I have been on a look out for a new Android tablet since selling my Asus Transformer TF101 several months ago.
Since the arrival of the first Android tablets, there has been an emergence of cheap tablets coming from China. These interested me as I am not a heavy user of tablets and still prefer my screen and keyboard on my desktop.
I bought a 7" Allwinner A13 Tablet with Android 4 a few months ago. When it arrived, it looked the part, obviously not the same build quality as the Asus's, Samsung's, etc. However when I switched it on, I found it very laggy and the screen resolution poor. I sold it on quite quickly.
I decided to try my luck again, but this time have a proper read of what I may get beforehand. And this is what I opted for - PIPO Max M6.
Basic specs are:
The three things that really sold me was the RK3188 CPU, which when benchmarked, beats Tegra 3 and Samsungs Exynos 4412. The screen resolution and Retina display. When doing my research, many users have claimed it to be just as good as, if not better, than then newest IPad. And finally, the price. I got my Pipo Max M6 for £150 (installed with English Jellybean). There was a concern that being such a low price, given that the Google Nexus 10 (which aims to be at the lower end of the market) retails and £100-150 more, the build quality by quite poor. However, I thought I take the plunge anyway and see what comes of it.
My order arrived within 2 days and I started to unbox to see what lay ahead.
First thoughts are that my fears of poor build quality were unwarranted. The build quality is very good. The aluminium back and plastic sides really give it a great finish. The weight is very light and the size of the table is very thin and manageable . You do feel like you are holding the newest Ipad.
I will do another write up on the software and performance side of things in another blog entry.