Ainol Novo 7 Crystal II Android Tablet Review
Aug19

Ainol Novo 7 Crystal II Android Tablet Review

The Ainol brand is quite well known especially for their lower-end Android tablet products. The Ainol Novo 7 Crystal II Android tablet is a sub-$100 tablet that provides quite a bit of bang for the buck. Not everyone requires a big screen, state-of-the-art tablet with all the latest hardware features. For some, all they need is a small and portable device that is primarily used for web browsing, e-mail, reading and posting the latest Facebook posts or Twitter tweet, and maybe a little Plants vs Zombies. There are also those who do not want to bring their high-end tablet along with them when going for a business trip or vacation for fear of losing their precious tablet. What they need instead is a cheap tablet for checking email and social media while traveling. At the same time, if the tablet gets misplaced or stolen, the financial loss is minimal (data is all saved to the cloud). Last but not least, a budget tablet like the Ainol Novo 7 Crystal II is also ideal as your child’s first Android tablet. Install a child friendly user interface that only allows your child to access certain apps and to block purchasing and downloading of apps, and you have a great kid tablet. Since it is cheap, it won’t burn such a big hole in your wallet should it get damaged. If you fit into any of the 3 categories above, the Crystal II can be an ideal Android tablet for you. However, the budget price also means that the tablet cannot meet some of the “minimum” specs that I have listed in my “How to select a tablet” guide on the main page. For example, the screen resolution is only 1024 x 600 although I recommended at least a 1280 x 800 screen. Since the Crystal II only has a 7″ screen, this compromise is acceptable. The quad-core ATM7029 can be a little misleading. The ATM7029 has four ARM Cortex-A5 CPUs compared to the Cortex-A9 on the RK3188. The Cortex-A5 is designed to be a low cost chip with low power requirements. This makes the ATM7029 better than the RK3188 at prolonging battery life but at the expense of processing power. In certain cases, the ATM7029 can even lose out to the dual-core RK3066. However for simple tasks, the ATM7029 is ideal for providing processing power while saving on battery. If you can stretch your budget a bit more, you may also want to consider the Ainol Novo 7 Flame. For a full review of the Ainol Novo 7 Crystal II, please go to our companion site, Androydz.com. How does the Ainol...

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Pipo M9 Android Tablet Review
Aug19

Pipo M9 Android Tablet Review

The Pipo M9 Android tablet is the predecessor to the new Pipo M9pro. The main differences are the lower resolution 10.1 inch display (1280 x 800) instead of the retina (1920 x 1200) display, and 16GB ROM instead of 32GB on the M9pro. The retina display is a very attractive upgrade but it comes with a price and it is not just in dollars. The quad-core RK3188 is a very powerful chip but a lot of extra power is required to push the extra pixels on the retina screen. In many apps, especially graphically intensive ones like 3D games, the RK3188 struggles and this results is jerkiness which renders some apps unusable. This is less of an issue on the Pipo M9. All the 3D games run well on the tablet although I have to admit that the retina screen on the M9pro does make the graphics look more impressive. The extra storage ROM on the M9pro is a minor update in my opinion as users can easily add more storage by using the microSD memory expansion slot. Memory cards are also cheap with 32GB microSD cards going for under $25. The price difference between the M9 and M9pro is significant. Comparing the WiFi only model on AliExpress, there is about a $30-$40 price difference. If you plan to use the tablet for a lot portable gaming, it might be wiser to stick with the Pipo M9 for compatibility purposes and save some money at the same time. However, if you do not do much gaming and do not mind paying a little more for a better screen, the M9pro is a good buy as well. The rest of the specifications and performance of the M9 is quite similar to the M9pro. For a more detailed review of the Pipo M9 tablet, you can check out my full review on Androydz.com or you can also read up my full review on the M9pro before making a decision. How does the Pipo M9 compare with other tablets? Refer to our Top China Tablets Full Guide comparison matrix with over 40 tablets. Pipo M9 Specifications BrandPipo ModelM9 CPURockchip RK3188 Quad-core ARM Cortex A9 RAM2 GB DDR3 ROM16 GB Nand Flash CameraFront 2MP, Rear 5MP Screen Size10.1 inch Screen TypeIPS Resolution1280 x 800 pixels Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n 3Gon 3G model only Bluetoothv4.0 GPSYes Battery Type7800 mAh Size248 x 178 x 10mm Weight580 g Operating SystemAndroid 4.2.2 Where to Buy Pipo M9 Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca AliExpress Buy Pipo M9 from Amazon.com PIPO M9 Q106 QUAD CORE Tablet PC 10.1 Inch IPS Touch Screen RK3188 Quad Core 1.6GHz Android 4.1 WiFI HDMI Dual Camera 2GB...

