GEM10312S JoyTAB 9.7" Capacitive Tablet Android PC 16GB Silver £64.99 @ Box.co.uk
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GEM10312S JoyTAB 9.7" Capacitive Tablet Android PC 16GB Silver £64.99 @ Box.co.uk

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Found 4th Oct 2013
I bought the 9.7" Joytab back when the price dropped to £69.99 back in May. Now it's a fiver cheaper. I'm very pleased with the tablet. Not the latest machine but a great price for a branded tablet from a UK dealer.
I have included the 7" Gem 7112 Joytab as well in the title instead of posting two deals. A bargain at £29.99
Hope this is ok.

EDIT : I have removed the 7 " tablet from the title as it has sold out. Thanks to those that
let me know. And thanks for all your comments. Ps Maybe I should have made it clear that this is not an Ipad for £65!!


Specifications (for the 9.7" tablet)

CPU ARM Cortex Processor
Graphics Mali-400 3D Accelerator (OpenGL VE 2.0)
Display 9.7" 1024x768 Capacitive 5 Point Multi Touch
OS Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Storage 16GB (Up to 32GB with Micro SD)
RAM 1GB RAM
Webcam Front 0.3M, Back 2 Megapixel
Battery 8000mAh

Specifications (for the 7" tablet)

box.co.uk/GEM…tml

CPU RK2906 (ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz)
Display 7" 800x480 Capacitive 5 Point Multi Touch
OS Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Storage 8GB (Up to 32GB with Micro SD)
RAM 512MB RAM
Webcam Front 0.3 Megapixel
Battery 3000mAh

52 Comments

Slow CPU for the 9.7" but OK for general basic use.

The screen is horrible to use - this is compared to an ipad.

wlyt

The screen is horrible to use - this is compared to an ipad.


I would echo this sentiment.

I've had the chance to extensively test the 9.7" model as I'm selling it for a friend, and I also have experiance with a 7" natpc. What I have found is that the screens on these types of tablets are not very sensitive at all. The Gemini seems to require you to use your finger flat with not a hint of using the "tip" in order to register a touch. Also, the bottom menu buttons are incredibly frustrating and make this problem more striking. Similarly the screen is pretty unappealing to look at.

Of course, in this price range you can't expect it to perform like an ipad or nexus tablet. Depending on what you want to use it for it could prove to be a very shrewed buy. It is especially ideal for playing youtube vids for the kids or something similar.

Personally, I probably wouldn't get anything other than an ipad, and I would pay the premium for that. This is coming from someone who had several of the old windows mobile phones and moved onto android and currently has a Note II & Nexus 4. Similarily I have tried Windows Phone and iOS and prefer Android, but when it comes to tablets I'm of the opinion that the ipad is the way to go and iOS and the specified apps are more catered to a tablet. Android is improving in regards to tablets but I'd still opt for an ipad given the choice.

If you don't want to spend more for a Nexus or iPad, and just want a cheap tablet to perform basic tasks such as watching youtube vids and browsing (although the screen sensitivity may annoy you), then this is probably a better bet than some of the unbranded similar type tablets. If you're expecting iPad or Nexus type performance, and if you think the screen will annoy you, then it's probably best to spend a bit more and get something else.

Voted hot though

Edited by: "chris2010uk" 4th Oct 2013

As an electronics engineer I tinker with faulty stuff, I just picked up a non working 7 inch joy tab for a tenner, had it apart and it's a faulty battery which was stamped with the date 28-11-12, so the battery has to totally failed in less than a year.

I would advise not to buy one of these (you gets what you pay for) on the upside though I managed to source a new battery from dx.com for under £6 delivered.
Buy an iPad or if you're on a budget pay a bit more for a nexus7 galaxy2 or kindle.

wlyt

The screen is horrible to use - this is compared to an ipad.



Well compared to an iPad it will be - it's like comparing the ride in a top-of-the-range Jaguar to that in a basic trim nissan Micra.

