“ Brand: Prestigio / Screen Size: 8" / Processor: ARM610 / Processor Speed: 1 GHz / RAM:8 GB / Memory Type: DDR3 SDRAM / Graphics Card: ARM Cortex A8 / Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich / Power: Lithium Battery / Weight: 360g „
The Prestigio Multi Pad is a really smart piece of technology, and its speed is something that really stands out. Whilst it's a little bit of a fiddle compared to a PC or a laptop, it has its own merits. For example, the reaction time from pressing a button/app to the function being carried out is exceptionally quick.
There are plenty of features available, such as directions to places of interest including restaurants and attractions. You are also able to watch television on this device, via apps such as the BBC iPlayer, 4OD and YouTube. Skype is also a frequently useful application available. There are very minimal problems with this device - previous tablets I've owned have not allowed me to stream television, but this hasn't been a problem yet with the Prestigio.
The device itself is very light, and easy to transport around with you. It comes with a cover and pen, and the only fault that can be found is how easy the pen is to lose. This is a device I'd easily recommend to friends and family, as it performs so well.
This Christmas just gone (2012) my Husband brought me a Prestigio MultiPad PMP5080CPRO, It cost £161.10 with free postage from Littlewoods.com. A quick scout around the internet tells me this was a good price as they are now selling for £166.95 + £19.99 postage on Amazon.co.uk.
I am not new to the world of tablet pc's as I have been using a Koby Kyros Mid8027 for the last year. The reason I wanted a new tablet was that the Koby was un-upgradable, did not have Google Play store and took me till the week before Christmas to finally install the Kindle app.
My new Tablet needed a few specifications for me to be happy and these are a HD screen, Google Play store, the Kindle app and fast internet browsing. Happily I found all these in the Prestigio MultiPad PMP5080CPRO.
~*~*~*What's in the box?~*~*~*
Obviously there is the tablet, a leather protective case, a charger, a USB to mini USB cable and an instruction booklet. The lay out of the box and combination of black and red cardboard packaging looks smart and is good quality.
~*~*~*Quick specification guide~*~*~*
Android 4.0 Ice Cream sandwich
1 GHz Arm Cortex-A8 CPU & 1GB DDR3 RAM
Powerful 5000mAh battery
800x600 8 inch back lit LED capacitive multi touch screen
Automatic firmware updates
3D OpenGL graphic accelerator
8GB internal flash memory
Full HD 1080p
Memory card slot supports up to 32GB micro SD
USB host for 3G dongle
Built-in high speed WiFi (802.11b/g/n)
Built in micro phone, stereo speaker and web cam
When I opened the box I could not help but be impressed, the lay out and design of the box, it looks good quality and not like it has been carelessly thrown together. When I lifted the Tablet out of the box I immediately noticed that it is much lighter and thinner than my previous tablet and the rubberized backing makes the tablet very comfortable to hold but unfortunately attracts greasy finger prints.
Turning the tablet on is simple and at the first switch on the tablet runs through an initial set up setting the time/date, WiFi settings and installing a few apps. You can choose to skip set up and adjust time/date etc in the settings within the tablet menu if you so choose.
The first thing that struck me was the brightness and clarity of the screen, the colours are sharp and well defined thanks to the backlit LED screen and images move smoothly without flickering or blinking. The screen is very responsive and I would have to say there is no notable delay between touching the screen and the action being performed. It is very simple to zoom in and out of web pages using two fingers thanks to the screen being multi-touch and playing games is very simple as the screen and processor respond very quickly without any frustrating delays.
The screen can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode depending on your preferences and easily switches between the two when the tablet is turned.
The sound from the tablet is quite clear but not very loud and gives a much better listening experience using headphones in the jack provided. The web cam that is situated on the front of the tablet gives a very grainy picture and is not great in low light conditions but can be used for taking pictures and videos of yourself if that is your thing.
The tablet is very easy to synchronise with a gmail account and once done e-mails can be accessed with a single press of the app. Your favourite apps can be loaded up on the home screen for easy access and 4 more screens are accessible, with the sweep of a finger, for you to fill with apps and widgets.
One of the essential apps for me is the Kindle app, the app loads up quickly and is fully customisable and quickly synchronises with your Amazon account for the purchasing of Kindle books. Reading books on this tablet is a pleasure as the tablet is relatively light and the rubberized back makes the tablet comfortable to hold. Pages are quick to turn and the font size and brightness are easy to adjust using the settings within the app, I would imagine the Kindle app is virtually identical to a Kindle.
Google Play is pre installed on the tablet and games load up quickly and easily on to the tablet and so far I have had no issues with any games, all the ones I have chosen have played well with no juddering or flickering of the screen.
The tablet is pre installed with an unnamed web browser and after trying Dolphin and Firefox browsers I have to say the original browser functions best on the internet. Web browsing is quick and responsive and I am able to have multiple tabs open without the browser locking up (great for review reading). Web pages load up quickly, if they load up as mobile versions there is the option to load up the full site. I have had no issues with flash player or java script like on my previous tablet so I am very happy with the browsing experience.
I have used the pre installed office suite 5 for writing my New Years Resolutions and making a few lists, the on screen keyboard is well laid out and easy to type on even with my chubby little fingers. Documents are easy to store and recall.
The tablet can be kept secure from nosy family members using either a slide unlock, face unlock, a pattern, PIN or password. It is easy to set up locking options on the tablet.
The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich system runs very well on the tablet, and is upgradeable when the next tasty sounding system is released. As the tablet is Android based it runs pretty much like a giant Android phone but without the ability to make and receive calls.
As the tablet is WiFi you do need a WiFi connection to use the internet when at home or when out and about, there is the option of using a 3G dongle but that is not something I have used.
The battery life is quite good; the tablet can run for around 8-12 hours depending on what I am doing on it and takes around 5 hours to fully charge.
As with all touch screen items the screen soon gets dirty but is easily cleaned with a damp cloth and then buffed dry. Screen protectors can be applied to the tablet to offer the screen a degree of protection from dirt and scratches and I would advise trying to find ones specific for the tablet as some generic 8 inch ones I ordered from eBay needed cutting down to fit the screen neatly.
The leather pouch that is included in the box is very smart and keeps the tablet nice and snug for transporting around in a bag or giving it a bit of protection from dust when not in use.
There genuinely is not really much more I can say about the Prestigio MultiPad PMP5080CPRO it is a pleasure to use. The screen is bright and responsive and I have never had any problems with the tablet locking up or forcing a close on me as I occasionally did with my previous tablet.
It does come pre-installed with some apps which unfortunately can not be removed but there is more than enough room to add more games, apps and widgets. If you find yourself running out of space you can soon add some extra storage via the micro SD slot.
I mainly use the tablet for web browsing, reading on the Kindle app and playing patience and it easily does what I ask of it. All things considered I do recommend this tablet, it is at the slightly more expensive end of the tablet range but I think it is worth what my Husband paid.
Thank you for reading.