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Thanks for the various suggestions regarding maps and s/w folks.

After two days mucking around with this, in amongst doing a few other things, I have come to the conclusion that it was far from a waste of money!

I have installed a black wallpaper on the off chance that it will use less power than a "pretty" coloured one. Time will tell.

The standard Google keyboard is better than the Touchpal one I use on my Android phone. The provided browser is also better than Firefox for mobiles that I use on my phone.

Importantly, I can type passwords far faster and with greater accuracy than I can on the phone. It is in no danger of replacing my laptop, but can sit on the seat in sleep mode and be woken up nearly instantly. It also fits in the glovebox of Roo2 ... .

It works fine using my phone as a mobile WiFi Internet access point.

There is no provision for a SIM card, so cannot be used as a phone, or without a phone for roaming Internet access.

The screen is much more legible if one chooses the fonts and magnification wisely ...

I have installed Android Open Office, but it seems to be badly written bloatware ...

Haven't tried marrying it to my Garmin yet. That might be interesting ...

Bought a Sandisk class 10 microSD card for it yesterday. No problems, EXCEPT that the Onix manual tells you to be very careful that you insert the card with the contacts facing the rear of the tablet, when it is the exact opposite - the contacts MUST be facing the screen side of the tablet ....

All in all, far better and faster than I expected it to be.
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As far as I know the black wallpaper technique only works if the tablet has the feature where if it senses black pixels, it just turns them off. Them brands advertise this feature as "true black".
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That's why I will just have to see if it has any effect. Maybe, maybe not ... .
The internals of this item are about as non-bleeding edge imaginable ... So it should be reliable. Maybe, maybe not ...

I have just installed Malwarebytes. That caused me to uninstall Firefox! Ugly.
The pre-installed browser is absolutely clean! I have no idea what it is.
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Yeah the aldi tablets are great! Been using my aldi lifetab for a few years now, just died! Think it's the battery or power circuit so should be an easy fix.
Hope this goes well since these android devices are great for the car. I just got a "Banana Pi" micro computer which I put android on, so I can run waze on that and also torque once I get it connected to the bluetooth obd2
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I think I've identified the preinstalled browser. Methinks it is a basic version of Quick ICS Browser.

I've just installed the above on my phone, so will compare notes.

Other than that, would you care to explain your last post in a bit more detail? It reads suspiciously like Icelandic to me ...
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Hahahaha, been spending a bit too much time with the geeks over on Ozfoz!
The banana pi is a new generation of micro computers, basically cheap and reliable computers that can run almost anything.

Here is the setup I am hoping to run, with the screen going either in the cubby hole bellow the AC control or in the dash.

Waze is an awesome android app, I recommend you download it. The simplest way to explain it is "Social naviagation".
It basically work the same as any other GPS app, but has a community aspect. What is does is allows people to mark the locations of accidents, traffic jams, and Mobile speed cameras, which is extremely handy for long freeway runs. It also has other cool stuff, like fuel prices and sharing locations with friends.


Torque is a good app to install if you have a bluetooth or wifi OBD2 reader, basically turns your tablet or phone into a ECU datalogger and allows you to read any Check engine light codes etc.
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Just what are you guyz talking about....?????????
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^ Alternate uses for tablet computers.

THE BAD NEWS:

Discovered today. The Aldi Onix tablet doesn't have a GPS receiver! Both previous models had this feature.

So it will be going back to aldi ...

Next alternative is the HP 10 Plus from Officeworks for $229 ....
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I believe you can get little units that give you GPS data. One that i've seen recommended in the past is the Bad Elf gps. Allows you to connect it to an iphone, ipad, or android and give it GPS data. Apparently some versions of it work with android
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I have read about Bad Elf.

Simpler to return this. It's all but impossible to buy a tablet without GPSR!

Officeworks guarantee that the HP 10 has it.

What this experience has taught me is that one doesn't need the latest, flashest, most expensive unit for this purpose. Just has to have GPSR, and fit in the glovebox, out of sight ... .
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