This week I take a look at yet another Android-powered tablet, in the form of the TwinMOS TwinTAB T102D1. There is certainly no shortage of Android tablets in the market, and the TwinTAB joins the ranks of being yet another entry-level tablet for those who aren’t quite ready to splurge on high-end devices.
Build quality & design
The TwinTAB looks modest enough, featuring a nice textured back that makes it easier to hold and avoid fingerprints. Around the top you have the power buttons and volume rocker, as well as a surprisingly large cover that hides the microSD slot. Around the left of the device you’ll find a number of ports, including audio, power, microUSB, and mini-HDMI. It’s a shame that the TwinTAB uses a special DC adapter for charging rather than the microUSB port, so even if you plug a microUSB charging cable in, the device won’t recharge. TwinMOS have been nice enough to include a faux leather case with the device, which also lets you prop it up on a flat surface for better viewing or typing.
Benchmarks and Performance
Performance is a mixed bag as expected from a tablet of this nature. Most Android apps can run on the TwinTAB, but anything with a lot of animation or effects on it (such as games) will suffer from occasional stutter. Games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja ran fine, but Monsters Ate My Condo (a truly addictive title by the way) saw plenty of slowdown to the point it was nearly impossible to clear a level.
UI and Apps
On the plus side, the TwinTAB runs a fairly vanilla version of Android, with just a handful of apps preinstalled. There’s the ever-annoying Talking Tom app, an ebook reader, Skype, Winamp, and a copy of eScan Tablet Security.
Screen, Camera, Battery Life
The screen on the TwinTAB is an IPS LED display, and sports a 1,280 x 768 resolution. That’s acceptable for more entry-level Android tablets, so you pretty much get what you’re paying for here. Both videos and images looked clear on the display, and there was a negligible amount of color fading when the screen was viewed from different angles.
Camera quality on the TwinTAB isn’t that great, but then again I’m not an advocate for taking photos with your tablet. The front 0.3MP camera is quite terrible for Skype calls, adding a lot of noise to the image and generally taking a while to get into focus properly. The rear 3MP camera is equally average, adding a lot of noise to almost any image that isn’t taken in bright light.
With the 6000mAH battery you can get a couple of hours worth of watching media or playing games on the TwinTAB, so on that front the TwinTAB does deserve a bit of recognition. Again, it’s still a shame that it doesn’t use a microUSB to charge itself.
There’s nothing really special about the TwinTAB that you haven’t seen in almost any other Android tablet currently on the market. The TwinTAB is packaged as a “Tablet PC”, but apart from very light web surfing or the occasional email, I don’t think you’ll be able to crank out much work from the TwinTAB. Still, it’s a tablet that doesn’t oversell itself, and to that regard delivers a fairly standard level of performance for the price you’re paying.