China Tablets to recommend

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Actually let me give you a break down of the price I paid:

1. Lenovo Pad Pro 2021 Tablet (6G + 128G/SD 870/ WiFi) - SGD 521.30
2. Glass Screen Protector 2 Piece - SGD 3.70
3. Faux Leather Case - SGD 5.83
4. Shipping to SG + GST - SGD39.06

So total I actually paid SGD 569.89 for this tablet bundle... Still waiting for it to arrive as I selected Sea Shipping.

The link is actually just the official Lenovo Tmall Store. But it's OOS for now. This was the link: https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=644912602413&spm=a1z09.2.0.0.7d372e8di8ahvX&_u=71jan1u6a212

Will take some time to play with it and write my first review when it arrive. Can't wait!!!
how u buy from taobao??

moi cannot air ship / sea ship option, only got contact seller for delivery option
 

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What's the best tablet currently for mainly viewing streaming videos? Just need the screen to be gd + won't lag when watching
Anything that has been discussed in this thread will be suitable... what's your budget and screen size?
 

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Budget around 200 to 300? Around 10 inch. Is telcast one of the better ones?
Well... that's quite an expansive budget for a China tablet...

Right off the bat... try the Alldocube iPlay40 lor... $276... with the Unisoc T618 with a 10.4" screen...

Or Alldocube iPlay30 Pro... $229... decent SOC using the Helio P60 with a slight larger 10.5" screen...

Or Alldocube iPlay20 Pro... $206... weaker Spreadtrum SOC but still decent with a 10.1" screen...

Or Teclast P20HD... $161 but with a much weaker SOC (Spreadtrum) with a 10.1" screen... cheapest and decent...

Or Teclast M40... $210 with the Unisoc T618 which is much more powerful... but screen not fully laminated at 10.1" screen (got inernal reflections)...

So you have quite a range of prices and features... from $161 to $276... from the most powerful Unisoc T618 to the weakest Spreadtrum... from fully laminated 10.5" to unlaminated 10.1" screen.... all the Alldocube screens are fully laminated. Based on the specs and feedback from the bros here... it would seem that the Alldocube iPlay40 seems the best tablet, and perhaps best value...

You may want to buy a grey import Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 instead... $273, no warranty but direct from Korea, can easily switch to English when setting up... some more LTE set can put in SIM for mobile data... perhaps better than the China tablets cos it is widevine L1 certified...
https://www.qoo10.sg/item/SAMSUNG-S...RAY-10-4-CELLULAR/682860790?banner_no=1305330 (Korean set)

Anything larger and you'll have to look at $500 or more budget wise...

Do note that all the China tablet suggestions above do not support widevine L1... they're all widevine L3... meaning that these tablets don't support full HD and higher resolution on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video... if you don't bother with these streaming sites or don't care about full HD, then can consider these tablets lar...
 
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The teclast t40 and t40 5g are much better designed and probably comes with a better screen than what they have now. Finally they are catching up to alldocube in these areas.
 

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The teclast t40 and t40 5g are much better designed and probably comes with a better screen than what they have now. Finally they are catching up to alldocube in these areas.
Probably still not widevine L1 certified?

Video started by asking if this tablet can match the flagships from Apple or Samsung... and in the end says it can't even match the Tab A7... blur... ha ha...
 

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Probably still not widevine L1 certified?

Video started by asking if this tablet can match the flagships from Apple or Samsung... and in the end says it can't even match the Tab A7... blur... ha ha...
Lol.

I think majority of these comparisons made don't really go into details.

For me, the most important factors to a tablet are the screen and soc.

The screen is the main component of a tablet and we look at the screen almost 100% of the time during its use. A good screen will certainly enhance enjoyment in using the tablet.

The soc is quite a big factor that many buyers miss out cos' it's pretty technical. The soc decides which heavy apps it can run and generally it's overall capability, not how much ram or storage it has.

Although antutu scores isn't the definitive guide to overall real world usage performance, it's still the most accessible guide in general comparison. A high antutu means it's more capable in running heavy apps like games.

A combination of a good soc and good ram enables even budget devices, like the iplay40 I have, do magic. I can play a heavy demand game like genshin impact in medium settings while watching YouTube in pip on top of it with minimal performance drop. Without YouTube I can run the game at high res, 60 fps settings.

So even though I can compare iplay40 (or teclast t40 4g since they are generally similar in many aspects) against Samsung tab a7, iplay40 wins for me. I do not buy a tablet to swipe left/right or up/down, enjoying it's vendor skinned ui and vendor installed bloats. I buy tablets to run apps and how well it run apps is the main factor for me.

