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Arnova 7 G3 MINI Review
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Having had the 7 G3 a few days I thought I'd give my thoughts on it...It will be basic in format but will do my best to cover all points.. So here goes..

 

First impressions out of the box you feel it's a very cheap tablet but after a minute or two that cheap plastic feel turns into a solid device, nothing  creeks etc and feels comfortable to hold.. Turning it on is done by only button you can find (even a blonde essex girl will figure it out) this is a downside as we like hardware buttons for volume and menu etc but can live with it. 

On first boot as always it can take a little time after that it's fairly quick.. As this device does not come with market it has no setup wizard as you would expect, so you are straight into using the device..

The screen is responsive and has a 5 point multi-touch one wish is a bonus. It is quite clear and viewing angles are not too bad either(some will disagree but what angles are you look at it?) It's not too bad to view outdoors either! Using the keyboard within apps was excellent with no lag etc (typed this review using it), I use hacker keyboard on our tablets and it works excellently on the 7G3..

Sound is provide by the two speakers on the front and whilst not bad for game play(more later on gaming) they are poor for MP3's and video.. But having said that they will do the job when needed. But would advise earphones as much better!

Video play back is great once you install a better player as the inbuilt one which is part of the Gallery app is very lacking.. We use MX player+neon codex of the market and all formats inc MKV have played without any issues. Haven't tried HDMI as not had the chance yet but will do and report back..

The speed of the tablet is damn good and as the 7 G3 comes with a 1ghz processor with 1gig of ram ICS4 seems very at home and responds very well indeed.. Menu's open quickly and most applications do too (found adobe apps to be slow). Moving around the screens is effortless and a joy.

Now web browsing! This is excellent on the 7 G3 but only after you install a better browser such as Maxthon 1.6 Tablet (it will say for 10.1 tabs).. I surf via home wifi or wifi tether on phone and speeds vary depending on connection and location. And generally pages open fast and are easy to navigate, Even Flash is working perfectly (would suggest you update to latest) which is a plus for Facebook addicts..

The Wifi connect it's self is not the best as has quite a limited range(5m max for best connection) and can drop occasionally but it is ok for what you pay..

Now the Camera, well this was a surprise as I found it to be quite good, Picture quality is not bad for a VGA camera and video isn’t to bad either and it even supports zoom!!! and works well in low light too, We haven’t tried it as a webcam but will in due course same goes for microphone..

As for gaming well you will not be disappointed the 7G3 plays most games well (even Brother in Arms and Frontline commando) and in most cases better than well. So far every game we have thrown at it has worked and are fully playable. Only issue is that OLDER games don’t play well with the G-sensors, New games are fine. The G-Sensors work perfectly too, was playing X-plane before writing this and plays better than it does on our Advent Vega(tegra) tablet!!!

May primary use for this tablet is work related and mapping (no gps or support) and my partners is web n gaming(she’s a gaming geek) And both of us love the device for this (I now have to get her one grrr). It does everything we ask of it and does it well..

Yes there are glitches but it’s new on the market so is to be expected. Our only issues are the Timezones cannot be set via the system(use clockysync as mentioned in another thread) and no google market(again use method mentioned in another thread by me for latest)… Plus I guess no hardware buttons for volume and menu etc and gps or bluetooth support or hostusb…

 

All in all this tablet is a great little device and would recommend to anyone. It does its job and does it well.. It may not be sexy too look at and as feature/hardware rich as others but it holds it own against them and hey it’s £100+ so what did you expect!?

And it comes rooted(lovely surprise) and you get a lot for you money..

 

I would recommend, Installing Google market as mentioned and clocksync .

Now to overclock it to 1.2ghz!!!!!!! hmmmm speedy…

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Thanks for the review.  I have a Gen 8 Archos 70 and I noticed you have a Gen 8 101.  How does it compare to this one, especially as it relates to hardware quality and performance?

