I purchased this tablet based upon the specs and reviews that were on this listing and those on the previous listing.
General Pros & Cons: POSITIVES: > Cheap and good spec for the price > Full access to Google Play and all apps seem to work well > Exceptional quality of screen > Good sound quality > Options for additional storage (32GB maximum)
NEGATIVES: > Can be slow at times/lag > Rare WiFi problems where device fails to connect to network (restart device/disconnect -> reconnect to solve) > No mini-HDMI adaptor included.
More in depth, based on spec provided:
For the price (£69.99 at the time of my purchase), listed were the following specs: > Android 4.0.3 -- Brilliant, great operating system with full access to Google Play - apps such as Facebook, Twitter, all working.
> Intuitive capacitive 5 point touch-screen. -- As far as I am aware this is correct, although haven't fully tested it yet.
> Plays 1080p HD and 3D content on your TV or monitor. -- If you are thinking of connecting it to a TV/monitor, be aware it has a mini-HDMI slot, requiring an adapter (not included). The screen quality itself is BRILLIANT, very high quality!
> All Winner A10 1.2HGz CPU, MALI 400 GPU -- Processor is alright for the price, but I must admit it can get a little slow occasionally. If this is going to annoy you, I would recommend purchasing a higher-spec CPU.
> 512MB RAM -- Pretty decent again, for the price.
> 8GB memory (up to 32GB with Micro SD Card). -- Partitioned into about 1.15GB "internal", 5.74GB "internal storage" -- I am using 16GB Micro SD card, works great!
> Flash 11.1 support for online TV & video services. -- Yep.
> Display 800 x 480 resolution, 7" size, colour, LCD, Anti-Glare, High Resolution -- The screen is actually brilliant. Watched a few films with it so far, and they are remarkably high quality!
> Touchscreen Type: 5 point Capacitive. -- Has been a bit tempermental so far, but you get used to it.
> Camera: Front mounted 1.3 megapixel. -- Quite high quality, strangely warped over skype (likely to have been my connection)
> WIFI: 802.11 b/g/n -- Yep, some connectivity issues as mentioned by others. Simply turning it on and off, or disconnecting and reconnecting solves it. They haven't been particularly regular, only once or twice.
> Earphone Port: 3.5mm jack -- Comes with: ----> x1 3.5mm jack headphones
> Battery: 4200MAh -- Lasts a decent amount of time, depending on whether you're connected to WiFi, how bright your screen is etc (standard really).
> 1 x Mini USB port -- Comes with: ----> x1 Mini USB -> Regular Male USB ----> x1 Mini USB -> Female USB
> 1 x Mini HDMI port -- Does NOT come with adapter/cable
> Power Dimensions: 197 x 123 x 12mm -- European plug w/plug converterRead more ›
I've attatched a video of the MOMO 9 in action. It's not the greatest as I was operating the tablet, and holding a camera at the same time, hopefully it gives some idea of the user experience. I also had Angry Birds and Iplayer in the video but cut these out because of copyright concerns. Use the video as a reference for my review. Okay I'll break this review down into a three sections, the first with the basics of use and the Apps that I've run as I know this is important to people. In the second I'll give you my feelings on the build quality and hardware in general. During the third I'll go over a bit of the tech so you can get a feeling for the MOMO9's capabilities.
The MOMO9 I'm reviewing was ordered from GTR, as it seems that some folks are having different builds (ROMs?) depending on whom they ordered from.
1. I'd been looking for a new tablet since I sold my Toshiba AT100-100 Toshiba AT100-100 10 inch Tablet to my brother. I wanted a 7" Tablet for reading on the bus to work as I found the 10.1" Toshiba a little too big for that. I didn't want to spend the kind of money I had on the Toshiba but wanted a capable performer and from the specs and reviews this fitted the bill.
I had a number of requirements for my tablet and I spent a lot of time comparing tablets in this price range (sub one hundred) and the MOMO 9 seemed to tick all the boxes.
