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Does what it says on the box
on 21 August 2012
I wanted to wait until the new toy feeling had worn off before reviewing to give an honest review.
So first impressions:
Pro - Price I paid £59 for mine (yes I know it is cheaper now damn it!) and to be honest for the price you would struggle to get a halfway decent MP3 player let alone a wifi enabled multimedia device.
Pro - The unit is made out of matt black plastic which I actually like because the glossy tablets show up every finger print and smudge.
Pro - It is solidly built, I was concerned at the price it would be on the fragile cheap side, but the design feels sturdy enough for me to not be too concerned with my accident prone children touching this.
Pro - Capacitive screen very responsive and works with the lightest of touches.
Pro - Very light, reading books and watching films is fine on this device.
Pro - Big pro the seller Tabtronics has set it up for UK users already. So no Chinese apps which you have no idea what they do.
Pro - Micro SD slot for expanding the memory tested with a 16gb card worked first time no reformating etc Note a certain fruit based unit roughly 8x the price can not do this.
Pro - Copes with pretty much all the apps I wanted.
Pro - Sound! for a cheap unit the inbuilt speaker is good and when using with head phones I rarely have the volume above 5.
Pro - Flash compatibility this unit can cope with BBC iplayer Youtube etc. (note not all cheap tablets can do this always check before you buy) Note a fruit based product 8x the price can not do this.
Pro - standby the screen defaults to off when not in use so the battery takes a while to discharge. just remember to have Wifi off unless you need it.
Pro - The battery doesn't have a huge capacity however it fully charges just under an hour so good for last minute prep etc.
Con - The processor it has is very capable but just can not cope with full 3d gaming eg GTA IV & 6 guns.
Con - No HDMI out - The processor was never designed do this if you want this feature a A10 chip will do this.
Con - The battery lasts about 3hrs on low demand. Fire up the wifi and start surfing the web or play high demand games and this rapidly depletes. For example on full screen brightness and headphones I pretty much wiped out the battery with one 1hr 30min film. But if you reduce the screen brightness you can double this time watching films (I have watched 3hrs of video on one charge with low brightness mx player has good control for this)
Con - Heat, when playing high demand games (3d etc) this unit will heat up. Not catch fire hot but hot enough to be concerned about what is happening inside.
Con - standard browser for the internet is not very responsive (I have fibre optic so not my net connection) Switch to dolphin which works really well with this device.
To be fair for the price, the cons are minor for the pro's. I brought this device for a mix of work and play. I needed to review so video tutorials on an android device for work and this unit more than coped with the task, no stuttering and a clear picture.
Do I regret my purchase? Absolutely not! it is an excellent bit of equipment and does so much more than I had originally planned to use it for. Also Tabtronics is an excellent seller every question I asked he/she responded very promptly, please bear in mind i am an electronic engineer so there were many many questions.
The apps I use regularly with this unit are (note all are free on the market):
Skype - Front facing camera so tested video chat worked fine.
Pulse - a stream based magazine thing works like a charm. No more doom and gloom papers!!
MXPlayer - Plays all video formats. Tested with MKV, MP4 & AVI.
UBReader - Ebook reader nice page turn interface etc
Adobe reader - work PDF's work fine (600 pages plus)
OliveOffice Pro & Kingsoft Office
Dolphin Browser Lite
Angry Birds (all of them)
Fruit ninja (installed when received)
Wheres my water (installed when received)
Cartoon wars 1-3
Radiant Defense - neon defense game looks great on the screen.
World of Goo - Paid app but very addictive.
Recipes app - this is like the ultimate cook book but need wifi on the view.