FunBox Gaming TV Box in Hands Now

Finally we got the FunBox yesterday. After putting our hands on this device, we got a feel like that we have a “clone” OUYA game console. But it has a good design, which is different from most devices from China. The bad news is that it only has “Chinese” language- yes, no English and other language. At the same time, it is not included the Google Play Store. Instead, we found its own “App Store” which allow people to download the “APP”. There are many Movies sourcing on line. For the “gaming center”, we can only find a few games there. Also, you can download them there. But only less games available. Do not know if we can install some and play them. Do not make sure if these games are free all the way or we need to pay one day. Let’s share you some photos from Willgoo below:

FunBox game console

When we turn on the FunBox game console, it got a little big “noise” from this red cube console. This is because it has the fans to eject the heat to make sure everything run well.

FunBox game Box

FunBox Remote Control

The part which I prefer to mostly is its Bluetooth controller. It may be a little smaller if you got a big hands. But I think the design is especially for Chinese market as people here have smaller hands- comparing to the customers from USA and EU. Anyway, it does a pretty good job when I put hands on the controller. It has the protection again dropping down while gaming. You can see the upper part got the “Rubber” case and the down part has the “Cross line” design. This will help people to hold this FunBox BT controller firmly. The only problem that we concern is whether the surface covering on the controller will rip off. Only time can tell us on this issue. The d-pad, joystick and face buttons are very good! They have excellent hand feeling and good respond. To show you more details on its working, we will test in on gaming and other control in these coming days. Let’s take a close look at it:

FunBox TV Box

Fun Box

FunBox gaming Box

FunBox Android TV box

These items are all in one package: One FunBox Console, Bluetooth Controller, HDMI Cable- about 1.5m, OTG cable, Charger, USB cable.

FunBox game Box

Next we will make more video on telling you more details. Come with Willgoo!

Let’s Rock! TCL T2 Gaming Box Game Console is Coming Near

While coming to April, days are getting hotter and hotter. The situation is the same for video game. There will be two Android gaming box/ gaming console released during this month. The first one that will be available on 28th, April is TCL T2 Android game box console. The second one is the ZTE Fun Box. Today Willgoo show you a glance look at TCL T2.

TCL T2 gaming box

According to the latest news, this device accepts “pre-order right” in China today. That is people should “date” this “pre-order” TCL T2 game console. Then on 28th, April these people can buy this Android game box. Willgoo had “dated” this  ”right” on buying this device. Hopefully we can get one unit in hand at the end of April.

There will be one TCL T2 game console and one Bluetooth game controller coming in the package. Besides that, you will be offered one HDMI cable and power adapter. This is the official package. We do not know if TCL will sell the console and game controller separately.

TCL T2 game console

Below we will show you the general specification on this new T2 game console box- this is the information offered by TCL:

1. CPU Chip: A31

2. Operation System: Android 4.2.2

3. Flash capacity: 16GB

4. RAM: 2G DDR3

TCL T2 Android game box

The only problem that Willgoo Concern is that how about the compatibility this game box for Android games or even emulator games. So far we know that TCL had cooperated with Gameloft. That is to say there will be moer and more Big Android games released on this device. As this device will be sold only in China firstly, Willgoo worry about if this device can be used well for oversea game players.

We will test it and show you these answers once we get it in hand. Stay tuned!

 

Believe or not Believe? Willgoo Will Release Their Own Gaming Tablet Soon!

Here comes the April 1st. It is the day that is very important for Willgoo- Android gaming tablets for gamers on line shop. We are tired to sell tablets for gaming from other brand; we are tired to deal with the bad quality gaming console tablets. Well, this time we will say goodbye to them. It is coming near for our “own brand” gaming tablet console- named” BomB TNT 007″.

Happy April Fool Day from Willgoo!

Guess what this new tablet game console will look like?

10 units free samples will be given for those people who left his comments on our Facebook and Twitter.

Our Facebook account is: http://www.facebook.com/Willgoo

And the Twitter is: https://twitter.com/willgoostore

We will select those people whose comments are really valuable and creative and give away our amazing samples. This contest will be ended till 3rd, April. Never hesitate as everyone who join into this “contest” will get our special “gifts”!

Believe or not believe? You got your mind!

Will The Best Android Gaming tablet Be Released IN 2014?

Well, we know this topic may be too big to be discussed. But expecting the best gaming tablet is all gamers’ demand. Then will you believe the best Android tablet for gaming be released in 2014? What aspects the best gaming tablet should have?

We knew Yinlips YDPG18 at the end of 2011. Soon, there are more and more similar tablets for gaming released: JXD S601, Yinlips YDPG19, JXD S7100 ect. Still, these devices are far away from enough to be a real gaming tablets. They are single core and lack of dual trigger buttons. Coming to the end of 2012, we have JXD S7300 which offered dual core, dual shoulder buttons and dual analog stick. This device really brought some crazy in Android tablets. Thanks to those customize firmware, we gained lots of surprise while playing games with buttons instead of touching the screen with your fingers. Yes, S7300 really let free our fingers and bring a lot of fun on key mapping while we play games.

Then we have JXD S7800B and JXD s5800 in 2013. We have great expectation for JXD S7800B after Willgoo release the first news on August 2013. We heard such voice from the customers: Left and right analog stick should have their key mapping and do different function; better key mapping for d-pad, face buttons and trigger; great customize firmware support ect. S7800B did have these finally but…Yes, the important one- the most important one is the customize firmware. Unfortunately, JXD stop to offer their original source code! Unlike they did for JXD S7300, they are not keen on doing scene on this device, which caused less personality on this great device- it suppose to be a great one if JXD keep what they do for JXD S7300. Anyway, JXD S7800B is really a good device. That is the thing we can not ignore. But JXD can make it better if they want.

Well, we still have our passion on JXD S5800. But again JXD screwed it this time. A very good concept and excellent idea when they told us about this device. It is the time at the end of 2013. 3G+ Phone+ Tablet+ Gaming functions! For the price, yes it has almost the same as what you see for JXD S7800B. But gamers will not care too much if this device can be made better. If something is really worthwhile, then paying more money will be very reasonable. Unfortunately, this device passed away from our side. Delayed to be in stock. What’s worst, the overlapping issues on buttons.

How long should we wait till we have the best gaming tablet? Like any people, Willgoo are keen on bringing such device to you. What are the aspects should a good/ top Android gaming tablet has? We got our ideas on it:

1. Good d-pad: The one for JXD S7300 is the best one that we used.

2. Good key mapping function: We can map any buttons as we want while playing different games.

3. Good WiFi connection.

4. Have Trigger buttons- L1, L2, R1, R2- Like the one JXD S7800B offered.

5. Great scene on customize firmware- this is the most important part. Most factory will not share their original source code in public. But a good Android device should have an open scene so that people can discuss and make it better- to fulfill different demand.

6. Good battery power supported.

We know these are not enough. But making a game tablet easy and simple will let the market accept it. Will this device arrive in this year 2014?

FunBox- Android Gaming TV BOX

Watch out! Here comes the “Bomb”- FunBOX- the latest Android gaming TV box. Though this gaming box is still not released( officially released time is about 19th, March 2014), Willgoo bring you its first impression after converting sources that we got here.

According to the official description, Fun Box will be powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip, using the latest full-A15 architecture, equipped with 72-core GeForce graphics processing core, memory is 2GB DDR3L +8 GB Flash.

In addition, Fun Box also offers dual-band, WiFi dual-antenna wireless solutions, USB and MicroUSB interface aside, using a Bluetooth remote control, 14 keys simplify design, non-directional operation

Let’s take a close look at this new Funbox gaming box:

The general video review for Funbox:

The package of this cool gaming Funbox:

funbox

funbox gaming tv

funbox tv box

funbox Android tv box

fun box gaming box

 

Till now, we still do not know the final price and more details. Willgoo will try to get one back to test it here. Stay tuned with us!

