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.
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.