JingPad A1 Review: Flagship Hardware, but that software…
This is nick and today were going to talk about the jingpad a1. The first tablet thats running a full blown linux, os made for tablets and no its not running gnome gnome is not designed for tablets, so i ordered this one back when they announced it and i received it a few weeks ago, which means i had plenty of Time to play around with the device with its accessories and see where it succeeds and where it fails, but you know what doesnt fail, though todays sponsor linode, so lenode is a fantastic way to get your own linux server up and running. It was rated the easiest cloud provider to use on g2 and it has been voted top infrastructure as a service provider by g2 and trust radius. Linux offers a ton of one click deployable servers like owncas, for example, which lets you run your own twitch like streaming service complete with video broadcast and chat or apache guacamole whats that you ask well guacamole, is a fantastic way to get your own linux desktop in The cloud that you can access from anywhere you want, and basically you can host that on linux and get to any other computer and get access to that linux desktop its pretty amazing. If youre more into gaming, you can also deploy your own valheim or minecraft server. In one click, playnote has a ton of these one click deployable apps. I use lino to run my own next cloud server, which i use to run this whole channel, so i cant recommend them enough, especially since you can now create your account easily using google or github and in the future.
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It actually has a nice lozenge pattern that you dont really see at certain angles, but which looks really cool. It reminds me of the back of the nexus 4.. Now all people like me will know that this is a great thing, as that phone was superbly well designed until my ex wife took the bus dropped it in the bus and demolished it now. You will also find pogo pins on the back, which are used at the moment for the keyboard case, which well talk about in a bit on the top edge of the tablet. You have a power button which is really flush with the edges of the device. A bit too flush, as it makes it tricky to find it if youre not really looking at which orientation the tablet is on. You also have a volume rocker on the right edge. The pad uses usb c to charge and transfer data with the port located on the bottom edge. Finally, on the left edge, you get a micro sd card slot to expand the storage in terms of specs. The pad a1 uses a unisoc tiger t7510, its an eight core system on a chip with four cortex a75 performance scores at 2, gigahertz and 4 cortex a55 efficiency cores at 1.8, gigahertz for less power intensive tasks. Now it is not a speed demon by any means. Its got half the single core score and 58 of the multi core score of an apple a13 bionic chip, which is three or four years old.
At that point, its also limited to eight gigabytes of ram running at 1066 megahertz. Now that kind of performance isnt, on par with the pro tablets from the fruit company. But it should be enough to run any modern linux os because its rated as being a lot more powerful than what a pint book pro is coming with. And that thing can run linux based operating systems really well one day i will be able to review pine book pro, maybe so, on top of that chip, you get 8 gigabytes of ram 256 gigabytes of storage as well as dual band wi, fi and bluetooth. 5.. Lets talk about the most important part of the tablet, and that is the display, in short, its good, like really really good its an amoled panel with a 2368 by 1728 resolution, which puts it at 266 pixels per inch, basically its identical, just a teeny tiny bit Higher than the ipad pro it gets bright, but not i searingly so with 350 nits of brightness, the bezels around the display are just the right size, leaving enough space to grip the tablet, without touching the screen itself, its really a joy to look at it has Deep blacks, good color accuracy and really nice viewing angles. Basically, if youre facing the display, the blacks, completely melt into the bezels and youre left with this super immersive experience its really a very good display. You also get two cameras a front facing one at 8 megapixels and a back camera at 16.
