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post #1 of 22 Old 10-30-2012, 07:17 AM - Thread Starter
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Looking into a tablet. There are a few lesser known brands, pico, cube etc. They're very cheap but are they any good?

The Cube U9GT2 has high resolution display, and probably want this for a 10" tablet. Around £150, cheaper than even the lowest capacity Nexus 7.

Is the CPU/GPU up to the job on these tablets with the newer higher resolution display? ie when opening a high resolution picture and zooming in then scrolling, swiping menus, 1080 movies, scrolling web pages etc.

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Looking into a tablet. There are a few lesser known brands, pico, cube etc. They're very cheap but are they any good?
The Cube U9GT2 has high resolution display, and probably want this for a 10" tablet. Around £150, cheaper than even the lowest capacity Nexus 7.
Is the CPU/GPU up to the job on these tablets with the newer higher resolution display? ie when opening a high resolution picture and zooming in then scrolling, swiping menus, 1080 movies, scrolling web pages etc.

I think cheap no-name Android tablets are a bad, bad idea IMO. Android is such a rapidly developing platform, and these tablets just aren't going to receive regular updates like the Nexus 7. Is there a reason you don't want the Nexus 7? Do you need a 10"?
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Nexus 7 just dropped their prices. 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $250 (at least on this side of the pond). It has better processor, better screen (smaller, but higher resolution), better OS, and better support. It's obviously a smaller tablet, but I own both a Nexus 7 and a 16GB 10" ASUS Transformer and prefer the Nexus 7 size wise for anything that I wouldn't normally need my laptop for (programming, significant word processing/excel, photo editing, etc).
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I think cheap no-name Android tablets are a bad, bad idea IMO. Android is such a rapidly developing platform, and these tablets just aren't going to receive regular updates like the Nexus 7. Is there a reason you don't want the Nexus 7? Do you need a 10"?

Google Nexus 10 will be around £400. Cube U9GT5 about £160. Cannot really justify the difference. Sure the Google will get updates but been happy with non updated samsung android phone so not really fussed

32GB Nexus 7 is £200.

cdru, a couple of new tablets have higher resolution screen. Called Retina. LOL.

http://www.cube-tablet.com/cube-u9gt5-9-7-inch-retina-screen-u9gtv5-32gb.html

100% brand new Original Cube U9GT V Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Tablet PC
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I have no idea of a reputable seller though.

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cdru, a couple of new tablets have higher resolution screen. Called Retina. LOL.
Your original post mentions U9GT2 which has a 1024x768 screen. It wasn't until your later post that you changed it to the U9GT5 which has the "retina" (which is actually a trademark of Apple) display.
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I have no idea of a reputable seller though.
According to the website comments, there are manufacturing delays. So there probably isn't very many reputable sellers at the moment. Reviews from other Cube models seem to indicate that things mostly work. Sometimes. Unfortunately though it's like a lot of other cloned items that come from China. They come close, but they lack in the polish and finish that makes a product great. Sometimes it's not an issue. Sometimes it is. With previous Cube tablets, it seemed recommended to flash an alternate rom to fix some of the issue. Other issues weren't resolvable. Support was also basically non-existent. If dealing with those things is worth the savings and/or risks, then go for it. But I personally would want to pay a little more and get something better/more mainstream.
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"which is actually a trademark of Apple"

Yes they're called Retina. They don't care about using the word Retina, because Apple can't do anything about it lol.

Got to love the Chinese attitude heh heh.


May consider next gen retina android tablet I'll let any bugs to be corrected, also with much higher resolution for these chinese tablets could be pushing CPU/GPU hardware , choppy/laggy and not fully supported in android/chipset?

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get a nexus 7.
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Only 7" and no microsd slot, or hdmi out. I may try using tablet as media streamer and remote control with squeezebox and htpc.

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Another vote for the Nexus 7. I only have a handful of movies stored on it but have access to thousands more instantly wherever I have internet.
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Nexus 10 . I knew I was not buying the 7 for a reason... unintentionally held out for the 10 biggrin.gif

USB and hdmi out , 32 gig model = sweet
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Agree with the Nexus 10. The extra screen size is nice if you are using it to view movies. If you are just using it as a remote to control WMC, XBMC, etc then I like the 7" personally.

7" is also a perfect size for my kids who actually use it more than I do to watch movies.
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Only 7" and no microsd slot, or hdmi out. I may try using tablet as media streamer and remote control with squeezebox and htpc.

You want a tablet with HDMI out for a media streamer? I assume this is for remote media streaming at a friends/relatives??

I've been just hauling a laptop along for this (plex for windows is free biggrin.gif)

I was thinking of a tablet that could duplicate this functionality in a smaller (easier to tote) form factor. There is too much I like about the nexus 7 to ignore it much longer (especially if the 8 GB dips below $150), and for the "Remote media streaming TV-out" scenarios, I was thinking of getting one of these and install plex for android on it Android dongle

Comes out quite a bit cheaper than a 10" tablet (although two gadgets opposed to one) setup looks pretty awkward though
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I've been looking at hose all in one media steamers. That MK802 looks good, but where is the IR receiver / IR receiver wire?

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I think both the 802 and 806 have USB ports, which may or may not work with all USB IR receivers. I'm really not sure if it would work with flirc (which I use) since the required driver is only Win/Lin/Mac compatible

The 806 has wifi, so it may be smartphone controllable

These things seem pre-beta to me, so it's definitely a "see if this works" kind of device I'd try to use until later.

Finding which android apps support the A9 Rockchip is a tough matter in it's own right
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Can any Android tablets play Blu-Ray ISOs with menus? Over SMB?

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bd menus on a tablet? no. even pc apps like vlc and mpc-hc can't do that.
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I don't think any of these tables can even mount an ISO. Plus, I assume you are looking at wireless which don't count on a full BR rip playing well over

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Yes, I'm thinking of wireless playback. I'm unsure if today's best wireless tablet/network can handle it. It would be iffy. I was trying to find an alternative to re-encoding Blu-Ray ISOs. Perhaps the answer is to re-encode on the fly.

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it can't. today's wireless can't reliably support ota hd, never mind bd bitrates that could be up to 3x more.
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Wireless A/N can do all of that easily, my setup does it....

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Wireless A/N can do all of that easily, my setup does it....

hd over wireless is a crapshoot. the conditions in your environment happen to align in your favor. for every one account like yours, there are many more with different results.

when it works, it is great. when it doesn't it can be very frustrating.
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