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Old 09-03-2010, 10:47 AM
jzer0912 jzer0912 is offline
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Angry for anyone still wondering about the Zii Egg

Hello All,

Just so everyone is aware, to the perception of those who bought into this "development opportunity", ZiiLabs (Creative) have all but ceased working on this thing. The Plaszma updates seem to break functionality more than fix it, and the Android FW has not been updated in over six months. The employees of the company rarely if ever reply on the forum, and much of the GPL code has yet to be made available. Some of the hardware works, but with lots of stability issues. The thing eats battery power, max time with only music player and no other functionality turned on lasts roughly five hours. We have not seen anything close to an "Optimized" version of Android except for the Zii-Android logo at bootup. Currently, the functional quality of this device is at the level of a cheap Ipod touch knockoff. Bluetooth still not working, spotty wifi, spotty gps. Plaszma audio constantly skips (still no X-Fi in sight), Android is better but if the device goes to sleep while not playing the sound craps out completely and you have to reboot (which takes FOREVER). Also, "current" responses from the company on the site give the following perception of the future of this product:

- Will not go beyond Android 1.6
- No dual boot
- root access for plaszma but removes RMA possibility, no root enablement for android
- access to some GPL source but no way to actually manipulate these implementations
- not an open environment. you basically get a developer kit to make apps that won't work after each firmware upgrade. No access to the Android source for the device and no way to build your own modified OS.
- tons of bugs that will never be fixed in the time frame under which zii releases updates.

While the Egg advertises amazing versatility and power (which the hardware may actually provide) the development has basically stalled and more than half of the promised features have not been implemented. This device is not worth buying unless your intention is to purposely waste money.
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