I’m impressed by how much computing power is being packed in these so-called “budget” tablets. The performance of the X1s from IRULU does not disappoint, and neither does the price tag.
- Quad Core Processor: One of the most important features to me in a tablet is a responsive interface (I hate when a tablet ignores my taps). The snappy quad core processor that IRULU uses in the eXpro X1s tablet keeps the interface fluid and quick. It’s not going to be top of the line, but for general web browsing, video watching, and Facebook-checking, it fits the bill fine. Some games do run choppier than they would on other tablets, but the Subway Surfers game showed in my video review performed very well. The tablet received a respectable 999 multi-core score on Geekbench 3.
- Display: While this IRULU doesn’t have a Retina resolution, it is fine for reading emails, viewing webpages, and watching movies. The widescreen works great for watching Netflix, Hulu, and Crackle.
- 16GB of storage: This refers to how many apps, photos, videos, and music files you can store directly on the tablet. If that’s not enough space, you can expand the storage with inexpensive Micro SD cards, like the ones you would use in your phone and some digital cameras.
- 1GB of RAM: The amount of RAM means affects the performance of running multiple apps at once. For example, more RAM makes things quicker when you switch between the Gmail app and the Google Chrome web browser app. Or if you’re playing music on Pandora while flipping through an eBook. More RAM means that the tablet can “remember” multiple apps at the same time without needing to close out apps in the background. 1GB is a decent amount for a budget tablet (some only have half this amount).
- Bluetooth: This tablet also has Bluetooth so you can use it with Bluetooth keyboards and Bluetooth speakers. Sometimes Bluetooth is omitted on lower-end tablets, but that’s not the case for this IRULU tablet.
- Two cameras: The tablet features two cameras. There is a 0.2MP camera on the front and a 2MP camera on the back. This is on the low end spec-wise, but given that some budget tablets omit one or both cameras altogether, it’s nice to have the camera there for a Skype call or to take a quick photo.
- Build: The IRULU is thicker and and heavier than the iPad 2. However it is still a very compact unit and travels well. I also like the smooth plastic back on this tablet as it feels very comfortable in my hands.
- HDMI out: This tablet has a mini HDMI out, so you can connect it to an HD television, allowing you to use supported apps on the big screen.
- Built-in GPS chip: This tablet integrates a GPS chip, so if you load up some offline maps, you can use this tablet without a data connection to find your way.
- OTG cable included: I was surprised to find that IRULU includes an OTG cable in the box. This cable plugs into the Micro USB port and allows you to connect compatible USB devices. This allowed me to attach an external flash drive to the tablet to view the files on it.
- Screen: The display has a fairly narrow viewing angle and can appear “washed out” if not viewed head on. If you’re watching Netflix by yourself, this likely won’t be an issue. But if you’re trying to share the screen with someone else, you’ll both need to be looking at it head on for the best picture quality.
- Pre-applied screen protector: I really like that there is already a screen protector in place on this tablet. This saved me the hassle of needing to install a screen protector myself (which I typically do with any touchscreen device).
Overall, I am impressed with the performance from this budget tablet. For basic gaming, web browsing, emails, and even quick video chats with family, it works great and the interface is snappy. This would be fine for kids, students, or anyone that wants a basic tablet without a high price tag.
Check out the IRULU eXpro X1s 10.1 Inch Tablet on Amazon
— Sample unit provided for review purposes