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: Cube U39GT Android Tablet
Jan10

Review: Cube U39GT Android Tablet

I have reviewed a couple of Cube Android tablets in the past. I was quite impressed with the Cube U30GT2 but less so with the U25GT. However, Cube is one of the better known tablet producing companies from China and their range of products is wide and popular. The Cube U39GT is more of a 9 inch screen and slightly updated version of the Cube U30GT2. It has a similar screen resolution but the panel is a Samsung PLS display. The slightly smaller screen brings the added benefit of a significantly lighter tablet. Other than this, there aren’t any major or significant differences between the Cube U30GT2 and the Cube U39GT. DinoDirect Amazon.com AliExpress Deal Extreme Merimobiles Buy Cube U39GT 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 U39GT from Amazon.com Cube U39GT RK31 Quad Core Tablet, 9 inch PLS 1920×1280, Android 4.2.2, Dual Camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, 2G RAM, 16G ROM Buy from Amazon.com Buy Cube U39GT from AliExpress AliExpress has numerous retailers that are offering the Cube U39GT at a great price and some even have free international shipping thrown in. Buy from AliExpress Buy Cube U39GT from Deal Extreme Cube U39GT 9″ FHD PLS Screen Android 4.2 Quad Core Tablet PC w/ 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, HDMI, Bluetooth 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 U39GT from Merimobiles Cube U39GT RK3188 Quad Core 1.8GHz Android 4.2.2 9.0 Inch PLS Screen 1920*1280 Bluetooth HDMI 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 As mentioned above, the first impression I got was how much lighter the Cube U39GT feels, compared to the U30GT2. A quick check on the specs reveals that the Cube U39GT is 480g while the U30GT2 is 665g. The U30GT2 is almost 40% heavier. This makes the U39GT much more comfortable to hold for longer periods. There is a slight sacrifice in screen size of course but since both tablets has the same resolution, it is a compromise that I am willing to accept. The...

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Review: ifive X2 Android Tablet
Oct01

Review: ifive X2 Android Tablet

Five Technology is a newcomer to the Chinese Android tablet market. However, they have come up with a handful of models that are rather popular. This is a review of one of their newer products, the ifive X2 Android Tablet. My first impression was that the ifive X2 is an updated version of their earlier model, the ifive X. The original ifive X is a dual-core RK3066 based tablet with a 9.7 inch 1024 x 768 display. The new ifive X2 Android tablet has an updated quad-core RK3188 chipset and a 8.9 inch 1920 x 1200 resolution retina display. While the two models do share some design similarities but I believe the ifive X2 is more of an expansion of Five Technology’s product line rather than a replacement of the ifive X. DinoDirect Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk AliExpress Buy ifive X2 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 ifive X2 from Amazon.com FNF ifive X2 Quad Core 1.8GHz 8.9 Inch IPS Android 4.2 Tablet Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.com Buy from Amazon.com Buy ifive X2 from Amazon.co.uk 8.9-Inch FNF Ifive X2 16GB Tablet PC IPS Retina Screen 1920x1200 RK3188 Quadcore 1.8GHz 2GB RAM Android 4.1 MID with Bluetooth Dual Cameras and 7000mAh Battery Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.co.uk Buy from Amazon.co.uk Buy ifive X2 from AliExpress AliExpress has numerous retailers that are offering the ifive X2 at a great price and some even have free international shipping thrown in. Buy from AliExpress First Impressions The ifive X2 came in a rather colorful box that is rather different form the usual mostly black or white boxes that the Chinese tablet manufacturers seem to prefer. The tablet even comes with a thin but full color starter guide but it is in Chinese. The build quality and overall design of the ifive X2 is quite impressive. The housing is made from Aluminum which adds a bit of heft to the tablet. While many China tablets basically just copy the design of an iPad, the ifive X5 does not. In fact, the styling of the tablet reminds me a bit of the Pipo M7 pro design. Held in landscape mode, there is a front facing camera at the top and right next to it is a ambient light sensor. There aren’t many China tablets that come with a light sensor....

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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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