• Paul Fingleton

Alba 10-inch Tablet: First Impressions

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The rate of improvement in technology terms has been astounding over the last decade. In 2007, we were swept away with iPhone fever: a device in your pocket with enough power to do almost everything you would expect of a computer, but with such simple interaction that anyone can use.


All that technology came with a price, and iPhone owners today will still routinely pay over €800 for the latest version. Not everyone can afford such large sums, or would not want to spend that much knowing that a child in the house or butterfingers will lead to it dropping or accidentally being broken.


Over the last ten years, screens have become brighter and more defined, internal components have become more commonplace, and many value- and entry-level brands have popped up. The quality of these devices has steadily improved, and it is with that in mind that we come to the latest offering from Argos, a 10-inch Android Tablet designed with family or teenagers in mind: The 10-inch Alba Tablet


Over the next few weeks we will be taking this device out for a test drive, but thought we could share a few early impressions with you.


Thinking out of the box Opening the box for the Alba 10-inch tablet, you see that Argos deduced in advance that this device would be useful for family usage or the clumsy among us. The tablet is already settled in a blue, silicone bumper with a screen protector in place. A spare, red silicone bumper is included in the box if you feel like a change of colour.


The screen protector is a nice touch, just requiring the user to remove the last tab because I have yet to install a screen protector myself without a million bubbles trapped beneath.


Turn it on The screen on the Alba 10-inch Tablet has a nice 1280x800 display, capable of displaying bright or vivid colours - highlighted by the garish default wallpaper that I guarantee you will change because your icons blend into the background.


Curiously, the Tablet installs itself as an Android Phone rather than an Anroid Tablet. Overall, this makes no difference, but in some instances, websites in Chrome will only render for a mobile device making them look unusually large or not use space to display the pages correctly for a screen of this size.


Performance In the past, Android devices with 1GB of RAM have proven themselves handy for content consumption - Facebook, e-mail, browsing the web and watching movies or TV shows. The Alba 10-inch Tablet looks to show that it can do more, including several 3D game demos by default.


Performance of these games seems good, at first blush, with speedy screen updates and minimal pop-in. Over the next couple of weeks, we will try more titles and let you know how it fares in our unscientific tests.


Connectivity The Alba 10-inch Tablet comes with 16GB of storage space but can be expanded with MicroSD storage. Bluetooth and WiFi are standard on devices of this type and are perfectly functional on the Alba 10-inch tablet.


A nice touch is the mini HDMI-out socket allows you to hook your tablet directly up to a TV to view your movies, photos and videos.


Stay tuned, and we will be back with a full review of the Alba 10-inch Tablet after we have used it for a few weeks.


Specs at a Glance:

Display:

  • 10 inch screen.

  • Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels.

  • IPS technology.

  • Multi-touch screen.

  • LED backlit display.

  • Support for simultaneous display of multiple languages.

Specifications:

  • 1.3GHz MediaTek mtk 8163 quad core processor.

  • 1GB RAM.

  • Internal storage capacity 16GB.

  • microSD memory card slot.

  • Front facing camera 2MP.

  • Rear facing camera 2MP.

  • Android 7 operating system.

General features:

  • Built-in speaker.

  • Webcam.

  • Wi-Fi enabled.

  • Bluetooth - enabling you to easily and wirelessly connect with other Bluetooth enabled devices.

  • 3.5mm stereo headphone jack.

  • Microphone.

  • Mini HDMI.

  • Micro USB.

Additional information:

  • Up to 9 hours battery life (depending on usage).

  • 10.3mm thin.

  • Size H16.6, W26.6cm.

  • Weight 568g

The Alba 10-inch Tablet was supplied to TechKnow Ireland directly by Argos and Argos PR for review and preview purposes. Normally the device would retail for approx. €119 at Argos Ireland.

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