 

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I let lohtse answer for the Arnova 7 G3, here are some links about the MPMan MID74c that should have similar performance (same Boxchip Allwinner platform) :

http://www.arctablet.com/blog/featured/mpman-mid74c-review-part2-allwinner-a10-vs-rockchip-rk2918/

also some comparisons between Archos 101 (Gen8), Arnova G2 and Archos G9:

http://www.arctablet.com/blog/archos-tablet/archos-g9-review-benchmark-archos-101-g9-1-ghz/

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imfletch said
Thanks for the review.  I have a Gen 8 Archos 70 and I noticed you have a Gen 8 101.  How does it compare to this one, especially as it relates to hardware quality and performance?

 

Thank you for your help!

Hmmmm 7G3 v Archos 101

 

Lets see..

The Archos 101 Gen8 is and excellent Tablet and in some ways is better than the 7G3, Has Bluetooth, Host USB port, Excellent Wifi, Battery life, But fails due to, Weight, RAM and even the aging processor. The OS on the A101 is very old and not very well suited to tablets (even google play only sees it a a generic device and not a tablet!) and as such you don't really benifit for the tablets power..

 

The 7G3 is great in its own right. Fast, Responsive, Light,The screen is a 5point multi-touch where as the A101 seems to be 3 point, And the 7G3 screen is more responsive(my opinion) add the fact it has latest Android and of course you get lots of lovely RAM... But it's wifi is not too great, it works and is fast but you have to be nearer to the wifi source than you do with the A101. Battery is not great we are getting 4-6 hours constant use depending on what we do. There's no bluetooth of Host USB support(yet).. But at least it's rooted out of the box so you can tweak to your hearts content and even add Google market etc.

 

If I do a app test on the two tablets say opening Opera, The archos is on par with it but with a game such as angry birds space the 7G3 wins everytime and is a pretty much instant(well a second or two in opening).. We have not had the wait or close box come up on the 7G3 but often get it on the A101 when opening apps. The extra RAM does helps in so many ways. Alot of games that should run on the A101 but don't or barely do will run on the 7G3 (eg temple run should run but closes everytime).

The processers are in someways the same but suspect the 7G3s is a little fast without overclocking when compared to the A101 and soon we will overclock the 7G3 so will improve even more. Where as the A101 with urukdroid even when OC'd is still laggy at times. As to the lag the only time we have seen it on the 7G3 is with a game called Royal Sail but it was acceptably playable..

 

All in all the quality of the 7G3 is pretty good and performance is so far proving to be excellent... If I had to choose which tablet I would keep hmmmmmmmmmm the Arnova 7G3...Just hands down in my opinion better than the Archos Gen8(we have two of them the 32 and 101)....

 

Would I recommend the 7G3??         YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Lohtse

 

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Should point out that am not bothered by bench mark software and results as over time apps etc will degrade the devices performance and it's how you tweak and monitor it that makes the difference on a device...Also changes in produce batchs can also make a difference on the device too, we have two i5700 both was brand new but one has always been slower than the other why? different production lines! So I prefer real world accounts on preformance.. This is just my view as am sure others will disagree..


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Thanks Lohtse, that was exactly the kind of information I was looking for.  I'll probably pick one up in the near future.

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Do you happen to know how one would work clockworkmod to do a system backup, seeing as the Anova 7 G3 has only 1 physical button(power button). Rom Manager recognizes my tablet as an AN 7 G3 but have not flashed a recovery as of yet. Afraid that it could be the wrong recovery. I would like to back up the system if possible.
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the only working clockwork recovery is for arnova 7c g2, which is not officially suported also.
every clockwork recovery is personalized for each device, so don`t flash a recovery which is not for you device.

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Thanks globula_neagra,
I was surprised that Rom manager recognizes my tablet.

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Pros: Nice Price Tag, Micro SD expandable +32GB, Great quality video/photo screen playback, very portable, HDMI out.

Cons: Battery life isn’t great, No Google Play store, (poor Appslib store instead) Clock 2 hours ahead, file search buggy, HD Video tracks are not displayed in an A-Z order + artist name not displayed/viewable, file cabinet A-Z is split into little batches rather than one long list. Wifi can say not in range even though my modem is next to me!!!