[Deen0X's REVIEW] GPD-G7 (Quad-Core, 7″)

[REVIEW] GPD-G7 (Quad-Core, 7″)

Note: I tried to write this directly in english, but most probably i will make many mistakes. Hope you understand main information of this article, that most of it is technical info, and forgive these mistakes.

Any correction i will be glad on doing to this article.

 

About this article

 

This is only a summarized version of the original article located in my blog. For more info and updates, i suggest to visit it.

 

Acknowledgments

 

To GPD manufacturer for send me a sample of their product GPD-G7 to test it and write this review.

 

 

Usage of this article

 

Author give permission to use this review, part of this or by a link reference, to anybody wants to use it, with only one condition that you must keep the author of this article, and the original source, that is on my blog.

For any update for the content of this article, i suggest to visit the link avobe.

 

 

 

Introduction

 

After releasing their previous model GPD-G5A, the manufacturer relesaes their 7″ version called GPD-G7.

This product is focussed on users that wants something in big screen, but offering a good experience of usage, based on the ergonomic design of the device. In fact, in my opinion is the most comfortable 7″ device i used until now (there may be other comfortable devices in the market, but i didn´t tested yet)

GPD is taking so serious all the feedback that they are receiving, and is developing and improving their devices based on these information. The final product is a device with a very good relationship between features/specs/price, and if keep doing their job in this way, most probably will become in a reference to other android gaming devices manufacturers. (if they are not now)

I see some users that get their device have some problems with DPAD. As i know, first units may have this problem. Mine device is from these first batches, but i don´t get big problems with the DPAD, but i want to mention this before you read this artile, to take in consideration why others users giving bad comments about this point (manufacturer told to me that will improve their next bathces with better DPAD, with all these problems fixed)

I will comment this device based in my experience of usage (without DPAD big problems), and hope all the info i post here will be useful for who is looking information about this device.

 

 

 

 

Product showcase

(Checking of the external view of the package)

 

The device come in a box with very simple prints on their faces. Basically, there is a device’s photo, with few icons with some features, and with texts in spanish and portuguese (there is so curious there is no english texts on the device)

 

 

The contents of the box is designed for sure transportation of the device, avoiding most bumps, and the device and all their accessories fits perfectly on it.

 

 

Package contents

(Unboxing y full description of the package contents)

 

 

 

When the package is opened, we found the following elements thats, i understand, are part of any standard shippment for this product.

 

 

  • GPD-G7 device
  • Wall Charger, with specific plug for the device
  • MicroUSB cable (Data only)
  • Headphones

 

 

 

Product description

(Enumerate of components that conform the product)

 

 

 

In the following section i will explain briefly each component that comform the device, listing each component existing in their structure and doing comments about these elements when i consider.

 

In this section i will list only the device parts that may contain elements interesting to comment.

 

These faces of the device that don´t containt any element i will omit.

Front view

 

 

  • Left analog stick
  • DPAD
  • Left Speaker
  • Front camera 2MPx
  • 7″ Screen
  • Buttons [SELECT], [START], [POWER], [VOL+], [VOL-]
  • Operation led
  • Microphone
  • Right analog stick
  • Buttons [4], [1], [B], [A], [3], [2]
  • Right speaker

 

 

Rear view

 

 

  • Left ergonomic grip
  • Right ergonomic grip

Right side view

 

 

  • Right Grip

Left side view

 

 

  • Left Grip

Top view

 

 

  • Button [7]
  • Button [5]
  • MicroSD Slot
  • MiniHDMI port
  • MicroUSB Port (only Data)
  • Charger port (5V)
  • Button [8]
  • Button [6]

Bottom view

 

 

  • Headphones port

About face buttons

The device come with a non common button layout, based on suggestions made to the manufacturer for their device on adding a 6 button layout.

The original idea is good, but the final result is not so practical. i mean, always is good to get more buttons for assign in games, but the selected layout is not the best for fighting games, in special those with Street Fighter layout buttons (3 x 2 matrix), where games with mechanics like Marvel vs Capcom or similar, where most of juggles starts with Low puch or Low kick, and then High kick or High punch for juggle start, is hard to do with the current layout, because low kick is away from high punch.

With images, current button layout:

As you can see, in Street Fighter Layout, for juggle sample y mention you must do “4″ (low kick) and “3″ (high punch) for most of characters, and is a little hard to do with this layout.

Following the same example, this game (Marvel vs Capcom) and other with similar game mechanic, for common combo do the rule of beat always from lowest to higest button. This way, most common combo is:

Juggle: 4, d+3 | 4,1,5,2,6 or | 1,4,2,5,3 or any other combination (1|4, 2|5, 3 or 6)

Playing with the thumb for pressing these combinations are a little bit hard, and need so much practice to do successfully.

I think (and this really is part of the improvmentes of the device) is better layout something like the following:

This layout let the user define in a more comfortable way a 6 buttons layout (street fighter style) in this way:

In my opinion, is a better way to configure the controller for play games like Street Fighter or similar.

In another way, this layout let to configure in a most comfortable way other layouts, such Nintendo 64:

This way is more near to original controller layout. Currently most mappings suggestions are based on right stick to assign C-Buttons on Nintendo 64 emulators, but this mapping don´t allow to do things such press C-Left and C-Right, C-Up and C-Down, 3 buttons or 4 buttons at the same time, because the stick only let to press one or two buttons at the same time, and buttons that are not opposite.

Assigning this way, you can use these buttons in the same way as original Nintendo 64 controller, and there is “A” and “B” buttons for normal “A” and “B” from original controller.

About D-PAD

The design is based on a single piece with a Cross with a concave center. At first usage may be a little weird, but after using it, become so comfortable and easy to usage.

Comparing with a X360 controller, definely this device have a better D-PAD design (personally, i hate the D-PAD from X360 Controller. is one of the worst D-PAD i ever used)

I take my time on testing the device, because i read some bad feedback about this on forums.

Most of these problems are related to diagonals. The D-PAD only let to do rect moves (horizontal or vertical) in many devices.

After doing many testings, i can say that my sample don´t have this kind of problem, but researching a little more, i can confirm that this “problem” can be solved with a very simple modding, similar to this or this.

This is not a hardware design problem, and with a little of skills is easily solved.

In my case, for testing D-PAD i use always games that i know to play and get a good feeling about how the controller respond. For this case, i used Tekken 3 (PSX) and to some specific moves for testing.

In this quick gameplay i captured, i was do many moves that need a correct and precise D-PAD input for correct movement. Electric wind hook fist move requires a diagonal in right timing for execution. I´m not an expert doing this move, but i can execute without major problems. (fow who´s don´t know about this move, is when Jin´s do the move and there is electric on their punch/arm)

 

About Analog Sticks

This device mount a very good analog sticks, similar in design and feel of X360 controller.

The shape, size and texture are similar in both controllers, and feel so good when playing. Definley is the best part of the controls of this device.

Comparing with other devices

I usually avoid on doing comparissons within the device´s review, but this case i will post few samples to help to understand the real size of the device.

The most direct and obvious device that we can use for comparisson, is the JXDS7800B device.

As you can see, total size of G7 is not so biggest than JXD device (in the image i put both devices at the same top level)

Of course, GPD-G7 is more deep (double than JXDS7800B), but this size is basically by their grips. Device itself (the Tablet part) is the same as JXD7800B

And now, comparing with GPD-G5A device (the 5″ variant of this device)

There is a notorious difference between these two sizes.

First Impression

(What i feel in my first impression with the device)

Based on my previous experience with GPD-G5A, i know what to expect aprox with this device, and i´m right. Materials are good, construction appears to be solid. First ontact is good and feels good.

The device weight is bigger than GPD-G5A (of course), and so similar to other 7″ gaming devices i tested, but thanks to their ergonomic shape, it feel better, more comfortable than other solutions.

The screen appear to be better viewing angle and i feel better in quality (better vision angle?) than G5A.

