Review: Ainol Novo 9 Spark II / Firewire II Android Tablet
Feb05

Review: Ainol Novo 9 Spark II / Firewire II Android Tablet

The Ainol Novo 9 Spark II  (also known as the Ainol Novo 9 Firewire II) is of course the successor to the popular Ainol Novo 9 Spark. I gave the original Novo 9 Spark a very respectable score of 4 out of 5 stars. Looks wise, the Spark II looks very much like the original Spark which also means that its looks are “inspired” by the Apple iPad. However, the buttons placement has changed. It is available in both white and black versions. The main difference between the 2 versions of the Spark are in its internals, specifically the SoC. The original Ainol Novo 9 Spark features the Allwinner A31 SoC while its successor comes with the brand new ATM7039 quad-core SoC from Actions. In fact, the Spark II is the first tablet PC to feature the new ATM7039. Actions is better known for its low cost and low powered chips. Unfortunately, their line of chipsets perform poorly when compared to similar chipsets from other Chinese manufacturers like Rockchip and Allwinner. The ATM7039 is Action’s latest quad-core chip and its fastest yet but how does it compare to Rockchip’s highly popular RK3188 and Allwinner’s A31? This and other questions will be answered in my review of the Ainol Novo 9 Spark II. DinoDirect AliExpress Merimobiles Buy Ainol Novo 9 Spark II from Dino Direct DinoDirect.com is a world’s leading cross-border online store with millions of active customers from more than 200 countries. DinoDirect is committed to becoming the best reliable marketplace on the net by offering high quality products with the widest selections, reasonable price, worldwide free shipping and superior 7×24 customer service. Buy from DinoDirect Buy Ainol Novo 9 Spark II from AliExpress AliExpress has numerous retailers that are offering the Ainol Novo 9 Spark II at a great price and some even have free international shipping thrown in. Buy from AliExpress Buy Ainol Novo 9 Spark II from Merimobiles Ainol NOVO 9 II 9.7 Inch 2048*1536P ATM7039 Quad Core 1.6GHZ Android 4.2 Tablet PC Merimobiles.com is a Canadian company with over 7 years’ experience in the telecommunication industry as well as customer service. Buy from Merimobiles First Impressions Build quality wise, the Ainol Novo 9 Spark II is well built and the use of a metal shell enhances this. For some reason, Ainol has decided to switch the button placement around a bit. However, in my opinion, the new button layout isn’t much of an improvement over the old layout. The Home and Power buttons are now located on the left and right ends of the bottom edge, with the ports in between them. The volume rocker button...

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Review: Ainol Novo 9 Spark Android Tablet
Aug30

Review: Ainol Novo 9 Spark Android Tablet

This is a review of the Ainol Novo 9 Spark Android Tablet with 9.7 inch 2048 x 1536 retina IPS screen and powered by an Allwinner A31 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 chipset. The 9.7″ form factor with retina display seems to be very popular among the China tablet PC manufacturers. Every brand seems to have at least 1 or even 2 models running on different chipsets. Ainol has two versions of the Novo 9 but they both run on the same Allwinner A31 quad-core processor. The Novo 9 Spark comes in white while the Novo 9 Firewire comes in black. The Firewire version was released later than the Spark version and if you are to buy one today, the Firewire version will more likely have a newer firmware version. The Ainol Novo 9 Spark initial firmware is buggy and caused all kinds of problems from poor WiFi to laggy performance. If you are uncomfortable with updating firmware, it is best that you stick with the Firewire black version. DinoDirect Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk AliExpress Deal Extreme Buy Ainol Novo 9 Spark from Dino Direct DinoDirect.com is a world’s leading cross-border online store with millions of active customers from more than 200 countries. DinoDirect is committed to becoming the best reliable marketplace on the net by offering high quality products with the widest selections, reasonable price, worldwide free shipping and superior 7×24 customer service. Buy from DinoDirect Buy Ainol Novo 9 Spark from Amazon.com Novo 9 Spark Quad Core A31 Tablet PC, 9.7 Inch, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), Retina IPS 2048 x 1536px Screen, 2G RAM, 16G ROM, HDMI, Dual Camera, Super Slim Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.com Buy from Amazon.com Buy Ainol Novo 9 Spark from Amazon.co.uk Ainol Novo 9 Spark Firewire Tablet PC - 9.7" Retina IPS III 2048x1536 Pixel Display, Quad Core A31 CPU, 8 Core GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Dual Cameras, 10000mAh battery - includes HDMI cable and 8GB SD memory card Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.co.uk Buy from Amazon.co.uk Buy Ainol Novo 9 Spark from AliExpress AliExpress has numerous retailers that are offering the Ainol Novo 9 Spark at a great price and some even have free international shipping thrown in. Buy from AliExpress Buy Ainol Novo 9 Spark from Deal Extreme Ainol NOVO9 SPARK 9.7" IPS Quad Core Tablet PC Android 4.1.1 w/ 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM - Grey + Black DX offers free world wide shipping on all items! DX is the first and only retailer in the industry to establish multiple international warehouses. Currently serving more than 30 countries, items shipped from...