But look at the price difference !! In the same way that the Micra will get you to the shops just as well as the Jag will, this tablet will allow most people to surf/read ebooks/get their music/movies/audiobooks/electronic newspapers just as am ipad will (and without being tied to Apple)
Okay it isn't as fast, it may not be as sharp, but it does the job well enough for many of us, at a fraction of the price.

Have some heat OP .

comparing an iPad to a cheap tablet like this is hilarious. It is what it is. Which is a cheap tablet. I have a Gemini tablet myself and I havr no complaints bearing in mind what I paid.

Heat

It appears the 9.7" version is brand new, at £64.99 its a steel.

The 7" version is being sold as grade 'A'
Products are in good condition, light signs of use.
Factory restored.
Light signs of wear on keyboard and mouse.
Outer casing may have light scratches.
Will have no missing/broken parts.
6 months return to base warranty (customer to return at own cost).
We cannot guarantee battery life.
Item may come plain brown boxed.


I agree with Dryosh statement, most of these cheaper brand tablets fail prematurely on battery performance. Cheap inferior made batteries from China with no money spent in there working design, made to last 12 months if you are lucky.

You may end up with a tablet that will not work unless its plugged in at the wall power socket, grade A, B, or items sold as refurbished can be one of the main reasons the cheaper Android tablet has a terrible name when it comes to battery life. DOA (dead on arrival) battery block etc seems to be one of the most talked about complaints from customers.

You also get the same problem with the cheaply made phones from China, the batteries don't last not even 1 hour.



Edited by: "Da11as" 4th Oct 2013

Box.co.uk are selling on ebay HERE! same prices but indervidual listings.

Original Poster

The Gem 7112 in my posting is new for £30 ,not grade A

box.co.uk/GEM…tml

I have got both these tablets and they are good for the money.

Same company selling on ebay the same product at the same price, being sold as 'Seller Refurbished' several of them. HERE!

Seems very odd, I wonder what customers will receive when buying direct from their website ?
Edited by: "Da11as" 5th Oct 2013

Dryosh

As an electronics engineer I tinker with faulty stuff, I just picked up a … As an electronics engineer I tinker with faulty stuff, I just picked up a non working 7 inch joy tab for a tenner, had it apart and it's a faulty battery which was stamped with the date 28-11-12, so the battery has to totally failed in less than a year.I would advise not to buy one of these (you gets what you pay for) on the upside though I managed to source a new battery from dx.com for under £6 delivered.



So you got a working tablet for £16 and then advise people to spend £200 on a branded model. Not really understanding the logic on this.

Perhaps you are implying that all batteries on cheap tablets are bad chinese jobs, then why would an electronics engineer buy from dx.com who are known to supply cheap unreliable batteries from china?

I've got 2 cheap tablets from China with known names that still keep a long battery charge which were purchased almost a year ago. The key is... research what you buy before laying down your money! The difference between expensive crap and cheap crap is knowing which crap is value for money.
Edited by: "GuruMeditationError" 5th Oct 2013

chris2010uk

I would echo this sentiment.I've had the chance to extensively test the … I would echo this sentiment.I've had the chance to extensively test the 9.7" model as I'm selling it for a friend, and I also have experiance with a 7" natpc. What I have found is that the screens on these types of tablets are not very sensitive at all. The Gemini seems to require you to use your finger flat with not a hint of using the "tip" in order to register a touch. Also, the bottom menu buttons are incredibly frustrating and make this problem more striking. Similarly the screen is pretty unappealing to look at.Of course, in this price range you can't expect it to perform like an ipad or nexus tablet. Depending on what you want to use it for it could prove to be a very shrewed buy. It is especially ideal for playing youtube vids for the kids or something similar.Personally, I probably wouldn't get anything other than an ipad, and I would pay the premium for that. This is coming from someone who had several of the old windows mobile phones and moved onto android and currently has a Note II & Nexus 4. Similarily I have tried Windows Phone and iOS and prefer Android, but when it comes to tablets I'm of the opinion that the ipad is the way to go and iOS and the specified apps are more catered to a tablet. Android is improving in regards to tablets but I'd still opt for an ipad given the choice.If you don't want to spend more for a Nexus or iPad, and just want a cheap tablet to perform basic tasks such as watching youtube vids and browsing (although the screen sensitivity may annoy you), then this is probably a better bet than some of the unbranded similar type tablets. If you're expecting iPad or Nexus type performance, and if you think the screen will annoy you, then it's probably best to spend a bit more and get something else.Voted hot though



