Wednesday, April 18, 2012

JXD S7100B reviewed by Deen0X!

DeenOX is fast becoming the reviewer against which all others are judged, and he strikes again this time with his thoughts on the brand new 7 inch Capacitive screen JXD S7100B here in Spanish.

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And here again, thanks to the marvel of Google translate, is something approximating the above (although you would be better served translating from the above site, as there are some great pics and videos in it):

Tablet Video Review / Console JXDS7100B

Acknowledgments
Thanks to willgoo.com store that sent us a sample of the video game manufacturer  JXD , specifically the model  JXDS7100B for us to do a review. also wanted to thank users skelton (from http://www.elotrolado. net ) and bitrider ( http://www.gp32spain.com ) for their willingness to clarify some questions I had when performing tests. Introduction JXDS7100B The console is a review of its predecessor JXD7100, to which CPU has been changed by a Amlogic M3 (the previous version has a Amlogic M1), and now Android OS to 2.3.4. The rest of specifications is exactly like its predecessor, both in the documentation, packaging and even in the same console, which makes references throughout to the previous model (JXDS7100) This console, its characteristic form, is shaping up more like a tablet with features for gaming, a console with tablet functions. For this reason, may be transformed into a very interesting alternative for users looking for a device that provides an experience more like a tablet, to take more advantage of its features as such, and recreational use (games) is a point secondary. With this, I'm not saying that the console is not used to playing, but this console is likely that more users can take advantage of the device if it were a typical console, console-shaped (and sized console) I hope this review serves as a guide who has questions about this console, and help you clear them. In the Box (Unboxing) One thing that caught my attention pleasantly, is the packaging of the device. It comes in a cardboard box, printed on all sides with information about its contents, although the information corresponds to the previous version of the console (JXD7100). I guess being a relatively new product to date and still have not changed the text and appropriate references to the old with the new console.

(Detail of the box, where you can see that in the upper right corner refers to the old model still S7100, instead of the new S7100B) Once opened, are stored inside each of its individual components in spaces protected by foam.

One detail that I was very pleasantly surprised, to see that the console comes with a holster. After finding out if this configuration is standard, I saw that in the box by default that is sold, but has been added by the store along with all other elements. Although it may seem a minor detail, the truth is that is very much appreciated having a cover which bring the console, since it has a slightly larger size than normal, and therefore a common case would not serve. elements that come the package

Here is a list of all items supplied in the box on the console:
Console JXDS7100B
Custom cover for the console, with the JXD logo
Wall Charger with standard jack, 5V and 2A. Fine barb.
User manual in English
Headphones / Headsets-the-Ear
USB-miniUSB cable to connect to your computer
MiniUSB-USB Cable (Male) OTG
DVD with content that brings the console preloaded (all in Chinese)

At this point, again I am surprised OTG USB cable that includes the console. After researching I have come to the conclusion that this cable is included from the factory next to the console. The wall charger does not convince me, since it has a nonstandard entry to connect to the console. Corresponds to a very fine pin, and this does not seem right for this piece to replace / charger would be a complicated task. Fortunately, by connecting a mini USB cable to the USB port of the console, it also can be used to load the battery, so the boot problem will rest all the importance it may have, and I can load the console with any standard USB charger or USB port of a computer. The console comes with no MicroSD memory card. This could be a negative feature for users who are accustomed to other products, but after analyzing the whole I think it is okay to not include it, since it is always a low-capacity card (about 2GB) and will usually be replaced one of greater capacity, just a console user has in his possession. Furthermore, given all the elements that incorporates the housing, is well understood to omit this detail, in addition to the console and has 8GB of internal memory. Description of the console

Front view:
D-PAD
Stick (has the same functions of the D-PAD, and works as a digital pad)
4 Action Buttons: [Triangle], [Square], [Circle], [Ecks]
2 extra game buttons: [Select] and [Start]
3 Android system buttons: [Back] [Home] [Menu]
2 Speaker Outputs: Left and Right
Camera for video conferencing
LED operation indicator console

Rear view:
Camera

Top view:
Power button [Power]
Volume buttons [Vol-], [Vol +]
Microphone Slot
Mini-HDMI output
Mini-USB port
3.55mm audio output

Bottom view:
Memory card slot MicoSD

Left view:
Reset button hole

Right view:
Input for charger

Dimensions:

Width: 238.5mm
Height: 121.7mm
Thickness: 12.4mm
Weight: 455g Note about size: it may seem excessively large, the truth is it's a little bigger than a tablet 7 "normal. For comparison, let a series of photographs which I have compared different devices, to appreciate the difference in size.

