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Old 02-07-12, 05:32 PM
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"Cheap" Chinese tablets, would you buy one?

I don't really need a tablet but I'd like one just to play around with. So there's no way I'd pay 400-500 for one. I want a 9.7" android tablet. I was hoping the Asus Eee Pad Transformer would drop under $300 after the Prime came out but it only reached that price point during big sales like Boxing Day. The current price in Canada is still around $389... So thanks to a guy who started a thread on another forum, I've been looking at Chinese tablets. After a bunch of reading to separate the good from the bad, third party support and reputable online retailers, I've been looking at these two:

Onda vi40 Elite

ICS 4.0 1GB RAM 16GB 9.7 inch IPS 1024*768 1.5GHz Dual Camera - $239

http://www.merimobiles.com/Onda_VI40...p/meri0746.htm

(Link has detailed specs and videos)

Cube U9GT2

ICS 4.0 1GB RAM 16GB IPS Screen 1024*768 1.2GHz Dual Camera - $259

http://www.merimobiles.com/Cube_U9GT...p/meri0725.htm

(Link has detailed specs and videos)

Note: These tablets have no bluetooth, no GPS, no 3G support which isn't a big deal to me. Onda has HDMI port, Cube does not, but has 10 point multitouch. Cube has XDA-dev support (Rockchip RK2918) and there's already a custom ROM out for it (although it's still a work in progress). Onda is already out of stock everywhere...

So, ever heard of these? Would you buy one?
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Re: "Cheap" Chinese tablets, would you buy one?

I buy enough cheap Chinese shit already. I'd rather drop an extra hundo or so and get a good, reliable product.
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Re: "Cheap" Chinese tablets, would you buy one?

Just get a Nook Color and hack it.
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Re: "Cheap" Chinese tablets, would you buy one?

What about the toshiba thrive? I have seen it on sale for under $300 a few times recently. They are probably refurbished units though.
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Re: "Cheap" Chinese tablets, would you buy one?

As opposed to "expensive" Chinese tablets?
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Re: "Cheap" Chinese tablets, would you buy one?

Why not wait for that new ASUS 7" tablet that should be hitting in the next few months? $249 for ICS, quad core tablet.
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I don't want a 7" tablet. And the Toshiba Thrive is around the same price as the Eee pad Transformer, roughly $389-399.
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I don't want a 7" tablet. And the Toshiba Thrive is around the same price as the Eee pad Transformer, roughly $389-399.
say what?
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Yeah, that's brilliant...

The lowest prices are $329-339 for refurbished (Newegg, TigerDirect)
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As opposed to "expensive" Chinese tablets?
Expensive as in iPad exensive?
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Originally Posted by eXcentris View Post
Yeah, that's brilliant...

The lowest prices are $329-339 for refurbished (Newegg, TigerDirect)
But then I got mine for ~$250. Sometimes there are bargains for early adopters.

neener, neener.
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Unless you can see it in real life *BEFORE* you buy it, I would hesitate.

Couple of my employees jumped on $100 Chinese tablets a while ago and they were useless. Wireless kept dropping, there was no support, screen touches were not accurate, etc. Very annoying to use.

If it were me, I would probably get a refurbed Acer before I went with a no name Chinese company.


This is currently $289 from a reputable vendor (i didn't search too hard, you may find it for less)

http://www.macconnection.com/IPA/Sho...421&cac=Result

I really like the HP Touchpad I picked up, maybe check ebay these days and see if the price dropped (I have not looked).
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Re: "Cheap" Chinese tablets, would you buy one?

Well I didn't originally want a 7" tablet, but since the price of these damn double core tablets doesn't seem to wanna come down, I got an Ainol Novo 7 Aurora (Android 4.0 Tablet PC 7.0inch IPS Capacitive Screen 8GB 1.2GHz 1GB RAM) for $160 shipped. It's predecessor the Elf, was the 1st 7" ICS tablet and won 2nd best tablet award at ECS. The Aurora is identical except it has an IPS screen.
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Asus transformer refurb for $250

http://m.slickdeals.net/f/3988772-16...-Free-Shipping
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Thanks but I got my Aurora on Friday.
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Re: "Cheap" Chinese tablets, would you buy one?

Originally Posted by eXcentris View Post
Thanks but I got my Aurora on Friday.
Wanna give a review? I am intrested in real world battery life, but I know you probably haven't played with it enough to say 100%. Plus I guess it takes a few cycles to get full potential out of the batteries.
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