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As you may know Greece is still in deep crisis after 5-6 years of austerity measures imposed by the IMF and the EEC.
This continuous austerity forced most of the youth and possibly also some older families to go abroad to find a better luck for work , causing a severe brain drain making our country , a country of older people mixed with immigrants and people of neighbor countries working for a very low salary that everyday lowers down .
More than 3.5 million people are jobless in a country of ca 10 millions an seems that numbers will grow more as austerity deepens and everyday more companies stop their business . I have seen a man having a business with machinery rollers stopping it last year and now begging in the roads .
Brain drain as you may know means the sending the youth to work in the foreign counties for a better future. Most of these young people have at least one diploma from Greek universities and either work here as waiter or jobs of very low salaries that start from 400Eu and below (this is the basic part time 4 hr salary that includes also insurance ) and only just in case that they will be very lucky to find a job under very bad terms of work. Over the time work is unpaid.
As for example my brother in law left the country two months ago , after waiting two years to find a job here and works now in London in a restaurant with the hope that soon he will find a job suitable to his studies in a civil engineering company.
In another bad example myself as well my wife have lost our jobs two and one year ago respectively.
I looked for work in several companies but none could buy me or my wife for work as we are over aged for them (53 and 43 years respectively). Dole has been terminated for both of us last year and cannot be restarted and we are based on our parents pension which is everyday lowering as caused by the government and its allies (IMF EEC etc ie troika ) This is he reason i asked the DX follows to help me.
The same happened with one of our neighbors . His son very recently left the country for better chance in France. The only way to communicate is with a tablet that he bought recently after upgrading his phone line to DSL . Our neighbor doeskin know too much about tablets and asked me to help him Surely I couldn't ask him for money for this help and made several tests to compare it with mine of 2 years ago, the F&U model which is in its end of life.
This model is an E-star one called Grand. It is promoted by Infoquest a major computer accessories company from at least 30 years existence in Greece and surely the product has a Chinese origin , tough I dont know if it is a "Tecsun radios" type model for tablets
Its size is 10.1 inches and uses HD screen tech . I don't know if this is the screen type or just a technology such as LED or OLED, but as the factory advises it offers good watching from all optical aspects. And it is true . Once you use it you cannot see any picture degradation from nearly all angles except from looking from the top of screen. A feature that my tablet does not have (it is just LCD screen )
This is the main picture shown as desktop of the tablet
The model has 4 cores and Lolipop 5.1 android. IT is quite different op. sys. from 4.2 that my tablet uses. From the quite short time i used it, i found some interesting differences between these operating systems:
-ability to use many users
most basic operations are included in a drop down menu: connectivity on off , G option orientation, air mode (conn off ), GPS on off, and a few more
-task manager is quite different showing the programs as drop down cards than simply screen shots as in 4.xx version
-the droid keyboard is different this time in a white color and supports mechanical greek keyboard . it happened by chance when by mistake connected it to a standard keyboard
This is on how 5.1 droid popup is shown
The ability to have multiple users
-Its battery is 5 Mah. Its battery drains not so fast , with nearly the same draining time as with mines which is 4 MAh of 2 core system . As consulted the battery can drain in abt 5 hrs .
-I installed Xiia live for audio tests and put my fav radio station for making a comparative audio test using the Sennheiser headphones which is my fav among two others and added two of my favorite stations to test its sound . They have the same audio quality /fidelity but E-star grand has higher basses i ve seen that program installation is quite time consuming , it requires nearly the double time than in mine's. though i preferred to remove the program , the neighbor asked me to keep t and add a few Greek stations from Athens with news though most of their program is also relayed here in Thesaloniki .
screenshot of the Xiia live dropdown menu
- I then installed Viber and Skype for communication between him and his son. Though Skype uses email for communication Viber requires only a telephone to register . It then sends a SMS to your telephone to unlock the connectivity . I use this program to discuss to my bro-in-law as he didn't like Skype. Viber seems having some issues with its video. HD video is also supported ,but is OK to make audio communication.
I could buy one for me shall i collect some money as mine 2 years old tablet is close to its death form its very long operation every day(sometimes more than 10 hours ) . I liked most of its features but the only i don't like is that it uses only 3 sockets for connectivity to the external world :
-micro Sd socket , supporting up to 32 GB memory
-earphone socket , 3.9 mm type
-micro USB for connecting to the mains adaptor for charging. I could love to see a 2 USB to USB splitter/joiner to do the connection but as asked next day technicians in high tech stores this cannot be made without problems.
Mine F&U uses a separate socket to charge the battery. A standard mains adaptor cable of the older times with plug of just 1.8mm. Its USB socket is always connected with a external keyboard. i use it to type most of my texts as logs , reviews, my new stories ,MY computer is used now very sparingly and for more heavy tasks (audio and video conversion, heavier text processing a/o QDTP )
This was a review of just 20 minutes of checking/ overview . Hope that this information can be interesting to you.