For: Fantastic display Superb Build Decent battery Life Capable Cameras Reasonable Price (USD229) Against: Recurrent lags & delays Poor Wi-Fi reception So-so internal speakers I know Onda way before this tablet for its wonderful reputation in making high quality PC motherboards. In fact, the very first computer of mine featured an Onda motherboard, and it worked so fine that the computer stayed with me for quite a few years without having any issues. The V973 is the very first Onda tablet I laid my hands on, and I didnt really know what to expect. Lets start by learning the key features of this slate. Key Features ◇9.7 inch 16M-color super IPS display at RETINA resolution (2048X1536 pixels), 264PPI ◇Allwinner A31 SoC., quad core 1.0GHZ Cortex-A7 processor, PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU, 2GB memory ◇Stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Already upgraded to Android 4.2) ◇16GB of built-in-storage ◇2MP front facing camera, 5.0MP rear-facing AF camera ◇Stereo speakers ◇HDMI TV-out ◇USB host ◇MicroSD card slot ◇2160p video playback ◇8500mAh Li-Po rechargeable battery Design All 9.7 inch tablets look like the iPad to some extent, and the Onda V973 is not an exception. It is slightly larger than the iPad4, measuring 242.5*187.5mm across compared to the iPad4's 241.2 x185.7mm. But it's much thinner, just 8.5mm vs. 9.4mm for the Apple product. Its also a lot lighter, at just 597grams compared to iPad4s 652grams. The front of the tablet is dominated by a 9.7 inch screen with relatively wide bezel. Inside the upper bezel of the display is a 2-megapixel camera. There are very few physical connectors along the V973's edges. With that said, the ones Onda chooses to expose are both valuable and standardized, which I certainly appreciate. The top of the tablet hosts almost all the hardware keys and connectors, including a Power/Standby button, a Home button, a Type-D Micro HDMI port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Micro USB port for both charging and data transmission. The left side plays host to a MicroSD card slot, which supports cards up to 32GB. The rear-facing camera can be found on the top left of the aluminum back, while the speaker gates are located in the transition area between the back and the bottom edge, so it wont be obstructed when you put it on a flat surface. As exquisite as those speakers look, the sound they produce is of relatively low volume and poor quality. Display This 9.7-inch panel the V973 sports has an eye-watering 2,048 x 1,536 resolution -- the very same as the iPad4. It's one of the most impressive display I've seen on a tablet to date. And, indeed, things look fantastically sharp here. Text is rendered incredibly crisply and the UI looks better than ever. The first-party icons are all crisp and clean, though many third-party app icons do look like they could use a new, higher-resolution rendering. Thankfully, the apps themselves overwhelmingly look fine. Remember when the new iPad shipped and everyone was scrambling to update their apps to support it? There's no need here. The way Android is structured, apps just natively support the higher resolution. I tried dozens of apps, including third-party browsers like UCWEB HD and lots of different random utilities and games, and I didn't spot a hint of blurry text. The brightness of the display is fair, though not quite as searingly bright as the 500 nits the PIPO M9 can pump out. Colors are well-rendered and viewing angles are very good, but I was a bit disappointed by the contrast. The color reproduction will also appeal to many, as it's pretty close to reality - it lacks the punch of the Super AMOLED Plus screens seen on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 for instance, but it will depend on personal preference as to whether that's a good thing. As I have mentioned many times in the other reviews I wrote, I am a huge fan of the vivid colors of AMOLED screens, but I know plenty of people that loathe them too. On the contrary, IPS displays are much more widely accepted. System & Interface Onda hasnt as drastic changes to Android in the V973 as, say, Beneve has with its Miracle OS, but it has managed to leave its own mark with some customized widgets and applications.