(Mosaic with multiple devices, to appreciate the different sizes against JXDS7100B)

First image: Compared with a Tablet 7 ", the Acer Iconia Tab A100
Second image: Comparing with PSVita
Third image: Buying a JXDs601, which has the same size as a PSP Slim Specifications Specifications of the box correspond to the ability chipset installed, but these specifications are actually somewhat lower. This is because the chipset can support up to 1GHz speed, but in fact the console is capped to 800MHz, to avoid high consumption of battery. Then the list features of the console.

CPU: 800MHz M3 Amlogic
GPU: MALI-400
Memory: 512MB DDR3 RAM
RAM: DDR3 512M
Internal memory: 8GB
Display: 7 "800x480px
Screen Type: Capacitive multitouch (5 points)
OS: Android OS 2.3.4
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Front camera: 0.3M pixels
Rear Camera: 2.0M pixels
TV out: HIMI (miniHDMI), supporting up to 1080p
G-Sensor: Yes
Ports: USB2.0 high speed, (Mode HOST)

Have also been captured screens of information provided by the program Quadrant Standard:

First boot and use interface

Booting from 0 takes approximately 50 seconds until Android interface appears.

Unlike many Android devices that are started for the first time, this tablet is not necessary to perform an initial system configuration. In the case of this tablet, the operating system configuration comes in English, so it is easier to navigate the menus of the operating system without any problems. Of course, the tablet comes with the Spanish language loaded into the system, so that you can change these settings without any problems from the menu Settings -> Language and Keyboard -> Select Language -> Spanish (or English, which is by Default: Settings -> Language & keyboard -> Select language -> Spanish) For users that are unusual in android, commenting that this configuration will only change the text of the menus and windows operating system. The applications that come preloaded on the console are in Chinese, will remain in those versions. To change the language of these versions can be uninstalled each of the applications that are in a different language, and install the versions from the market corresopndientes, to be in the language you choose. Change language applications can result in something very interesting for some users who want to keep the organizers / launchers installed by default in the console. Changing the language of a game take an example, these steps have been taken to change the language of Angry Birds:

The game is loaded Angry Birds coming pre-loaded in the console to verify that it is in Chinese
We used the program AppInstaller and uninstalled the game.
Apk has copied the game Angry Birds Apps folder from internal memory, and using the program AppInstaller (selecting internal memory) has proceeded to install the game.
Loads from the console interface. The game is in English (no longer in Chinese).

Interface for Applications and Games

Interface provided by the launcher included in the console, at least 3 of the 5 screens are preset. In the central (main) is the default desktop, with shortcuts to various applications and games, though most are in Chinese. This screen can be set (customize), adding some icons to other applications, but when loading / reloading the launcher, the changes we have made ​​are lost. If we try to change something (delete, change of position), we get the following message: "In order to interface aesthetics, This can not be removed controlling temporaly" (In order to interface aesthetics, this control can not be removed temporarily) I have not found a way to change the display items. Most applications and games that appear in the interface are not actually installed on the console, and are only shortcuts to their respective installers.

Just select one of these icons and a message stating "The application is not installed on the phone." And a window asking if you want to install the selected program. Organizers By default, the console comes with 2 administrators / interfaces to organize and launch applications and games: App Center and Game Center.

(App Center and Game Center)

In both interfaces, have a content download manager that, according to the classification we are, we will present its corresponding content, and simply select them for download directly to the tablet. has tried to download a program or a ROM from this interface, and even download without problems, has not been automated the process of adding it to the pitcher, so that part of the fun they bring these pitchers is lost.

