Let’s Talk About Tablets: MID M1050 Android 4.0

| July 18, 2012

In this segment we will go over the MID M1050 10.1″ Android 4.0 tablet.  Being an extremely cheap, supposedly low end, run of the mill tablet, it out performs my expectations tremendously.  Sporting a 10.1″ touchscreen does make it a bit bigger but no more incumbering that a normal sized tablet or small netbook.  It is a tiny bit thicker do to all of the output ports it has at your disposal.  Also, some of the cheaper tablets out there do not come with the Google Play Store.  This one does, making app selection and installation a breeze.  Let’s peek at all of the features this comes with standard.

It’s All About the Specs!

  • Vimicro 1.2GHz Processor
  • 4G Nand Flash HDD
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Support for 720P and 1080P HDMI output
  • 2D/3D Graphics Hardware Acceleration
  • 1024x 600 High Resolution Display
  • 10.1″ Slim 16:9 Panel
  • Built in WIFI 802.11 b/g/n
  • Very long battery life rated for 4- 5 hrs
  • RJ-45 port
  • 1 microSD card reader with support up to 32GB
  • 2 USB 2.0 Ports
  • Built in Accelerometer for auto screen shift

This tablet will not stack up to the new iPad by any stretch of the imagination, although when you compare the features along with the $140 price tag, it becomes extremely more appealing.  Don’t let the built in HDD fool you.  Since this has a microSD slot capable of up to a 32GB card, storage space will not be an issue.  1GB of DDR3 RAM should allow for ample memory even for the bigger apps on the market.  The processor is a little on the slow side but for a tablet in this price range, it is more than acceptable.  Two USB ports allow for you to charge via USB and still have access to a USB port to plug a thumb drive into.  1080P output is awesome.  I can hook this bad boy up to my new TV and stream whatever I want when my PC is tied up with games and work.  The OS is a big reason I picked this tablet.  Android 4.0 is by far my favorite OS.  It allows for more customization for free than the iOS and is easier to setup that the Blackberry OS.  I’m not sure why, but I love the fact it has a RJ-45 port on it.  It allows for this to be a network troubleshooter’s dream tablet.  I can check Wifi and LAN connections with something that can fit in my back pocket.

The one beef I had with this tablet was when you put it to sleep, the Wifi would drop out.  Since I purchased some of these for a production environment, I needed constant connection and no waiting around for the signal to pick back up.  Granted it would only take it 20-30 seconds to relocate and verify our secured TKIP connection, that was too much down time considering we were putting it to sleep all the time to conserve on battery.  Luckily I was able to find an app called Advanced Wifi Lock.  It allows the tablet to go to sleep, preserving power, but keeps the Wifi enabled so you do not loose connectivity.  Perfect for those who want constant connection.  But be warned, this will drain the battery a little quicker due to the Wifi being always on.

Summary

In short, the MID M1050 10.1″ Tablet is a bargain for what you get.  Backed by the Google Play Store for every app you could imagine, this provides the power to download whatever you need at the touch of a button.  All in all, this tablet has done everything I have asked it.  I only use it for connecting to the internet, viewing videos, connecting to network shares, viewing PDF and Office docs, and taking pictures but in each of these areas it succeeds.  The money we are saving in toner a month is more than the initial cost of this item, making it a no brainer for me.  If you have a limited budget and are looking for a bigger tablet with decent specs, this one is hard to beat for its price.

Category: Gadgets

Rob Walls

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  1. Tracy says:

    I still don’t get why they keep these things at 1GB RAM? RAM is so cheap- why not drop 2GB in there?

    Not too sure about the “fits in the back pocket”- lol (unless you’re a HUGE guy and never sit down). But I agree it would be handy to use for troubleshooting (though I carry my Dell Mini 9).

    I keep trying to warm up to tablets. I know they’re touted as the best thing since sliced bread- yet- low specs, no keyboard, always dirty screen…the things feel like a glorified toy – (“oooooh, look at that game & that cool sound it makes when you touch it!”). It’s like having a pseudo-computer, but one that’s actually only a smarter version of a book reader. As a passive viewing screen for movies or such- maybe. But the majority of the things it does are done better by other equipment. Imho.

    • Rob Walls Dr_Bob says:

      I definitely agree that as cheap as RAM is you would think they would be able to add more, but with the slower processors you aren’t going to realize too much difference in overall speed between 1 vs. 2GB.

      I also agree that it took me until now to finally start seeing the good see to tablets other than Facebook, general web surfing, or games. This one has actually been very helpful in changing my mind on them.

