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iFive X3 owners: What are your impressions of the X3
Asking X3 owners what they think of their new tablet
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TecKnight
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I am an iFive X2 owner and I was curious what X3 owners initial impressions were of the tablet.

Please post any impressions and/or experiences you have had.

Thanks.

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Hi, I'm an old user of ifive devices I have started with ifive S followed with ifive x I see already a big improvement in the technology in last years.

All seems ok

-battery life is acceptable

-screen is ok 

- I dislike speaker volume power

 

now having the x3 for a month,  I see the slim uniblock case, excellent resolution as well the nice 32 GB memory with excellent battery life!

and finally the charger in comfortable!

The only problems persisting is the low volume of speakers!!!

overall is a nice device wort for money

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Hi, I'm an old user of ifive devices I have started with ifive S followed with ifive x I see already a big improvement in the technology in last years. All seems ok -battery life is acceptable -screen is ok  - I dislike speaker volume power   now having the x3 for a month,  I see the slim uniblock case, excellent resolution as well the nice 32 GB memory with excellent battery life! and finally the charger in comfortable! The only problems persisting is the low volume of speakers!!! overall is a nice device wort for money

 

Turist4,

Could you please try this procedure and let me know if it helps your speaker volume:

https://www.miniand.com/wiki/Increase+your+iFive+X2%27s+speaker+volume+to+what+it+should+have+been+out+of+the+box

If it helps, I will add it to my iFive X3 wiki here:

https://www.miniand.com/wiki/iFive+X3

This procedure definitely does the trick on my iFive X2, which also has poor speaker volume as shipped.

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Seems  after trying your suggestion is working!

 

Didnt work with the olf file but i realized there is an update and with  update it works

 

Thanks for your useful help‚ėļ


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Had the tablet for 1 day so far...

 

First impressions:

Nicely built, sleek, responsive, good purchase.

 

I have nothing to compare to, other than what I have read about other tablets in reviews (e.g. I always hear about a lot of tablets being fingerprint magnets)

 

Pros:

  • Rear plate is not a fingerprint magnet
  • Physical volume buttons (some of these RK3166 tablets lack this, e.g. Pipo M9Pro)
  • Beautiful screen
  • Power by MicroUSB (some tablets, e.g. ASUS TF701, have proprietary charging ports)
  • Lithium-ion battery (a lot of tablets, because of the form factor, go with Lithium Polymer batteries, which are a bit more susceptible to problems down the road, e.g. fire, combustion)
  • MicroUSB port on the side, which is really nice (the Pipo M9Pro has ports on the top, the Galaxy Note 2014 and other Samsung tablets have the port on the bottom...I'm not a fan of it on the bottom as with my Galaxy S4 phone)
  • Cheap ($235-$255...I paid $240) for all the features I wanted (quad core, 10.1" screen with at least 1080p, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB flash, microUSB port, HDMI out by mini or standard port, MicroSD port, physical volume controls, bluetooth v4, front and rear cameras). The other tablet I was looking at was the Galaxy Note 2014, which is $600 for the 32GB.

Indifferent:

  • No GPS. Some tablets have this, but tablet owners who have it in theirs say they never use it (e.g. my brother).
  • No NFC. See GPS comment.
  • Not a super battery. Quoted for 7400 mAh, but drains quicker than I would like. But I'm indifferent as I purchased a 11000 mAh USB power bank and have a 2.0A USB car charger.
    edit 1: I loaded up my favorite battery monitor (Battery Monitor Widget) and it reports the capacity is 3260 mAh, which is disconcerting.
    edit 2: The app has a recalibration tool, so I have run through 2 full cycles and charges. So far the app says the battery may have 3550 mAh +/-11%. So it is going to take many cycles to determine the actual capacity of this battery.

