The big sticking point will inevitably be the resistive touchscreen. Before the moaning starts, itâ€™s not too bad â€“ after a long time with capacitive smartphones it does take some adjusting but we were playing Angry Birds in no time, and the optional stylus helps a lot. Yes, weâ€™d prefer capacitive; yes, weâ€™d prefer multitouch; but itâ€™s not the deal-breaker itâ€™ll be made out to be. Tasks that require a lot of swiping and dragging may soon come to grate, and the fixed buttons at the foot of the screen were also a little unresponsive, but this wasnâ€™t the final firmware so weâ€™ll reserve judgement until we get our finished review sample.
Not all resistive touchscreens are bad. Statum’s solution is quite good actually. Read Stantum: Resistive Multitouch. But something tells me the resistive technology used in these Creative ZiiO tablets isn’t that great. Not only that touch is not multitouch. Who doesn’t do multitouch these days?
The 7-inch version is limited to just 800×480; that’s less than what we see on the 3.5-inch iPhone 4’s LCD rocking 960×640. At least the 7-inch 8GB ZiiO is cheap: just Â£200 including VAT and Â£220 for the 16GB version. The larger 10-inch sports a 1024×600 pixel format and goes for Â£250 (8GB) and Â£270 (16GB). Both are very cheap but not all cheap stuff are worth it.