Wait a minute? Part 2? Didn’t you cover everything in your first review?
Well, for the most part I did, but I really wanted to recount my experiences of the tablet so far, especially now that the “novelty factor” has worn off. If you want the meat and bones review, you can check out the “first part” over here.
I am currently on holiday and away from my own PC, so needless to say I am using my tablet quite a bit. What am I actually doing on it? Mostly I’m browsing the web, watching videos, and discovering the wonder of Kobo. Kobo is an ebook app, just like the Kindle app, but unlike Amazon’s wunderkind, it actually accepts my cheque card and charges me properly. Also, it doesn’t hurt that it’s a few bucks cheaper than Kindle, and is far cheaper than buying actual paperbacks. One of the books I wanted to buy from either an online or retail bookstore was going to set me back at least R160 ($19), and I got it off Kobo for R80 ($9.5).
Unfortunately, as I pointed out in my earlier review, it has a few problems, some of which have only come to light with recent use.
Firstly, while it’s quite alright for updating your Facebook status, or tweeting about how delicious the Christmas cake is, you’re not going to get anyway serious word processing done on it. I’ve tried, but after a couple of attempts I gave up and got onto my mother’s old pc, just so my fingers could fly across the keyboard at the furious rate that they are used to.
Secondly, the browser response isn’t perfect. For some reason, a laptop using an ordinary browser and a wifi connection loads much quicker than the same website on a tablet using the same wifi connection. I’ve tried a couple of browsers, and this seems to be the case on each one, so I’m assuming it’s something to do with the hardware, or the way the tablet browser converts the site to a format best suited for the device.
Lastly, and this was quite an annoying one, the volume level of videos varies greatly, depending on the file format that it’s been encoded in. Old Xvid based videos play fine, while newer h.264 encoded videos can barely be heard. I had to fiddle around a lot and eventually found an app called Equaliser that can boost the volume. WARNING: This is not recommended with the default speaker. The speaker is not the greatest quality and already distorts a bit at it’s default max volume. Boosting it distorts the sound even further, and risks damaging the speaker. It is however quite fine for headphones, so if you are battling with the volume, you can download the app for free here.
Overall the device still feels worth the money, and I have no doubt it’s going to get much use in the future, especially considering how cheap books are on Kobo.