I have an S3 that I bought my for daughter's birthday which was today. I originally bought an S1 for her 3 weeks ago for her birthday but thought it was so good for the money, I'd keep the S1 for myself and get her the S3 since She'd like the rear camera.
Here's my thoughts....
Although the S3 was slightly more expensive, the build quality doesn't feel as good as the S1.
The power and volume buttons are looser on the S3 and if you swipe your finger back and forth over them, you can hear a tapping caused by the play, whereas the S1 buttons are solid with no play. This is hardly a complaint and doesn't actually make the tablet any worse, it only makes it "feel" cheaper.
My daughter has also experienced connectivity issues with the S3 where I've had none at all. The placement of the inbuilt wifi aerial causes a low signal when the device is held a certain way. In portrait mode, it's best held with the charger port to the top and the buttons to the bottom.
The charging port feels slightly loose and there's a very slight wobble to the charger when it's plugged in. I know this may not be an issue, but I'm also worried about that slight wobble turning into a break on the inside where the socket is soldered onto the motherboard.
The last complaint I have is the front facing camera. I don't know if it's glued in place, if it just sits in a channel made for it or if it's screwed in but it's not facing 100% straight on. When testing out a Skype call between the S1 and S3, I had to tilt the S3 to the left a little
These things aside, I still feel that both the S1 and S3 are extremely good value for money and would recommend them to anyone. I'm more inclined to recommend the S1 though, unless you're after that higher screen resolution.
Both tablets are still running stock firmware apart from the fact I have rooted the S1 and installed Halo launcher HD on both. Had no bugs, forced restarts or lag. Everything seems fine with both tablets. They both perform surprisingly fast and that was the reason I decided to buy a 2nd so I had 1 for myself. There's been 2 tablets in my house prior to the Pipo tablets bought so I have something to compare them to at least. When running games, there's nothing I've thrown at it that's made the RK3066 struggle. All in all the Pipo tablets are close to being on-par with the more expensive tablets i.e. Nexus 7.....
....Yes I know I will probably get some raised eyebrows for that comment and I do know the Nexus 7 is the better tablet overall due to it having a quad core cpu and higher rez screen.
My wife got a Nexus 7 for her birthday in november '12 and I've ran the Nexus 7 and S1 side by side, the difference is barely noticable and if I had to make the choice over which to spend my money on, I'd choose the S1 basically down to the reason it's less than half the price and performs just aswell. Also the Pipo tablets come with an HDMI output and micro sd slot which the Nexus 7 doesn't.
snwboarder, on 26 January 2013 - 02:17 PM, said:
Does anyone know if the usb port is Micro or MINI?
It's micro USB
Ali DSD, on 25 January 2013 - 02:15 PM, said:
Hi , anyone would like to share Antutu and Taiji score ? How is the battery life ?
Installing and testing for score right now, will post results. Daughter isn't here right now with the S3 but I'd imagine the S1 scores are similar so I'll post them for you for the time being.
Battery life is good, don't have exact figures for you for it's not as if it's plugged into the wall all the time.
Not sure if results will be lower than expected because I have a few apps installed that run in the background and give me notifications like draw something, have skype signed in, also have avg antivirus installed and running so that could drop the score slightly......I'm not sure, but here goes
Total score 11303
This post has been edited by Drinnan: 27 January 2013 - 02:39 PM