I have been using it for about an hour... here are my thoughts.
1. Noticeably Better WiFi signal. Like on the order of 10 or 15 feet and seemingly a bit more reliable but I haven't used it enough to know yet...
2. Slightly louder speakers - The N7A speakers can be a bit quiet. This device is a little louder. It is enough to be noticeable but that is all that can be said. It is still a little quiet compared to some other tablets.
3. Size - Almost identical in Size to the Novo 7A. Fits in the N7A case perfectly.
4. Build Quality - It does look a little cheaper... The N7A is significantly "sexier". But honestly it feels a bit sturdier than the N7A. I would be WAY LESS WORRIED about dropping this device. No "creaking" when I squeeze on the sides and no "screen warbling" when I tap hard on the back.
5. Smooth performance - The A10 seems to perform identically in this device to the N7A. In fact, it may feel a bit smoother/responsive? But then again it might just be because it is a new device and I just have that warm tingly "new device feeling" and it is in fact in my head.
6. PRICE! - Biggest pro - this thing is significantly cheaper than the N7A... Like on the order of $20 - $30 cheaper.
7. Capacitive Screen - I just thought I would point this out specifically... This is the "ti" variant which means it has a capacitive touch screen, just like the N7A, and not an inferior resistive touch. The screen is plenty sensitive.
8. HDMI out - works perfectly out of the box.
MOOT - (neither good nor bad or just a mix of both...)
1. Front Camera - it seems a as good as or perhaps a little better than the N7A front cam. Like I said, not really all that big of a deal...
2. Recessed Screen - Some may consider this a con... I consider it a "mix"... Why? Well... yes, the screen is slightly harder to use around the edges. It doesn't really bother me, but I know some folks don't like it at all. It is similar to the "nook" in this regard (I am pretty sure the nook color also has a recessed screen. Someone can correct me on that if I am wrong). So, that was all "con" right... yeah... but guess what my #1 issue is with the N7A... Customer's who crack the screen or... more specifically, the touch screen. How is it usually broken??? By dropping the device. Guess what, a recessed screen is going to be much less prone to breakage from dropping. So, yeah, less sensitive, but, if you are trying to choose a device for a kid, you may want to take this into consideration.
3. My scripts all work on it just like they do on the N7A. I haven't tinkered with the build.prop yet though.
4. No vibration/haptic feedback - None that I have found yet at least... Some people like this, some hate it, I am mostly indifferent
1. First order of frustration... They didn't send me a USB Host cable. I am not sure if this was a mistake or this is how Teclast just ships it but it is annoying to say the least because...
2. Non-Standard USB connection - Yeah... well... it is actually just a different "standard". It is a "micro" USB port, instead of a "mini" USB port. The "mini" port is used by the N7A and most other tablets I have seen. The "micro" is used more in Cell phones. And it is annoying because I have accessories that plug into a "mini" (like an extra host cable) but NOT a "micro." Can't we all just settle on one thing and keep it that way? See image here for reference: http://www.powerlet....-vs-miniusb.jpg
3. No charging port... YEP! I was very surprised. Charge by USB ONLY. And by default it only comes with a data cable. I will also be including a USB/Wall Charger adapter. I am not to upset by this personally but it is kind of annoying as it may charge slower. With that being said... the battery endurance might be better because of the slower charge. So, the battery won't wear out as quickly over time. Still though, I like have more options....
4. Button arrangement - First - No volume controls except in the OS. This is something I see on a lot of Rockchip devices. It is rather annoying as you rely upon the android soft keys to control volume. I guess it won't be such a big deal when ICS comes and you are STUCK with that permanent notification bar at the bottom that has the controls on it. Second... they put the "home" key on the front face and the "back key" up top... So annoying. I use the back key much much more often than the "home key". The "back" key should be front and center and the home key should be up top. At least they do have physical keys for "back" and "home" and "menu." So I do give them props for that.
5. Battery Size- I haven't tested it yet so I don't know how much of a difference it is going to make in the "real" world. But, the battery on this device is 3200 mAh. That is either 300 or 800 LESS than the N7A. I am not sure which because I have seen the N7A advertised with both a 4000mAh and a 3500mAh battery. Anyhow. I am going to fully charge both devices tonight, tomorrow I will then turn on WiFi and open up BN Nook at full brightness with sleep not allowed on both device. I will let them both run and see which one keels over first and how much longer the other one lasts.
6. No Back camera... something I don't really care about but "less" features are always a con
FINAL THOUGHTS: For the price you can't go wrong. You get a capacitive touch device with the same performance as the Novo 7 Advanced. So all your gaming and video playback is going to be just as good. It has HDMI out as well and it works very well. I am guessing that using N7A firmware would probably be good as well, but honestly I am not sure if I would want to right now as I find the WiFi on this device to be working well and I wouldn't want to mess that up.
Considering that the N7A "MAY" be going the way of the Dodo bird... (although my supplier still tells me they are getting more in stock in late January?) this might be your best option for a device for those who are still wanting the N7A but can't find it. I have a few left in stock but once those are gone I am not sure if I will be getting more. It just depends if my supplier really does get more come January.
I am fairly certain that N7A firmware will work on this device without issue. Eventually I will have to test it. What that means is that when the N7A gets a stable ICS release, you will definitely have a stable ICS release on this.
The only thing that remains to be seen for me is the battery life. If it is significantly less that would be the BIG con in my opinion. Oh, I will be talking with my supplier tonight. If/when I start selling these, they will all include wall-to-usb charger adapters and USB Host Cables by default. Those things SHOULD be standard with any device.
Edited by Roman2025, 03 January 2012 - 03:25 PM.