I’ve been on the hunt for a cheap tablet for a while. When I say a while, I mean a few months. Problem is, there’s just so many to look at. A hundred different brands and many different models. So after reading a lot of the reviews for the Neocore E1 tablet on the UK Amazon, and the one on computertablets.co.uk, I decided to take the plunge and purchase it. I thought what the hell, if it’s terrible or breaks pretty quickly I’ll just send it back. It does have a 2 year warranty after all.
I’ve owned the Neocore E1 (E1A16) for about a month now and I must say, it’s been excellent. It does everything I need it to do. All I usually use it for is browsing the Internet, emails, YouTube, and watching the odd movie here and there. I know that I’m not too demanding with it, I don’t play games or run any heavy Apps or programs, but if I did I think it would cope pretty well. I say that because everything I throw at it gives me no problems at all.
A quick bit about the E1’s specification. It’s got a 10.1 Inch IPS display (really good for the price), Android 6 or 7 depending on date purchased (mine came with 7.0) Quad Core (64-bit) Processor (1.30 GHz), 16GB Internal hard drive, 2GB RAM (DDR 3), mini HDMI port, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, 2 cameras front and back, 2 built-in speakers (not too bad), SD Card slot (expandable to a massive 256GB), headphone port and a great battery life.
Upon me giving the screen a little flick with my fingernail, I can confirm that the screen is made from real glass. The battery life is true to what Neocore state at around 8 – 10 hours with mixed usage. It lasts me basically the whole day and still has around 30% left. Over time I would expect the battery to drain faster as it gets older. That’s no big deal, and should really be expected over time on any tablet that does not have a replacement battery feature. I don’t think any of them do at this stage. The two cameras are not that bad also. They are definitely not better than the camera on a Samsung S6, or Sony Xperia (I compared both), but can still produce a decent enough quality image, or acceptable live streaming footage for things like Skype.
I’m trying to think about some of the E1’s bad points, but to be honest, for the price its very hard to knit pick and find anything that I’m unhappy with. It works well, is very responsive, and the two-year UK warranty is a great bonus. Almost hard to understand how Neocore can offer such an extended warranty when taking into consideration the low price that the product actually costs. So they must have some confidence that the E1 will last the two years with no issues. I hope my one does, and I think it will if treated with respect. Overall a great tablet for the money. If you’re looking for something cheap but reliable and pleasant to use, definitely add the Neocore E1 to your list of potentials.