHz) or GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)] is available on the device through an external micro-USB dongle which is available for purchase at checkout for another $35, putting a GPS and 3G/voice equipped zenPad at a total of $215. Be weary though as the specs page notes that data and voice access is provided by a third-party app which means that zenPad probably has little to no control over that particular experience. One can also choose a matte or chrome finish, which has no impact on the price of the unit. Looks like they are also offering $25 worldwide shipping.

This expandability is interesting because it allows the zenPad to function in a range of usage scenarios. The customer can choose what is right for them at the time of purchase, and if they want they can always come back and add the micro-USB 3G dongle if they shift into a mobile — rather than a home — usage scenario. This also means that the zenPad can compete with a larger range of devices.

Sadly, Enso is pulling the classic MID maneuver — the zenPad ships with Android 1.6, but they promise the following:

Upgrades to Android 2.x will be available within 1 month to our customer on their private section for simple downloading and upgrading. Easy instructions will be provided.

We’ve seen similar promises fail to be honored with many of those no-name MIDs out of Asia which I am not a big fan of.

The official spec sheet is also listing the following:

Download and install any compatible application from the Official Google Android Market.

Generally, access to the Android Market on non-phone devices has been rare, so this will be a big plus for the device.

Though the unboxing video shows a car mount, the zenPad’s official page only lists the following as being included:

  • zenPad
  • USB Cable
  • Earphones
  • Power Adapter
  • User manual
  • Touchscreen stylus

8 Responses to “ZenPad MID Unboxed on Video, Now Shipping –- GPS and 3G/Voice Optional, Android 2.x Supposedly Available in 1 Month, Android Market Along for the Ride”

  1. Chippy says:

    The video actually shows the EviGroup Wallet, another branded version of this device.

  2. Mike Pawka says:

    If it’s the same as the “wallet”, it doesn’t actually have a GPS but does Wi-fi assisted naviagtion. According to eviGroup

  3. There is so many choic of gps i don’t know which one to chose. Any idea.

  4. looking at some of the Chinese product – eg the Weistech W81A – it looks like there are 2.2 devices available, with GPS…. but they lack “official” market and apps, which kills it for me.

    Is it really that hard to get a decent 7″ android tablet that has
    – Official 2.2 with Market and Apps (I need support for Exchange 2010)
    – GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth (3G is, for me, optional)
    – good, responsive 7″ screen
    – decent processor that runs apps and plays video without lag
    – all day (real all day) battery life
    – ideally USB charged so I don’t need to carry a wallwart for one device

    if someone sells that… I’d love it. Don’t want an iPad (too big, too expensive and I want the same apps I have on my phone on my slate)