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BeBook Live Review

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The BeBook Live is a tablet computer not concerned about the iPad. It’s a little smaller, a little less powerful and it’s got its own agenda – aiming at entry-level consumers. That’s why it’s much more affordable – £229.

The BeBook Live comes with the usual tablet staples – a multi-touch screen, a front-facing camera, wi-fi, bluetooth and a motion sensor with orientation for dynamic gaming.

Compared with standard Android tablets, it adds an impressively slim form – 11mm. And compared with an iPad? There’s a USB port (2.0), a microSD slot (up to 32GB), Flash-support and the ability to read Adobe DRM-encoded PDFs – perfect for eBook purchases.

While the features may be good, the technical specs are a mixed bag. The internals are certainly impressive for the price – a 1GHz ARM A8 processor coupled with 512MB RAM and 4GB storage means that the system is actually more adept than the original iPad.

The screen, however, has a disappointing 800 x 600 resolution. It’s not a deal breaker, but it’s not going to win any beauty contests. It also negates some of the benefit of Android 2.2’s lag-less HD performance, as the videos will be downsized for the display.

Luckily, BeBook have included a HDMI-out port on the device, so you can watch HD in its full glory on external devices. You’ll also find a two megapixel, front-facing camera and mic for video calls. Awesome.

Conclusion

It would be unfair to compare this with the world’s number one tablet, the iPad 2. The BeBook Live is aimed at a totally different market – the entry-level. And for those customers, it succeeds.

If you take into account the fact that second-hand iPad 1’s cost the same as a new BeBook Live, despite worse internals, no video-conferencing, no memory expansion and no Flash, it’s clear who the winner is.

Our only disappointed was the screen resolution – jump it up to 1024 x 768 and this device would be killer.