Ainol Novo 7 Mars - budget tablet, but does it compare to the competition?
The Novo 7 is manufactured and sold by the Chinese company Ainol Electronics. The 7 in the name of the tablet stands for the screen size. Ainol also has the Novo 8 and 5.Ainol produces tablet computers and phablet and are famous for launching the first Andorid 4.0 Ice cream sandwich tablet - the Novo 7.
At first look, the Novo 7 Mars is not that impressive. The design is clean and simple - thick black frame around the screen, metallic silver backplate, rounded edges. It's a bit thick for my liking at 10.9 mm. The default position of the tablet is in decided to be landscape.
The Ainol logo is situated in the middle of the bottom frame below the screen. The sound contro and power buttons are on the top frame on the right side of the screen. The Mini-USB, headphone jack, SD card are on the left frame of the tablet.
What I find unusual is that the tablet doesn't have a back camera. Maybe that's a good choice, after all, who takes pictures with their tablet nowadays? But anyway, it's still uncommon and peculiar at first. The only camera is in the front and it's 0.3 MP, so don't count on any great selfies.
PerformanceThe overall impression with this tablet screams 'mediocre'. The best feature is the unbelieavable price. Several Amazon offers list the Novo 7 Mars at USD 53. Other than that, the tablet doesn't have much to impress you with. The 7-inch screen is a tad small by today's standards. The Amlogic processor isn't as fast as some tablets in a similar price range. There are user complaints that some apps don't run on the Novo 7 and that factory reset will be needed at some point in the device's life.
The battery is 3700 mAh so you can't expect it to run more than a day on average use. The audio is bearable, as well as the image quality. The good thing is that it has 8 GB internal memory which can go up to 32 GB with an SD card. It has USB and Wi-Fi as well.
Display Resolution: 1024*600
Display Size: 7.0 Inches
Camera Front: 0.3MP
Data Services: Wifi, External 3G Dongle
Operating Systems: Android 4.0.3 (Ice cream sandwich)
Processor: Amlogic8726-M3 Cortex-A9(1Ghz)
RAM: 1GB DDR3
Memory Internal 8 GB
SD Card: Up to 32 GB
Battery: 3700 mAh
WLAN: Yes, 802.11 b/g/n (Realtek 8188 chip)
Video: 1080P, AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV
Special Features: G-sensor: 3 axis G-sensor
Price: USD 53