Joined: Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:05 am
Location: Da Bronx, New Yowk, in Da United States of 'Merica
|I've been using this non stop since 8am today....and I love it!!! Here's a written review for now, I'll update it as I go along:
For an under $100.00 tablet, this is a true bargain in every sense of the word: it's cheap to buy, easy to use, and not in need of a custom rom...that's right, I said a custom rom isn't needed at all! The Ainol NOVO 7 Tornados 7.0" has a simple launcher installed...change it to GO Launcher HD(the one made just for tablets...easier to use and better suited to a large screen.) and never look back. The whole interface, from the main screen to app playback is smooth and well done. I did NOT expect this at all! Everything you would want a custom rom for is present and correct:
1. Google Play Store--seems like a true full market to me, with the only app missing that I couldn't find being YouTube....easily findable elsewhere.
2. Power--This puppy packs a punch, every bit as fast as my EKEN T10a...actually a bit faster at some things, like browsing(Tornados' have "n" speeds built right in). Games play back with zero lag...seriously, I played over 25 games with this today, mostly from GLU and FEELINGTOUCH, two graphic intensive game developers...and all ran effortlessly. No Gameloft dosen't work...well who cares?? If your a Gameloft addict, buy the equipment to play it back with--around 4 times the price of this one +
3. Stability--not a single crash, freeze up or oddity...it simply did it's job with no complaints. What more could you possibly ask for?
Anything else you want a tab to do, this does. PDF's? No problem, even big graphic heavy ones. Books? Kindle/Nook work great. Comics? JJComic Viewer is all you need. Web surfing? It's got the latest and greatest version of Chrome installed, with tabbed browsing/syncing with your desktop/smooth operation(even with flash heavy pages). Skype? Heck yes!!! I held a half hour VIDEO chat with one of my workers today, and he was very impressed at the video/audio quality, we even exchanged a few mp3's through Skype, amazing! This is a home run if you Skype your days away Movies? Yep, all the way to 1080p(I tested .avi and .mov, the only formats I use)...and it looks nice on the screen as well, not too dark or light. Lose the charger? No problems here, either. Just like the A10's out there, it can be charged from your computer or any wall charger that handles usb charging, minimum 5v 500mah. This can't be a more important feature as far as I'm concerned...the most often spouted reason as to why someone isn't using their China tabs anymore is that the charger broke and they can't source a new one...not a problem here
Hardware wise, the Tornado is more than passable, even at it's low, low price. It's got an:[LEFT]Amlogic 8726-M3L 1.0GHz Cortex-A9 processor with a blazing Mali-400 GPU...awesome power for the price! The 800x480 screen is capacitive...unheard of in the sub $100.00 class. It's decent, as well, with good if not great touch response(I'll go with Raz on this one, it's a 7 out of 10...not bad, but not the best either). Colors are well saturated and viewing angles are, from side to side, passable, but from bottom up and top straight down=crappy. Straight on and off to the left or right a bit are it's best angles....honestly for the price, you can't complain, it could have been far worse here. I love the fact that it handled my 32GB microSD card effortlessly as well. Size is just about perfect for holding with one hand, and even though it's got a bezel on it, it helps to provide some grip, so it's actually serving a purpose. I'm not the biggest fan of the 7" form factor...but it honestly just works for the Tornados very well. Battery life is still undecided by me as yet, I will update this after I run my torture tests on it As for any "Extras", like HDMI out, now you know how they kept the price in check...just the basics here, nothing fancy or wasteful. The left side of the Tornados has just a standard combo micro usb charging/PC connecting port, a mic, a microSD slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Thats it. All you need, nothing else.... Along the top are a power button, volume +/- rocker, and a menu/ home button. Oh, and it has a pretty decent camera located dead center of the top of the bezel...perfect place for it for Skype use.
[/LEFT]Summing up, I have to say that I like this new offering from Ainol. It's well built, easy to use, and for the price, can't be touched as far as I'm concerned. The Ainol NOVO 7 Tornados 7.0" is a hit, if your on the fence about buying it, don't think about it, just BUY IT!!!
For NETFLIX users: To get NETFLIX to work properly on the Tornados, first go into your NETFLIX account settings(on your computer) and do this:
Go to Settings>>Manage Video Quality>>and select: BETTER QUALITY as your streaming choice.
[LEFT][font=arial black]That's it, this also works for you Allwinner A10 users. I didn't figure this out, someone, I honestly don't know who, on Slatedroid did....and I thank him/her soooo much!!
Here's a VIDEO REVIEW I just finished up:
Ainol NOVO 7 Tornados 7" ICS 4.0.3 Video Review - YouTube
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