Sound from speakers i feel that is than a canc. Is enough for playing and watching a movie, but don´t expect a very good quality.

Based on GPD-G5A device (the 5″ version of this GPD family), this GPD-G7 feature the following changes:

- Battery, now come with 5000mAh capacity

- Screen, now is 7″

- Buttons, now with 2 extra buttons (“C” and “Z”)

The rest of the device following the same as their 5″ version in general speaking, including materials, controls, ergonomic design, etc.

At first impression, before get the device, is that difference between 5″ and 7″ size will not important, but before getting the device in my hands i feel that really there are big differences.

Comparisson sizes published by Willgoo. In this photo, sizes appears to be so similar on both devices, but i figure is only an optical effecta produced by the white color of both devices.

When i´m writting this article, Skelton released their firmware for this device, and i do most of testing based on this firmware that, i must to say, runs so smooth and fine.

 

 

Product information

 

 

 

According with the manufacturer, or searching info on web pages, we can found many sources of information about the device and sometimes these information may be not consistent (may be different from one web page to other), and this may cause some confusion for anybody that wants to get info about this product.

On this section i will post the info i get from the manufacturer (or is not possible, the web page that i consider more reliable), listing only the relevant points for a tech analysis of the product, and omit these points that don´t get any relevant info about the device (as many time we found on many pages, things such video capabilities, mail capabilities, etc, that really are software based features that we can install on the device, and not a real feature of the device itself)

  • Procesador Rockchip RK3188 Quad-core, Cortex A9 1.6GHz *
  • GPU Mali-400
  • 1Gb RAM
  • 8Gb de memoria interna
  • Android 4.2 (actualizable a 4.4 KitKat)
  • Slot para tarjetas MicroSD hasta 32Gb
  • Pantalla 7” 1024×600 TFT
  • Mapeador de teclas **
  • Batería de 5000mAh ***
* En muchos sitios se especifica una CPU de 1.8GHz, pero el dispositivo va a 1.4GHz (con el firmware stock), y se puede subir a un máximo de 1.6GHz (con un cutsom firmware)
** Tiene todos los botones del mando; incluídos L2, R2, L3, R3, Select, Start
*** Dato corroborado con el fabricante

Info from the device itself (Android info)

 

In first place, to get a reliable source of info about the system, i take some screenshots from the same device showing android system info (thata usually is insufficient), and from another software that can give us more detailed information about the system, and with this info we can get a general idea about the capabilities of the device.

 

Antutu Benchmark X System Info

 

 

Quadrant Standard Info

 

 

 

Vellamo Device Details

CPU-Z

 

 

Benchmarks

 

For people that don´t know about these programs, i can tell (in short words) that a benchmark is a program or normalized test that runs on a device. These tests give points (usually, averaging many results) the performance of a device, in the way that the final total point may be useful to compare, in a simple and direct way, the general performance between many devices.

 

There are so many benchmarks on Google Play Store, but in my test usually i use the most populars.

For the running of these benchmarks, the initial conditions of the device are:

  • CPU Frequency: 1.6 GHz
  • CPU Governor: Performance
  • Screen Resolution: 10204×600 pixels

 

 

 

3DMark – The Gamer´s Benchmark

(Google play version)

 

 

This benchmark have two parts, the first “normal” called “Ice Storm”, and the second with high resolution graphics called “Ice Storm Extreme”

 

The final total is the averaging of all the test of the benchmark (in each of this parts)

 

 

 

Ice Storm

 

 

  • Total Score: 3428

Ice Storm Extreme

 

 

  • Total Score: 2498

Ice Storm Unlimited

 

 

  • Total Score: 3661

 

 

Antutu Benchmark X

This is a version special anti-fraud.

 

 

 

Summarizing points:

  • RAM Operation: 2052
  • RAM Speed: 1095
  • CPU integer: 2623
  • CPU float-point: 1838
  • 2D graphics: [600x976] 1390
  • 3D graphics: [600x976] 4246
  • Storage I/O: 1364
  • Database I/O: 665
  • CPU frequency: 1608 MHz (x4)
  • Multitask: 3829
  • Dalvik: 1433
  • Total: 20535

RealPi Benchmark

(Google play version)

 

 

The main goal of this benchmark is basically to calculate PI with a fixed decimals, and based on the time taked to calculate this.

 

 

  • Pi calculated in: 19.41 seconds

CF-Bench

 

 

This benchmark suite is specific designed to test performance of multi-core devices, and get 3 general values (totals): Native Score, Java Score and Overall Score.

  • Native Score: 30535
  • Java Score: 8371
  • Overall Score: 17236

 

 

 

Epic Citadel

This benchmark generate an intensive GPU usage, using the Unreal Engine 3 and get as a final result the average framerate that the device can show the test.

 

Based on the kind of the devices and their features/capabilities, the benchmark can offer two or three kind of benchamark types: High Performance, High Quality and Ultra Hight Quality (This test only will be available for devices ables to run this benchmark).

High Performance

 

 

  • Average FPS: 54.5

High Quality

 

 

  • Average FPS: 54.5

Nenamark1

This benchmark is designed to test OpenGL|ES2.0, and will show graphics with a variety of effects such reflex, dyamic shadows, lights, etc. This version was designed for medium-low devices, but i run as a standard in any device thata i write a review.

 

 

 

  • Total score: 60.1 fps

 

 

 

Nenamark2

In the same way as the previous version, this benchmark is designed to test OpenGL|ES2.0, but in medium-hight devices. In the same way, this benchmark show graphics but with Hight Resolution, and apply effects such reflex, dynamic shadows, light, etc.

 

 

 

  • Total score: 60.1 fps

 

 

 

Quadrant Standard

This benchmark is one of the first dedicated software for testing devices, and become a reference, but currently i use as a informative way, because this app don´t have multi-core support, then their results don´t get a reliable source of information, beause the performance of 1 core running on the device is not the same if the device can run with 2 or more cores, where distribute proccessing and run more relaxed in genearl, giving a better score to the system.

 

 

  • CPU: 14993
  • Mem: 4167
  • I/O: 6384
  • 2D: 1000
  • 3D: 2465
  • Total: 5802

 

 

 

Mindwill

 

Windmill is a technology demonstration that showcases gaming engines from Allegorithmic and Unity. Windmill includes a benchmark mode that pushes your mobile platform to the limit by exercising multiple CPU and GPU cores with complex geometry and interesting texture and shader effects.

The dynamic change of season and visual style (cartoon, spring, summer, winter) is made possible by the Substance technology.

  • Average Frame Rate: 10.12 FPS (1024.600)

 

 

 

 

This becnhmark is a testing suite, that basically are routines for HTML5 and CPU specific (Metal) testings.

 

 

  • HTML5 score: 2238
  • Metal score: 524

 

 

 

Official firmware

The official firmware of the device is useful for, in example, if we have a “soft-brick”, caused by some mods on the system and the device cannot start in a normal way.

For these cases, is good to get a way to recover the device, and one of these ways is getting the official firmware (and the steps to flash it)

This device is the first Android Gaming Console that support Android 4.4 KitKat.

You can find all firmwares download links in the official page from the manufacturer:

http://www.gpd.hk/download/

About KitKat. This firmware come non rooted if first versions, but manufacturer will pre-rooted this in next releases.

Last Official KitKat release (4.4.2) come with CIFS support!

For more info about how to install these firmwares, go to previous link.

I will not include the steps on installing these firmwares, because are the same as Custom Firmware and i will comment in their section.

Device Rooting

 

One of the best things that take advantage on Android, is precisely get the device rooted and the superuser privileges enabled for our needs.

There are so much users that have scared about the methods to get root on their devices, and for this they don´t get encourage to root it, limiting their experience because there are so much apps that uses this feature. Applications such Titanium Backup or Tincore Keymapper (for mention few) requires root acces to work property.

Depending on the firmware may come rooted or not, but the manufacturer always try to bring rooted firmwares.

