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7" Tablet, Android 4.0, Capacitive Screen, 1.2Ghz CPU, Supports Skype, Supports Google Play / Market, Free Shipping - $67.99 with Coupon Code - ships from USA

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$2 OFF CODE - ZLSKEOVO
Added info to Wiki and updated post.
McBub.com's USA site is shipping this for $69.99 with no tax and no shipping charges.
($67.99 with code - CLICK LINK [mcbub.com])


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It is ridiculous how low Android tablets have gotten, but this one is the best bang for the buck in recent memory.
I remember when just the glass for the screen on a tablet like this was more than $100 by itself, but this entire tablet is a grand total of $69.99 with shipping included.

Here's the link to the product page and some highlights are below.

7" Android Tablet - $69.99 Shipped Free [mcbub.com]

Video Link, provided by Superbzz, thank you: Tablet in Action...... [youtube.com]
  • 7" Form Factor
  • Android 4.0 / Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Capacitive touch screen
  • 5-Point Multi-touch capability
  • Latest Release A13 CPU @ 1.2Ghz
  • 512MB DDR II SDRAM
  • 4GB Internal Memory
  • 32GB Expandable MicroSD
  • Supports Google Play / Market
  • Supports Skype Video Chat


The rest of the stats are in the link.
Post up with any questions and I'll be glad to help if I can.
I'm a certified Android-o-holic, and this is an impressive price for what you get.

Click on my signature (might be hidden) for what to expect from the vendor.

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#1141
Quote from ltm View Post :
Eventually the power connector is going to fail. I now charge via USB cord .. those are plentiful. Same one fits my phones and camera. Just use that.
USB charges fairly slowly. so looking for a proper charger
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#1142
I know that this was only 70 bucks but SKYPE is terrible on this tablet. The camera is fuzzy too fuzzy and the microphone is very static

Does anyone have a fix for this?
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#1143
Quote from MastaGunZ View Post :
I know that this was only 70 bucks but SKYPE is terrible on this tablet. The camera is fuzzy too fuzzy and the microphone is very static

Does anyone have a fix for this?
That Skype performed poorly on this tablet .. was quickly discovered.

As I've had this for almost 2 months now .. I can't pin it down, whether the CPU is really underpowered, or there's something funky going on with app(s).

Multiple times a day, the CPU will be maxed out for *minutes* and it's completely unusable. I've tried to remove programs that show up as "running" that I don't need -- Like, I've gotten rid of Gmail and Yahoo Mail. Those programs run at startup and check mail, and I'll give up that functionality for a tablet that is responsive.

Generally, my kids are just playing games on the tablet .. my wife uses it as a book reader. It's completely unusable as a browser, way, way too slow.

(And yes .. I've even reset this back to factory, wiped out all apps and started again.)
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#1144
Quote from ltm View Post :
That Skype performed poorly on this tablet .. was quickly discovered.

As I've had this for almost 2 months now .. I can't pin it down, whether the CPU is really underpowered, or there's something funky going on with app(s).

Multiple times a day, the CPU will be maxed out for *minutes* and it's completely unusable. I've tried to remove programs that show up as "running" that I don't need -- Like, I've gotten rid of Gmail and Yahoo Mail. Those programs run at startup and check mail, and I'll give up that functionality for a tablet that is responsive.

Generally, my kids are just playing games on the tablet .. my wife uses it as a book reader. It's completely unusable as a browser, way, way too slow.

