Full review of Unisurf 16GB 10-inch budget tablet

The budget tablet market is flooded with devices that have some impressive specifications and are capable enough to outlook its shortcomings. Unisurf launched a 7 inch and a 10 inch tablet in the December of 2013. The price at launch was AU$199. Later, in the beginning of 2014, Target has slashed its price to AU$129, a whooping A$70 discount. Is Unisurf 10’’ a dream come true, or is it better left untouched?

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Design and Build

At a distance, the Unisurf device looks like an expensive tablet, but don’t let the looks deceive you. Once you pick up the tablet you will notice that it is a bit heavier than its expensive counterparts. On first look, the Unisurf tablet looks like a photo frame. The front of the tablet is clean without any physical buttons. The tablet is designed with landscape mode as its default. The only thing noticeable on the front panel except the screen is the front camera.

The frame itself is rigid and has a rugged feel to it. The back panel has glossy finish giving it professional feel. Back panel has a 3MP rear camera and a set of stereo speakers in the top part.

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Left side and the bottom side of the tablet is free from any buttons or ports. Left side of the tablet has a MicroSD slot, a recharge port with pin kind of resembles that of a Nokia charger, 2 MicroUSB ports, a HDMI out port, 3.5 inch standard audio jack, and the power/screen off button. The top side has volume rockers and an escape button. ( I don’t understand the use of the escape button, during the few times the device got hanged, pressing the escape button didn’t have any effect.)

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The screen is a 10.1 inch high definition TFT LCD display with a resolution of 1024 x 600, the pixel density is very poor but we can’t ask for more at this price. The display is fairly responsive. The colors are not vibrant and viewing angles are just enough to get by. The screen does support up to 5 points at the same time. You might want to install a screen protector as the device doesn’t come with any protection like Gorilla Glass which is found in high end devices.

Hardware specifications

  • 10.1’’ TFT LCD touch screen (1200×600 resolution)
  • Allwinner A20 Dual Core processor (ARM architecture)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 2MP rear camera
  • 0.3MP VGA front camera
  • 16GB Internal Memory
  • WiFi (IEEE802.11 b/g/n)
  • USB OTG support
  • Accerometer
  • Micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Dual speakers (1.5W, N/S: >85%)
  • Built-in MIC
  • Bluetooth
  • 3.7V Lithium-Polymer 6000mAh battery

The device comes with a set of standard earphones, a 5V DC power adapter, USB OTG cable and a user manual. The USB OTG cable converts the MicroUSB port on the tablet to a full USB port where you can connect USB flash drives and possibly USB modem. USB OTG function only supported by one of the two MicroUSB ports which is marked as host.

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The battery does hold charge for a day with average use. The device can charge both from the supplied 5V DC adapter or can be charged via USB, which is a handy feature if you don’t feel like to carry an adapter everywhere you go with the tablet.

Software

The operating system included in the tablet is vanilla(AOSP) version of Android 4.2 JellyBean without any custom skin on top. There is no support for Google services most notably Google Play Store. The default app store of the device is 1Mobile Market which includes many of the popular Android applications; although I feel it needs some more moderation. Same applications seem to be uploaded by different users. As always, you can sideload Android applications downloaded from other sources, or install Amazon App Store.

Coupled with MX Player, the device plays almost all video formats. HD videos are played smoothly without any glitch even in hardware decoding. The sound quality is average, the speakers without being too loud.

Games like Templerun, Angry Birds, and Ripetide GP2 ran smoothly. The device supports live wallpaper. The overall UI is overall smooth, the device is capable of running almost all features of Android Jellybean 4.2.

The keyboard on the device is stock Android. In landscape mode it maybe difficult to type with two fingers considering the big 10.1 inch display but in portrait mode, the typing experience is comfortable.

Transferring data from your computer to the device is as simple as plug, copy and paste.

The absence of a SIM card is missed on the device and if you need to access the Internet from places with no WiFi, you may have to use a USB dongle. This feature is not tested yet.

The default browser of the device is Google chrome, which performed well when connected through a Wifi connection. You can always install Opera Mini if you want an even faster experience. The device is great if you want to read e-books and browse the Internet.

Bottom Line

For AU$129 the Unisurf 10-inch tablet(Model: USFUT4210DCWHT) is a good device. It has a large 10.1 inch display, which is great for apps and watching videos. If screen size is a priority, then Unisurf 10 is for you.

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