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Ainol Novo 7 Paladin Tablet with Android 4.0 ICS Hands-On Review

Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest Android operating system one would want to get hands on, as soon as they can, with the hype it has got for the features and upgrade it brings from the previous Android OS, and for the same experience in a tablet device, we got the Ainol Novo 7 Android tablet, which is the first Android tablet with the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. And for what it provides, the pricing of USD 120 is not at all high. Here is a quick review of the Ainol Novo 7 Paladin -

Design, Display and Form Factor

Classic, extremely sleek and perfectly shaped tablet device, which the high-end device companies should take inspiration from. Yes it is a rectangular shaped piece, but what else would have brought the name of tablet to it? The black color tablet looks like the iBall slide, but is thinner and smaller, and actually looks a little better than the slide as it is less bulky.

Ainol Novo 7 Ainol Novo 7 hands-on Ainol Novo 7 back

The front has half-an-inch of panel around the screen, and the logos stay in the bottom left and right sides when the tablet is held in the landscape mode. One could use it in both the modes, but in the standing mode the entire screen looks a little cluttered. The top side has 3 physical keys, the Menu, the Back and the Power key. The side has the Volume jack keys, the reset key, the Mini USB slot, Mic and the MicroSD card slot.

Ainol Novo 7 connectivity sidebar  Ainol Novo side keys

The display is pretty good, and as what the specifications say, it gives the 1080p display output. But when you view it from the upper angles vertically, the clarity is gone. Also, the brightness is not at all high to view in bright conditions, especially under the sun.

Operating System, Interface and Apps

This is what someone should buy the Ainol Novo 7 for, the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The latest version of Android coming in the tablet device is for the first time, and no other tablet device yet has the ICS in it. The operating system is beautiful, with combined features of Gingerbread and Honeycomb packed into the single next gen version of Ice Cream Sandwich. The lock screen has the option to directly go to few settings or shortcut apps, or else unlock to reach the home screen directly. Many things have been changed in the new version of Android, especially the settings area, the notification and the bottom bar which is seen in the Honeycomb tablet devices, with the right bottom area being the shortcut for various options like the brightness, connectivity, clock etc.
There are 5 home screens which can be edited in various ways, customized and can include various app shortcuts, widgets etc. and for the display that Novo 7 has, the live wallpapers appear pretty good. The bottom left area has the shortcuts for home, back and latest apps or the ones running. The Novo 7 We would anyways be discussing about the Ice Cream Sandwich OS very soon.

Performance, Sound and Battery

The performance is good, provided that the ICS operating system is made in a way to optimize the tasks and running of apps so that the speed of multiple app running is not altered. We played a few games, HD ones that have come already in the device and each of them worked without a lag. The sound output is nice, the speaker being on the back side are on the best place as when you are gaming, you hold the Novo 7 from the sides and the sound output doesn’t get blocked by the fingers or hands.

The Novo 7 gives the output of 1080p video quality, and the test shows some great display. The processor speed and the graphics display sync well, no lag but this could be due to the early review without much usage. The battery provided with the Novo 7 is 3200 mAh and we got a usage of 8 hours while playing the games, playing music and browsing through the gallery, browsing the web all of which took 50% of the battery. 4000 mAh doesn’t seem less for a tablet device, and as said, the Novo 7 is optimized well and we have the 47% battery still left after the standby of almost 24 hours, i.e. the battery used was just 3% for the standby for an entire day. The tab has come with the Super Task Killer app, using which you could make the performance far better.

Ainol Novo 7 back

Connectivity comes in the form of Wi-Fi, a mid-range reception though. There is an option of 3G connection if you are using a 3G modem externally, and that is what had seen with the iBall slide earlier too. So, you are not restricted with just the Wi-Fi option.

Final verdict

For the price of $120, giving the Ice Cream sandwich operating system and the great performance and battery, I would forget the fact that it doesn’t have a 3G SIM option, and the missing of camera can be forgotten. The design is neat, the feel is great and moreover, the first tablet device with the latest Android OS is what attracts the mass. The video output and gaming are less lagging, and so we liked the performance. A worth device for what it provides.

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  1. just bought this for one of my kids, cant figure out how to change from chinese to english, anyone pls help

  2. I have the tornado,,,I did the firmware update and now it is all Chinese and can not locate how to change back to English. is there an English version firmware update for tornado

  3. Hi im hoping someone can help me, im completely new to the android world. I mainly got the Novo7 paladin to use the Kindle App and browse the internet ect. The kindle app has downloaded fine but when I go to read my books it wont stay on the page and wont change pages. Has anyone come accoss this problem before? I dont know if its the Kindle or the tablet that is causing the problem. I have tried uninstalling it and downloading it again but its still doing it. Please help!

  4. also just recieved Nova-just wondering if it can pick up WiFi from local and use as I’m at school? If so, how do i do it or is it automatic?

  5. I have a ainol Novo 7 paladin 4.0 and have no idea how to use it. I can’t even play a video clip that is installed on it to play if anyone can help be much appreciated.

  6. Should I ship it from online or should i get it in a store in my country? Which is better? Is it worth it?

  7. I have just bought the Nova from a friend and have tried to use it with a tablet USB keyboard ( I needed a USB A Female to USB Mini adapter) It worked on my old Tablet but it won’t talk to this one. Any Ideas.

  8. My Novo 7 pad comes on but just shows a large size picture of the android loge with a star shaped sphere in the m iddle of it. How can I fix this?

  9. does it has gps can android market. it does not cam so can we connect my webcam plz guyz let me know

  10. I accidentally forgot my pattern password on my Ainol Novo7 Paladin tablet and cannot unlock it. does anyone have any advice on how I can do so? It is VERY IMPORTANT!! Thank You!.

  11. well, been working/playing/watching movie and stuff with this little fella. everything is good apart from not been able to install a lot of “MUST HAVE” apps. the hardware issue. couldnt find a way around this so this been lying dead next to my laptop. might just gift it to my nephews n all :)
    if any of you guys have figured to work out the hardware issue(ARM vs MIPS) please ping me. i’d be more than grateful for the kind words.

    for INR5k its worth the bucks, personally i dont like android for all these glitch. keep control on the hardware manufacturer,else users like us ll drift away soon as w8 is on its way :)

  12. Sir.i have already bought Novo7paladin,this is in chinese version,i am in india so i want english please help me for that,and the tablet is no support the angry birds application and some application please help me my email id harshavarthan41@gmail.com

    • bro install magic code latest version in your tablet then you will b able to play angry birds as well as many games.you can download the magic code from here “http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1411879″.

  13. the sound is not working on my brand new nivol paladine novo 7. can any one tell me now to fix it? most the apps from andriod market cannot be download for ics. I m much happier with Ipad 2.

  14. English version of firmware consists of apks for facebook, working Google play, kindle, magic code, ninesky browser, titanium backup and youtube.
    Download link below

  15. Will try the Magic Code. Where is the best site to find the instructions?
    Just a shame that you can do so little with the tablet from start.
    This whole MIPS excuse is a bad one. Why use this MIPS hard ware if half the applications dont run on it? For the future? we are already 4 months later.
    The tablet has been in the cupboard for two months now. Lets try again.

  16. Can dongle be used with tablet?

  17. Will it work with a dongle?

  18. can i know about the office in paladin?? is it using microsoft office ??

  19. On amazon uk review
    the reviewer says that you can use Magic Code app 1.3 to enable apps for ARM to run. I don’t know myself. I’m new to android.

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