Ainol was really underground until several gadget blog and review sites introduced the world to the the "1st Ice Cream Sandwich tablet PC in the World."
The Paladin was also very budget friendly but misses a web camera and IPS screen. Then, just as the Advanced and Basic II were picking up pace, Ainol suddenly suspended production of these emerging tablets to focus on what some monikered the "Wizard."
The next tablet, hit people by suprise. The "Elf" was the first 7-inch Android 4.0 tablet with capacitive touchscreen, Many Core 1.2GHz CPU, and web camera. Again, the Android tablet underworld roared with approval.
Supply bottle necks followed though with only a handfull of online sites shipping out before and during the Chinese New Year holiday.
The Aurora was pre-order on most sites, but again, certain select and preferred e-commerce sites got exclusive supply of the Novo 7 Aurora.
"What is so special about the Novo 7?" One may ask.
Well, it is basically the same as the Novo Elf but boasts an IPS 7" capacitive screen, the same Hitachi technology screen the iPad 2 uses, and it has a thinner frame with a more aesthetic glossy finish. All for just $15 more.
20 some odd days after Ainol was supposed to resume supply of the Aurora, they are still only releasing around 100 units a day, for the whole World.
This makes this tablet scarce, but now, other tablets are being released by other Chinese tablet computer manufacturers.
Ainol is now producing hundreds of units a day of the Advanced II. "What is the difference between the Advanced 2 and the Elf, Aurora?"
The 2nd generation Advanced is $30 cheaper than the Aurora and does not have IPS screen, but has a 800x640 touchscreen. The only difference between the Elf which is $15 more than Advanced 2 is that is has a higher resolution 1024x600 screen.
I think Ainol is just confusing potential customers and discouraging existing Aurora and Elf customers from waiting for them to finally get their act together.
When the Aurora is finally in full production, there will be a lot of happy and patience customers who will be delighted to get their long awaited product.
The will also be those whoever who will find other newer tablets are more appealing. iPad 3 release is on the horizon which will dampen demand.
Here are some other tablets that could put a dent in Novo 7 Aurora & Onda Vi40 Deluxe demand: Ramos W6hd, Teclast A15, Benss B9, Cube U9GT2, Teclast A10t, JXD S7100.
View more Aurora alternatives and reviews here:
While some of these selections are tempting, I think I'll stay in the waiting list for the 16gb Aurora. Happy customer? No. Loyal? Well you tell me.