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Cube U30GT2 Android Tablet Review
Aug18

Cube U30GT2 Android Tablet Review

Cube is a relatively new brand in the China tablet market. Like many of the other China brands, they started out as OEM manufacturers before branching out into their own brand. Cube had a really successful product with the original Cube U30GT and they have followed up with its high resolution successor, the Cube U30GT2 Android tablet. However, the market is a whole lot more crowded than when the original U30GT first came out. There are a lot more players in the market going after the lucrative Android tablet pie. The U30GT was a relatively high-end model with good specs and at an attractive price. Everybody seems to be coming out with high-end quad-core Android tablets with high resolution displays nowadays so the Cube U30GT2 has much more competition this time. DinoDirect Amazon.co.uk AliExpress Deal Extreme Merimobiles Buy Cube U30GT2 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 Cube U30GT2 from Amazon.co.uk Cube U30GT 2 - 10.1 inch HD (1280*800) Capacitive IPS display 1.8GHz quad core CPU quad core GPU RK3188 android 4.1 jelly bean Tablet Bluetooth, WIFI 1GB DDR3 16GB Storage. Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.co.uk Buy from Amazon.co.uk Buy Cube U30GT2 from AliExpress AliExpress has numerous retailers that are offering the Cube U30GT2 at a great price and some even have free international shipping thrown in. Multiple choices available including leather and keyboard cases with your purchase. Buy from AliExpress Buy Cube U30GT2 from Deal Extreme CUBE U30GT2 10.1" Capacitive Screen Android 4.1 Quad Core Tablet PC w/ TF / Wi-Fi / Camera - White 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 one of the three international warehouses are typically delivered in 3-7 business days. Buy from Deal Extreme Buy Cube U30GT2 from Merimobiles Cube U30GT II RK3188 Quad Core 10.1 inch 1920*1200 with Android 4.1 OS Dual Camera HDMI Bluetooth 32GB 1.8GHz. 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 The Cube U30GT2 design and quality is quite good and not just for a Chinese branded tablet. It actually has a metal band that goes around the edge which gives it an iPhone kinda...

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Pipo M7pro Android Tablet Review
Aug16

Pipo M7pro Android Tablet Review

This is a hands-on review of the Pipo M7 pro, a slightly smaller version of the Pipo M9 pro. The Pipo M7 pro has a smaller 8.9 inch screen compared to the 10.1 inch screen on the M9 pro. In addition, the M7pro uses a PLS (Plane to Line Switching) panel display while the M9pro has an IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel. Both panel technologies are similar with high brightness and wide viewing angle. However, PLS technology is more energy efficient compared to IPS. Other than this difference, all the other specifications for both devices are more or less the same. Therefore, on this review, I will just make note of the differences between the 2 devices plus comparisons with the Nexus 7 which has a similar price range. You can refer to my Pipo M9pro review for the first impressions and performance sections as they mostly apply to the M7pro as well. DinoDirect Amazon.com AliExpress Buy Pipo M7pro 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 Pipo M7pro from Amazon.com Model Pipo M7 Pro. 8.9inch IPS 10 point touch capacitive screen. Resolution 1920x1200 pixels. CPU RK3188 ARM Cortex A9 Quad Core 1.6GHz. GPU Mali-400MP. Operation System Android 4.2. Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.com Buy from Amazon.com Buy Pipo M7pro from AliExpress AliExpress has numerous retailers that are offering the Pipo M7pro at a great price and some even have free international shipping thrown in. Multiple choices available including with and without 3G or throw in an additional leather case with your purchase. Buy from AliExpress Pipo M7pro and Google Nexus 7 comparison The Pipo M7pro currently retails for $279 for the WiFi only version (you can get it for under $220 on AliExpress) and $315 for the version with 3G (under $240 on AliExpress). Unfortunately for the M7pro, its specifications and price put it right in competition with the newly launched Google Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 has a smaller 7″ IPS display but with a similar 1920 x 1200 pixel. The Nexus 7 has a retail price of $269 for the 32 GB WiFi only version. On top of that, the Nexus 7 has a few major advantages over the M7pro. The Nexus 7 has dual-band (2.4/5.0 GHz) WiFi that provides a more stable connection than a standard 2.4 GHz WiFi. The Nexus 7 is also NFC enabled and...

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Pipo M6 Android Tablet Review
Aug16

Pipo M6 Android Tablet Review

The Pipo M6 Android tablet is marketed as a cheaper alternative to the Apple iPad. It has a 9.7″ screen with a 2048 x 1536 pixel retina resolution and from the front it even looks like an iPad. If you are interested in the iPad because of the gorgeous retina display, note that the Pipo M6 has an identical display. Of course, the iPad runs on a totally different operating system but if you are looking for a similarly sized device with the same display as the iPad but at a fraction of the price, the Pipo M6 is a great candidate. Because of the different operating systems, it is difficult to make an apple-to-apple (pun not intended) comparison based on the hardware specs alone. The one comparison that would be of interest to most people would of course be the price. The cheapest iPad model with just WiFi and 16 GB of memory sells for $500. The WiFi version of the Pipo M6 sells for around $260. The 3G iPad with 16 GB ROM sells for $629 while the 3G Pipo M6 goes for $300. DinoDirect Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk AliExpress Buy Pipo M6 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 Pipo M6 from Amazon.com PIPO M6 Quad Core Retina IPS Tablet PC (WHITE). RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 Quad Core CPU. Android 4.2. RAM 2GB. Storage Capacity 16GB. Screen 9.7 Inch Retina IPS capacitive touch screen. Resolution 2048x1536. Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.com Buy from Amazon.com Buy Pipo M6 from Amazon.co.uk Pipo M6 with 9.7 Inch retina IPS screen (2048 x 1536px) , 180 degrees viewing angle. Super slim, Aluminum shell, capacitive Touch Screen, 10 point multi touch. Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.co.uk Buy from Amazon.co.uk Buy Pipo M6 from AliExpress AliExpress has numerous retailers that are offering the Pipo M6 at a great price and some even have free international shipping thrown in. Multiple choices available including with and without 3G or throw in an additional keyboard case with your purchase. Buy from AliExpress First Impressions The Pipo M6 comes packed in a simple packaging which contains the tablet and some accessories like the charger and some cables. It also comes with a pair of earbuds that are actually quite good quality. The packaging itself could have better to give a better impression that this is...

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