Best Chinese Tablets for 2020
Are You Interested in Buying an Android Tablet from China?
Are you interested in a 2020 Chinese Android tablet, but not sure what to buy?
There are so many manufacturers these days for example Lenovo, Teclast, Onda, Chuwi and Asus that it is quite a daunting decision.
Furthermore, the specifications are so overwhelming, and getting more advanced that is creates a lot of confusion.
If your answer is yes to the above question, then the Lenovo Tab 4 8 inch tablet might be a good candidate to consider. My 10-year-old son has recently purchased this model with money received as a birthday gift. So here is my very honest review of this tablet. We’ve already had some issues with this tablet, although it was not of a technical nature, but worthwhile to share. I will explain the event further down in this article.
My son has been on the lookout for a tablet for quite some time. He is a big Clash of Clans and Clash Royale game fan and was borrowing my mobile phone from time to time to play his games. The five-inch phone screen was too small for him, and he wanted something bigger; hence he started to look out for a bigger device. The Tab 4 ended up being the device we bought based on the promoted specifications we researched on the internet. So here is my take on the device after using it, in comparison to the published specifications and promotional material.
Size and Weight
The size and weight of the tablet is ideal for use by children and adults. My boy has been handling the tablet without any trouble. He can play his games for lengthy periods without getting tired holding the tablet, as the weight of this model is only 1.11 pounds. He also finds it very easy to hold the tablet, while walking around, as it is very thin, about a 1/3 of an inch. It is also easy to store as it takes so little space.
Lenovo identifies this as a big selling point for this model and I have to agree with them. The compactness of the tablet makes it extremely easy to use especially for children.
Optimized for Kids
The Tab 4 allows for different user modes to be configured allowing for more flexibility when more than one user is using the device. I haven’t really explored this option in too much detail on my boy’s tablet, although I have looked at the “kids mode” which if configured allows for things like safe browsing for children. This however, although mentioned in the promotional material, is not standard on all the Lenovo Tab 4 models and could be quite frustrating to configure. I’ve found the below video quite helpful to get it configured.
The tablet is also more geared towards outdoor use than your average tablet, as it is moisture resistant, which means it can handle the odd water splash. Take note it is not fully water-resistant, which means you still need to act with care when you use the tablet by the pool or at the beach. My boy has spilled some water on his tablet, and I can report that the tablet could handle it without any post-incident malfunction.
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Protection for Your Eyes
This Lenovo model has been released with a new feature which Lenovo calls Adaptive Display Technology. The goal behind this feature is to dynamically adjust the brightness of the display based on the application in use and the lighting of the surrounding area. There is also according to promotional material a safe mode that removes all blue light from the display. I must admit that I have so far failed to get this feature configured.
Better Tablet Design
This version of the tablet has been designed to allow for a better screen display in comparison to previous versions. I’ve compared the display with the display of my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and I can confirm that the display is sharper and allows for better viewing angles. I’ve found the 8 inch tablet size quite easy to handle.
The 5 MP rear camera and the 2 MP front camera are very much the same as previous Lenovo tablets. The quality of the cameras are very good and it is quite a good selfie camera. I however prefer using phone cameras rather than tablet cameras due to the size of the device.
Quality of a Photo Taken with Lenovo Tab 4 8 inch
I’ve found this tablet to be quite responsive with no unnecessary lag. This is because of the very good Quad Core processor and the 2 Gigabyte on-board memory.
I’ve mentioned in the introduction, that we’ve already had some issues with this tablet and you might have wondered, what I was referring to. The specific issue relates to the screen and the fact that the material that the screen is made out of, is in my opinion not strong enough.
My son forgot his tablet in his bed, under his duvet. Not thinking about this, he actually pressed with his knee on top of the tablet, while getting back into bed. Although this did not break the outer layer of the screen, it actually cracked the inner touch-pad rendering the tablet basically useless. I inspected the tablet in more detail post the incident, finding that the outer screen is way too flexible, allowing for unnecessary pressure on the inner touch-pad.
Lenovo has designed it in this way to keep production costs down. I’ve compared it with my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet and have found that the outer screen of the Samsung is more sturdy. Luckily for my son, we had no problem in getting the inner touch-pad replaced by Lenovo, be it for our own cost, as the warranty did not cover this type of event. So it is important to buy a protective cover for your tablet as it will provide the necessary extra support for the screen.
Please see below some images of the cracked inner screen.
To ensure that we don't get a repeat of this very unfortunate event, I bought the below Lenovo cover for this model tablet.
The Battery Life
I’ve found the average battery life of the tablet a bit frustrating as it is advertised as 10 hours, although I found it to be closer to 8 hours. This is however still way above the general average for mid-range Android tablets.
Conclusion: Did We Buy the Right Tablet?
Overall I can definitely say that this Lenovo Tab 4 8 inch tablet, has got more pros than cons and that it has been the right decision for us to purchase this model. It requires some extra care, if it is used by a child, but this should not distract from the brilliant specifications you get, at a very affordable price.
The current upgrade to the 8 inch tablet - the 10.1 inch tablet.
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What Is Android?
Many people, including some companies and sales assistants use the word Android, without actually knowing what they are talking about. See below some important facts about Android:
- It is an operating system, based on the Linux operating system.
- The design of it was funded by the Google Corporation.
- It has been taking the market by storm.
- It is giving Apple's iOS operating system a run for their money.
- It is primarily geared towards devices that range from phones to tv set-top boxes.
- Every version is named after a favorite dessert or sweet. e.g Ice Cream Sandwich, Lollipop, KitKat, etc.
- There is a big community of Android developers using various tools to develop Android Apps.
- Some of the tools currently in use to develop Android Applications are the following: Android Studio, Eclipse with the Android SDK, Visual studio using Xamarin.
Why Do I Like Android Devices?
This is a question that you may also have if you are reading my article. So, let me explain where my love for tablets come from. There are so many improvements that has come about, as a result of the investment in hand-held devices. See my list below:
- Hand-held devices are starting to play an increasingly important role in the area of medicine.
- Hand-held reading devices has made it possible for many people to be introduced to educational books and classic stories that they would not have had exposure to previously.
- Hand-held devices are used in day to day outdoor jobs, bringing the office to a place where it would have been impossible in the past.
- These devices, with the help of the Android operating system, are able to assist one in tracking exercises and fitness levels.
- It has made the world of the GPS accessible to the man in the street.
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What are the most important features that you should be looking out for? See if these answer some of your questions.
Are you uncertain as to what specifications are crucial to review when buying a tablet? If the answer is yes, then the below-summarized information will be of help.
Selecting a tablet with a good screen is critical. Look out for the following words, multi-touch, capacitive, IPS. Steer clear if resistive or tft is mentioned.
- Weight and Size
Remember that a tablet is a handheld device, so it is important to look at the weight. If you look at a 7-inch model then you should not be going for anything heavier than 600g. Tablets bigger than 9.7 inches should not be heavier than 750g.
- Battery Life
Battery strength from 5000 mAh upwards is desired.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
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