Back on November 9th, 2012 I placed an order for two Ainol-Novo 7 Fire 7″ tablets. The tablets arrived from China yesterday (December 3rd, 2012). The shipping was actually very fast, shipped out on Saturday and received on Monday. The wait was because they ran out of the IPS touch screen components.
Upon opening the package I also found that they sent me a free 7″ tablet sleeve and HDMI cable an unexpected but nice find.
The tablets are quite nice for the $179.90 price tag. The specs are the same on their website:
OS: Android 4.0.4 support Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update
CPU: Dual Core AMLogic AML8726-M6 1.5GHz
GPU: Dual Core Mali 400*2 3D
RAM: 1GB DDR3
Shell Material: Metal
Bluetooth: Yes (Bluetooth 2.1)
Screen: Capacitive Touchscreen, 1280*800 IPS High-Resolution Screen
Size: 7 inch
Resolution: 1280*800 Pixels
Visible Angle: 180°
Gravity Sensor: 3 Axis
Flash: Support Flash and HTML 5
Google Play (Market): Yes
Dual Camera: Front 2.0 Megapixels,Back 5.0 Megapixels Auto Focus LED Light
The tablets came packed very well and secure with foam and in a tightly taped up box. Along with the power adapters and usb cables. (This tablet can charge from the USB port as well as a barrel plug charger connection)
As for the tablet hardware, the camera could use some work, it’s sensitive to light and takes a few seconds to fully focus. The speaker has a slight popping sound when the tablet goes to sleep, and the vibrator feels a little odd, but works fine.
The screen is beautiful though at its 1280×800 resolution in a 7″ package.
The default applications that came installed and are not able to uninstall (without root) include a few Chinese applications including a keyboard app, and some other multimedia applications and a web browser, English ES File Explorer, and some others. Most of which can be disabled in the Android Settings.
I purchased the tablets for children in the family and I’m sure they will enjoy them despite the few slight flaws.