These were 1. Portability - 7" form factor is a size midway between a large phone and a 10" tab. 2. Performance to play video smoothly, on and off line i.e. Iplayer, Youtube , and local video player etc. Also the usual games i.e. Angry Birds. 3. Access to Google Market place (now Google Play) rather than some second rate App store. 4. Plenty of internal storage - 8GB is provided and a micro SDHC card (Class 4 or 6) that supports up to 32GB can be fitted. (2GB Flash and what is reported as approx 6GB SD card on board is the internal memory). The 32GB can be fitted in addition to this by buying an external card. 5. Ability to use Kindle/Bookereader - Kindle works very well. An alternative is included but getting access to the Kindle book store is great and I've downloaded a bunch of books that are synced from the Kindle store to my MOMO9. See the video to see Kindle in action. 6. Good battery life - 4200mAH, the best I've found for similar tablets. Obviously battery life varies drastically depending on what you're doing but I've had a minimum of 5hrs, and over 8 hrs a number of times, more on this later. 7. Good wireless range - Supports wireless N which is better than the older G. I had no trouble connecting to either my BTHomehub 2.0 or my older Hub 1.0. Connection is stable and reliable and I can see approx 10 other routers in other flats around me suggesting a good WIFIF range. I've also used it with an old wireless G SKY router also without issue. 8. Capacitive screen rather than resistive.
So on to general use, the screen and tablet in general is a pleasure to use whether browsing or using the tablet for video, music etc, it's fantastic. Most games I've tried work well too. Reponse from the screen when browsing the 5 Android home screens is very smooth. The capacitive touch screen is very responsive and accurate. However when you switch from one App to another, be aware that the loading App appears on the screen it may not immediately respond to a screen press. This is because the tablet is swapping out the old Application from memory and loading the new one, just be patient. (you can see me being impatient in the video a couple of times).
Operating System The MOMO9 runs Android 4.03 (Ice Cream Sandwich), this looks quite similar to Honeycomb (Android 3.x) and is the first Android Operating System for both phones and tablets. The big plus for Android 4.0 is that it provides extended support for GPU acceleration. What does that mean to you or me? Basically it uses the tablets graphics chip to speed up things like swiping between windows and drawing web pages, this frees up the processor to concentrate on other tasks. The end result is a smoother experience for the user compared to the same hardware running Android 2.3 and there are still quite a few tablets running this. See the attached video and I think you'll agree it's pretty smooth. My overall experience was similar to my previous more powerful tablet although as mentioned loading apps and switching between tasks was a little slower but by no means an issue. Once it's loaded it works flawlessly with an amazingly responsive screen. Overall the experience is great and I'd highly recommend this tablet with Android 4.0 over a 2.3 version.
Some of the Installed Apps
Google Play( Formerly Android Marketplace) _ Works great, I've loaded loads of apps and they all work with the exception of Google Chrome (Beta). This is a beta build so I'm sure it will work when development is complete. There are plenty of other Internet Browsers anyway so it's not an issue.
Flash 11.1 - An update is available but I haven't tried it yet as this version works superbly in my browser and the Youtube app.
HD2160 - Video Player with support for -RM, RMVB, MP4,AVI,3GP,MKV,MOV,VOB,DAT,FLV (and more according to the manual). I can personally vouch for MP4 wrapper (X264 encoding), AVI wrapper (XVid encoding), MPG2 and FLV (Flash Video) . Aldiko Book Reader - Excellent book reader, although I mainly use the Kindle App.
Stock Android Browser - Works pretty well, seems better than previous versions I've used on Android 2.3 phones.
Gmail - Google Mail. Note that if you have Sync turned on that all the Google Apps sync every time you log on. This can make the tablet slow down considerably if you have Apps (Facebook, and all the Google Apps such as Youtube Syncing.) I turn this off (in accounts) and Synchronise with Cloud content when I want to.
Youtube - Works great
Here is a selection of some of the Apps I've installed from Google Play
Kindle App - Works great and accesses the amazon kindle book store. Awesome! You can see it in the video but also you can rotate the screen, change text and background colour, and text size.
BBC Iplayer - Works perfectly with no lip syncing issues seen on some other budget Tablets (this was something I was worried about but it works great)
Skype - Works fine but Video not qualified for the device. This means voice calls work perfectly. With video calls you can see the person calling fine but at their end they can see you but the image has pink lines across it, however the audio is fine. (Note Gary from GTR has posted a link to a fix for this issue, see the forums below. I haven't tried it as yet.)
Facebook - Generally works okay. I find that accessing Facebook in the internet browser was actually a little easier.
Angry Birds - Works perfectly
Jewels - Bejewelled type game that works great, with no slowdown or poor frame rate. Screen is very responsive to the touch making the game an enjoyable experience.
Avast - Security I installed this to provide a firewall and antivirus and it doesn't perceptibly slow down the tablet.
Onlive works, although I haven't attempted any games yet.
