ONIX Tablet 10.1" Android 4.4.2
Compiled by: Waldis Jirgens. Latest update: 18th
Note that the usual disclaimer applies:
If you use this information here, don't blame me, should you, your data, or your Tablet get hurt!
The ONIX Tablet runs under Android 4.4.2
. It has 1 mini USB port
and one Micro SD card
slot. Aldi sold it for just under 100$ in December 2013. It comes with a USB cable and a hard to understand manual, that sometimes uses different terms for the same object. Not everything works as documented there. There are NO description of the installed applications in the manual.
When you first get it, you have to charge the battery via the USB port, the attached cable and a (separate) USB charger or PC USB port. Takes around 1h or so.
It works also with the charger connected, just like a laptop/netbook.
A translucent foil
covers the screen of the tablet. It has descriptions of the ports and buttons
on the rim of the tablet and explanations of the cryptic symbols on its screen
You are supposed to memorise the lot and then to remove the foil. The tablet works however with the foil attached as well.
The DC Input socket
is not described anywhere
. You can use it to recharge the battery. Use 5V and + in the centre
Starting the Tablet
With the tablet in landscape
position and the rim with the
buttons to the left
push the button at the very top of the
rim at least for 3 seconds
. A circled padlock will
appear. Drag it off the left rim
of the screen. If the
camera icon appears drag it off the bottom rim
Connecting to A Wireless Network (WiFi)
This was no problem with my home network. It's done by running the
" application and specifying the correct
parameters in the "WiFi" function.
There are of course applications installed, when you get the
tablet. But some are missing and some are very rudimentary
To install applications first you have to download them as .apk
files, go to the file manager
and tip (or press) with your
finger on the name. The system will ask you if you want to install
the file, and if you say yes, allow the installation of non-Google
approved applications if that is specified in the "Settings"
application. Google then asks you,if you want it to rummage
through your tablet intermittently and check this and that. I
always decline this offer. Slowing down the computer is one of the
reasons. Privacy is another.
I installed the following: Ghost Commander
manager and ftp client, F-Droid
terminal emulator, Textedit
browser (which does NOT work) and AndroidPdfViewer_1_0_1
De-installing applications can be done via the Settings
applications is done by first getting to the "home
screen by pressing the icon at the bottom in the middle,
that looks like a large flat house
and then pressing
the icon looking like a multi-pinned round plug - as you see it
from the front.
This gives you a
screen resembling a regular desktop on a desktop PC
Gnome. It has 2 tabs labelled "APPS
" and "Widgets
The initial position is "APPS".
There is no REAL
difference between the two, a "Widget" is
an application using some parameters. Not all applications fit on
the screen. so you can drag the current screen (select a space
between the icons to do that) to the left and get the next
one, until there are no more. As soon as you see the application
that you want
select it by tipping its icon with your
In true Android style it is not easy to STOP
application. Very few applications have this facility provided.
For the others stopping can be done as follows:
- Press the icon at the bottom middle/slightly_left, that
looks like "punched cards" or "stacked windows".
- Some smaller windows will appear.
- Press on the one, denoting the application you want to stop
and drag it quickly to the bottom in a straight line.
- Repeat this process until all the applications that you want
to stop ARE stopped.
The standard browser is VERY rudimentary compared to a "real" one,
but web pages can be displayed and one can watch embedded flash
videos like with YouTube
. Operating facebook
is pretty straight forward. The key bindings are strange when
compared to Linux or Windows.
Playing Video Files
Video file formats that can be played are: 3gp, avi, flv, mpg or mpeg, mov, qt.
file format that cannot be played is: ogv.
I have not tested any
Viewing Image Files
All of the following can be displayed: jpg or jpeg, gif, png.
The latter is best
viewed with the Ghost Commander Image Viewer
allows to transfer files via ftp
It is also a two panel file manager
which makes life easier. It needs some "getting used to".
For instance FTP is available by going to Location "Home" (tap the dotted bar top right of the screen,
then "Location" then "Home") and selecting "FTP site" from there, followed by entering the IP address, username and password.
Ghost Commander has all the functionality of Midnight Commander under Linux - more than adequate!
The system comes WITHOUT a pdf viewer
, I installed AndroidPdfViewer_1_0_1
There are others too. It seems to be working satisfactorily,
The terminal emulator
allows a few commands known from Linux
. Most importantly it allows to
run bash-alike shell scripts
. This is done by entering sh scriptname
. The script
itself need not have the executable option set. To really fully exploit the power of the terminal emulator and associated scripts
you will need a keyboard that has the Cntrl and Alt keys availabl
e. Sadly these are missing with the on-screen "soft"
: The syntax of the "let" command in Android 4.4.2
is just like the one used in the Linux bash
shell. This is a change from Android 2.2.1
, needing the shell scripts written for the older version to be
updated to be usable on this version of the Android shell.
The text editor
allows very basic text editing,
Useful for writing scripts and simple files. It gets very slow when you edit the beginning section of a large file.
If you want to do some real
editing a real keyboard and a mouse is a must
to avoid extreme frustration
. They can be attached to the USB port via a conversion cable (micro USB plug to regular USB
socket) and a USB hub. Such a keyboard is also required if you want to run my scripts shcreate
). Don't forget to change the "let" commands (see the lines starting with #).
There are 2 cameras, 1 looking out from the back of the tablet and the other from the front (for "selfies").
It is also possible to take a panorame shot.
Photos that you take with this built-in cameras (don't expect good quality - any cheap digital stand-alone camera produces
better ones) are stored in /sdcard/DCIM/Camera
Here is a GPL Freeware Repository
Another Freeware Repository
Shell Scripting Guide
Android Scripts (GitHub)
The home directory is /storage/emulated/0
/ and seems to
be mirrored on /storage/emulated/legacy/
as well as on /sdcard