Le Pan 10.2″ 16GB Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Tablet — So Far, So Good.

Picture taken yesterday with Le Pan 10.2″. Click to ENLARGE. Not bad.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



by Anura Guruge

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I have now had a Le Pan 10.2″ Android Tablet for just under 48 hours — it was delivered late Monday afternoon. So far, so good. My 2nd Android Tablet, the 7th Android Tablet we have had — and the first which is not a 7″. I got it from Walmart — as part of their ‘warranty’ program.

This one was a replacement for an Asus MemoPad 7 Tablet which died after 7 months. It is night-and-day compared with the Asus. The Le Pan, which I got after some intensive (but as ever rushed) research, is ALL that all the reviews say: it is fast, it has a beautiful display and the battery life is appalling. The latter is NOT really a problem for me. I am NOT a big user of pads. Most days, MAX I will use one for 30 minutes — 20 minutes of that between 8:20 and 9:00 am in the morning, lying in bed, drinking my coffee and ‘watching’ CNN/CNBC. Even the 10.2″ screen is too little for me. I like to have close to 40″ at my disposal.


We got our first Google Nexus 7 in July 2012 — the very first day they were available in the U.S. I had pre-ordered one, for Teischan, through Google and it was delivered on the GA [General Availability] date. Teischan went through three (3) Nexus 7s! I guess 7 year olds and Pads are not the best combination in the world. Christmas 2013, after she had been without a pad for a few weeks (though she had a brand new Windows 8 laptop), I got her a cheap, $79, Visual Land 16GB 7″ Pad from Walmart. It appears to do all she wants — which is mainly YouTube and some Websites, e.g. Disney. But of late I have noticed she is using her laptop more than her pad. Devanee has had a Nexus 7, 16GB since October 2012, and much to all of our amazement, managed to keep it intact all this time.

The Asus I got, which is the same really as the Nexus 7, was never stellar. I never really cared for it. It was temperamental.

Like the Le Pan much more — but the Le Pan is also twice as much!

So this is what my latest “Google Play” device dashboard looks like. Yes, all the Android Pads are on MY gmail account. Just seemed easier with the kids, though they also have their own accounts. I only display the working pads — for obvious reasons. Transferring APPS from a ‘dead’ pad to a new one is a piece of cake. Just select the APP and hit install. The name of the new Pad will appear and just say OK.

Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE.

I hope the Le Pan works out. I am so fed up with getting new Pads. I will, of course, keep you posted.