This was posted 8 months 6 days ago, and might be an out-dated deal.

ALDI 8" 3G Tablet Android 4.1 for $169

440

Just saw this from their latest catalogue seem a good price for a 3G tablet with phone function.

Start from 21Aug.

8" Android Dual Core 3G Tablet

Browse the internet, access your email, view photos and play music and videos with this stylishly designed, lightweight tablet. The BAUHN 8" Android Dual Core 3G Tablet comes with 8GB memory for storage of your music, videos and photos. It uses the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

What's in the box?

1 x 8" Android Dual Core 3G Tablet
1 x Micro USB Cable
1 x AC Adaptor
1 x Instruction Manual
1 x Warranty Card
2 x Warranty Stickers


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  • +1 vote

    I might grab one and if i dont like it i can take it back no questions asked.

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      Just as a heads-up, the Aldi at Helensvale (Q) has the 10" 3G tablet on manager's special for $229. Not a huge saving I know, but still…

  • +1 vote

    No HDMI? Bugger.

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      Isn't it usually through some USB to Go <-> HDMI thingo?

      • +1 vote

        MHL is the buzzword. The device you are connecting to via MHL/USB must also support MHL/USB though… soo umm kinda useless until then.

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    It has full phone function!!! I will grab one to try.

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    Hardware specs sound like a knock-off of the iPad mini 3G, but 1/3 the price, and memory expandable.

    And unlike the Apple or nexus, it is not crippled from making phone calls when you need it.
    How is the weight and battery life? this could be the best value phablet since the $99 Optus MyTab.
    Are all these no-name tabs easily rootable?

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      3000mah

      • +12 votes

        Is that Chinese mAhrs? :)

        The real question is how long does it last in real use.

        • +2 votes

          DDR3 ram, doesn't specify LPDDR3. We can be pretty certain it will last just long enough to watch a movie, on low brightness, with wifi and bluetooth turned off, no sound and only when plugged into mains.

        • +1 vote

          Alternatively buy those Optus Hoyt's movie tickets with the money and see a new movie every week. Probably last longer than the tablet

    • +1 vote

      Here are some instructions to root MTK8377 based devices:

      http://gleescape.com/posts/2376

      Never tried them myself though.

  • +1 vote

    Looks like its 850/2100 3G. More for Telstra/Vodafone users. Has built in sim slot. Pretty uncommon, even among generics (mostly chinese brand tablets)
    Display = 8" 1024 x 768 Ultra Bright Display ——> no idea about this.

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      Does that mean it wont' work with Optus ?

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      2100 will work with Optus, single band tho

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        So no access in most of Tassie then…

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      Actually more like ideally only Telstra and its MVNO's. Vodafone uses a tri-band 850/900(regional)/2100 network with additional Optus (900) roaming in further regional areas. You'll miss out on a lot of regional 3G coverage if you use this tablet with Voda.

      This would have been an ideal tablet for Aldi Mobile, had their wholesaler stayed solvent.

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    Can these be used as a Hotspot for other devices ?

    • +1 vote

      Unless someone can indicate otherwise, I'm pretty sure the previous Aldi 3G tab (close to Aldi Mobile launch) had hotspot feature selectively disabled. If so, likely the same with this tab.
      Root plus third-party ROM may fix - assuming there are or will be any to suit.

      • +1 vote

        Standard feature of Android these days isn't it?

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          Yep, has been since 2.2 - but unless it was a specific Android iteration glitch on the previous Aldi tab, there is scope for manufacturers (and telcos) to 'customize' ROM's - and not just as regards bloatware.

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          Agreed, but on track record the Chinese usually never take features out, it's just more western telcos that insist on locking people out of doing what they like, manufacturers don't care.

          I highly doubt Aldi mobile are disabling features in this case

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      Absolutely - using it now as hotspot.

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    Poor men's Samsung Galaxy Notes 8.0 3G
    :)

  • +2 votes

    The 10" model (4Gb internal plus 16Gb external) is $249
    http://www.bauhn.com.au/Products/10-1%E2%80%9D-Quad-Core-3G-...

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      But catalogue didn't say available on 21Aug.

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    Is there a big performance difference between this and the 10" one in terms of number of cores?

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      Yep. The 8" is a dual core while the 10" is a quad core.

      • +6 votes

        Incorrect. Android isn't optimised for multi-cores as of yet, hence there is little difference in terms of real life performance between dual core and quad core. It's clear with the example of RK3066 chips, pure clock speed is greater utilised in the Android environment. I'd imagine you'd only see differences with extreme multitasking and gaming. But neither of these have GPU's to run 3D games, thus is almost irrelevant.

        In addition, the dual core is cortex A7, whilst the quad core of the 10.1" is cortex A5.

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          thanks for the run-down, I had no idea of this.

