I'll be honest with you; I don't like using this tablet. Given the issues I encountered, I have to say that I find this tablet quite frustrating. I think there are better options in this price range. In fact, as I sit here writing this I can say that I think the Ematic tablet I reviewed last week was better, and it cost 20 bucks less.
This is one of the tablets that Coby debuted in the Spring of 2012. It's running Android 4.0 on a 1GHz CPU with 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash storage, a microSD card slot, Wifi, and a g-sensor. This model has both a VGA camera and a microphone. The touchscreen is capacitive with a resolution of 1024x600.
This tablet is both heavy and thick. It feels like it's the heaviest of the tablets I've reviewed. The back is a matte black with one speaker and a reset button.
Like many tablets these days, the Kyros MID 1042 has all the ports, slots, and buttons down at one end of the tablet. On the upper edge are the volume and power buttons, and to the right of the screen is a back button. The webcam is above the back button, and on the right edge are ports and slots (USB Host, microSD card slot, USB client, microphone, power, HDMI out, headphone).
Touchscreen & Performance
The touchscreen performed well, right out of the box. There was no lag, mistaken presses, or other issues. Angry Birds worked fine.
But I did have trouble waking this tablet from sleep mode. No matter what position I held it in, the tablet assume that it was in landscape mode every time I woke it up. Since I usually woke it up while holding it in portrait, this means that I always had to wait for it to notice. Also, it usually took whatever app I was using some time to realize it too needed to switch to portrait. This delay happened every time I woke the tablet, and it got irritating after a while.
I'm also not happy with how slow this tablet was to respond in general. Playing Angry Birds went fine, but trying to load levels, restart them, or navigate through the menus tended to take a while. The same goes for loading other apps.
And just to be clear, I'm not faulting this tablet because it doesn't compare well to a premium tablet; I think it's laggier than other budget tablets.
Apps & Android Market
Like the MID 7033 I reviewed a few weeks back, the Kyros MID 1042 ships with a sparse set of apps. It has the minimum set of utilities (browser, file manager, email, media players, etc) as well as the GetJar appstore, a link to Youtube, and the Aldiko reading app. Compared to some 10" tablets on the market, that's a rather limited set of apps. But it does cover the basics.
This tablet ships with GetJar, but I'd much rather have Android Market. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it working after I used my usual instructions to install it. The app kept crashing.
Luckily I was able to download and install the Amazon Appstore. I had a little difficulty at first, but that was due to the fact that I'd registered too many devices. I've downloaded a couple apps, including Kindle and Angry Birds.
VGA webcams on budget tablets usually disappoint, and this one was no exception.
This is a category which I usually gloss over because most budget tablets meet a certain basic ability to play music and video. But not this tablet.
I tested the Kyros MID 1024 with a fairly ordinary tv episode (720x404), and much to my surprise the audio kept getting out of sync with the video. This happened several times, and it's not something that I've encountered all that often on Android tablets. (Actually, I don't think I've ever encountered it before.)
Do you know how a lot of Android tablets lately have a 400MHz Mali graphic chip? I don't think this one does, and that might account for the poorer performance.
I haven't been able to test this as extensively as I would have liked, but I would say that this tablet should last a full day of moderate to heavy use. I've now used it at least 5 hours since charging it yesterday, and it still has life left on it.
- 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU
- 10.1 Capacitive touchscreen
- Screen resolution: 1024x600
- Android 4.o
- 8GB Flash storage (4.3GB accessible to user)
- microSD card slot
- VGA webcam