Posts Tagged ‘Android’

Replacing the C93 & C93A with C94, still testing the C98A

December 17, 2013

We are officially retiring one of our best selling tablets in the C93 and the C93A and replacing them with the C94.  Thanks to the hard work by Christian Troy and the sponsorship of our company, we were able to get CM10.2 and CM11 working on the C94 and decided this would be the best route to take even though we love Amlogic chipped tablets.  The C93A has GPS (C94 doesn’t), but you can always add GPS to a Bluetooth tablet with a Bluetooth GPS receiver.  We actually sell the kits we just don’t have them online.  Not sure why I guess I need to get on that.

The ROM is in house only at this time and probably will be for a few months.  Unless people want to donate to Christian Troy for his Amlogic/Allwinner pop-AOSP builds, the only way to get this tablet with 4.3 or 4.4 is to buy from us.  We pay for the initial development and it’s up to the community to keep it going.  I wish my sales reflected how much we gave back to the China tablet community so I could pay CT full time, but they don’t.  And I’m not in the business of begging for sales, and CT is not in the business of begging for donations.  And I’m not in business of scamming people through forums like some companies that will remain nameless, cough Apadtv, cough.

So to use a played out cliche, It is what it is.

But, if you want a very good budget tablet in the Zenithink C94 Google Android Jelly Bean 4.3 or Kit Kat 4.4 tablet you know how to find my store.  I mean unless you are terrible at the interweb and can’t click the link up at the top or know what Google, Bing, or Yahoo is.  Just saying.

We are still testing the C98A.  It’s a great tablet.  And I mean great tablet.  Super (duper??) loud speakers, fast, metal frame, does everything out of the box…well almost everything.  The phablet part does not work in the US (Data or Phone call).  My guess is they are using a very old baseband version for the MTK8389.  I have tried to reprogram known good IMEI’s and I just can’t get it to connect to T-Mobile or AT&T networks.  Which are the two most popular GSM networks in the world so it should work you think…..  So until you see a post here about the C98A working in the US, I wouldn’t buy it.  Maybe it works in other countries, like China.  Maybe only China.  But it does not and I repeat DOES NOT on the 10 units I tested work in the US in any of the two SIM ports the tablet is built with.  The speakers are so awesome though I just hope that we can get this one issue solved.  Tablets fall short on the speaker side and on this tablet the speakers are almost ear piercing.

Pipo M6 WiFi & 3G, Pipo M9 WiFi & 3G, Pipo S1 Pro, Cube U55GT Talk 79 All In Stock

November 8, 2013

Well I talked about how I dropped the ball on the PiPo’s at the beginning of the year and I’m trying to make up for it.  We also have some Cube U55GTs in stock.  They are a little more expensive than what you would get buying direct from China, but if anything goes wrong you can save a lot of headache having to return them to me instead of all the way on the other side of the country.

As we sell more and more Cube products we will try and get better prices, but our PiPo products are on par with China prices.

Tablet repair and Warranty – All Models – Samsung, Acer, Asus, Zenithink, Pipo, Cube, Ainol, Eken

September 14, 2013

Just wanted to make a quick post about tablet repair.  It’s something we can do here in our office for almost every tablet on the market.  We will not do Apple products so don’t ask.  If you have a tablet you need repaired send us an email at sales@flsuperstore.com.  The most common issues are touch screens.  Which we can get from most manufacturers.  China tablets are our specialty, so if you have anything that needs repaired like usb port, charge port, lcd, etc., just send me an email and I will try to help.

Now to talk about our warranty we offer with our tablets.  Someone wrote a feedback on our E-Bay account about us not honoring our warranty.  Which is complete bull spit.  I would be glad to prove the guy never even contacted us to tell us his tablet wasn’t working.  We have a repair facility in-house, and as long as the tablet is not heavily damaged by the customer, the work is done for free.  If you purchased your tablet from China and you live in the US, plan to pay upwards of $46 to get the tablet back there to fix.  Also be prepared to get them to talk you into buying something from them again just so they can send it back to you and them not have to pay shipping back.  Now that ladies and gentlemen, is the true rip-off.

It’s official, AX1 and Ainol Captain on the way.

September 12, 2013

Not too much else to say.  We will test them both.  I’m not a fan of the ATM7029, but the Captain intrigues me a bit for the non-gamer.  The super-high res screen, massive battery, 2GB memory, GPS, and internal Bluetooth make it a step above the Hero II (Which we never ordered in mass quantity).  But the GPU will suffer a bit for the hardcore gamer (Like me).  I think it’s more marketable than the Hero II was/is.

We try to carry tablets with the best bang for the buck as they say.  I think this one falls into that category.

I also have sent word out to MTK to try and get source code so we can develop for their MT8389 chip.

Pipo M9 / Rockchip RK3188

September 12, 2013

I feel like I dropped the ball on this tablet.  I have been sitting around waiting for an AML8726-M8 tablet to drop and it just hasn’t happened yet.  I will admit that my retail sales are above last year’s average but with the way that we were killing it in the first quarter I figured they would at least be three times what they were last year and they are not.  Now I see some of the sales figures of the Pipo M9 at other stores and I think that could be me.

O well.  You live and you learn.  I still swear by Amlogic, and I know when their chip drops it will completely destroy any 2nd tier China chip (Actions, MTK, Boxchip (Allwinner), Freescale)  currently on the market and be a step ahead of the Rockchip RK3188.

