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What’s the best ROM/Custom Firmware for the Ainol Elf II

Hello guys and welcome to our new blog followers and readers! Today I want to talk about the choice of custom firmwares (alternative ROMs) for the Ainol Elf II.

If you were following the blog, you should already know that I got my Ainol Elf 2 tablet delivered from china using EMS about a two weeks ago, and during these two weeks I was testing all of the available official firmwares and custom ROMs to get the best out of my tablet especially that chinese tablets aren’t very good at performance. However this tablet seemed to be the best 7″ tablet when it comes to performance/price, and it did a very good job with all of the firmwares I tried, but there are always some advantages and disadvantages for each ROM.

I won’t be talking alot about performance in this post, benchmarks will arrive in another one. This post will talk about the tablet in the user’s perspective (do games work? is there a lag? are there some features missing?)

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Ainol Elf 2 unboxing!

My Ainol Elf II arrived today by EMS (8 days after I bought it from McBub). McBub included an English Manual and a USB wall charger (US one even if I live in a EU area, better than nothing). Here are the pictures of the unboxing:ImageImage

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Unofficial CyanogenMod 9 ported to Ainol Novo7 Elf II (2)

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New Ainol Elf II developer Christian Troy (“Eleven” ROM creator) just released a port of CyanogenMod 9 for the Ainol Novo7 Elf II tablet! More after the break 😉

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New Ainol Elf 2 ROM: “Eleven” released

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Hello awesome blog followers, today I want to talk about a new custom (non official) ROM called “Eleven”. For those who don’t know what a ROM is, here is what the folks at Lifehacker say about it:

What’s a ROM?

One of the best things about the openness of the Android platform is that if you’re unhappy with the stock OS, you can install one of many modified versions of Android (called ROMs) on your device. The downside is that there are so many developers and different Android devices out there that the custom ROM scene can be very difficult to navigate.

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What’s in my order

Hello guys 🙂 this is just a post to tell you what will come (and what will I review) when the package arrives to Tunisia. Just a reminder: As I told you in an earlier post, the EMS tracking system says that the package left GUANGZHOU to Tunisia or an International HUB (this is my first time getting an EMS package :p). So, here is what I will get (probably in 3/4 days):

First of all, the Ainol Elf 2 tablet itself for 111$
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A nice Leather case for Ainol Novo7 Elf 2
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An IPhone Tripod I always wanted, because I use my iPhone to shoot & film
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2xStylus Pen for both the Ainol Elf 2 and my iPhone
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Mini HDMI to HDMI cable for the Ainol Elf II (2)
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HDMI to VGA/RCA cable for my old TV
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VGA to RCA/S-Video cable for my iPhone (to my old TV)

Jelly Bean on Ainol Novo7 Elf II !

Update: Ainol Elf 2 Source Code Released

Update 2: THIS POST IS OUTDATED, PLEASE TRY CHRISTIAN TROY’S CM10 ROM IF YOU WANT JELLY BEAN!

Hello awesome blog readers! This blog is just 1 day old and we’ve already got lots of visits. It means only one thing: Ainol Novo7 Elf 2 users/future buyers are numerous and are loving the blog!

One of the most popular questions that people ask today before buying an Android tablet is: will it support Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) ? The short answer is HELL YEAH! The long answer is after the break 🙂

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Updates... updates!

My Elf II just left the CHANGSHA sorting center in its way to Tunisia from China!

2012-08-23  18:18:00 CHANGSHA Posting
2012-08-24  08:46:34 CHANGSHA Arrival at Sorting Center
2012-08-24  11:23:41 CHANGSHA Despatch from Sorting Center

Order shipped by McBub on 23/08/2012

Tracking status

I made a decision!

Hey guys! Welcome to my blog :p !

I’m Wassim Gharbi from Tunisia and I made this blog for current and future Ainol Novo7 Elf II (2) users that want to get informations about this tablet before buying or customize it after buying. As I’m writing this, my Ainol Novo7 Elf II is being shipped to me from China by EMS.

So, After a lot of thinking and hundreds of Youtube video reviews played, I decided to buy the Ainol Novo7 Elf II (2) tablet because of its specs and of course price. So, how did I decide to buy this tablet? First of all, I wanted a 7″ tablet pc, 10″ tablets were big for me (especially that I already got my hands on an iPad and saw how big it was…). I wanted a tablet that has a quiet large screen but that can fit in a small school-bag, because I entend to bring my tablet to school as a replacement for school books. The second criteria was the OS, I already got an iPhone and an Android phone, I love both even if my Android experience wasn’t really good because of the low-spec Android phone I had. Android was the only choice I had, because iPads are big, Blackberries and HPs aren’t so popular. Now, let’s see the choice of cheap Android 4.0+ 7″ tablets: We have the Ainol Novo7 Aurora II, Ainol Novo7 Elf II, a generic chinese A10 tablet labeled as Gpad G7/McPad/YeahPad/…, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7″ and Google Nexus 7.

The last two, were out of my budget so we find our selves with the two Ainol tablets and the Gpad G7/YeahPad. The Gpad G7 was very cheap (>60$) but it lacked a lot of functionalities I really wanted such as the HDMI port, the dual core processor (even if its processor is very good, and near dual core performance), the dual core graphics and community support. So, I had to chose from the Aurora II and the Elf II, both of these tablet have a lot of very good reviews: some of the reviews say that these are the BEST 7″ tablets (excluding Nexus 7). In benchmark, these two tablets have a higher score than the Galaxy Tab 2 and are exactly below the Asus Transformer. The Aurora II and the Elf II have the same dual-core 1.5Ghz Amlogic processor, they also have the same GPU, the same 1024*600 HD resolution and they both have an HDMI output. The only difference I can notice is the IPS screen of the Aurora II (180° viewing angle) and I didn’t really want such a good display on my budget tablet. So I had to choose the Elf II. I’ve also seen that developers (here) were working on a CM10 (Jelly Bean 4.1) version for this tablet so that was very good for me

Here is a comparison table from McBub.com:

Now that I chose the tablet, I had to find a reliable website where I can buy the tablet. I already got McBub in mind, because they have community support, they also have a very nice and helpful customer support that is available directly from their website via instant chat. I searched a lot and found some websites that have the tablet in a lower price than McBub but they weren’t as reliable as McBub, so I decided to buy from it. Another advantage of this website is that it has accessories for almost every single tablet they sell, so finally I placed my order at the 20/08/2012 with the tablet itself, some accessories for my iPhone and for the tablet and I choose EMS shipping to Tunisia because regular post was unreliable and very slow and also to avoid DHL tax fees. The shipping cost was a little bit high (65$ compared to 111$ for the tablet) but I didn’t want to wait more for my Elf II :p.

McBub has a 3 days maximum processing time, and they respected it. On the 23/08/2012 (today) I received an email from McBub saying that my order was shipped and I was given an EMS tracking number to use on ems.com.ch or e-suivi.poste.tn . Stay tuned and subscribe to the blog for more information and for the review of the tablet 🙂

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