The Soundlogic XT is the Android Netbook Convertible You Never Knew You Wanted

Today must be my day for finding weird stuff because I've got another one. The Soundlogic XT is that rarest of birds. It is both an Android netbook  and (thanks to the swivel hinge) a tablet.

This 7" Android device showed up in one of my search alerts today. It's on sale at Miejer, but given the info I found on it I don't think it's worth buying.

Still, it's the odd duck of the Android ecosystem so I think it's worth a brief look.

Update: I posted a brief review of the device.

It's based around a standard cheap 7" screen, and it's running Android v2.2 Froyo on an 800MHz CPU with 256MB of RAM. That last detail is according to the one review I found, which was done by a soul luckier than me. It has 4GB Flash storage, a microSD card slot, Wifi, speaker/mike, ethernet, but no camera or Bluetooth.

As you can see from the lead image, it has a nearly full keyboard (but shrunken because of the size of the screen) and a trackpad as well as the touchscreen. And if the review is to be believed, this device doesn't have a g-sensor, so when you need to change orientation you will need to do it manually. I don't think that will be a big issue, though.

It doesn't ship with much in the way of software beyond the very basic email, web browser, file manager, etc. And as you can probably guess, it doesn't have Android Market.

But that's not the biggest issue with this device. The reviewer reports that build quality is cheap, it didn't turn itself off at night, and that battery life is somewhere under 4 hours. Those last 2 are incredibly disappointing and they are good reasons not to get this gadget. On the other hand, it's weird enough that I'm tempted to get one just to collect it.

It's not the first convertible I've seen; they're old hat. It's not even the first with a mobile OS; that would be the Intermec 6651, a 10 plus year old device that hardly ever heard of. Now that was a handheld that was ahead of its time; it even had a camera (320x240). It was also probably built with higher quality parts, but then again it retailed for over $1,000.

Specs

  • Android 2.2
  • 7" (800x480) resistive touchscreen
  • 800 MHz CPU
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 4GB Flash storage
  • microSD card slot
  • Wifi
  • mike/speaker
  • 10/100 ethernet
  • USB Host
  • UPC: 044902055348

 

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

72 Comments

  1. meth30 April, 2012

    For the money, why not just get an HTC shift for $199? You can run windows mobile 6.x-7, xp, vista, win7, win8, and android variants.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder30 April, 2012

      Cause it ships with Vista? That seems like a good reason not to buy it. And besides, i just like to post the weird stuff I find.

      Reply
  2. Andy Ward30 April, 2012

    I got given one of these. So, I can’t complain about price or apps or anything. 🙂 What I’m wondering… can I get a USB antenna for GPS to work with any Android GPS app? Seems I could use it for GPS and email when traveling, etc. Thanks!

    Reply
  3. Timster3 May, 2012

    piece of crap. Got it thru Meijer for $137 (including state tax) thru their great steal email; arrived today, charged it, and cannot get it to work past the opening screen, which also has a vertical straight line at approx the first third of the screen. apps do not appear, tried the reset, nothing works. appeared as new, not a factory refurb, will return tomorrow. Was a primer for an Ipad (not an apple fan) but will prob splurge for one. Also the 2nd Android
    device purchased & returned. Google has a long way to go !

    Reply
    1. april18 May, 2012

      What is the process of returning this netbook n gettin my money back?

      Reply
  4. Sue3 May, 2012

    I just got mine in the mail and I can’t figure out if there is a special button or setting I have to use to be able to use the keyboard? The touch screen works fine but I want to use the keyboard

    Help

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder3 May, 2012

      I don’t know. Mine simply works.

      Reply
    2. roky25 August, 2012

      In case you are not familiar with Android usage, you probably first need to tap the part of an app that needs input, then it should “activate” the keyboard as it would with an onscreen keyboard popping up as needed for input on a “pure” tablet with no physical keyboard.

      HTH

      Reply
  5. […] · No Comments · hardware reviewsTweet EmailTweet Email Last Sunday I came across an odd little Android netbook/tablet, and like my many other gadgets I couldn’t resist buying one. Well, I’ve made similar […]

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  6. Linda9 May, 2012

    I just got it today and I can’t fingure out how to get the screen. It says”touch crosshair to calibrate”. What in the heck does that mean? Help!!!

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder9 May, 2012

      It means touch the cross hair with your finger.

