PolaTab Q10.3 10.6" Octa Core Review

PolaTab Q10.3Just when you thought that the boundary for quality had reached its highest possible limit when it comes to low-budget Tablets, PolaTab comes out with a new release for 2016 that takes that boundary to a new level. The build quality of the PolaTab Q10.3 is nothing short of spectacular when considering how cheap it is to buy.

It has a build quality similar to Tablets that cost considerably more money to buy. In fact, almost everything about the Q10.3 is impressive and will leave most people pleasantly surprised. The specification surpasses almost everything else in its category. First off, the screen size is 10.6 Inches.

This is around half an inch bigger than the "standard" screen size that the rest of the 10 Inch Tablets have, as most are 10.1". And although it's not a massive size difference, it is a nice improvement. Great for someone who's looking for maximum viewing area without compromising on-screen quality. Some Tablets that have tried to increase the size of the screen have, from being stretched to fit, lost some of the sharpness that is achieved with the smaller screened Tablets of the same brand.

But with the PolaTab Q10.3 having a respectable 1366 x 768 IPS display, and having adequate processor support, there is no issue with quality being reduced. The colours, graphics and sharpness are all superb for a Tablet in this price range. And they remain that way even when viewing the screen from unusual angles.

The Q10.3 starts up very fast and is extremely clean of much bloatware, like pre-installed Apps and software programs that routinely come as standard on many Tablets. Battery life is good, lasting between 3 - 6+ hours on average depending on how demanding you are. And the charge time is also fairly swift. Movies and clips run smoothly and the WiFi works great.

Overall, it's a very responsive device, that runs really well and feels solidly built. If you're after a low-priced Tablet to use for all the usual things, like Facebook, YouTube, online shopping, gaming, emailing, and watching the odd film or two, the Q10.3 would make an excellent purchase. It's an absolute steal for what it's on sale for.

PolaTab Q10.3 (A106T) Specification

  • 10.6" Screen with 1366 x 768 (Smart Colour) IPS Display
  • Octa Core Allwinner A83T Processor @ 8 x 1.8GHz - 2.0GHz A7 Cores
  • Android Lollipop 5.1 Operating System
  • 16GB Storage space (Upgradable to an additional 32GB)
  • 2GB RAM (DDR3)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual Cameras
  • Twin 3.5mm headphone jacks
  • Micro SD Slot
  • 1 x Micro USB Port
Comes complete with Mains Adapter, USB Cable, On-The-Go Host Cable, Free (standard) Earphones, User guide and also a 1 year warranty.
The Allwinner Octa Core A83T (with Cortex-A7 cores) is a very capable Processor. It's noted for its enhanced graphics capabilities and very low energy consumption. The Cores of this Processor are variable speed. Their speed is set at 1.8GHz each, which is good on its own, but they can reach up to 2.0GHz (Burst) at times when resources are under a heavy workload and feeling the strain.

Nice to have that extra little burst of power to call on if needed. The Octa Core A83T Processor, coupled with the generous 2GB RAM (DDR3) that the Q10.3 comes complete with makes this device very fast and responsive, even when under a considerable workload. This would make a decent gaming computer. And a perfect, cost-effective device for general day-to-day usage.

How many times have you had to share one of your headphones with someone when watching a movie or listening to music on your Tablet? Not needed with the Q10.3. It has two separate headphone jacks so it's just perfect for watching a late night movie or listening to music with someone when you need to keep the noise down, or don't want to be looked at as ignorant or anti-social.

Whatever the reason, it's an excellent little feature that's not seen too often in this price range. If you like and want this feature but already own a Tablet that you're happy with, you can always just buy a splitter so that you can use two sets of headphone at the same time through one headphone port. They are relatively cheap. But the Q3 takes out this added expense and makes things more convenient by having this feature built-in.

Some things to consider

More connection ports on a device is always a good thing, and sadly, other than the two headphone jacks, which is a great feature, this doesn't have that many more. Of course, there are ways to work around the lack of ports, but for ease of use and with so many people being more familiar and comfortable with actual ports, it would have been the icing on the cake if the PolaTab Q10.3 was riddled with them. But within this low budget category, there are always going to be a few compromises that will have to be made.

