Prestigio might not be a name you know well, but the company has been quietly launching smartphones and tablets for a while now. Its Multipad 4 series has three models, ranging from 7.85 inches to 10.1. We’re reviewing the largest.
For just £170 the specs are a predictable mix of good and bad. The quad core processor is a headline grabber – but remember not all quad core processors are equal. This one runs at 1.6GHz and is made by Rockchip. The processor isn’t right at the top of the heap, but we found its performance perfectly adequate for our needs. With 1GB of RAM it is arguably a little lacking in assistance, though.
There’s 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot so you can add more. To help you conserve internal space you are offered the opportunity to install a range of apps at startup – or ignore them. The range includes some games, social media clients and a range of utilities such as Google Translate.
We ignored the whole lot, and were rewarded with 5.5GB of free internal storage. It’s not a huge amount, but Android 4.2 is augmented with some apps you can’t choose to ignore, including Office Suite for making documents.
Prestigio makes much of its ebook store on its web site saying that this gives you access to more than 760,000 books in more than 24 languages. OK, but we only want to read books in one language, and checking out the book store we weren’t overly excited with the range on offer.
The build is not too bad for a budget device. The tablet is perhaps a little on the thick side at 9.5mm, and we noticed its 612g of weight when working one handed, but these are not unusual things to say about a 10.1 inch tablet.
It’s nice to see HDMI catered for by a dedicated port – though of course you’ll have to provide your own cable to take advantage. It is also interesting, and far from standard, to get USB host support. Presgitio even provides a dongle to convert the microUSB charge and power connector. We used a mouse and an external keyboard, and along with the pre-installed Office Suite Pro we were able to create documents easily.
The screen is a little disappointing in terms of its resolution – 1,280 x 800 pixels is far from the leading edge for a 10.1 inch tablet these days. But the IPS panel has good viewing angles.
Photographers won’t like the fact that the main camera shoots at just 2 megapixels, the front camera at just VGA, and there’s no GPS, but as compromises to meet a price point go, these feel livable with to us and we’d rather see cost cutting here than in, say, the battery. The 7,000mAh battery provided here is, we’re happy to report, able to keep things going nicely and we were quite happy with what we got – a day’s life was easily achieved.