WARNING: Your Pipo M3 should go into Flash Mode by holding the Vol+ with the power off and then pressing reset. If the Pipo M3 does not go into flash mode via the VOL+ and reset button method it means either you don’t have the drivers installed or you have an older version of the mainboard.
How to Identify which board you have (UPDATED as kernel number is no longer thought to be a reliable method):
1. If your serial is older (lower) than 12090350 there is a high chance you have the old mainboard (thanks to invu2day).
2. NOT recommended:
If you are able to open up the tablet (from the front) you can see which board you have.
The newer board is the DS973 C_1.1
The older board is the DS973H_V1.2
If any of the Pipo M3 updates intended for the newer board are applied to the older board then you will most likely brick the tablet! The firmware flashes okay but the tablet will not boot up again and the pc will not recognise it again. I have seen three M3s so far and all of them went into flash mode ok via Vol+ and reset and all updated to the fixed firmware correctly. You might also be able to get into flash mode using RKAndroidTool v1.35.
Having said all that if you flash your tablet you do so at your own risk and I will not be held responsible for any bricked tablets. If in doubt don't flash it.
Antutu Benchmark results: 7734
Sunspider: 1199.3 mS (!!)
I don’t like the default launcher so have replaced it with Nova which also seems much smoother than the default one. I also noticed that the keyboard seemed much better with the new firmware. I still notice a few missed touches with the screen e.g. when trying to press/hold select an app from the app drawer to place on the desktop screen it sometimes takes 2 or 3 attempts. It’s not a serious issue though and I would imagine it being fixed in a future firmware.
The screen brightness, sharpness and viewing angles are all very good and perfectly usable. You may have seen my recent comparison shots of the M3 versus the Cube U30GT-H. The Cube definitely goes brighter but having said that I wouldn’t use it at that brightness in normal use. The M3 is more than bright enough.
I need to do a proper battery test but I have been able to use the tablet for a couple of days intermittently on a single charge. I will update the battery results after further use.
Wifi is very good as with the M1 and M2 – Wifi Analyser gives me -40dbm close to the router and -58 dbm at the farthest point in my house (upstairs on opposite side of house).
EDIT: After recent availability issues and lots of WiFi and Touchscreen problems I can no longer recommend the Pipo Movie M3. For a 10.1 inch tablet I would go for a Cube U30GT-H or Window (Yuandao / Vido) N101-II. I am also awaiting reports on the Ployer Momo12 which looks like a good alternative.
Edited by Tablet_Collector, 04 December 2012 - 06:30 AM.