Lightbulb Moment!!!! — — I had to download Real Player Beta (Appslib) & add the artist name to the video track name (rename via PC card reader) so I now have the tracks by artist in A-Z order!!!!!

Summary good for the money but annoyingly buggy and No GOOGLE PLAY!

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Thanks for the review Techcat Wink 

The good news is we'll be publishing the procedure to access Google Play, today !

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lohtse said
Having had the 7 G3 a few days I thought I'd give my thoughts on it...It will be basic in format but will do my best to cover all points.. So here goes..

 

First impressions out of the box you feel it's a very cheap tablet but after a minute or two that cheap plastic feel turns into a solid device, nothing  creeks etc and feels comfortable to hold.. Turning it on is done by only button you can find (even a blonde essex girl will figure it out) this is a downside as we like hardware buttons for volume and menu etc but can live with it. 

On first boot as always it can take a little time after that it's fairly quick.. As this device does not come with market it has no setup wizard as you would expect, so you are straight into using the device..

The screen is responsive and has a 5 point multi-touch one wish is a bonus. It is quite clear and viewing angles are not too bad either(some will disagree but what angles are you look at it?) It's not too bad to view outdoors either! Using the keyboard within apps was excellent with no lag etc (typed this review using it), I use hacker keyboard on our tablets and it works excellently on the 7G3..

Sound is provide by the two speakers on the front and whilst not bad for game play(more later on gaming) they are poor for MP3's and video.. But having said that they will do the job when needed. But would advise earphones as much better!

Video play back is great once you install a better player as the inbuilt one which is part of the Gallery app is very lacking.. We use MX player+neon codex of the market and all formats inc MKV have played without any issues. Haven't tried HDMI as not had the chance yet but will do and report back..

The speed of the tablet is damn good and as the 7 G3 comes with a 1ghz processor with 1gig of ram ICS4 seems very at home and responds very well indeed.. Menu's open quickly and most applications do too (found adobe apps to be slow). Moving around the screens is effortless and a joy.

Now web browsing! This is excellent on the 7 G3 but only after you install a better browser such as Maxthon 1.6 Tablet (it will say for 10.1 tabs).. I surf via home wifi or wifi tether on phone and speeds vary depending on connection and location. And generally pages open fast and are easy to navigate, Even Flash is working perfectly (would suggest you update to latest) which is a plus for Facebook addicts..

The Wifi connect it's self is not the best as has quite a limited range(5m max for best connection) and can drop occasionally but it is ok for what you pay..

Now the Camera, well this was a surprise as I found it to be quite good, Picture quality is not bad for a VGA camera and video isn’t to bad either and it even supports zoom!!! and works well in low light too, We haven’t tried it as a webcam but will in due course same goes for microphone..

As for gaming well you will not be disappointed the 7G3 plays most games well (even Brother in Arms and Frontline commando) and in most cases better than well. So far every game we have thrown at it has worked and are fully playable. Only issue is that OLDER games don’t play well with the G-sensors, New games are fine. The G-Sensors work perfectly too, was playing X-plane before writing this and plays better than it does on our Advent Vega(tegra) tablet!!!

May primary use for this tablet is work related and mapping (no gps or support) and my partners is web n gaming(she’s a gaming geek) And both of us love the device for this (I now have to get her one grrr). It does everything we ask of it and does it well..

Yes there are glitches but it’s new on the market so is to be expected. Our only issues are the Timezones cannot be set via the system(use clockysync as mentioned in another thread) and no google market(again use method mentioned in another thread by me for latest)… Plus I guess no hardware buttons for volume and menu etc and gps or bluetooth support or hostusb…

 

All in all this tablet is a great little device and would recommend to anyone. It does its job and does it well.. It may not be sexy too look at and as feature/hardware rich as others but it holds it own against them and hey it’s £100+ so what did you expect!?

And it comes rooted(lovely surprise) and you get a lot for you money..

 

I would recommend, Installing Google market as mentioned and clocksync .

Now to overclock it to 1.2ghz!!!!!!! hmmmm speedy…

@lohtse

better than Arnova 7F3G ??
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