The Ainol Novo 7 Elf II uses the new generation of ARM Cortex A9 chip with dual cores made by Amlogic. This quick tablet comes preloaded with Android 4.03, full marketplace and can decode video up to 1080p. The tablet has a high resolution 7" 1024x600 resolution screen and a capacitive touch screen.
This tablet is a ideal entry level model which is recommended for almost anyone. Out of the box it performs well but with a few tweaks here and there you can really get the tablet running at its optimal performance.
- Google Android 4.03
- Processor: Amlogic 8726-M6, 1.5GHz, Cortex-A9 Dual Core; GPU: Mali-400
- RAM: 1GB DDR3
- Internal storage: 16GB
- Expansion: MicroSD expansion
- 7-Inch LCD display (16 million colors)
- 1024x600 screen resolution (16:9 wide screen aspect ratio)
- Capacitive multitouch touchpanel
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- 1080p video playback capable
- HDMI Out
- Built-in microphone
- 2MP front facing camera
- 3700mAh battery (average w/ WiFi on is 8hrs)
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- File format support will depend on the app you use, particularly with media files.
- Language support is down to the Android installation. Needless to say, Android comes default with English, Chinese as well as many other pre-installed languages.
- MP4 Nation will only provide general support for android tablets, we do not provide support on third party apps, flashing units with new roms or restoring your player from a failed flash.
- 1 x USB cable
- 1 x Earphones
*The included accessories can change at any time, as can the outer packaging design. The photographs of the packaging, and the list of included accessories, may not necessarily reflect what your package will look like or the accessories you will receive if the manufacturer decide to make a change. We will, however, do our best to keep this page up to date.
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- After a full day of use, I can honestly say that the Ainol Novo 7 Elf II is one awesome tablet for the paltry sum of under $140.00US!! I will split this review into both the pros and the cons, with emphasis on the serious boost it gets with the addition of a completely updated and well done custom rom called Dark Elf from a man called Soulflier.
I find the Elf II to be a well constructed tablet, with a decent plastic case and a nice, smooth bezel-less screen. It's a high resolution 7" screen, at 1024x600(160x160 dpi) that's very bright and clear with brilliant colors. The viewing angles are better than average in every direction except from the bottom up, as it darkens quite a bit at that angle. Otherwise, it hold it's own very well against the slightly more expensive IPS screens out there from China.
The dual core Amlogic 8726-M6 processor holds it's own against even my Transformer Prime(no joke, it's An Tu Tu and Quadrant scores puts it just below that vaunted tab--amazing for the price!!). The dual ARM Mali 400 MP GPU's(running at 400mhz each) are also a factor in it's amazing ability to just plow past any game I've thrown at it, from Gameloft games on out(I've tested 40+ so far). It runs smooth and with little effort, something expected of tabs running almost twice it's price, but totally unexpected at this price point. It should be noted that the Elf II has three performance modes that you can switch between(it defaults to Normal, 1GHZ). The modes are Performance(limited to 1.3GHZ, presumably to limit heat), the aforementioned Normal, and a nice Energy Saving mode running at only 600 GHZ, excellent for movie playback or any time you need to stretch the battery out....I've never seen a tablet offer this as an option before out of the box, Ainol deserves cudo's here for including it. The Rockchip 30XX series is the only competition I've seen yet for this, and it costs considerably more than this Amlogic based tablet.
Knowing that Ainol has a penchant for putting out so-so firmware for it's tablets(although they have been making steady upgrades to this and the Aurora II tablet), I decided from the out that I was going to use a custom rom when I received this. There seems to be only two worth mentioning at this point, one from a gent named Feiyu, who has a good history of custom firmware under his belt, and a man named Soulflier put one out called Dark Elf. The reason I chose the latter is that Soulflier has been keeping pace with Ainol, basing all of the upgrades to Dark Elf on the latest rom from Ainol(currently 6-26). Feiyu, on the other hand, hasn't done this, and his firmware is suffering a bit because of it. Why is keeping pace so important, you may ask? Simple: the Elf II has been suffering a bit with serious heat problems, but Ainol has been making steady progress on cooling it off with each new firmware upgrade. The latest one has cooled it off very well, and the Dark Elf firmware runs MUCH better because of it. Yes it still gets a bit warm, but there may be no way to cool it off completely without some major hardware updates, and that might hurt it's performance too much(not to mention Ainol's bottom line)to do. As it sits, it's running just fine, thank you very much, and with the Dark Elf rom, it's a winner across the board.
The Dark Elf rom upgrades the Elf II with several items, not the least of which is allowing the Elf II to be seen as a Samsung GT-I9100 series phone, which allows it to run Gameloft games as well as plenty of others as well. He upgraded Google Play to it's latest form as well, making for the best choice of apps. Many other things, from the wifi strength to the removal of the useless Chinese apps also came along for the ride. I have to say that it's very stable as well, with not a single crash or lock up to report so far. Dark Elf also takes a unique stab at trying to fix a problem that both the Elf II and the Aurora II are suffering from, that being the way Android sees it's SD cards(both tabs have two, one internal and one you add externally). It simply switched the way the cards are seen: the internal memory now becomes the external memory, and the external SD card now becomes the internal memory. One advantage of this is it allows you to use up to a 32GB microSD card for downloading apps to instead of the 16GB the Elf ships with. The main reason this needs to be done, though, is to allow the Elf II to download huge amounts of data(usually from games) in excess of 200mb or more without causing the Elf II to lock up or not work, which was the main problem reported. It works, and I haven't had any problems with it so far. For those who need(or just prefer)the original arrangement, he wrote a small script to switch it back so you can still use the Dark Elf rom either way, nice. All around, this makes the Elf II a magnificent tablet, with features well above it's weight class, something anyone can appreciate.
To be completely honest, I'm having a VERY hard time coming up with any con's here. The main thing is that the Elf II can run pretty hot at times, like when gaming for long periods of time, which can get a bit uncomfortable(if you use a case, this is not a problem at all, by the way). The fact that Ainol dosen't supply a wall charger with it's latest round of tablets is also a bit of a problem. (It should be noted that I received a 500mah usb wall charger with my order from mp4nation, but I'm not sure if this is the norm or not, Raz should chime in here ) That 500mah usb charger is barely enough to charge the Elf II up, though, it requires at least a 5v 2.0 amp charger with a 3.5mm plug to charge in less than 5 hours. If just charging on your computer, expect it to take over 8 hours plus to charge up. This is a cost cutting measure that should have NEVER even been considered by Ainol, it's getting smeared all over the web for it. For the record, I found a charger on fleabay that's 5v 2.5 amp 3.5 mm plug that works great with the Elf II, PM me if you'd like the link to it(it was less than $10.00). Oh, if you wan't the Dark Elf rom, just google it, that's what I did