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Cloudpad 800w Review

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When Cloudfone announced the Cloudpad 800w, everyone got excited for this is the first local tablet powered by Intel. We do admit that we have high expectations for this device. Did the tablet surpassed our expectations? Let’s find out.

Related article – Cloudpad 800w Unboxing and Initial Impressions

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CloudPad 800w specs:

  • 2GHz Dual Core Intel Atom Z2580 processor
  • PowerVR SGX544 MP graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 7.85-inch XGA display (1028 x 768 pixels)
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 4,600 Li-Po battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: Php 8,999

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HARDWARE AND BUILD QUALITY:

Just like what we’ve said on our review, this is one beautiful tablet. You really can’t deny that the tablet really looks like Apple’s mini tablet offering. Other brands sports the same design (ehem, Starmobile Engage 8 Quad and 3G and Kata Fishtab 3) but we think this is by far the most solid tablet among the bunch.

DISPLAY:

The tablet has a 7.85-inch display with a resolution of 1028 x 768, the same resolution as the first generation iPad Mini. Although considered as HD, the XGA resolution is stretched on an 8-inch display. Pixels are evident. The display, however, is surprisingly bright and has less glare when using under direct sunlight compared to other tablets we reviewed.

PERFORMANCE:

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We ran another Antutu benchmark test and we got a score of  the highest among the tablets we reviewed in the past.

Indeed, putting Intel’s Atom processor inside this tablet really makes a difference. We really felt Intel’s power in action when doing various tasks from the basic ones like navigation, app transistions to the power hungry ones like playing Dead Trigger 2. There are still lags but it happens very rarely and only when loading games. While playing games and demanding tasks everything was smooth and fluid.

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CAMERA:  We have said this a number of times – taking pictures on a tablet is just so awkward! We really don’t understand why people are not getting the point, hehehe. Ranting aside, real reason is most tablets don’t have the same good quality cameras found on smartphones.

Although we find it weird, we managed to take photos using the Cloudpad 800w’s 5 megapixel rear facing camera. Surprisingly, pictures are pretty good and even better than its competitors. Check out the sample photos below.

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CONNECTIVITY:

One gripe we had is WiFi reception is kinda weak. Signal bar usually drops from 5 bars to 4 bars even if the WiFi router is just a meter away from the tablet. Our router is placed in a study hall near the stairs. We normally get at least 3 bars as we go downstairs. But on the Cloudpad 800w, it cannot grab any WiFi signal downstairs.

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We rarely mention our web browsing experience but we are happy to report that we had the smoothest web surfing experience among the local tablets we’ve reviewed. Both Android browser and Chrome performed well zooming  and loading full desktop pages are pretty smooth.

BATTERY:

We are pleased to report that the 4,600 mAh battery is more than enough to power the tablet for 1 whole day. Based on our battery drain tests we got about 8 to 9 hours of moderate to heavy usage. That includes web browsing, watching You Tube videos. online video streaming, and games at 80% brightness and WiFi on.

VERDICT:

We were quite impressed of pretty much about everything in this tablet – nice display, good battery life, great for gaming, thing and light body and rock solid build – all of it for only P8,999. Hiccups are very rare and for us it is quite acceptable. We will recommend this tablet to anyone who is looking for an affordable but premium looking tablet with great performance.