Ouku Tablet Hands-On Review!

Posted by Greg | February 23, 2011  |  50 Comments

We’ve had a couple days now to play with the Ouku Tab, and are happy to say that it surprised us a bit. It hasn’t got too much to brag about in the way of specs, and it only runs on Android 2.1 Eclair, but it’s a pretty decent 7″ tablet considering the price tag.

Obviously one of the first things to inspect when you’re looking for a tablet are it’s specs. Well the Ouku Tab definitely doesn’t have anything worth writing home about, but we’ll share em with you anyways. It runs on the Rockchip RK2818 600Mhz processor, 256MB DDR2 RAM, and 2GB of internal storage (expansion up to 16GB with TF Card). With a processor of that speed and such little RAM you would expect the device to run like a snail on it’s way to an escargot tasting. Thankfully that’s not the case and as long as you’re not running too many processes, the device can handle all the basic web browsing and media running as you can.

Another thing that was not expected from the Ouku tab, was the responsiveness of the 7″ resistive touchscreen. Swiping from screen to screen is pretty fluid and a stylus pen is not at all a necessity like with most other resistive Shanzhai tablets. It only has a resolution of 800 x 480, but is capable of 720p HD video playback. Unfortunately there’s no HDMI output so you won’t be able to use it with your television.

The Tablet feels pretty great in your hand, and not at all cheap with a solid weight of 0.5Kg (~1.1 Lbs). The back panel is made out of what seems to be some sort of metal, as it is cool to the touch, and helps to add to that solid feel. We used the Ouku tab pretty consistently for a bit more than 4 hours on its 1620MAH battery before it died, which is about what we expected. Our favorite part about this tablet was it’s price tag. We found it priced at RMB1100 (~US $165) at our local grey market, but we found some much better prices online.

Lightinthebox.com – US$ 124.99
Ouku.com – RMB999 (~US$ 150)
aq.ioffer.com – US$ 185.00

We wouldn’t expect a seasoned tablet expert to find this device very handy, but it’s definitely perfect for first time tablet buyers. It could also make an excellent gift/toy/whatever for kids…allowing you to give them to get a taste of tech without breaking the bank.

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50 Comments

  1. BigSpectrum says:

    Thanks a lot for the review..Did you try to connect some peripheral to the usb port ? I mean usb pen or usb keyboard ?

    Thanks again

    • Greg says:

      Good question. I haven’t actually tried any peripherals yet, but I’ll try some and let you know asap.

    • Greg says:

      I tried both wired and wireless usb mice and keyboards, and they all worked.

      I also tried my external HD just for fun, but no luck there (as expected).

      Thing is that there’s only 1 usb port, so you’ll obviously need a usb hub to connect multiple peripherals.

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  3. does this support flash web sites? does it run the App Tango with Video call?

  4. is the Ouk compatable with itunes does anyone know or not?

    • Greg says:

      Unfortunately, as the Ouku tab isn’t an apple product it is not compatible with iTunes. It is however compatible with free music player software like Winamp, which I use personally to sync my music and movies.

  5. Tino says:

    You have flash installed and working? Does it bog down the tablet?

    • Greg says:

      Yeah, I was able to install flash 10.1 with no problems. Installing 10.1 on Android 2.2 does require a little extra effort though :) . It does take time to load websites full of flash, but nothing that unusual. Hope that helps! Let me know if you’ve got any more questions.

      • Tino says:

        Thanks. I’ve looked at a bunch of tablets and almost pulled the trigger on the herotab c8 and ramos w9. Then I saw this add for this little tablet that just works and that has many happy users. All I really need is a tablet to browse the web and eread with. I also think this tablet looks pretty cool and I like the fact that the buttons are on the front. I’m ordering one as soon as I’m done thanking you.

      • Greg says:

        Glad I could help buddy! Please let me know what you think about it after you’ve used it, thanks.

  6. AAron says:

    Can this be charged by the USB port ??????

    • Greg says:

      Yeah, definitely! I was able to use the USB cord that came with the Tablet to charge it, no problem.

      • Deep says:

        How were you able to get USB charging working, is there a software setting that needs to be enabled?

      • Greg says:

        No software should be needed to get the USB charging working. All you need to do is plug the device in to the USB port. If the USB port isn’t working then possibly the device is defective? I’ll look in to it and see what I find…

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  11. michael j says:

    What about the wi-fi? I wonder if it picks up a strong signal. I have an archos 7ht. It has issues with weaker wireless router signals. Wonder if I should upgrade to this.

    • Greg says:

      I’ll check the distance from my router and let you know what I find, but I haven’t had any problems so far with signal strength. Lemme know if you’ve got any other questions in the mean time.

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  13. Hello,

    Great review! I recently buyed this tablet, and I don’t know much about it, but the speed is insanely fast for 256 mb ram! I am still waiting for the item to be delivered. I hope this is perfect for skype…

  14. I have a question. Did you update the device android firmware from 2.1 to 2.2 or further? And if you did, How can you update android firmware?
    Can you please help me? Thanks!

    • Greg says:

      I haven’t updated the firmware on the device, and doing so manually can be dangerous. Head over to AndroidCommunity.com for more info on how to do so. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

  15. Himemiya says:

    Hi, I was wondering does it supports Office reading programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF?

    • Greg says:

      Hey. Yes it does support office reading programs, you just need to download an app from the Android Market that will support those files.

  16. Emily says:

    I am thinking of getting one of these for my mum to surf the internet and speak to me on skype. Do you know if it is compatible with pre-paid wireless internet dongles?

    • Greg says:

      Unfortunately, I’m not sure if it’s compatible with pre-paid 3G dongles. You could always get here a pre-paid 3G Wifi Hotspot device and she could just connect via the Ouku’s Wifi.

