We do seldom review tablets because we focus our energy on smartphones. But the demand on tablets have been growing and readers want to see review of tablets. Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to review the Kata Fishtab 3 and now, Starmobile was kind enough to lend us a review unit of the Starmobile Engage 8 Quad. Can it compete into the affordable tablet space? Let’s find out.
Starmobile Engage 8 Quad specs:
- 1GHz Quad Core AllWinner A31 processor
- PowerVR SGX544 MP2 graphics
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 7.85-inch XGA IPS LCD display (1024 x 768) 163 ppi
- 5 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus
- 2 megapixel front facing camera
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G via OTG dongle
- GPS, A-GPS
- 3,800 mAh battery
- Android 4.2 Jellybean
- SRP: P6,990
DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY:
Another Apple iPad Mini look a like! Starmobile should consider this as a compliment. The Engage 8 Quad is encased in an aluminum chassis making the phone premium looking. You can fool anyone by telling that this tablet costs more than P10,000 but the truth it is only P6,990. The tablet has a solid construction and surprisingly lightweight. You can even place it in an ordinary handbag or a small backpack.
Watching CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER trailer
Having a display with 1024 x 768 resolution is considered HD. The problem, however, it is stretched on a 7.85-inch screen so pixels are very evident. Despite its quite low resolution, the display is very bright, produces accurate colors and has good viewing angles. The screen size is perfect for playing games and watching videos.
Playing PLANTS VS ZOMBIES 2
Playing DEAD TRIGGER 2
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:
Based on our Antutu benchmarks, the tablet scored 12,094. This is quite low considering that this is powered by a 1GHz quad core processor. By the way, the tablet is powered by an unknown chipset maker AllWinner. On our day to day use, the device remained fluid on basic tasks like app navigation, app transitions, opening and closing preinstalled apps. We do notice some lags when playing intense games like Dead Trigger 2. It ran smoothly when played games with less graphics like Plants vs Zombies 2.
We are pleased to report that all connections are running OK – WiFi and Bluetooth. This tablet does not support 3G but it does have HDMI support.
We do not recommend using any camera front a tablet because it is just simply awkward and poor picture quality. We don’t why people continue using tablets as their main shooter. However, due to request of our readers, here are some camera samples:
Battery fare well on our tests
We did underestimate the 3,800 mAh battery inside the Engage 8 Quad. The battery lasted for 10 hours of moderate to heavy usage (hours of gaming and watching videos, casual browsing, email and social networks at 50% brightness and WiFi on).
If you are looking for an affordable tablet with good build quality, good for casual gaming, browsing, social networks, and decent battery life, then we recommend the Starmobile Engage 8 Quad. It does have a contender, the Kata Fishtab 3. Watch out for our comparison soon!