Product Description from manufacturers website...
The Sumvision Astro is the perfect gadget for those who wish to perform their daily entertainment from the comfort of their sofa. With its powerful 1.2GHz CPU and built in GPU, the Astro can perform all your tasks quickly and smoothly.
Play your favourite YouTube videos and stream BBC iPlayer programs smoothly. Play all the latest games with stunning 3D graphics. Supports gravity sensor function which allows the Astro Tablet PC to be operating in either portrait or landscape view. The Cyclone Astro is also fitted with a fully functional capacitive touch screen, supporting multi touch control.
With the built in 2d/2d GPU. The Cyclone Astro Tablet PC is capable of supporting 3D games perfectly. Be amazed with great 3D visuals and smooth gameplay. Supports Flash Player 10.3. View web pages with flash graphics smoothly and stream your favourite programs on BBC iPlayer.
ARM Cortex A8 1.2GHz
512MB DDR3 RAM
Micro SD Card – supports up to 32GB
Operating System: Android 2.3
7” LCD Capacitive Multi Touch Screen
16:9 Aspect Ratio
Resolution: 800 x 480
Dual Mali-400 2D/3D graphics
Video Format Support: MPEG2/4, AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV, RM, RMVB
Picture Format Support: JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Format: MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG
Built in IEEE 802.11b/g
Supports WCDMA / CDMA EVDO (external 3G Dongle required)
3200mAh Polymer battery
Charger (5V / 2A)
Play time approx 5 – 7 hours (depending on usage)
Width 198 mm
Height 122 mm
Depth 12.8 mm
Weight 365 g
Micro SD Card Slot
3.5mm Ear Phone Port
Mini HDMI Port
Warranty / Miscellaneous
1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
0.3 mp Webcam
The device is nothing special to look at, very simple, exactly as the picture. However I feel that works in its favour, as it is a simple and easy to use design. The buttons are firm and, although they feel very plastic, they are infact well in place and don't feel like they are going to fall off. The usually respond first time, and any lag with the buttons I put down to the Operating system.
In the box
The box is simple, comes with the device, an english manual, USB cable and UK Charging Plug.
When I saw the price of this device, I couldn't believe it.
Ordered the device on the Sunday and it arrived on the Monday; Best service I have ever received. I also bought a 32GB microSD (which i can confirm it does support) and the 2Years insurance and accidental damage cover for £19.
I got the Device for Just under £100 after a bit of research into it. As the company is relatively unknown, and have no "contact us" facility on their website I had to dig a little deeper to find out about this device.
The tablet is a MoMo9/Scroll Excel With android 2.3.4 on it by default. After a little bit of playing around with it I did notice a few issues, such as crashes during games, with random restarts; And also notable touch sensitivity issues; But I will get to them later.
The performance of this device, considering the price tag is amazing. There had been a few issues where it crashed and restarted, however, I later fixed that by upgrading the firmware to the latest.
Battery life is acceptable, nothing to exciting, with a 3200MaH Lithium Polymer battery the device does what it can with the power. I got 10 Hours of light use and music through headphones. On a separate day I got about 3/4 hours heavy use.
Unlike the Scroll Excel (same device) it comes with android market place built in as standard, and it works perfectly with no issues.
The default software is acceptable, apart from the afore mentioned crashing that I have noticed while playing games that use a lot of ram/cpu power. The software comes with a few games that are pre-installed, and also saved into the memory as .apk files, which is useful to keep these files incase you need to re-install at any time.
A couple of issues: I did experience crashes as mentioned, this problem is slightly frustrating especially when your trying to show the device off to everyone. I had experienced a few WIFI drops, which again is irritating as it doesn't allow me to download more apps. Touch sensitivity is a complaint of many Scroll Excel users, and it is the same story with this device, it often misses where your intending to touch.
However, below I will explain how you can fix all those issues with a simple firmware update (took me about 40 mins including download time (~250mb))
The big question is the upgradablity of this device to the newer firmware. On the one hand it can seem a little dangerous, as there is no information on this device on the internet apart from this site. However I will say that I have upgraded the firmware on my device to Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) using the MoMo9 firmware (after working out that infact the devices where the same). A quick google of (MoMo9 firmware ICS) will bring up a forum post called (Finally!!! MOMO9 Android 4.0.1 ICS firmware - Pandawill Forum) with all the information in it (read all the posts, as the first is a bit difficult to understand: the best post is by "MoAnsar" on page 5). [I will not be held responsible for you doing this wrong. I have seen this method work on multiple tablets of the same model; but please be sensible and follow all the instructions]
I can confirm that ICS Works with everything that worked on my tablet previously.
Upgrading the firmware solved all my previous gripes with the device. The touch screen is far more accurate, there have been no WIFI drops and there have been no crashes. This device, especially after being upgraded to the newest firmware, is amazing. I have used many tablets, and can safely say that this tablet is better than my old Archos 101 tablet, and feels on a par with the Samsung Galaxy tab, as anything i throw at either of them seems to work.
If you want any more reviews for this device, read the reviews for the MoMo9 or better yet watch youtube videos of the device. I definitely recommend upgrading it to the latest firmware, although I wouldn't attempt it if you are not very technically minded, as it takes a few attempts to get it right.
Just a few notes of confusion over this tablet and the MoMo9 tablet:
-This tablet does have a responsive capacitive touch-screen
-This tablet does come with Android Market Place by default
-This tablet does charge my USB or the Plug given
What I liked[/SIZE]
What I disliked
- Responsive touch screen, good performance, Great value for money
- Crashing Issues, WIFI dropping
Performance ******** 8/10 Build Quality ******** 8/10 Value ******************** 20/10 Design ********** 10/10
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What I disliked
- Nothing so far[/COLOR]
Performance ********** 10/10 Build Quality ******** 8/10 Value *x1000 1000/10 Design ********** 10/10
I really struggled to give it a fair score, as I feel the Value of the device out weighs all of the previous issues with the device; And after upgrading the firmware, the device is a completely different machine.