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Simmtronics Xpad Review

By on July 22, 2012
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An affordable tablet that you can do without.

Good: perfect for simple web browsing and non-3D games
Bad: slow performance, unresponsive touch screen, stiff buttons, poor sound
Price: AED 699
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Benchmarks

Here’s where the Xpad would really get to show its true colors. And it turned out that its true colors were washed out shades of grey. SunSpider JavaScript benchmarks finished at a total of 10,692ms which is the worst result I’ve ever seen on a tablet or a smartphone to date. Performance continued to deteriorate in the GLBenchmark which showed plenty of jagged edges and clipping during the test scenes, coming up with a final score of 2774. Finally Quadrant came up with a score of 1,788 which narrowly beat the Samsung Nexus S. An affordable tablet the Xpad is, but a completely underperforming one at best.

UI and Apps

The Xpad runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is good because it irons out most of the kinks that plagued Honeycomb. But the downside is that because the hardware here is so underwhelming, the actual experience of enjoying ICS is completely lost. Apart from the usual Google apps, there only seemed to be two custom apps, one for recording voice notes and another for playing back videos and photo slideshows. There are also no widgets available besides the stock options, which is good because anything more than two widgets being active at the same time causes the tablet to drag.

Screen and Touch Interface

Ah yes, the screen – the 7” 800×480 display won’t be wowing you with its performance, but for basic web browsing and viewing videos, it tends to be up to the task. Watching a HD clip off the internal storage played back fairly smoothly, while YouTube videos tended to be a bit grainer even at 720p. The screen also takes a good couple of seconds to wake up when you hit the power button, as well as when you turn the tablet around to switch orientations.

The touch interface is again disappointing, thanks to the diminutive hardware inside. Zooming into webpages took a short while, but once zoomed in I had to wait a good couple of seconds for the Xpad to rerender that section of the web page and make it clearer. Flash websites loaded fine, and for the most part navigating through web pages is acceptable, but not as smooth as on the iPad or other Android devices.

Camera, Sound Quality and Battery Life

If you’re one of those strange people who enjoys taking photos with a tablet, then you’ll be disappointed to note that the Xpad only has one camera, and it’s a forward-facing 0.3 megapixel one. That’s right, 0.3 – I have older Nokia phones that have a better resolution than that.

Sound quality is average, but due to the awkward placement of the speaker you’ll have to make sure that you aren’t covering it when you’re holding the Xpad. Don’t expect any earth-shattering tones here, the Xpad does basic audio with plenty of vibrations and high pitches if you crank up the volume too loud.

Battery life on the Xpad was atrocious, with it clocking in just under 3 hours at 50% brightness and Wi-fi on, playing a full HD clip off the tablet’s internal storage. Essentially if you watch a few videos and maybe play a few games, you’re going to eat through the Xpad’s battery life quite easily.

Conclusion

Simmtronics set out to make an affordable tablet, and that they certainly accomplished. However it’s quite pointless if said tablet then runs slowly and generally ruins what is otherwise meant to be a fluid and enjoyable piece of technology. Yes, in a nutshell you’ll be able to afford this tablet for an absolute barebones tablet experience, but in all honesty it’s not the best device for an induction into the world of tablets.

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A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

Comments
  • d9907

    Hi, Good review. But still I want to know about the speed of tablet and how would you compare it with Chines X-touch tablet or Nextbook usa tablet in term of graphics.

  • sham

    what more can u xpect from a tablet prices @ 299.atleat kids can play

  • siva

    where you buy Xpad t701
    if in dubai pls mail to : siva.r78@gmail.com

    • sallil

      how to make a video call in xpad?when i’m trying to make avideo call its going to offline. please advise me.

  • ravi

    i buy new one but not working from the first day….i wasted all my money..at service center no one is picking phone…so my advice is don’t buy…

  • Glen

    What a bad experience, when returning the first xpad to DG Sharaf at Ibn Battuta store they told me I had to take it to times square. It has been there for over three weeks and the service centre has two phones on the counter. You can ring for up to 15 minutes without a response. The dealer does not care about the bad service from Simmtronics’ they just want the sale. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY on this product.

  • Alvi

    Can I debug my Android applications on a simmtronics device??

  • maria

    keyboard is not coming please advice me

  • kokomm

    I have a xpad but not like this , and i need to know how to Copy the files from computer from Xpad

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