Cwowdefu 10.1 Inch Android Tablet Review

Cwowdefu 10.1 Inch Android Tablet Review

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Takeaway: Clear display with good resolution and brightness, great for casual use, though a bit sluggish to load content and large games/apps.

Cwowdefu provided a complimentary sample of this tablet for my unbiased review. The tablet ships with a pre-installed screen protector, a replacement plastic film screen protector, a leatherette case, a touch stylus, an AC charger, a 31” microUSB charging cable, and a brief illustrated instruction manual. It is 9.5” wide and 6.5” long, with a 10” viewable screen. The unit is about 3/8” thick and weighs just about 1 lb thanks to its lightweight plastic housing. After removing the outer film over the screen protector I was a little disappointed to find a hair trapped under the protector, creating a small bubble on the screen. The bottom corner also had a bubble that I couldn’t get rid of, and unfortunately my attempts to get rid of the bubbles only made them worse so I ended up removing the screen protector altogether. Along the top of the screen is a 5 MP front facing camera and along the top edge you’ve got the micro USB charging port. A rubber door covers the SD card slot, which you’ll see marked on the back of the device, and it can accept cards up to 128 GB in capacity. On the opposite top-edge side you have the volume controls, power button, and microphone and around the corner is an 1/8” (3.5mm) headphone jack. On the back is an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and along the bottom edge you’ll find the stereo speakers, one in each corner.

To turn the tablet on, just press and hold the power button for 3 seconds. You will see brief Cwowdefu splash screen upon bootup and on the first launch you’ll need to complete a quick and straightforward setup, for example, connecting the device to you home Wi-Fi network for internet access, then singing into a Google account for personalization and customization, though this is optional. The touchscreen is responsive and clear with 1280 x 800 pixels and 150 dpi, or about 720p HD resolution. You can set up a login pin number for security for unlocking the device, which you’ll need to enter each time after swiping up from the sleep screen. This tablet runs Android OS 10 and is pre-loaded with Google apps like Assitant, Play Store, Duo and Chrome as well as stock apps like camera, contacts, calculator, and settings. As for speed, the device has 3 GB of RAM and a 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor at 1.6 GHz, so it does fine with activities like web browsing, though it does take a second to load up images and content. System functions like bringing up the virtual keyboard may not feel as instant as other contemporary mobile devices like your smartphone. Still, load times are generally brief enough that I didn’t feel like it was a bother. Screen refresh rate just isn’t super fast, given the occasional choppiness when scrolling. But when watching streaming video like YouTube content, playback seemed fine. I was actually pretty impressed with the audio quality of the built-in speakers as they are loud and clear. At first I did find the screen to be a bit dim, but after checking the settings, I realized the brightness was only set to about 80% and turning it to max brightness produced a much better viewing experience. Just note that the battery life at 100% brightness is only about 4 hours of active screen usage. The volume adjustment keys worked fine to quickly decrease or increase the volume.

To charge the unit, simply plug the microUSB cable into the port and connect to any powered USB port; the tablet can be operated while it is charging. When the unit is off, the power level pops up briefly after you plug the unit in and whenever the power button is short pressed. It fits snugly into the included leather folio which has cutouts for both cameras, as well as the buttons, charging port, and SD card slot on the top. It closes like a book to protect the screen when not in use. The front cover also folds under and tucks into the tab on the back which turns the case turns into a stand that will hold your tablet up at a 30 degree angle. Perfect for using it hands-free, for example to watch a movie. The rear camera is spec'd at 8 MP and it has pretty good image quality though the auto-focus is just okay and it has a shallow depth of field. Similarly the front 5 MP front camera produces usable, if slightly washed out images. At the top left of the screen the time is displayed along with notification icons for example emails and app notifications. You’ll see in the top right, the remaining battery life and Wi-Fi signal strength, and along the bottom are the standard Android actions like back, home button, and recent apps. The tablet doesn’t have auto-rotate enabled by default, so if you’re turning the screen from landscape to portrait or vice versa, be sure to tap the rotate screen icon that appears to the far-right of the action icons or change this behavior in the (advanced) Display Settings .

One thing I was interested in trying was mobile gaming so I downloaded PUBG mobile and started it up. For this game, it was pretty slow to load and at one point I thought it outright froze, but after about 30 seconds, it finished loading. Occasionally during gameplay, I experienced a couple visual/buffer stutters but for the most part, I was able to operate the controls and play fine. The other thing I wanted to do on this tablet is watching streaming content and I found that apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video worked just fine. Overall, for a rather inexpensive tablet, I found the features of this tablet to be more than adequate for light gaming, streaming video content, and internet-based activities like checking social media and email, online shopping, and web browsing. The image quality from the cameras is decent enough for video chat and capturing memories, but doesn’t take amazing photos for content creation or professional use, though for a budget-level device I wouldn’t expect it to. Though it can be a little sluggish with loading content and larger apps, the screen quality is good with a bright, clear image at a reasonable resolution that’s perfectly acceptable for consuming content.

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