Last KitKat firmware version (at the momento of writing this article) come rooted from manufacturer, then there is no need to do nothing for completing this task.

The JellyBean versions (4.2.x) come rooted, but lack of some apps. For solving this, simply run

ClockWorkMod/ Recovery (Custom Recovery)

 

Android have a special mode called Recovery, that is used many times to recover the device if this have problems to run properly, but there exist an alternative Custom Recovery that add a lot of new functionality and tools, and one of the most popular is one called ClockWorkMod Recovery.

There is a full functional version of this recovery that run on this device.

One of the most important features of this custom recovery, is the NANDROID generation, a way to generate a full backup of the nand (where the operating system resides) to a directory, and can be used as a recovery point for the device in case of semi-brick, or simply if you want to get a clean firmware on it.

Take note that this backup (nandroid) is a image of the NAND, this means, there will be stored all your configs, users, passwords, accounts, etc. Is a good idea to get a clean firmware insatlled on the device, and install and configure all your base programs (file admins, cloud services, google account, etc) and then get a nandroid for your personal use. When you get back to this image/backup, you will get a clean and configured system, saving lot of time on basic configurations and installing basic software.

The method of installing ClockworkMod for this device is the same as GPD-G5A, and i will copy here.

For installing this custom recovery, i used the files located in the “CWM-based Recovery images for RK3188 devices

Installing this is so simple. Download the file, and execute these commands from command prompt:

adb remountadb push flash_image /dev/adb push recovery.img /dev/adb shellsuchmod 755 /dev/flash_image/dev/flash_image recovery /dev/recovery.img

If all is ok, with this method you get CWM installed on your device.

for testing, you can execute this command:

reboot recovery

or simply turn off completely your device, and then press and keep [VOL+] button, and power on (without releasing buttons). The device will enter in recovery mode.

Custom Firmware

 

A custom firmware usually is a firmware stock with some moddings, via tweaks or compiled directly from source code (if this exist), and generating an optimized version of the original system.

Beside the above, the custom firmwares can add new functionality to the device, that originally don´t get in the firmware stock such bluetooth usb dongle support, gamepad support, fixing framework, updating modules, CIFS, etc.

At the moment of writing this article, there is a Custom Firmware released for this device.

LegacyROM 1.0 for GPD-G7

Source: openhandhelds.net

I will copy and paste the general guidelines of installation of this firmware. For complete info, i suggest to visit the previous link.

INSTALLATION:

In order to install the firmware you need RK Batch Tool in your PC included in the rar package.

  • Open Batch tool and select the Legacy_XX image file (.img).
  • With GPD power off, just connect it via USB Cable to PC. Wait until battery charging animation dissappears. Then just press and Hold Volume + button and Press Power. RK Batch Tool will detect device, and you’ll see the number 1 with a green box. If you see with a pink box, just select Switch Button until you see it in green. If the system ask you for some drivers, then just use the one included in the Batch Tool (or using driverInstaller package to install rockchip USB drivers).
  • Once device is detected with a green BOX, just select Restore and wait patiently while firmware is written.
  • Device will auto reboot to recovery and format your partitions. Just wait patiently until all process is done, since it’s a long process and first boot can take several minutes, so just wait until it finishes and you see the home Android launcher.

Download link:

Youtube Gallery

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

For more videos of this device, check this playlist i´ve created that i updated whit new videos.


About Battery

 

The device come with a 5000mAh battery capacity, that is very good capacity.

I really don´t know real lifetime with a normal usage of this, but i can reach easily 4 hours of usage, with a minimal clock set to 816MHz, governor = ondemand. (playing basically PPSSPP)
Manufacturer default stock rom come caped to 1.4GHz, but with a custom firmware the cpu can be unlocked to reach 1.6GHz. The best part is that the system is so stable at 1.6GHz (almost the sample i get). I get few reboots of the system, but most probably because i´m doing some testing and the system hangs/reboots.



For general usage, i suggest to downclock the cpu to 1.2GHz, because the system run very well with this speed, and you can save battery.



Pros, cons and improvements.

 
 
As in every product, there are pros and cons points that are good to mention in a clear way. These points will help to us to decide if the device features are enough for what the user are looking for in a device of this kind.
Pros are based on features that highlight, comparing the device with another similars, or these features improve the experience of the user.In the another hand, the cons are these points that worse the experience, or the feature is not enough for fulfill what we expect from the device.Finally, the improvements points are some features or specs that i think must be improved in a supposed new version of the device, and will generate a better experience in my opinion.


Pros

 

  • Comfort is the most important feature of this device. Even with their size, the device feels good and bring an experience similar to using a game controller on the hands.
  • Analog Sticks are so good. They are so similar to X360 controller, and provide a good experience of usage.
  • This is the first device with full set of buttons, including C and Z buttons (part of the 6 button layout of the device).
  • DPAD is good and, in the case of the sample tested, accurate. Good for fighting games.
  • Main 4 Buttons are comfotable to use.
  • Shoulder buttons are so comfortables.
  • Touch Screen is responsive and appears to be good, considering is TFT.
  • Stock Firmware (official firmwares) run very smooth and are clean in general speaking.
  • Official firmware come with Joystick Driver for controls.
  • Official keymapper (stock firmware) include all controls of the device, this include C, Z, L3, R3, Select and Start
  • There exist a Custom Firmware based on Source Code of the device.
  • Speakers are located on front of the device.
  • There is a specific port charge for battery charging
  • HDMI output has no lag in general.
  • Materials are correct/good. Better than i expected for this device, considering the price.
  • The device come with a single camera and is located in front for videocalling, and i consider a good point this, because most of these kind of devices come with a low res camera (2MPx) located in back, and i don´t consider this camera as a serious camera for taking photos (resolution is not enough) but for videochat is ok.
  • System buttons and Select & Start buttons are in front of the device (not in bottom side, as GPD-G5A)



Cons

 

  • Not my case, but i see some cases where DPAD cannot do diagonals. As i know, this is a general issue of the firsts production batches, but the manufacturer will fix this in next batches.
  • There is no Bluetooth. In my opinion, is a must on these kind of devices. (headphones, controllers for desktop console mode, etc)
  • Based on G5A, main buttons are displaced some milimeters down, and sometimes is hard to press a button, when using right stick. I feel most comfortable using G5A device for this point.
  • Design is not easy to transport in a backpack or pocket. There is necessary to find a proper bag for keep and transport (and protect sticks!)
  • Is a very good point that manufacturer include 6 buttons in the layout, but the final layout is not comfortable as another layout.



Improvements

 

  • Manufacturer tell to me that will fix the DPAD problem, but i will pust this as an improvement for the current version of the device.
  • Add bluetooth module. Is a must have for this kind of device (in my opinion)
  • Is not necessary but adding IPS panel may be fine.
  • Add a wist strap hole in the design.
  • Add real analogs to L2 and R2
  • KEEP the 6 button feature, but change the layout for something as i suggested, or other similar to 3×2 classic layout.
  • Add a USB HUB included on the same device (almost, one or two extra normal USB-OTG ports)



Conclusion


For who is looking for a comfortable and good specs device, must check this one. In my opinion, this is the most comfortable 7″ device i´ve tested until now. Ergonomics is the main feature of this device.

Controls, specially analog sticks are so comfortables. Nova 3 and similar games are not my favorites really, but I have enjoyed playing these games in this device.

The device itself does not go unnoticed. I used this on subway, train, etc, and people get their attention on it.

First impression of many friends is negative, because all of them think this is a monster device, but after testing and playing something, most of them get impressed with the comfort and change their perception of the device, get interested on it.

For now is one of the most interesting devices, taking their relationshipt between specs/quality/price, and is a serious alternative for 7″ gaming device.

 

For more info and the complete version of this article, please visit original article located here.
Zalu2!
Deen0X

Coming Up The Latest Gaming Tablet iPega PG9500

After releasing the 7 inches gaming tablet- iPega PG9700, this factory will bring their next coming gaming devices- iPega PG9500.

