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 (320×240). It was also probably built with higher quality parts, but then again it retailed for over $1,000.
- Android 2.2
- 7″ (800×480) resistive touchscreen
- 800 MHz CPU
- 256 MB RAM
- 4GB Flash storage
- microSD card slot
- 10/100 ethernet
- USB Host
- UPC: 044902055348
meth April 30, 2012 um 3:07 pm
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.
Nate Hoffelder April 30, 2012 um 3:24 pm
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.
Andy Ward April 30, 2012 um 6:15 pm
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!
Timster May 3, 2012 um 4:27 am
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 !
april May 18, 2012 um 9:21 pm
What is the process of returning this netbook n gettin my money back?
Sue May 3, 2012 um 5:44 pm
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
Nate Hoffelder May 3, 2012 um 6:02 pm
I don’t know. Mine simply works.
roky August 25, 2012 um 2:27 pm
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.
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Linda May 9, 2012 um 8:41 pm
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!!!
Nate Hoffelder May 9, 2012 um 9:15 pm
It means touch the cross hair with your finger.
Joy Anyaokah August 4, 2012 um 9:14 am
Pls, how do i use a modem with it. I need reply urgently. thanks
Nate Hoffelder August 4, 2012 um 1:33 pm
Does the modem also have Wifi or an ethernet port? You’ll need to use one or the other.
Nick From Honolulu Hawaii July 15, 2012 um 1:13 am
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.
John September 15, 2012 um 10:00 pm
Uhh ive had this for a while and im still using froyo.. how do i update it even to ice cream??
Nate Hoffelder September 16, 2012 um 12:01 pm
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.
Jason November 4, 2012 um 7:38 pm
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?
mARIE December 24, 2012 um 8:31 pm
Did you ever get this connected to WIFI? I can’t seem to get mine connected and I am having the same problem.
Nate Hoffelder December 24, 2012 um 8:35 pm
Have you tried googling for a troubleshooting guide for Android/Wifi?
mARIE December 24, 2012 um 8:46 pm
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?
Sara December 28, 2012 um 1:24 pm
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.
Confused November 5, 2012 um 6:05 pm
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).
Nate Hoffelder November 5, 2012 um 6:17 pm
You can install your own apps. That’s an issue I’ve covered elsewhere (after having similar problems with other Android devices):
I’ve also managed to install Android Market on this device:
Confused November 5, 2012 um 6:22 pm
patty t November 19, 2012 um 9:19 am
I cannot get the language to English.
W COTTON November 21, 2012 um 8:18 pm
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,
Theresa Blake November 21, 2012 um 9:50 pm
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?
kandy valdez November 23, 2012 um 4:16 pm
Can the system be upgraded to android 4.0?
Nate Hoffelder November 23, 2012 um 4:34 pm
Not that I know of, no.
cookie December 15, 2012 um 12:25 pm
Piece of crap. It’s slow and Battery life sucks.
cookie December 15, 2012 um 5:06 pm
While I probably agree with your comment, there is only one cookie, and your not him/her!
Chris January 3, 2013 um 5:15 pm
Can you get android market on there? If so how?
Nate Hoffelder January 3, 2013 um 5:23 pm
Hey ho June 27, 2013 um 9:26 pm
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?)
Nate Hoffelder June 27, 2013 um 10:29 pm
leslie January 19, 2013 um 12:49 pm
waste of material and time
Bonnie February 5, 2013 um 12:47 am
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,
Johnny February 16, 2013 um 3:01 am
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.
Rick March 15, 2013 um 11:26 pm
Mine worked for just over the 30 warranty period. Now it will not go past the android screen.
kathy williams April 12, 2013 um 2:35 pm
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.
gigi April 22, 2013 um 12:21 pm
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…
JUSTIN May 9, 2013 um 2:49 pm
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…
Chris May 17, 2013 um 4:24 pm
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?
Zan May 21, 2013 um 12:24 pm
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???
Thomas May 21, 2013 um 9:53 pm
On most tablets, if you fail the pattern unlock multiple times, it will ask for your gmail account. Is that what is happening?
mary clark May 22, 2013 um 10:18 pm
I lost my cable that charges my tablet. Please help me find one.
Nate Hoffelder May 23, 2013 um 9:15 pm
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.
