Best Chinese Tablets for 2017
Are you interested in buying an Android tablet from China?
Are you interested in a 2017 Chinese Android tablet, but not sure what to buy?
If your answer is yes, then the Lenovo Tab 3 A7 might be a good candidate to consider. My 10 year old son has recently purchased this model with money received as a birthday gift. So here is my very honest review of this tablet. We’ve already had some issues with this tablet, although it was not of a technical nature, but worthwhile to share. I will explain the event further down in this article.
My son has been on the lookout for a tablet for quite some time. He is a big Clash of Clans and Clash Royale game fan and was borrowing my mobile phone from time to time to play his games. The five inch phone screen was however too small for him and he wanted something bigger, hence he started to lookout for a bigger device. The Tab 3 A7 ended up being the device we bought based on the promoted specifications we researched on the internet. So here is my take on the device after using it, in comparison to the published specifications and promotional material.
Size and Weight
The size and weight of the tablet is ideal for use by children and adults. My boy has been handling the tablet without any trouble. He can play his games for lengthy periods without getting tired holding the tablet, as the weight of this model is only 260 grams. He also finds it very easy to hold the tablet, while walking around, as it is very thin, about a 1/3 of an inch. It is also easy to store as it takes so little space.
Lenovo identifies this as a big selling point for this model and I have to agree with them. The compactness of the tablet makes it extremely easy to use especially for children.
Optimized for Kids
The Tab 3 allows for different user modes to be configured allowing for more flexibility when more than one user is using the device. I haven’t really explored this option in too much detail on my boy’s tablet, although I have looked at the “kids mode” which if configured allows for things like safe browsing for children. This however, although mentioned in the promotional material, is not standard on all the Lenovo Tab 3 models and could be quite frustrating to configure. I’ve found the below video quite helpful to get it configured.
The tablet is also more geared towards outdoor use than your average tablet, as it is moisture resistant, which means it can handle the odd water splash. Take note it is not fully water resistant, which means you still need to act with care when you use the tablet by the pool or at the beach. My boy has spilled some water on his tablet and I can report that the tablet could handle it without any post-incident malfunction.
Protection for your eyes.
This Lenovo model has been released with a new feature which Lenovo calls Adaptive Display Technology. The goal behind this feature is to dynamically adjust the brightness of the display based on the application in use and the lighting of the surrounding area. There is also according to promotional material a safe mode which removes all blue light from the display. I must admit that I have so far failed to get this feature configured.
Better Tablet design
This version of the tablet has been designed to allow for a better screen display in comparison to previous versions. I’ve compared the display with the display of my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and I can confirm that the display is sharper and allows for better viewing angles. I’ve found the 7 inch tablet size quite easy to handle.
The 5 MP rear camera and the 2 MP front camera are very much the same as previous Lenovo tablets. The quality of the cameras are very good and it is quite a good selfie camera. I however prefer using phone cameras rather than tablet cameras due to the size of the device.
Quality of photo taken with Lenovo Tab 3 A7
I’ve found this tablet to be quite responsive with no unnecessary lag. This is because of the very good Quad Core processor and the 1 Gigabyte on-board memory.
I’ve mentioned in the introduction, that we’ve already had some issues with this tablet and you might have wondered, what I was referring to. The specific issue relates to the screen and the fact that the material that the screen is made out of, is in my opinion not strong enough. My son forgot his tablet in his bed, under his duvet. Not thinking about this, he actually pressed with his knee on top of the tablet , while getting back into bed. Although this did not break the outer layer of the screen, it actually cracked the inner touch-pad rendering the tablet basically useless. I inspected the tablet in more detail post the incident, finding that the outer screen is way too flexible allowing for unnecessary pressure on the inner touch-pad. Lenovo has designed it in this way to keep production costs down. I’ve compared it with my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet and have found that the outer screen of the Samsung is more sturdy. Luckily for my son, we had no problem in getting the inner touch-pad replaced by Lenovo, be it for our own cost, as the warranty did not cover this type of event. So it is important to buy a protective cover for your tablet as it will provide the necessary extra support for the screen.
Please see below some images of the cracked inner screen.
To ensure that we don't get a repeat of this very unfortunate event, I bought the below Lenovo cover for this model tablet.
The Battery Life
I’ve found the average battery life of the tablet a bit frustrating as it is advertised as 8 hours, although I found it to be closer to 6 hours. This is however still way above the general average for mid-range Android tablets.
Conclusion – Did we buy the right tablet?
