Thursday, December 27, 2012

Starmobile Engage 7HD vs Ainol Novo 7 Flame

Android tablets are truly getting a lot of attention today. Ever since the appearance of affordable tablets from China in the Philippine market today, lots of local mobile companies are also releasing their own tablets to compete with these China tabs. So today I want to compare two famous tablets in the market today: the Ainol Novo 7 Flame and the Starmobile Engage 7HD, both of which sport a 7-inch screen and are priced closely.
Starmobile Engage 7HD
The Starmobile Engage 7HD is a 7-inch tablet by Starmobile, a local mobile company here in the Philippines that is receiving a lot of attention not only with these newly-released tablet, but also with their affordable yet powerful Android smartphones Astra and Crystal. So without further ado, here are its specs:
  • 7" capacitive multitouch (5 point) IPS HD Display, 1280x800 
  • ARM Cortex-A9 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor AML8726-MX
  • 8GB Internal Memory (expandable up to 32GB)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP back Camera with flash
  • VGA front camera
  • WiFi connectivity
  • AGPS
  • 4000mAh battery
  • 400 hours standby, 5 hours video playback
  • USB on the go cable for 3G modems
  • Android 4.0 ICS
  • Dimensions: 206 x 129 x 11mm
  • Price: PHP 7,990

On the other hand, the Novo 7 Flame is manufactured by Ainol, a famous Chinese tablet manufacturer. Flame is one of Ainol's famous tablets, along with Aurora, Elf, Crystal, and Hero, all of which are gaining praises for its good designs and specs at a very affordable price. Flame's specs are:
  • 7" capacitive multitouch (5 point) IPS HD Display, 1280x800
  • Dual Core AMLogic AML8726-M6 1.5GHz 
  • GPU: Dual Core Mali 400 
  • 16GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM 
  • 5MP AF back camera with LED Flash
  • 2 MP front camera
  • WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Android 4.0.3 (upgradeable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean)
  • Dimensions: 186.6 x 126.93 x 10.6mm
  • Battery: 5000MAh 
  • Price: PHP 8,999
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Comparing the two:
  • Both has nice vivid screens, both are IPS displays and has HD resolution 
  • Ainol sports a more powerful 1.5GHz dual core processor and a larger internal storage. 
  • On the other hand, Engage 7HD outperforms Flame in the photography department, as it has an 8MP back camera compared to Flame's 5MP. 
  • Both runs on ICS but Flame can be upgraded or may come in Android 4.1 Jellybean out-of-the-box. 
  • Flame has Bluetooth connectivity
  • On the dimensions, Flame is a little slim (by 0.4mm) but both should do well in the hands.
  • Flame's battery capacity is larger (although there are little issues) by 1000mAh.
  • Ainol Novo 7 Flame is pricier than Starmobile Engage 7HD, although some stores may sell Ainol Novo 7 Flame by PHP10K-11K. (It's PHP8,999 at Novo7 Tech).
In conclusion:
  • If you're willing to pay a thousand pesos more, Ainol Novo 7 Flame is a better choice as it offers a faster processor and bigger internal storage, as well as Bluetooth connectivity and a much longer battery life. If you love playing HD or graphic intensive apps and games, this will do the thing better. On the other hand, if you're more on shooting good photos and wanted a simple tablet that can do well also on games and apps, then the Engage 7HD is the way to go.