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          Actually the MTK8377 is a dual core Cortex A9 processor, it's the tablet version of what Aldi has in their dual sim mobile phone on sale a while back.

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    Better than Ainol?

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      Depends on which Ainol model you are referring to…?

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        How do those jokes still get plus votes

        • +1 vote

          I dAinol

        • +6 votes

          There is no minimum age to join and post on OzB.

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          Some people like to pretend they are young at heart, or still in school.

    • -2 votes

      Aniol is better I think, I gave my wife 10" Aniol and she loved it.

      • -1 vote

        And since it has 3g you can ring it from anywhere and it will vibrate

  • +2 votes

    Anyone find out which Chinese model this is a rebrand of?

    EDIT: ABC hurry up with iView on Android you lazy bastards.

    • +2 votes

      search for aview. Imo it is everything iview should have been especially the interface

  • +2 votes

    Won't buy any tablet from Aldi… Bought a $99 tablet last December and it was a disaster. Just died without reasons. After months of negotiation finally got a refund from Tempo (the manufacturer) and they kept delaying the refund for weeks and weeks, had to call up pretty much once every week and threatened complaint to fairtrade before they finally refunded… if you are looking to refund one of this best of luck.

    • +5 votes

      For refund you do not need to deal with Tempo, just Aldi - under consumer legislation. Tempo have been useless in my experience, but Aldi have always given me a full immediate refund any time within the warranty period.

      Combined with 60 day no questions asked refund policy, it decreases the risk of buying rebadged electronics sold under Aldi trademarks.

      But quality & features vary between releases of seemingly similar products. I usually advise buying 2 items in case 1 is doa or faulty, returning the worst 1. Buying Aldi electronics is always a gamble.

      • +8 votes

        Indeed. Bought a bar freezer from Aldi, died 1 month before its 2 year warranty expired, called them up and they refund on the spot. Very easy to deal with.

      • +4 votes

        Agreed I don't know why he went to Tempo for refund .

        • +6 votes

          He's American…

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    We have one as a toy device (we sometimes need to test some app on android before installing on customers' systems) at work. This is a very heavy and bulky device. I cant really hold it by one hand for an extended period of time. Highly not recommended unless you are really on a budget.

    The 3g function is really good though

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      How did you get it before release?
      Certainly not very heavy (400g) or bulky (around 8mm thick) in my opinion - holding it in my hand now.

  • +1 vote

    The website product pic would be far more persuasive if the background on the tablet didn't look like CGA vomit from 1982

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    Remember doing a bit of searching re their last tablet (3g) 10inch and it was just a re-badged Motorola,wonder how well this one will go.

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      Feel free to point us to this research, I highly doubt Aldi is going to Motorola for their tablets with the rest of their product line even over the last 10 years.

      However maybe someone in China is knocking off the zoom?

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    Big looooong whirlpool thread on the 10" Aldi tablet here
    http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=2106509

    I bought one, its OK but ended up getting an ipad, yes it cost more BUT it is soooo much more user friendly.

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      Well, it's a completely different operating system.
      OS X vs Windows. Each to their own :P

    • +5 votes

      I agree with iPad being more user friendly but I'd say they are only more user friendly to people who aren't willing to figure stuff out. The biggest downside to iAnythings are that they are controlled by DRM so tightly it usually ends up interfering with the user, whereas with Android if you take the time to learn it and adapt to it you can do ALOT more, especially with free apps such as, play movies over network, use torrents, move your photos to your computer without having to buy an app, etc.

      • +1 vote

        Not to mention not mass storage mode, no usb on the go, tied to iTunes, expensive, hard to fix hardware issues, more expensive app store, no linux support at all, glass and very easy to break (in the case of the phones), should I go on?

  • -3 votes

    Can you make calls with this?

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    Since Aldi got into mobile traffic, I expect most of their tab would be junked up/infected * 3G, itself a redundant feature. Basically a lowly gsmarena.com/zte_v81-5269.php underneath.

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      I doubt it, they are pushing unlimited plans, and it's ISPone that loses out if people abuse it.

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        Pending ramification will flow downstream after a deliberation either adverse or alternate; in respect to an outcome of case: ispONE v Telstra.

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    I have the 10" tab. Works well… Phone and messaging function works well

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      This one IIRC … expensive,
      http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/104841#comment-1432330
      Has dysfunctional hot-spot and no 900 optus-net; just 1gb, 149 dpi.. .

      Un-acceptable trade offs for the 'addition' of a dialer(nuttin special).

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        Nutin special… Except that all mainstream brands charge an arm and a leg for this functionality

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          They'd be so keen to see its utility as their interest to billing transit.

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    I am buying this

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      I'm not.

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      I'm borrowing this. If its OK, I won't return it.

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    Looks like to be either a Onda or cube, just don't know which model, need to do some deep research on this one.
    Judging from its specs, don't expect it to be smooth, all Chinese branded tabs lag, unless your gonna have couple of hundred bux. Seems to be a very old model.