I believe my patience will pay off.  And my advice is to hold off on buying a tablet right now if you are looking at these mid/low priced tablets as something you would want to own.  But again, I probably should have got a few batches of M9’s in the interim because they are in my opinion a decent segue into what will be about a years worth of domination from Amlogic when they release their AML8726-M8 chip.  And as always, since Amlogic works with us with the kernel sources we will be able to offer more software options for any tablets it releases and not just repacks which is mostly what you see for Rockchip devices.

I wish there was more to talk about, but there isn’t.  We might be getting some Pipo M9 tablets in and also Cube UG55T aka Talk 79 in just to hold us over to boost some sales heading into the holiday season.  We feel these are the best tablets out on the market in their price range.  We are also looking at Ainol’s new AX1 which has 3G and CDMA capabilities.  I would really like to know how the CDMA capabilities would work….Do I have to use QTSP?  How would I program the tablet onto a CDMA network like Verizon or Sprint?  Or even Metro PCS?  We will see I guess.

Zenithink C93A & C98 Google Android Jelly Bean 4.1 4.2 Tablets

June 23, 2013

Well…..Just when I thought Zenithink made one of the best budget Google Android 10″ tablets in the world they go and release an updated version of the C93.  The C93A is an upgraded version of the C93 that comes with Bluetooth, Dual Camera, and GPS.  Get this….It’s only $10 more.

So as soon as mass production is in full effect we will be replacing the C93 model with the C93A.  I mean who wouldn’t pay $10 more for 3(4?? FM Tuner??) more features than its predecessor?

Now they say it has built in FM, but I’m not sure I know anything about that yet. We have had the C71A for a few weeks or so now and they say it has FM too, but again I have no clue how to make it work or if there is an FM tuner internally.  I guess I need to ask more questions.

But who needs FM when there is the Internet.  Soon in my predictions, nobody will know what FM/AM/CDs/DVDs/VHS/Floppy Disks even were.  Part of Moore’s law I guess.

We are unsure about what quad-core chip they are going to use in the C98 but we have a feeling it will not be Allwinner or MTK as their website suggests.  My guess it will be the new Amlogic AML8726-M8 which will be out sooner than you think.  I’m sure that Zenithink (via Amlogic) already has a solution for the chip which has put their small company on the tablet map of the world.  If they do this (And I have advised them too) I think it would give them the much needed exposure in the ARMs race that they missed last year when Ainol, Onda & Ramos were putting out dual-core Amlogic tablets 4-5 months before Zenithink was.

I stand by my statement that Zenithink makes the best budget performance tablets.  Ainol makes the best budget performance also, but they use slightly better components and offer more selections of spec levels for their tablet lines.  This is why over the last year we have focused on featuring these two lines of manufacturers.  In the future we hope to add Onda & Pipo (Pipo first more than likely).  But until then we will be your genuine Ainol & Zenithink dealers in the US.

Zenithink Google Android C71A & C71L Custom ROMs Jelly Bean 4.2.2 CM10.1 CyanogenMod AOKP Paranoid Android PA3+

May 30, 2013

Christian Troy, aka the Italian stallion and I just pulled a 60 hour (just one nap) shift sorting out the bloody, gory details to snap together CM10.1 ROMS for both the Zenithink C71A & C71L.  Let me tell you that nobody in the world can even sniff their own custom repack for this tablet as of now.  And the way the new Bootloaders work I doubt they will ever.  Most people who got some of the test run Zenithink Google Android C71A and C71L tablets don’t even have the stock firmware.

Anyone who buys from F&L Superstore is of course going to get the 1yr service and support that our tablets/ROMs come with.  But we are considering to charge a monthly fee for private forum access for people who do not buy direct from F&L Superstore. Nothing expensive, maybe like $2.50-$5 a mo., but it’s a thought we were kicking around to thwart idiots like Buyizonelectronics from plagiarizing our ads, software, and ideas word for word and reaping the benefits without doing any of the work. And there’s more people than him in the world that does it, but he is the first person that came to mind.

It’s not set in stone but like I said there is a thought process of trying to promote our brand, which is our customer service and custom firmware, and protect it somehow so we can at least reap some small rewards for our hard work.  There’s no such thing as a free lunch and right now people are eating off of our plate.

Anyways.  Feel free to discuss it below.  I’m extremely candid and I appreciate it when people can be so back with me.

Update:  Although we have CM10.1 working on both tablets, on the C71A (GPS) the GPS doesn’t work.  Our fix for this is installing CM10 (4.1.2).  If you don’t have the need for the GPS just roll with CM10.1 because it has all the bells & whistles.  Send a message before ordering (Once we get them back in stock we sold out)

How to update Ainol Spark Quad-Core Boxchip Allwinner A31 Power VR Wi-Fi Fix – Custom ROM – Stock ROM install

May 22, 2013

If you read too much of the Internets and don’t take your time you would probably believe that the Google Android Jelly Bean Ainol Spark has a “hardware” Wi-Fi issue. This is far from the truth.

So far with this new firmware there aren’t any issues with the Wi-Fi. Now I haven’t sold a ton of these things. Maybe a couple hundred, but this solves any Wi-Fi problems so far and I’ve had no complaints or returns on these tablets yet. So the Spark is turning out to be a well built machine.

Now here’s how to update it. Which can be a tedious task so I felt compelled to explain it in a video.

Link to the product to purchase: http://www.flsuperstore.com/tablets/ainol-novo-9-spark-16gb-android-4-1-jelly-bean-tablet-retina-quad-core-2gb-ram.html

The video also explains how to install a custom ROM for the Ainol Spark Google Android Jelly Bean Tablet.