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Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« on: August 22, 2012, 08:06:38 am »
Looking to buy a cheap Android tablet and install an app for controlling VeraLite. Would probably wall mount this tablet in the kitchen so don't want to spend allot of money on one.

Can anyone recommend a suitable tablet for the job and a suitable app ?

These are about 80 GBP - Ainol Novo 7 Elf Ⅱ Android 4.0 Tablet

Or 7" ANDROID 4.0 PC TABLET for 56 GBP

Or cheaper still Black 4GB 7" Google Android 4.0.4  38 GBP

Problem looking on eBay for Android tablets is there is just too many to choose from and I don't know which I should go for. Would like to get one for under 100 GBP cheaper the better.

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Re: Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2012, 12:24:53 pm »
Two good free apps for Android are Authomation and Homebuddy. I would suggest installing them both and pick teh one you like best.

As for Android device, I use an HP Touchpad with Cyanogenmod ICS installed as my major touchscreen controller. Basically since it was cheap last year at the fire sale ($150), has a nice 10" capacitive screen, dual core CPU and has an inductive charger.
I don't think you can get these anymore unless used on Ebay.

 
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Re: Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2012, 12:31:59 pm »
As BOFH mentioned the two big contenders for apps on the android platform is HomeBuddy and AutHomation. I am the developer of AutHomation. Both are great apps and Rakstar (HomeBuddy Developer) and myself are very supportive and active on the forum. Give them both a try and see which one you like the best. You also have ZHouse which cost some money and I believe VeraMobile as well.

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Re: Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2012, 02:50:46 pm »
folks !

let me know if one like that solve the problem...I never hear speak about this version of android....icecream sandwich ???

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Visual+Land+-+Connect+Tablet+with+8GB+Memory/6068517.p?id=1218715129520&skuId=6068517

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Re: Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2012, 03:02:48 pm »
folks !

let me know if one like that solve the problem...I never hear speak about this version of android....icecream sandwich ???

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Visual+Land+-+Connect+Tablet+with+8GB+Memory/6068517.p?id=1218715129520&skuId=6068517

Looks good, amazing price! Us Brits always get shafted on pricing compared to the States.

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Re: Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2012, 03:33:04 pm »
What about the way to stick these on the wall? Any idea about something that does not look cheap or ugly?  ;)

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Re: Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2012, 03:38:36 pm »
What about the way to stick these on the wall? Any idea about something that does not look cheap or ugly?  ;)

I was gonna try sticky backed velcro its pretty strong stuff. Or super glue LOL. Dunno any ideas?

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Re: Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2012, 05:03:52 pm »
I go with velcro...not that type cloth, but the kind of press.
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Re: Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2012, 06:29:55 pm »
Android IceCreamSandwich, also known as ICS is the 2nd to last Android release. The most current one is called JellyBean and just came out.

The things to look for in a tablet.
1. CPU and speed of same. Recent dual or quad core preferred
2. Screen - Most preferable is a capacitive screen capable of multitouch. Least preferable is resistive without multitouch.
3. Expandability. Does it take SD cards to expand memory? USB port? HDMI port for connection to TV/monitor?
4. Manufacturer. Most unknown chipads (Chinese no name tablets) won't release kernel source so you are very dependent on them for upgrades to newer Android versions. Which most of the time never surface. Well known brands with a large user base are more popular for groups like CyanogenMod (http://rootzwiki.com/index) to port their latest and greatest android builds. Which is why my original WebOS HP Touchpad can run Android IceCreamSandwich and work is on the way for a JellyBean release,

A cheaper Android tablet with eg authomationHD or Homebuddy is a very good alternative to a dedicated zwave compatible table top or wall controller. And has the advantage of being to surf the web, check email and the likes on it as well.

folks !

let me know if one like that solve the problem...I never hear speak about this version of android....icecream sandwich ???

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Visual+Land+-+Connect+Tablet+with+8GB+Memory/6068517.p?id=1218715129520&skuId=6068517
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Re: Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2012, 06:38:45 pm »
very enlightening post.
at least for me.
Thanks !
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Re: Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2012, 06:53:00 pm »
Thanks for the replies please keep the tablet recommendations coming!

The boss aka my wife says we can buy two tablets. One 10" for general family usage budget 200 GBP and another budget 7" tablet dedicated for Vera control only, I will probably wall mount this one in the kitchen, budget? Maybe 50-80 GBP.

« Last Edit: August 23, 2012, 09:32:23 am by cw-kid »

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Re: Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2012, 10:16:27 pm »
Very good discussion indeed... I would love to see the setup in a picture. Someone?

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Re: Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2012, 08:44:24 am »
What about this for a 7" tablet - Looks ok to me ?

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Re: Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2012, 08:46:48 am »
Is this a different one? Ainol Novo 7 Elf II

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Re: Which Android tab and app for Vera ?
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2012, 08:49:42 am »
Seems there are several of this brand, this is where it gets confusing, think I found one and then realize there is more to choose from by the same manufacturer.

http://www.slatedroid.com/forum/341-ainol-amlogic-cpu-devices/

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