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Aigo N700 Landed. First Thoughts.

Posted on 21 January 2011 By Steve Chippy Paine


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Think4it Solutions have just sent over an Aigo N700 that they are testing with a view to distributing in the UK.  The N700 already sells in China and with 3G, it sells for,  I’m told,  around $300.  Running on an unspecified Qualcomm platform at 600mhz it isn’t the fastest device and I’ve managed to determine that it is an older ARMv6 core which means it’s similar in build to the Viewpad 7. Where the Viewpad 7 has Google approval though,  the N700 doesn’t and that means no Market,  no Gmail,  no Google sync. An 800×480 screen also outs it at the budget level and when you consider that it has an Android 2.1 build, you wonder how this will compete on anything but price. 
The build quality and look of the device are good but I’m really looking for a unique selling point.  With the Viewpad 7 covering the lost cost 3G / Google approved market and the Archos 70 covering the low cost, high performance non 3G market the only place the N700 would have fitted is with 3g +  ARMv7 either with or without Google Market to sit between the surprisingly large space between the Archos 70 and the Galaxy Tab.  With Viewsonics next 7-er looking like it might slot in there, I’m doubting the Aigo N700 will fit anywhere unless it comes in at a super bargain-basement price.

I’ll give this some time over the weekend and let you know more next week but for the time being I have to say ‘hold-off.’

6 Responses to “Aigo N700 Landed. First Thoughts.”

  1. Cesar Cardoso says:

    Only to say…

    For the same USD 299 of the Aigo N700 you get a Huawei S7, with 3G, the same 800×480 7″ (a resistive one, BTW) and all Google apps.

  2. chippy says:

    Yes but the resistive screen is a big barrier in my opinion. Its selling for a great price here in Europe too so worth considering, I agree.

  3. Charbax says:

    Zaidtek were showing a similar looking Qualcomm MSM7227 (same ARM11 as Viewpad) tablet at CES: http://armdevices.net/2011/01/14/zaidtek-e7-and-zaidtek-h7-android-tablets/

  4. bob regus says:

    i think the price is actually around USD 450 , and the guys at aigo say there will be an android 2.2 version coming with market. Ive seen charbax video of the aigo and i must say that even with 600mhz it handles very well

  5. chippy says:

    With that price, the viewpad 7 would be a better choice…assuming you can get it in the u.s.

  6. NookyBooky says:

    i really think either you or JKK should get ahold of a NookColor & root it to give your impressions. this little guy is getting a huge amount of attention from the community & at $250 it’s a steal considering B&N was hoping to make up the cost in book sales.