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Review: Chuwi V99 Quad-Core Android Tablet
Aug28

Review: Chuwi V99 Quad-Core Android Tablet

First of all, this is a review of the Chuwi V99 quad-core Allwinner A31 Android tablet. The reason I need to highlight this is that there is another version of the Chuwi V99 that is powered by a dual-core Rockchip Rk3066. Both models look similar as in both look very much like an Apple iPad. All the major China tablet manufacturers have their own versions of the iPad clone. All of them come with a 9.7 inch 2048 x 1536 retina screen. A few of them, like Chuwi, even have multiple versions with different processors. The devices that Top China Tablets has reviewed so far are the Vido N90 FHDRK, Onda V972 and Pipo M6. The Vido N90 FHDRK and Pipo M6 both come with the quad-core RK3188 chip while the Onda V972 comes with an Allwinner A31 processor, like the Chuwi V99. The Onda V972 is actually quite a decent device with good performance overall except for one critical area. It had very poor battery life. As a result, it only got an average score from us. Since the Chuwi V99 had very similar hardware as the Onda V972, I was naturally worried about the battery life as well. Fortunately, I am glad to report that the Chuwi 99 actually has very decent battery life for a unit with a retina display. DinoDirect Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk AliExpress Deal Extreme Merimobiles Buy Chuwi V99 from Dino Direct DinoDirect.com is a world’s leading cross-border online store with millions of active customers from more than 200 countries. DinoDirect is committed to becoming the best reliable marketplace on the net by offering high quality products with the widest selections, reasonable price, worldwide free shipping and superior 7×24 customer service. Buy from DinoDirect Buy Chuwi V99 from Amazon.com IPS Retina 2048x1536 Screen Chuwi V99 Quad Core Ratina Screen Android 4.1 Tablet Pc 9.7" Allwinner A31 2gb RAM 5.0mp Camera Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.com Buy from Amazon.com Buy Chuwi V99 from Amazon.co.uk Deal Center V99 2GB RAM,16G Memory Allwinner A31, Cortex A7 quad core, 1.5GHz; GPU: PowerVR SGX544 MP2, 9.7 Inch Tablet PC Retina Screen, IPS Screen Android 4.1.1(Jelly bean) with Build-in play store, Wifi; Amazon kindle Compatible (NO TAX + Fast Delivery with 6~9 working days + One year factory warranty) Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.co.uk Buy from Amazon.co.uk Buy Chuwi V99 from AliExpress AliExpress has numerous retailers that are offering the Chuwi V99 at a great price and some even have free international shipping thrown in. Buy from AliExpress Buy Chuwi V99 from Deal Extreme CHUWI V99 9.7" Capacitive Screen Android 4.1 Quad Core Tablet PC...