People prefer this size as it is more comfortable to hold the device. This time, iPega designs the device into a gaming controller appearance. This will offer a better gaming experience while gaming. Thus, iPega PG9500 is aiming more at gaming devices not for tablet. This is very different from the current gaming tablets in the market such as JXD S7800B, JXD S5110B.

People will remind the other similar device from GPD- GPD G5A. Like G5A, iPega PG9500 has the game control design. But there are still difference between them. For example, the face buttons on PG9500 are red colors which show more fashionable and cool. For the D-pad, PG9500 uses the “cross” one. Personally, I prefer this d-pad as it will reduce my pain after pressing d-pad for a long time. What we can see from the pictures are the “Start”, “Select” ” Volume +, -” buttons are on the surface.

Below are information for specification for this device:( offered by iPega official)

CPU

Quad Cortex-A9(1.6GHz) RK3188

GPU

Quad mali-400

Screen

5 inch /1280*720 TFT

Touch screen support

5-point capacitive touch screen

Camera

30-megapixel front

ROM

8GB standard

RAM

2GB DDR3 Dual channel

External memory / format

MicroSD card slot, maximum support 64GB

OS

Android 4.2

Network

Wi-Fi(802.11 b/g/n)、Ethernet

Audio Support

MP3,WMA,FLAC,APP,OGG…….(Supports all audio formats)

Picture Viewer

JPEG ,BMP

Video Support

Mpeg4,asp,divx,WMV,RMVBAll  (Supports all video formats)

 

HDMI

1080P

Sensor

3-axis accelerometer

Power / Battery

DC5V/1.5A / Built-in 2700mAh rechargeable lithium polymer battery

Headphone jack

3.5mmStereo headphone jack

OTG

Can connect an Ethernet cable, 3G network card, keyboard, mouse, U-key, hard disk

Loudspeaker

8Ω1W X2

The game supports

Support Android Gravity games, touch games, Arcade games, Nintendo N64, Sony PS1, Nintendo GBA/ FC games, Sega MD games, perfect button mapping, Internet Battle

Language

English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian , Polish, Portuguese, Sweden, Turkish, Greek, etc

Size and weight

223.9*118.2*53.1mm /304.7g

Coming up next week, we will release more details on this device once we get the sample. Stay tuned with us!

The first impression on iReadyGO Much G2

Much G2 Gaming Phone

What is the most using when you buy a smart phone? Calling or surfing on the internet or playing games? As a new version of gaming phone, iReadyGo Much G2 brings a different feeling to me.

Much G2 Gaming Phone

Looking at its design, we prefer to call it like a phone instead of a gaming console. Lacking of D-pad and trigger buttons makes this device less convenient while playing games on it. Even when we talk about its face buttons, they looks so strange. Buttons X,Y,B are in the same size but button “A” is much bigger.

We had tested its gaming function on “ShadowGun”. Our impression is that the thumb will get a little pain if we keep playing games with the analog stick. This button is hard and should take more attention when you use it to locate the position.

But the screen is very good. It is HD IPS screen with 5 inches. At the same time, the battery support a longer duration time when we use it. The internal battery is with capacity 4200mAh. This really adds more weigh on this device. Below are the general specs for this Much G2 Phone:

OS: Android 4.2
CPU: MTK6589 Quad-core 1.2GHz,AnTuTu Benchmark: 13511
ROM: 4GB
RAM: 1GB
Card Extend: Support SD/TF Card up to 32GB
SIM Card: Dual SIM card
Screen: 5.0 inch,HD,capacitive touch screen 1280 x 720pixels

In next post, we will test its calling and internet function. Stay tuned!

[Deen0X's REVIEW] GPD-G5A (Quad-Core, 5″)

[REVIEW] GPD-G5A

NOTE: This is a summarize of the original article located on Deen0X’s Blog.

Acknowledgments

 

To GPD manufacturer for send me a sample of their product GPD-G5A to test it and write this review.

 

 

Usage of this article

 

The Author give permission to use this review, part of this or by a link reference, to anybody wants to use it, with only one condition that you must keep the author of this article, and the original source, that is on Deen0X’s Blog.

For any update for the content of this article, i suggest to visit the link avobe.

 

 

 

Introduction

 

GPD is a manufacturer that is not new in this kind of products, handhelds gaming consoles, because they are trying to generate something interesting for market from some time ago (you can check GPD-G5005 and GPD-G18 reviews on this blog for more info).

Personally i get impressed with performance of these devices, run smoothly and so fast, but always get something that don´t like and for this reason get hard to enter on the market with strong. Their design are not really good, or their components are not the best for a market that ask for better devices and components, in this case, controls to play.

Well, this time GPD do a very big step in the right direction and release an interesting device that is getting the attention of many people, because they do something hard to see in the “traditional” (very slow) evolution of these devices. They has opted for a design that meet most of the users needs, including a shape form focused on comfort, and bringing controls that approach to pro-controllers.

Of course, the design of the device doesn´t leave anyone indifferent, and most people may consider it “ugly”, but as i mention previously, the main goal of this device is comfort on usage, and really this goal.

I must say that i read some comments on chinese forums about people that tested this device, and i downgraded my expectations about what i really get with this, but when i check the device i get really impressed about what GPD offer. Of course, is not a perfect device, but is a very good and interesting alternative with some points and features that there is no other device can compite (except NVidia Shield, may be).

This article will try to transmit some of my impressions about the device itself and my user experience with it. Hope this will be useful for those want more information about it.

 

 

Product showcase

(Checking of the external view of the package)

 

The package is a box with very simple prints on it. Basically, there is the device photo, few characteristics and there is no more. May be so simplistic but almost is enought for know what we can get in the box.

 

Note: I get curious about the device come in Spanish and Portuguese. I see that some photos from chinese users show the same (spanish/portughese), but with the black version device.

 

 

(photo courtesy of Su Xiaomeng, from Dingoonity)

The box come well design for transport the device without most of bumps, and fits perfectly with the rest of the accesories included.

Package contents

(Unboxing y full description of the package contents)

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the package is opened, we found the following elements thats, i understand, are part of any standard shippment for this product.

  • GPD-G5A device
  • Stereo Headphones
  • Wall Charger with small plug
  • MicroUSB cable for charging/data

 

 

 

 

Product description

(Enumerate of components that conform the product)

 

 

 

In the following section i will explain briefly each component that comform the device, listing each component existing in their structure and doing comments about these elements when i consider.

 

In this section i will list only the device parts that may contain elements interesting to comment.

 

These faces of the device that don´t containt any element i will omit.

 

Note: I will consider the front of the device where the screen is located.

Front view

  • Left analog stick
  • DPAD
  • Left speaker
  • 5″ Screen
  • Right analog stick
  • Action buttons 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Right speaker
  • Operation led

 

 

 

 

Rear view

 

 

  • Left ergonomic grip
  • Camera 2MPx
  • Right ergonomic grip
  • Reset hole

Right side view

 

 

  • Right grip

Left side view

 

 

  • Left grip

Top view

 

 

  • Button 6 (R1)
  • Button 8 (R2)
  • Mini-HDMI Port
  • MicroUSB Port (Data and charger)
  • Charger port
  • Button [POWER]
  • Button 5 (L1)
  • Button 7 (L2)

Bottom view

 

 

  • MicroSD Slot
  • Button [START]
  • Button [VOLUME DOWN] & Button [VOLUME UP]
  • Button [SELECT]
  • Headphones port
  • Microphone hole

 

 

 

 

 

 

First impressions

(Oppinion based on the first impressions checking and light testing the device)

I get surprised in good way with this device. time ago i read some forums (chinese) where they talk about this device with many kind of oppinons, then i figure the device will be a complete disaster and, i lower my expectations about this, but when i get the device i feel impressed. the device bring to me a very good feeling.