Mediaplayer Lite - Connects to and streams to DLNA, UPNP devices. I connected it easily to an Xbox360 using my wireless router and was able to browse and play content streamed by the tablet from the web. Should work with my DLNA TV but yet to try.
Internet Browsers Dolphin HD Browser- Works fine but for me doesn't offer anything over the stock browser for basic use. Chrome Browser - It's a Beta build and doesn't work. Not an issue given the copious amounts of browsers. Opera Browser - Worked superbly Firefox Browser - Also very good
Web browsing - Works reasonably well with the stock Android Browser and Dolphin HD. However I found Opera absolutely superb in terms of silky smooth scrolling with Firefox almost as good, with respect to page loading speed and responsiveness to pinch to zoom (See the video). This is all down to individual preference but overall the experience is excellent. Note that the tablet does have a 800x480 resolution which is a fair bit lower than my old Tab so you have to scroll a reasonable amount of time, but this wasn't an issue for me.
Videos - As mentioned previously the installed HD2160 player handled most of my video formats. Overall experience was flawless without any lip sync problems.
Music- I've only tried three formats, these were a Windows Media format that I copied from my PC. It played without issue. MP3 and OGG also worked fine. Sound is surprisingly good and loud but if you put your hand over the speaker on the back when handling it, or place it on your knees the sound becomes muffled. I'd recommend using the supplied headphones if you want to use it for serious music or movie watching.
2. On to some general points on using the tablet and its build
Tablet body - Feels surprisingly well constructed, much more so than I expected to be honest. Mines came with a screen protector already fitted, and I'd highly recommend fitting one, although it does make the screen a bit shiny when under bright light. Replacements are easy to fit. The body itself feels solid and well made. It's functional and easy to hold, and made of plastic (black on the front with a white back). The plastic body may seem a poorer choice compared to some Tabs constructed from aluminium; however this helps with WIFI transmission and reception. Note that there has been some significant issues with high spec tablets suffering wireless drop out due to the aluminium body so I was happy to accept the plastic. Let's face it though the MOMO9 will never win a beauty competition against the more expensive Tabs, so if you prefer a fashion item over a functional piece of technology this may not be the choice for you.
Controls - There is a volume rocker control on the top long side of the tablet, and a power button beside it. These seem reasonable fairly robust, and sit out of the way so you don't accidentally press them. A "back" button is on the front of the tablet, as is a home button, and also a button that brings up settings and accounts. These buttons sit up a little from the case making them easier to find if it's dark. I generally don't use the buttons much though as I prefer the touch screen equivalents, but that's a matter of preference.
Screen - 800x480 7inch - Seems pretty good though viewing angles aren't spectacular, but do they need to be for 7" Tab? I mean its not like the whole family can gather round it and watch a movie, in any case that's what the HDMI output is for. You can increase the brightness but at the expense of battery life, I tend to keep mine at the lowest setting and its generally fine for indoor use. It's obviously not of the standard you'd see on expensive Tablets but for me it felt pretty good and was more than adequate even at the lowest brightness settings for movies, reading text on Web pages, and using as a Ebook Reader (see video). Note though for reading in bright sunshine the tablet is not so good. If you want an out door book reader this is one of the few areas where a Tablet can't compete with a specialised book reader. On the flip side however the LCD screen does allow you to read in the dark without a bed side light.
Battery Life - I generally run the Tab with screen brightness at its lowest and if I'm using it as an Ebook Reader or playing a local movie or music I'll engage Airplane mode. Even when using games and movies I've never had under 5 hours of battery life and can reasonably expect to reach 6-8 hours depending on what I'm doing. I must say that the battery life is great, and one of the reasons I chose the MOMO9.
Okay this is all very well but people like to connect things to their tablet so here is what you get in the box.
Inside the box (see the start of the video) Mini USB to USB cable to allow connection to a PC. I connected to my Windows Vista machine over a USB2 port and transferred files once Windows loaded the drivers needed to talk to the MOMO. It did this automatically. Min USB to USB adapter cable- Plugged a 32GB SandiskUSB Flash drive SanDisk 32GB Cruzer Blade USB Flash Drive in and I was able to play movies from it. UK Mains Charger Ployer Headphones - Surprisingly good sound. Manual In reasonably good English, it's fairly basic but gives some useful starter advice for people new to Android. Do note though it's not very in depth.
