The Aluratek CINEPAD 10 Inch Multi-touch Capacitive Tablet is not very impressive. You’ll find it for sale in various catalogs, and retailers and you will be sorely tempted to purchase it because it is a 10″ Android Tablet and it’s cheap (coming in at a little over $230 online). The problem with it is pretty simple actually. It’s just not up to snuff.
I know it’s cheap, but seriously… how many times have you given in, and sold yourself short to save a buck? A tablet is something you’ll be using everyday. Do you really want to frustrate yourself over and over like that for a few hundred bucks? Wait until you have the money to spend on a good tablet and you will be rewarded by a rich and wonderful experience.
So why do I think it’s that bad? Well for one thing it’s running a dual core 1 GHz processor with only 1 GB of DDR RAM. It’s running a very dated version of the Android OS (v4.0 which is 3 iterations from being the latest version at the time of this writing). There is very little going on in the custom ROM community (i.e. people that hacked or unlock phone and tablet devices so they can put the latest versions of the Android OS and new features on their older equipment) and it is just… not yesterday… but last month’s tech.
What can you do with it? Well you could read some good ebooks with it. But for the same price you can get a Kindle HD Fire and wow that will blow the socks off this thing (not only in hardware but with support, functionality and features) and it’s like 30 bucks more than the Aluratek. The Kindle HD Fire has 50% more CPU, a better brand CPU, better graphics chipset, and a huge amazon store to buy content from. The only loss is 1.1″ to the screen size and for the 10 hour battery life you are going to get over the sub-par 6 hour battery life of the Aluratek it is a fair trade. More over the storage space on the Aluratek kind of sucks, it has only 8 GB of storage (yes with a MicroSD slot but that’s more money you have to spend). You get twice as much space on the Kindle HD Fire.
[accordion] [acc title=”Here are the technical specs for the Aluratek”]BUILT-IN LITHIUM-ION BATTERY The CINEPAD Tablet comes with a built-in 6000mah Lithium-ion rechargeable battery for up to 6 hours of continuous use to browse the web, play games, listen to music, watch movies and more. Simply charge your tablet the included AC power adapter. Technical Specifications – CPU Type: Amlogic cortex A9 – CPU Speed: 1GHz – GPU: Mali 300 – OS Support: Android 4.0 – RAM: 1GB DDRIII – Capacity: Flash 8GB / microSD Slot (up to 32GB) – Display Characteristics: 10” five-point capacitive multi-touch screen / 1024 x 600 resolution / 16:9 aspect ratio – Communication protocols: USB / HDMI / WIFI: 802.11 b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR – Miscellaneous: Built-in G-sensor / Built-in Speaker (8Ω /1W*1) / Built-in MIC / Support HTML5 – Webcam Type: Front Facing VGA – Interfaces: USB, mini-USB, mini-HDMI, microSD (SDHC compatible), Headset Jack (3.5mm), DC (5V/2A) – Battery Capacity: 7.4V / 6000mAH (6 hour run time)
- 10″ five-point multi-touch capacitive screen (1024 x 600 resolution / 16:9 aspect ratio)
- 8GB built-in memory
- Android 4.0 operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Download thousands of apps from the GETJAR market place
- MicroSD card slot to expand your memory capacity up to 32GB
- Built in 802.11 b/g/n to benefit from the fastest WiFi networks
- Auto configuration and auto link to your home / office wireless router
- Supports photos, video, music, ebooks, web browsing and email
- Built-in speaker
- Built-in front facing VGA camera
- Built in 6000mah Lithium-ion battery – up to 6 hrs. continuous use
- Battery level indicator and low level warning
- Screen rotation support (portrait & landscape mode)
- 1 Year limited warranty
- 10” Capacitive Tablet
- USB 2.0 Cable
- Power Adapter
- Quick Start Guide
- Registration / Warranty Card
Anyway, if I were you I’d steer clear of this mess and go for something a little more feature rich for 30 bucks more, or better yet save your money and wait for a quad-core tablet when they come out soon. I give the Aluratek CINEPAD 10″ Capacitive Tablet 2 out of 5 stars. It could be worse… but not by much :p