The DPAD is a little strange to use. In my opinion is better than the X360 controller DPAD (for me, is the worst DPAD i used). This DPAD is better, but not the best of the best. simply is enought.

I figure there is a lack of membrane that soft the use of dpad and make it less noise. I will try to do some sort of modding to add a membrane or similar, and reduce the “clicks” of the dpad. In my case, is no problem really, because i always use headphones to play. ^_^

I grab a video with a failed first boot (failed because the system come with an gmail account configured, then the device was used i figured in the manufacturer before sending to me).

The video is a very bad quality (not focus. I´m working in getting a better camera for grab videos), but i played Street Fighter and most “complicated” movements are easy to do (haddokens, shurikens, etc). i think are easy to play with this.

(Apologize the poor image quality)

The shoulder buttons are comfortables, but i think L2 & R2 may be a little bit raised may be more comfortable (may be for the next version). Sorry if my english cannot explain myself with this point, but i do my best to explain this.

These shoulder buttons are comfortable, more than any other android device i tested, but they are a little “strange” to use at beginning…

The reason is:

As you can see, X360 controller are less raised their shape for L2 and R2 buttons, and GPD-G5A is more raised in this point.

I think lowering these buttons to this level (aprox) may be a good alternative

Even so, these buttons are comfortables. more than JXDS7800B or other device of this kind. (except NVidia Shield, may be). I need to play more to get a real feeling about the analog buttons, and their precition.

The screen is a normal TFT device. We cannot compare this with an IPS screen, but is enought for this kind of device (a handheld game device)

Buttons Start and Select are in the bottom border. they are a little strange to use, but with some practice will become normal. (Yinlips device usually put some buttons in the top border, and users get usual with these controls)

Analog sticks, are similar to X360 controller. I don´t know if hese sticks are the same parts than X360 controller, but i think may be easy to fix, if the case.

Both sticks includes buttons (L3 and R3)

The own mapper include ALL the device game controls. This mapper is the common we know from JXD devices, but evolved and now includes:

  • Left Stick
  • Right Stick (witht the common Stick and Point of view modes)
  • DPAD (as 4 separated buttons)
  • Frontal buttons 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Shoulder buttons 5, 6, 7, 8
  • L3 and R3
  • Select and Start

(There are not included Volume buttons in the mapping tool)

This mapper may probably will be enought for most games that need simple mapping functions.

Speakers have normal quality sound, with good stereo relief and good volume.

Is so comfortable to get in hands. weight is only 302gr aprox

The device itself is not bigger (not much) than JXDS5110B or a PSVita

there is a global comparative:

In general, i have a very good first impression about this device. I need to use more to get a more in deep opinion about this, but the little time i get playing with this device i feel comfortable with this. The device performance is what we want from a device with these specs (even using an official firmware).

The controller is recognized directly from some games such MC4, but the button layout is strange (they are not in the position that we expect they must be), in example, button “4″ (square in a sixaxis layout) must be to recharge weapon, but there is in button “3″ (cross in sixaxis)

Usage of DPAD is nice. Firstly i get a little bit “strange” with the DPAD, but after some minutes i get comfortable. The DPAD is noisy, and i think there is lack of a membrane that soft the press and noise.

I will try to generate a modding for adding a membrane to improve the usage of the DPAD, but without this, i feel the controls are good.

About quality, general speaking i think the quality of materiasl is similar to any other good quality chinese adnroid gaming console i tested. I read some forums that people consider JXDS7800B a good quality product build materials, and i think this device is similar.

If i try to screw the device with my hands, i don´t get cracks sounds. The device is solid.

For now, the worst thing i found is the noisy DPAD. This need urgent some kind of modding to reduce the noise.

Now, i must get some usage to complete my review, but in first instance the device give me a good impression in general.

 

 

 

 

Product information

 

 

 

According with the manufacturer, or searching info on web pages, we can found many sources of information about the device and sometimes these information may be not consistent (may be different from one web page to other), and this may cause some confusion for anybody that wants to get info about this product.

On this section i will post the info i get from the manufacturer (or is not possible, the web page that i consider more reliable), listing only the relevant points for a tech analysis of the product, and omit these points that don´t get any relevant info about the device (as many time we found on many pages, things such video capabilities, mail capabilities, etc, that really are software based features that we can install on the device, and not a real feature of the device itself)

  • Android 4.2 OS, Quad-core , Cortex A9 1.8GHz *
  • 1GB RAM 8GB memory
  • Mali-400 GPU
  • 5″ TFT capacitive Screen
  • Virtual key mapping function
  • Battery for 3500mAh **
  • Mini HDMI
  • Micro USB
  • G-sensor
  • Two vibration motor ***
  • Analog variable L2,R2 ***
  • Wi-Fi
  • 0.3M Front Camera ***
* The CPU is RK3188-T at 1.4GHz.
** In some stores is mentioned as 2800mAh, and other sites as 4000mAh. As i checked (and while i can confirm), the device come with a 3500mAh.
*** After checking the device, i can confirm that these specs are not corresponding with final version of the device. I asked to manufacturer for updating their specs on their web page.

Info from the same device (Android info)

 

In first place, to get a reliable source of info about the system, i take some screenshots from the same device showing android system info (thata usually is insufficient), and from another software that can give us more detailed information about the system, and with this info we can get a general idea about the capabilities of the device.

 

Antutu Benchmark System Info

Quadrant Standard Info

Vellamo Device Details

Z-Device Test

There is no interesting info that we can get from this program. Most of the sensors are not really present. I tested vibrators, and they are not responding, confirming that the device don´t have this feature.

 

 

 

Benchmarks

 

For people that don´t know about these programs, i can tell (in short words) that a benchmark is a program or normalized test that runs on a device. These tests give points (usually, averaging many results) the performance of a device, in the way that the final total point may be useful to compare, in a simple and direct way, the general performance between many devices.

 

There are so many benchmarks on Google Play Store, but in my test usually i use the most populars.

For the running of these benchmarks, the initial conditions of the device are:

  • CPU Frequency: 1.416 GHz
  • CPU Governor: Performance
  • Screen Resolution: 800×480

 

 

 

3DMark – The Gamer´s Benchmark

(Google play version)

 

 

This benchmark have two parts, the first “normal” called “Ice Storm”, and the second with high resolution graphics called “Ice Storm Extreme”

 

the final total is the averaging of all the test of the benchmark (in each of this parts)

 

 

 

Ice Storm

 

 

 

 

  • Total Score: 3446

 

Ice Storm Extreme

 

 

 

 

  • Total Score: 2539

 

 

Ice Storm Unlimited

 

 

 

 

  • Total Score: 3272

 

 

Antutu Benchmark

(Versión 3.0.3)

 

 

In my testings, i’m using a specific version for this benchmark (3.0.3), because the application has updated many times and i perceived that the average total vary so much in their scale, and the new values in many cases giving a notorious advantage for some devices, and low total result for another devices. (in this way, i got for the same dual-core device, values that vary from near to 11000 points in old version, to near to 6000 in the new version), and this give a bad indicator for many users, that in example expect values near to 10000 for a normal dual-core device (for giving an example).

I explain the avobe, because Antutu Benchmark is one of the most popular benchamrk software, and many users take their results as a general (and valid) rule to compare devices, and of course, i think is not a valid (and fair) to compare devices only with these values, and i prefer to compare old and new versions, if i consider necessary, to give a more near to what we are usual to see on Antutu results some time ago. Is not valid (under my point of view) to use two distincts rules of measuring to compare two devices, and for this reason, i prefer to keep the old program as base of my test for Antutu, and do some testings with the new one (the current version on play store), if i consider necessary.

By default, the testings showed correspond to the old 3.0.3 version, except i mention any other case.