Of course, Samsung or other such mainstream ones do have the advantage of promised os upgrades. Though as cn tablets get more popular with probably people developing custom Roms for them, this had become a non-factor.
 

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In case you wonder what the ZUI ROM looks like... it has a very very nice wallpaper...

1. When you first power on the tablet... you're greeted by the ZUI ROM and everything's in Chinese... at the top lefthand corner you can change the language to English.
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2. Setting up and booting into the UI looks like this... wallpaper is gorgeous...
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3. Unlocking shows that there is no Google app in sight...
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4. However, the Google Framework is in there... I updated the ZUI ROM immediately to the latest version which contains the framework. So I sideloaded Google Playstore and installed it successfully.
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5. Google Playstore launches successfully. I can log in my Google account. I can install apps as well. And the apps work.
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6. But I still decided to flash cos even though English was selected, there are still bits of the UI which uses Chinese... the experience was a bit uneven actually. So it seemed better to just flash it to the international ROM.

Hope my adventure with this tablet will be helpful to any of you considering this tablet.

It's smooth, fast, very pretty and super thin and light.. no regrets. $485 well-spent. My only problem is Microsoft Office 365 must be paid version now... oh well... just use some other free productivity suite lar I guess...
hi may i know how to sideload google play? i flashed to latest ROM and searched on the default app store, there is a google 设置 inside during search, can dowload from their app store?
 

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hi may i know how to sideload google play? i flashed to latest ROM and searched on the default app store, there is a google 设置 inside during search, can dowload from their app store?
Eh, when you say flash to the latest ROM, you mean the latest ZUI ROM? Look for the Google Play store APK online... I can't remember where I downloaded mine but the usual app stores like APKPure or Aptoid would be fine. The Google Services Framework or GMS is already part of the ROM... So don't need to install that actually...

Try this: https://m.apkpure.com/google-play-store/com.android.vending

You can also try the default app store, should be safe also...
 

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Lol.

I think majority of these comparisons made don't really go into details.

For me, the most important factors to a tablet are the screen and soc.

The screen is the main component of a tablet and we look at the screen almost 100% of the time during its use. A good screen will certainly enhance enjoyment in using the tablet.

The soc is quite a big factor that many buyers miss out cos' it's pretty technical. The soc decides which heavy apps it can run and generally it's overall capability, not how much ram or storage it has.

Although antutu scores isn't the definitive guide to overall real world usage performance, it's still the most accessible guide in general comparison. A high antutu means it's more capable in running heavy apps like games.

A combination of a good soc and good ram enables even budget devices, like the iplay40 I have, do magic. I can play a heavy demand game like genshin impact in medium settings while watching YouTube in pip on top of it with minimal performance drop. Without YouTube I can run the game at high res, 60 fps settings.

So even though I can compare iplay40 (or teclast t40 4g since they are generally similar in many aspects) against Samsung tab a7, iplay40 wins for me. I do not buy a tablet to swipe left/right or up/down, enjoying it's vendor skinned ui and vendor installed bloats. I buy tablets to run apps and how well it run apps is the main factor for me.

Of course, Samsung or other such mainstream ones do have the advantage of promised os upgrades. Though as cn tablets get more popular with probably people developing custom Roms for them, this had become a non-factor.
You play games lor... So the SOC is important to you... Some people like to stream videos to watch and the widevine certification may become more important... some prefer to surf net and look for information online, then the interface experience is more important... Each has its place and this variety and good pricing is what attracts me to the Android ecosystem lar...

But having said that, like you I think the iPlay 40 is currently the king of the hill where China tablets are concerned... It really is as good as what the established brands can offer and the only minus is the lack of widevine L1 certification otherwise it would be quite perfect... I would say its 9/10...
 

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You play games lor... So the SOC is important to you... Some people like to stream videos to watch and the widevine certification may become more important... some prefer to surf net and look for information online, then the interface experience is more important... Each has its place and this variety and good pricing is what attracts me to the Android ecosystem lar...

But having said that, like you I think the iPlay 40 is currently the king of the hill where China tablets are concerned... It really is as good as what the established brands can offer and the only minus is the lack of widevine L1 certification otherwise it would be quite perfect... I would say its 9/10...

Widevine cert is only impt for paid streaming services like Netflix and Amazon prime video. Does nothing else really. I subscribed to free trial on Netflix and halfway thru I sianz already. Nothing much to watch and certainly not worth subscribing to me. Since we are on the Android ecosystem, there are apks that offer much more contents (if people know where to look :))

Surfing net and look for information is more towards browser interface bah. Frankly speaking, majority of the people only spend less than 3 minutes on the Android interface. Even that can be skinned with custom launchers.

