Posted 31 October 2013 - 01:54 PM
Hi to all,
I have found this thread just today and I would like to put my grain of sand.
I bought a Novo 7 Advanced in February/2012. It had some problems but I used it and enjoyed it a lot. It also served me to learn about Android, tablets in general, etc. The earphone input port became loose and, after openening, I found it completely desoldered from the motherboard. I have 2 (or more) left hands when trying to solder and I did not repair it.
I work on IT (software architect, programmer, SAP products support).
I considered purchasing a Samsung Galaxy or other "good branded" tablet, but...
1. If you make a little search about Samsung Galaxy tablets you will find several (or a lot ?) complains related with quality (this comment is valid also for other brands-models: Kindle, Nexus, etc)
2. Upgrading firmware on "good branded" machines is a nightmare and you must wait for the brand to release updated versions (sometimes the brand never release upgrades). Samsung has different treatment for different countries.
3. The firmware (Android) of these machines is highly modified by the brand and contains limitations. These limitations are a pain for me (and I guess other users) because I am interested in learn and control the machine as completely as possible. The champion in this field is Apple: you (purchaser) are a "user" and you can do only what Apple want to allow to you.
4. Ainol hardware is more complete and more standard (even if some components specs are under the specs published: Flame camera do not seem to be really a 5 MPixel camera, it seems to be about a 3 MPixels). The charging independent from USB is also a good value (charging time in models I have is about half as it would be if charging through USB port).
Taking into account these points, I purchased a Novo 7 Flame in December/2012. Pop-up sound was a nuisance but it did not make the tablet unusable. Even so, I flashed this machine several times, with different results (some problems fixed, some new problems, time consumed...). My Flame is working perfectly for my needs (mainly ebook reading and playing music... and occasionally taking a photo or playing a simple game) and I am enjoying it. I have a 32 Gb microSD full of ebooks and music and I CAN extract it from my tablet and insert it in any other device I want (except a Nexus or an IPad).
But, surprise!! I bought an Ipad Mini for my wife in September/2013 and she is very happy with it. She uses it to write texts, read and answer emails, browse internet, etc. I tried the Ipad Mini and I found it responsive, well constructed and it seems a good quality product but... it has no SD slot... it must be used via Itunes to transfer files... you must purchase a special cable to connect it to a TV... etc.
About prices: In my country (Colombia) there are some independent persons importing Ainol tablets (I guess they do not pay importing taxes but I am not sure). My Flame price was about the equivalent of USD 230 and the Ipad Mini (16 Gb, 3G) price is USD 500.
The value of a product depends on customer criteria, wishes and needs, but price is the same for all.
Good luck !!