Megapixels theyre, fine, the front facing one will be enough for video calls and the back one should never be used, because filming or taking pictures with the tablet is heresy. Unless youre trying to scan the document, the speakers are do decent, so weve got melee attack 59 melee defense 83 firing from both sides of the tablet. The spec sheet only mentions speakers on the bottom edge, but the top edge also has speaker grilles and when youre holding the display in landscape, you definitely get sound coming from both sides: theyre, ok, sounding they definitely lack bass. They will be fine for watching a tv show or a movie and theyre more than enough to watch videos from your favorite youtuber. Okay, so lets move on to the software and theres no two ways about it. It is not finished, it is not ready by any means. It is, though, beta quality software from a beta unit that i got first because i signed up to be in the beta early adopter program, so keep in mind that most things that are broken can be fixed through software updates, and i would expect they will be There is a lot of promise here, though. The default interface is pretty nice and really well designed for tablets. You have your grid of applications, a favorites dock at the bottom, and some indicators on the top edge of the screen. Swiping down from the top left edge, brings the notification center and swiping down from the top right edge.
Brings the quick settings. You can long press an app icon to drag it and change its position, or you can add it to the bottom dock. Finally, a swipe up from the bottom edge will minimize the app youre currently running, and a long swipe will bring a view of all your open apps. The default selection of apps is alright, with a media player for music and videos that youve imported on the tablet. A file manager, thats decently, designed and lets you do anything you want to do, including renaming moving copy, pasting, tagging compressing and even opening folders in the terminal. Like seriously, it puts the file manager of the ipads to shame and thats, just the first beta release. You also get a very basic calendar that cant sync with any online account, as well as a clock, voice, memo and calculator, app, plus a basic photo viewer. The clock lets you set, alarms, timers and run a stopwatch. The voice memo was only useful to help me test. The mic quality its okay, but you wouldnt want to record a podcast or anything on it, and the calculator is plain broken, as the results cannot display anything other than full, complete numbers, no decimals or anything. Apart from that, you get chromium as the default browser console. The kde terminal app a settings app and the jingo as store in terms of settings, its pretty barebones. You have the absolute essentials like airplane mode, wi, fi and bluetooth and securing the device with your password.
Interestingly, the power button is also supposed to be a fingerprint reader, but for now, in terms of software, there is no way to configure it to recognize your print or use that to unlock the device. You can also switch to a dark or light theme, which requires a reboot of the tablet for some reason, and you can manage the brightness change the phone family, but not the font size, and you can also change the wallpaper and the language. Although youre limited to english or chinese, its really basic and most of the settings you will want to access regularly are in the quick, toggles anyways now you might think that this is overly negative, but its really not for the short time that the dev team has Been working on jingo s, its still pretty well advanced and the foundations are here for something amazing and most of the issues will be fixed and can be fixed through software updates. Speaking of issues lets look at some that i encountered generally theres a lack of responsiveness when doing anything, you get the feeling that the tablet doesnt have hardware acceleration yet and that every action is lagging behind your finger. The on screen, keyboard, misses tabs and touches, and the animations are stuttering when scrolling you get screen tearing, which is another thing that makes me think that hardware acceleration isnt implemented, yet it doesnt support any other orientation than this one and rotating the tablet. Doesnt do anything there is no portrait mode.
The battery life is pretty poor at the moment. It scored it for 9 hours, but i can barely get 4 while watching youtube. There is an update coming in a week, though, which should address this specific concern, but these are all issues that can be fixed in software, given enough time, so im not really worried. What really annoyed me, though, is the lack of software. Like usable software, the linux heighters will probably say that this is a problem with all linux distributions, but i completely disagree with that. Linux software is amazing, its just that jingos cannot run it or cant run it well. The app store is barren for now you cant install much. Actually, this is all you can install graphically out of all these apps id say. Only wps office looks right and optimized for a tablet. The rest are desktop. Applications that have menu bars super small buttons and interfaces and are generally unusable on that display. Unless you use a mouse now i try to be a smart ass and since jingo s is based on ubuntu, i use the terminal to install gnome software. While it launches and works it runs terribly and it shows the biggest problem here. There is no scaling applied to anything at all the jingo s. Apps are correctly sized for a tablet, but anything else is incredibly small, as it is displaying at the displays resolution, which is really high for an 11 inch display with a default scaling of 1.
