Pipo T9 Tablet Gets Bizarre

The Pipo T9 has an 8.9-inch screen at 1920 x 1200, an octa-core 1.7GHz MediaTek 6592 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GBs of internal storage, microSD and 3G card slots, 3MP front and incredible 13MP back camera.

PipoT9ZOLR

It all sounds good in theory but the realization is problematic.

A review at IMP3Net pointed out a problem addressing internal storage versus microSD card.

And there’s the problem of the included camera software not creating full-13MP images.

Those weren’t the only issues.

Now a review at ZOL has revealed that Pipo has locked the UI into landscape [Google Translate]!

It should be noted that the product might be to emphasize the lateral aspect of platinum usage characteristics of the aircraft, the primary interface and secondary interface were carried out locked, you can not rotate the screen to portrait, sorry.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

So you’d better like looking at this a lot:

PipoT9AppDrawer

Because it can’t be seen in portrait orientation!

The camera problem I can see as being a future update — besides, third-party programs can get around it.

The storage problem I could chalk up to a firmware issue conflict between Google, MediaTek, and maybe Pipo too. At some point it can be fixed with firmware, depending on how loudly users complain.

But locking the UI into landscape — that’s a decision Pipo made.

And it makes no damn sense. Why even have an accelerometer if you’re going to waste it like that?

Other than these big issues, the T9 seems like a very good tablet — but it’s also pricey in the local market.

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2 responses to “Pipo T9 Tablet Gets Bizarre

  1. I have a Pipo T9 Tablet and everything else allows Portrait or Landscape mode and easily switches – I tried all Google service Apps, Gmail, Browser plus Documents To Go Office App, Camera, Maps and Navigation, Video Player and everything else — all allow to switch easily between Portrait and Landscape – actually not that big of a deal

    • mikecane

      OK, I see the point is being missed here. It’s the main Android UI — desktop and App Drawer — that can’t be rotated. I’ve just had that confirmed by cngadget.

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