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VERY pleasantly surprised...,
This review is from: Ployer Momo8 Bird Tablet PC - 8 Inch Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) - 1024 * 768 Capacitive 5 Point Touch Screen, 1.6GHz Processor, 8GB storage, 1GB DDR3 Memory, Ultra Thin, 9.7mm design - 3D Output - Flash 11.1 - New Google Play installed - All iPlayers and Flash Content Compatible - 1.3MP Camera (Personal Computers)My first confession...I am an Apple Fanboy. I have used Apple kit since 1988, from their early desktops, through to my recent 24 inch iMac, and my new iPhone 4S. I love their cosmetic designs and the comparative ease of using their operating systems compared to many others. I am an old boy at 55 years of age, but in my HEAD, I'm only 20. Having just sold my small business and consequently getting rid of most of my IT equipment, I felt the need for a portable device with a screen larger than my iPhone for daily use.
I REALLY, oh, SO REALLY wanted an iPad, but I wanted one with the highest storage capacity available (64GB) and THAT was going to cost me a hefty £600 or thereabouts. When looked at my options I also found myself thinking that - as great as I think iPads are - they were a bigger lump to carry around with me day by day than perhaps was ideal for my purpose. (I know a lot of people DO carry them about quite happily so don't shoot me down in flames here! lol) I also found myself wanting to discover more about the new Android ICS operating system of which I was beginning to hear good reports.
Just realised I'm boring you all, so I'll get to the point...I did a lot of research and this tablet consistently kept coming up 5 star reviews from those who'd bought it. It seemed to meet all my needs and do nearly everything I thought an iPad would do for me. Consistently recommended also was seller 'Gary' of GTR Electronics ([...]) based in Scotland, so I took the plunge and bought one from him. It arrived at my door only two days later. NOTE: I know I'm going to compare it a lot to the iPad in the next couple of paragraphs, but I do so deliberately for those who, like me, would have LIKED an iPad, but for whatever reasons are now considering alternatives.
Straight out of the box I could see my Momo8 Bird was a nicely put together piece of kit. It's a great size to carry and hold, is about the same thickness as an iPad, and feels well balanced in the hand. It's lighter than an iPad - when it's in my case, I hardly notice it's there. It boots quickly and silently into the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and the screen looks VERY crisp and clear - personally, I can't see much difference to the iPad's screen except it's slightly smaller. The 8 inch screen with it's 4:3 format was my preference as I personally feel it makes reading web pages and eBooks, etc., more comfortable and realistic than the many widescreen type tablets available. It's also more than big enough to view same without having to keep 'pinching' the screen to make things bigger or smaller as you navigate around (although this also works perfectly well if you have the need to do it!).
Although I've only had the tablet a couple of days or so, everything has worked flawlessly thus far. High definition video, BBC iPlayer and News, YouTube, Skype (although I had to uninstall and reinstall the app before I got the video call option) are all operating as designed. After so long using Apple devices it took me a few hours to find my way around the 'Android 4.3 Ice Cream Sandwich' operating system, but once I HAD I found it intuitive and in many ways as easy to use as Apple's iOS5. Even high def video playback is smooth and not at all jerky. I bought a 32GB microSD card, inserted it into the slot on the unit, and it mounted automatically in seconds and was useable immediately. Together with the on board memory, I now have 40GB's of storage and, if I'm away travelling, I only have to carry extra microSD cards with me and, as they appear to be 'hot swappable', I can carry unlimited storage with me - unlike the maximum 64GB that I would have had with Apple's 'closed' devices.
If it carries on the way it is I can honestly say it's probably the best hundred quid I've ever spent. Is it an iPad? No. For example, I find scrolling on the iPad to be slightly smoother and 'cleaner'...just...er...better - I can't really put it into words. The touch screen on an iPad is just superb - the best and most sophisticated on the market - and I would argue that point with anyone.
However, whilst acknowledging that fact, the capacitive touch screen on this Momo8 is excellent and works in very much the same way - certainly much better than any other Android Tablet screen I've played with in the shops; perhaps with the exception of the 'Samsung Galaxy Tab' units which, as I'm sure you know, are priced at give or take the same level as iPads. I very much like the Apple AND the Samsung units, but I honestly don't feel that they're so much better than this Momo8 that I'd be willing to pay an extra 200 to 400 pounds to have one in preference!
On a finishing note, I've found Gary at GTR Electronics to be as efficient and as helpful as I'd heard. The few queries I've emailed him have been answered VERY quickly with just the answers and advice I needed - probably better than almost any seller I've dealt with before. Buy from him in confidence (that's 50 quid you owe me Gary mate! lol). Seriously, I've no connection with him or GTR but he's made the whole experience thus far as pleasurable as it could be, and I've no doubt if I DO experience any problems in future he'll be there for me - thanks Gary!
As a final word...GTR Electronics also sell a neoprene soft case they've had tailor made to measure for this unit. It's very cheap. Buy one at the same time as you order your Momo8 because trying to find a case to fit an 8 inch tablet in the high street is nigh on impossible, and the hard cover cases (some with built in USB keyboards built in) you can find online add CONSIDERABLY to the bulk of this slim-line unit if you've got to carry it around with you.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2012 10:31:10 BDT
Mr. C. B. Milton says:
Great review - I too would love an Ipad but as its for my daughter I cannot justify it! I will be purchasing one today!
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2012 10:54:26 BDT
Hope you're as happy with your unit as I am with mine!
