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I was on vacation in China. Picked up the latest Pipo P1 for RMB$1298 (~USD$209). It has a form factor of iPad which isn't my favorite. I'd rather have a 16:10. The processor is the latest Rockchip RK3288. 2G RAM, 32G storage. Overall it's good value for the money.
- RK3288 is rather fast. Antutu scores 39000+. Most things are very smooth and very fast. Netflix, Youtube, many Google services work (I have to side-load Keep though because Play Store says not compatible with the device).
- It powers up really fast and powers down even faster (1 to 2 secs).
- 10000 ma battery
- bright and crisp retina display
- build quality not so good. Flimsy buttons. Extra ESC button I don't know why it's even there. You press the back with your fingers and you see spots on the screen. My screen has a permanent ripple spot I found a few days later. Of these cheap Chinese tablets, iFive has the best quality. BTW iFive will release its RK3288 7.9 tablet (iPad Mini Retina form factor) very soon. I wouldn't mind picking one up, which should be around RMB$999 (~ USD$161).
- 9v charger, not USB charging. And it never charges to 100%. Only charges to 94%.
- rather heavy, over 1.5 lbs
- not so stable OS. It randomly slows to a crawl or hangs. I have to reboot every now and then. Hopefully new FW come out soon and often. Pipo already released a FW dated 2014/06/20, which is a good sign.
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Pipo just released another fw (dated July 22). That's rather fast considering the last fw was only about one month ago. I flashed it. It is certainly more stable, less hangup now. It's still not perfect. Hopefully Pipo released another fw soon.
Btw, to get into the flashing mode of the tablet, shut down the tablet, plug in a USB cable connected to a pc, then press the volume up and the power buttons together. You can then start the Rockchip Batchtool.
BTW, rooting the Pipo P1 is very easy with Root-Genius. Just download Root-Genius here http://androidxda.com/download-root-genius to your PC. Connect a USB cable to the P1 and run Root-Genius.
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One thing I find very annoying on the P1 (and the iFive X2) is the available storage for apps is only 2 Gig. Is it an Android thing? Why can't Pipo (or iFive) make use of the full storage of 32 gig? Anyway if anyone knows how to increase the space to higher (4 gig, or even 6 gig), pls chime in. Maybe it takes rebuilding the ROM. I'm happy to learn to do that. Pls give me some pointers to start. Thanks
Thanks for your feedback on the PiPO P1.
On Rockchip based devices (at least up to the RK3188) the partition layout is set in "parameter" file in the firmware. It describe the location and size of each partition (system, data, kernel ...) in the flash storage.
It is not very user friendly to edit, but it should be possible to give some details if no such tutorial is available.
As for the PiPO P1, I'll need to check about the structure of the RK3288 based firmware if nothing has changed on that matter. I'll post when time permits.
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