Insignia Flex Elite: New Owner Comments

From digitaldoom at XDA Developers forum.


I managed to pick the flex elite 7.85″ tablet up @ my local Best Buy yesterday for a discounted price of only $90 and so far very happy with it for the cost. Not sure I would be so happy at the full $150…maybe so though.

Battery life isn’t the greatest even with a good battery saving app. Doesn’t bother me to much though because I usually have my tabs plugged into the wall outlet.

Some things I like are the beautiful display and greatly bright lighting, makes it easy to use outside or in. Also like the quick responsiveness and sensitive touch screen. It’s not so sensitive that you’re accidentally hitting things you don’t want to but plenty sensitive to pick up on the intentional hits. I like the thin style (only 0.3″ thin, I think). Although it’s plastic it feels solid and higher end in the hands. All in all it’s just a decent tab for the average user…although maybe not so much for the enthusiast.

A couple things I don’t like are that there are no accessories available for it at all. I’m rough on electronics (drop alot) and a good, solid case is near necessity for me. Still ticked off about dropping my Sero 7 PRO and killing it last year…man, was that ever a nice tab?!

Another thing I am a bit disenchanted with is no root instruction yet available and no ROM that I know of…been searching and hoping. I also read somewhere that it’s not possible to write to the micro SD card from the tablet…if true, that really sucks! Though I rarely use a micro SD card with tabs, it’s nice to be able to use them to keep onboard space freed up. I still need to buy a micro SD to test this last statement for myself, so can’t guarantee the accuracy of the statement.

Anyway, decent tab that will probably fulfill my web browsing, shopping and WordPress needs for the next year so can’t complain for a $90 investment. I don’t expect any updates to the firmware over it’s lifetime and really not to hopeful for a root instructional to be written but still pretty decent out of the box so far….I’ll let you know about the possible microsd issue once I find out for myself.


OK, so I found out that the microsd card is difficult to get mounted and working correctly on this tablet (unfortunately I’m no geek). But I was finally able to use an app to xfer files after formatting the SD card to ntsf instead of fat32. Still a pita but got it working.

Now if only someone would make an easy root instructional for this thing I might actually keep it for a while

Dahyum. He got it for just US$90?!!? Great deal.

Previously here:

OMA: The Only And Best Hope For The Insignia Flex Elite?
Insignia Flex Elite: PubMed Test
Google Books PDF Test: Insignia Flex Elite
Best Buy’s Insignia Flex Elite iPad Mini Clone Is Almost The iFive Mini 4
Best Buy Insignia Flex Elite iPad Mini Clone: AnTuTu
Best Buy’s Secret RK3288 iPad Mini Clone: Part Three
Best Buy’s Secret RK3288 iPad Mini Clone: Part Two
Best Buy’s Secret RK3288 iPad Mini Clone


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6 responses to “Insignia Flex Elite: New Owner Comments

  1. giouncino

    It could be interesting only with a price he paid of 90$, more than that is too much for such poor device.

  2. Dan EE

    I ran AnTuTu Video tester 3.0 on it and got an amazing 783, but it won’t run Netflix. ??? The AC 2×2 WiFi has the best range of any of my devices. The $199 Z580C Asus has a low end Broadcom 1×1 B/G/N. The $299 Z580CA also has a low end AC 1×1. Read write on the SDcard with a NTFS format is nice. The back is actually stamped aluminum but flexes a lot. Needs a stiffening ridge rolled in. Good HW for the price. Too bad RockChip has such poor SDK support. I suspect poor power optimization in the FW is why the power drain is so high. ADB logcat is really chatty. I will keep it at work to browse and read when I go to lunch or on break or use it as a loaner. It will stay on the charger when I am not on break.

  3. Thanks for the comments/knowledge. I bought mine in Feb 2016 for $89, $100 out the door. I would not have paid the full asking price of $139, but for e-book reading this was a steal for me. THE 2048 x 1536 resolution produces 326dpi! Great for reading and almost matches my Galaxy Tab S 8″ in dpi. The fonts display very crisply. I put a matte screen protector because for me this works better. Lowered brightness, disabled what I could, turn off wifi and Bluetooth when not being used (which is most of the time since this is my primary e-reader). I would buy it again, updates or not, bad battery and all.

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