I hope you haven't just copied and pasted your friend's advert as honesty isn't always the best policy when it comes to selling

GuruMeditationError

So you got a working tablet for £16 and then advise people to spend £200 o … So you got a working tablet for £16 and then advise people to spend £200 on a branded model. Not really understanding the logic on this.Perhaps you are implying that all batteries on cheap tablets are bad chinese jobs, then why would an electronics engineer buy from dx.com who are known to supply cheap unreliable batteries from china?I've got 2 cheap tablets from China with known names that still keep a long battery charge which were purchased almost a year ago. The key is... research what you buy before laying down your money! The difference between expensive crap and cheap crap is knowing which crap is value for money.


Spot on. I couldn't have phrased it better. Some people have a total lack of value for money sense.

GuruMeditationError

So you got a working tablet for £16 and then advise people to spend £200 o … So you got a working tablet for £16 and then advise people to spend £200 on a branded model. Not really understanding the logic on this.Perhaps you are implying that all batteries on cheap tablets are bad chinese jobs, then why would an electronics engineer buy from dx.com who are known to supply cheap unreliable batteries from china?I've got 2 cheap tablets from China with known names that still keep a long battery charge which were purchased almost a year ago. The key is... research what you buy before laying down your money! The difference between expensive crap and cheap crap is knowing which crap is value for money.


chemeng

Spot on. I couldn't have phrased it better. Some people have a total lack … Spot on. I couldn't have phrased it better. Some people have a total lack of value for money sense.



My point was you can spend £65 on this cheap tat and have it less than a year (good luck claiming any warranty) or spend a bit more and have it last considerably longer, your average person isn't going to know how or even attempt a repair on a tablet, I did it because it's my job and hobby, I personally use an iPad mini the cheap joy tab will be given to my two year old to use for watching videos of tractors on you tube and educational games/apps etc, I don't then have to worry if he launches it across the room or gets it covered in jam.

So to recap spend £129 on a galaxy tab and have it last 3 years or end up buying 2 or 3 of these cheap rubbish, trust me I've stripped it down and they are just re branded crap you buy from china for £30.

Da11as

It appears the 9.7" version is brand new, at £64.99 its a steel. The 7" … It appears the 9.7" version is brand new, at £64.99 its a steel. The 7" version is being sold as grade 'A'Products are in good condition, light signs of use.Factory restored.Light signs of wear on keyboard and mouse.Outer casing may have light scratches.Will have no missing/broken parts.6 months return to base warranty (customer to return at own cost).We cannot guarantee battery life.Item may come plain brown boxed.I agree with Dryosh statement, most of these cheaper brand tablets fail prematurely on battery performance. Cheap inferior made batteries from China with no money spent in there working design, made to last 12 months if you are lucky. You may end up with a tablet that will not work unless its plugged in at the wall power socket, grade A, B, or items sold as refurbished can be one of the main reasons the cheaper Android tablet has a terrible name when it comes to battery life. DOA (dead on arrival) battery block etc seems to be one of the most talked about complaints from customers. You also get the same problem with the cheaply made phones from China, the batteries don't last not even 1 hour.



When the battery goes the whole tab fails, you can't run it off a wall plug, I pulled the battery out and put 3.7v to the motherboard and it worked perfect, so as I said I got a cheap and slightly higher capacity battery off dx.

Yeah it's cheap but if it lasts 6-8 months I'm happy with that but not if I payed £65, the original is 3000mAH 3.7v the one I bought is 3600mAH 3.7v.

