Onda V971 Review

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    So the latest tablet from Onda, the V971. We put it through its paces today and found some interesting stuff.
    Firstly, Whatsapp works. Probably not that important to most people but I guess if you use it regularly on your phone then it could be nice having a little messenger app running. To clarify this is the first 4.0 onwards tablet we managed to install Whatsapp on.

    The screen is great and the tablet feels good quality when you hold it and use it. It was calibrated well too so no more hitting the wrong buttons or closing stuff you didn’t mean to. The OS and features all run smoothly and it’s been hard to overload the CPU, although once we started downloading apps, browsing and playing games all at the same time it started to slow.

    The tablets main downfall is compatibility; some of the key apps aren’t working and require firmware updates from Onda to make them work. These include:

    • Youtube (not even the website version)
    • Facebook (not even website)
    • Netflix
    • TV Catchup

    Along with all the usuals, skygo, iplayer, viber etc...

    This is disappointing as the vi40 could run these fine. Onda have released the firmware upgrade, available on their website [link] but the tablets aren’t being sent to us with it pre-installed. We anticipate that in 2-3 weeks they will be, but by then Onda will probably have a new tablet out!
    We downloaded and installed the firmware and youtube and facebook work perfectly.

    If it wasn’t for the firmware issues this would be one of our stand-out tablets, a real alternative to the iPad; it looks and feels great, has all the features and hardware (besides Bluetooth) and a clear screen.
    We’re selling it for £145 ($234)

    We will pre-install the firmware update, unless we become inundated with orders, in which case there will be a link on the listing for the upgrade.

    Heres the spec:

    Spec
    ModelOnda V971
    Operating SystemAndroid 4.0.3 spport Android Jelly Bean Update
    DisplayCapacitive Touchscreen, 1024*768 High-resolution Screen
    Resolution1024*768 pixels
    CPUCortex A9 Dual Core 1.5 GHz
    GPUDual Core Mali 400
    RAM1GB,DDR3
    ROM16GB
    CameraFront camera, 2.0 Megapixels Back Camera, 2.0 Megapixels
    WiFiYes, 802.11 b/g/n
    3Gvia Dongle
    MicrophoneYes
    G-sensorYes
    BluetoothNo
    HDMIYes
    GPSNo
    FlashFlash 11
    Android MarketYes
    3D GamingYes
    Connectivity
    To PCvia USB (Micro Type B)
    To 3G Donglevia USB OTG Cable into Micro USB Type B
    To HD Devicevia HDMI Mini
    To External Storagevia USB (Micro Type B)
    Power
    Battery6000 Mah
    Working TimeAbout 4 Hours
    Power DeviceAC Adapter
    Appearance
    ColorBlack/Silver
    Dimensions244*191*9.8mm
    Net Weight583g
    Aditional Info
    Ports1 x DC In
    1 x Micro SD Card Slot
    1 x Earphone Jack
    1 x HDMI Mini Slot
    1 x Micro USB (Type B)
    What's in the box1 x Onda V971 Dual Core Android Tablet PC
    1 x AC Charger (seperate)
    1 x Micro USB Cable (Type B)
    1 x User Manual

    ...and the apps we tested


    TabletOnda V971
    OS4.0.3
    Date Tested18/10/2012
    App
    Google Play storeINSTALLED
    Google MapsINSTALLED
    YoutubeUPDATE
    FacebookUPDATE
    SkypeYES
    TwitterYES
    WhatsappYES
    MSNYES
    ViberNO
    TangoYES
    iPlayer/BBC MediaUPDATE
    SkyGoNO
    ITV PlayerYES
    4odWEBSITE
    NetflixNO
    TV CatchupUPDATE
    Angry BirdsYES
    eBayYES

    Find it here: ONDA V971 9.7 INCH IPS DUAL CORE 1.5GHz CPU ANDROID 4.0 TABLET PC HDMI DUAL CAMERA
     

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