      On a minor sidenote, the “fits in your pocket” line was a bit of mistake on my part. Im reviewing a 7″ Lenovo which does fit in my pocket. I guess it could fit in some big overalls. :)

  2. angela says:

    My parents recently bought one and we can not get online. It shows a strong wifi (home) signal, yet when we try to log on to the internet it says cannot connect. Can you please provide assistance? I have tried everything.

    • Rob Walls Dr_Bob says:

      Do you have any password set up on your home wireless network? If so you will have to manually enter that and possibly tell the tablet what kind it is, i.e. WPA2-TKIP, WEP 128, etc. If your ISP set up our connection, simply call them and they should tell you what your security settings are set to. Do you have any other wireless devices in the house that are working?

  3. Dom says:

    I was planng to get a decent android tablet so following some good reviews about M1050s i decided to get one. At the time it was on Uk ebay for about 110f. After a few days playing with it, it apears to be unsupported by 1/3 games/aplication on the market battery life is absolutely silly (1-2h max) and it is offen discharge itself after been turned off and on again nice suprise… just when you might need it – need to be charged. Case plastic is poor quality and is easy to scratch. Graphic chip is pretty much same as in samsung galaxy s2 but with the bigger scen and resolution games do not working as smooth. I just get a new ipad and i am happy as i can acually have all i need and is fast as hell. M1050s meaby is worth is price but not worth waste of time of using it. By the way i was just using it on charger now just to remove my data and put it on ebay, and gees what? charger simply blows up… really pile of s****

    • Dave Dave says:

      At the risk of sounding like an Apple fanboy, right now they’re the king of the hill in regards to quality tablet hardware.

    • Rob Walls Dr_Bob says:

      I can understand being unhappy with a item you bought when you have higher expectations than what it is capable of. This is not an iPad as it is 1/5 of the price. Before writing this article, we purchased 8 of these for a business environment. After a month and change of use, only one has shown battery issues and that is using over an 8 hr work period sporadically. After sending it back and getting a new one, good as new. This has installed every app off of the Google Play store I have thrown at it but granted, there are 100s of thousands to try. Being 4.0, it should run/install just about everything. If you were unhappy with it, return it for a new one or sell outright as you plan on but you cannot expect a $150 tablet to perform even close to a $500 tablet.

      But as Dave puts it, regardless of fanboy status :D, iPads are the top of the line tablets. Quick, sleek, and well built but you will never see ports on it as you do this one.

  4. pete says:

    I bought one and it wouldn’t even boot up. What’s that about?

    • Rob Walls Dr_Bob says:

      Return it to the store you purchased it from for a new replacement. Every model has its lemons and you will get a few more with cheaper products. After a replacement you should be good to go.

  5. Crackers says:

    I got a kindle fire as gift and don’t use a smartphone (very oldschool/disabled) and love my power rig full Pc. I use kindle most for web browsing but I just cant get enjoy it. Way too sensitive touch and swipe and browser doesn’t fit web pages. Does m1020 have good docs? Does it run Googearth ok? Need to know please.

    • Rob Walls Dr_Bob says:

      Hello Crackers,
      Thanks for responding to the article.

      To somewhat answer your questions, the documentation on the MID tablets is poor at best. It has the Android 4 OS, so if you have ever operated any Android device, it will function similarly. Unfortunate.the MID website isnt very elaborate but you can download a user manual here for this device:
      http://www.mymidpad.com/Downloads.html

      I havent tried Google Earth yet nor do I have a tablet right by me currently but as I have used them for a good while now, my approximation would be mediocre at best. Ill try and use Google Earth on one soon and report back actual findings.

      Hope this was helpful!

      • Crackers says:

        Thanks drbob. Other easier questions are does the mid have a different degreeof touch sensitivity? Kindly is so sensitive its very hard to control in many ways and I can find a way to adjust that and certain other stuff. I use a stylus. What does mid m1020 use as browser? What are the things you dislike the most? Many thanks!

        • Rob Walls Dr_Bob says:

          Sorry for the late reply Crackers, was a bit backed up and then ran on vacation.
          This tablet has the least amount of touch sensitivity out of any tablet I have ever used. That being said, a stylus is a great thing to have when using this product. It does come with a “built in” plastic stylus but it is hard and scratches the protective screen a lot.
          The default browser is based off the javascript and webkit engines . I honestly dont know the name of it but it functions fine without all the bells and whistles. You can download Firefox or your favorite browser to any Android 4.0 device.
          What I dislike most about the tablet…..??? It is noticeably more slow than the mid to higher end tablets especially if you have a lot of resource intensive programs running (which is somewhat to be expected). The touch sensitivity is definitely less that others I have used which for some applications could be a good thing.

          If you have any other questions, fire away!