The Haipad (sometimes simply labeled an Apad or Android pad) is a Chinese iPad clone sold at several outlets in the U.S and on the interent. In some respects this cheap tablet seems like a decent buy, but the clunky design and sluggish performance leave it far behind the other two tablets we reviewed. On the other hand, the Haipad is cheaper than the best ebook readers and does so much more.
The Haipad has high hopes of seriously competing with the iPad and Galaxy Tab, but our Haipad review showed it's just not quite up to the task. Its touchscreen interface is awkward and slow, and during our Haipad review we often had to press an icon more than once, perhaps several times, to get a response. The operating system, Android 2.2, was somewhat sluggish on the Haipad -- our comparative Haipad tablet review found the Galaxy Tab ran Android more smoothly. The Haipad's audio and video were acceptable, but subpar compared to the other two tablets we reviewed. Still, the Haipad is way, way cheaper. So much so that it may be worth the investment if you're a true budget shopper who covets a generic tablet.
The Haipad's specs are somewhat sketchy, as the instruction book we received to conduct our Haipad review omitted some important data in its specifications section. Also, we reviewed the newest version of the Haipad, so the specs we found online for the device were out of date. Here's what we do know -- the Haipad runs a Telechip 720MHz CPU powering the Android 2.2 operating system. The Haipad has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 800x400. As for its wireless capability, the device is compatible with 802.11b/g networks.
The Haipad does some things fairly well, but it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the iPad or the Galaxy Tab. It also doesn't perform at quite the same level as those devices. But considering the Haipad's rock-bottom price, one could look past those shortcomings. And that's the Haiipad's biggest appeal -- it's cheap, damn cheap. The Haipad's multimedia experience isn't nearly as impressive as the iPad's, but it can do a lot of the same things for about $350 less. That's hard to ignore.