JingPad Review: A Real Linux Tab for True Linux Fans

If you follow Linux news enthusiastically, you might have come across a new name recently: JingOS.

It is a new Linux distribution designed for touch devices. It can also be used as a regular desktop operating system on non-touch devices.

So that you know

People at Jing sent me the JingPad for free to review the device. I can keep the device forever. However, this does not mean that review is biased in their favor to show only the positives. I am sharing my experience with the device and its operating system.

JingPad: The first impression

Note

JingOS is in alpha stage of development. A lot of things do not work as expected or promised at this moment. It should eventually get better in the later stages of development.

JingOS: Experience the user interface

The JingOS will immediately remind you of iOS or Deepin OS, whichever you prefer. The interface is clean and the 2K display makes things look pretty.

There are row of application icons and a dock at the bottom. Swiping up from the bottom brings an activity area displaying all the running applications. From here, you can drag an application upward to close it. Touching the trash will close all the running applications. To minimize an application, you have to swipe from right to left.

next couple of months through software update.

Overall, JingOS is pretty to look at, pretty to use for most part of it.

Keyboard

The review device I got came with the companion keyboard. The keyboard is made for JingPad. It is magnetic and the tab sticks to it. It is detected automatically, no wonder there. It doubles up as cover to give the device front and back protection.

their GitHub repository.

play Netflix on Firefox. There is no dedicated Netflix app so this was the only way to test it.

roadmap of JingOS, there are plans for adding Android compatibility. This means you should be able to install Android or Android based ROM/distributions. As per the JingOS team, they will be developing the solution in house instead of using tools like Anbox. That will be interesting to see.

Here’s a demo video of an Android app running on JingPad under JingOS:

Conclusion

JingOS is in alpha stage of development at the moment. Most of the issues I have encountered in this review should be addressed in the future OTA updates, as their roadmap suggests. The final stable version of JingPad should be available by March 2022.

JingPad as a device comes on the pricey side but it also gives you a high-end gadget. 2K AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB UMCP storage and other stuff you get only in high-end devices. The sound from the speakers is decent.

The magnetic tab cover and the detachable keyboards are also of premium quality. These things matter because you are paying a good amount of money for it.

The JingPad with the Pencil (stylus) and the keyboard costs $899. It comes with free international shipping and 1-year warranty. In many countries, there will also be additional custom duty levied on top of this price.

That seems like a lot of money, right? If you compare it to the price of iPad Air with same specifications (256 GB storage, WiFi+Cellular), keyboard and Pencil, the Apple device price reaches $1300 in the USA.

It is natural to compare JingPad with PineTab, another ARM-based Linux tablet. But PineTab is not a high-end gadget. It has modest specification and geared towards DIY tinkerers. JingPad, on the other hand, targets regular users, not just the DIY geeks.

Altogether, JingPad is aiming to give you a true Linux tablet but in the premium range. You get what you are paying for. A premium device for a premium pricing, with the freedom to run Linux on it.

But at this stage, JingOS has a lot of pending work to make JingPad a consumer level Linux tablet. You should wait for the final device unless you really want your hands on it right away.

I plan to make a video review of the device where you can see it in action. I am not very good at doing video reviews, so this will take some time. You may leave your comments on what you would like to see in the video review and I’ll try to cover it.

Meanwhile, you can follow the updates on JingPad and JingOS development on their Telegram channel or Discord. You may also watch the demos on their YouTube channel.

Author: Abhishek Prakash

Source: Abhishek Prakash.” JingPad Review: A Real Linux Tab for True Linux Fans”. Retrieved From https://itsfoss.com/jingpad-a1-review/

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