Android tablets there are already some, but know already the surfer 360 MN10U of the not yet famous company Smartbook? The cheap tablet is very similar in principle regarding the hardware equipment the Motorola Xoom. The Tegra 2 chipset from NVIDIA provides with a dual-core processor (Tegra 250) and high-performance graphics the corresponding computing power, supplemented by 512 mb of memory. However, the tablet can also visually, haptic and attendant technical with the big players in the industry like Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy tab or Apple iPad keep up 2? We find out in an exclusive test.
Look, design and workmanship
The Smartbook surfer 360 MN10U reminiscent at first glance from above the iPad or iPad 2 or other devices on the market. There is no optical features actually. The black frame shine as well as the 10.1 ″ large touch screen. The material is consistently the manufacturer and relies on plastic, this concerns also the grey silver frame of the Smartbook surfer 360 MN10U. As other tablets at the surface of the Smartbook is 360 MN10U surfer quite sensitive for fingerprints, what concerns both the display and the shiny back here. The visually quite a good impression is unfortunately marred once one accepts the device in hand: the Tablet creaks a little and makes the best impression total of the feel here. The Apple iPad 2 plays here in terms of quality safe in another League – priced but also that you should keep in mind.
Connectivity and wireless standards
Connectivity, sets the device while not standards, but it also boasts an extensive facilities. The connections include 1 x mini USB, 1 x HDMI (not real HDMI!), a headphone jack and the obligatory slots for a micro SD card and the SIM card. Wi-Fi is in the standards b and g, the new WLAN N standard is not integrated. However, that makes only little for a Tablet, many not even be home safely a Wi-Fi N Router have and also downloads are not among the standard tasks of a tablet. The reception with the Smartbook surfer 360 MN10U was also in borderline situations in order and is similar to a household notebook. A SIM can be used in the free card and via UMTS can then also be surfed. Bluetooth 2.1 is also on board.
Technology – 10.1 ″ screen, Tegra 2
The Tegra 2 platform and 512 mb of RAM are a combination that promises at least theoretically high performance. This hardware is the Smartbook surfer 360 MN10U technically very well equipped and can keep up with current Android tablets. But was saved in the internal memory, which is unfortunately only as large as the memory to 512 mb. Be supplemented he can but per micro-SD card. Another point of criticism is the display: it is very dependent on the viewing angle and the unit is so in clear contrast to Apple’s you put outstanding IPS Panel in the iPad or iPad 2 for example, flat on the table, reading the display is already hardly possible from a comfortable sitting posture. Also does the display slightly slow, what’s the reaction time. There are horizontal lines on Web sites (often under headings) they bend when scrolling markedly – a ugly effect. With a resolution of 1024 × 600 pixels which is 10.1 ″ display resolved but just right, well to represent larger sites. No matter of course is that when this cheap Tablet Multitouch support.
Software: Android 2.2
One of the biggest criticisms of the Smartbook surfer 360 MN10U is sure the Android 2.2 operating system. Because this operating system is unfortunately not originally designed for tablets, i.e. the control will work in the rough, but here and there quite clearly is creaking. The keyboard is actually sufficiently large, the keys to meet, but the touch screen is partly inaccurate, so that inputs must be completely repeated or often corrected. Some tweaks, such as that the often underscore emerging addresses in E-Mail (“ _ ”) only becomes visible after three clicks by fonts, interfere in the long term.
Who can come to terms with this error, will receive at least the prospect of a good operating system, because Android 3.0 is currently only available to the big vendors like Motorola with the Xoom. However Smartbook Android 3.0 for the Smartbook will deliver to surfer 360 MN10U, what would increase the operating convenience with security to a new level. Because the community around the Smartbook 360 MN10U is so far not particularly great surfer, not resourceful hobbyist will probably offer software updates for the device. This would be otherwise also a way to bring the Tablet up to date. The status quo demands sometimes but that you can deal with some restrictions, such as that there is only a limited access to the Android market, not all applications can be installed. In addition, are so far – but is a general problem of Android tablets – optimized very few apps for tablets.
Everyday usage of the Smartbook surfer 360 MN10U and my conclusion
For a weekend, I had the Smartbook surfer 360 MN10U available. In everyday use the tablet was reasonably, which never really was fun. The problem: Tablets are so far pure fun machines and have not replaced yet long the PC. It is mainly the user interface and the hakelige input via touch screen. The performance has not really convinced despite Tegra 2 chipset: the browser runs well, jerky but with large pages partly strong, what I would have guessed at a powerful dual-core processor does not. Liked me, that applications on the tablet running Flash what the Apple iPad 2 is not possible. However one must say restricting that Flash in most cases is not necessarily required, and today has a dwindling importance. Well has fallen with the usage with YouTube. Videos can look at liquid on the Tablet and on the display that makes even mood. If you want to look for two on the display, it is however lost due to the very strong angle dependence. Overall, I can say that the Smartbook surfer 360 MN10U a cheap tablet with high-quality hardware is, who can exploit their full potential however with Android 2.2. If perhaps the Android 3.0 update, it will be interesting, as the Tablet then suggests.
Anyone looking for a fun tablet which is styled through and around from front to rear to perfection, is probably not on the Apple iPad
2 or the previous model Apple iPad come over. Also the Android competition with Android 3.0 will run smoother and be better to use (E.g., Motorola Xoom, HP touchpad). If it may however be a cheap tablet with restrictions that gets even a update on Android 3.0, which is well served 360 MN10U with the Smartbook surfer and finds it of course with us in our bridgat shop.