Summarizing points:

 

 

  • RAM: 2718
  • CPU integer: 4343
  • CPU lfoat-point: 3205
  • 2D graphics: [480x752] 1631
  • 3D graphics: [480x752] 5488
  • Database I/O: 560
  • SD card write: ( MB/s): 0 *
  • SD card read: ( MB/s): 0 *
  • CPU frequency: 1416MHz (x4)
  • Total: 17945

 

* The test don´t register info for SD benchmark.

 

 

 

Antutu Benchmark X

This is a version special anti-fraud.

 

 

 

 

Summarizing points:

  • RAM Operation: 1812
  • RAM Speed: 1067
  • CPU integer: 2307
  • CPU lfoat-point: 1575
  • 2D graphics: [480x752] 1617
  • 3D graphics: [480x752] 4086
  • Storage I/O: 1242
  • Database I/O: 645
  • CPU frequency: 1416 MHz (x4)
  • Multitask: 3370
  • Dalvik: 1264
  • Total: 18985

 

 

BenchmarkPi

(Google play version)

 

 

The main goal of this benchmark is basically to calculate PI with a fixed decimals, and based on the time taked to calculate this, rank the device in a general ranking of the same app.

 

 

  • Pi calculated in: 351 miliseconds
  • Ranking: #9669

CF-Bench

 

 

This benchmark suite is specific designed to test performance of multi-core devices, and get 3 general values (totals): Native Score, Java Score and Overall Score.

  • Native Score: 26627
  • Java Score: 7511
  • Overall Score: 15157

 

 

 

Epic Citadel

This benchmark generate an intensive GPU usage, using the Unreal Engine 3 and get as a final result the average framerate that the device can show the test.

 

Based on the kind of the devices and their features/capabilities, the benchmark can offer two or three kind of benchamark types: High Performance, High Quality and Ultra Hight Quality (This test only will be available for devices ables to run this benchmark).

High Performance *
  • Average FPS: 56.4

 

 

Note: When i tried to run this benchmark in Performance settings, the program show this results always (High Quality)

High Quality

 

 

 

 

  • Average FPS: 56.3

Nenamark1

This benchmark is designed to test OpenGL|ES2.0, and will show graphics with a variety of effects such reflex, dyamic shadows, lights, etc. This version was designed for medium-low devices, but i run as a standard in any device thata i write a review.

 

 

 

  • Total score: 60.0 fps

 

 

 

Nenamark2

In the same way as the previous version, this benchmark is designed to test OpenGL|ES2.0, but in medium-hight devices. In the same way, this benchmark show graphics but with Hight Resolution, and apply effects such reflex, dynamic shadows, light, etc.

 

 

  • Total score: 60.0 fps

 

 

 

Quadrant Standard

This benchmark is one of the first dedicated software for testing devices, and become a reference, but currently i use as a informative way, because this app don´t have multi-core support, then their results don´t get a reliable source of information, beause the performance of 1 core running on the device is not the same if the device can run with 2 or more cores, where distribute proccessing and run more relaxed in genearl, giving a better score to the system.

 

 

  • CPU: 12124
  • Mem: 4056
  • I/O: 6858
  • 2D: 1014
  • 3D: 2459
  • Total: 5302

 

 

This becnhmark is a testing suite, that basically are routines for HTML5 and CPU specific (Metal) testings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • HTML5 score: 2184
  • Metal score: 494

 

 

Official firmware

The official firmware of the device is useful for, in example, if we have a “soft-brick”, caused by some mods on the system and the device cannot start in a normal way.

For these cases, is good to get a way to recover the device, and one of these ways is getting the official firmware (and the steps to flash it)

In the GPD web site, we can found many updates for this device.

I will link the same firmware i tested and use for install the device:

Firmware Update GPD-G5A v1.1.1

Downloading the file of firmware, you get two folders. One for the firmware itself, and other with the tool for flashing this on the device.

When you unpack the file, there are few directories:

  • BatchTool (if you don´t have this directory, can get from this link)
  • Firmware version directory

The general lines to install the firmware are this:

  • Go to BatchTool and open the “RKBatchTool.exe” program
  • If the screen is in chinese, go to the bottom left button, press and select the second option for english.
  • In the device go to Settings, Developer Options, and enable “USB Debug” (check the option)
  • Now, connect your device to computer.
  • When the program recognizes the device, press the “Switch” button to enter into download mode for install the new firmware. (the device will reboot and get connected again, but their screen will be black)
  • In the program, press the “…” button and select the “.im” file of your firmware
  • Press the “Restore” button (note: don´t use upgrade)
  • Wait until the process finish. The system will reboot automatically

Next time the system reboot, you get a fresh firmware installation.

Device Rooting

 

One of the best things that take advantage on Android, is precisely get the device rooted and the superuser privileges enabled for our needs.

There are so much users that have scared about the methods to get root on their devices, and for this they don´t get encourage to root it, limiting their experience because there are so much apps that uses this feature. Applications such Titanium Backup or Tincore Keymapper (for mention few) requires root acces to work property.

Fortunely this device come pre-rooted from factory, and with all tools needed for manage root permissions (SuperSu).

ClockWorkMod Recovery (Custom Recovery)

 

Android have a special mode called Recovery, that is used many times to recover the device if this have problems to run properly, but there exist an alternative Custom Recovery that add a lot of new functionality and tools, and one of the most popular is one called ClockWorkMod Recovery.

There is a full functional version of this recovery that run on this device.

One of the most important features of this custom recovery, is the NANDROID generation, a way to generate a full backup of the nand (where the operating system resides) to a directory, and can be used as a recovery point for the device in case of semi-brick, or simply if you want to get a clean firmware on it.

Take note that this backup (nandroid) is a image of the NAND, this means, there will be stored all your configs, users, passwords, accounts, etc. Is a good idea to get a clean firmware insatlled on the device, and install and configure all your base programs (file admins, cloud services, google account, etc) and then get a nandroid for your personal use. When you get back to this image/backup, you will get a clean and configured system, saving lot of time on basic configurations and installing basic software.

For installing this custom recovery, i used the files located in the “CWM-based Recovery images for RK3188 devices

Installing this is so simple. Download the file, and execute these commands from command prompt:

adb remountadb push flash_image /dev/adb push recovery.img /dev/adb shellsuchmod 755 /dev/flash_image/dev/flash_image recovery /dev/recovery.img

If all is ok, with this method you get CWM installed on your device.

for testing, you can execute this command:

reboot recovery

or simply turn off completely your device, and then press and keep [VOL+] button, and power on (without releasing buttons). The device will enter in recovery mode.

Custom Firmware

 

A custom firmware usually is a firmware stock with some moddings, via tweaks or compiled directly from source code (if this exist), and generating an optimized version of the original system.

Beside the above, the custom firmwares can add new functionality to the device, that originally don´t get in the firmware stock such bluetooth usb dongle support, gamepad support, fixing framework, updating modules, CIFS, etc.

At the moment of writing this article, there is a new custom firmware: LegacyROM

Here is the key features of this rom:

FEATURES:

  • Google Play full compatibility (device spoofed as Samsung Galaxy S3)
  • Init.d support for manual scripts (you can add scripts that you want to be run in init)
  • Fixed the problem of missing apps after a reboot when swapping internal and external SDCards.
  • No bloatware or chinese applications. Only apps added are Tincore Keymapper, Tincore Quickflasher, CIFS Manager and Total Commander. They are all installed in userspace area so they can be removed easily in case you don’t like them. You will need to install your own emulators from google play store.
  • No GPD stock mapper, replaced by Tincore Keymapper. You can invoke Tincore using gamepad icon at system bar like in stock mapper. If you are a lover of stock mapper, then this firmware is not for you.
  • Added reboot option to power system menu.
  • CWM Recovery included as optional patch (see above for further instructions)
  • New kernel compiled from scratch with following features:
  • New joystick driver written by Tincore, much faster and much more responsive than stock driver. Full analog ranges and following Android standard for gamepads. Analogs are much more responsive and there is no input lag at all.
  • CIFS/NFS/NTFS: support. You can mount your CIFS units using cifsmanager included in the rom.
  • Vsync video playback fixed: Video playback is smooth now.
Installation quick guide:

In order to install the firmware you need RK Batch Tool in your PC included in the rar package.