(And yes .. I've even reset this back to factory, wiped out all apps and started again.)
Thats what you get for $70.
You could have gotten something much better than that for around $100-$130.
I ended up getting a pre-owned samsung galaxy tab 7 plus that was from cowboom that was graded 5 out of 10 but after receiving it - it was more like 9 out of 10 with no scratches in the front or the back.
I know $70 and $130 is a $60 difference, but for that $60 take notes that the samsung tab has powerful smooth dual core processor, 1gig of ram, front and rear facing cameras that surprisingly take excellent pictures even though the back camera is only 3.2 mega pixels with Flash and front is 2 mega pixels which is still impressive, bluetooth, gps, real Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich{Official - not a custom rom} unlike these forked down chinese versions.
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#1145
Quote from BestDealer83 View Post :
Thats what you get for $70.
You could have gotten something much better than that for around $100-$130.
I ended up getting a pre-owned samsung galaxy tab 7 plus that was from cowboom that was graded 5 out of 10 but after receiving it - it was more like 9 out of 10 with no scratches in the front or the back.
I know $70 and $130 is a $60 difference, but for that $60 take notes that the samsung tab has powerful smooth dual core processor, 1gig of ram, front and rear facing cameras that surprisingly take excellent pictures even though the back camera is only 3.2 mega pixels with Flash and front is 2 mega pixels which is still impressive, bluetooth, gps, real Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich{Official - not a custom rom} unlike these forked down chinese versions.
I agree with you, no doubt. This was my first tablet. To be honest, I didn't know if we would use it at all, so spending $68 seemed like a good first step. -- And even with its failings, it gets used A TON. -- In a couple months, I'd say the kids have put in 100+ hours on it. (Rather have them playing brain-complex games than vegging on TV.)

Now that I know the tablet will be well used throughout the months and years .. I'm looking for a beefier tablet that can muscle through apps that are abusing the CPU.

Thanks for the tip on the samsung galaxy tab.
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#1146
I was wondering if there are any roms for this tablet yet. or even a factory new rom. Thanks
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#1147
Even with the low resolution, low ram, and being stuck on 2.3(for official OS),

For $80 bucks you get a Tegra2, its still a decent processor for the price.

Kinda wish I woulda waited and bought this instead of the Chinese 4.0 A13 tablet for $70...
but better(?) deals always come up AFTER I spend my money...
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#1148
I think at the price is perfect and also give us free shipping.so its really great opportunity for us. so great deal.
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#1149
I tested browsers on www.speed-battle.com and here are the results. I ran the test 10 times for each browser and list the average and max. Higher score is better:

Browser Average Max
Firefox 15.0.1 37.12 42.06
Opera Mobile 12.0.4 23.57 26.55
Dolphin Browser Mini 19.05 21.21
Boat Browser Mini 3.8.1 17.02 19.41
Boat Browser 4.3 16.51 20.35
Opera Mini 7.0.3 15.96 18.27
Skyfire 4.0 15.92 21.24
Stock 4.0.3 15.55 20.98
Maxthon MM 2.7.2 build 2830 14.85 19.25
Dolphin Browser 8.8.1 14.30 18.97
Chrome M18.1 10.99 13.49
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#1150
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I tested browsers on www.speed-battle.com and here are the results. I ran the test 10 times for each browser and list the average and max. Higher score is better:
Great effort, interesting results .. I was interested in speed-battle.com for my laptop .. it seems like speedbattle is .. a pretty quick and inconsistent test. Surprised it only took a couple seconds to run. The results seem .. suspect.

I've tested browsers with Peacekeeper before .. the test goes on for about 5 minutes, and has a dozen phases. Seems far more through .. their results are far different (with laptops) than speed-battle. On the downside, peacekeeper refuses to run on this tablet for all browsers, so proper comparisons can't be made.

Your results are better than nothing, and thank you for the effort!!
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#1151
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Great effort, interesting results .. I was interested in speed-battle.com for my laptop .. it seems like speedbattle is .. a pretty quick and inconsistent test. Surprised it only took a couple seconds to run. The results seem .. suspect.

I've tested browsers with Peacekeeper before .. the test goes on for about 5 minutes, and has a dozen phases. Seems far more through .. their results are far different (with laptops) than speed-battle. On the downside, peacekeeper refuses to run on this tablet for all browsers, so proper comparisons can't be made.

Your results are better than nothing, and thank you for the effort!!
That's too bad. If anyone comes up with a better browser test for a tablet, let me know! One of my biggest complaints was browser speed. I'm using Firefox since it scored the highest on speed-battle, and it seems to be better than stock and Dolphin.
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#1152
I have a question. I bought two tablets in July and they came with 4.0.3 and just two weeks ago I bought two more and they came with 4.0.4 and run smoother and have newer features... Is there a way to pull the system off the newer pads and flash them to the previous tabs from july? thanks for the help.
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#1153
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I have a question. I bought two tablets in July and they came with 4.0.3 and just two weeks ago I bought two more and they came with 4.0.4 and run smoother and have newer features... Is there a way to pull the system off the newer pads and flash them to the previous tabs from july? thanks for the help.
I would actually like to know this as well, I've tinkered with the Tablet quite a bit and haven't found any 4.0.4 ROM available. Course, I didn't even know there was one, I as just looking for Custom ROMS, which this thing has none that I have found.