      Reply
      1. Joy Anyaokah4 August, 2012

        Pls, how do i use a modem with it. I need reply urgently. thanks

        Reply
        1. Nate Hoffelder4 August, 2012

          Does the modem also have Wifi or an ethernet port? You’ll need to use one or the other.

          Reply
  7. Nick From Honolulu Hawaii15 July, 2012

    For all those complaints. Try using a 16gb micro sd CLASS 10 memory card. With the CLASS 10 speed of the memory card i have had excellent results. Got mine through HEARTLAND AMERICA discount catalog for $129.00 deal. No complaints here works as advertised have always been an ANDROID operating system fan.

    Reply
  8. John15 September, 2012

    Uhh ive had this for a while and im still using froyo.. how do i update it even to ice cream??

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder16 September, 2012

      I don’t know of any updates for this device. You’re only option is to find a hacker who is interested in working on developing a new firmware. It’s beyond the skills of the average user.

      Reply
  9. Jason4 November, 2012

    Can’t get this thing to connect to my wifi. It recognizes it in the search, allows me to put in my password but that’s it. Never connects. Have two of these for gifts and on the verge of returning. Can anyone offer some help?

    Reply
    1. mARIE24 December, 2012

      Did you ever get this connected to WIFI? I can’t seem to get mine connected and I am having the same problem.

      Reply
      1. Nate Hoffelder24 December, 2012

        Mine did.

        Have you tried googling for a troubleshooting guide for Android/Wifi?

        Reply
        1. mARIE24 December, 2012

          I tried that but it’s not working. It keeps scanning and then disconnect. I am having the same issue as you did. How did you get it to work?

          Reply
      2. Sara28 December, 2012

        i have this device and have for sometime now, it sucks and i am constantly trying to figure out what the hell the point of it is. i originally installed the amazon app market and it just stopped working. the only actual app i was using was the kindle app and that stopped working as well, no matter what i tried to do. i tried uninstalling, there aren’t any software updates. tried master reset, reset, everything and nothing works. mine did not come with a usb cord to install into my pc to install updates that way and i am def. not wasting anymore money or time on this. also, it does NOT get a good wifi connection unless you are literally sitting onto of the router. This is not the device to buy if you want to download any type of apps.

        Reply
  10. Confused5 November, 2012

    I’m a bit confused. Since it has no marketplace, does that mean if I get it, I’m stuck with whatever apps it comes pre installed with? Or is there a way to add the apps? I was considering getting this, because it fulfills my dual needs for a netbook and a tablet (and it’s REALLY cheap).

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder5 November, 2012

      You can install your own apps. That’s an issue I’ve covered elsewhere (after having similar problems with other Android devices):
      http://the-digital-reader.com/2010/12/25/getting-started-with-a-tablet/

      I’ve also managed to install Android Market on this device:
      http://the-digital-reader.com/2012/05/05/a-brief-review-of-the-soundlogic-xt-android-market-kinda-works/

      Reply
      1. Confused5 November, 2012

        Thanx.

        Reply
  11. patty t19 November, 2012

    I cannot get the language to English.

    Reply
  12. W COTTON21 November, 2012

    I have had mine for about a month and it serves my purpose. The only thing is I want to turn my screen from horizontal to vertical. I know it can be done, I have done it accidentally a few times. Please advise,

    Reply
  13. Theresa Blake21 November, 2012

    I bought this, and I have downloaded 3 ebooks onto it. I am unable to read them. It automatically does a force close on them when I attempt to open any of them. Anybody know a fix?

    Reply
  14. kandy valdez23 November, 2012

    Can the system be upgraded to android 4.0?

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder23 November, 2012

      Not that I know of, no.

      Reply
  15. cookie15 December, 2012

    Piece of crap. It’s slow and Battery life sucks.

    Reply
    1. cookie15 December, 2012

      While I probably agree with your comment, there is only one cookie, and your not him/her!

      Reply
  16. Chris3 January, 2013

    Can you get android market on there? If so how?

    Reply
      1. Hey ho27 June, 2013

        I got this gem from my mother. Do you know if it is possible to install a usable skype app from the android market ? ( Or any other usable internet telephony possible?)

        Reply
        1. Nate Hoffelder27 June, 2013

          No, sorry.