Soundlogic XT is crap July 11, 2013 um 7:51 pm
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.
Marcelo José de Souza July 19, 2013 um 9:19 am
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.
Lily July 29, 2013 um 1:32 am
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!!!
Nate Hoffelder July 29, 2013 um 6:54 am
Best I can suggest is to hold down the power button till it finally reboots.
Sharon August 1, 2013 um 4:53 pm
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
Lily July 29, 2013 um 12:05 pm
I’ve tried that with no success. But I appreciate your help. Thank you.
carol August 2, 2013 um 3:34 pm
passwordsneeds to get reset – does anyone know how
MrsBlinky0 August 3, 2013 um 11:08 am
Does anyone know where I can find an instruction manual for the SoundLogic XT?
imran October 26, 2013 um 8:28 am
sir i have model no ks-umpco70vk mtg-571 when i power on then stil on androied plz hellp me
jessegpcr December 3, 2013 um 10:07 pm
How would a person go about wiping the firmware and reinstalled the OS. It is the only way to get back to the out of the box state. Need bootable thumb drive to install firmware. Google will not share. I like the little thing but I installed to many apps and lock unit at start screen. Will not go pass that point. It schemes to be out of memory and will not let OS start.
Nate Hoffelder December 3, 2013 um 10:16 pm
I don’t know of any way to perform a factory reset other than from the settings menu.
Have you tried a hard reboot? This would boot the device with just the core apps. It might help.
jessegpcr December 3, 2013 um 11:00 pm
I have tried: 1) Reset via pin hole on bottom of unit. 2) Power down via power button. 3) Allowing the power to run completely out. Is there some other way to restart with bare bones start-up? Is there an internal battery that holds setting? What method do you use to boot with only system services?
Nate Hoffelder December 3, 2013 um 11:16 pm
I did some googling and found this:
There are ways to perform a factory rest on an Android device when it won’t boot. I don’t know which one will work on the XT but it’s worth a shot.
anonymous December 19, 2013 um 1:35 am
I need help. Yesterday the screen started showing colorful vertical lines on it when I was charging my tablet. I pressed the reset button but it did not help. any advice would be helpful.
Nate Hoffelder December 19, 2013 um 6:46 am
Do the lines appear when you are using the tablet? If so then you probably have a problem with one of the chips inside the tablet. Basically the tablet is dead.
Katrina December 28, 2013 um 3:44 pm
when i turn it on it shows the android logo the the screengoes black. whats up with that. any suggestions
kiynejoste March 2, 2014 um 2:26 pm
Does anyone know where to get a charger for this ? or if someone has a number that i can call to help me with getting one
Nate Hoffelder March 2, 2014 um 2:47 pm
You can take it in to Radio Shack. They have a system where you can match a generic charger with a specific plug that will fit your device.
Loli March 23, 2014 um 3:07 pm
Lol, I found one of these in the box outside the dumpster at my apartment complex!
I got it to work once but I have all of the same issues of the previous posts. I find it very hard to comprehend anyone paying over 30 bucks for this new. I would like to find the manual and was rooting around on Bing and came across this thread. I am seriously considering using it for target practice on the mesa. Sorry Nate some wyrd birds are meant to die.
Marcelo March 23, 2014 um 5:48 pm
Hi! Would you sell me tour device? I van pay fifteen Bucks for it. Look at my blog. I had onde of these and I Sant another one. Blog: mrtechsjc.wordpress.com
sam housaton September 1, 2014 um 4:41 pm
lost all conections to internet, can,t reset tablet. nwhat to do. thanks
Angelika November 18, 2014 um 7:06 pm
Ayudaaaaaaaaaa!!!! La mía enciende aparece android y después c apaga que hago???????
L March 16, 2015 um 8:25 pm
I was given one I just need to find a charger for it. If I remember correctly this one is not only an android but a Linux. Just saying.
Nate Hoffelder March 16, 2015 um 9:46 pm
I would take it to your local RadioShack and have them match the plug with a universal charger.
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Lost in space December 22, 2019 um 4:28 pm
I need a charger ?!? Ours did not come with one ?
Nate Hoffelder December 23, 2019 um 7:48 am
Your best bet is to check online for a universal charger – this is a kit that will come with multiple tips, including the one you need.