Meep tablet: performance
In Geekbench 2, the Meep produced one of the lowest scores we've seen for a tablet, averaging 355. This confirms the poor performance we saw in general use, with apps taking a long time to load, menu options being slow to respond and jerky scrolling in the Meep store.
In our 3D test, GLbenchmark 2.5.1, the Meep fared slightly better with an average of 9.2fps. This still isn't a great score - the Nabi 2 managed 16fps - but means casual games such as Angry Birds run pretty smoothly.
Battery life is yet another disappointment. In general use, with Wi-Fi enabled and the screen at the necessary maximum brightness, it lasted little over two hours. In our video looping test under the same conditions, the battery lasted exactly two and a half hours. That's a very poor result. The nabi 2, for example, lasted over eight hours and has a much brighter screen.
The Meep took considerably longer than its run time to charge back up again. The tablet won't charge via USB, so the only way to charge it is to plug it into the mains - not much use for long trips in the car.
Meep tablet: accessories
Unusually, there are a lot of accessories available for the Meep, from piano keyboards to steering wheels, cases and - to address the problem we just mentioned - a car charger. The charger is £15, unless you buy it with the Meep, when it adds just £5 to the price. You can also buy a microphone for £20, drums or keyboard for £35, a joypad case or steering wheel for £25.
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Oregon Scientific Meep: Specs
- 1GHz Cortex A8 processor with 512MB RAM
- 7in 800x480 touchscreen (optical sensor, 2-point touch)
- Mini HDMI output, mini USB 2.0 port
- 4 GB internal storage, plus micro SD card slot for up to 32GB extra
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- 0.3Mp camera
- Dimensions: 145 x 96x 18mm
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