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Another tablet to take at bedtime

Arnova 10d G3

by Myka Isabel D. Basco

The market is suffering an over saturation of tablet devices that it becomes quite hard to tell which one is slightly better than the other. So we’ve looked around for some of the available tablets today and helped narrow down the choices. This time around, we’re taking on the 10-inch Android tablet, the Arnova 10d G3.

The Arnova 10d G3 is something the kids would love to have, or people who aren’t really into the latest top-tier devices and simply wants a tablet. It’s inexpensive and has a reasonable performance. It comes with an Android Ice Cream Sandwich right off the box, which is pretty good as it’s not a too old version.

The 1GHz processor and 1GB RAM should provide enough power to keep the device active for some games, movies, and music.

It works as an excellent e-Reader though – we’ve loaded this up with ebooks, usually PDF files, and it was more than enough to keep us entertained for several days.

So, bookworms out there who’re looking for an alternative to a regular Kindle may want to check this out, if, ebook is your primary tablet concern.

It sports a 10-inch 1024×600 resolution screen. It has a decent touch sensitivity and isn’t stiff to navigate around at all. The colors are a little washed out and albeit stretched.

It’s made out of plastic and has somewhat thick bezels, which are positive in a way that it makes the device slightly more sturdier than expected. It’s just right for kids to hold on to and sit while they watch Toy Story, Monsters Inc., or whatever the biggest and latest animation Pixar has to offer.

Some of this device’s shining moments are the ports on its side. It has a USB and microUSB port, and a microSD slot that supports up to 32GB – that’s a whole library of ebooks.

What we didn’t like was the tablet doesn’t charge via USB, and instead relies on those old school chargers that contribute to bulking up our bags. Battery life isn’t too gleeful as well, and while watching movies the battery pretty much drained quite fast.