  17. ramost says:

    I’ve had my device and have played around with it for over a week now and I am loving it. Definitely not a gaming machine but I rarely use my laptop to web browse at home anymore. Skyfire works well on it and for the most part I can view flash content. Transferring video to the device is simple and watching videos is great. Haven’t downloaded any music yet but I’m sure it will work as well as the video does.
    The touch screen takes a bit of getting used to but after a couple of hours it’s easy to navigate around the device and the touch function is very accurate.
    Once again I have to say I love this thing but there are a few things that I have questions about.
    first, when I check the battery usage it appears that over 70% of the battery usage is being used to perform a cell standby. I’ve read on lightinthe box’s reviews that this is not a phone and I do realize that there may be certain functions requiring the phone setting but 70%. I can’t find a airplane function and the cell phone services are turned off but the battery usage still alots 70+% to cell standby. I wish the battery life was better on this.
    second, i think they are better off sending no earphones at all if those cheaper then cheap hollow plastic things are what they are going to ship. It kind of made wonder if the inside of this thing was cheap too.
    Time will tell but for now I have mostly praises for the ouku tablet.

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  20. Adriana says:

    I loved my device, but it only works with the power cable connected!! It Doesnt work only with internal batterie, theres something I can do to fix it? Could you give me some advice?? Thanks.

    • Greg says:

      So sorry to hear that. I haven’t had any problems with the devices internal battery so far. It sounds like the device might be faulty. If I were you I would try to get it replaced. It really is a great little tablet.

  21. Matthaios says:

    Hello,

    I am interested in purchasing one of these devices. I just would like to know… can it transfer files (music, video, pictures, and pdf) easily?
    via USB (is it full or mini USB?) or data cable?

    • Greg says:

      Hey, yes you can transfer files to and from the device easily. It uses a Mini USB to USB cable to connect to your computer. You can also transfer files by using the Ouku’s MicroSD/TF card slot. Either way works fine. Let me know if you’ve go any other questions!

  22. Android Fan says:

    Well the computer has to see the device in order to read. I’m on windows 7, I don’t see it. I have the manual and see nothing about USB device driver. I google for device driver nothing. I checked company web site for it and did not find it. What device driver do I need in order to connect? How to connect via USB. Thanks

  23. Android Fan says:

    Well go ahead and edit comment but I need to know what is involved in setting up USB driver for this device so I can communicate with a PC. Thanks

    • Greg says:

      Haha, sorry I didn’t get back to you straight away. The internet still hates me in China. Sorry to hear that your computer isn’t reading the device. If you want to download the USB driver check out Google’s developer website:

      http://developer.android.com/sdk/win-usb.html

      If installing that USB driver doesn’t work then you can also try downloading one of the many OEM drivers here:

      http://developer.android.com/sdk/oem-usb.html

      I’m not sure which one it would be, as Ouku isn’t listed, but one of them should probably work. If it still doesn’t work then let me know and I’ll look in to it further. Good luck, and let me know if any of these work!

  24. JD says:

    Great Review!! Now you have me confused whether to get the Amazon Kindle 3 or the OuKu Tablet.

    It would be nice if you had a video about the device running the web browser, ebook reader and video application.

    There are 3 videos on youtube, but for some reason the web browsing looks slow, is that because of the tablet or the wifi connection?

    Also, do the frames for the video lag, for example on watching a 700Mb DVD Rip or a video from the Youtube App?

    Thanks

    • Greg says:

      Thanks JD, sorry I’ve made the decision difficult for ya!

      I actually do own the Kindle 3, and I’ll admit that I really do love it. The thing is that the Ouku tab and the Kindle are two totally different types of devices.

      The Kindle is good for one thing, and one thing only, and that’s E-book reading. If you want to be able to watch videos and browse the web as well as read e-books, then I would definitely suggest that you get yourself an Ouku Tab.

      About the videos, the web browsing probably looked slow because of a bad internet connection. I tried using the Ouku Tab on my home internet connection and it ran extremely fast and smoothly. The same thing goes for videos. I was able to watch 720p videos on the tablet without any video lag whatsoever.

      At the end of the day the decision will come down to what kind of device you’re looking for. If you just want to read books, then definitely get a kindle. If you wanna do a few more things with your device, then get an Ouku. At least, that’s my advice. Good luck!

  25. JD says:

    Good to know that the Tablet is fast in playing videos and surfing the web.

    Well, As I am not a hardcore reader and read only few pages each day(2 – 3), I think i’ll go for the OuKu Tab.

    Also, what color do you recommend to buy the: White or Black?

    And is there any difference between the White and Black?

    Thanks

    • Greg says:

      There’s no difference between the white and the black. Personally I’d get the black one because I think it looks cooler, but it’s also less likely to get dirty. Glad I could help!

  26. JD says:

    Cool, I actually plan to get the white one!

    Since you have reviewed the white model, did you notice any light leaking around the screen in the dark (i.e; light bleeding through the plastic face cover) as this happened with my original blackberry I purchased few months ago!

    Thanks

  27. Issa says:

    How long does it take to boot up? How does it compare to other tabs in it’s price range?

    • Greg says:

      doesn’t take too long to boot up, maybe between a minute and 2 minutes. compared to other tabs in it’s price range it’s pretty excellent. obviously i would have loved it if the ouku tab had a capacitive touchscreen rather than a resistive, but I’m still pretty impressed with the screen’s responsiveness. hope I helped!

  28. Kelly says:

    Was wondering if this really works with 3G as it says. I am wanting it to run the square credit card reader for my carpet cleaning business. I go to a lot of places with no wifi. I am with ATT here in the US. Will it work? Thanks.

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