The perfect iPad Air clone has arrived: this tablet dual-boots Android and Windows 8.1, has 3G connectivity, aluminum unibody, and $200 price

The Apple iPad Air 2 has set the gold standard for tablet design and functionality, but with so much competition from all sides, it’s only logical to expect a similarly great alternative…
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48. xingfenzhen

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

I have not used V919 (too new), but I have used their older and more popular V975m for about a year. Basically the built quality is okay, nothing to write home about nor will it break after a year. Software is abysmal, but it's easy to change their launcher do some optimization. If you root or load some custom ROM, (which have its own challenges since the tablet isn't too popular among developers) it would be better. Basically the hardware seriously held back by the non-optimized software and kernel, and doubt this changes for V919. (dual boot of course add more complexity and probably make things worse) Battery life is on the short side, again due to non-optimized kernel. Updates and support are non-existent in any official fashion. For example, there are official kit-kat roms posted by Onda on their website, but there is nothing on the OTA. And even flashing that official rom can brick your tablet if you're not careful. For that reason my tablet is still jelly bean, since its my GF that primarily use that tablet. ---- Chinese companies like Onda, Teclast, Pipo, etc are complete different animal compared to Lenovo, Huawei or Xiaomi. The latter are large tablet/smart phone corporation that have dedicated teams work on firmware, updates and support. While Onda, Teclast, Pipo etc are medium sized OEMs that makes dvd players, mp3 players, white goods that has moved to tablet and smartphone space to salvage their sinking business. They refresh hardware very fast, often faster than the bigger players and sell very cheap. However, they probably have only one engineering team is on developing new products rather on maintaining existing products. So what you get is a product that's sort of working, kind of stable, and as soon it went on sale, it's not really being supported by the manufacture anymore. The engineering team have moved on to development something new. If you're lucky, some developer on XDA will pickup the slack and make the tablet workable, if not, you are stock with something that's sort of working, kind of stable. Companies like Hisense and TCL (RCA / Alcatel) are sort of on the same boat, as they too are white goods makers that recently starting doing the technology business, however they are many order of magnitudes bigger, so if they are committed, they are solve this issue by throwing money at it. But if tablet business isn't making money for them, it will get axed and you'll end up with no support.

45. Alidad

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

Are this talk about two operation's into one table for $200.00!

47. model4us2

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

For less then $200.00 it looks fun. I own several Chinese made tablets and folks that's where most tablets, computers and phones are made. There is limited support. Its not Apple but its not Apple priced nor do iPads offer SD slots or dual boot with Android. odds are it has average to poor build quality. If that's important then buy a Nexus 7 2014. No dual boot with Windows though. Battery life may also be limited. These are gadgets and not production devices. These are not units you can expect to last for years. Its being sold by no name factories in China but so its clear. Those same companies make Samsung and One to One and T-Mobile....

49. xingfenzhen

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

I have not used V919 (too new), but I have used their older and more popular V975m for about a year. Basically the built quality is okay, nothing to write home about nor will it break after a year. Software is abysmal, but it's easy to change their launcher do some optimization. If you root or load some custom ROM, (which have its own challenges since the tablet isn't too popular among developers) it would be better. Basically the hardware seriously held back by the non-optimized software and kernel, and doubt this changes for V919. (dual boot of course add more complexity and probably make things worse) Battery life is on the short side, again due to non-optimized kernel. Updates and support are non-existent in any official fashion. For example, there are official kit-kat roms posted by Onda on their website, but there is nothing on the OTA. And even flashing that official rom can brick your tablet if you're not careful. For that reason my tablet is still jelly bean, since its my GF that primarily use that tablet. ---- Chinese companies like Onda, Teclast, Pipo, etc are complete different animal compared to Lenovo, Huawei or Xiaomi. The latter are large tablet/smart phone corporation that have dedicated teams work on firmware, updates and support. While Onda, Teclast, Pipo etc are medium sized OEMs that makes dvd players, mp3 players, white goods that has moved to tablet and smartphone space to salvage their sinking business. They refresh hardware very fast, often faster than the bigger players and sell very cheap. However, they probably have only one engineering team is on developing new products rather on maintaining existing products. So what you get is a product that's sort of working, kind of stable, and as soon it went on sale, it's not really being supported by the manufacture anymore. The engineering team have moved on to development something new. If you're lucky, some developer on XDA will pickup the slack and make the tablet workable, if not, you are stock with something that's sort of working, kind of stable. Companies like Hisense and TCL (RCA / Alcatel) are sort of on the same boat, as they too are white goods makers that recently starting doing the technology business, however they are many order of magnitudes bigger, so if they are committed, they are solve this issue by throwing money at it. But if tablet business isn't making money for them, it will get axed and you'll end up with no support.

65. model4us2

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

Thank you for your comments and I agree. After reading the brief reviews and recalling my experiences with my other Chinese made tablets from lessor known names I will avoid this unit. Micro Center offers a budget Windows 8.1 unit and if there are problems customers can return the device. Your comments about the XDA are also on point. I have used excellent roms from there on my aging HP Touchpad and Samsung tabs.

60. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Real cheap and tempting. Too bad it having heat issues and cant play any 3D games, unless disable Intel Turbo boost and root android to limit CPU speed to lowest. Cheap and quality just never hang along. http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/general/teclast-x98-air-3g-tablet-9-7-2048x1536-t2913035

67. j.parker

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 06, 2015

I found it on TinyDeal recently, but I also found some other dual boot tablet like TECLAST, what is the differences between them, the way to switch the system? I also want to know the RAM will be divide into two parts to be use for each system or not?

69. Topaz

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 26, 2016

Link to product at a good price, can someone come in handy. g oo.gl/q52kJi
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