Disgo Tablet 8104 Review

What We Think

The Disgo Tablet 8104 is certainly a budget tablet but it is also a very low-quality device. The tablet may include the bare essentials such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype, an intergrated camera and browsing capabilities but besides that the tablet has very little to offer and quite honestly your money could be put to better use.

Introduction

£150 for a tablet? That sounds ridiculously cheap for a 10-inch tablet but you get what you pay for and you get your dollars worth.

Design

Do not expect anything ground breaking or too eye catching. The Disgo 8104 looks like most other tablets on the market and when you get your hands on it you can tell, simply by how it feels in your hand, that this really is a budget tablet. The case is made of light plastic, that may ensure it does not weigh too much but it also means that it feels rather flimsy.

The screen that is incorporated into the casing looks decent enough. However, the viewing angle is rather small and this makes the Disgo 8104 rather impractical for day-to-day use as unless you’re right in front of it you cannot really see anything. Therefore, trying to use it to watch a film with a friend on your travels would be completely out of the question. The resolution may suggest a 1024×600 pixel resolution but during our testing at the Laptops.co.uk lab we found it all too furstrating and often found the tablet to be unresponsive causing many of our testers to simply give up.

Screen

The biggest let down for us in terms of features was the lack of a Google Play icon. If we take into consideration that the tablet uses Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system you would expect it to include direct access to the one-time Android Market for apps and games.In its place is a ‘Disgo app’ which is a limited service with only around – wait for – 20, yes 20, downloadable apps. It does include a few essential apps such as Faecbook, Twitter and Skype but regardless, 20 apps is far fewer than Google Play’s 500,000 apps.

There’s a basic QVGA (320×240 pixels) camera on the front, but no camera on the back. That’s not really much of a loss though — who actually uses the camera on a tablet for anything but video calls anyway?

There’s 4GB of usable memory on board — not much really once you start racking up the HD video files, but you can bump it up by another 32GB with a microSD card.

Battery-wise it didn’t excel either, and didn’t quite manage to get through a full day of regular use.

Performance

The tablet runs as expected for such a budget tablet, apps load up in their own time, the browswer seems rather flaky and watching a video often results in momentary freeze frames. Overall, though you can not complain, for such a budget tablet.

Conclusion

It’s a tablet that does what it says on the box and it is cheap. It might be slow, the screen may lack a reasonable degree of sensitivity and users may often find themselves rather frustrated but for £150 that is what you’re buying. It is certainly a good price, but if you’re after a tablet (for around the same price) the 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook costs about the same and it is considerably better built, with more apps.

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