PolaTab Elite Q10.1 Octa Core Tablet

PolaTab Elite Q10
Most Tablets within this price range have nowhere near the specification that the PolaTab Elite Q10.1 has. It's actually quite surprising that this model is being sold so cheap. This is great news for buyers who are looking for a great spec Tablet for peanuts. So, why is it so good. Well, first off it's a 10 Inch Octa Core Tablet with 1GB RAM and has Android Lollipop installed.

The Octa Core Processor consists of eight 2.0Ghz Cores. With many Tablets that are around the same price, or in many cases actually more expensive, the Cores are not operating at 2Ghz each. They are more commonly integrated with 1.2Ghz, 1.3Ghz and 1.4Ghz Cores. And a lot of those Tablets are Quad Core (4 Cores) not Octa Core (8 Cores) like the Elite Q10. Considering the overall build specification in general, this is a seriously fast and extremely capable Tablet for the price.

PolaTab Elite Q10.1 (Q102A-8X) Quick Specification

  • Octa Core Processor (Allwinner A83T) @ 2.0Ghz x 8 Cortex-A7 Cores
  • Android Lollipop 5.1.1 Operating System
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Storage (Upgradable to 48GB)
  • Dual Cameras
  • HDMI Port
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Google Play Pre-Installed
  • Micro SD Slot
  • 1 Year UK Warranty

The PolaTab Q10 is also multilingual and can be changed to almost any language. Apparently, the PolaTab Elite is already Rooted. So you get total freedom, total access. Please Note: Some users are reporting that the Rooting of this device was not completed correctly. This could lead to problems down the line with Apps that require Root access.

On a positive note, the Allwinner Octa Core A83T Processor is great for media applications like playing games, watching / streaming films, and also easily powerful enough to handle a heavy workload of multiple Apps and browser windows all being open at the same time. If you want a fast, efficient Tablet for a cheap price this is one worth considering depending on your requirements and budget.

How much better is Octa Core compared to Quad Core.

PolaTab EliteLets not get carried away with Octa Core Processors in general. Both are good. While having 8 Cores to play with is better than the 4 in the Quad Core (Dependant on a quite a few factors like clock rates, how advanced the processors are, what year were they brought out etc), tests have shown that the difference in performance (With both types running at similar or exact clock rates and being the same exact processors) between the two is not that much different.

Yes, the Octa Core performed slightly better in the tests, but it was not double the performance power of the Quad Core. It's actually nowhere near. Things get much more confusing when comparing different Processors of different brands, made in different years and having different Clock rates, build architecture and clock cycles! Which ones better? How long is a piece of string! However, rest assured, with the 8 Cores in this model being 2.0Ghz a piece it makes the PolaTab Elite fast and efficient. Whatever way you look at it, lots of cores and a high clock rate equals: It's more than capable of providing a great user experience.

What's not so good about this Tablet

As usual with cheaply priced Tablets the camera quality is rather poor. The front camera is only 0.3 mega pixels and the back camera is 2 megapixels. Build quality isn't the best in the price bracket. The screen quality has made a few buyers unhappy due to it not having good visibility / contrast when viewed from certain angles. In fact, most one star reviews are regarding the screen quality, which given the spec of this Tablet, is a let down.

It's a shame that PolaTab didn't fit this model with a better screen, one with IPS. But for price corners have to be cut somewhere. If good screen quality is a feature you definitely need get a Tablet with an IPS screen, like an Amazon Fire. Or spend a bit more money and get something like a Lenovo Multimode Yoga 10" Full HD Tablet or a.Samsung Galaxy Tab E (or Galaxy Tab S2) with TFT screen.

Would I buy the PolaTab Q10

For the price it is a good device. But personally, I like a good quality screen, and after reading some of the reviews I don't think I would get that with this particular Tablet. So no matter how good the spec sounds, if I only had a very low amount to spend I would probably go for either a Fusion5 or a NeoCore Tablet instead. Even though the cheaper models don't have IPS or HD quality screens, the overall better reviews regarding screen quality, and having used both models first hand, would win me over rather than taking the chance buying the PolaTab and being left disappointed.

