Ainol Elf 7" Android Tab with Ice Cream Sandwich and 1024x600 TFT display. £117 delivered @ Futeko - HotUKDeals - Page 2
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I know that a lot of people have been waiting for Futeko to get these in, and now they're accepting pre-orders for stock due to arrive on March 5th. Full specs are at the link and I'm sure that the comments will cover most technical issues.

One thing worth mentioning is that the Ainol Aurora is not yet available at Futeko. The Aurora is the same device but a little thinner and having a better (IPS) screen. Not sure when they're expecting them in.

BTW - did search for this deal before posting, and couldn't believe nobody has it up here yet, but if this is a dupe, please delete.

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3 Likes #41
scousethief
Cold no gps and no Bluetooth .


have you checked out the price of the tablet?
#42
I bought this from chinagrabber for 140 dollars which worked out to around £90, took about two weeks for delivery. So if you are willing to wait and take a risk with warranty then importing it from china is definitely cheaper.
1 Like #43
yes and your point is ? a bluetooth unit is pennies these days , if you dont have gps at least with bluetooth you can use a BT GPS device or sync with your phone etc etc.
#44
shohid
I bought this from chinagrabber for 140 dollars which worked out to around £90, took about two weeks for delivery. So if you are willing to wait and take a risk with warranty then importing it from china is definitely cheaper.


Did that include the 20% (approx) you can be charged for duty on non EU goods (inc shipping)?
#45
scousethief
yes and your point is ? a bluetooth unit is pennies these days , if you dont have gps at least with bluetooth you can use a BT GPS device or sync with your phone etc etc.



This has mini USB OTG. Is this ok for Bluetooth or just for charging?
#46
Does this have a full size USB port and can if be used to transfer media files i.e AVI movie files? If it has mini USB can you use an adapter so you can transfer files to and from it using a flash drive?

Edited By: DanTheManc on Feb 27, 2012 17:04
#47
Gold Feet
scousethief
yes and your point is ? a bluetooth unit is pennies these days , if you dont have gps at least with bluetooth you can use a BT GPS device or sync with your phone etc etc.



This has mini USB OTG. Is this ok for Bluetooth or just for charging?


Normally charging or for connection to a pc for file transfer.
#48
If this was 10" for the same price, I'd get one now. Other than that, specs look excellent for the price.
#49
Tempting but waiting for the Aurora
1 Like #50
Does the "G" word company that cannot be mentioned also have freakz in the title? If so can any one tell me what the issue is with them.
2 Likes #51
DanTheManc
Does this have a full size USB port and can if be used to transfer media files i.e AVI movie files? If it has mini USB can you use an adapter so you can transfer files to and from it using a flash drive?

It comes with both a short mini USB to full USB socket cable and a cable to connect to your PC. Using the short cable you can attach USB flash drives or USB keyboards or mice ( I attached a wireless keyboard/mouse ). You could play videos from an external drive.
If you attach it to your PC you can drag files onto either the internal memory or onto the micro SD card if you have inserted one.
#52
seanyd
Does the "G" word company that cannot be mentioned also have freakz in the title? If so can any one tell me what the issue is with them.
i'd like to know as well, as i was thinking of getting the aurora from them when it's available.
#53
I've had one of these for about a month bought from chinagrabber.com. Great tablet although I ended up ditching ICS as it's a bit laggy and am running 2.3.4 gingerbread with launcher pro plus which runs like a dream, all fairly easy to do and has access to android market. £117 seems like a good price, I paid around £109 and had to wait for it to ship from china.
#54
Very interested in this. Thank-you.
1 Like #55
tauran
seanyd
Does the "G" word company that cannot be mentioned also have freakz in the title? If so can any one tell me what the issue is with them.

i'd like to know as well, as i was thinking of getting the aurora from them when it's available.


Suspected self promotion (posting their own deals, getting banned, re-registering, rinse & repeat)
3 Likes #56
Is Ainol going to offer the forthcoming Android 4.85 upgrade otherwise known as Chocolate Starfish Hammeroids tablet edition ?

Edited By: spannerzone on Feb 27, 2012 17:52
3 Likes #57
I am posting this from my Elf. If you don't mind downgrade to the official Gingerbread ROM (personally, it is more like an upgrade as gingerbread on elf is much more stable and faster), Market is included in the stock ROM. No hacking is needed. Also the Gingerbread ROM is much cleaner. There is only one Chinese appkication and that is it. All are stock Android software. Gmail works, calender syncs.

Flash works okay. Though you do feel the hardware is struggling at times. However Flash can even make much more powerful computers crawl. If you are using ELF for youtube, you better use the Youtube app. Unfortunately it is not included in the ROM, but can easily fixed by searching youtube app on gogle to the apk to put it back manually.

HDMI output from the ELF is okay, but not great in my opinion.

Media files support is good. Though with certain types of fipes, video and audio can be out of sync. However this is more likely to be a software problems than a hardware issue.

After all, it is a reasonable inexpensive tablet for causal use. Hope this helps.
1 Like #58
I was following these for a while - then they brought our the Aurora which has a much better screen (IPS) for a few quid more. Was very tempted by it - but with MWC happening right now I thought I might wait until all the new devices are shown off and the price of these budget tabs falls (but then I'll prolly want a 10inch quad-core tegra packing monster)
#59
Unless I'm mistaken wouldn't it be worth paying the extra £10 for the IPS display model (Ainol Aurora) It's widely available for £125.
#60
Excuse me, "a lot of people have been waiting for a Futeko Ainol". Is that Japanese?
Don't even mention the operating system in that sentence. I've left it out for sheer decency!
#61
Hi Guys

Any chance of a bit of help for a technical no hoper?

