on September 1, 2012
First, I have to say that I never write reviews. Not because I don't think it's worth it, but rather because of the Free Rider problem. I simply don't write reviews, because I usually only buy items that have numerous reviews reported already. I don't buy products because of the label or for trend. Now that I got that out of the way, I have to say that I was absolutely wowed by this product for the price. I took a chance because of the specs and the price, and the iView Cyberpad 756 TPC has more than met my expectations. Without getting into the specs, I'm just going to talk about performance.
-It streams Netflix movies in HD on my Wifi at home which is only a 72MB/s connection with no lag. Something that my Samsung laptop with an i5 processor has a problem doing.
-You can play angry birds, check email, edit Google Calendar & play music for an easy 6-7 hours with no break on one battery charge
-It comes loaded with everything you'd expect from a platform running Android 4.0 (Google Play Store, Calendar, Contacts, Gmail, Skype, YouTube, adobe reader, etc.)
-It runs every type of video file and has no problem with Flash videos)
-The camera resolution is poor, but there is no lag so it is good for skype.
-It's actually nicer looking than the picture
-It's the perfect size for throwing it in a cargo pocket and running to starbucks or barnes and nobles (its thinner than an ipad)
-Every app I've downloaded from Google Play has worked perfectly. My daughter has downloaded every game imaginable including all the android favorites (angry birds, where's my water, cut the rope, etc.)
If you're looking for an iPad buy and iPad, but if you are looking for an inexpensive tablet, you will not beat this one.
on August 17, 2012
This tablet is more than worth its price! It features fully functional ice cream sandwich OS (android 4.0.3) with google play store support. The touch screen is enough sensitive to pinches and clicks (of course this is no iPad, but this tablet is 6 times cheaper!). The camera is only 0.3 MP but not bad for skype or google hangout. I ordered it from another online store and it came with 3.5mm in-ear headset, USB connector, Micro USB OTG to USB adapter all for $80! Most of the apps from google play store work great on this tablet. You can also choose any of the free ebook reader apps from google play including Kindle. I used a 16GB microSD card to boost the storage. There is no lag in playing movies from the SD card or reading any data except may be for initial loading. You can order a leather casing with full key board from amazon and use it as a mini-netbook! On the flip side, battery takes really long time to fully charge (>5-6 hr) even with the power adapter. I haven't tested the full discharging cycle yet for videos, ebook and music yet, but with 50% charge it worked at least for 4 hr for regular music, email and facebook activities with intermittent display off-time. The native music player app lacks some very basic functionality like ability to jump to next/previous song when screen is locked. The manufacturer claims it supports some Huawei USB modems for 3G data that presumably enables even turn-by-turn navigation on google maps, but I haven't tested it. All-in-all I am happy with the speed and functionality of the tablet considering it's cheaper than even some of the Android 2.3 tablets in the market!
on August 2, 2012
First and foremost, I didn't order this item through Amazon, but rather a different retailer at a slightly lower price. Even at the current Amazon list price of $119, I feel that this was an excellent purchase. I can't offer any insight on the longevity and durability of the tablet just yet (I just received it yesterday), but my first-glance, out-of-the-box opinion is that it feels quite sturdy and durable. On a side note, I couldn't find anything about the Android Market that it came with, other than it was "King Kong Market" or something of the sort. While this did come with King Kong Market, it also came with the Google Play Store (the standard Android Market that users are used to seeing on their phones, etc.) so that was definitely a welcome surprise. No rooting needed to access it, as it is already there. All-in-all, I think this is an incredible value so far. Just offering my $.02.
on August 17, 2012
I had purchased 3 of these from a different retailer, and all 3 of them were sent back. Multiple people have been having issues with these products and here's why: This product is listed directly on IView's website [...] as a single core Cortex A8 processor at 1.2GHz however, it is NOT a 1.2GHz processor. This listing on Amazon classifies it as an AllWinner110, the device itself shows an ARM7. I'm not sure what the difference is. I have contacted IView about the discrepancy in their listings of their products of multiple retailers and haven't gotten a response. I had submitted the inquiry over a week ago. The retailers I have contacted (Newegg being one of them) stated they specifically copy/paste the information the manufacturer gives them.
As far as the product itself goes, the screen I had on my specific one was faulty. All the cases were flexible as if they were made of cheap plastic or assembled incorrectly. My screen flickered badly, and sometimes even jittered. Quite possibly just a faulty connection at the LCD cable where it plugs into the mainboard, but I wasn't about to open it and possibly void the warranty to see.
The performance of the system is good though, and they seemed to not have stripped out a lot of the settings like some manufacturers do. I didn't notice any lag on mine, and the fact that they use DDR3 memory (at least, it's what their specs show) could be part of the reson. I didn't check to see if the RAM actually was DDR3 or if it was just another mislabeling of their components in order to make a sale, like their processor. The speaker was nice and loud comparable to another VitalASC tab I had (though the speaker was good on that one as well IMO) and the screen didn't look akward like it was running a funny resolution like the VitalASC (the VitalASC was actually running at 800x444 instead of 800x480 and that caused it to really look bad). The touchscreen was responsive, as capacitive screens usually are. Other than the screen jittering and the false advertising of a 1.2GHz CPU, this isn't a bad tab, especially not for under $100.
