The TC970 uses Android OS 2.2 (Froyo). This is actually the first Android device that I have used for a good period of time. The OS is very easy to navigate and menu’s are very fluid. The first thing I noticed when I turned on the device was how bright and vibrant the display was. It really looks great and is easy to read. On the main screen you can put App shortcuts and other widgets if you like.
On the right side there are shortcuts for the browser, app list, and the mail application. If you select the app list it brings up a list of all of your installed apps. The included browser works great, but another great alternative is the Dolphin Brower HD. This tablet does support flash so you will have no problem viewing websites that have flash content.
I’ve only used the iPhone App ecosystem, but after looking around the Android App ecosystem does have some great apps. There are a lot to choose from, but many are not optimized for tablets just yet. The Apps I am currently using the most are the Barnes and Noble Nook App, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Gmail. Talking about YouTube the videos look great and the 2 speakers on the back are more than loud enough if watching videos as a group.
I did try a Skype call using the TC970. It did not go that well, the person on the other end said they could barely hear me. The reason for this was that the microphone is located on the top of the tablet. The only way they could hear me is if I talked directly in to the microphone.
To give you an idea of how the TC970 performs, check out the video below…