Buyers Keep a note of this link, you will need it in 8 months lol.
dx.com/p/4…239

I think for the price, as long as you are not expecting mid to higher end device quality & build this tablet is good enough for most people.

I bought two of them the last time around and there have been some issues.

1. Bluetooth keyboard did not work properly on one unit - Gemini sent a replacement out and we sent the old one back.

2. On the same tablet, which works pretty well in most instances there's some sort of bug when filling out forms on a website - you get so far then you can't input text - going to suggest a factory reset for this as Gemini have no clue why this would (or could) happen?

The responsiveness of the screen can be lacking at times and the resolution won't win over your friends but it's a much better bet than buying a nameless Chinatab at the end of the day IMHO.

It's actually quite a weighty tablet to be honest so if you are used to lightweight tablets this one will give you a work out.

Some apps will not rotate on this device, in the direction you want or need - so that means various buttons will get pressed when it's resting on your lap - definite design fault/flaw!

For £65 and a 9.7" screen - I'm not sure there are any better value options out there? The BT keyboard alone must be worth £20 surely?

Why does every idiot compare a cheap tablet to an iPad???
Get over it you tools, and look at the deal for what it is.......A CHEAP TABLET!

I need another tablet in my life.

The JoyTAB 7 has a terrible screen - fuzzy, grainy, stripy and washed out. Be warned, it is the worst screen I have every seen in a device since the Siemens S10. It also has a range of software issues.

It seems the screen of the JoyTAB 9.7 is slightly better, but it is even less reliable. You certainly can't argue with the price, but I would still hesitate.
Edited by: "MrPuddington" 5th Oct 2013

PS: Groupon also a has a cheap large tablet, but I have gotten very very skeptical of their deals... usually they are offloading items that have serious flaws.

Been happy with the Joytab 9.7 I got the from the last hotukdeal deal a while back.

Use it daily and does everything I need it for.

good price for size - but does it work!

mattcanning

The Gem 7112 in my posting is new for £30 ,not grade … The Gem 7112 in my posting is new for £30 ,not grade Ahttp://www.box.co.uk/GEM7112_-_JoyTAB_7_Tablet_PC_8GB_1270431.htmlI have got both these tablets and they are good for the money.



Great deals but the Gem7112 doesn't seem to have a back facing camera (just a 0.3 forward facing webcam)? Could you please confirm, thanks.

Blitz3n

Why does every idiot compare a cheap tablet to an iPad???Get over it you … Why does every idiot compare a cheap tablet to an iPad???Get over it you tools, and look at the deal for what it is.......A CHEAP TABLET!

There's one character flaw that I've noticed in a high percentage of people that refer to other people as idiots...

My mum has a 7" joytab and I echo what others have said about the screen being slow to respond to touch. I find it very frustrating and I am comparing the 80 pounds joytab to a 60 pounds Chinese pad and my own Asus HD7.

In its favour, the joytab is well built, with a metal rear case, and its spec is OK for the price. The screen responsiveness is a heartbreaker to me, but my mum is OK with it.

I picked up one of these when on offer refurb from misco, it was quite decent all round, EXCEPT - The screen really sucks. Was misadvertised as ips (they do make an ips model, but not found one in the wild myself)

Mine was faulty anyway (the battery woudnt hold a charge) but it would have gone back regardless. Got myself a nook 9 hd instead just recently, much better idea. If there's one thing you can't skimp on its the screen!

I had one of these earlier in the year, and sent back after a day. You know what they say - buy cheap but twice!

it was heavy, bulky, cheap feeling and the screen was poor quality low res and unresponsive.

I cannot recommend it.

on the other hand the nook HD I got for £70, rooted and running CM10.1 is pretty awesome. I use it all the time.

we also have an iPad 2 - but the Kidd pretty much own that!