  • Open Batch tool and select the Legacy_XX image file (.img).
  • With GPD power off, just connect it via USB Cable to PC. Wait until battery charging animation dissappears. Then just press and Hold Volume + button and Press Power. RK Batch Tool will detect device, and you’ll see the number 1 with a green box. If you see with a pink box, just select Switch Button until you see it in green. If the system ask you for some drivers, then just use the one included in the Batch Tool (or using driverInstaller package to install rockchip USB drivers).
  • Once device is detected with a green BOX, just select Restore and wait patiently while firmware is written.
  • Device will auto reboot to recovery and format your partitions. Just wait patiently until all process is done, since it’s a long process and first boot can take several minutes, so just wait until it finishes and you see the home Android launcher.
For more info and questions, please visit the previous link in openhandhelds forum.

Youtube Gallery

 

 For more vids, you can visit Deen0X’s Youtube Channel, and for this device, GPD-G5A Playlist

About Battery

 

The device come with a 3500mAh battery capacity, that is good for this kind of device. In First stance, i can play up to 4 hours with this, using ondemand/interactive governor, and setting the max speed to 1.2GHz.
I don´t need to increase the speed (may be few games can run a little bit better with higher speed).
In some scenarios i can get some heat in the back of the device, but nothing really important. With Gamestreaming is normal to get this, because wifi module is hard working, and you can notice this.
In general speaking, battery life is good for this kind of device. I figure is feasible to change the battery for other with more capacity, but in my opinion, is enough for normal usage (almost, for me).

Pros, cons and improvements.

 

 

As in every product, there are pros and cons points that are good to mention in a clear way. These points will help to us to decide if the device features are enough for what the user are looking for in a device of this kind.
Pros are based on features that highlight, comparing the device with another similars, or these features improve the experience of the user.

 

In the another hand, the cons are these points that worse the experience, or the feature is not enough for fulfill what we expect from the device.

 

Finally, the improvements pints are some features or specs that i think must be improved in a supposed new version of the device, and will generate a better experience in my opinion.

 

Pros

 

  • The most important and evident point is the design. Is so comfortable and ergonomic, and bring a similar experience than a standard controller usage.
  • Analog Sticks are so good. The better analogs i tested in android gaming devices.
  • Full set of buttons. There are ALL the buttons of any standard controllers, including L3 and R3
  • DPAD design is good, not the best, but comfortable.
  • Buttons are right positioned. Similar to any pro controller in their distribution layout, you can use without problems, even in fighting games where you need to press 2, *3 or 4 buttons at the same time, with only the thumb. (*3 buttons, depends on the skill of the player, of course)
  • Shoulder buttons are comfortables too. May be the first impression result a little bit odd the L2 and R2, but with some usage these buttons become normal.
  • Touch Screen is so responsive.
  • Stock Firmware (official firmwares) run very smooth and are clean in general speaking.
  • Official firmware come with Joystick Driver for controls.
  • Official keymapper include all controls of the device, this include L3, R3, Select and Start
  • There exist a Custom Firmware based on Source Code of the device.
  • Speakers are located on front.
  • There is a specific port charge for battery charging
  • The device can charge via MicroUSB Port
  • The device weight is lighter than expect.
  • Sound Volume is good, and the speakers quality is enough for enjoy multimedia contents.
  • Sleep and Deep Sleep are working well, and there is no battery drain
  • HDMI output has no lag. You can play directly on TV without any problem.
  • Screen rate is 60Hz from factory default.
  • Materials are correct/good. Better than i expected for this device, considering the price.

Cons

 

  • Controls in general and DPAD in particular are noisy. There is a “clack” noise that is produced when DPAD is released, and the plastic of the chasis and the DPAD contact. Pressing don´t procuce this weird sound, only when releasing controls (DPAD particulary)
  • There is no Bluetooth. In my opinion, is a very important feature for allowing wireless gaming (with the device connected to a TV), or simply for use of wireless headphones.
  • In the case of the sample i´m testing, wifi signal is not so strong as other devices, but enough for normal usage. Other users tell to me that their devices have very good wifi signals, better than any other device. This really is not a critical point to consider, because in any case the wifi signal is respond correctly, even enoguh for gamestreaming playing.
  • Camera is back and only 2MP. I think may be better to usage this as frontal camera, for videochat.
  • Well, this is not really a bad point, but i will consider the L2 and R2 buttons aren´t analog triggers as manufacturer mentioned in their outdated specs in their web.
  • In the same way, i will consider as “bad” point that manufacturer mention that this device will include vibration motors, but the final device really don´t have it. Personally i don´t consider this as a critical point.
  • Screen viewing angle. After testing and using IPS screens, this TFT display is evident have lower quality in angles view speaking, but in my opinion, is enough for their function, as a gaming console device screen. I consider as bad point the angle view, but this is inherent to this kind of screens.
  • Design is not easy to transport in a backpack or pocket. There is necessary to find a proper bag for keep and transport.

 

Improvements

 

  • Quit the noise of controls, specially from DPAD. May be adding a soft border to chassis or controls pieces.
  • Add bluetooth module. Is a must have for this kind of device (in my opinion)
  • Is not necessary but adding IPS panel may be fine.
  • Add a wist strap hole in the design.
  • Add real analogs to L2 and R2

Conclusion

The device is not perfect but is one of the best i tested up to now. There are few things that must be fixed, the DPAD noise that in my opinion is one of the most important issues, and for future evolution adding bluetooth module will be a must have, but the current version is a very interesting device.

I really enjoying playing with this. The most important feature, their ergonomic design, was fully achieved. Joystick pro feeling is present on the device, and this affect directlly when playing.

DPAD is noisy, but work well, specially for fighting titles (where i heavy test devices). Firmware is fine and run very well, even the stock firmware. Analogs are well placed and are nice to play Shooters. Buttons are fine.

I’m very impressed with the device in general speaking, even with the problems i found (DPAD noise in example). I really like it and i´m using daily as my portable gaming console.

Final words

This time i really get impressed and enjoy testing and writing about this device. Hope i can transmit my experience and this result useful for any who’s searching for info about this device.

Zalu2!

Deen0X

JXD S5800 Prototype Had Been In Hand Now!

What is your expectation on JXD S5800? Just a small version of JXD S7800B or another good choice for 5 inches Android gaming tablet? Well, no need to wait too much time as we had got the JXD S5800 prototype today. More details will be released in these coming days!

JXD S5800

My first impression on JXD S5800 gaming tablet is that it is another Much i5. Yes, S5800 is much like much i5 but with more buttons. Supporting phone function makes this gaming tablet more than a gaming console. I think this is JXD’s first step entering into Gaming phone tablet market with releasing this new device. No doubt that there will be more and more competition in this market in 2014. Whatever, JXD S5800 gets a lower price than Much i5. But the lower price does mean a worse quality.

So far as what we tested, this JXD S5800 console has a better compatibility on most emulator games- Big Android game, NDS, PSP, PS1, N64, MAME ect. The trigger buttons and joystick are good- much like what you did on JXD S7800B. But smaller size allow you to carry this device easier. We will release you the video on testing the games next week. Stay tuned!

The one that we got is the white. As white color is my favor, this white JXD S5800 fullfill my dream on owning a small size JXD S7800- so far JXD only produce the only one color for this 7 inches device- the black one. For JXD S5800, there will be both black and white colors available.

We got some interesting questions on Dingoonity after we post our pictures for this device. “How do you put this device while using it as a phone?” Well, the simple way is so simply. Just hold it besides your ear. But the joystick make suck into your ear. Funny? I don’t thing guys will make photos very often when they bring JXD S5800 in the metro- yes, you can if you want to make fun. As the leader gaming tablet, JXD make S5800 as a gaming handheld more than a phone. Are you agree?