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xinrong
08-03-2012, 08:18 PM
Hi, there is offer for the above at RM399 each and I'm interested in getting one. More for surfing and emails than actual work, something that the whole family can share when we are away on holiday. Would someone mind giving an opinion on this? In case there's a catch to it since it's so cheap.
Many thanks..

Doodles
08-03-2012, 09:43 PM
Hi, there is offer for the above at RM399 each and I'm interested in getting one. More for surfing and emails than actual work, something that the whole family can share when we are away on holiday. Would someone mind giving an opinion on this? In case there's a catch to it since it's so cheap.
Many thanks..You get what you pay for. Since it's so cheap, I think you won't be happy with it. The graphics and other things like screen resolution should be inferior compared to the higher priced ones. Worse, it may break down the moment the warranty expires, if you're lucky, that is. :p Spend a bit more and get a reliable tablet. That's my take on it.

Happy tablet hunting!:D

xinrong
08-03-2012, 10:38 PM
Thank you very much for the advice. The only word I understand from the whole title is only the word 'tablet'....I thought if it's viable, my kids would like it but if I have to pay more, then it's enough that they can continue with the PC :)

clfoo
09-03-2012, 07:46 PM
any kind soul here has experience with amazon kindle and wanna provide their feedback? it's at least half the price of ipad, tablet market share wise a distant 2nd from ipad, so should not be that bad kua if they can sell that many ... :confused:

marc0
10-03-2012, 04:05 PM
Hi, there is offer for the above at RM399 each and I'm interested in getting one. More for surfing and emails than actual work, something that the whole family can share when we are away on holiday. Would someone mind giving an opinion on this? In case there's a catch to it since it's so cheap.
Many thanks..

Ainol is quite a decent China brand tablet although not in the same class as Huawei. It is still much better than those 'no name' China brands. Ensure that the Ainol Novo Paladin you are buying has Android market/Play Store installed on it. This Paladin tablet is based on MIPS architecture and it's drawback is that a large number of android apps cannot be installed on it. There are workarounds and news is that newer firmware updates as they are rolled out will solve this incompatibility problem.

For around $150 extra you can get yourself the Ainol Novo Aurora which comes with IPS (in plane switching) screen just like the iPad 2 ie to say a high quality screen especially suited to watching movies.

marc0
10-03-2012, 04:11 PM
any kind soul here has experience with amazon kindle and wanna provide their feedback? it's at least half the price of ipad, tablet market share wise a distant 2nd from ipad, so should not be that bad kua if they can sell that many ... :confused:

The Kindle is actually meant for the US market. Amazon will not let you purchase a lot of stuff if you are not in the US. Of course there are ways and means to hack it like having a US address etc so you can access the Amazon market. If you are familiar with such things as jail breaking etc the Kindle Fire is a good buy otherwise not.

xinrong
10-03-2012, 07:25 PM
For around $150 extra you can get yourself the Ainol Novo Aurora which comes with IPS (in plane switching) screen just like the iPad 2 ie to say a high quality screen especially suited to watching movies. Thanks very much for the feedback, I'll have to consider this even more carefully now due to probable addiction now that I can know one can watch movies on it. In case I cannot prise myself much less the kids away from it :)

burntan
11-03-2012, 09:16 AM
There are 2 type of touch screen used in tablet pc like this. If you are owner of any smartphone like iphone or Android phone, those screen are "captivate" touch screen, which is reall "touch" screen, I mean its response by just lightly touch. Other type of touch screen is the old technology touch screen, which need some pressure force to recongnize a touch, those cheap tablet pc usually cut cost by using this old tech touch screen, beware! A lot of apps including games require sensitve captivate screen to work well, you will almost certainly regret if you own a non-captivate touch screen whatever pad.

My best advice is, don't buy it online, you need to touch and feel the real thing to satisfy before you purchase.

kwchang
11-03-2012, 11:31 AM
Burntan may be mistaken. the word is not "captivate". when one reads in browse mode, ie glancing and not registering, one would pick up the wrong word.

The real word is "capacitive" - read about the types of touch screen technology here (http://www.beyondinfinite.com/touch_screen.html). You only need to focus on the 2 most common technology used which is capacitive and resistive.

By the way, I do not work in the electronics industry, so correct me if i am wrong ... capacitive touch screens are also sensitive to varying levels of pressure, unlike what burntan said. I think most smartphones and touch pad devices now use capacitive technology

burntan
11-03-2012, 12:59 PM
Thank you kwchang for the correction, yes it should be capacitive. However I do not agree that most of the pad out there are capacitive screen, only those branded are, most cheap pad are not using capacitive

kwchang
11-03-2012, 01:15 PM
if the screen is resistive (the other technology), you will be unable to make the gesture swipes - such as pinching to reduce or unpinch to enlarge the screen view, 2-finger swipe to scroll, etc

The gesture movements and also the mouse movements only work in capacitive touch pads. Resistive pads are fixed point sensors, so it won't be good for track pads.

burntan
11-03-2012, 01:24 PM
if the screen is resistive (the other technology), you will be unable to make the gesture swipes - such as pinching to reduce or unpinch to enlarge the screen view, 2-finger swipe to scroll, etc

The gesture movements and also the mouse movements only work in capacitive touch pads. Resistive pads are fixed point sensors, so it won't be good for track pads.