(App Center and Game Center, with the application manager and games)

(Download an application using the managers)

Ignoring the fact that installing applications or ROMs are not automatically added to the organizers, in these interfaces, you can arrange the icons of applications and games divided into category folders. For Android application icons, just drag from the application menu icon you want into the folder so that it is categorized and sorted. In the case of game roms, to generate icons should go to one of the following directories:

/ Mnt / flash / roms / arcaderoms [to Mame]
/ Mnt / flash / roms / gbaroms [Gameboy Advance]
/ Mnt / flash / roms / mdroms [Mega Drive]
/ Mnt/flash/roms/n64roms [Nintendo 64]
/ Mnt / flash / roms / fcroms [NES]
/ Mnt / flash / roms / psroms [PSX]

In the case of missing emulators, I have not figured out how to be added to the Game Center. using your download manager games can be downloaded ROMs for each emulator, but do not like to appear in the Game Center. For example, downloading the Donkey Kong Country 3, the corresponding folder for these roms (Super Nintendo or SNES) is:

/ Mnt / flash / roms / sfcroms

From here I have not followed by further testing at GameCenter. For the App Center is exactly the same, but Android, but add a folder within a category is more straightforward because you can drag the icon you want from the menu application to the appropriate folder. Turning the console on shutdown, and informative way, the whole process takes no more than 5 seconds. Tests factory settings Games Android Both the power and quality of the screen provide a together to enjoy good Android passing titles from games that do not require too much processor such as Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies, and reaching more advanced games like ShadowGun, although the latter is necessary to load the libraries provided by 3D Chainfire. [INSERT VIDEO DEMO ANDROID ***] In the case of ShadowGun, the necessary settings so you can run the game is: Chainfire 3D -> Default OpenGL Settings -> Reduce texture size Note : We recommend removing this setting to play other games and / or emulators that do not require 3D Chainfire. You may submit visual problems if the option to reduce the size of the textures is active. emulated games console succeeds almost all console emulators PSX and N64 before For PSX games, performance does not become 100% fluid, suffering relentizaciones in the execution of the emulation. Similarly, the N64 games will be jerks, but it is true that everything depends on the game if you use more or less relentizaciones notice, although in general the titles are mostly playable. Whatever the case, the fact is that the configuration of physical buttons that console has insufficient to properly emulate any of the systems that come by default, since there is almost no relatively new console only use 4 action buttons, and therefore must rely on screen buttons to play without problems. HDMI By connecting an input calbe in miniHDMI, throws the switch settings for the HDMI output "HDMI Switch", showing the following:

Panel: Display of the tablet
480p
720p
1080

When you select any option other than the Panel, the display will go out and work with a touchpad (the touchpad typical for any laptop). The multitouch capabilities in this mode disappears, and a mouse pointer appears on screen. With the screen you can move the pointer, and double pulsacón seleccoinaremos display items. This way of working is particularly annoying to play some games, especially those who require precise movements and / or rapid, and is that because the screen is off, we have a reference to where we are really pressing, and the need to double click to activate a push / slide on the screen, some games are being unplayable, as for example the famous Fruit Ninja, if you play over HDMI, see how you move the pointer on screen, but without any effect on the game, except that you press 2 times on the screen. As this, almost all the games Pressing required display items become almost completely unplayable. Performance (benchmarks) have been tested for benchmarking with the stock rom (800MHz), obtaining the following results: Quadrant Standard : 1905

The test results showed that worse was that of 2D (2 dimensional graphics), with a score of 215 points. Antutu Benchmark : 2536

The test results showed that worse was that of 2D (2 dimensional graphics), with a score of 112 points. Quick Lite Benchmark : 2221

The test results showed worse were the MicroSD card write, but these tests are considered as the worst, since you are using a Class 4 MicroSD card. Therefore, the worst test results is given 2D Graphics, gaining only 161 points. These benchmarks are for reference only, since in the case of Antutu Benchmark and Benchmark Quick Lite are testing of components that are not console themselves, as is the MicroSD card, and this result lowers the overall score of the console. Still, the other values ​​used for comparison with other devices. Rooteo rooteo process console is relatively simple. For this, I used the program Unlock Root and followed the basic steps rootear the device:

Enable debug mode in the console, Austes-> Applications-> Development-> Tick "USB Debugging"
Start the program in windows UnlockRoot
Connect the console using the supplied miniUSB
Wait for the drivers are installed
Click the green button "Root" program
Select the console in the list of connected devices

In this step, the program will warn us that the console is already rooteada, and will ask if you want to continue. We will so. The program does its job and end the console will restart. When starting, you are rooteada and Superuser program installed. Note : The program indicates that it is rooteada the console, but if we check the list of programs on your device, we see that the program is Superuser. I made ​​the whole process of rooteo to easily install the Superuser, plus make sure the console is really rooteada. Installing the market for the market, I followed the instructions to install it on a console JXDs601, which basically consists of using the ADB.EXE program to install the necessary programs, which are basically these:

GoogleServicesFramework.apk
Market_Updater.apk
Market_Vending_3.4.4.apk

Once installed, the work on the console market, but in my case I had some problems with software downloads or any file, because attempts to download is canceled within a few seconds to start, and thus can not be installed next to nothing . After spinning, the solution was to re-install the GoolgeServicesFramework.apk, and incidentally Market uninstall and install the new Google Play Store. The steps taken were:

Using adb.exe I reinstalled GoogleServicesFramework.apk, and then restarted the console.
Titanium Backup Using the tool has been established as the Market of google user application.
Then and now using the tool AppInstaller (which comes with the tablet), the market has been uninstalled.
Finally installed the new Store Play.

These steps have ensured that the market apps are downloaded and installed correctly, and other applications that download files from internet (dropbox, browser, etc) now have no disconnection problems. Other Tests Within the body of evidence that I I've actually used the USB Host mode, and I connected X-Arcade Dual Joystick. Also, I connected the tablet to a TV via HDMI, and with this I turned the sketch set in a slot machine.

This test is used to "plot" the idea that users have about using a tablet as a CPU for their arcade games / arcade (or "blemishes", as they are called), and that is something feasible with a device totamlente as JXDS7100B House Not much to say about the cameras incorporating the device. 0.3mpx The front is no autofocus and no flash (LED) 2.0mpx The rear is no autofocus and no flash (LED) With this configuration obviously does not think of using this camera to take pictures you want to save, but are sufficient for applications such as skype, or others that do not require a high resolution, as TinyCam / IP Webcam Photos

(Photo using the front camera. 0.3mpx, 640x480px)

(Photo using the back camera. 2Mpx, 1600x1200px)

Videos

(Demo video using the front camera)

(Demo video using the rear camera)

Buttons and controllers on

the D-Pad is very similar to the PSP. It is one piece (rather than 2 as in the JXDS601) and has central axis. The buttons have a very good feeling to the touch, are pressed smoothly, even in combinations. While the console has few buttons it is also true that the quality of them have nothing to be objected, as the qualities and feelings are good as a whole. Pros, Cons and Improvements As with almost any device, there is always a list of pros, other against, and some believe could be capable of being improved in case of launching a product review. Pros:

The screen size is sufficient to use the console as a portable video player, endonde more than one person can view its contents. In contrast to smaller screens, which use is more individual.
Capacitive multitouch screen and 5 points. It is definitely a plus by any measure.
USB HOST MODE. Opens the possibility to use devices such as keyboards, mice and even an X-Arcade controller type (or similar, to simulate the use of keystroke)
Very good finishes manufacturing the console. We are facing a product of good quality components and finishes.
D-PAD and play buttons of good quality. Without being a quality of a console or similar type PSP, the controls are the best I've tasted in consoltas / tablets so far.
A very good speaker volume level.
HDMI output to enjoy the contents of the tablet on an external television
In general, all the keys on the console, so the game as the android, relatively soft to the touch, and there is no need for excessive force to press them.
Ability to load the console via 2 ways: by the shipper (using the connector side of the console) or via the USB port. Definitely, this is a great plus.
There is a possibility that this tablet is updated to Android 4.0 ICS

Cons:
The edge of the screen is too "deep", and stops to touch the corners of it.
Android system buttons (Back, Home and Menu) are positioned in the center console, and fall far short of the hand in the case of using the console in game (not comfortably reach the thumbs to press these keys)
The weight of the tablet (450g) is felt after using it for a while.
The absence of triggers is definitely something that weighs on the console to be used more seriously in console mode.
In general, the tablet is more oriented to be used as a tablet that as a console, because the rectangular shape of it is not very convenient to use the console for prolonged periods. (Although it takes getting used to)
Lack of Market. You have to install it manually
Size of the console. Not really a downside, that means that the size should be increased by the inclusion of the buttons and controls, but not having a standard size, you can get a holster for it, other than their own JXD. It would be ideal to have a cover like a book to carry the console, and has the possibility of leaving the tablet on a table in semi-upright position.
The D-Pad and Analog Stick share functions.