Also of note, McBub's, even for as cheap as this pad is, is actually selling it as a different model than it is. The model they are selling uses a touch panel that many developers won't even bother with because it's such a pain to work with. Frown

There is a way to get Clockwork Recovery on the device, but without custom roms or kernels, there isn't a lot of reason to bother. On top of that, it being a risky process.

Before you do ANYTHING: Some other things that I've learned. Once you get the Pad, do a factory reset. Right off the bat. IT's weird, but it seems to smooth out performance from then on out.

Rooting:IT comes pre-rooted and the CPU is over/underclockable right out of the gate. mine can't do 1.2ghz (which it is advertised as, but mine came clocked at 1ghz.) after a few hours it will lock and reset. Also, the default governor "Fantasy" seems to lock the CPU at it's max speed more than anything else, and for me, drains the battery more than neccessary. Download System Tuner, Root Tool kit or something else that has the ability to OC the CPU and change the governor to interactive or ondemand. Interactive seems the best for me, but your mileage may vary.

Battery: The default battery life on this is pretty much laughable. at a full charge, 10min of constant use (facebook or webbrowing or just navigating around.) drops the full charge to about 90%. Using different battery apps it showed that it was only a 1050mAH capacity. I decided to take the tablet apart, which is hilariously easy and only required my thumb nail (and I chew my nails, this should further show how easy it is to pop open.) and the battery looked to be smaller than my Smartphones battery. I ordered this battery for it: http://www.ownta.com/original-ain...ement.html. which BARELY fit. by barely, I mean I had to gently Dremel down the back cover and reenforce the touchscreen with apoxy, rather than the tape that was holding it down. Everything fits together with NO VISIBLE SIGNS that it was modified, but it was a choir. I've read the battery is 3700mAH but I'm not sure that is right. I can tell you I can go a full day without having to recharge it. Hell, I even leave it off the charger all night and can still use it in the morning! I unsoldered the original battery and resoldered the new one, but that isn't required, in fact, I'd advise against it as the solder points are small and right next to the speakers. little room for error. Just cut the cords and fo gods sake, DON'T touch the positive and negative together!

App Issues: Google Music hasissues playing music. it will buffer, stop and say the Music is Temporarily Unavailable. But, if I hit stop before it gave me that error, I could see it load the song, then if I hit play it would play fine. once the song was done and it went to the next, it did the same thing "Stream unavailable" unless I tricked it again. effectively makes it useless, unless you have the music on the SDCard. Then it will play fine.

Netflix also no longer works for me, it use to, but with a recent mandatory update it opens and closes immediately, dumping back into the launcher or app drawer.

HuluPlus says the device is unsupported, a modded version did use to work, but again. a recent server side update broke it. What's funny is the ads play perfectly fine, but the instant it tries to load the show, you'll get "Buffering" endlessly.
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#1154
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...Netflix also no longer works for me, it use to, but with a recent mandatory update it opens and closes immediately, dumping back into the launcher or app drawer...

There is a site, I think it's something like APKTOP that had older versions of the netflix app. I ended up giving the mcbub to my daughter and got the polaroid from biglots over the summer.

A netflix update got me too. I use the 1.7.0 version on the polaroid which is more or less the same hardware as the mcbub.

Hope that helps.

My daughter is happy with hers. She mostly uses youtube, skype and netflix. No complaints so far.
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There is a site, I think it's something like APKTOP that had older versions of the netflix app. I ended up giving the mcbub to my daughter and got the polaroid from biglots over the summer.

A netflix update got me too. I use the 1.7.0 version on the polaroid which is more or less the same hardware as the mcbub.

Hope that helps.

My daughter is happy with hers. She mostly uses youtube, skype and netflix. No complaints so far.
Ah HA!. Thank you for the tip!. I had tried multiple modded versions of Netflix and none worked. But an older version from the site you mentioned.
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