Cons:

  • Speakers are pretty piss poor. Low volume, small, no depth.
    edit 1: there is this VFX tool mentioned for the X2 on Miniand. I used that and am getting better audio; it is acceptable but not stellar.
    edit 2: the headphone port works perfectly fine. Good audio from there.
  • Vibrator is pretty bad. It is in one place and just vibrates that general area (upper left of screen), pretty loud, and can be a bit strong. I have disabled notifications, sounds and touch-vibrations all together to avoid having to feel the vibrator. They only thing I can't turn off is the short vibration when starting the tablet on cold boot.
  • Orientation sensor is not the best. Takes a bit of shaking at times to get it to recognize the change in orientation and rotate the screen.
  • Boot is a little longer than I would like for a tablet (even with Kasty's 4.4.2 rooted ROM). Haven't timed it, but it seems long. Perhaps 30-45 seconds. I'll report back on the time.
    edit 1: It boots in approximately 45 seconds, using Kasty 4.4.2 Rom.
  • Battery life. I was able to run videos on the tablet for about 4.75-5.0 hours. Compare this with other quad-core 10" android tablets and you will see that this is not exactly stellar, in fact it is below average
    Samsung Galaxy Note 2014 10.1" - 6 hours
    ASUS TF700 10.1" - 8.5 hours
    Sony Experia Tablet Z 10" - 7 hours
    Toshiba Excite 10" - 7 hours
    The Pipo M9Pro (another 10.1" RK3188 tablet) is quoted as having 7800 mAh, 4 hours of video playback. So perhaps the iFive is the same? Don't know. The back of the tablet is not removable so I won't check.
  • Official support is going to be rough. I e-mailed several of the addresses on iFive's website, telling them I liked the X3 and asked to whom I can direct suggestions for improving the firmware. It has been two days and have not yet received a response.
  • Community support. iFive tablets aren't exactly easily obtainable (it took me 20 days to get mine from DealsPrime), whereas tablets from major manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, or ASUS or the sort are available everywhere...Best Buy, Amazon, etc. As such, there doesn't seem to be a huge userbase outside of China. However, this is more a product of the poor official support - people flock to products with good support. The only Chinese manufacturer that makes a concerted effort to have an active official support presence is Pipo. As such, their tablets have a big non-China following, and have a breadth of community support channels as well as custom firmwares.

That is all I can think of for now. As I use the tablet for a longer period of time I'll report back any additions.

 

Ok so now having used the tablet for several days...

  • iFive is responsive. I have e-mailed them once and they did respond. I had a general question about firmware, and who I could speak to. So this is a good sign.
  • They have already released TWO kitkat firmwares, pretty close in succession. Good to know they support the product well. This update seemed to have fix a freezing issue I was having, so good prospects for the future.
  • The battery still reports 3200-3500 mAh. Certainly not the 7400 they quote on all sites around the web. The battery also acts a bit weird with charging. I unplugged my X3 and let it sit around. After 4-5 days it was around 40%, but when I came back from work that night it was off. I plugged it in so I could turn it on and checked the battery history. It just dropped from 40 to 0 - no gradual dropoff. Very odd. Even more odd is that the first time I fully charged it after this discharge it took about an hour before it started increasing from 0%.
  • The wifi signal is pretty piss poor. At my own apartment I'm dealing with dry wall, so not much of a challenge, and no problems. At my mom's house, where I'm dealing with a 50 year old house with stone and brick walls, the tablet struggles. I can take my full laptop or my Galaxy S4 phone and have no trouble whereas the tablet will struggle. Right now, I'm in a location that my laptop sees as 5/5 bars, but my tablet says 2/5 and struggles to hold connection. It is a real pain in the ass.

iFive X3 | Minix Neo X5 | Samsung Galaxy S2 i777 | Samsung Galaxy S4 i337

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I received the tablet with 16gb rom 2 days ago.

- The screen and the material are very good. It is rugged construction.
- Auto brightness works very well.

- The speakers are little low to the volume but are normal for daily use. 

- My very old tablet (ly-f1) has much better front camera for video calls. The ifive x3 has darker front camera and with lower fps.
- I think the main problem for me is the signal of wifi. It is lower than other devices and it show me much less available conections.

Is there any guide to open the back case from tablet? I tried like other tablets but it is very strong to open it!

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