The ZaTab ZT2 (seen above) was advertised late last year on the website of the small California company ZaReason, which also sells PCs and laptops loaded with GNU/Linux.
It was listed along with the laptops on the website, but now is no longer featured there. There are, however, specific pages for this tablet and also the first one which the company produced, but one needs to know the URLs to view them.
The page for the ZT2 says the device is now out of stock.
In addition to this, wireless connectivity was flaky and the tablet seemed to have a mind of its own when it came to the auto-rotate feature. It cost $US349. The company promised a firmware update to fix these issues but never delivered.
The ZT2, which came out last year, had the Allwinner A31 SoC (4-core CPU, 8-core GPU) as its processor.
But with both products, after-sales service has been poor. A manual for the first tablet, advertised as having been written by top Linux writer Carla Schroeder, was never delivered.
And in the case of the second device, at least one customer complained to iTWire about a lack of response when he wrote to the company.
Ju Ping Chan, who lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, said when he asked for information about centralised user support forums, methods to root the device, and the fact that multiple touches were erroneously logged when the device was plugged into the power socket rendering the touch-screen damn near useless., he got no response.
But surprisingly, when he wrote asking which tablet case would fit the device, he got a quick reply!
It was Chan who recently informed iTWire that the product was no longer being listed.
The company's chief executive Cathy Malmrose has not responded to a query from iTWire as to whether the device was out of stock due to massive demand or whether it was the result of poor sales.