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!

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