Cortex A9 ZePad (Review)

13. December 2011 07:51 by Ron in   //  Tags:   //   Comments

Last week I ordered a Cortex a9 10” ZePad tablet from China.

Yesterday it arrived and of course I had to write about my findings.

I opened the box at the office and everyone who looked at the device said that it looked and felt nice and solid (the picture is taken after I used it).

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The Specifications in the description are promising:

  • 10” Capacitive 1024x600 multi touch screen
  • 1 Ghz CPU
  • 512 Mb RAM
  • 4 GB storage
  • Wifi 802.11b/g/n
  • HDMI out
  • Camera
  • SDcard slot
  • USB connector
  • Android 2.3 touch optimized
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After charging it I could play with it, it took about 2-2,5 hours for a full load, not too bad. The first thing I noticed was the bright screen, it looks great, the size is just right (22,5x12,5cm) and has an exact 16:9 dimension so it is perfect for watching movies.
The touch screen response is fast you actually do not have to touch it it responds even when hovering your fingertip 1 mm above the screen.

There are some differences in software if you compare it with previous Chinese tablets, this has no Chinese software installed, it is a nice clean installation with only the basic software and no bogus, unneeded, unwanted software. It is already rooted with a command shell installed, I like that..

I think I will have a lot of fun with this tablet.

 

Of course there are some things that are not so great, the charger that came with the tablet is a UK charger and will not fit in the European main land sockets:

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But I got a power socket converter to make it fit (thanks Maarten).

Together with this order I also ordered a keyboard case and that came with a screen protector for the tablet.

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It looks great and solid but it does not really fit, as you can see on the right photo and the one below.

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The screen protector is also not fitted for this device

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Not sure what the hole does there and why it is 2 sizes too large, the camera is not even near by.

The case could work but the protector can go right in the trash.

 

The tablet seems to be worth the money, the case I do not think so.

New page look

8. December 2011 18:36 by Ron in   //  Tags:   //   Comments

The old look of the site was already a couple of years old. Today I decided to change it so I did..

Hope you all like it.

Star A5000 Android phone (continuance)

8. December 2011 07:47 by Ron in   //  Tags:   //   Comments

Almost 6 months ago I bought a Star A 5000 Android 2.2 phone from China and I still use it.

It is much better than the Star A3000 I had before and if you look at it you would see it is still not damaged in any way you would think if you consider the origin and the used products to build it.
The screen and body are still unharmed even after I dropped it on the floor a couple of times in the last 6 months. The battery does still last 48 hours on average use, I am a heavy user and charge it every day.

I have 2 sim cards installed, 1 for personal use and 1 for business use. I text and use whatsapp a lot and have several phone calls a day, about 1,5 - 2 hours talking time.

Up until now it sounds like the perfect phone but off course a cheap ass phone like this can not be all good.. and it is not.

The down side of this phone is:

  • When you bring the phone to your ear the screen should lock but that does not happen, have to push the top button to do it by hand. 
  • The CPU should be a bit faster, for normal use it is a great phone but playing games is almost not done.
  • There are no firmware updates available.

 

Conclusion: I am still not thinking of buying another phone and still use this one daily so you could consider this a good buy for the 125 Euro it costs.