Now that i have owned the 10G2 for a few weeks i figured its time to write a review on the experience,now the specs are by no means the best out there although as ive mentioned before the Rockchip RK2918 ARM Cortex-A8 processor that can run at up to 1.2Ghz. Is more powerful than the Apple A4 in the iPad1 and iPhone4, it’s more powerful than the Samsung Hummingbird processor in the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Samsung Galaxy S. so its no slouch. Some benchmarks here
RK2918 was the first chip to decode Google WebM VP8 in hardware. It uses a dynamically configurable companion core to process various codecs. It encodes and decodes h.264 at 1080p, and can decode many standard video formats including Xvid, H263, AVS, MPEG4, RV, and WMV. The Vivante GC800 GPU is compatible with OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenVG. The RK2918 is compatible with Android Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread(2.3.x), HoneyComb (3.x) and Ice CreamSandwich (4.x).
The Rockchip 29xx is a family of SoCs based on the Cortex A8 CPU. They were presented for the first time at CES 2011.
Cortex A8 processor, clocked at up to 1.2 GHz.
NEON SIMD support.
Vivante GC800 GPU
DDR, DDR2, DDR3 support.
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 / 10.3
(Unofficial support for Ubuntu and other Linux-flavours exists)
Now i basically wanted a tablet for generic stuff,irc and light browsing nothin major but this £150 tablet has exceeded my expectations, first +1 is that im able to stream all media from my linux desktop (using samba) to the tablet which for me is a BIG +1 as the NAND is only 4 GB , although i do have a 16 GB SDHC the fact i can stream makes a big difference, now the device is NOT wireless N although my router is , so i get wireless G speeds on device around 65 Mbps which is sufficient in this small 2 bedroom house.
This tablet does not ship with Android Market, it ships with appslib which is just another market app, getting the market on it was a breeze no rooting involved, as soon as i got the latest app market on there 3.4.4 i deleted the appslib thing (which paypal disabled from my account i dont know if they been using underhand tactics, but paypal seem to not like appslib) so now it is same as any other gingerbread device, with NO bundled software. (except google’s of course)
Another big +1 is i can control my desktop/media player from tablet while laying in bed which i wasnt aware i could do when i purchased,im getting on in years and getting out of bed to adjust volume ect was murder.
I installed the latest skype from market and seems it would only do audio, after doing some research i found that only an older build of skype would work on the Arnova , so promptly installed the older build and i was good 2 go with both audio & video, I also installed the google plus app from market and the hangout feature worked well (altho the camera seemed a lot darker than it does on skype) the camera supposedly can record in 720p but i havent tried it as yet.
which brings me onto media playback , i have found the speakers to be decent however the video playback is real nice i recently tried to play a video at 1080p and in the mx video player it was found wanting, but in the stock video player it played flawless. I have noticed that not all of my .avi files play but all the DVD rips do , i guess thats down to the encoding used , i wont be converting all the files maybe one or two of my favourites, i also noticed when streaming flash video it attempts to download the full file before playing. but all in all its a decent experience sites like justin & ustream , you tube ect all play well, (as long as user agent is set to desktop, if set to android or ipad it will not open flash video in browsers but ask to play in an external player, so stick to desktop user agent) the 1024×600 screen res allows you to view webpages in full width so i find desktop user agent to work best.
I havent experienced anything out of the ordinary as yet, ive had 3 or 4 apps force close on me but in hindsight those were apps that i could live without, when i had first gotten tablet it would take 2 or 3 mins to boot, since installing an app to disable startup items (android assistant) the boot time increased dramaticaly. I havent many cons on the device , except maybe the lack of HDMI out and the camera isnt great but its not a deal breaker for me. Also there is no GPS and no bluetooth (although bluetooth is available on a custom rom using a usb dongle) these things arent a must have for me.
To summarise , i am well happy with the £150 tablet its very responsive, it has 2x USB ,
1 x Hi-Speed USB – 5 pin Micro-USB Type B,
1 x Hi-Speed USB – 4 pin USB Type A
and the micro SDHC port , so storage is no big problem , I have bought a USB keyboard / case for it so it kinda serves as a netbook as well as a tablet.
I would recommend this tablet, for the price i paid it has been well worth the money, im seriously trying to think of some more cons so u guys dont think im a total fan boy , but honestly im at a loss to think of anything. Obviously there are many better spec tablets out there that might well perform better but for £150 you cant go wrong with the Arnova 10 G2.