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Ainol Novo 7 Crystal Philippines Review, Price, Specs and Features

Ainol Novo 7 Crystal Philippines Review, Price, Specs and Features

by Joel MatiraNovember 3, 2012

Ainol Novo 7 Crystal Philippines Review.

Geeks and tablet users, one of the most affordable dual core tablet, Ainol Novo 7 Crystal is now here in the Philippines!  We’re lucky to receive one unit from our friends at EGL Marketing, a direct importer of Ainol products. And we are very much excited on this tablet while we seldom see reviews about it. Well, let’s work it on!

Ainol Novo 7 Crystal Philippines Review


Let me tell you first the price, it’s only Php6,699! Ainol Novo7 Crystal is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core processor with 1GB RAM. Wow! Plus an awesome turn-on factor of dual core Mali 400 GPUTaragis! It is currently the Philippines’ most affordable dual core tablet that runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It is a 7-inch device with 1024×600 high-resolution IPS screen.

Ainol Novo7 Crystal Philippines Review Box


Though it’s a bit chunky and thickness is not commendable compare to other leading tablets, it’s elegantly nice looking in a leather case just like what’s on this picture.

Ainol Novo7 Crystal Philippines Review Leather Case

It actually doesn’t matter when what you really want is a working tablet, a general purpose in-house tablet that you can use every time you go to bed and or during early morning sneak-in Facebook and Twitter updates. The thickness is really worth trading-off with its specs, features, and of course the price =)

Five ports are provided: for wall charger, HDMI converter, microUSB, microSD, and headphone. Also along this side is a microphone.

Ainol Novo 7 Crystal Ports

And on the upper right, you’ll find the power button, volume rocker and the home button.

Ainol Novo7 Crystal Volume Rocker

 The OS (Android 4.1 Jelly Bean)

Crystal’s Android 4.1 OS is set to the Phablet UI instead of Tablet UI. This is not a strange thing in a 7”-tablet, the Nexus 7 uses the same User Interface layout.  Jelly Bean comes with complete collection of Google Apps (Calendar, Chrome, Gmail, Search, Google+, Maps, Play Books, Play Magazines, Play Movies. Play Store, Talk, Youtube) and they all work and sync perfectly.

Ainol Novo7 Crystal Philippines Review Apps

It’s my first time to encounter Jelly Bean and I find it to be the fastest among other versions of Android OS. While navigating from home screen and switching multiple apps, I find it smooth and fast, and I can say that it can beat other leading tablets when it comes to speed and touch screen responsiveness. It seemed to be effortless moving from one app to another.

Why this notable speed and smoothness?

Well, Jelly Bean probably focuses on its improved response time and consistency across the system through its vsync and triple buffering. It has now more reactive and uniform touch responses making the device more responsive.


Ainol Novo 7 Crystal Benchmark

To speak of its usability, it works perfectly, fast enough to do the usual things such as internet browsing, and what’s notable about it is its ability of dipping in a hardcore gaming. It’s totally awesome.  I tried drag racing and I felt that I was really on a real car racing game console. Speed is something really noticeable. I still couldn’t believe that it has this Mali 400 GPU. Video screen is also perfect, not too big, and not too small.  And the quality of video is really fantastic. I tried playing HD videos on YouTube and it’s literally “crystal” clear. It’s like watching movie on a mini HDTV. Cool!

Ainol Novo7 Crystal Philippines Review Browser


And if you are into Facebook and other social networking sites, I would recommend this device, it’s useful =).  I also tried Skype video call, and it’s working, though camera is not that clear but still, having Skype video call is a plus. But it’s a bit off though that this device doesn’t support the current version of Yahoo Messenger and Instagram. Though I was not able to figure out, maybe other versions would work.

Ainol Novo 7 Crystal Hands On Video

Ainol Novo 7 Crystal Specifications and Features:

  • OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Google Play: Pre-installed
  • CPU: 2nd Generation Amlogic8726-M6 Cortex-A9 Dual Core 1.5GHZ
  • GPU: Dual Core Mali400*2
  • RAM:    DDR3 1G
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Screen: 7 inch Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Resolution:   1024×600   Pixels
  • Visible Angle: all Angle 180°
  • Display: IPS
  • Skype:    Yes
  • Camera:  Front camera, 2 Megapixels

Ainol Novo 7 Crystal Details:

  • Gravity Sensor     Yes
  • Multi-Touch     Yes, 5 points touch
  • Extend Card: Support TF card up to 32GB
  • Gravity Sensor: Build-in 3 axis Gravity sensor
  • OTG :  Support(exfat/ntfs/fat32) Support (win2000/xp/vista/7)
  • Extend Card     Support TF card up to 32GB extended
  • Video     1080P, AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV…
  • WIFI:    Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
  • Flash : Support Flash and HMTL5
  • HDMI: Support HDMI 1.4
  • Ebook  UMD, TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF, FB2…
  • Email and Browser: Yes, built in
  • Battery:3700 MAh
  • Weight: 328g
  • Size: 189.3×120.93×11.2mm


My hands-on experience on this device changed the way I look at it. It totally changed my perception of using low-end tablet, given a chance in a wider market, it’s actually a game-changer, the specs are superb, the processing speed, the touch flow, screen response it’s gonna be a best buy and even would go beyond its price category.

For more info on where to purchase this product, you can visit Kimstore.

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Joel Matira
Joel Matira is a computer engineer turned development work specialist. Knowledge he earned from various training/exposure visits abroad proves that IT is a key factor to development. Joel completed his master’s degree in public management at the Ateneo de Manila University.. You may join his travel adventures thru his blog .