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Affordable Tablet that keeps up with the big boys
on March 28, 2012
I got this as a gift from a friend, as I was looking for something that wasn't super spiffy but decent enough to suit my needs. Something affordable but still able to do what most of the big boys can do. For a sub $200 Android tablet, this thing is exactly that.
- Very nice touch screen
- HDMI Out
- 8GB storage
- Decent battery life
- Not the prettiest looking thing
- Fingerprints get all over :(
- Speaker in the back
Typically I bring my laptop wherever I go, but sometimes I just don't want the hassle of carrying that thing around and just need something small to access the internet, watch videos or the like. My phone can do all that but the small screen makes checking full websites a pain and being online or watching movies always kills my battery. So a tablet was definitely the solution. I played with a few of the name brand ones, and as nice as they are, I didn't want to spend $500. I was actually surprised that this tablet worked as well as those others. I mean, it's no iPad, but if I wanted an iPad, I'd drop the cash for one.
One of the few things I don't like about this tablet is the housing. It's not the prettiest looking device there is, but at least it feels sturdy and doesn't feel like it'll shatter if I accidentally drop it. The buttons are kinda awkward looking but useful for those apps that hide the status bar. And I like that it has physical volume buttons, especially since I use it to watch movies a lot. Another thing that I don't care for is the slick finish which ends up leaving fingerprints all over. I'd rather have something that looks rough but you don't have to clean every time you pick it up.
There's no Bluetooth but there is an HDMI out port. And IMO, that's preferred. The USB port works for connecting to the computer, plugging in a flash drive or connecting a mouse or keyboard which is convenient. It's nice they included the adapter as well, as some companies will make you buy that seperately.
There's a front facing camera which is actually pretty decent for video calls on Skype. Unfortunately the speaker is on the back of the tablet, but it's a minor issue (well kinda an annoyance when watching movies, especially if I have the tablet laying down). And the mic is pretty clear and picks up sound well.
This thing also has a MicroSD card slot which I popped in a 32GB card loaded up with some movies. The battery lasted through just under 2 1/2 hours of video (but that was with the brightness at its highest and volume almost at max). I haven't really measured the battery for other uses, but the other day I was on and off surfing the internet for close to 5 hours and there was still about 25% left on the indicator (not sure how charged it was when I started). So not bad at all.
This tablet has Android 2.3 on it and these guys at least put some effort into customizing it with their own startup screen and launcher. Most of the time, lesser known companies just go with the stock set up, so it was refreshing to see something a little different. Again, it's no Motorola or HTC, but the idea of the different categories for each screen was a nice touch.
They have the GetJar market installed which personally I don't care for but as I'm familiar enough with Android, I just installed Amazon's appstore as well as 1Mobile's. They also set the page for installing Amazon's appstore as the default browser homepage, which is convenient.
Games run great on this, even the more graphicly intensive ones. And they look great too. Some of the racing games as well actually work better than on my phone...of course it helps that the "steering wheel" is bigger. And the great thing about this tablet too is the 8GB of internal memory. I've heard my friends complain about having to always delete apps or things to free up some space, as typically most tablets have only 2 or 4GB...so it's nice to have a lot of storage to play with. The touch screen is great too. Responds very well to a light tough without being to sensitive. Actually the physical buttons on the side need more babying than the touch screen. Which is why I'm glad they put those functions in the status bar as well.
So far the tablet's been mostly used for movies and Ebooks. I've got several movies ripped at HD quality on my SD card that play perfectly. The video player they have pre-installed is a decent player and I haven't had to look for a different one since it does the job. Apparently it also supports 3D movies but I haven't figured out how to do that yet. I have Amazon Kindle installed as well and since this tablet is very close to the actual Kindle's size, it works great for reading as well. The way it fits in your hand is perfect.
As I mentioned earlier, it's also great for Skype...I also like this better than my laptop as I can actually walk around while talking to someone. And of course the usual apps (Mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) all work fine. Netflix had a few problems...the videos I tried had the video and audio out of sync. But from other people's feedback, it could be the app and not the tablet in this case.
And for those who are a little more savvy, this thing's rooted already. I'm not super knowledgable about this stuff but I know enough that this is useful to me for squeezing out more battery life by turning some of the more useless stuff off (this tablet supports a 3G dongle but I'm never going to use one so I went in and turned off the phone support features which helped with my battery life).
I've been told this unit can be upgraded to ICS soon, so that'll be cool. Overall it's a nice little gadget that does what it's meant for...keeping me entertained when I'm out and about or too lazy to sit at my desk with a real computer.