Yeah, the Android eco give more freedom in terms of apps and prices for sure.

Iplay40 also lacks gyro, which teclast t40 has. If it's as well optimized like the iplay40 and priced similarly, teclast t40 will be a better choice. Though it seems that the t40 is hard to buy online. Only tb has it. Major ones like lazada, shoppee and aliexpress all don't have the 4g model yet.
 

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Also to add.

After using iplay 40, I will find it hard next time to switch to another tablet without a laminated screen.

Laminated screen brings so much advantages. Screen looks better, not much glares and reflections and most importantly, it reduces the overall weight of the tablet. My 10 .4 inch iplay 40 don't feel that much heavier than my 8 inch mi pad 4. Like most people, I use a case to protect the tablet so weight matters.

Highly recommended to get a tablet with laminated screen if possible.
 

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Widevine cert is only impt for paid streaming services like Netflix and Amazon prime video. Does nothing else really. I subscribed to free trial on Netflix and halfway thru I sianz already. Nothing much to watch and certainly not worth subscribing to me. Since we are on the Android ecosystem, there are apks that offer much more contents (if people know where to look :))

Surfing net and look for information is more towards browser interface bah. Frankly speaking, majority of the people only spend less than 3 minutes on the Android interface. Even that can be skinned with custom launchers.

Yeah, the Android eco give more freedom in terms of apps and prices for sure.

Iplay40 also lacks gyro, which teclast t40 has. If it's as well optimized like the iplay40 and priced similarly, teclast t40 will be a better choice. Though it seems that the t40 is hard to buy online. Only tb has it. Major ones like lazada, shoppee and aliexpress all don't have the 4g model yet.
Just to add one more point, Teclast does not have the global version (Google) for T40 yet, when I recently checked with Taobao. This may be a concern for some.

I also like the T series from Teclast due to it having the better specs and screen compared to its M series counterpart. In fact, T30 Pro is the only model to support fast charging based on Mediatek's Pump Express. Alas, Teclast doesn't seem to show global support for their T family as much as M.
 

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Widevine cert is only impt for paid streaming services like Netflix and Amazon prime video. Does nothing else really. I subscribed to free trial on Netflix and halfway thru I sianz already. Nothing much to watch and certainly not worth subscribing to me. Since we are on the Android ecosystem, there are apks that offer much more contents (if people know where to look :))

Surfing net and look for information is more towards browser interface bah. Frankly speaking, majority of the people only spend less than 3 minutes on the Android interface. Even that can be skinned with custom launchers.

Yeah, the Android eco give more freedom in terms of apps and prices for sure.

Iplay40 also lacks gyro, which teclast t40 has. If it's as well optimized like the iplay40 and priced similarly, teclast t40 will be a better choice. Though it seems that the t40 is hard to buy online. Only tb has it. Major ones like lazada, shoppee and aliexpress all don't have the 4g model yet.
Oh? No gyroscope? Not so important if you don't play games I reckon... How does that impact your use? I think T40 still new on the market... Alldocube seems rather aggressive in conquering the global budget tablet segment...
 

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Just to add one more point, Teclast does not have the global version (Google) for T40 yet, when I recently checked with Taobao. This may be a concern for some.

I also like the T series from Teclast due to it having the better specs and screen compared to its M series counterpart. In fact, T30 Pro is the only model to support fast charging based on Mediatek's Pump Express. Alas, Teclast doesn't seem to show global support for their T family as much as M.
Yeah, agree... Got a lot news for M40 but practically none for T40... Probably due to the lack of global ROM as you rightly pointed out...
 

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Also to add.

After using iplay 40, I will find it hard next time to switch to another tablet without a laminated screen.

Laminated screen brings so much advantages. Screen looks better, not much glares and reflections and most importantly, it reduces the overall weight of the tablet. My 10 .4 inch iplay 40 don't feel that much heavier than my 8 inch mi pad 4. Like most people, I use a case to protect the tablet so weight matters.

Highly recommended to get a tablet with laminated screen if possible.
Agree... I ever used non-laminated screen before... Pretty annoying to use... Gave up after a while... I remember it was an old Acer Iconia tablet, and some CH branded China tablets you could get from SLS at the CH shop... There was always this permanent haze kind of feeling, now I look back, it probably was internal reflectivity...
 

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Anybody got recommendations for 10 inch or smaller Windows 10 tablet ?

4gb ram or more
128gb int storage
enough horsepower to do basic Photoshop on the go
 
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