    Want some good cheap tablets try here, it's also got large discussion on Asian tabs.

    Mp4nation.net

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      Onda or Cube don't utilise MTK chips…
      And not all chinese tablets lag. Try getting a medium resolution tablet with a RK3188 quad core.
      Has 18000+ on Antutu in synthetic benchmarks and is buttery smooth.

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    Might just get it for that screen ratio, Don't like holding 16:9 tablets. Thanks OP!

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      Better for reading docs I find, worse for movies. I do the former more

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    How is this compared to Asus phablet ?

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      Asus is better of course but costs more.

  • +2 votes

    I bought the 10" for $249 a couple of months ago, and some stores still seem to have stock. (Bought the 20 accessory kit including case a bit later in a different store, as my nearest was sod out.)

    I like it better than my "work" iPad, except the battery life is terrible in comparison. Probably 2 hours max, and that's really just internet browsing, no movies or the like. Combined with a fairly short power lead, this is a real pain, as even using it when plugged in is awkward. It tends to discharge substantially even when completely switched off. I've installed some battery monitoring Apps but they are not really giving me any clues. The iPad you can leave switched off for days or weeks without any noticeable battery drain.

    I have never liked Apple products, which have a "my way or the highway" attitude, whereas PCs (and by extension, Android tablets) are much more user-friendly. Including actually being able to connect them to things, although I haven't actually done that yet.

    But at about one third of the price of the Apple, I guess battery life is the trade-off.

    If anyone has a solution to the battery life problem, I'd be interested. I've switched off everything unnecessary (I only use it on WiFi, no SIM card yet.)

    An external battery (which will add bulk) seems to me the only solution. You can buy cases with built-in batteries, but I'm not sure the case will fit the 10" Bauhn, and buying on the internet means I take that risk.

    Pete

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      Nowadays it's like comparing Pepsi to coke, but I don't get why people like to compare this tablet against ones that cost 4-5 times the price. I hope a product with such a price disparity is significantly better in every respect, if not there's something wrong.

  • +1 vote
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    Was anyone able to find the specs as in the weight and the thickness, these are the ones I'm after

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    i got the 10" but returned it because slecting stuff near the screen edge never worked in lanscape and although I could select tethering, it never worked. Got a Galaxy note 10 instead and have not looked back. I find electronic stuff with Aldi a bit hit/miss. As for the apple ipads, they are well built but I wish Siri would work for Voip calling.

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    Just visited my local JB HiFi, spoke to staff member who was shocked when he saw the price. Basically said there is absolutely nothing that can compete with this (especially having 3G) and that the nearest rival would be the HP or ASUS tablet; no other brand name tablet has these specs and is anywhere near the price.
    Can anyone suggest a reason NOT to buy this?

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      Shocked? Obviously, he is not an OZB member.

    • +1 vote

      Buy, Try, Return (within 60days) if not satisfied - the Aldi way.
      If you wait for a review, stock will be gone. Sometimes as low as 10-20/store on this type of line.
      In my experience, if there is stock later, it is often an indication of a crap product.

      (Bought Aldi's first Tablet - 10" Medion for $499. 3G but no phone function. By the end of 60 days, quality Tablets were falling in price, so returned the Medion. How prices have fallen.)

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      Outside of the 60d novelty tryout..perhaps, I can submit a reason.
      Plenty of tab - dialer device competes w. '1'gb ram, '150' dpi & '3'kmAh (FY2014).
      Show one that isn't. Of course these specs were geared to arrive at the low $170.

      But like with my haipad i7-t(125.oo- China generic) you'll need to use this Landscape to read docs, web sites by the lower than FHD, +be mindful of the dots decent eyes (mine) will perceive on 170dots per !inch Not to suggest this displays badly as an IPS screen, more that manufacturing had to make drastic compromise to reach this pricing position, but given these 8"-7" devices we'd want a higher resolution.

      As for data, somewhat oxymoronic of the function that was gimped, you cannot just hot spot via the Medion- bundled Modem config', instead you must shop for independent deal& sim, to even run 3g. Conversely, the data-less i7-t has performed just neatly siphoning off via Aldi sim- 'phone-as-a-modem format which would re-pay such a tab many times over again.

