See three videos after the break.
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There’s a lot to like with this tablet. It’s fast, looks nice, sounds amazing, and USB-C is clearly the way of the future. The software mess that is ZenUI is unfortunate, and the weirdly aggressive thermal regulation is a problem. While neither is a deal breaker on their own, combined it’s clear this is not a tablet for power users or heavy gamers.
One of the most important features to this particular tablet is the price tag. At $299 for the 64GB model, it’s hard to look at the majority of current generation of Android tablets — especially Google’s Nexus 9 — and see the value. Are rapid software updates and a clean UI worth the extra $180 for a tablet that has half the storage and no SD card slot? It’s hard to say yes.
A brief video is after the break.
It’s not until five paragraphs in that we’re sure this is the “Pro/Plus” model of the tablet, not the lower-end US$199 one. What I’m calling the “Pro/Plus” model has the USB-C port at bottom and a US$299 price.
A small amount of sharpening does appear to be going on throughout the display, which can make text appear a little fuzzy, which is especially noticeable in certain scenarios, like with black text on a colored background. As good as looking at still images on this high-resolution display is, viewing videos may lead to some disappointment. The software tries to smoothen the video out, similar to the Soap Opera effect available with some HDTVs, so if a movie you’re watching is intended to be shot at a cinematic 24 frames per second, the tablet will try to smoothen the video to make it look like it was shot at 60 frames per second, making it seem very strange looking.
Aside from that, however, this is the Nokia N1 tablet killer, as the AnTuTu score shows.
Where companies do things that diverge from what seems smart from the outside, it’s a much better idea to ask why those companies are doing things from the presumption of intelligence and logic rather than the presumption of stupidity. If you don’t ask these questions, you might find yourself making the same decisions, or ending up in the same place with your own set of rationalizations. I see this all the time.
After the break is a video I’m having a very, very, very difficult time believing.
It shows a notebook-sized Segway-like board.
That itself is unbelievable. I’ve been watching alternative transportation on YouTube and there’s been nothing like this before now.
Totally unbelievable is it being used to push an occupied wheelchair.
And what makes me want to scream “FRAUD!!!” is such a small device putting out enough torque to climb a hill.
See if you believe it …
As things are developing today, there will be several posts about the Onda V919 3G Air Core-M tablet.
After the break is an unboxing video from a vendor showing a Windows 10 bootup time of about ten-to-twelve seconds.
Now two of the four Best Buy stores I check have it in. Oddly, neither one have a placard out for it, with name, specs, price.
This is the About screen from the second store’s tablet:
Click any to enlarge. Video after the break.