A decent tablet for beginners – not for productivity.
I love tablet computers. I think they are a great option for working remotely and personal entertainment. My place of work actually just implemented a learning system for our employees that is going to exist almost entirely on tablets. The tablet market has become more and more saturated so it’s harder for consumers to determine which tablet will work best for them. For me, it’s easy to default to Apple products, but I can’t deny that there are a lot of other viable options out there. One such option is the Winnovo VTab 10.1-inch Android tablet.
The Winnovo VTab is a 10.1-inch tablet that is equipped with an IPS screen. It provides a wide visual angle (178 degrees) and 1280 x 800 HD resolution. It has dual front/rear facing cameras for capturing memories or video chats. It’s designed to provide a no-lag performance experience with its 2GB of RAM. The tablet also has a 64-bit quad core CPU for multitasking and fast processing speed. You will enjoy dual-band WiFi that supports both 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency wireless networks. The Winnovo VTab is certified by Google and users will have full access to the Google Play store. The battery provides up to 5 hours of video playback and up to 240 hours of standby time.
- Model: Winnovo VTab
- Color: Black
- CPU: MTK8163 Quadfirstname.lastname@example.orgGHz, 28nm processing
- Operating System: Google Android 6.0
- Battery: 6000 mAh Lion-Polymer battery
- Display & Screen: 10.1 inch Multi-Touch IPS 1280×800 pixel HD resolution
- RAM: 2GB
- Memory: 16GB, supporting TF / micro SD card expanded up to 64 GB (not included)
- Camera: Front – 2 MP, Rear – 5 MP Auto-Focus
- Dual Band WIFI: 802.11a/ b / g / n, support 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Bluetooth: BT4.0
- GPS: Yes
- FM Radio: Yes
- 3D G-Sensor: Yes
- Multi-language: English, French, German, Italian Spanish, Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Czech, etc.
- 1 x Winnovo VTab Tablet Touch 2018 New HD 10.1 inch WiFi Android Quad-core
- 1 x AC adapter EU plug
- 1 x USB cable
- 1 x User Manual
My first impression of the Winnovo VTab was generally positive. I love that a case is included with the tablet because sometimes these budget-friendly tablets have ‘cheap’ hardware for the case. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the VTab’s exterior hardware was actually pretty sturdy. It does come with a film on the screen to help prevent scratches. I opted to leave that on even though there were a few air bubbles beneath the surface. I would rather see those unsightly bubbles than have permanent scratches on the surface of the tablet’s screen.
The tablet seems responsive when it comes to touch commands. I didn’t have any issues with it registering my swipes or taps. I did, however, have Google Chrome lock up on me a couple of times when I was trying to view a simple news story. One of my main concerns about this tablet was its battery life. I’ve used tablets like this before where the battery runs out quite quickly. So, I charged the battery from 0% for 2 hours and got the battery up to 62% before using the tablet. After about 20 minutes of moderate use (checking email, reading online articles, no video), the battery had dropped to 53%. At this point, I started watching videos on YouTube and after 10 minutes the battery had lost 10%. With this in mind, I think it’s important to recognize that this tablet is good for basic tasks, but really isn’t designed to be a productivity workhorse.
As an additional test, I downloaded Google Slides to see how a presentation would play on it. I was surprised to find that there was a note on the app in the Google Play store that said, “this app may not be optimized for your device” since it is a Google product and a tablet running Android’s mobile operating system. At this point, I decided to check the version of Android the tablet was running and the tablet showed Android Version 6.0. I also checked for updated via the Wireless Update option and was told that it was running the most current version of Android. According to Wikipedia, there are three newer versions of Android – Nougat, Oreo, and Pie. I suppose it’s possible that this is the most current version for this particular tablet, but I find it odd that I didn’t get an option for updating software with three additional versions out there.
I then downloaded AnTuTu Benchmark to test see where the Winnovo VTab would rate against other Android tablets. The top score was the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro with a score of 305437 and the Winnovo VTab didn’t even meet the top 50 scores. When I tapped on the DEVICE VERIFICATION option of AnTuTu, I got a note that stated: “Your device is a knockoff”. There is no other information given and no details are offered about what it’s a knockoff of. After running the stress test on the tablet, which took approximately 15 minutes, the battery was drained to 32%.
While the Winnovo VTab 10.1-inch Android tablet is a suitable tablet for beginners, I don’t think it’s really a great option for people who want something that can replace a computer. For the price, it’s great for introducing technology to someone who isn’t familiar with it, but it’s really a starter tablet.