Tablets from small-name manufacturers are in abundance all over the world, but Gigaset, formerly know as Siemens, carries a little more pedigree than most with their experience in producing landline phones. The QV830 is a rare foray for them into the tablet market, but you wouldn’t think it when you first get your hands on it. The metal-backed 8-inch tablet has a distinct premium feel to it and the little flex in the otherwise plastic shell adds a certain amount of robustness to the device, but is very fingerprint friendly. All the standard ports are located at the top of the device and although there’s a clear amount of bezel, it isn’t too overbearing on the square shape of the tablet. At first we were unsure on the slightly awkward shaping of the QV830, but it lends itself well to two-handed use in both portrait and landscape modes.
The QV830 runs a mostlu stock version of Android 4.2.2, which although isn’t the latest OS update, Gigaset provides their own OTA Update app where you can manually add Android updates. It’s a nice addition that smaller manufacturers don’t really tend to cater for. Due to both the Cortex A7 quad-core processor and stock OS, moving around the tablet is an absolute pleasure. It handles multitasking well and has no problems dealing with the more demanding apps on the Play store. To take advantage of the more power-hungry apps, users will be using the microSD slot thanks to the poor 4.9GB of storage initially available. There’s a lot of talk about moving everything to the cloud, but companies should still give users decent internal storage.
Another cutback is with the QV830’s choice of cameras. There are an abundance of settings and features that would rival most photo-editing apps, but quality is grainy and colours are washed out. It’s also the one area of the tablet where lag is noticeable, but users will soon learn to stay well away from the camera on offer here. The last cutback users will find is with the 1024 x 768 resolution display. By no means is it a bad display, but there’s noticeable pixilation on app icons and background wallpapers. It’s a common cutback for budget devices to make, so we can forgive Gigaset to some degree.
It’s important to stress the £99 price tag when evaluating both the pros and cons of the QV830. Gigaset has provided users with the cheapest way of getting their hands on a metal-backed tablet with a largely stock version of Android to enjoy. Compromises have been made in the areas you would expect, but that doesn’t detract from the appeal of this surprisingly good tablet.
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