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It's ok. A cheap tablet that might be acceptable for some.
on August 6, 2014
This is my first tablet although I've played around a bit with the samsung tablets and Ipad. My wife and I wanted to get something so we wouldn't have to share our laptop. I did a lot of shopping around and comparing high and low end tablets. I figured for my first tablet I'd get a low-end and see how it is.
Most of the cons are small annoyances, but there are a lot of them. I'm very disappointed that mine arrived with 4.2 jelly bean and not kit kat 4.4. I was told specifically that mine would ship with kit kat. The shipping was delayed almost 2 weeks because of it, and then it still has jelly bean. For that reason alone I had to knock off at least two stars. The screen resolution isn't great. i don't know how you can call it HD. It looks "good", but not near as good even as my old low-end laptop. I wish I would have gotten 7 inch tablet because 10 inch is a little big and kind of awkward to hold in your hand sometimes especially for some games. However the 10 inch should be much better for movies and easier to read. The screen is VERY easily scratched. I've had it just a few days and already many small scratches just from my fingers even though we've been very careful with it. You definitely want to get some screen protectors. If you've never had a tablet before, it's not near as useful as a laptop. It's kind of annoying trying to type anything. You might want to get a keyboard case if you plan on doing any typing at all. The tablet is extremely thin and feels quite fragile. It is made of cheap plastic and the plastic is kind of dimpled/wavy in places. I wish it was a little thicker and more durable. The camera is what I expected. Not great, but i won't be taking many pics with it. I am disappointed that there is no LED light so no flash for the camera and there is no flashlight function. There is no GPS on this tablet so it's pretty worthless for a lot of mapping and navigation apps. I'm also annoyed with the power button. Small annoyance but you have to hold the power button 2 to 3 seconds for it to start turning on, which then takes a while for it to boot up. I expected it to start up much more quickly than it does. Some apps take forever to load up, but I don't know if it's because of the tablet or because of the app. I can't find a screen protector that fits to this tablet so I'll have to get a different screen protector and cut it probably to make it work. I've had a few problems getting my email to sync on the tablet and I can't login to twitter now even though I could the first few days. I have been having lots of little problems with apps like weather apps that can't find my location. The tablet gets pretty warm sometime while playing games. My wife and I were very excited to get this, but now we are already quite bored and unimpressed with it. Now I'm looking at a replacement for my laptop. I thought the tablet would hold us out for another year or two, but not now.
Price. For $100 it's a good deal. You don't get good quality, but if you can make it last a year or two it is well worth the price. It takes a while to start up, but then the tablet runs pretty smooth and fast. The battery life is very good and it charges fairly quick. If you have it fully charged in the morning, it should last most of the day. I can play a game for probably 4 hours before it gets low and general use probably last closer to 6 hours. The touch screen works as well as any touch screen i've used, but I haven't tried it with a screen protector yet. MAKE SURE YOU ORDER A SCREEN PROTECTOR. The mic works great. Typing is much more difficult on a tablet, but google now hears and understands me very well to make searches quicker. What you get for your money is a lot more than what you get for a high-end tablet. A tablet that is 3 times as expensive is probably only 1.5 times as good.
If you are considering this as a first tablet, you'll want to know that a laptop is better in most ways, but if you are set on getting a 10 inch tablet this is probably a good one to get. The advantages of the tablet are great battery life, price, portability, and access to apps. If you do a lot of internet browsing a laptop is much better. Typing anything is a much slower process and difficult with the big screen so searching the internet is just a pain. For example Amazon or ebay is difficult to use. This tablet is useful and fun for the little android games or for visiting the same specific sites that you might check multiple times per day like twitter, facebook, news sites, and weather. Overall I'm glad I purchased it, I guess.
Now after a couple weeks I'm starting to have some problems with the tablet. The tablet comes with one cord just for charging and another mini-usb cord that can also be used for charging. The dedicated charging cord quit working about the third time I used it. Now the mini USB cord won't work either. I have another mini-usb cord and I can get it to charge but only if I fiddle with it a bit. I have been extremely careful plugging and unplugging it and I do not use it while it is plugged in so it is not due to abuse. I think a lot of the components of this tablet are just really really cheap and that is why it is so inexpensive. Not only did both cords quit working, but they were only like 2 feet long, so you can't use the tablet while it's plugged in. I think that the input port is also bad/cheap and that is why I have to jiggle my good cord in it to get it to charge. Also, I went to the store and looked at some other more expensive tablets and noticed the build quality is soo much better on them. The screen on the IRULU tablet I would say is not glass but more of a hard plastic. It is really cheap. Really flexible, and really easy to scratch, and probably really easy to break. I would say it is no more scratch resistant than the screen on my flip phone. If you go to a store and handle an IPAD, samsung, or other expensive tablet there is just a world of difference in the feel/look of the screen. They are glass, this is plastic. Given these issues, I think I am going to try and return the tablet and get a 7 inch samsung tab 3 for 50 dollars more. It just seems like a much better quality tablet with more features(gps is a big one for me) and I think downsizing to 7 inch will actually be better for me. I really think I will get more bang for my buck with a samsung. I've never returned anything from amazon so will update if I have a problem returning. It would be nice if they could have upped the price say 50 or 75 dollars and used good charging/usb ports and a better screen.
We sent it back and got a refund. It was easy to return. I buy stuff on AMazon all the time but this is the first time I've ever returned anything. We ended up buying a refurbished galaxy note with 8 inch screen for $150 from another site. It is SOOO much better in many ways and well worth the $50 more. Also 8 inch screen is much easier to handle and since it is higher resolution it is actually a lot easier to read. I will probably not buy a cheapo tablet ever again. Probably best to stick with the proven brands.