Overall I can definitely say that this Lenovo Tab 3 7 inch tablet, has got more pros than cons and that it has been the right decision for us to purchase this model. It requires some extra care, if it is used by a child, but this should not distract from the brilliant specifications you get, at a very affordable price.
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General Tablet Information and Advice Area
What is Android?
Many people, including some companies and sales assistants use the word Android, without actually knowing what they are talking about. See below some important facts about Android:
- It is an operating system, based on the Linux operating system.
- The design of it was funded by the Google Corporation.
- It has been taking the market by storm.
- It is giving Apple's iOS operating system a run for their money.
- It is primarily geared towards devices which range from phones to tv set top boxes.
- Every version is named after a favorite dessert or sweet. e.g Ice Cream Sandwich, Lollipop, KitKat etc.
- There is a big community of Android developers using various tools to develop Android Apps.
- Some of the tools currently in use to develop Android Applications are the following: Android Studio, Eclipse with the Android SDK, Visual studio using Xamarin.
Why do I like Android devices?
This is a question that you may also have, if you are reading my hub. So, let me explain where my love for tablets come from. There are so many improvements that has come about, as a result of the investment in hand-held devices. See my list below:
- Hand-held devices are starting to play an increasingly important role in the area of medicine.
- Hand-held reading devices has made it possible for many people to be introduced to educational books and classic stories that they would not have had exposure to previously.
- Hand-held devices are used in day to day outdoor jobs, bringing the office to a place where it would have been impossible in the past.
- These devices, with the help of the Android operating system, are able to assist one in tracking exercises and fitness levels.
- It has made the world of the GPS accessible to the man in the street.
Do you have a question?
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What are the most Important Features that you should be looking out for? - See if these answer some of your questions.
Are you uncertain as to what specifications are crucial to review, when buying a tablet? If the answer is yes, then the below summarized information will be of help.
Selecting a tablet with a good screen is critical. Look out for the following words, multi-touch, capacitive, IPS. Steer clear if resistive or tft is mentioned.
- Weight and Size
Remember that a tablet is a hand held device, so it is important to look at the weight. If you look at a 7 inch model then you should not be going for anything heavier than 600g. Tablets bigger than 9.7 inch should not be heavier than 750g.
- Battery Life
Battery strength from 5000 mAh upwards is desired.
July 2017 Edition
What is the latest popular tablet from HTC?
For this months review, I am having a fresh look at another player in the Android tablet arena. In this edition I will have a quick look at one of the most popular Android tablets that has been making some serious waves. The tablet is produced by the well known technology manufacturer HTC. You might be thinking that HTC is not Chinese, but to set the record straight, the company is based in Taiwan. So it is not on the mainland, but the brand has its origins in the Orient.
So let me introduce the number three of this month! For number three, I am focusing on the Google Nexus 9 Tablet, manufactured by HTC.
The important thing about the Nexus 9 is the size. It has been designed at 8.9 inches to ensure you have a device that is not too big for general use, but also not too small to be practical as an e-book reader, video screen or general work device. The back of the tablet is furthermore fitted with a soft grip to make it easier to hold. It has also been designed to be not too heavy. The overall tablet design is sturdy and it does not come across as being flimsy or plastic.
This tablet was also one of the first Android Lollipop devices on the market.
The tablet sports the latest in tablet audio capabilities, fitted with the latest HTC Boomsound speakers.
A lot of effort went into ensuring the device is responsive under heavy load and it has been fitted with a 64 bit processor. It has 16 GB on board storage and 2 GB RAM.
It has also been fitted with an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.6 MP front camera.
It is important to note that Nexus tablets don't have SD card slots, so this is something to keep in mind if you wanted to store lots of files on your device.
All in all I have been bowled over by this device, in all areas. It is real quality!
Holiday 2016/2017 Edition
Holiday Edition - a New Ice Cool Tablet from Lenovo!
Autumn / Winter has arrived and with a fresh climate being experienced in nature, I thought it might be a good idea to look at some new innovations on the tablet front. Lenovo has released an updated version to their very popular Yoga range. The Yoga range became popular due to the addition of a balance extention that provided various positions to place the tablet, making it easier to read or watch content on the screen. Lenovo has now released their latest Yoga tablet, the Yoga 3. The Yoga has got all the placement settings of previous models, as well as a new setting that allows for the tablet to hang. The tablet specifications have also been updated with the most impressive specification, the 18 hour battery life, as well as a 180 degree rotatable 8 MP camera.