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        1. The short is, " Battery life / Full h d " is paramount 2014, or soon to be.
        2. Eg. my Telstra S120 Acer liquid mt from 2011 vanilla selection of 'Android Hotspot makes it trivial easy to extend 3g across any either PC / notebook/ slate pc.
        3. This brings a combined juice level 3600+1500= 5,100 MAh to the power equation, 70 percent > 3oooMAh(standalone). But should one wish to supplement repeat, these s120 batteries will be interchangeable on the handset end (so when mobile, travel w/ my Mobile modem; makes sense).
        4. May even supplement using MF60 Wifi/USB card & similar battery setups- haven't checked into what MAh, but whatever contribution - have to result in significantly boosted data online connectivity sessions.
        5. On a side tenet, last thing I need is Telco mixing it with Tablet, if we think on what that means .. I rather prefers my tech cheap / un-twisted. Next tab should certainly have 10,000+MAh, plus USB 3 +GPS BT, even if that's a quote ''Novo'.
  • -1 vote

    I'd be looking at this rather than the ALDI one.http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/7-3G-SMART-PHONE-TABLET-PC-ANDROID-4-1-DUAL-CORE-CPU-DUAL-CAM-HDMI-1GB-8GB-BUY-/181187053419?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item2a2f97076b Aldi has a problem with a lot of computer based electronics nearly every one that I know that brough a medion laptop has had big problems either during warranty or just out of warranty, leaves me a bit suss on getting one, yes I know i can take it back within 60 days etc. but , , ,

    Cheers

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      At least you can easily take it back to Aldi (for immediate full refund in my experience) within warranty. Try that through eBay! Aldi or their suppliers buy from many sources, so products vary in quality.

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    Any thoughts from those who bought?
    20 people outside at opening time, half dashed to the checkouts for the tablet.
    Weight: 400g
    Seems responsive.
    Screen is shiny, so a bit much glare in sunshine.

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      Where's that. Rouse hill have heaps of stock all with the checkout staff under their counters. Had to take off the screen protector and the adhesive residue takes a little bit of time to rub off.

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      yes I know i can take it back within 60 days etc. but , , ,

      brucefromaustralia wrote

      At least you can easily take it back to Aldi (for immediate full refund in my experience) within warranty. Try that through eBay! Aldi or their suppliers buy from many sources, so products vary in quality.

      Guess in your rush to dis ebay goods you neglected to read the full post? I actually have returned goods on ebay and retrieved refunds, so my experience has been good with both ebay & Aldi refunding.

      Back on track I brought the unit and find it poor quality at the price. Screen is very average, poor viewing angles and no backlighting. While the unit came with only the minor apps installed, little touches such as correct time and date had to be configured, small complaint I know, but as my 7 inch ebay purchased (last week) epad came preconfigured to suit oz locale etc . and with a later vesion of android.. . Not bad for an ebay purchase that is assumed sub standard or cheap rubbish, hey bruce?

      Thing is the ebay device, its faster, has better screen, while has no phone capability but at 85 delivered I'm happy with it. back to Aldi unit …

      I've yet to receive any calls so cannot judge the ease of use given its size and speaker/microphone volume etc.

      Setting the ring tones to max and testing with accessory cover on, sounds louder than my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but then samsung are known as low speaker equipment.

      I like the physical size of the unit and its useful as a e reader, but the value hinges on the phone capabilities or its just an expensive tablet otherwise and will be returned. I do notice pinch to zoom is almost non existent on installed browsers and accelerometer doesn't always switch view to landscape so may be issues there.

      Will post more after further tests

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        I did say immediate refund within the (1yr for tablet) warranty period & no questions 60day return. Money in th.come pocket is much better than packing item up & hope for best, or lodging PayPal dispute. I have received refunds through eBay, but not the easy nor certain process of Aldi. Sometimes took a lot of persuasion & weeks before refund.

        Minor issues like wrong time are a non-issue, corrected with insertion of SIM (set to pick up from network) or manually selecting time zone (should be no need to change time & date). It could be reasonably assumed a purchaser who paid more for a 3G Tablet will insert the SIM, so no issue for most. As time zones vary, someone a will receive a unit with wrong time if manual time zone preset & most users would be inconvenienced by needing to change time to automatic to be set by network. Probably the same wrong time issue for someone in the West receiving your preset eBay unit.

        Screen issues were first I noticed. But you have no backlighting??
        Forum I posted said phone use was good. If anything ring tone was too loud.
        Volume when playing YouTube was far too low. Have installed MX Player for movies. Setting to software decoding gives good volume.

        Agree that value rests on individual need for internal SIM, rather than using with WiFi tethered to phone. Yet to be convinced of advantage of a 3G tablet over cheaper WiFi tablet as you suggest.

        [My first Android device was an Aldi Medion 10" with 3G ($499) for a review. After 4 months I did not want to give it back. Substituted a cheap Android phone & never missed the tablet for my use.]

        I also posted that this tablet is a fail, so will return after a bit more "testing".

        Like unseen items on eBay, Aldi products can be great or crap - a gamble. Aldi electronics quality control is a problem, with some DOA. (I was asked to help a manufacturer to Aldi deal with this - I declined as it was too big a problem.) The easy return policy makes the main difference in my opinion.

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        I am also thinking to buy epad from ebay. Is it really better than aldi tablet?

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