I bought this tablet 3 days ago direct from the supplier as I live in Durham. I went to the unit and was greeted by staff, who were pleasant and helpful. I sat and tested the unit first before purchasing it. You get a free case direct, or with Amazon. I purchased a stylus from them for an extra £2 because I wanted to use certain apps (i.e. drawsomething) that makes it easier to use. The manual provided with the tablet is pretty much useless in my opinion, but anyone who is patient, has an android phone or computer literate will be able to work out how to use it within a short space of time. There's also lots of info on the net or email the direct and they'll be happy to help. You turn on the unit by pressing the little black button on the side for a few seconds. Android platform then loads up and will take less than a minute before you're ready to go. My tablet had several applications already pre-loaded, so once I'd connected to my Wi-Fi I had my email and internet browser working in seconds. I then opened up Google Market and downloaded Skype, BBC iPlayer, Facebook, Twitter, Angry Birds, Sprinkle and a few other apps. All of them worked straight away with no problems. My tablet did prompt me to upgrade Flash, but I chose not to do this because everything works well with the version already on the unit. I have poor internet at home so I can't really comment on the Wi-Fi. All I can say is that I am very happy surfing the web, using iPlayer, Skype, etc. The build quality of the tablet is very good and there is no effect on the screen when using your finger or stylus like on some other brands of tablets. The screen quality is excellent for films and pictures and the pinch/zoom and rotate functions are just as good as the iPad. I've been playing with the tablet for 2 days intensively while I work out how to use it and download apps and just this morning I'm now charging it for the first time. I'd say that with high usage you probably will get 4-5hrs out of the battery. (please make sure that when going through your settings that you only use apps from trusted sites or you'll get load of prompts for other apps. I made the mistake of downloading one for improving your battery. Turns out all it does is probably drain every last bit of juice from it....oh yes...you need to pay £xx to use all it's features...what a surprise!) I've used an ipad before and I've used this tablet now and can say that I've made the right choice with this tablet. My brief comparison is that he iPad is smaller, more expensive and locks you into iTunes. The Fusion5 is slightly larger, is a third of the price and uses Android, which means it gives you pretty much everything that iPad ha to offer without being stuck with using one proprietary format. Yes...the iPad might just be that little bit shaper and the build quality might be just that little bit better, but hey...for £150 you're getting pretty much the same thing and you can customise it to your liking, add more memory and loads more. If you have a massive budget, then try the iPad and Samsung, but why not give the little guy a chance for £150 and see what that has to offer first...you might well be very surprised!!!
5 stars, because for the price you can't be beaten!!!!!!Read more ›
Generally good value for money. No problems so far.
The original device model number is "BC1077", if you Google it you will find plenty of references to Chinese suppliers although I was unable to immediately find the name of the actual manufacturer. The device comes in a generic box that just says "Android Tablet PC" with some stickers affixed by A1CS.
Delivery time was good. Ordered on a Tuesday evening and arrived on Friday. They dispatched by Royal Mail which is good for me.
The box I got was unsealed. I suspect it's been taken out of the box shortly before delivery to brand it and install software or maybe to test it. In fact mine arrived still attached to A1CS's company Wi-Fi network. I don't think it was used as such though, there wasn't any evidence of any browser history and there were no marks of any kind on the device. I'm happy to accept it in that condition.
In the box I got a soft wallet case, a power adapter and a USB to mini USB cable. The supplied cables are incredibly short, you'll probably want extensions if you're intending to use it off the mains. Note the charger isn't USB. It does seem to be able to charge off USB although somewhat slower. *EDIT*: Android claims to be charging when connected to USB but can't seem to get it to charge that effectively. Probably best using the supplied mains charger.
It's got a full size USB socket (and a mini one). I plugged in a full size USB memory stick (FAT32 formatted) and it worked fine. I have also connected it to a PC with the mini USB and could read the internal storage. Note that it appears to have a mini type USB socket, not the micro socket that is more common on mobile phones. My USB phone charger doesn't fit it.
The CPU appears to be some sort of local Chinese ARM Cortex A8 variant. It's seems OK. Things run fairly snappily.
The manual is pure Engrish [badly translated Chinese]. However if you're familiar with a modern smartphone or competent with a PC, you won't need a manual. It's easy to use.
I easily connected to the Google Android marketplace (play). My device came attached to the US android marketplace for some reason however it came with an app pre-installed that enabled me to switch it to the UK one (or any other marketplace you like) that worked without trouble.
The device appears to be already rooted according to a checker app I downloaded although I haven't fully confirmed that.
I installed the official BBC iPlayer app which worked fine. I couldn't get iPlayer to work through the actual iPlayer website with the default android browser but the app is good.
The official ITVPlayer app said it didn't work with this device and wouldn't install from the marketplace. The ITVPlayer website failed to load with the default Android browser (multiple redirects problem). I installed Firefox and could get the web site to load but it kept redirecting to the Android app which wouldn't install. I installed Opera instead which lets you spoof a desktop user agent. I then got video to play however it kept chucking some sort of warning about "the server's certificate chain is incomplete". That is however probably an issue with the ITV web site rather than the tablet. So I'd say ITVPlayer is probably possible to get working but is a real pain.