I have the 9.7" Joytab. The viewing angles are poor, but I can just about deal with it; However, the touch screen is so unreliable that playing games is near impossible and surfing is annoying, as you try to click and drag, and it detects a double tap, so zooms instead. Although it does detect some sort of touch about 95% of the time perhaps.

It is hard to recommend, and I would advise saving the money and putting it towards a more reliable units (Fire, Nexus etc).

I realise people have budget constraints, but sometimes its better to not waste your money and avoid disappointment.

I do get some use out of it with the Kindle app, and watching Youtube videos on the exercise bike (using a homemade stand from perspex).

I have also had about 6 months use out of the battery, although it has not been heavy use, so can not comment on the quality of the battery at the moment.

Can people please stop comparing tablets in highish, medium and low price brackets to Apple products.

Apple are in the premium price bracket therefore your comparisons are useless and waste forum space for people who genuinely don't have the funds or desire to spend that kind of money.

The pro/con Apple debates rage on throughout the web so post your comments there please.

Blitz3n

Why does every idiot compare a cheap tablet to an iPad???Get over it you … Why does every idiot compare a cheap tablet to an iPad???Get over it you tools, and look at the deal for what it is.......A CHEAP TABLET!


exactly. I want a tablet for my daughter who breaks everything anyway so I dont want to pay a fortune. we have gone through 2 ipods in the last 18months alone so as long as she can go on youtube and play angry birds I wiould be happy with this

mattcanning

The Gem 7112 in my posting is new for £30 ,not grade … The Gem 7112 in my posting is new for £30 ,not grade Ahttp://www.box.co.uk/GEM7112_-_JoyTAB_7_Tablet_PC_8GB_1270431.htmlI have got both these tablets and they are good for the money.


I agree for £30 you won't do better from a UK supplier.

MrPuddington

PS: Groupon also a has a cheap large tablet, but I have gotten very very … PS: Groupon also a has a cheap large tablet, but I have gotten very very skeptical of their deals... usually they are offloading items that have serious flaws.


And they normally add on another £9.99 delivery charge

Da11as

Box.co.uk are selling on ebay HERE! same prices but indervidual listings.



Thanks for the ebay link which is free postage, the new 7" tab is showing not available and the refurb one from the box site costs an extra £4.99 postage

Joytab : Redefining the meaning of joy

Banned

wlyt

The screen is horrible to use - this is compared to an ipad.



why not compared to a 4k tv?

I have two of these for work use. They're good tablets, however I find that web browsers are unusable. They're so slow to respond, even typing on them is incredibly difficult. I've tried several different browsers including chrome and the default browser that ships with it. The weird this is that in all apps the keyboard's fine. Can't understand it. Screen looks good though, battery life is good, very good for the money.

Hoootttt:)

Dryosh

When the battery goes the whole tab fails, you can't run it off a wall … When the battery goes the whole tab fails, you can't run it off a wall plug, I pulled the battery out and put 3.7v to the motherboard and it worked perfect, so as I said I got a cheap and slightly higher capacity battery off dx.Yeah it's cheap but if it lasts 6-8 months I'm happy with that but not if I payed £65, the original is 3000mAH 3.7v the one I bought is 3600mAH 3.7v.Buyers Keep a note of this link, you will need it in 8 months lol. http://dx.com/p/458090-3-7v-3600mah-lithium-polymer-battery-for-tablets-mp3-mp4-cellphone-more-silver-214239

I echo Jamgin's comment. I bought the 9.7 PRO in the last hotukdeal for £80-ish and use it daily for emails, browsing, facebook, skype and have even attached a dongle with a £10 Ovivo data sim for when WiFi isn't available . Everything works a treat and is reasonably fast. Battery still lasts about 4 hours in constant use. Perhaps I was lucky and got a good one. I'm delighted with it.

The wife has the latest iPad which cost a packet and wishes she had saved her money and bought the Joytab at a fraction of the cost.

I've just ordered my daughter the 9.7 PRO as she's seen mine and is impressed. Hope I get another good one.
Edited by: "jtmclean" 5th Oct 2013
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