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Vido N90 FHDRK Android Tablet Review
Aug26

Vido N90 FHDRK Android Tablet Review

First of all, the Vido N90 FHDRK is frequently sold under two other brand names, Window and Yuandao, but the model number remains the same. They all refer to the same company. Phonetically, all 3 brand names sound alike. If I understand it correctly, Vido is the name of the company that produces OEM Android tablets. Then Vido decided to sell tablets under their own brand thus Window and Yuandao were born. Vido mainly sells their brand of tablets within China but there are retailers who are shipping them internationally. They do not even include an English manual or documentation with their products. Make sure that the support from the retailer is good before committing to buying a Vido tablet. So with the disadvantages associated with a Vido tablet, why should anyone consider buying one? It is because Vido tablets are among the cheapest China Android tablet PCs that you can buy. The Vido N90 FHDRK is an iPad clone with very similar specs as the Pipo M6 which we gave a maximum 5 stars rating. It is powered by a quad-core Rockchip RK3188 processor and a gorgeous 9.7 inch 2048 x 1536 pixel retina display.  A Vido N90 FHDRK can be bought for about $50 less than a Pipo M6. Please note there are 2 versions of the N90 FHD, with and without the RK suffix. The RK suffix refers to the RK3188 processor that powers the tablet. The model without the RK comes with the Allwinner A31 quad-core processor. DinoDirect Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk AliExpress Buy Vido N90 FHDRK from Dino Direct DinoDirect.com is a world’s leading cross-border online store with millions of active customers from more than 200 countries. DinoDirect is committed to becoming the best reliable marketplace on the net by offering high quality products with the widest selections, reasonable price, worldwide free shipping and superior 7×24 customer service. Buy from DinoDirect Buy Vido N90 FHDRK from Amazon.com Original Vido N90 FHD N90fhd Rk3188 Quad Core Tablet Pc 9.7" Retina Screen 2048x1536 2gb RAM 16gb Android 4.1Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.com Buy from Amazon.com Buy Vido N90 FHDRK from Amazon.co.uk 9.7" Window Vido N90 Quad Core FHDRK RK3188 1.6GHz Android 4.1 16GB Tablet PC Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.co.uk Buy from Amazon.co.uk Buy Vido N90 FHDRK from AliExpress AliExpress has numerous retailers that are offering the Vido N90 FHDRK at a great price and some even have free international shipping thrown in. Buy from AliExpress First Impressions The Vido N90 FHDRK is quite a well built tablet. I expected less as it does cost $50 less so I would not have...

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Onda V972 Android Tablet Review
Aug20

Onda V972 Android Tablet Review

The Onda V972 quad-core Allwinner A31 Android tablet with 9.7 inch 2048 x 1536 retina screen is Onda’s version of the iPad clone. The tablet runs on Android instead of iOS but it is obviously “inspired” by the iPad. Android tablets usually have widescreen aspect displays but the V972 has the same 9.7 inch retina 2048 x 1536 display with a 4:3 aspect ratio as the iPad. The display is not the only feature that Onda borrowed from the Apple designers. The entire unit actually looks very much like an iPad including the size right up to the tapered metallic back cover and the placement of the rear camera. From a distance it is actually not easy to tell them apart if it is not for the giveaway missing Apple logo at the back. If I were to stick an Apple logo at the back of the V972, I probably could have fooled a lot of people. Putting the iPad inspired design aside, the Onda V972 does have quite decent hardware specifications. It actually shares a lot of hardware similarities with another iPad clone, the Pipo M6 Android tablet. On paper, the V972 actually looks very good when stacked against the iPad. This is an amazing achievement considering that the tablet costs less than half what the latest iPad costs. But how well does it perform in real world tests? We are about to find out. DinoDirect Amazon.com AliExpress Buy Onda V972 from Dino Direct DinoDirect.com is a world’s leading cross-border online store with millions of active customers from more than 200 countries. DinoDirect is committed to becoming the best reliable marketplace on the net by offering high quality products with the widest selections, reasonable price, worldwide free shipping and superior 7×24 customer service. Buy from DinoDirect Buy Onda V972 from Amazon.com ONDA V972 16GB Quad Core DDR3 2GB 9.7inch Capacitive Android 4.1 Dual Camera HDMI Tablet PC - Black(front)+Silvery(back) Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.com Buy from Amazon.com Buy Onda V972 from AliExpress AliExpress has numerous retailers that are offering the Onda V972 at a great price and some even have free international shipping thrown in. Buy from AliExpress First Impressions The Onda V972 comes packed in a simple box that again has shades of Apple. However, the insides of the packaging seems rather flimsy as there is minimal padding for the tablet itself. Also in the box, in a compartment under the tablet are an AC charger, a USB cable and a flimsy looking manual. Considering how much the V972 costs compared to an iPad, we can turn a blind eye to the packaging. The V972...

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