Connectivity and capabilities
Mini USB2.0 - I plugged in a wireless dongle (to the mini USB to USB adapter cable) for my Logitech MK250 (mouse and keyboard) Logitech Wireless Desktop Mk250This was immediately recognised without any set up, and worked perfectly for general typing. Some of the keyboards specific function keys didn't work but overall it was a big improvement on the on screen keyboard. Recommended for any serious typing. The mouse just operates as your finger would if using the touch screen interface. I've only tested with this wireless 2.4GHz USB mouse and keyboard but most keyboards are meant to work.
Wireless - WIFI (b,g,n) there is no Bluetooth or 3G although inside the Tab settings it gives reference to some supported dongles. I found wireless very good with no drop outs. It connects easily and very quickly, and response time and data rates are excellent.
Camera - One camera is provided and is not for taking pics, although you can in a somewhat awkward fashion. The image isn't particularly bright or high quality but it does its job as a web cam as that is what its intended for. The picture is taken from the touch screen so if you want to take a pic you need to flip the tab round and try and keep your finger near the snapshot button. Since there is no view you can't see what you are taking. I know this is obvious and I knew this before purchase. If you want to take stills use your phone or camera not the MOMO9.
Microphone and headphone socket - Standard 3.5 mm headphone socket. There is an in built microphone and voice search works reasonably well even with my accent!
Micro SDHC Slot (Supporting up to 32GB class 4 and 6 10 isn't supported)- Had a problem with this at first. Popped a memory card in SanDisk microSDHC 32GB Card but it kept sliding out and disconnecting from the tablet. I tried pushing the card in with my admittedly very short nails but to no avail. I figured that the connector was recessed slightly so I used a thin bit of plastic (don't use metal!) and gently pushed the card home. I got a satisfying click on doing this and have had no issues or disconnects since. You need to go through the same process to take the card out if you want to fit a bigger capacity.
Charging- The mains charger works fine and USB charging is also possible. Now here is a very important point, the Tablet and touch screen work fine when charging, some others in this price range don't. Why is this so important? Well when the non replaceable battery runs out the tablet becomes unusable unless it functions with a power source plugged in. Note though that the batteries in these things last for a number of years even with daily charging so it's not an issue for most people but the backup option is important to me nonetheless.
3. The tech
Processor - All Winner A10 which is a ARM Cortex A8 processor clocked at 1.2GHz and an ARM Mali dual graphics core clocked at 400MHz. If you aren't familiar with the latest ARM processors see the following
ARM11 - used in many budget phones. Decent performance i.e. Orange San Francisco II uses one at 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 - a big step up from ARM11. 1GHZ used on the original 2010 IPAD and original Samsung Tab. The MOMO version is clocked 200MHz higher at 1.2GHz. ARM Cortex A9 - Usually found in dual or quad core versions. Pretty much all of the premium tablets from this year and last year use it. It is a fair bit faster than the A8.
Overall though the processor does a magnificent job and you cans see from my description that some other pretty good Tablets from a couple of years back use it so this gives some idea of performance.
GPU - The Mali Dual core graphics core is pretty good and the Samunsg Galaxy S2 and S3 both use versions of it although I believe they have the quad core version. The dual core version seems to have plenty of oomph for movies,browsing and most games I've tried.
Overall I would highly recommend this tablet as it's outstanding value for the money. Probably a great starter if you have kids that like to mess about with your expensive smart phone or Tablet.Read more ›
The Ployer Momo9 is a brilliant buy at the sort of prices being asked: you get an excellent little tablet for general purpose browsing, light games, music and videos.
There are a number of cheap Android tablets being produced at the moment. An increasingly popular type is using the "AllWinner A10" chip, which combines a decent quality 1.2GHz processor with a dedicated 0.4GHz graphics chip. You can spend all day trying to compare different chips and tablets to decide which one is best, so I will simply say that the innards of this tablet are more than adequate for browsing, videos, and generally running the system. Of the "AllWinner A10" tablets, this one was the best deal at the time I bought, but they are all pretty similar.
The tablet comes in a surprisingly nice-looking box, that will look impressive as a present for someone. Besides the tablet, you get a terrible little manual, and some cheap headphones, but that's pretty usual for mobile devices, plus 2 usb cables - one for plugging into your PC, and the other for letting you plug keyboards and other usb devices into your tablet. The charger arrived attached to the side of the box.