I could get Channel 4 (4oD) to work via their usual website with the default browser without any trouble. It tries to direct you to an iOS app but you can click past it.
Channel 5 was a bit slow but I could get their player to work on their usual web site eventually and the video was acceptable.
The official Sky Go app did install from the marketplace without trouble however I'm not a Sky customer so I can't comment on whether the video works or not as I can't get that far.
TVCatchup Freeview channels app (still in beta for Android ICS) worked great.
Spotify app worked fine.
Angry Birds worked great and was pre-installed.
Fruit Ninja gave me some sort of error on boot but did work.
Tested a 3D game, Frontline Commando, which did work.Read more ›
I'm in no way a reviewer but the reviews here made me choose this tablet so I wanted to add my own comments. I have found the reviews here to actually been proven pretty accurate!
The Arrival! ------------- The tablet and case Arrived well packed in the save padded envelope, it was sent recorded delivery the next working day with appropriate "fragile" labels affixed, arrived on the 2nd working day after I ordered it which I would call pretty good. (Ordered Friday (2pm), dispatched Monday (email came Sunday night), arrived Tuesday)
There were a few pleasant surprises out of the box
There's a Big USB to Mini USB converter was a very welcome surprise.
A nice Tablet wallet/pouch was included that seems to be of pretty nice quality too, the wallet was in the envelope not the tablet box so I think this was a freebie and a very nice one too (I prefer it over the leather case if I'm not going to need a keyboard)
There was also a screen protector however this is slightly too big, with some care it can be cut down if you really want to use it. (Of course this was free so not really a complaint!)
The Tablet ------------ I noticed immediately that it is of solid build/construction, looks and feels great quality with solid buttons that don't feel like they will fall out (i.e. they are not loose).
Amazing touch screen even with the protector on it registers all actions smoothly, I tried a colleague's iPad alongside and I couldn't tell a difference in the responsiveness
On a sunny/bright day it's hard to watch movies even indoors, however games (Cut the rope/birds etc) all still look great, any bright (non sci-fi) movies would probably look ok but in sunlight (summers day) you can forget using the device, this isn't a total surprise and I would think you would be hard pressed to get that from any tablet especially in this price range.
Movies however do play fast with no lag issues (using the default player that comes with the tablet works fine.
Mini and big USB in the same device is brilliant, ability to use USB keys is impressive and works fast and mounts the drives well, even better is the ability to add a keyboard and still use a USB key at the same time!
Inserting memory on the fly seems to work nicely so far. Plug in and it mounts itself, the inserting does required a little fingernail push to hit the spring action and as one reviewer mentioned it will ping out with some force if you let it (yes I spent 10 minutes in the rug locating said memory card)
The manual as mentioned is pretty poor, the quality of the manual (make) is good the content is just such awful English and shows information for an older or different version of android. Although anyone with basic android knowledge or an ounce of techy sense (or Google failing that) isn't going to have a problem. I read in other reviews that the company do have PDF's of an up to date manual, I didn't bother but keep it in mind if you think you are going to need it.
Personal preferences -------------------- I wasn't keen on the layout of the system installed; I chose to download Go Launcher HD (free from the market) which gave a much better look and feel to the tablet, while this is more Android related I felt it worth mentioning anyway if people want to make it look a little snazzier, the main thing with it was the ability to put more icons on the screen which in turn makes the resolution look better!
Leather Case (separate order, reviewing here because you can order together) ------------ It's a leather look case with a sealed in keyboard, it does what it says on the tin! I found it to look pretty good, the magnetic clip works well and as one reviewer said, don't try to defy gravity, the tablet is not concrete proof :)
If you put this device in the `right' way round the back button is held down by the clip (right hand side middle clip), it can be slid out of the way while still holding the device in, if you put it in the other way it will all fit well but you will need a mini extension lead for the keyboard lead to use it (the mini one excluded with the tablet may be sufficient though. I haven't found it to be too much of a problem but it does exist and those looking for more perfection may wish to look elsewhere for one.
The USB plug tends to push the pad up a little out of its clip when the case is closed, not the end of the world but with some clever use of the clips you can avoid this leaving the USB hanging to the side a little.
The stylus is not for a capacitive screen if you like stylus's you will need to purchase one (I ordered the Media devil one and am impressed with this so far but there are a ton to choose from)
Support ------- I haven't actually needed it so far (which is a good thing of course) so I'm unable to comment, the other reviews mention this at length anyway!
If the support chaps are reading this I do have a suggestion, the manual is known to be that bad why not take it out of the box and copy the PDF's over to the machine when you are testing it or prior to shipping it, it would take the one negative away that's posted here!
Onwards ------- Happy to try and answer questions If i can, I will come back and check for a week or two :)Read more ›