With Apple still holding on firmly to its top spot in the “tablet wars,” there seems to be an underlying consensus that when it comes to tablets, if you’re in the market for the best, it’s the new iPad or nothing. Even Samsung’s recently released Galaxy Note 10.1 — despite the emerging acceptance of the overall advantage of a flexible stylus-centric system — has been almost universally panned in favor of the Cupertino giant’s latest entry.
But the tablet wars between industry leaders in recent years has focused so heavily on the technological aspect of tablet design that one particular aspect, which is as important to consumers as a tablet’s overall performance and number of new features, has been rather neglected: retail price. While many trendy techies don’t mind forking out $400 and over for the latest tablets, a large portion of the market still can’t come to grips with why a device with the performance specifications of a 2008 laptop has to be more expensive than your average full-sized, full-featured personal computer. In fact, despite the rapid developments in mobile computing technology in recent years, prices seem to bloat a little more with each new tablet released by the industry’s biggest names.
It is because of this divergence of opinions that companies like ONDA exist. If you’re of the opinion that good tablets can be inexpensive, then the company’s newest mid-priced, high-end 9.7″ Android tablet, the ONDA V971, is nothing short of impressive. The latest model in a line of tablets based on the Amlogic 8726-MX system-on-a-chip, the V971 is basically a revamp of the company’s much talked about Vi40 tablet with several interesting design changes.
Like the Vi40, the V971 is housed in a new iPad-like body with a sturdy brushed aluminum rear plate, but unlike the Vi40, it no longer comes with the volume buttons on the side panel and its front face has also lost the familiar Home button. In their place, however, the V971 comes with two cameras instead of one — a back-facing camera now completes the picture to complement the front-facing camera also found on the Vi40 — and the Home button has been moved to the bottom panel with all the device’s ports and its power button.
Performance-wise, the V971′s benchmark scores put it at around one half the speed of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, about the same as last year’s top of the line models and faster than the dual-core version of the Samsung Galaxy S3, which is respectable by any standard for a tablet that costs just shy of $220 and is even cheaper than the slower, older 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Check out this review video by YouTube user JB Bates below:
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