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Argos issued a press release announcing the arrival of the 'MyTablet' Android tablet device, just in time for the Christmas period.

Almost all the News Agencies and typical tech blogs have picked up on the story and churned out an article, basically regurgitating the PR notice.

Did any of them spot the flaw?

The Argos MyTablet looks like a great budget Android tablet Priced at £99. It is sure to attract a great deal of interest from the Argos customer base; clearly aimed at the early teen market. The specification is not on a par with the Tesco Hudl or a Google Nexus 7, however it sounds an ideal device to satisfy all but the most demanding tablet user. Full spec. at the end of this article.

Available in store and online from 16 October.

Now to the flaw? I find it quite staggering, but if I am honest no surprise, that so many news agencys and so called technical writers have not spotted the issue. The device apparently runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, but look at the image:

Argos MyTablet.

Argos MyTablet.

Icon, bottom right of the image --Android does NOT run Adobe Flash. So what is this?

  • Is this a mockup? If so, why? Surely a real shot would be possible.
  • Have Argos managed to shoehorn Flash onto the MyTablet? Doubt it!

Why did no one else pick up on this? I must have read thirty web site as not one person spotted it.

What's the point of a technical writer if they simply fire out a press release and don't consider the content, or question it? Granted' it's not a big deal but these journalists are the people who feed us our news!

I've reached out to the Argos PR team to ask why their official images show Flash? If they come back to me I will of course update this story.

And the worst headline I read this morning....

Argos challenges Apple in tablet sales

Did the Reporter actually read the press release!

Specification

  • Price: £99.99
  • OS: Android Jellybean 4.2.2
  • Screen size: 7 inch screen
  • Resolution: 1024 X 600 resolution
  • Screen type: LCD
  • Processor speed: Dual core 1.6ghz
  • WiFi : Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Camera :2 MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera
  • Battery life: Up to 5 hours
  • Standard memory: 8GB
  • Extended memory: 32GB - with mini SD
  • Micro SD slot: Yes
  • Parental control settings: Yes
  • Output ports: HDMI, Micro USB
  • Colours: Silver & Pink
  • Other features: 19 pre-loaded apps and games Customisable home screen

(images © Argos/Home Retail Group)

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