posted: May. 19, 2012 @ 10:58p
Idea USA 9.7" tablet, model CT802
NOTE: Lot's of recent updates/edits to this post from testing I have done, and also to organize the data into a more readable format. See the very bottom of this post for a revision log.
I know there is a 7" and 10.1" version from this manufacturer with resistive touch, but this one actually has capactive touch and ICS 4.0. Also there were complaints on other tablets from this manufacturer because of no ability to access Google Play, but this one definitely has it. Online ordering says "pre-order" but I was able to pick one of these up today in-store (limit 1 per customer) and so far so good for a 'made in China' tablet. I also own a Samsung Tab 2, so I will be comparing these 2 tablets.
Other observations (will update as often as possible)
Thanks goes to Atlr for all of the tips in this section!
Another name for the Idea USA Model CT802 closer to its origin might be the "mintpie P90 joyful magic box"
[L=P90 firmware download]http://www.mintpie.com/S3.asp]http://www.mintpie.com/S3.asp[/L]
Download directly from here
Install this on your tablet:
Android System Info app
The rocker is dual function (menu/home and volume up/down). The primary default function is menu/home. To use the secondary function for volume, just press and hold the button for 2-3 seconds until you see the volume graphic on the display, then continue adjusting as needed. Thanks Nez570!
Busy Box issue:
Best fix - just don't update/install it unless you have to (an older version is pre-installed, even though you cannot see it in Apps). If you do decide to install/update Busy Box anyway, note that it WILL cause the system under Storage to show 0.00 bytes total space available for internal memory. This is because the older version (1.18) is pre-installed in a different directory, so when the new one is installed, it needs to be linked back to the old one. Atlr has already posted instructions on how to do that in this thread here
Superuser permissions issue
Since this tablet comes pre-rooted, it already has the Superuser app pre-installed, however it is obviously an older version. So (from experience, learned the hard way) DO NOT update the Superuser app, because it updates the binaries which WILL cause issues when trying to gain su permissions in terminal emulator. I did panic a bit at first, but fortunately, I was able to recover by overwriting the modified su file with the factory original (PM myself or Atlr for a copy of the file if you need it). I have yet to find a valuable purpose/need for updating the Superuser app, so I have just left it alone with the factory original (for now).
Unable to write to micro sd
The solution to enable direct write access to the external micro sd is here
1. Write to micro sd. I modified the permissions of the platform.xml file as stated in thread above, but I don't notice anything different (ex. the camera still always defaults to internal storage instead of giving me the option to store on external sd). Also when I go into settings for the various apps, there is no option to change the default save path. Anyone else have thoughts/comments on this?
2. No CWMR. When I run Rom Manager and try to backup the current image as a rom, it complains that there is no CWMR. Anyone come across one for this tablet yet? Steps I followed:
-In Rom Manager, click on "Backup current Rom" and it says "You must have ClockworkMod Recovery installed to perform a backup"
-Click OK to flash/install CWMR and then tap CT802 to confirm the model
-Error says "The CT802 does not have an officially supported ClockworkMod Recovery yet. Have you installed a CWMR manually?
Need to find a CWMR compatible with this tablet...
MANUFACTURER INFO (NOTE: some of this info is incorrect on their site, as noted below)
Idea USA 9.7" Capacitive Touch Android 4.0 16GB
Mfr: CHINA MART LOS ANGELES, LLC
Display: 9.7" IPS Display 4:3 1024x768
CPU 1.2 Ghz cortex A8
GPU Vivante GC800
Built-in RAM: 1GB DDR3
Operating System: Android 4.0.3
Internal Storage: 16GB Flash memory
External Memory: supports up to a 32 Micro SD Card (NOTE: I was able to load a 64gb)
Connectivity: Wi-Fi and 3G (Baseband v1.1) via a CDMA dongle
GPS: Yes (NOTE: Not listed by the manufacturer, but mine does have GPS)
PC interface: Standard HDMI mini / G-Sensor / Dual Camera front 0.3Mega pixel / back 2.0Mega pixel
TV out: Support 1080P HDMI output
Bluetooth: BT 3.0 (NOTE: this is FALSE! Manufacturer site incorrectly listed this)
Video codec 1080p Hardware decode: H263/H264/MPEG4/VC-1 /RMVB
Video formats： AVI/3GP/MP4/H264/WMV/MKV/MOV/FLV/VOB/RMV/OGG
Power 5V/2.5A adapter charging
Size 270mm×165mm×12mm (NOTE: my actual measurements are VERY different: 243mm x 190mm x 9mm or 9.57in x 7.48in x 0.35in)
Weight 1.5 pounds (20 oz) (NOTE: this was weighed by me on my postal scale, the manufacturer site did not list at all)
Manufacturer site: http://ideausa.us/97c.html
MY PURCHASE REQUIREMENTS FOR A TABLET:
1. 10" screen (I have a 7" tablet and it is too small for me)
2. Ability to hold 100+ movies onboard (easily done on a 64gb micro sd)
3. Sub $200
4. 7-8 hour battery life
5. Broadest file support (ex. mkv, avi, mp4, etc.)
6. Processor/memory/GPU should provide adequate performance for watching movies (ex. not noticeable lag, video quality almost as good as a laptop)
7. Sound should be decent quality and loud enough to hear on an airplane at max volume
8. Basic email and browser
9. Decent build quality, all functions perform as expected (buttons work, stable OS, no crashes or random rebooting)
Summary: So for the above mandatory items, I can say this little tablet has passed everything (so far)
Secondary (OPTIONAL) requirements, listed in order of importance:
1. Prefer a known, name brand for good support (if something goes wrong with hardware and for OS upgrades)
2. Prefer as much onboard storage as possible, 16-32gb
3. As close to form factor/weight as iPad 2
4. Case/stand that is ultra-slim and fits like a glove
5. 1-year warranty
6. OS: Android 4.x or iOS 5.x
7. Active community/OEM support for rooting/jailbreak
Summary: So for the above optional items, only #2, 3, and 6 are met so far
1. Camera - I use the one on my phone anyway, like most people
2. Bloatware like Motoblur or Samsung touchwiz
3. Dual/quad core cpu - does not improve movie-viewing (at least not enough for me to notice)
4. GPS (although this tablet does have it)
5. 3G (although this tablet does have it)
6. 3D graphics or high-end GPU or 1080p support
7. OS upgrade path (ex. Android 5.0) - this will not alter/improve my movie-viewing experience
8. Gaming performance
10. Viewing angle - I am not sure how this would affect me, as watching a movie in an airplane seat you don't have any room to move horizontally, and a good stand should be able to address the vertical angle to be optimized for a tablet
UPDATE 5/21 @ 9pm EST: Updated specs to reflect no bluetooth support (manufacturer site is wrong)
UPDATE 5/22 @ 9pm EST: Updated OP to reflect support for Netflix, pre-rooted, and battery life
UPDATE 5/23 @ 2pm EST: Updated dimensions- converted mm to inches - seems this tablet will fit iPad 1 cases!
UPDATE 5/24 @ 8am EST: Updated battery discharge test info
UPDATE 5/28 @ noon EST: Added a Tips/Tricks section and minor revisions to the original summary
UPDATE 9/13 @ 4am EST: Updated the verbiage on the Superuser app to clarify the issue