Yes, yes, or you can safely say that they do not support multi-touch. If you play angry bird on a resistive touch screen pad, you will be one who angry.

besitai2007
12-03-2012, 08:54 AM
You have to prioritize your needs and budget first before purchasing any gadget. Don't buy it because there is so much hype about the gadgets launched in the market.

For my family, my wife uses a Samsung N150 with N450 chip 10 inch netbook (for reading emails, net surfing and Skype chat with our daughter in LA), I use an ipad2 for reading pdf and epub ebooks, checking mail, net surfing and reading news with Flipboard. Its touch screen performance beats all the other tablets I've come across. I even bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 briefly but ditched it for the ipad2 as it lags a lot. The Super Amoled display of the Samsung tablet was disappointing. For serious work I use an ASUS A43S Intel core i5 laptop. My son uses a DELL Alienware X51 Intel core i7 gaming PC for his games. My eldest daughter uses an ASUS 12 inch Eee PC 1215B notebook which serves her needs as a journalist as it is very portable yet powerful enough. So, your needs determines the gadget you want. Most tablets don't give you a very satisfying gaming experience ..get a SONY PSP.

FineTuned
12-03-2012, 10:19 AM
any kind soul here has experience with amazon kindle and wanna provide their feedback?
No point comparing the Kindle Fire (KF) to the iPad. The iPad is more up market, trendy and less pocket friendly. The KF caters to the budget conscious folks who just want to have some portable multimedia entertainment at a more affordable price.

Just remember that the Kindle Fire lacks a camera, GPS, compass, bluetooth, fine motion control (needed for some games), hardware volume control buttons and an expansion port (which is a huge limiting factor as you only have about 5 GB of user storage available in a KF). However, rooting a Kindle (which is QED) allows you to create your own private `cloud' service at home.....so a bit of DIY tinkering can improve matters. On the other hand, IMHO, the KF has a better build than the iPad (and it's lighter too).

If you do enjoy reading books like I do, then forget tablets and get a proper ebook reader such as the Kindle, Nook or Sony ones with e-ink displays. There's simply no contest.

Back to the main subject matter: forget the Ainol Novo Paladin. Go for the Aurora which marc0 suggested and just maybe you'll be happier for a year or so more. :D

But then you may want to take a look at the Lenovo A1 too.

lly
13-03-2012, 04:14 PM
iPad 2 price dropped about RM300 from original.

FineTuned
13-03-2012, 04:56 PM
iPad 2 price dropped about RM300 from original.
Yes, but the new iPad is soooo much better! and only at the previous price of the iPad 2...... its upgrade time! :D

fonzie
13-03-2012, 05:26 PM
Yes, but the new iPad is soooo much better! and only at the previous price of the iPad 2...... its upgrade time! :D

How much would that be...?....and is it available now...?

BTW...(sorry for digressing from this thread, chang)...
any idea is the Asus Transformer Prime shipment arrived yet....?

Cheers!

FineTuned
13-03-2012, 05:57 PM
How much would that be...?....and is it available now...?

BTW...(sorry for digressing from this thread, chang)...
any idea is the Asus Transformer Prime shipment arrived yet....?

Cheers!
fonzie,

For the new iPad - just pop down to our neighbour down south to get lah. Link with prices here:http://store.apple.com/sg. Pre-orders apparently all already sold out. Malaysian Apple store (http://store.apple.com/my) still no sign yet. :mad:

Asus Transformer Prime....don't buy this now. New revised model with higher screen resolution will be coming out soon....and hopefully they will have solved the GPS problem by then.

About the Ainol Novo Aurora.....I just heard about it having some display problems. Aurora II will be launched likely next month with improved screen and dual core processor as replacement. So maybe hold off on this too, for now.

fonzie
13-03-2012, 06:15 PM
TQ for the heads up, Finetuned....

I was surprised that there is a booking queue like buying a new car for the transformer.....no joke! And it was all over the Klang Valley! Some 6-8 weeks' backlog! (I went hunting sometime last month..)

As for the new iPad I think there is also a waiting list...may not be a fruitful trip down south....

These two devices are going head-to-head for the showdown to be THE best current tablet...

Cheers!

