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Old 13-12-2012, 18:04
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Hi guys,

I've decided to compile a list of low cost but good quality Chinese tablet manufactueres for those of you interested. As someone interested in Chinese Dual sim phones and tablets I have used/read reviews of tablets from all the above and have a good understanding of how good and bad the latest batch of tablets from manufactueres are. The list below are ones i recommend. I have not used Eken, Ramos, Pipo, Cube, Zenithink tablets but know enough about them to recommend them. (I know friends who have used them)

The makes i recommend are
Huawei
ZTE
Lenovo
Ainol
Onda
Window
Eken
Ramos
Pipo
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Cube (had confliciting reports on reliability)
Zenithink (heard about poor build)

The best places to buy from are

Amazon.co.uk
Ebay.co.uk (Have to pay shipping + tax)
AliExpress.co.uk (Have to pay shipping + tax)
Etotalk.co.uk (Have to pay shipping + tax)

I have purchased items from Aliexpress and Etotalk and recommend them. Amazon has good reviews for chinese tabs of good delivery times. And i know friends who brought some tablets on ebay.

Ainol currently have their Hero tablet out and Fire tablet. (fire touchscreen problem seems to be fixed. will get back to everyone) They will be releasing the new Captain tablet and another 7 inch one soon. They are best for value along with Ramos and Pipo and Onda. Window are good as well but not too sure about build quality. Ainol have a lot of support on forums with root etc..

With Chinese tablets there is always a risk. Something might not work, or you may have to install new firmware when you get it. It is good to have knowledge of android settings and how to flash roms/root etc... For example many Chinese tablet makers require you to flash the rom yourself. Or play around with settings for something not working to work.

So make sure you research the tab before you buy to see which firmware to install, and if there are any bugs and workarounds. For example there is a problem on Novo elf 2 where the battery percent was always showing as 100%. The solution was to install new firmware or to root and install battery calibrator app. Simple enough, but if you have no idea what i just said then don't buy a Chinese tablet. it's not for you/


Most Chinese tablets do not come with English instruction manual. They usually come with lots of chinese apps, sometimes it comes without Google Play but that is very rare these days. Just make sure you know how to root and delete the apps you don't need. Also there are a number of forums that have a userbase around each tablet. Use google to find the one for the tab you are interested in and then read through to see potential problems.

Hope this helps
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Old 13-12-2012, 19:09
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With the price of the major brand tablets coming down so much - for most people I don't really think they are worth bothering with when you can pick up a Kindle Fire or a Playbook for around 100 and a Nexus 7 for 170
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Old 13-12-2012, 20:42
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True, but when you can get a Nexus 7 spec device (dual core not quad) for under 100 (Ainol Novo 7 Fire) then it's not a bad buy. And when you can get Ainol Novo 10 Hero for under 150 which is same spec but bigger battery and screen then that is also a good purchase.

Plus there are a number of Quad Core FHD tablets coming in the new year for around these prices as well. Something that cannot be matched for price by major brands.
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Old 14-12-2012, 16:34
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True, but when you can get a Nexus 7 spec device (dual core not quad) for under 100 (Ainol Novo 7 Fire) then it's not a bad buy. And when you can get Ainol Novo 10 Hero for under 150 which is same spec but bigger battery and screen then that is also a good purchase.