5 or 2x. Everything should be perfectly fine and most, if not all these apps would be usable as of now theyre, really not now. Fortunately, the apps that you install through gnome software show up on the home screen, which is not the case of the apps. I tried to install through flat pack all the web apps. I tried to pin using chromium. The lack of any kind of syncing with an online account was also a bummer, as i could not sync with my next cloud files or next cloud calendars and google users wont be able to sync with anything they use either. The jing pad was also supposed to support android apps, but for now thats not the case, the method you could use previously on the review units doesnt work on this beta testing one just yet and no android apps are available through the store. It should come soon. In the software update, though ill keep you posted and oh boy, i cant wait to play red shadow legends on that thing: ben no, its a joke! Dont quit this video isnt sponsored by red shadow legends. I dont play that game dont leave yet so for now. Basically, the pad will live in complete isolation from your other devices, which isnt great for a tablet, but all these issues are also pretty easy to remedy through software fixes. Now, to finish, this review lets talk a bit about the accessories. The tablet is provided with a case that attaches magnetically and allows you to protect its front and back and also use it at various angles.
Youve got an almost laptop like position, a more content watching position and you can push it all the way for something more useful for drawing or typing. The case is made out of fake leather, and, while it did smell pretty strongly out of the box, the smell dissipated after a few hours, its a solid case, even though it basically doubles the thickness of the device. It also has a little tab on the side that allows you to magnetically attach the pencil included with all pads. You can also get a keyboard attachment that makes use of the pogo pins on the back its a very rigid keyboard, but, as with all keyboards made for 11 inch screen, the keys are very, very small and typing comfortably on. This will take time. Its got a pretty good feel, though, and its made out of metal and the included trackpad works perfectly well. Adding an ios like round mouse cursor to the system, apps non jingo s apps will have a regular mouse. Cursor, though, this trackpad also supports gestures to open the app switcher, for example, and its got a row of function, keys and a super key with the jingo s logo. For now, it seems to only be available as a qwerty layout, its a good accessory. Its got a nice little kickstand to balance it out when using it in your lap, its its nice to use. Finally, you get the jinkpad pencil, which is a stylus that supports multiple pressure levels and can be used to navigate the operating system and apps.
Now most of you probably already know that i am an excellent illustrator, so lets take a look at what we can do with this thing: Music, okay, so my horrendous graphical skills aside, this pencil is actually very precise when you hover over the screen, you see where Its going to impact and the drawing is precise, but the latency is just not on par with what you would get on a samsung apple or surface device, but its still going to be very useful. As long as these non jingo s, apps have not been updated to be scaled because for now clicking on those pesky menus and buttons is going to require a very precise instrument. So after a few weeks with this device running the beta version of jingo s and that i paid with my own money, am i satisfied not yet this device cannot solve my use case for now, but the good news is it will be able to through software Updates all the quirks and the problems can be fixed. There is no hardware related issue with this device. Its got the power, its got, the looks its got, the display its got the accessories all it needs is more time to perfect the software, but it does mean that for now, if youre buying it youre buying a promise, youre not buying a fully finished experience that Promise can be realized if the jingo s team can deliver on those software updates and seeing, as they already made a perfectly good first draft of an operating system designed for a tablet in very little time.
I have no doubt that they can achieve this. For now, though, its not really ready. Now, this video was made possible by slim book and, if youre a long time watcher of the channel. You already know all about them. But if you dont theyre a linux laptop and desktop manufacturer theyre based in valencia, spain and they sell devices for all price points with all keyboard layouts they ship worldwide. They basically have a device for every single use case. I only use their stuff nowadays if youre looking for a device running linux out of the box check, the link in the description below slim book has really good stuff. Now, thank you guys for watching the video i hope you enjoyed. If you did dont hesitate to like and subscribe and if you didnt, you can also dislike and tell me why, in the comments, if you dont like youtube, you can also watch all my stuff on audisay and if you want to help support the channel, you can Support me through patreon or youtube and youll, get access to a weekly patreon cast and the right to vote on the next topics. Alcove.