Posted on 4 Jul 2012 23:02:33 BDT
If only people were as honest and thorough with their reviews as you have been! I too have a 4S and my wife has an iPad but I feel that £400+ is a lot of money for something that won't let me play my MKV videos natively on it and emulators (which I'm geeky and love using)!
Many thanks chap.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2012 00:01:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jul 2012 00:03:00 BDT
You're welcome buddy! My one failing in life is that I've always been TOO honest...and I've endured a many bruises from my wife over the years to prove it!! lol
I love my Apple kit, but kit is just that - kit - and sadly no one tool is always perfect for the job in hand. The Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS on this unit has been a refreshing change for me, and is affording me much more freedom than my Apple devices ever have.
I've been using my Momo8 now for a while and I still feel the same about it. It really does do everything I need it to and I'm very pleased I bought it. In fact, 'er indoors is also so impressed that SHE'S considering buying one for herself.
I had a small problem connecting it to the free wifi currently being offered in a McDonald's restaurant the day before yesterday - not a fault of the unit I think, but more the browser I was using; it connects fine to my home and all other networks I've tried thus far. I think I've solved that issue now, and I'll be revisiting the restaurant tomorrow to try again with my new set up. I'll report back here afterwards in case the issue is experienced by anyone else...
Thanks again for your kind words, Dave x
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2012 15:36:13 BDT
Sadly, I haven't yet been able to get back to McDonald's - I will do over the weekend! - but I did have to go to the Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock today where my Momo8 connected to the free WiFi supplied by 'The Cloud' in seconds and without problem. As I'd suspected therefore, it's definitely a Maccy D's system set up error which caused my connection problems, rather than anything wrong with my Momo8. I'll keep you updated.
Posted on 7 Jul 2012 07:54:09 BDT
Mr. D. Milligan says:
hmmm , too precise and perfect , .... I smell a rat .. a big fat rat , to me this is the seller ( through a pal or an alias ) leaving the "perfectly balanced review " ... How do you know it's "nigh on impossible"to get a case on the high street for an 8" tab when you say you've only had the item for a day or two ? .. Hmmmm , hmmmmmm , maybe others can read the "cover all angles , admit it's not an ipad, pretend not to be tech savvy but talk about screen responsiveness etc ..." ... This momo could well be a great piece of "kit " for the price but reviews like this make me think "alert , alert " ... Look between the lines for yourselves potential buyers
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2012 10:36:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jul 2012 10:50:27 BDT
lol I can see perhaps why you"re saying that, but I promise you no 'rat' is present. I have no connection with anyone producing or selling this unit apart from the fact I've bought one and at the moment am happy with it.
The 'Gary' of GTR Electronics I mention is based, I understand, somewhere in Scotland, and I am in Billericay, Essex, some 500 miles or so away. I just believe that if someone's provided good service it should be mentioned.
I have run my own small printing business for the last few years but am now retired. I was involved in a specialist form of police work before that (some will now think I'm definitely dodgy! lol)
I'm also a fan of all technology, a sad sci-fi nut, and a writer as a hobby (sadly no one has yet thought I'm good enough to publish) so my use of phrases such as 'responsiveness of the screen' is quite usual for me.
I also mentioned the case because I spent weeks researching what to buy (I'm quite anal in that...my wife says I'd subscribe to 'What Pickled Onion' magazine if it existed! lol) and couldn't find an appropriate case anywhere. There are a few of course - look here on Amazon - but they all added vastly to the bulk and weight of this tablet which I didn't want.
The GTR case I mentioned is tailor fitted to the Momo8 and serves purpose well. Having said that, I have now ordered a 'hard cover type' one (no keyboard built in...if I wanted that I would've bought a net book!) from a Chinese supplier which costs only a few quid and which is (hopefully) coming to me now by airmail. I'll give a report once I have it and see if it's any good or not!
No, no rat my friend. Buy of course what you decide is right for you and from whom you feel comfortable dealing with...in today's world your cynicism is sadly understandable.
At the moment, I am very happy and stand by all I've written here, but rest assured that should the aforementioned Momo8, GTR Electronics or Gary ever provide me with a negative experience, I shall be reporting it here truthfully as well...I have no alliegences other than those which are earned! lol
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2012 11:25:45 BDT
Gary Reid says:
Hi Mr Milligan,
Gary from GTR Electronics here.
Please be very careful about writing comments like this on Amazon forums, i.e. to suggest that I am impersonating a customer, in this case S11lko, and writing comments such as "I smell a rat .. a big fat rat , to me this is the seller". This is defamatory in the eyes of Amazon against my Seller reputation.
I'm not entirely sure where you are going with your comments. S11lko is a valued GTR Electronics customer who I've helped for the last 4 - 5 weeks in terms of choice of tablet and set up. His comments are his own. GTR Electronics is mentioned in around 75% (guess) of the 35 customer reviews to date, so I'm not sure why S11lko's is being picked on here, he certainly doesn't deserve it and neither does my brand name in the manner you have suggested.
I would recommend reviewing your comments and not to post any further ones of the same ilk, otherwise I will need to take forward with Amazon's Seller Support to have such comments removed.
Posted on 7 Jul 2012 19:42:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jul 2012 19:42:38 BDT
Mr FJ says:
Just wondered if someone has found a screen protector for this tablet, preferably here at Amazon or perhaps elsewhere.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2012 21:55:08 BDT
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