Tablet was shipped on 3/12, and got to me on 3/15-pretty fast from China to the US. The box is pretty generic, it doesn’t have the device name on it, only an Android 4.0 stamp, and some graphics. Opening it up, inside was the tablet, charger, OTG cord, and another to connect to PC(USB). No manual was there, but since it would have been in Chinese, no loss. One surprising feature was a screen protector, already installed. Simply peeled off the protective sheet, and it’s good to go. The tablet feels very nice and sturdy, with the aluminum back that’s expected. All the ports are on the right side-microsd slot, hdmi, 2xmini usb, headphone, and DC charger plug, along with the power button. On the top right, is a back button, and also one of my issues with the device. The volume rocker is a dual-acting switch. Press volume +, and it’s the same as hitting the 3 dots in the notification bar, bringing up a menu. Volume – has an icon like the one that takes you to the app drawer, except it only works to take you out of the app drawer, back to home, and won’t take you into the app drawer. To change volume, you need to press and hold the rocker, which is a little annoying. Maybe it’s something to just get used to, but I don’t like having so much done by the rocker switch.
Turning it on, it boots fairly quickly into-Android 4.0! I wasn’t 100% sure it would have 4.0, so that was a relief. First impressions of the screen-it is really nice. Definitely IPS, you can see it clearly from any angle, pretty much until you’re looking at the side of the tablet. Colors are nice, and some videos I watched were almost unnaturally sharp and clear. The Youtube app is cool, with the carousel that you spin through.
The device is running at 1.2GHz. I downloaded SetCPU, and knocked it down a bit to 1.1GHZ, and didn’t see any performance hit. Screen transitions are smooth and quick. Android version is 4.0.3, kernel 3.0.8. The wifi connection is very good, and it seems to get a strong signal throughout my house. Like most Chinese 4.0 tablets, it comes already with root access.
I have had a couple of problems. First, it doesn’t seem to have synched with my google account properly. Only gmail and contacts show up in the settings, so I haven’t got the calendar to work yet. A more pressing problem is with the android market. When I select an app to install, most times the market(actually playstore, I guess) just shuts down, with no warning. When I click on it again to open the playstore, it immediately downloads the app I had just selected. So it’s more of an inconvenience right now, but it isn’t right. Another hiccup was Dolphin browser. I installed from the playstore, but when I tried to open it, it just wouldn’t work. Ended up using Opera 12, and it is working very well, with user agent set to desktop.
Some reviewers have had complaints about the touchscreen. I used touch test, it is 10-point touch, and it seems very accurate, no problems for me so far. Installed some games, nothing fancy yet. Moonchaser and My paper Plane are 2 games I use to judge a tablet. Moonchaser will stutter if the tablet’s processor is not fast enough, and it runs fine. My Paper plane is good for both speed and the accelerometer. Again, it plays well.
Overall, I am happy with the tablet, although it’s not even a day yet. The screen is by far the best I’ve had on a tablet, the build quality seems good, and it is running well, for the most part. Battery life is something to be determined yet. I really don’t want to start messing with it until I can get the firmware to restore it in case I screw it up, so for now it’ll be slow going. But so far, so good.