Ematic Twig Shows up at Walmart – 4.3″, Android v2.2, $79

A couple months back I posted on the Skytex Primer Pocket, a 4.3" Android handheld. It is an underpowered device with a low res screen, but on the upside it did sell for only $99. Today I may have found a better deal. The Ematic Twig looks to be a very close relative of the Primer pocket, and if it didn't show as having a higher resolution screen I would think actually they are the same hardware. The Twig is running Android v2.2 on a reportedly dual core CPU. It ships with either 4GB or 8GB of Flash storage,and it has Wifi, a microSD card slot, headphone jack, and a g-sensor. it might also have a speaker, but that's not clear. Update: I've gotten my hands on the Twig. Verdict: It's junk.

I don't have the full specs, but the Twig does look a lot like the Primer Pocket, doesn't it? But the specs aren't identical, so far as I know. The Twig lacks the HDMI out and the microphone found on the Primer Pocket.

You can find it on Walmart.com for $79 (and an 8GB model for $89).

I've been looking at getting a budget handheld so the twig is going on my to do list. It's right in the price range I want, and it's about the right size. I've had 4.3" handhelds before, and in fact I still have a Nokia 770 Internet tablet somewhere. It's a good screen size and just about perfect for my largish hands.

Now, I've gotten a fair amount of flack for criticizing the value of the Samsung Galaxy Player. That device is about the same size but costs close to $300. As I see it, the Galaxy Player fails in its goal to be an iPod Touch competitor (the dual cameras, Bluetooth, and GPS add too much to the cost). The Twig, on the other hand, is right where I think an iTouch competitor should be.

Of course, the hardware is probably also cheap, but I won't know that until I put my hands on it.

Specs

  • 4.3" LCD (800x480 resolution)
  • Android 2.2 OS
  • Wifi (g)
  • 4GB Flash storage
  • microSD card slot (up to 16GB)
  • g-sensor
  • Supports Media Formats: MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC, WAV, MP4, AVI, FLV and more
  • Picture viewer in JPEG, BMP formats
  • Dimensions: 4.5" x 3.0 x 0.5

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7 Comments on Ematic Twig Shows up at Walmart – 4.3″, Android v2.2, $79

  1. If the processor is up to par this could be a pretty useful pda as well as a media player. It looks to be exactly the size of my old Dell Axim 51V but with the bonus of the wvga screen.
    Very interested.
    Plus one of my cousins is looking to upgrade her kids from their Nintendo DSes, especially now that one of them “discovered” the school library. The choice looks to be between a shared Kindle fire and something like this for each. I’ll be keeping her appraised. 🙂

  2. That does look nice, actually. I like the form factor.

    Like a phone but no data plan.

  3. How many craptabs must you waste your money on before you finally conclude they’re craptabs?

  4. I should buy 4 of these and hand them out as Christmas gifts on Walmart website a guy said it couldn’t play angry birds so I guess it has a high dollar video card in it and CPU probably a dual core pentium? Or top of line adm CPU .

  5. I have this. It is the biggest piece of shit ever. Save your money. I can’t name something not fucked up with this device.

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