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Is the rooting stable now on the new nooks? I read that there were crashing issues with the custom roms?
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Is the rooting stable now on the new nooks? I read that there were crashing issues with the custom roms?
Its still not perfect but it is very much improved with the hybrid sd card mod You know how it works time fixes most things
 
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I have also been looking into a no-name tablet because I want an 8", but haven't really been able to convince myself. Anyways, to get to the point, you can pick up a nice 10" ASUS TF700 (their best Tegra 3 platform) for $279 for used/very good condition from Amazon's warehouse deals: ASUS 32Gb TF700T-B1-GR 10.1-Inch Tablet
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I´m game to try no names, I´m seriously looking at a Hyundai T7s at the moment, Specs wise , there is nothing close to it
I say do a lot of research , if it´s´even a half descent product you´ll find a video on youtube if the comments are in other languages Just google translate it, at least you get an idea of the items general feedback.

Here´s a few no names before they were household names.
Lucky Goldstar - LG
Matsu****a Electric Corporation of America - Panasonic
Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo K.K - Sony
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I´m game to try no names, I´m seriously looking at a Hyundai T7s at the moment, Specs wise , there is nothing close to it
I say do a lot of research , if it´s´even a half descent product you´ll find a video on youtube if the comments are in other languages Just google translate it, at least you get an idea of the items general feedback.

Here´s a few no names before they were household names.
Lucky Goldstar - LG
Matsu****a Electric Corporation of America - Panasonic
Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo K.K - Sony

I was hoping for some strong performance from the Rockchip 3188 (china quad core). I've been waiting since march to see what tablets would be on offer. I think the biggest concern with these no-name brands is warranty. And second, trying to find one with a decent IPS panel. I've also read bad reviews on battery power.
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I actually used to work for B&N mainly working at the nook kiosk, ( the last 'new' one when i worked there was the original nook color ) they were crap quite frankly, and haven't looked at any of the new ones

Sorry, but you're wrong. Compared to what was out at the time, the nook color was a fine tablet at a good price. The innards and resolution are definitely inferior to whats available today but at the time, it was a competitive device. All the nook devices can be customized to run CM 10/10.1 too and have sd card slots which make them great for media.
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I was hoping for some strong performance from the Rockchip 3188 (china quad core). I've been waiting since march to see what tablets would be on offer. I think the biggest concern with these no-name brands is warranty. And second, trying to find one with a decent IPS panel. I've also read bad reviews on battery power.

There are a ton of concerns with no-name devices. The main issue is development as most official firmware sucks and you want a good mod community at XDA working on your device. These crappy chinese devices have almost no users and thus no modding community which makes you stuck with whatever comes stock.

Secondly, the quality is crap. Tablets have multiple aspects to their hardware and cutting costs on any one can be hugely detrimental to the experience. The battery is one place where Chinese manufacturer's cut cost; you'll typically get fewer recharge cycles and less battery life. The panels are usually not IPS either in knockoff devices. TFT screens suck. Etc. etc.

There's absolutely no reason to buy a knockoff when you can simply get last year's model from a mainstream manufacturer. The specs on the mainstream model will probably still be better and you'll have much more piece of mind. You'll also probably get an excellent modding community on XDA. All you have to do is search the site for custom development to see the number of updated ROMs available for your intended device.
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There's absolutely no reason to buy a knockoff when you can simply get last year's model from a mainstream manufacturer. The specs on the mainstream model will probably still be better and you'll have much more piece of mind. You'll also probably get an excellent modding community on XDA. All you have to do is search the site for custom development to see the number of updated ROMs available for your intended device.
What we do not recognize as a main brand is a main brand in China. There are a few competitive Chinese brands to consider, like Pipo, Cube, Teclast and Yuando. You can see lots of info on these at forums specific to tablets: Slatedroid is a great place to get some info.
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I have a HP touchpad that I installed Android on. It works great.
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I was hoping for some strong performance from the Rockchip 3188 (china quad core). I've been waiting since march to see what tablets would be on offer. I think the biggest concern with these no-name brands is warranty. And second, trying to find one with a decent IPS panel. I've also read bad reviews on battery power.

While wi-fi, battery life and performance is a common complaint against Chinese Android tablets, so far the display has never been an issue for me (PiPo U1 Pro 7" 1280*800 IPS, Ainol Novo7 Venus 7" 1280*800 IPS, Cube U9GT5 9.7" 2048*1536 IPS, Nextway F9X 9.7" 2048*1536 IPS). While performance of the Cube (and pre-2.0 firmware performance of the Nextway) is down the crapper, its screen looks just as crisp as the iPad's. Brightness doesn't seem to go as high, though, which may be an issue if you need to use it under sunlight.

RK3188 doesn't seem to be that big of a jump over the RK3066. Its only advantage is in ultra high resolution displays and even then, it appears the GPU isn't quite good enough. If you only want 1280*800 or lower, then the RK3066 or better yet, Exynos 4412 works pretty great. There are several tablets that have been announced with the Samsung Exynos 5250 (same CPU as Nexus 10) which I think would make a major improvement for ultra high res Chinese Android tabs.

If you're in the US and are concerned about warranty, there are some US importers which carry some specific models. F&LSuperstore carries a few Ainol tablets. Prices are very slightly higher than if you import directly from China but I think the small price premium is well worth the local warranty support. Europe, some of the Archos Elements tablets (97 Platinum HD, 97 Titanium HD, 80 Platinum) appear to be Onda OEM.

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I have also been looking into a no-name tablet because I want an 8", but haven't really been able to convince myself.

If you really like that form factor/size, you might want to consider the Archos 80 Titanium, $170. I'm really liking the look of the Onda V818Mini (yes, it looks almost exactly like the iPad Mini) and I've toyed with the idea of getting one but I really have no use for a tablet with lower than 200 ppi (below that, I start noticing pixelation).
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I had the ASUS Transformer and it was awesome.

Only sold it because I hadn't used it much. I recommend it thumb.gif
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