I have one of the amazon fire tablets (8") but wanted it swap it out for something a bit bigger and more android based so I could lock it down more. I'm just not sure about these tablets though as performance is all over the place.
The amazon tablet I got for cheap, but you can't root it and lock it down (some you can) but it also gets sluggish every now and then. Maybe the newer models are better.
I see a lot of people using Fire tablets, but I just had the thought that there is a bunch of commercial tablets that are made in china that may be easy to mount (vesa mounts) and easy to power (POE). No idea on performance though, you're right. But if it was just to run a dashboard (either app or kiosk browser) surely it doesn't need much grunt.
You would think it doesn't need much power. I don't know what this fire tablet does, but every now and then it gets a software update and I wake up to it at the lock screen. No biggie, I try enter my pin and its soooooo slow. I get in and it is just crawling, I reboot it eventually and its fine again for a while.
Its full of amazon crap. I am always keeping an eye out for a native android tablet to use that I could lock down more with fully kiosk.
Again Zarthan, I can't control what goes into a piece of hardware, but I can at least be a patron of companies that aren't openly stealing tech secrets. BTW, the Fire tablet has Texas Instruments inside and is mostly made in Taiwan, by Quanta Computer, while yes part of the Republic of China, is not a state run business.
Just be careful man.
Most of the cheaper Chinese products do NOT have RCM compliance for Aus and if one was the cause of a fire, your insurance would not cover you. They’re always looking to wriggle out of paying out !
Very good price for a 10” quad core android tablet that you could lock down.
Good point Nic. Only thing that irritates with tablets like that is the options (or lack thereof) for mounting 'neatly' on a wall. Especially if you want a mounted tablet for security control near the front door that looks at least a little pro. I really hate the look of a power cable hanging out the side of tablet on the wall.
I could maybe source a fire tab anyway, given how many people 3d print stuff for them.
It's either look hacky or spend a fortune and cut a HUGE hole in your wall. It seems that those are the only two options at the moment, unfortunately. That's why I like the tablet on the stand idea. If you have a table inside the door that you could rest it on, it seems that is the much better alternative in my mind. I might even use one of those "floating" shelves. A lot less damage to the wall. And it's not like it weighs all that much.
is there an adaptor that converts PoE to (say) USB, or micro USB. I have a few POE slots around the house now, and could readily use them for powering IoT devices, but struggled to find an appropriate converter.