The dual cameras are the standard, low quality 0.3 MP front facing and 2.0 MP rear that are found on many of the cheaper models. There is no GPS in this device, and it does not have a HDMI port. Instead it uses "Cast Screen", which ultimately removes the need for the device to be wired via a HDMI lead. However, in order to successfully connect them together, the TV will need to have this technology built-in (Smart TV). If it does not an external dongle will be needed.

If you're looking for the cheapest Tablet but still want something that has great performance and offers serious value for money, here is something to remember. Not all companies do this but some do, so it's worth keeping an eye out. When a company releases a new Tablet they usually put down the price of their previous model.

This is exactly what PolaTab have done in this instance with their Q10.1. It's being sold at a discount. But, considering that the difference isn't all that much between the 10.1 and the 10.3, even with the discount applied, it still makes more sense to go with the newer model. It is well worth the extra bit of money, and is no doubt one of the leading, best value for money devices in this price bracket. One word: Excellent!

It® 10.1 Inch IPS GPS Android Tablet

It® 10.1 InchTake a step up from the many super low-priced Tablets that are mostly too cheap to really be any good and you will enter the realm of devices that are still cheap, but offer so much value for money that they leave most buyers pleasantly surprised by how well-built and versatile they are. The It® 10.1 Inch just about falls into that category.

It has many great features that users have come to expect these days. Good (not great) build quality, IPS screen, Satellite GPS, a decent amount of storage space, adequate RAM, and a powerful enough processor to be able to handle a good mixed workload of applications without becoming slow and unresponsive. For someone who wants to do a little bit of everything on their device, the It® 10.1" performs pretty well in all areas.

The It® 10.1 Inch has a Quad Core Mediatek MTK8127 Processor, 1GB RAM, and has Android 5.0 (Lollipop) installed. This gives it a good core specification. And the 16GB of internal storage space provides enough space for the user to be able to save a good amount of music, pictures and TV shows internally without having to buy an external SD card straight away. Although, SD cards are very cheap these days and a lot of people buy one at the same time they buy this device. A 32GB SD card (Very cheap), which is the maximum size this device can hold, should be more than enough to keep most people going for quite some time.

Battery life is respectable, giving between 2 - 6 hours of usage. Google Play comes pre-installed and the device is compatible with Sky-Go. This is a new feature that has been added to this Tablet. The older models were not compatible with Sky-Go, but a quick update by It® later, and any that are bought at this time should work just fine with Sky-Go. A few people have had problems with watching Sky's Live broadcasts. If you experience problems when trying to watch Sky live TV, there is an App called mobdro that should solve that problem. Although, hopefully you won't need to use it if you are buying this Tablet now or in the near future due to the newer models being updated. The It® 10.1" is also compatible with Kodi.


There is a mini HDMI port (and 1 micro USB port) that makes easy work of linking the device to a compatible external screen (TV). And of course, with Google Play you get access to all the popular Apps, like Kindle, YouTube, ITV, Freeview, and hundreds of thousands more. The WiFi and Bluetooth (4.0) both have decent signal strength and the speakers on this Tablet are situated in good locations, making the most of what sound these little speakers are capable of producing. However, the speakers on almost all Tablets in this price range are a little on the weak / tinny side. This one, although the sound is of decent quality, is no exception. The Dual cameras are the standard, low quality versions that come integrated in so many Tablets at this price point.

There have been a few reliability issues with this model that buyers should be aware of. Problems with a flickering screen and other, various issues have been reported. The most serious fault is when the Tablet "Dies" and refuses to turn power up after a short period of ownership. Charging problems have also plagued this model, as well as some WiFi disconnects on affected devices. However, these instances are few and fairly far between. And while it does have it's fair share of negative reviews, it does also have a lot of positive ones too.

But overall it appears to be luck of the draw as to whether you get a "good one" or not, as some buyers couldn't be happier, while others were clearly not happy at all with this item. Although, the odds of getting a fault free Tablet are definitely more in the buyers favour, it seems like this model does suffer from some quality control, reliability / defective issues. The new and improved It® that is on sale now should hopefully fare better. It® do offer a returns policy (1 year warranty) where you can get your money back or get the item repaired should you receive a faulty / defective product. Overall, this is a good product if you manage snag one that doesn't have a fault of some kind.

This model is also available in 7". It's basically the same but obviously smaller in size and cheaper to buy. Good thing about the 7 Inch is that it's available in different colours. You can choose between Black, Blue, Pink, Red and White. Not sold on this one? A good alternative, which is the same price as this one, is the Time2® TC1050G.