Plus there are a number of Quad Core FHD tablets coming in the new year for around these prices as well. Something that cannot be matched for price by major brands.
In the past month, I have had my fingers burnt twice with Chinese tablets: the first, a Momo8 IPS was fine and I would have kept it, but the micro USB went up the creek too fast. One minute it was working fine, the next now and again when it chose to do so.
The second was far worse and I am returning it (at great expense) just to get my money back. It was a Cube U19T and the wifi on it was simply appalling. When I got a connection, it would drop and when it didn't drop and I briefly had one, the speed was worse than dial-up. I contacted the vendor (who were otherwise very good and I don't blame them) who pointed me in the direction of a firmware upgrade, but the was all in Chinese and whatever I clicked simply called up an advert or soft porn. And anyway I am of the view thaat something should work straight out of the box. You shouldn't have to fanny around upgrading simply to make somethinng work as it isintended.
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Old 14-12-2012, 18:09
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True, but when you can get a Nexus 7 spec device (dual core not quad) for under 100 (Ainol Novo 7 Fire) then it's not a bad buy.
Just because something is that cheap and that powerful does not make it a good buy. You get what you pay for. Better of spending a bit more on something you can rely on.
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Old 14-12-2012, 18:52
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In the past month, I have had my fingers burnt twice with Chinese tablets: the first, a Momo8 IPS was fine and I would have kept it, but the micro USB went up the creek too fast. One minute it was working fine, the next now and again when it chose to do so.
The second was far worse and I am returning it (at great expense) just to get my money back. It was a Cube U19T and the wifi on it was simply appalling. When I got a connection, it would drop and when it didn't drop and I briefly had one, the speed was worse than dial-up. I contacted the vendor (who were otherwise very good and I don't blame them) who pointed me in the direction of a firmware upgrade, but the was all in Chinese and whatever I clicked simply called up an advert or soft porn. And anyway I am of the view thaat something should work straight out of the box. You shouldn't have to fanny around upgrading simply to make somethinng work as it isintended.
No offence to yourself. But it's because number 1 the chinese tablet brands you bought don't have the best reputation. And number 2, you do not know what you were doing. You would have known if you had done research that you can delete all chinese apps by rooting. And also be deleting cavis.app via a file manager you would stop the chinese pop ups. Also you did not try a firmware or any fix for wi-fi

Not all Chinese brands are terrible like the ones you experienced. Yes, like i said you have to play around with them sometime. But if you don't research the tab before hand then you can't blame the tab. The reason you have to do a lot of fixing is because the tabs are designed for Chinese market. For example my phone GPS would not work in UK until i tweaked it for UK. If you go in with the mentality of thinking Chinese tablet will work out of the box and you have no issues then it's not for you. (not all tabs have issues, but sometimes they do. most common one is deleting Chinese apps like QQ Tencent etc...)

There are some really good chinese manufactures (look at my list) and some which are just complete scams.

I'm not having a go at you or anything, just saying that you should not dismiss ALL Chinese manufactueres because of one bad experience.

And i agree witht the poster above that in most cases it is better to pay for the branded name tab with UK support. But in some cases, and if you know what you're doing/getting. You can buy a Chinese tablet at a much lower price, at much higher spec. Just look at phones like Oppo Find 5 which rival HTC Butterfly. Butterfly costs 500+, Oppo costs 320 (conversion cost)
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Old 15-12-2012, 09:28
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No offence to yourself. But it's because number 1 the chinese tablet brands . . . lower price, at much higher spec. Just look at phones like Oppo Find 5 which rival HTC Butterfly. Butterfly costs 500+, Oppo costs 320 (conversion cost)
I DID reasearch beforehand, and the Momo8 seemed popular, not least in this forum. As for the Cube, whether I am a Chinese punter or a Brit punter, the bloody thing should work out of the box as far as wifi is concerned. There should be no pfaffing around installing firmware updates and if they have to be installed, this should happen before they are sold. When I was battling all the pop-ups, I wasn't on the Cube - couldn't be as I couldn't get a wifi connection - but on a laptop. Finally, it's all very well for you to say apps can be removed if you root the tab, but those able to do that successfully, i.e. without bricking the ****ing thing, are in a minority.
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Old 15-12-2012, 23:54
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I DID reasearch beforehand, and the Momo8 seemed popular, not least in this forum. As for the Cube, whether I am a Chinese punter or a Brit punter, the bloody thing should work out of the box as far as wifi is concerned. There should be no pfaffing around installing firmware updates and if they have to be installed, this should happen before they are sold. When I was battling all the pop-ups, I wasn't on the Cube - couldn't be as I couldn't get a wifi connection - but on a laptop. Finally, it's all very well for you to say apps can be removed if you root the tab, but those able to do that successfully, i.e. without bricking the ****ing thing, are in a minority.
It is very hard to brick a phone when attempting to root. Near impossible. Plus the bootloader comes unlocked. Its easy if you have the time and are willing to research before hand.

I have no idea where you got the idea that rooting bricks most peoples phones. It doesn't. You're wrong.
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Old 16-12-2012, 06:28
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True, but when you can get a Nexus 7 spec device (dual core not quad) for under 100 (Ainol Novo 7 Fire) then it's not a bad buy. And when you can get Ainol Novo 10 Hero for under 150 which is same spec but bigger battery and screen then that is also a good purchase.

