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Yarvik Tab450 Tablet Review - Updated

 

Well I have now had the Yarvik Tab 450 Tablet for a week now and to be honest, I am surprised how good it is, albeit a few niggles along the way.

It was purchased from Maplins for £149 which is on offer at the moment but they have run out of stock it seems.

First problem was after unpacking it, I found a small piece of paper wedged between the case cover and the body of the tablet and it looked like it was torn off but there is still some of it showing along the edge.
The tablet does come with Flash player 10 installed but its unable to view IPlayer nor Sky TV, as that requires Silverlight.

The specs are 6 GB of memory that’s expanded to 32 BG via the Micro SD card, running a InfoTMIC IMAPX210 ARM11 chip with 1000 MHz, 512 MB internal memory, 1 x USB Mini Host, 1 Mini USB, Mini HDMI out and a 3.4 mm Audio out. Wireless is a IEEE 802.11 b/g/n up to 150 Mbps and quite fast on my N connection.

Only major issue so far found besides the lack of the Android Market is when it goes into Standby mode, it turns off the Micro SD card and does not rescan it, coming out of standby. This is annoying if you have programs stored on the SD card, as they are not usable until you take it out and put it back in again.

Of course being a budget Tablet is lacks the official Android Market Place and it comes with the GetJar app (http://www.getjar.com/) instead. So I was sent off on a hunt to find alternatives and found a few sites that offer alternatives. Most have what I call junk games/apps in them but the ones that I wanted were scattered around each site and was downloaded.

As a bare minimum, I needed the following apps on it, to function how I wanted it to be:
Tweetcaster pro, SmartOffice, Evernote, K-9 Mail, Dolphin Browser HD, Kindle, Facebook for Andriod, Wiki Pro, Youtube

Sites I visited were:

UPDATE: - After all that, I found www.1mobile.com and this is a clone of the Andriod Market and all the apps are available to download and use

All of the apps were found that I wanted but took a while to search through lots of alternate markets, but noted that some of these might not be the real thing out there, so was careful of the dodgy looking sites. Be Warned!

Video playback is quite good quality at a 1024 x 600 resolution capactive multi-touch screen and after trying to play Angry Birds, I got a wakeup call that this tablet is not that powerful, as the game was very choppy to say the least. But I should have seen this coming, as it only has a base memory of 500 Megs.

The speakers are weak and the mic rophone is not that responsive either. Plugged in headphones and the sound is a little better but its not top quality audio.

It’s light in weight and nice and slim and is not that hard to use for a long time either.

So far I am enjoying this Tablet and just noticed that there is a new Tablet from Yarvik coming out soon with Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on it, so that may be the replacement once I get bored with this one.

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