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MSI Primo 81 Android Tablet - 7.85” Touchscreen Quad-core CPU 1GB RAM 16GB Flash (Black)

  • Quad Core ARM A7 (1.00Ghz)
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB Flash
  • 7.85" (1024x768) Touchscreen
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Black Color
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  • Michael C.
  • 6/30/2014 8:07:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent for Price

Pros: The tablet runs well for its price tier. Doesn't make it a pain for developers to test apps.

Cons: 1. The battery life is awful. After uninstalling some of the stock software and installing DS Battery Saver, setting it to "Aggressive," the battery life is very good.
2. MSI Global does not adhere to their legal obligation under the GNU Public License to publish the Linux kernel source-code used for this tablet. Even if they don't work on the source code themselves, as the seller of the tablet they are legally obligated to provide any source code protected under GPL, complete and compilable (with build scripts). On Android devices, this specifically refers to the kernel, which in all Android devices is derived from the GPL and falls under the Linux kernel's GPL protections. MSI refuses to release this source code despite such a refusal being against the law and a violation of copyright. Why does this matter? For the average user, it might not. For some developers, however, this is a very big deal and impacts the ability to create software for this device.

Other Thoughts: I contacted MSI regarding the source code issue in the hopes of acquiring said code and porting CyanogenMod to this device. Every time I would submit such a request, MSI would close my support ticket the next day, without even responding! They just closed it and ignored me completely, on multiple occasions. I have begun seeking other avenues for achieving this such as contacting the Linux Foundation and listing this as an uncooperative manufacturer on developer forums, but when other device manufacturers such as Sony consistently comply with this law it becomes frustrating to hit such a wall with someone else.

If you're a developer and want to build something which requires you to have the kernel source for this device (to which you are legally entitled), you should pass this tablet over. You won't get it and you'll only be insulted by MSI's dismissive treatment of their paying customers. If you aren't a developer, this is a decent tablet.

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  • Michael B.
  • 6/27/2014 6:11:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsmsi primo 81

Pros: cheap

Cons: unstable wifi and sometimes slow.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Kelly O.
  • 6/26/2014 8:22:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFree was too much

Pros: It was free.
Great display.
good antenna.

Cons: Systems really seems slow and clunky. Battery usage is higher then expected. System full of useless things that can't be removed. Of the 1gig of storage, over half is used up. trying to find out if there is an upgrade for the OS is like pulling teeth from an alligator.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • David P.
  • 6/26/2014 3:34:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsImpressive!

Pros: Its very attractive, and the screen, while not terribly high resolution, looks pretty decent. We use it as a remote control for a chromecast (picked it up for just over 50 dollars) and its very responsive, and connects well with everything we use.

The screen is pretty nice when it concerns reading, especially in landscape mode.

Cons: The battery life on this thing is pretty unimpressive. It's a daily charge kind of thing, and I've had it run out of battery while sitting with the screen off doing nothing.

Other Thoughts: The buttons are a bit awkward, but I'm willing to live with it. Since its basically a Chromecast controller with Google Books for reading, it doesn't have to do anything graphics intensive, but it does have a nice responsive interface.

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  • Robert N.
  • 6/18/2014 5:41:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIT works for me good price

Pros: Good screen resolution- easy to hold and read in the car - i.e. leave the Laptop home.Wifi slows but will try the upgrade to kit kat. Tactile is good. Form is slim and easy to tote. ITs gold colored.

Cons: Slow Wifi but maybe needs upgrade.

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  • Terry L.
  • 6/14/2014 10:00:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWarranty Expired on MSI

Pros: 1) It basically works 90% of the time, except mentioned below.
2) With the rebate, $65 is a steal.

Cons: 1) It drains the battery fast if using streaming video.
2) Sometime the power button don't respond.
3) I registered the tablet on MSI but it said the warranty had expired!
4) when battery got down to 60%, opening/starting an app causes reboot!

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  • Mark A.
  • 6/2/2014 2:52:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove the size and weight

Pros: I really like the 4:3 ratio 8in tablets. Book reading is better at this size as well as social media and web applications. Flashed the Android 4.4 right away (which went smoothly) and it is running great. Played 1.5 hours of Youtube videos and power dropped about 25%. I'd guess it will run about 5+ hours on a charge.

Good build quality.

Cons: On build quality: You feel a bit of the lip on the metal to screen face transition. And the buttons could really use a better plastic.

Other Thoughts: I definitely recommend upgrading to 4.4 before you even turn on the system. I've had Allwinner CPU based tablets before and the firmwares tend to get better with each version. So running the latest is probably your best bet with this.

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  • Steve U.
  • 5/30/2014 11:47:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsSound Problems

Pros: Has good screen resolution.

Cons: Sound doesn't work. Locks up often.

Other Thoughts: I would like to exchange this tablet for another one. This tablet has sound quality issues.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • GRATEC G.
  • 5/22/2014 2:54:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnice cheap tablet

Pros: Small and nice convenient size. East setup.

Cons: Its not perfect, but you do get what you pay for.

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  • Lorenz N.
  • 5/9/2014 8:51:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI'm satisfied

Pros: The hardware specs on this tablet are great compared to the price. I have had zero issues with this tablet. The battery seems to last a long time. the screen looks great. good wifi signal

Cons: No bluetooth, not a lot of cases and accessories are available for this product

Other Thoughts: This is a great little tablet for the price, runs smooth, plays games smooth, can hold it in 1 hand if needed. As long as the product functions for other people as it does for me, i would recommend picking it up when on sale.

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