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  • Best buy for its money

    posted by RRRobert on 03/15/2013
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    - Much cheaper than more well-known 'budget tablets' brands like Yarvik, Archos, etc.
    - Fairly good building quality for its price.
    - Comes with Android 4.1.1 (Jellybean), where most competitors leave you stuck with ICS, Honeycomb or even Gingerbread.
    - proper hardware (CPU/GPU) and IPS screen
    - slim design. HDMI output.

    Cons:

    - only supplied with USA power plug, luckily this plug has a power2usb cord, so an alternative plug is easily found (DX sells lots of them (I'd recommend SKU 133882)
    - No back face camera (but hey, the famous Nexus 7 hasn't got one either)
    - pity the screen resolution is only 800x480 pixels.
    -some Chinese apps cannot be uninstalled. I'd expected it to bee rooted.

    OtherThoughts:

    - I ran a benchmark test that comes with the Epic Citadel app (Unreal Engine demo); it provided a decent 36 fps average @ high quality video settings.
    - even though its building quality exceeds my expectations, I'd recommend you buy a proper PU leather protective sleeve like SKU 119099.
    - you might have to bring up serious patience in awaiting the order, as it was in backorder just 10 days after its initial release.

    Bottomline:

    - if you want a back face camera and a better screen resolution,try to get your hand on the more advanced tablet Pipo S3 (SKU: 184862). Other than that, the Pipo S1 is a great buy with a high value for money.

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