The Yoga 3 has got a crisp and clear HD display, which I found perfect for browsing the web, reading my e-books, as well as, playing my favorite game, Clash of Clans!
Overall I've been extremely impressed with this tablet. You can read more about the specifications lower down on this hub.
Early to Mid Year Edition 2016
Welcome to a new year with new exciting technologies to look forward to. As usual the year kicked off with the big Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from 6 to 9 January. For this short edition I will quickly focus on the latest tablet from Huawei announced at the show.
Huawei announced the Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 at the show, which from all reports is going to be very popular. The features which have caught my eye are the following: This tablet has got 4 speakers which is a first for a tablet. There is enhanced security with a new generation fingerprint scanner that will ensure your information is kept secure. The tablet comes with a stylus that complements the new enhanced touch screen. The premium edition of the tablet has 64 GB on board memory which is going to be very handy. The tablet has got quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex A53 CPU which provides ample processing power. The weight for such a big tablet is also quite good as it only weighs 500 grams. The 10.1 inch IPS screen is of exceptional quality with images looking crisp and clear. Both cameras on the tablet 13 MP and 5 MP take quality shots. The battery life is reported to be also very good. The tablet is only 7.35 mm thin with a sturdy metallic casing. Overall this tablet is very good quality and will be worth every penny spend on it. The price will be in the 400 EUR price group.
January / February 2015 Edition: ASUS a Taiwanese manufacturer, but still Chinese.
With the dawn of 2015 and the 2015 International CES Exibition in Las Vegas a thing of the past, I've decided to extend the focus of this hub including reviews of Taiwanese manufactured tablets. The Taiwanese technology industry has had a head start over their mainland cousins and has definitely got a more developed after care and support infrastructure.
This month I've decided to focus on the ASUS Corporation and especially on the 16 GB, 7 inch ASUS MeMO Pad. The exact model number is ME170CX. This tablet is one of the few 16 GB, Intel dual core tablets available for under $100.
One of the main features of this 7 inch tablet is its compact design at 4.3 inch wide, allowing for easy storage in handbags or satchels. It only weighs 0.63 pounds!
The ME170CX also sports a new ASUS designed Android Launcher called ZenUI that has been quite popular. ZenUI has been designed to embrace intuitive usage and ensures that the most important applications are at your fingertips.
With 16 GB storage and 64 GB extension capabilities, there is enough room for many photos and documents on this tablet. I've been quite impressed with the new camera technology on this tablet that even caters for a "selfie" mode. The 1.2 GHz ME170CX is one of the entry level models, with the top of the range 8 inch model ME181C, sporting a Quad Core processor.
There has been some very positive verified customer reviews of this tablet and I therefore feel quite comfortable to also add my voice to the choir praise singers of this very well designed tablet.
Please check further down on this hub for more info about this tablet.
What is your opinion w.r.t. manufacturer market share?
Do you think Chinese tablet manufacturers will be giving Samsung competition in 2015?
- 76% Yes, I believe Chinese manufacturer's, market share will increase in 2015, at the expense of Samsung.
- 24% No, I believe that Samsung will retain its market share, staying the second biggest manufacturer after Apple.
This poll is now closed to voting.
December Holiday 2014 Edition: Looking for a budget tablet as a Christmas present?
Christmas 2014 is upon us and most of us are busy finalizing our gift lists. Black Friday has come and gone and the stats show an 11% drop in sales this year. Most first world economies are struggling and consumers are really making doubly sure that they get the best price for what they are buying. This is no different when it comes to tablets. As the Chinese technology has matured further in 2014, I've decided to have a quick look at budget tablets from China, that will make good gifts for this Christmas season.
My first choice as a value for money tablet is the iRulu 7 inch tablet. This tablet has got a 4 star review from Amazon customers and has got a very good price for the functionality available. See below for some of the functionality:
- CPU Processor: Allwinner A23 (2x1.5GHZ)
- Operating System:Google Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- Resolution: 800*480
- RAM: 512 MB DDR3
- Storage:16 GB
- Battery: 3.7V 3000mAh
Please see further below for more details about this tablet.
For the first time in quite some time I am including an a tablet exclusively for kids as well, namely the iRulu Y1 Kids Dual Core Google Android Tablet. This is tablet has specifically designed with kids in mind and comes with some pre installed Android applications for kids. Please see below a summary of some of the features:
- CPU Processor: Dual Core 1.2 GHz
- Operating System: Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- Resolution: 800*480
- RAM: 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM
- Storage:16 GB
- Battery: 2400 mAh
Please see further below for more details about this tablet.