Improvements:
As such people as JXD has done with the S601 small, it could release a firmware with the modified kernel faster. This console would gain a lot with the CPU running at 1GHz.
Move android buttons (Back, Home, Menu), to one side of the bottom, so they are more accessible to be pressed with the thumb, without releasing the tablet with one hand.
Launch a Book-cover that allows save / protect the console when not in use, and on the other side with a back brace to get you a semi-upright on a table.
Alternatively to the above, it is highly desirable that the console had a "leg" rear folding, such as those with the Archos tablets, which allow support the tablet vertically without problems.
Reduce the depth / thickness of the edge of the screen to access the entire surface smooth.
Change the text referring to the console, and specify which is the model JXDS7100B
Add a Bluetooth module
Add to the structure of the console, a space to put a wrist strap to avoid dropping the console if it gets out of hand.
Provide the necessary tools to allow users to generate Custom Roms of this tablet-console.
Even after trying the console has been found that a normal triggers would be uncomfortable if you should find an alternative to add buttons L1 and R1 (and even L2 and R2). Perhaps adding buttons back.
Taking advantage of the space you have the console, you could add more buttons in the right pane.
Separate functions assigned to the D-PAD and the analog stick. Pressing either of these commands / keys, the console responds differently to the D-PAD and for Stick. (The D-PAD could be the arrows of a normal keyboard, and the Stick could be, for example, using the "i", "l", "k", "j")

Improvements Proposal

I will leave a small proposal for improvement. It can not possibly be seen by the people of JXD, but leave it to know your views. The idea is very simple, and I commented on the improvements, and is added at the rear of the console some buttons "flat" (not to bother when we put the console on a table) using the R1, R2, L1 and L2. It should be a switch on top (or wherever), which allows enabling or disabling these buttons, so when using the tablet in "tablet", do not bother if pressed accidentally. Finally, although I have drawn badly, save space on the right panel to add more buttons, which are always good for any emulator (to use combinations, or allocate more physical buttons to control emulated)

Conclusion

In considering this console, I had to rethink how to use it should give, as I was predisposed to look at a console with the possibility of being used as a tablet, and is actually what contraio: A tablet, with the possibility of being used as console games. This may seem like a silly, but the truth is that if you look at this device as the console loses many points, since the absence of triggers, lack of buttons, which directly affects the time to run emulators and assign keys for the controls (especially PSX and N64, by the lack of triggers) and discomfort that results from using it for a long time, will not provide a pleasant experience for a user who wishes to acquire this tablet with the idea of making it a retro-gaming center. In addition, the tablet can be ideal for users who intend to use it primarily as a Tablet Android, and from time to time they throw a party of any game that supports physical controls, or emulation retroconsolas mainly of type Mame or the like, surely you will find a very versatile product which can take advantage. For example, my particular case, where I have used this console and portable video player for my child to watch cartoons on long trips in the car, and where I have completely replaced the use of screens / portable DVD players (Car) with a structure to put the tablet, and where fully enjoy its contents (movies and music).

(Using the JXDS7100B as a player for the car)

The lack of bluetooth is still a common problem of all these consoles / android, but the inclusion of a USB HOST mode generates many other alternatives to take advantage of it. The product is of very good quality, which surprised me. We appreciate the inclusion of USB OTG cable in the package, and in the case of the sample submitted, the sleeve for the tablet is a fundamental issue to take care, which has saved me the problem of find a cover that serves for her. short. If you had already raised the purchase of the console, even knowing that does not have triggers for use in games, then you will not disappoint. The product is good quality and secure benefit to know the features that the tablet. Now, if you are a user who is behind a console-oriented retro-gaming, and intends to use it regularly, it may not be your best choice , since the structure of the console is not ergonomic and possibly you uncomfortable to play, plus the absence of triggers / low number of buttons to play is something that any player will miss the beginning. If you wish to give an example of use: Play Mortal Kombat (any). to have only 4 action buttons, you are obliged to use a virtual on-screen button, and you can imagine how uncomfortable it is to play that way. Afterword Definitely, this tablet / console has more acceptance among users who are not regular players . Among the people I asked for my opinion, almost all those who are not accustomed to play, have been called as "rectangular" console, being more familiar with this concept for a tablet (and use), others have shown that with one more way to "console", where the relationship of form and game is most obvious (and therefore more difficult to see that also can be used for other things not to play) has been a pleasure doing this review, and again repeat that I hope will be useful for anyone seeking information about it. It welcomes any feedback / correction is made ​​on the information made ​​in this review. Note : For anyone insteresado in buying this console, there is a coupon. Look here for more information. Zalu2!

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