Proving once again you get what you pay for...
again, its cheap, its cheerful - an iPad its not - but it will do, great for young kids etc. Other than that - dont really want personally.
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It's not great for young kids. Apps with that little RAM are going to be slow and frustrating.
I have a 2012 Sony Xperia phone with 512MB of RAM and dual core 1GHz processor. It feels slow. There is a hesitation before the keyboard appears. You need a task killer to keep things working in a useable way. And that's just for stuff like facebook or web browsing.
Kids apps are going to have animated graphics, even if they're basic, and they'll be playing sound - maybe video too.
If the other posts are true and you can get a 1GB machine on eBay for the same or less, I'd save your money and get something better suited.
I agree. But just to say, I'm amused that the original post talked about "an ipad it's not", and both the replies (rightly) point out the 512MB of RAM in this tablet - thing is 8" ipad also only has 512MB RAM... Sounds to me that the problem is that it is too much like the ipad!
Plus there's the point that despite not being as good as say the Nexus 7 (odd that we didn't see much/any comparison to that), it was still as good in many respects as a far more expensive ipad mini, which makes similar compromises in things like resolution and RAM, despite the price. The only downsides seem to be the display not be as bright, and probably not as great for gaming (though I argue that the biggest thing holding back phone/tablet gaming is the limited storage - the high end 3D games seem to take ~1GB of storage).
Comparing to the Nexus 7 is interesting - the Nexus 7 has better specs, but this tablet has the elusive microSD slot (and comes with 3G at a cheaper price), as well as being thinner. And although the resolution is lower, 1024x768 is at least better than the 1024x600 that a lot of budget tablets seem to be going for.
And in some ways, the problem is that you don't necessarily get what you pay for - at the moment, I don't think any tablet is perfect, no matter how much you spend (possibly the Note 8 might just about be there - one of the most expensive 7-8" tablets, but it doesn't make any compromises, unlike every other tablet in that size range - though the resolution may look outdated if Google up the Nexus 7's resolution to Full HD...)
I have had a cheap unbranded Tablet before for sub £150, it was plagued with issues. Half the time you couldn't get wireless, it crashed randomly and the advertised 8 gig ended up being 4! It got returned for a full refund and I got a Nexus 7 instead, my personally experience would go with the old you get what you pay for.
Installing something like Dead Trigger and playing a level or two would have been the work of a few minutes.
Be nice to know how it works with HD video too, either local hosted (720p MKV? 1080p MP4?) or streamed from YouTube. Will it play video streamed from the Google Play Video store?
Saying the Kobo/Kindle/Play Books apps work is pointless - even the most dated and gutless 'droid device will run them.
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Got a Nexus 7 wi-fi, then picked up a brand new mi-fi off eBay (looked like T-mobile had been giving them out like sweets, judging by how many were for sale at the time), only cost me £23. Couple of quid for an unlock code. Job done.
Now got 3G when I need it, and can hook up a laptop, phones etc., which is useful when the phone 3G signal is hopeless and the mi-fi network is stronger.
Don't have the mi-fi with me? Just tether the phone, one widget press, thanks to Widgetsoid.
>Don't have the mi-fi with me? Just tether the phone, one widget press, thanks to Widgetsoid
That's alright for many of us, but where I see affordable 7"+ 3G tablets being useful is for people like my old man who much prefer their old Nokia candy-bar or a cheap flip-phone to a touch-screen smart-phone. Small cheap phone with big buttons and a long battery life, plus a cheap tablet to live in the glovebox- a good combo for some!
I guess the bottom line to this review is: is it worth stretching to the extra £35 for a Nexus 7 3G?
"Disgo quotes 512MB of RAM but apparently this is shared with the Adreno 203 GPU, with the system info showing around 384MB left for the CPU."
There's your bottle neck. My old mobile has enough of a problem running Gingerbread with that amount of RAM, let alone Jellybean.
If they'd just been a bit less tight and spent a couple more $ to make it 1gig, and it might have been a contender.
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