The tablet itself is plastic, but feels sturdy. It is black at the front with a fairly wide bezel around the screen, and with an attractive white back with logos. On the edge is a power button, and a rocker-style volume switch. The switches are sensibly placed and need a good push to work, so you won't be hitting them by accident. The "bottom" of the tablet when held in portrait has the various ports: power, mini USB, HDMI, 3.5mm headphone, and memory card. The memory card slot is labelled "TF card", which is an older name for MicroSD, but it works with new MicroSD cards just fine. Overall, it's a very nice looking piece of kit for the price, although I'd definitely get a case and/or a screen protector. When held in portrait, the "bottom" bezel has 3 physical buttons - menu, home, and back. You won't actually need these, because the tablet comes with Google's latest version of Android, code named Ice Cream Sandwich, which is designed to work with tablets without needing physical buttons.
The Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich is frankly lovely - it looks nice, works well, and has a ton of great features. It arrived installed, with no fuss, and all features working, and is easily the best thing about this tablet. It moves around no matter which way you hold the tablet, has little electronic versions of the menu buttons on the bottom bar so you can hold it in landscape (or even upside down) without worrying where the physical buttons are. It comes with a well-designed web browser with tabs, apps for email or dedicated gmail, map, calendar, movie and music player, camera app, etc. The pre-installed "Documents To Go" handles Microsoft Office files, and there's the Adobe pdf reader, You get the full android market (now named Google Play) with all the apps. I've yet to find any major apps that don't work, although big 3D games might not. I've got YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Kindle, and Skype working without fuss, for example. For pure fluff, you can swipe left and right for homescreens as usual, there's various wallpapers including live ones (I rather like the Koi pond that ripples when you touch the screen), and some nice widgets to add. More importantly, wifi connection and signal is easy to set up and works fine - I tested signal and download speed side-by-side with a phone and a laptop and it worked just as well. Android, and Ice Cream Sandwich, probably isn't as easy to use straight away as iOS on the iPad, but when it comes down to it there are only about 6 menu buttons to press, so you'll get the hand of it pretty soon.
Here are some of the major features of the tablet that deserve some comment: * 7 inch screen - I was a bit dubious about the screen size, considering 9 or 10 inches are the more popular sizes, but I've been really won over. You can read an e-book, watch a video, or browse a full-size webpage without a problem on this size screen. * 800*480 screen resolution - the same as most mid-range smartphones. This is one of the features where you get what you pay for - tablets twice the price will probably be 1024*600. If you want to view very high resolution photos or videos, then you'll probably notice the difference, but this is more than adequate for general use. * Capacitive touchscreen - much better than any "resistive" screen, this is the type you want on a modern tablet. It supports the usual multi-finger gestures such as pinch-to-zoom. * Battery: I would guess you'll get 5 hours of mixed use, which is a decent amount for this type of tablet. * 8GB internal memory - This is slightly more complicated: you get 1.15GB for apps, and 5.75GB for general storage of videos, movies and the like (The missing GB is taken by the core system). Unless you buy enormous games, you'll never fill the app storage. You can also add a Micro SD card for up to 32GB more storage. (If you order one, make sure it's microSD, not miniSD, as they are different things, and try to get speed Class 8 or 10 at least ) * A10 CPU and 512MB internal RAM - these are adequate for the needs of the tablet, although they may have problems if you try to play high-spec 3D games. * HDMI output - I haven't tried it, but apparently you can plug it into your HDMI-enabled TV and watch movies on the big screen. If it works, it will be very cool. * Camera - a tiny 1.3MP camera is mounted to look straight at you. This is clearly for use more as a webcam than a real camera, although you could take a few blind snaps with it if needed. * Speaker - I was afraid this would be tinny and weak, but it is actually a lot louder than I expected, although the quality at high volume is what you'd expect - fine for a funny you-tube video or streaming radio, but not so great for quality music. Better than expected, though.
Now, here's what you don't get: * No GPS - for location based services, maps, etc. Would be nice, but clearly GPS had to go to keep the price down. * No bluetooth - I don't get the point of bluetooth, so this doesn't bother me. * Mobile/3g signal - hopefully this is obvious, but in case it isn't: this tablet is wifi only (although I believe it is possible to get a 3g dongle working)
A note on the sellers: I purchased from GTR Electronics, who weren't quite the cheapest, but are a UK based company. The tablet was sent Royal Mail registered delivery and arrived speedily and in perfect condition. A lot of cheaper sellers are sending your tablet from China or Hong Kong, so expect a slower delivery, and consider the faff if you have to send it back.
Overall, this is a great little tablet for for travelling or using on the sofa, and getting a fully-working android system at this price is a no-brainer. I might buy 2!Read more ›