A website I use, for streaming shares, uses Java. My current mobile on android(couple of years old) won't allow me to load Java. Will this machine with ICS allow Java, or some emulated version of it, to be used now or at any point in the future?

If not, does any current mobile type OS allow Java to be used?

Cheers for any suggestions.
#62
Can't believe how cheap these devices are now. Why anyone would want to buy the extortionately priced iPad over something like this is beyond me!

Not keen on the name though. Makes the much mocked 'Wii' name sound classy!
2 Likes #63
The mere thought of sitting down and running my finger over an Elf with Ainol written on it has me in stitches.
#64
simes
DanTheManc
Does this have a full size USB port and can if be used to transfer media files i.e AVI movie files? If it has mini USB can you use an adapter so you can transfer files to and from it using a flash drive?

It comes with both a short mini USB to full USB socket cable and a cable to connect to your PC. Using the short cable you can attach USB flash drives or USB keyboards or mice ( I attached a wireless keyboard/mouse ). You could play videos from an external drive.
If you attach it to your PC you can drag files onto either the internal memory or onto the micro SD card if you have inserted one.



Just what I wanted to hear. Thanks for the response.
#65
rufus bezak
Can't believe how cheap these devices are now. Why anyone would want to buy the extortionately priced iPad over something like this is beyond me!

Not keen on the name though. Makes the much mocked 'Wii' name sound classy!


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#66
No, got past the import duty people.

Gold Feet
shohid
I bought this from chinagrabber for 140 dollars which worked out to around £90, took about two weeks for delivery. So if you are willing to wait and take a risk with warranty then importing it from china is definitely cheaper.


Did that include the 20% (approx) you can be charged for duty on non EU goods (inc shipping)?
#67
Checkout slatedroid, new firmware has come out with hardware acceleration (_;) buttery smooth!

AnElfOwner
I am posting this from my Elf. If you don't mind downgrade to the official Gingerbread ROM (personally, it is more like an upgrade as gingerbread on elf is much more stable and faster), Market is included in the stock ROM. No hacking is needed. Also the Gingerbread ROM is much cleaner. There is only one Chinese appkication and that is it. All are stock Android software. Gmail works, calender syncs.

Flash works okay. Though you do feel the hardware is struggling at times. However Flash can even make much more powerful computers crawl. If you are using ELF for youtube, you better use the Youtube app. Unfortunately it is not included in the ROM, but can easily fixed by searching youtube app on gogle to the apk to put it back manually.

HDMI output from the ELF is okay, but not great in my opinion.

Media files support is good. Though with certain types of fipes, video and audio can be out of sync. However this is more likely to be a software problems than a hardware issue.

After all, it is a reasonable inexpensive tablet for causal use. Hope this helps.
#68
So, what videos can you play on this then, that you can output via HDMI to a TV?

Is that via netflix or such like?

Or are we talking about 'downloaded' films. I assume you can't run Itunes digitial download films on this?

Apologies if this is a stupid question, but ignoring video, what else would you use this for that I can't do on my laptop?
#69
JMack23
Unless I'm mistaken wouldn't it be worth paying the extra £10 for the IPS display model (Ainol Aurora) It's widely available for £125.



Could you enlighten us with the supplier?
#70
8gb and only upgrade another 32gb is this enough as i have no idea...?
#71
andybrock
JMack23
Unless I'm mistaken wouldn't it be worth paying the extra £10 for the IPS display model (Ainol Aurora) It's widely available for £125.



Could you enlighten us with the supplier?


I'm assuming he means by importing direct from Hong Kong/Shenzhen
#72
I love my Ainol haha. In all seriousness, i've had one of these since they were first launched (from chinagrabber) its a great little tab. Has run everything i've thrown at it. I downgraded it from ICS to 2.3.2 as I wasnt that fussed with ICS. Only thing I would say is put a screen protector on, it seems to scratch quite easily
#73
I've had mine for 1 week already..Got it from GadgetFreakz though...
Tab itself is quite good... just don't be put off by the awful unstable ICS interface you'll see at start... proper build in SlateDroid with 4.0.3 ICS
You can also downgrade to Gingerbread 2.3.4 which's also stable...

WiFi is fast...processor is ARM AllWinner and not MIPS, just for those who have bad experience with old Ainol tabs...

The main gripe so far is the viewing angle, where it almost falls in the same category like the Advent Vega... not IPS like the Aurora, but 1024x600 is really good :)
#74
So I'm guessing futeko are a HUKD approved retailer? Anyone here used them?
#75
brookheather
At time of writing (15-FEB) the latest Novo 7 Elf ICS firmware (4.0.3) does not feature Android Market. Android Market is not a integral part of the Android operating system (it is just an App itself) and the paid service is not available to China. This is why Chinese tablets are often slow to get Android Market. There are various scripts available that add Android Market to the 4.0.3 firmware, so it is available with a little work. We are hopeful that by the time our stock of Novo Elf is ready an official firmware with Market will have been released.
Isn't Gmail and Market given away freely by Google once your device has passed the Android Compatabilty Program???
Which is free for anyone to undertake.
#76
You get what you pay for.
8 Likes #77
benrussell
You get what you pay for.

Yes in this case you pay £117 and you get a nice little 7" tablet - silly man
#78
Does it have vibration?
#79
Adidas Addict
andybrock
JMack23
Unless I'm mistaken wouldn't it be worth paying the extra £10 for the IPS display model (Ainol Aurora) It's widely available for £125.



Could you enlighten us with the supplier?


I'm assuming he means by importing direct from Hong Kong/Shenzhen

I only did a cursory check via google, and you're right they are all imports from China/HK, probably looking more at £150 assuming no import duty. That said I really think it's worth the extra for the Hitachi IPS display looks pretty stunning in the YT videos online.
#80
Now Says stock 15th March ! Might as well wait for Aurora ?

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