Here is the review of our newly released woPad i7 on SlateDroid by Roman:
Original source: http://www.slatedroid.com/topic/21423-wopad-i7/
Posted 29 August 2011 – 04:19 PM
Okay, I just got my WoPad device via DHL about 30 minutes ago… My supplier is wicked fast. I ordered on Thursday night and I got today on Monday . here is a quick rundown on my impressions of everything thus far…
Packaging – Nice… looks professional , sweet color graphics on the box. Although the picture of the tablet on the top of the box is a different device lol… Overall a plus though.
Accessories – Headphones SUCK! (big surprise… or not… I didn’t have any expectations anyhow…) They include a screen protector (and not the crappy pre-installed one, but a separate apply-it-yourself screen protector… this is a plus… of course I haven’t tried using it yet … Power Adapter… cheap but I am sure it will work. At least it is probably easy to replace … USB cable is your standard fare…
Device – So far I am fairly impressed…
Each out of 5 stars…
Physical – 3.0 Stars
It is a little bit bigger than the RENA3 all around. Same width, slightly thicker (although I will comment on this in a moment), slightly taller. Despite being a little bit thicker than the RENA3, it actually feels thinner in the hand because of the shape of the device. This is a plus. Also, the back IS NOT PLASTIC… At least it sure doesn’t feel like plastic. It is extremely rigid and it isn’t glossy. This is a HUGE plus and the main reason it earns 3 of its 3 stars on the physical… Speaker placement is good, hands don’t block them when holding the device and the mesh grilles look nice.
a. I/O (input output) Full Size USB port… another BIG plus. No stupid adapter needed to plug in a mouse or keyboard or hub. Just a standard size USB … It also has a Micro-USB port to connect the device to a pc… Power Connector… Headphone jack… Micro-HDMI out…. MicoSD card slot. I/O looks a “little” bit cheap. For example, the Full size USB port doesn’t match up “exactly” with the outside of the case. I am nitpicking a bit but it is noticeable. However, it is important that I note that it doesn’t hinder its function. Also, HDMI-out works, almost perfectly (except the screen on the device goes black but HDMI-out works really well) and this is a HUGE plus in that it seems the manufacturer actually put time into the firmware! Amazing… My only problem is that the connection doesn’t feel very secure and if if the cable isn’t placed into the device “just so” then the colors on the screen it is outputting to go awry. Overall, the HDMI “loose connection” issue AND the I/O ports looking just a little bit off… I dock half a star…
b. Buttons – Across the top – Power, Menu, Back… I would knock a partial star off for NOT having physical volume keys but I am already docking enough points in the next section and some would argue that physical volume keys are a personal preference. Anyhow, I wish they were there, but they aren’t. I also wish the back button was on the front face like pretty much every other android device. It is annoying in that it is on the top edge but, oh well. The buttons all “feel” good and are fairly solid. I think I will eventually get used to the placement of the back button and it won’t be that big of a deal. This setup IS probably preferable to the UBER sensitive capacitive buttons on the front of the RENA3.
c. Overall Build Quality – Here is why it isn’t a 4.5-star… The front face of the device doesn’t feel extremely “secure” with the back aluminum shell. It feel just a tiny tiny bit loose. So, slightly cheap feel on the front… If I “try” to “bend” the device the front face will start to come up at one of the corners… Not COOL… I should note that this only happens if you are actually trying to bend the device… but it isn’t taking much pressure. I worry that if I were to say… drop the device from 2 or 3 feet up (like off of my kitchen table) and a corner of it hit the ground that the front face would “pop out” I am only docking 1.5 stars for this as the device overall looks and feels good… But it is obvious that build quality could have been a little bit better… perhaps super glue or stronger plastic snaps would have helped? But then it is probably easy to get into so that might be a plus for the hacking community.
Performance – WOOT! 5 Stars – First thing I noticed… Decently QUICK boot-up. Like 25 – 40 seconds max. WAY BETTER than the 90 seconds on my previous RK2918 device. This is a HUGE positive as it makes the device much more usable all around. Touchscreen response is EXCELLENT. Easily as good as the RENA3. The Android UI is ridiculously smooth. I haven’t had much time to test internet browsing yet but I have high hopes based on the phenomenal UI experience. This is what I expected from the first RK2918 device I had but it just didn’t quite deliver… I did try out heavy gunner. (I ran into an odd issue with the keyboard where the “enter” key disappeared and was replaced by a smiley key… this kept me from getting into heavy gunner which also has the poor design of requiring you to enter a name into a box that has no “okay” button under it to confirm. So without an enter key on my keyboard and without an okay key in the game I was literraly stuck and had to force a device reboot lol, I replaced the built-in keyboard and this fixed the issue) Heavy Gunner is PHENOMENAL on this device. It is fast, responsive and the graphics look great. I will discuss this further in another section. I *might have to lower this slightly after playing with web browsing some more. That was a BIG complaint I had against the other RK2918 device. Web browsing was NOT as smooth as it could be. This was web page loading speeds AND scrolling/pinch-to-zoom. I haven’t used this device enough yet to say yay or nay yet though. The one or two pages that I did look at felt better than how things were on my last RK2918 device but they did not feel as smooth as the RENA3.
WiFi – 5 Stars – Stable, Strong Signal
WiFi has been pretty good today. To clarify it is WiFi “N” not just “G”. It says this explicitly on the back of the device. This is really good news as I run an “N – Only” network at my house. I was thinking I was going to have to slow the whole network down by changing back to mixed mode while I tested this device. Very nice surprise. It connected quickly with my Network. I think I get almost exactly the same signal strength and distance as the RENA3, which I have always considered decent. I live in a 2 bedroom apartment though, so other folk’s use may vary. The real test is if I can sit outside and still get a signal. Which I can. It is feint, but it stays connected and I can skim the internet. I know this is all very subjective but I think I can say with a fair bit of assurance that most people won’t be disappointed by the WiFi.
Stability/Bugs – Ongoing testing – 4.5 Stars
Also.. I am impressed by the fact that this thing has been ROCK SOLID STABLE. No crashes, no hangs when waking up from sleep. Today is going to be my first full day of use with it. So far I have used Google Reader (which has a bug that screw up the lettering in article previews, this is specific to this tablet as I do NOT have this issue on the RENA3) and I have played a game. The bug with google reader is annoying to say the least and it makes me wonder about other apps. The built-in Android keyboard not having an “enter” key in some circumstances was NOT GOOD. I am not using the built-in keyboard anymore. For the time, I am docking a half-star for all of this. The WoPad people however should really be commended. It is so rare for a new China Tab device to be so stable and to work so well. For comparison, the RENA3 is still really a “3.5star” device in this area. Overall the RENA3 is stable, but it still freezes on occassion or it can’t be brought out of sleep. This is rare, but it still happens enough to be bothersome. I haven’t gotten any indication that I will have those kinds of issues with this device. The RENA3 has come a long way though, it was probably more like a 2.5 Star device at release on my “subjective scale of how I feel about things”
Boot times were MUCH slower today. Like around 70 Seconds. This is very noticeable when put next to the RENA3 which boots in roughly 20 seconds. I hit the power buttons on both at the same time, the RENA3 boots much faster. I am not sure why the increase in boot times? Perhaps because I have added an 8gb SD card and installed some apps? This also is why i am docking half a star.
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