But, If you are tempted to buy the PolaTab Elite Q10 the good news is if you're not happy with it you only have to send it back to PolaTab or Amazon. Both of which are located in the UK. So buy it, give it a whirl, and see what you think. You might be one of the hundreds of customers who left a positive review and think this Tablet is outstanding for the price. If you beg to differ after giving it a try just send it back.

The Best Linx 8 Tablet Case

A wide selection of accessories are available for Tablets. From touch screen stylus pens, external keyboards, screen protectors, and of course protective cases. They are all just as important as each other. One case that really stands out from the rest, is the Linx 8 PU Leather Folio Case made by Fintie. It's very well made and has a multitude of great little features that a lot of the other cases just don't have. All round quality being the main, most noticeable one. It looks really neat and professional.

The outer layer of the case is scratch proof and made from tough PU leather. The inner layer is made from a gentle microfiber fabric which helps keep the screen protected and blemish free. It has a stylus pen holder so that when not in use the pen sits neatly at the side of the case. The stylus pen is not included with the case but it is extremely cheap to buy. The stand capabilities feature a picture frame style angle for watching videos or viewing pictures.

That is available as landscape or portrait, whichever you prefer to use. And there is also a lower, tilted position which makes tasks like typing with the virtual keyboard, and even general usage on a flat surface feel nice and comfortable. And of course, it can be closed up so it looks like a diary with the tablet completely concealed. With the case fitted you still have the ability to press any button or access anything else, like the USB port on the Tablet device itself. You can even use the camera with the case fully fitted.

linx 8 case coverThis is most probably the best case out there for the Linx 8" Tablet. The good news is it's also available for the other sized Linx Tablet models like the 7" and 10 Inch. The 8" case also fits the 810B model. And there's more good news. The price is the same for the 7", 8" and normal 10" Tablets. The only model where this case is more expensive to buy is for the Linx 1010B. By most accounts the fit of these cases is super tight, making it extremely well fitted and secure. That's exactly how you want it to be when its holding your nice new Tablet inside.

The different colours available make this case suitable for just about anyone. Here is the full range of colours and designs that are for sale. Black, Blue, Green, Magenta, Navy, Purple, Leopard Magenta, Leopard Rainbow, Newspaper design and Vintage Map. Lots to choose from. This is a great product for the price. See all the designs and colours.

What about Customer Reviews

Customer feedback for this case is mostly excellent. The big majority of customers are impressed with its quality for the price. However, like any product, there are some negative reviews. But it should be noted: The positive reviews far outweigh the bad ones. For most people this is one of the best covers for the Linx range mentioned here. The most common complaint is the fitting, backed up by the functionality.

Some people say the case just doesn't fit their Tablet even though they bought the correct size for their model of Tablet, making it hard to use the touch screen options at times. However, due to the Linx models having the Windows operating system installed it is possible that it's actually Windows itself causing the problem. Certain applications (Apps), don't mix well with Windows at this time and won't fully fit the screen. So that may actually be the culprit with some of the reviews, not the case itself.

Although, it does seem like there is some confusion among buyers as to which is the correct size for there model. Especially between the normal 10" and 1010B. Functionality: A few customers say some of the buttons can't be used properly when the case is on. And a select few said using the external keyboard with the cover on can be a bit annoying. All the little hindrances aside, this case has one of the best review scores on Amazon. And that says a lot on its own

Huion 1060 Plus Drawing Tablet Review

Anyone who's looking for a cheap introduction into the world of digital drawing has plenty of choices to choose from when it comes to good, very capable graphics tablets. It's really an excellent time to convert over from paper to digital media. This is artwork on a whole new level. There are so many great drawing tablets up for grabs at very low prices that's it hard to actually make a decision on which one to buy. You won't go far wrong with the entry-level Huion tablets. With that said, this post is about going to about the excellent Huion 1060 Plus model. (Pictured below).

