Onda Vi40

As we all know from bitter experience, cheap tablets are often far less than they first appear. With that in mind, We test drove the new Onda!

By Chris Messenger | Published 26/10/2012

The Good

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Great viewing angles

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Capacitive IPS screen (multitouch)

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Video playback is excellent

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Full access to Google Play store

The Bad

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£50 more expensive than it should be

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Intermittent WiFi Connection ...

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... possibly due to short wifi range

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Battery life is poor

Introduction

For the most part it works fine, but every so often it just decides to go on a break and eat mini cheddars or something, so then you’re left with no Internet whatsoever and a bad mood.

I’ll be honest, being an old London boy myself, when I first heard about this tablet, I thought it was a car, (‘Onda being a very famous Japanese manufacturer and all). As it is, the makers of this new tablet PC have no ties with the car company or its sumo wrestling, street fighting founder, Edmond. What they do have, however, is a cheap-as-chips tablet with a fast processor, the latest Android and all the trimmings. But, as we all know from bitter experience, cheap tablets are often far less than they first appear. With that in mind, We test drove the new Onda and cobbled together 700 or so words about it. Enjoy!

 

The Specs

The Vi40 employs a dual core AMlogic 8726-M6/MX CPU processor, which runs at a speed of 1.5GHz. This is very impressive for a budget tablet. It also runs the latest Android OS (Ice Cream Sandwich) and makes use of a front facing camera (though only 2 Mega pixels), as well as an HDMI out port and a multi touch screen.

 

The Vi40 actually offers up a ton of compatibility as well, supporting a range of file types for both movies and music and being able to run pretty much anything in the Google Play store. Also: it is completely Flash compatible (take that, iPad!)

 

The 1024 x 468 display is no world-beater, but it is clear and well defined. The screen also supports multi touch.

 

 

The Price

For a cool £150, this tablet seems to rank itself at either the bottom of the top, or the top of the bottom. Unlike some other tablets that are all mouth and no trousers, demanding mega bucks whilst delivering a basic product at best (cough – Motorola Xoom – cough), the Vi40 has not priced itself out of the market. However, that extra £50 will certainly sting if this tablet fails to make good on its promises.

 

The Performance

The 1024 x 468 display is no world-beater, but it is clear and well defined. The screen also supports multi touch.

This is not the prettiest tablet in the world. Upon taking it out of the box you might be forgiven for thinking that Wayne Rooney outsourced his initial designs through Herman Munster’s private firm. It is somewhat heavy, feels quite cheap and looks like an iPad that’s been hit by an ugly stick. But that’s OK, a tablet PC is, after all, a tool to be used, not a work of art. Still, a bit of an effort wouldn’t hurt, would it?

 

Opening the box to find a bunch of extras, like a USB cable, a set of earphones and a power lead (which I realize isn’t strictly speaking an ‘extra’, but still, its nice to have one) is all very well and good, but the lack of an English instruction manual is a pain in the bloody A. If you’re well versed in Android you’ll be fine, but anybody migrating over from Apple or Blackberry is going to be up a certain creek without a certain implement, as my Mum used to say. Still, Android is very user friendly and after a while it becomes second nature.

 

The boot up time is generally good, but the WiFi is a bit finicky. For the most part it works fine, but every so often it just decides to go on a break and eat mini cheddars or something, so then you’re left with no Internet whatsoever and a bad mood.

 

Overall though, this tablet works pretty well. It does the job, there aren’t very many hiccups and it costs an awful lot less than an iPad. It really isn’t a bad tablet at all.

 

What Other Users Say

Generally speaking, the Amazon reviews for this tablet have been positive. In fact, a massive 20/25 give the Vi40 4/5 or higher and the praise is heaped out in abundance. The major negatives actually concern the customer support, which, whilst it isn’t awful, is a bit of a challenge (the Onda’s manufacturer’s being a relatively small Chinese company and all). The positive reviews generally praise the price, the screen and the processing speed.

 

Our Verdict

As far as budget tablets go, this one is actually very good. It isn’t quite the ‘best of the budgets’ that the price and the specs suggest, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless. If you have the money to get a better tablet, do so. However, you certainly won’t feel short-changed if you do buy this one. Vi40 manufacturers Dracotek end this review, Onda top (sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

 

 

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