If you dislike companies that advertise false information, you'll want to avoid IView at all costs.
*EDIT* It appears the manufacturer did indeed underclock this chip down to save battery. This does not excuse them from failing to mention the restriction placed on this item. If someone made a car that had a V8 and only 6 of the cylinders fired, they'd get sued in a heartbeat. This company is selling a product with a 1.2GHz processor and customers are only receiving clock rates of 1GHz, and not mentioning a thing about it. It would be different if they said something.
on October 12, 2012
I bought it to watch videos. Works perfect.
It comes rooted and doesn't a lot of bloatware.
Be careful with the usb plug it is fragile.
on October 2, 2012
I had purchased this as a backup tablet, primarily for traveling and reading my magazine subscriptions.
1) Looks good
2) Like the HDMI Feature, but have not tried it yet.
3) Runs most apps well
1) Does not run any of my magazine apps. They open, and I get the first page, but can't go beyond that. Which is surprising because A friend's tablet that only has 512mb RAM runs them fine.
2) Will not run the regular version of Netflix, will only run the "Kindle Fire" version, which you can only get if you have a Kindle Fire, and if you ever upgrade the app, it upgrades to the regular Netflix app, and will not run on the tablet
3) Can be sluggish
I'm not sure at this point if I am going to return it or not. I'll think about it a few more days.
on November 22, 2012
My husband got it for me to read Kindle library books when my laptop broke. I can take multiple books with me in one small space. I can check my email and FB, but I wish the operating manual was more detailed on what else I could do. Reading what I do have, I can tell English was not the native language of the writer. They should have different instructions for language and ask which one the buyer would like. So far, anything I do has been discovered on my own. Thank goodness for the back button!
on January 22, 2013
For starters, picked this up from nuekks back in Oct2012 for $80 delivered. Impulse buy, just to give a cheap tablet a chance. First impressions, the packaging was very nice, almost iPad grade in quality, nice box, foam insert, just fine and better than the price would suggest. The tablet itself appeared to be of decent quality. But cut to the chase, Performance. At times I would have given this thing a one star rating, tempted to send it back. It just seemed buggy, glitchy, slow, erratic. It would work, seemed promising and OK, but then it would slow or hang up to the point of uselessness. Again, to make the longer story short, I think its possible to load a BAD APP that will botch up the system. In my case I think that was Advanced Task Killer. I'll admit, I don't understand Android. Apps oftem seem to lauch on their own and run in the background? And many reports spoke of that slowing phones / tablets way down. Task Killer was often recommended to help deal with that. But in my case it seemed to cause the problems. On the 756TPC setup menu there is an option to restore to original configuration. After using that option to clear out the little machine I have selectively and slowly added in a full home screen of useful apps. And the thing continues to run nicely. Yes, maybe a bit slowly, I sometime get a "wait or close" screen while running an App, but click "wait" and things proceed just fine. It's true, Netflix was a problem here initially, but by January 2013 a new Netflix App that runs fine was / is available. That's one of the nice uses for this tablet, scan Netflix streamers from the Iview rather than your PC. The Craigslist app I'm running now will bring up 16-20 thumbnails of say "cars for sale" or (filters) "subaru outbacks for sale" and is a superior way of scanning Craigslist ads. Only one real complaint, the mic on mine is poor, almost as if positioned backwards in the housing, not facing the opening and therefore quite muffled. No good for Skype, but still OK for Google Voice entry. Overall, now a remarkable little machine for what I paid, just watch for "bad" Apps. Battery life is fine, I often use this sporadically for 2-3 days before recharging. (Say for checking weather, Craigslist, ski reports, etc). If I want to play Pandora or net radio for hours I'll plug in the adapter. If you're new to Android (like me), well then this is a new computer and OS to learn. Easy enough, but you can spend a few hours rooting around and finding "stuff". Yes, an apple-mini would be much nicer, but I'm getting all the utility I need for my $80.
on January 16, 2013
Got mine from Newegg during a $79 sale. Was about to return it but figured with shipping and restocking fee, I'd just keep it and use it to play card games on every now and then.
It is slow and laggy. I downloaded a cpu utility and turned up the minimum clock speed which helped some, but probably isn't doing the battery any favors. Speaking of battery.... it's 3-4 hours tops.
It will play Angry Birds and the various card games I have installed. Netflix works but you have to use an older version, the current one doesn't work (I don't have it in front of me at this moment to tell which version).
Wifi connection seems ok, maybe a tad slow. Many reviews complain of weak wifi but I haven't noticed it.
Touch screen is not great, not nearly as good as a real tablet. But passable...as long as you don't need precise controls. I bought a stylus but it didn't help.
SDcard is nice, and HDMI output works fine. This is one of the reasons I bought it, to be a portable movie player. It works ok for that, but keep the AC adapter handy.
All in all it is functional but I wish I'd skipped it and spent a little more $ on a new Fire or a Nexus (neither of which have HDMI which is a shame)
on August 27, 2013
I bought this pad because of the price. Figured I could use it to play games. However, when I tried to play candy crush even if I try to download it from google play it tells me that the app is not supported. Second problem is that so far I have had it for about a week and every app I tried to use freezes and tells me it isn't responding. Its best to invest on a better item. That's what happens for buying cheap stuff...guess I got my money's worth ;/