Plus there are a number of Quad Core FHD tablets coming in the new year for around these prices as well. Something that cannot be matched for price by major brands.
Of the two different ones I have had - both from Ainol - the Elf and the Aurora II. Both were ok - but neither of them had great responsive screens and they both had issues that needed updated firmware to address properly and neither was 100% by the time I got rid of them.

I swapped out the Aurora II for a Blackberry Playbook and the user experience and build quality was like a night and day difference. It was so much more responsive and with none of the issues associated with the two Ainol tablets.

I think right at the bottom end of the market you do get what you pay for and are much better off either paying abit more for something like a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD or if you are on a smaller budget then something like the Playbook.
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Old 16-12-2012, 09:06
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If we are talking Chinese tablets than we should definitely mention the iPad, which is one of the good examples (though I am not big fan of the Apple brand)
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Old 16-12-2012, 10:32
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It is very hard to brick a phone when attempting to root. Near impossible. Plus the bootloader comes unlocked. Its easy if you have the time and are willing to research before hand.

I have no idea where you got the idea that rooting bricks most peoples phones. It doesn't. You're wrong.
We're not talking about a 'phone'. I'm talking about a 'tablet'. What are you talking about?
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Old 16-12-2012, 13:52
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We're not talking about a 'phone'. I'm talking about a 'tablet'. What are you talking about?
Sorry. I meant to say tablet. Point still stands
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Old 16-12-2012, 14:47
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I think this list is a great idea especially as jabbamk warns people of possible problems but also solutions. It's not for everyone (not for me) but for those wanting a higher spec tablet at a lower price and are knowledgeable enough to do the workarounds etc it will be much appreciated I'm sure.
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Old 16-12-2012, 15:37
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If we are talking Chinese tablets than we should definitely mention the iPad, which is one of the good examples (though I am not big fan of the Apple brand)
You are just being silly now Think you need to understand what the thread is about before posting
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Old 17-12-2012, 13:09
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You are just being silly now Think you need to understand what the thread is about before posting
I can talk hours about the 'capable' Ainol and Busbi tablets but it is Christmas time already, so lets get the party started I love to make fun of the ridiculous Apple products Cheers mate
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Old 17-12-2012, 20:44
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With the price of the major brand tablets coming down so much - for most people I don't really think they are worth bothering with when you can pick up a Kindle Fire or a Playbook for around 100 and a Nexus 7 for 170
Kindle doesn't have HDMI output or USB input.
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Old 17-12-2012, 20:47
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Has anyone seen one of these working?

http://www.thedealchannel.co.uk/_266...ge_2_Small_One
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Old 17-12-2012, 21:07
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No, but I can tell you that it is a bit overpriced. You can get a slightly better spec tablet with larger battery and 720p screen for under 150

E.g Ainol Novo Hero which has excellent reviews.
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Old 17-12-2012, 21:24
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No, but I can tell you that it is a bit overpriced. You can get a slightly better spec tablet with larger battery and 720p screen for under 150

E.g Ainol Novo Hero which has excellent reviews.
It does look a better spec, just lacks a USB input socket.
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Old 17-12-2012, 21:46
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It does look a better spec, just lacks a USB input socket.
It has a mini usb port, you can connect an adapter to it(usually comes in the box, if not its 1 or something) and then plug in any usb device.

There is also onda, window and Ramos tablets that have similar spec and price to ainol. Ill post the model numbers tomorrow when I get time.
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Old 18-12-2012, 10:53
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It has a mini usb port, you can connect an adapter to it(usually comes in the box, if not its 1 or something) and then plug in any usb device.

There is also onda, window and Ramos tablets that have similar spec and price to ainol. Ill post the model numbers tomorrow when I get time.
I was under the impression that the mini USB port was for connection to a PC as a slave.

Are you sure it can be configured as a host for USB thumb drives?
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Old 18-12-2012, 11:27
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Kindle doesn't have HDMI output or USB input.
Playbook does though
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Old 18-12-2012, 12:06
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I was under the impression that the mini USB port was for connection to a PC as a slave.

Are you sure it can be configured as a host for USB thumb drives?
Yes, it can be used for usb otg. If you go YouTube and type in usb otg with a android tablet or something like that you'll see how it works
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