ZiiO Android tablets by Creative

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Creative’s ZiiO offers Android 2.1, without the Android Market, instead you’ll have the ZiiStore, Creative’s own application store. We’ve had no prior experience or knowledge of how this works or how much applications will be available. Though, the good news is that Creative is promising that the Android 2.2 update is coming, with Android Market support definitely coming with that upgrade.

he Creative ZiiO 7-inch model comes with an 800 x 480 pixel resolution display, the device measures in at 207.4 x 133 x 13.7mm and weighing 400g. Internally you’ll get Creative’s own processor, named the ZiiLabs ZMS-08. No word on how much RAM you’ll get to back it up. In terms of connectivity, aside from that Bluetooth 2.1 with apt-X, you get Wi-Fi b/g, a 3.5mm jack and Mini-USB.

However, Creative is pitching this as a media device first and foremost, going up against the likes of Archos, and as such you’ll find a good range of multimedia support, with wide audio and video compatibility (H.264, MPEG4, WMV9, MJPEG, MOV, AVI, MKV, MP3, AAC, WMA9, FLAC, OGG, ADPCM, MIDI, WAV, Audible).

Creative is also promising HD video out from the tablets to your TV, along with the likes of a 640 x 480 front-facing camera, a microSD card slot (supports up to 32GB). A mic and stereo speakers are also present and correct.

The 10-inch version offers a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution display, is again resistive, and offers all the above packed into a frame measuring 262 x 173 x 13.7mm and weighing 650g.

Creative is promising 10 hours of mixed use, 5 hours of video, or 25 hours of music playback from the battery.

Both tablets will be available mid-December and you will have the choice of 8 or 16GB models, costing £199.99 or £219.99 respectively for the 7-inchers, or £249.99 or £249.99 for the 10-inch version.

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