Performance in Games
Features & Use Comfort
Build Quality & Design
- Total 70%
The AOSON 8” tablet comes with and plenty of storage space for such a small tablet. It supports the Android 5.1 Lollipop OS, and is an affordable entry level tablet. You will find some limitations though. The battery life and processor speed can struggle to cope with heavy use. So it can be a bit of a let down for the heavy gamer if you don’t make use of the SD card to reduce the strain on the internal storage.
Performance in Games
To give your processor the best chance of standing up to the demand of gaming you should make use of a 32GB Micro SD Card. This must be bought separately, but is a worthwhile investment to optimise the performance of your tablet.
1GB RAM which is a pass mark for a tablet. It is actually double what you get on the Kocaso MX836, but it does not seem to perform as well. Perhaps the OS and built in Apps are too much of a strain on the processor.
The biggest frustration with this tablet is the battery life. if you get your SD card, and the tablet in functioning well you will still hit a wall in just a couple of hours. So this is not one to take on long trips, but for some quick gaming on basic apps on your commute to work this will do the job.
- Performance in Games 68%
The 8 inches screen has a high 800*1280 resolution. This is great for gaming as long as you don’t mind the smaller size. unfortunately it is the processing speed that can let you down. It will at least look good if it freezes!
Connection and Ports
The Bluetooth 2.1 gets a pass mark, but only just. The WIFI connection does hold up well though. It has an inbuilt micro USB port plus a HDMI port which proves as a great tool in transferring data such as pictures from this tablet to another. It will be quicker this way than through Bluetooth.
The laptop is equipped with 256 SSD (solid-state drive). This new generation of drives offers increased speed of data transfer and shorter boot times in comparison to its predecessors. If space seems limited, there is an easy-to-open hatch at the bottom of the laptop, which provides access to another disk drive slot. You can use this slot to insert another SDD or an older 2,5″ SATA drive.
It does have some inbuilt speakers but do not expect much here. Get your headphones out if you want any decent sound. It is such a small tablet that good quality inbuilt speakers would move this to a different price range. So this is one of the things that you will need to compromise on.
- Features & Use Comfort 71%
QUALITY & DESIGN
The build and quality of the tablet are reasonable. Not as sleek as the higher end tablets, but if you use a casing no one would ever notice anyway. The back cover is white color, and looks nice when new. You get the feeling it will age quickly though. The shape of the tablet is standard to any 8″ cover should do the job.
- Build Quality & Design 68%
As mentioned earlier, if you are looking for an entry level tablet then I would recommend the Kocaso MX836 over the AOSON 8 Inch. The battery life being the biggest draw back of the AOSON. Tablets are made to be used when on the move, not sitting at home. A gamer at home will have far more powerful consoles at their disposal. a couple of hours of battery just doesn’t cut it for most people.
Outside of this there are compromises that you would expect at the lower price range. So you just have to decide on what features you need to support your intended use. This can be a well functioning tablet if you expand the storage and don’t use too many apps at once. So if managed well it can be a great bargain.
- Expandable storage space up to 48GB
- Full range of ports; micro USB, USB, HDMI
- High res screen that will stand up to gaming
- Poor battery life
- Bluetooth is slow
- Average sound from speakers