You can read further on this page about my Top 5 selection for December 2014. Please leave questions and comments at the bottom of this page. Enjoy this months information and may you have a blessed Holiday.
November 2014 Edition: Is the 7 inch Chuwi VX3 any good?
This month, we are having a quick look at the 7 inch Chuwi VX3. See below a quick summary to facilitate the detail I provide further down:
- CPU: MTK6592, 28NM Cortex A7, Octa Core 1.7 Ghz
- Operating System: Android 4.4.2
- Memory: 2GB
- Storage: 16GB
- Screen: 7.0 inch IPS capacitive touch screen(5-point)
- Screen resolution: 1920 x 1200 Pixel
- Camera: camera: 2.0 Mps and Back camera: 8.0 Mps
- Battery: 1 Li-polymer 3.7V / 3000mAh battery
- Weight: 256g
The Chuwi VX3 is also one of the new generation Octa-Core devices coming from the east. It is fitted with a Mediatek MTK6592, 28NM Cortex A7 octa core processor, that provides light speed performance. It has got only 16 GB on board storage, which in my opinion is too little if you are planning to make full use of the Android App store. Ideally 32 GB, would have been more desired. The 2 GB RAM is definitely enough for normal usage. The general opinion is that the 8 Mps back camera and 2 Mps front camera are sufficient for normal use. There has been some complaints however about the 3.7V / 3000mAh battery that doesn't offer the same level of battery life than what the opposition manufacturers offer. The Chuwi is loaded with the latest Android KitKat (4.4.2).
All in all, the Chuwi VX3 have got very good display, good performance and the latest operating system, it however has got an average battery life, which is something that any prospective purchaser, must keep in mind.
You can review my top picks for November 2014 lower down on this Hub.
October 2014 Edition: Short Review of the Xiaomi MiPad
The month of October is upon us. This month I am briefly focusing on the Xiaomi MiPad tablet which had quite an impact, when it was released in July. Xiaomi is known as the "The Apple of China" and its first tablet to be released, do resemble the iPad quite closely. This astonishingly as it may seem, have actually worked in Xiaomi's favor. Their products, especially mobile phones are very popular due to the quality and price. So without further a do, let us have a look at the 7.9 inch MiPad. The outer casing feels sturdy, although it does have a "plastic" look. This however does not distract too much, from the actual power hidden inside!
This tablet is packed with quality specifications. It is the first mobile device to sport the new Tegra K1 chip-set, rated the fastest for mobile computing.The Quad core processor deliver processing speeds up to 2.2 GHz, which is enough for a frustrating free user experience. It is loaded with the latest Android 4.4 or commonly called Kitkat. The 6700 mAh battery does provide good usage life. Storage can be extended to 128 GB, enough for a lot of music and movies. It also has an 8 MP back camera and a 5 MP front camera. Overall the Xiaomi MiPad is a good example of the cutting edge technology currently available in China.
September 2014 Edition: The Octa Core Processor is the Flavor of the Month.
September is here and this month, I will have a brief look at the new Octa Core PiPO T9 which features the Mediatek MTK 65892 Cortex A7, 1.7GHz, Octa-core processor. This Processor provides the necessary processing power to allow for a great user experience. The T9 has been fitted with two cameras, a 13 MP auto-focus camera at the back of the device and a 2 MP camera at the front. The guys at PiPO has also put a powerful battery (7300 mAh) in this 8.9 inch device. So all in all, this item is definitely one that you should be looking out for. From a popularity point of view, PiPO is pipping (no pun intended) Lenovo at the moment. The new sporty Foneso tablets have also been quite popular.
Each month, I create a list of my top four favorite tablets, which you can read about further down this Hub.
More Chinese Tablet Reviews
Compare the new Lenovo IdeaTab A8-50 8-Inch with the ASUS MeMO Pad ME181C-A1-BK 8-Inch.
Comparison:Lenovo IdeaTab A8-50 8-Inch vs. ASUS MeMO Pad ME181C
Lenovo IdeaTab A8-50
ASUS MeMO Pad ME181C
MediaTek MTK 8121 1.3 GHz
Intel Atom quad-core processor 1.33 GHz
Intel HD Graphics
Android 4.4 KitKat
Internal storage capacity
microSD(TF) up to 32GB
microSD (TF) up to 64 GB
8 inch Capacitive 1200 x 800
8 inch Capacitive IPS 1280x800
Battery / Run Time (up to)
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