Huion 1060 Plus Drawing Tablet
Again, there are many models worth considering when looking at the 1060 Plus. One is of course the Huion 1060 Pro, and the other two are the Huion DWH69 and the cheapest of the bunch, the Huion 610. If you want to spend the least amount of money possible but still end up with a good graphics tablet, the Huion 610 is probably the best choice. Superb reviews all across the board. But if your budget allows you to stretch a little bit further, the 1060 Pro has some extra features that make it more convenient and well worth the extra bit of cash when Vs the Huion 610. However, then we come to the 1060 Plus (Pro+).

Huion 1060 Plus Drawing Tablet Quick Specification:

  • Total drawing space: Ten Inches by 6.¼ Inches
  • 8GB Internal storage space
  • Twelve express keys
  • 16 function keys
  • Rechargeable Pen
  • 5080 LPI (Lines per Inch) Resolution
  • Report rate of 233 RPS (How fast the tablet reads data)
  • Pressure Sensitivity: 2048 Levels
  • Improved drawing surface
  • MircoSD card slot (Takes up to 64GB)
  • Ambidextrous friendly
  • Use with Windows or Mac Operating System

Both are very similar, but the Huion 1060 Plus is basically the upgrade to the Pro, although the names wouldn't really suggest that. Some people think the Pro is the newest model but it's actually the other way round. For a bit more money the Plus comes with more internal storage space included than the Pro. The Pro comes with 4GB and the Plus comes with 8GB. This is like a mini hard drive. Both also have a MircoSD card slot and can be upgraded to 64GB. The Plus model has twelve express keys compared to the Pro's eight (used for creating personal shortcuts).

Huion 1060 Plus+ SlateAll things considered, this is a good graphics tablet. The cordless drawing pen / stylus is new and improved and has a short charging time (charged via USB) and lasts a very long time before needing a recharge (Hundreds of hours). No matter what hand you draw with the 1060 Plus is more than capable as it has a features which allows the user to change their preference.

This is an excellent option if more than one person (that are different handed) are going to be using the device. An it's also useful if you are Ambidextrous or want to try to improve your drawing skills with your not so good hand. Lots of fun.

The 1060 Plus will work with Windows 7, 8, Vista and Windows 10. Macintosh 10.8 and above. Sadly, Huion don't list Windows XP as being compatible with the Plus. Although they do list XP on the Pro model. This model also comes some free gifts. Ten white pen nibs, ten black pen nibs, two replacement covers / overlays, and also a cleaning cloth. The 1060 Plus will work with a large majority of pressure sensitive drawing software packages. Some include: Corel Painter, CorelDraw, Photoshop, Fireworks, Manga Studio and many others.

Be careful when using the 1060 Plus with Drawplus as there are a few reported issues.  And some others regarding drivers (Few and far between). The 1060 Plus is really good for the price. In fact it is one of the best in its price range, and the customer reviews paint all kinds of pictures (pardon the pun) describing how wonderful it is to use. A question that gets asked a lot:

Can I only use a drawing tablet with a desktop PC?

No, they will work with Laptops also. Slate drawing devices use the USB port to connect to an external device, and every modern laptop and PC has one, so a laptop or PC is perfectly compatible and fine to use. Although, try to use the graphics tablet with the work station that has the most processing power, as this will make your user experience much smoother.

There are so many slate style tablets in the market place, and its get almost as crowded as the normal tablet market it (thankfully not quite there yet!). No screen models are very capable devices, widely used by amateurs and professionals for work and for play. They are cheap, practical and feature rich. But most of them, including the 1060 Plus do have a few limitations like no multi-touch function or pen tilt. But these features are not essential to say the least, and you won't miss them if you've never used them before.

If you're someone that's going to need a more advanced graphics tablet (with Tilt - Multi touch etc) they are available at extra cost with no screen. It all comes down to budget. If you're going to spend more money and want to buy a device that is more advanced, you should consider buying a Graphics Drawing Tablet With Screen if your budget allows. Prices are higher than the slate models (no screen) and rise rapidly with graphics tablets from the Wacom range and other top brands (fairly expensive). Not cheap. Tight budget? The Ugee 1910B is one of the top contenders hovering within the lower price zone that has a screen. Visit the link above for more information. Well worth the investment if you're seriously into your artwork.