          Reply
  17. leslie19 January, 2013

    waste of material and time

    Reply
  18. Bonnie5 February, 2013

    My daughter got this for xmas and she was messing with the screen darkness setting and now the screen is black and cant get it back to normal can anyone help Ive tried rebooting it and using the reset button,

    Reply
  19. Johnny16 February, 2013

    With mine..it was working fine and then one day it stopped going past the initial start up screen. All I get when I turn it on is the Android screen with the flashing cursor. Has anyone else had this problem? I’ve tried other forums but have not been able to find any good reliable results.

    Reply
  20. Rick15 March, 2013

    Mine worked for just over the 30 warranty period. Now it will not go past the android screen.

    Reply
  21. kathy williams12 April, 2013

    I am having diffuculty with the charging of the device. I believe the dock area in the device is broke. does anyone know of a way the charge the device without using a dc9v or of a place they may repair the input. this is my daughters and would really like to get it back working any advice is appreciated. There does not seem to be a needle in the input and looks like there should be one.

    Reply
  22. gigi22 April, 2013

    well i bought this item,when i received it i turn it on it seems to work. I bought it for my nephew in another country. put it away and now just took it out saying i could use it for school. Now it wont pass the flashing screen with the word android… what can i do. My husband said it is a piece of crap, cheap crap…

    Reply
  23. JUSTIN9 May, 2013

    DOES ANY1 KNOW HOW TO MASTER A CRYSTALVIEW XT MODEL NO:KS-UMPC070ZK??? I’VE TRIED PRESSING THE RESET BUTTON ON THE BOTTOM OF THE NETBOOK, BUT IT DIDN’T WORK!! IF ANY1 CAN HELP WITH THIS I’D GREATLY APPRECIATED!!! PLEASE E-MAIL ME @ [email protected].. THANKS SO MUCH…

    JUSTIN KEARNS

    Reply
  24. Chris17 May, 2013

    I have one of these and my daughter got ahold of it and put a password on it and promptly forgot it, is there any way around the password? Or a way to factory reset it without going into the menu?

    Reply
    1. Zan21 May, 2013

      I have one of these that a child put a swipe pattern on it and doesn’t remember it as well. I have tried the reset and also removing the battery but neither has worked. Any ideas out there???

      Reply
      1. Thomas21 May, 2013

        On most tablets, if you fail the pattern unlock multiple times, it will ask for your gmail account. Is that what is happening?

        Reply
  25. mary clark22 May, 2013

    I lost my cable that charges my tablet. Please help me find one.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder23 May, 2013

      I am away from home at the moment so I can’t check my unit, sorry.

      But I do know that if you go to Radio Shack you will be able to assemble a replacement. They have a standardized replacement kit that will let you match a specific tip with a generic charger.

      Reply
  26. Soundlogic XT is crap11 July, 2013

    My wife bought this on the internet and she turned it on once and never came back on, so it is crap and don’t buy one.

    Reply
  27. Marcelo José de Souza19 July, 2013

    Olá a todos. Tenho um aparelho destes, remarcado como Mox Pad 738. Não concordo com os comentários acima. O aparelho é bom: é apenas limitado. Consigo estudar, navegar na internet e manter minha contabilidade, sempre levando em consideração que o aparelho possui processador fraco e pouca memória. Se vocês não o usam mais, podem envia-los para mim. Entrem em contato via e-mail para que eu possa encaminhar as instruções de envio.
    Hello everybody. I have a unit, rebranded Mox Pad 738. I don’t agree with the oppinions I have read above. The gadget is indeed good: it’s just a limited computer. I can do my web surfing, e-mail, chatting with Skype (no video, no voice) – always aware about the weakness of the processor and small memory. If anyone of you want to get rid of such device, please send it to me. E-mail me for shipping directions. Thanks.

    Reply
  28. Lily29 July, 2013

    NATE HOFFELDER PLEASE HELP!!!! Please tell me how to factory reset my SoundLogic XT Android netbook. Or how to fix it. Every time I power it on it gets stuck/freezes stays on the android_ loading screen. Please help!!!

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder29 July, 2013

      Best I can suggest is to hold down the power button till it finally reboots.

      Reply
    2. Sharon1 August, 2013

      Did you ever figure out how to reboot/fix your tablet? Mine is doing the same thing & won’t change when even reset it. HELP!! ~Scooter

      Reply
  29. Lily29 July, 2013

    I’ve tried that with no success. But I appreciate your help. Thank you.

    Reply
  30. carol2 August, 2013

    passwordsneeds to get reset – does anyone know how

    Reply

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