FineTuned
13-03-2012, 07:37 PM
These two devices are going head-to-head for the showdown to be THE best current tablet...
Cheers!
The New iPad demolishes the current Transformer Prime, IMHO (in the same way the TP demolished the iPad2). And I'm saying this as an staunch Android supporter. :D

But the revised Transformer Prime, if Asus gets its act together, with the new screen, and a properly working GPS, should be able to remount a better challenge for the crown. Anyways, I don't think the queue for the TP was because of real overwhelming demand.....Asus didn't manufacture that many units for sale. (Creating an artificial demand? :rolleyes:). Just as well.....otherwise more owners would have been cursing Asus over the GPS issue.

me, I'm eyeing the Padfone instead. ;) It's been a long, long wait since it was announced beginning of last year!

besitai2007
14-03-2012, 08:21 AM
Most of the ipad challengers don't have good touch screen response. The new ipad has retina display; 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology and 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) Most of the competitors cannot match this. Until Android gadgets can up the ante a bit, ipads will still win hands down.

But what I don't like about ipad is that it has no SD/micro SD card slot; to manage file transfers and get applications you have to use itunes and also need an account.

FineTuned
14-03-2012, 10:20 AM
But what I don't like about ipad is that it has no SD/micro SD card slot; to manage file transfers and get applications you have to use itunes and also need an account.
If iPad had an expansion slot, and allowed simple drag and drop file transfer, maybe even I would begin to worship Apple. :D But Apple, being the ultimate control freaks....ah, forget it.:rolleyes:

Firefly
14-03-2012, 01:09 PM
there was a report somewhere that I read, Android pads will never be as smooth or fast as iPads. Something to do with the ground rules when the OS was designed. Another thing, Android applications are open unlike iPads, you cannot put an application into the itune store without apple's approval. So issues like viruses, trogen and etc can affect the Androids mush easier than iPads.

besitai2007
14-03-2012, 01:19 PM
If iPad had an expansion slot, and allowed simple drag and drop file transfer, maybe even I would begin to worship Apple. :D But Apple, being the ultimate control freaks....ah, forget it.:rolleyes:

Imagine..if Apple has an expansion slot...I will be an ipad fan for life..well, until they come out with something better in the future.:D

currymee
14-03-2012, 01:28 PM
And I am trying to resist the onslaught of smartphones, Ipad and tablets .... so far so good, it is good to be able to "disconnect" ....

FineTuned
14-03-2012, 02:26 PM
Android pads will never be as smooth or fast as iPads.
Not true. There are times when the Android tablets are better and faster than an iPad. For example, play flash. :D The iPad can't even get off the starting line. ;)

Obviously, if you isolate yourself, you are less likely to be infected. However, you have no freedom to explore beyond the imposed boundaries. Like Star Trekies would say: `To go where no man has gone before!'. Sure, it's dangerous, but it's more fun!

marc0
15-03-2012, 10:23 PM
there was a report somewhere that I read, Android pads will never be as smooth or fast as iPads. Something to do with the ground rules when the OS was designed. Another thing, Android applications are open unlike iPads, you cannot put an application into the itune store without apple's approval. So issues like viruses, trogen and etc can affect the Androids mush easier than iPads.

I am very interested in this 'report' about the Android OS being inferior. Please point me in the right direction.

Actually I heard rumours that the iPad has components inside that is radioactive. Come to think of it, it could have been just that - a rumour started by Android fans. So who is to say your 'Android is inferior' is not a spin from the Apple fan group?

Firefly
19-03-2012, 10:37 AM
Androids are not inferior. It's the way the operating system is built.

Found it...
http://androidcommunity.com/google-engineer-tells-us-why-ios-will-remain-more-fluid-than-android-os-20111206/

Enjoy reading. I am no fan of iOS but like Besitai2007, it may all change if Apple puts in that expansion slot/SD chip into the main casing and not as an attachment.

kwchang
19-03-2012, 11:31 AM
Imagine..if Apple has an expansion slot...I will be an ipad fan for life..well, until they come out with something better in the future.:D
One of the main gripes is the lack of the SD card slot and lack of USB slot. However, Apple have their connector port in all their devices (phone, touch and other iPods) whereby it allows you to connect the device to the USB port of another PC. This will allow you to move data (music, pictures, etc). So the wired interconnectivity is not really an issue.

If by "expansion" you refer to adding more memory, then buy the appropriate Pad with the right amount of memory.

fonzie
19-03-2012, 01:53 PM
Interconnectivity is a problem if your PC device is NTFS format...
I learned the hard way when my portable HD was unreadable after being plugged into a IMac..all 500 gig of it...:mad:

Cheers!

FineTuned
19-03-2012, 03:32 PM
One of the main gripes is the lack of the SD card slot and lack of USB slot. However, Apple have their connector port in all their devices (phone, touch and other iPods) whereby it allows you to connect the device to the USB port of another PC.
For iPad owners the lack of common i/o ports on the iPad itself is most likely not an issue. But for some of us fussy, hard-to-please chaps, it is an issue because it means we need to go through an extra proprietary port to get at those functions.

If by "expansion" you refer to adding more memory, then buy the appropriate Pad with the right amount of memory.
Apple charges a premium for on board fixed memory.....whereas I can always swap any microSD card between my digital camera, smartphone, tablet, notebook or desktop. Cheaper and more flexible use of memory, see or not?