Skytex Primer Pocket 4.3-inch Android media tablet only $99

On the Apple side of the equation, if you want an iPhone without the phone, you might consider getting an iPod touch. On the Android side of the equation, if you want an Android phone without a phone, you might turn to something like the newly announced Primer Pocket tablet from Skytex.

With its 4.3-inch multi-touch display, the Primer Pocket is pretty much the same size as many Android smartphones. It doesn’t do the phone thing, but you have to realize that it carries a MSRP of just $99. That’s crazy cheap, considering that something like the Galaxy S II sells for over $600 unlocked and unsubsidized.

Not surprisingly, there are some shortcomings that explain the lower price. For starters, it only ships with Android 2.2 Froyo. Secondly, there is no Android Market support. Instead, you get pre-installed games and access to a GetJar market instead. That’s not really the same thing at all, but at least it’s something. Rounding out the specs on this sub-$100 unit are WiFi-b/g/n, g-sensor, 4GB flash memory, microSD slot for up to 16GB more, and a “slim and lightweight design.” The emphasis is on affordability, so if you’re looking for a cheap way to get on Android, this could be it. Look for it later this month through select online retailers.


Skytex Announces New 4.3-Inch Android Powered Media Tablet For Release This Month

Skytex Technology, Inc. today announced the upcoming release of the Primer Pocket, a 4.3-inch wifi media tablet with Android™. Arriving August 18th with an MSRP of $99, Skytex aims to bring high tech to the masses.

PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 03, 2011 – Skytex Technology, Inc. today announced the upcoming release of the Primer Pocket, a 4.3-inch wifi media tablet with Android™.

The Primer Pocket will arrive on retail shelves August 18th with an unprecedented manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $99. Although affordable, the Pocket doesn’t skimp on features which include a 4.3” multi-touch display, wireless 802.11b/g/n, g-senor, and Android™ 2.2. Users will be able to enjoy their favorite music and video files, as well as browse the web, play games and stay connected with friends and family over wifi.

The Primer Pocket has a 4GB internal flash drive plus 16GB of expanded storage via microSD (not included). In addition to carrying plenty of music, video and apps, the Pocket can effortlessly stream media via apps or the web. Its hardware capabilities, combined with its compact, slim and lightweight design make the Pocket an ideal mobile internet device for entertainment-on-the-go.

With an emphasis on affordability, portability and value, the Primer Pocket is designed to bring high tech to the masses. It is available now for pre-order through select online retailers.


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3 Comments

  1. ?MHm says:

    how do you download apps to the primer pocket?
     

  2. Pauline O'Brien says:

    What happens if your primer pocket won’t turn on? I beleive I turned it off without powering it down so it may have run the battery down completely. How long do I need to charge it to turn it back on? It’s been charging for 2 hours and still won’t come on and the red light is not coming on anymore when charging.

  3. Techman says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience with the Pocket
    Primer…Unfortunately, I had a bad one.  I was excited about my
    purchase of my Pocket Primer, thinking that it would be a very handy
    pocket tablet that I could take on the go to anywhere and be able to
    access the internet, email, and many other apps.  The look and feel of
    the Pocket Primer is very slick, clean and pocket-sized.  But the
    quality of the Pocket Primer was WAY below my expectations and not even
    worth the $50 discounted price that I paid for it. 

    When my
    Pocket Primer arrived, I immediately charged it up (which took several
    hours).  Then, I decided to download some Apps onto the device.  I soon
    realized that even though it’s an Android compatible device, it doesn’t
    allow you to use any of my favorite Android App markets.  You are
    limited to the Getjar App market which is very limited.  It did have
    some of the basic Apps for email and news, but it was lacking any good
    sports, music, games, and entertainment apps.  I still managed to find
    some Apps to my liking (although some of them did not work after
    downloading them). 

    My Pocket Primer was ready to go, fully charged
    and set up with 15 Apps.  I decided to play Angry Birds which had been
    pre-downloaded onto the device.  After a nice 45 minute game of Angry
    Birds, I noticed that my battery charge was already down to 11%..so I
    had to plug it back into the charger.  Later that evening I decided to
    use my Pocket Primer to check some emails and do some web browsing.  I
    soon noticed that there were 4 white lines starting to appear across the
    top of my screen.  I tried to reboot the system, but the lines remained
    on the screen.  For the next few days, I still used my Pocket Primer
    for primarily checking email, web browsing and listening to some
    music….but I did have to recharge the battery a few more times.  Then,
    just 4 days after purchasing my Pocket Primer, it started to freeze up
    on me.  That’s when I decided it was time to contact Customer Support.

    I
    used the Skytex Customer Support form online and filed a Request for
    Replacement.  I NEVER heard back from anyone…just got a general email
    saying that my request had been submitted.  After 3 days, I sent an
    email to their order dept and customer support….didnt hear back for
    1-2 days.  Finally I got a response from their customer support.  After a
    few emails back and forth explaining that I wanted to either get the
    Pocket Primer replaced or refunded, I was sent instructions for a
    refund.  In summary, the instructions stated that I would have to pay
    for all of the shipping/handling of the returned item, also pay a 15%
    restocking fee (whatever that is) and then I would be put on a refund
    list (whatever that meant).  In the end, I decided to simply keep my
    piece of junk Pocket Primer since I would only be getting a $30
    refund(due to $10+ for shipping and 15% restocking fee) and I would
    probably have to wait 6-8 more weeks before I saw any sort of refund.

    I
    cannot recommend to anyone to purchase the Pocket Primer…even if its
    super discounted at $50.00.  I am chalking it up as a Loss and a Lesson
    learned.  Cheap Price = Cheap Quality.  If you are looking for a cheap
    tablet, don’t be fooled by the good looking Pocket Primer.

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