In the Comments at this post, reader Iain has kept us informed of his Chuwi V88 purchase. I’ve decided to reprint those two Comments here as a post so they’re more prominent and will show up at search engines.
Here is Iain’s first Comment:
I live in London and just received mine yesterday. Purchased from Merimobiles, which I wouldn’t recommend others do. Customer Services is poor at best, in terms of service, correspondence and clarity. Poor Sino-anglo translations notwithstanding.
On the whole, however, the tablet’s great. Well constructed, fast, responsive (1GB version though–bloody Merimobiles), light, great battery life, nice screen. A few niggles though:
1.) The volume rocker’s the wrong way around. Up is down and down is up.
2.) Wifi turns off once you turn the screen off and doesn’t restart automatically when you turn the tablet on again.
3.) Not sure if it’s just me, but my battery won’t charge up. I’m heading out later to see if a replacement charger will solve the problem. I wish it could charge via USB.
As a result of the battery situation (I used up the battery downloading apps) I haven’t had a chance to really test the tablet.
Here is Iain’s second Comment:
Hi, I went to Maplins, bought a replacement charger (an additional £20). Now the battery recharges. Phew, I was worried that I’d have to send back the tablet as faulty.
The problem was that the charger they sent with the tablet is underpowered. The battery in the Cuwi V88 is a 5V-2A affair. The charger they sent with the tablet works at 2.7V-1A.
However, despite sending a woefully underpowered charger, they did very kindly send along a UK adaptor in the box.
Having played with it for a couple of days now, and considering the bargain price, I’m very happy with the purchase and would recommend it.
There are a few instances when it freezes, or takes a while with loading a webpage on Chrome, but I’m sure a firmware update (or a root) will fix these problems.
On the whole, the user experience is great, Android runs very smoothly and so do apps and games.
Videos run well and most apps work, though not BBC iPlayer or GTA Vice City (neither did my Nexus 7 though). The screen is pretty good and has a high level of brightness.
The speaker is not the loudest, but clear, although I prefer headphones anyway.
The ports (audio, HDMI, USB, DC) work, but aren’t the best-designed as the aluminium can be rough and grating in places.
The camera and mic work fine, not the best quality, but good for a Skype.
The battery is amazing. Having such a large battery was one of the reasons I chose this tablet over the competition. The only annoyance is being stuck having to use a DC charger, I’d much prefer being able to charge with a USB cable. It’s not a huge concern though, as even with heavy usage, you’ll easily get a day out of it.
Bluetooth works as expected and is a very nice touch. Another of the reasons I chose this tablet.
Wifi is working fine for me now. Stable, good range and straightforward to connect.
The only thing about the Chuwi V88 that really annoys me, but hasn’t affected me yet (touch wood), is the MicroSD card slot. When plugged in, the card protrudes by a millimeter or two and this could easily be a dealbreaker for some. It could be fatal for my tablet if I ever lose data. I really hope I can find a case that negates this unforgivable design flaw.
WiFi not coming back on was noted in reviews I’ve seen. That might be fixable with a firmware update. I’ve seen that fixed with other tablets. The same thing too in order to correct the Volume rocker orientation.
It’s an ugly fix, but maybe a piece of tape over it to secure the protruding microSD card? Is it spring-loaded?
As for Bluetooth, I wonder if Iain has a keyboard and a speaker to try. Those are why I want Bluetooth in a tablet. Also, with a Bluetooth mouse, does a pointer appear on screen?
If you have any questions, leave them in Comments where I hope Iain will be able to reply.