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Default [Review] FNF iFive Mini 3GS - 3G Calling Tablet

Dear Friends:

I am Happy to introduce you to this interesting iPad mini Retina alternative - Meet - FNF iFive Mini 3GS MTK6592 3G Tablet!
Ordered From Banggood.com on 20th May, Received on 8th June, Came well protected in foam box






Key Features:
  • 3G Calling Tablet- WCDMA 2100MHz | GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • 7.9" 16M-color IPS OGS capacitive touchscreen , 2048x1536 resolution, 327pixel density
  • Android OS v4.4.2 KitKat.
  • Octa-core 1.7 GHz Cortex A7 CPU, 2GB RAM, Mali-450 MP4 GPU; MediaTek MTK6592 chipset
  • 5MP autofocus camera, 1080p video recording @ 30fps, continuous autofocus
  • 2MP front-facing camera, VGA video recording
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Screen Cast
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • 16GB of built-in storage; microSD card slot
  • OTG
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • FM radio
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Accelerometer, proximity and Light sensors
  • 4,050mAh Li-Ion battery
  • 198.6X134X7.0mm

Main disadvantage:
  • Battery capacity Should be larger
  • No front Stereo Speakers
  • Creaking noise when pressed on the edges(maybe only on my device?)

Design and Build
FNF iFive Mini 3GS looks really nice, easy to hold in one hand and the OGS panel contribute to appearance when the screen is OFF.
My only complain about this tablet is that it doesn't fill as solid as iPad or other high quality tablet, you can hear Creaking noise when you press the edges around the screen, during daily use won't notice it- but for me it's really disappointing.







The Volume+power button located on the top of the device next to microSim,microSD slots, microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack.


The device Dimensions are really close to iPad Mini size, the tablet is really thin- look how it compare vs AA standard battery:


The Retina Screen:
The Best Part about this tablet is it's Superb Retina OGS IPS panel - 2048x1536 resolution, 327pixel density!
Browsing web, Watching Movies, Playing games - You gonna enjoy from every second of it
The touch screen support muti-touch, support 10 points touch, the touch panel is accurate and responsive and I have no complaint.
The viewing angles are great as expected from high quality OGS IPS panel:

Here is how 327 PPI looks like: (5MP 100% crop -macro shot).


KitKat 4.4.2 on MTK6592
Lately we see more and more device runnig KitKat on MTK SOC, IFive did great job making stable KitKat rom and it supports multi-language and OTA updates, it came with some Chinese apps that can be disabled or removed after gaining Root access.
The UI feels smooth and responsive.




Since I received it I have already got 2 new updates -seems that iFive really paying attention.


Gapps pre-installed:


Camera Quality:

iFive mini 3GS equipped with 5MP AF back camera and 2MP FF front camera, the image quality is descent for a tablet.
Here are some Samples images from the back camera- Click for 100% size:

_____HDR OFF_____________ HDR ON


Low light photos will be added later.
Front 2MP camera:


Benchmarks:

3Dmark


AntutuX


GFX Bench


NenaMark2


Basemark OS2


Vellamo


Connectivity

This Tablet is a Smartphone on steroids - it has both phone and tablet qualities. The call quality on the iFive mini 3GS was impressive-fill free to put 7.9" device near your ear -LOL.
There's also Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio and GPS on board.

WiFi Test on 15mb/s internet connection:




GPS - will update soon how it performed in real life


Battery Life:

Octa Core + 2048x1536 7.9" screen and only 4050mAh battery-why iFive?, It could be nicer to get 4500mAh for this spec and price.
I have only charged it 3 times- so it should be improved soon, I think the battery life is average for it's category- I will updated next week.

Here is the battery log for watching movies on YouTube over WIFI, screen brightness on AUTO (daylight-indoor).


Conclusion
I can say that I really liked this tablet, I think that 7.9" Retina tablets are the best form factor, they are big enough for any use and still you can hold your Tablet with the palm of your hand, it feels light and your hands don't get tired.
If only it could be more solid build without Creaking noise when pressed on the edges + 4500~5000mAh battery I would give it 10/10 Score.

My score for this tablet would be : 8/10.

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interesting.. i have ordered mine yesterday night and just searching about the tab today on xda, found this thread. :P
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Nice- We can try to test/mod it together- I have heard that it's almost Root Proof -so we have work to do .
 
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Nice- We can try to test/mod it together- I have heard that it's almost Root Proof -so we have work to do .
Update: this root (http://www.5fans.com.cn/thread-130195-1-1.html) now works on mine with ROM version 1.0.7
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Great news!! I will test ASAP when when I will receive it- thank you!
 
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+1 here just order one too should be here week or two .. from some Chinese review the build quality is ok some plastic edge is a bit sharp and still have some sd card issue...battery life is about 3 to 4 hours screen time but all said screen is very nice. mali450 gpu is not top of the line but for email internet hd movie should be fine.

we need to root 1st right now is not complete root yet. and firmware seems has a lot bugs hopefully by the time i got will has better rom. but its good spec for 200 usd .
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Great news!! I will test ASAP when when I will receive it- thank you!
I do use device since 2014.05.14 and I have got ROOT access using MTK Droid Root & Tools v2.5.3
 
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I do use device since 2014.05.14 and I have got ROOT access using MTK Droid Root & Tools v2.5.3
Thats great can u share some details or steps how did u root it? Thank you.
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Has anyone found a tempered-glass screen protector for this unit?

Coz I don't seem to find one for sale. I think its best to protect this baby's fantastic screen since its not made of gorilla glass, since this is not mentioned anywhere so I assume the mini 3gs doesn't have a gorilla glass on it.

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Thats great can u share some details or steps how did u root it? Thank you.
While waiting for him, guess you'd like to look at my updated post (#4) above.

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