Ainol Nova Hero Dual Core 10.1″ Tablet


Description as per the seller

Review

Price Rs 12000/-
Ainol has introduced a Hero II quad core (Rs 14000) and also another tablet Novo 9 Spark (Rs 17000) with retinal display.I recommended Novo 9 to one of my friends and they had observed heating issue in the tablet.

Coming to Hero I, the tablet is good. The pros and cons as observed by me are given below.

Cons

  1. The audio jack is in an oblong designed side wall hence only Ainol Headphone fits properly. Other headphones may or may mot fit. Mostly the length of the jack is just too short in other head sets that you dont get the sound in the headphone. So it is a trial and error in choosing other head phones. This problem is rectified in Hero II as they changed the side wall design to flat one.
  2. The bottom left part which contains the home button sometimes malfunctions. If you keep the tablet upside down this issue does not crop which means it is a hardware issue. On closer scrutiny I found the screen is not properly seated in the panel leading to touch screen malfunction.This may be rectified in newer batches

Pros

  1. Cheap
  2. Value for money.
  3. Works as per the specification given by the vendor.
  4. Touch Screen is smooth
  5. The display is atleast 178 Degree visible.
  6. Provision to connect Pendrive, Micro SD Card up to 32 GB.
  7. Good Battery Life

Conclusion

So for the best low priced tablet in Indian market. The hardware issues mentioned in Cons table is insignificant. If you want to be on the safer side buy Hero II which cost marginally more. If you want to buy Hero 1. Buy.


Ainol Novo 10 Hero is the first 10.1″ tablet released by Ainol. It uses 1280×800 pixel 180 degree viewing anlge IPS capacitive screen and runs Google’s latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (the same OS on Google Nexus 7). Ainol NOVO 10 Hero is powered by a 1.5GHz AMLogic ARM 2nd generation Cortex-A9 based dual-core CPU with built-in quad-core Mali 400 GPU. It has dual-cameras – 2MP front facing webcam and 3MP rear facing camera. Ainol NOVO 10 Hero has HDMI port so that you can play video and games on your big screen HD TV. Ainol NOVO 10 Hero has Google Play (Android Market) pre-installed. It supports bluetooth 2.1, so you can connect it with bluetooth keyboard (like our uPlay wireless keyboard case) and bluetooth game controller. Ainol NOVO 10 Hero has a supper large 8000mAh battery, so you can enjoy playing game or surfing web for 8 hours without charge.

10.1″ IPS Display

Ainol NOVO 10 Hero has 10.1 inch IPS screen at 1280 x 800 high resolution made by Samsung – This resolution is higher than iPad2 and close to iPad 3. The IPS screen supports all angle viewing – you can see the picture and video clearly within the 180 degree viewing angle. IPS screen also has much better black color than the normal high resolution screen. You will be amazed the the clarity and true color of Ainol NOVO 10 Hero’s screen, particularly when playing games and watching movies and sports.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS

Google has made numerous improvements on its latest Android OS – Jelly Bean 4.1. Google used to play a catchup game with Apple iOS, but it becomes almost as good as iOS starting from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In order to release its own tablet in this Summer, Google worked with Taiwanese computer maker Asus very closely, fine tuned its OS in every detail, and released this Android 4.1, so called Jelly Bean. Ainol NOVO 10 Hero is the second tablet released by Ainol with Android 4.1 ( the first one is Ainol NOVO 7 Crystal), so Ainol has learned from its Crystal experience, and fixed bugs that found in Crystal.

Dual-Core CPU

The CPU of Ainol NOVO 10 Hero is the latest 1.5GHz dual-core AMLogic 8726-MX (ARM Cortex-A9 based) processor and Quad-Core Mali 400 GPU. AMLogic is fabless design company located in Silicon Valley. Comparing with other CPUs often seen in Chinese made tablets, AMLogic CPU is more stable and has better compatibility on apps and games. AMLogic 8726-MX is based on the latest ARM Cortex-A9, and it is made with 40nm process technology, which is about 2X faster and consumes about 1/2 power than other CPUs made by 65nm process technology. Although it is not quad-core as the Apple iPad 3, but it is faster than the dual-core CPU used in Apple iPad 2.

Bluetooth 2.1

Ainol NOVO 10 Hero supports bluetooth 2.1. Bluetooth offers huge flexibility when connecting to a third party device. It not only allows you to connect your tablet to bluetooth earphone for talking in Skype and enjoying music wirelessly, but also allows you to type with a bluetooth keyboard, or play game with a bluetooth controller. Just keep in mind, none of those keyboard are designed for 10.1 inch 16:9 tablet, therefore, it won’t fit Ainol NOVO 10 Hero as a case – you can only use it as a keyboard.

8000mAh Battery

Ainol NOVO 10 Hero uses a a super large 8000 mAh battery, while most of the 7 inch tablets’ battery is about 3000 mAh, and most of the 9.7 inch tablets’ battery is about 5000 mAh. Battery is one of the most important factors to consider when buying tablet. Most of the Chinese tablet makers are trying to use less capacity battery to reduce cost, while Ainol always selects the largest capacity battery for the best user experience. With one full charge of this 8000 mAh battery, you can listen to music for 12~15 hours, play video and 3D game 8 hours, and surf web for 8 hours. Keep in mind most of those performance tests were measured when WiFi is off or screen is off, so the real performance number will be slightly lower.

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