NeoCore N1F 10 Inch Tablet Quick Review

As well as talk about NeoCore Tablets, including a bit about the Neocore E1 (already reviewed here), Neocore also sell a wide and varied range of excellent Bluetooth speakers. Anyway, enough about that.

When it comes to good performance, reliability and value for money, Neocore do have a superb track record with both their Tablets and speakers. The NeoCore N1F (N1F16) pictured below appears to follow that trend nicely. Although a little outdated now, but still being able to hold its own, and being cheap in price, It has a good specification for the price.

Fully updatable Android 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System, 10.1 Inch IPS 1024 × 600 Display, 64-bit Quad Core A53 Processor @ 1.3GHz, 16 GB Internal storage, 1 GB RAM (DDR3), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Micro USB port, Mini HDMI, Micro SD slot, dual cameras, built-in microphone, loudspeaker, 3.5 mm headphone jack and a very impressive battery life.

NeoCore N1F 10 Inch Tablet

Check out the full range of Tablets on the official Neocore website This model also has an anti-slip back casing, which is something more and more brands are now starting to adopt. This probably has something to do with the amount of damaged tablets being returned after accidentally slipping out the hands of the user.

The N1F’s Wi-Fi is Dual Band. This means that it is compatible with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. However, to take full advantage of this you will need a router that has the ability to operate on both frequencies.

In 2021 Dual band capable routers are more common, so the chances are, if you’ve had a new router recently, it could very well be Dual Band. Only a few tablets in this price range can hold as much external storage space as the N1F. This model can hold a massive 256 GB of extra storage space via the SD card. That’s great news for game / film hogs. Again, among its competitors there’s not many who can claim to have a 13-hour battery life.

Of course, the battery duration depends hugely on how demanding you are with the tablet, but if we narrow it down to combine a mixed variation of usage, an approximate estimation would be a battery duration of between 7 – 9 hours from a full charge. Expect something around that length of time and you won’t be disappointed.

Just like with the rest of NeoCore’s offerings, a 2-year warranty comes as part of the package with the 5th Generation N1F, which is crazy value for money if you consider the low price and limited profit margin NeoCore must actually make on each device. You know when a product is in high demand.

At the time of writing this quick review the NeoCore N1F was available to pre-order. By the time I’d finished writing this post it was completely sold out. However, checking back on the listing page, I can see that there are a few now for sale again.

So, if you’re dead-set on wanting to purchase this 5th Generation of the N series, be quick. If you didn’t manage to grab an N1F while there were a few still available, as mentined above, another NeoCore model well worth considering is the excellent, very highly rated and higher specification E1.

Zaith 2-in-1 Tablet Review (Newer Model)

The Zaith 2-in-1 is an Android-controlled budget tablet from a little-known company that attempts to mix affordability and a decent specification, with convenience ease-of-use. For the price point, it does offer a decent amount of firepower, and definitely offers a device well worth considering if you’re looking for a decent 2-in-1 right out-the-box.

This is a 10.1 Inch tablet with an IPS 1280×800 screen resolution, which gives it the ability to play videos in a maximum of 720p resolution. It’s a decent enough viewing experience if you’re not a stickler for video quality or your internet connection just isn’t up to speed. It does come with a HDMI option, which enables you to connect to a compatible TV or wider screen monitor of some sort.

Zaith 2-in-1 Tablet Review (Newer Model) UK

Best of both worlds: Use it like a laptop or tablet

For basic tasks like word processing, watching movies and listening to music, the Zaith performs like a dream. It also comes with an adequately performant keyboard that you can detach and use the device like a tablet – a key selling point of the device.

Specification

In terms of processing power it comes with a 64-bit Quad Core Processor, a clock speed of 1.5GHz (or 1.83GHz) and a reasonable enough graphics card /chip for low-end gaming.

The internal storage space packed into this machine is just 16GB (Internal hard drive), expandable to an extra 256GB via a memory card. The memory is 2GB of DDR3 (SD)RAM. That’s not really much by modern standards, but, again, it will serve you well if all you’re doing is using it for entertainment.

With a respectable 2GB RAM, Quad Core Processor (MediaTek MTK 8121) and 1.5GHz (per core) of power (conlicting reports on whether this models comes with the faster 1.83GHz or 1.5GHz version), this device is able to do the basic tasks, like open up more than 10 tabs on Chrome or Firefox with many of them containing heavy Javascript and CPU sapping advertisements. To be completely fair, modern browsers do require a lot of processing power.

It doesn’t help that the websites themselves jam their pages chock full of javascript that takes forever to execute. As long as you visit pages that aren’t considered as Kryptonite for anything device that has less than 4GB RAM, or use an Adblocker for sites like Facebook, and these days even YouTube, you should be fine. It doesn’t take away a huge chunk of sites you can’t visit or anything, it just requires you to be a bit mindful.

Older Model Comparison

I believe one of the earlier models of Zaith 2-in-1 tablets had just 1GB of RAM. With this one having 2GB of RAM, it’s definitely much needed. And in comparison to the older model it speeds things up immensly when it comes to multi-tasking. It does run Google’s Android 7.0 (Nougat), which won a lot of praise for its uncanny ability to suspend processes that aren’t presently in use. That should help even out a lot of rough edges if things get too heavy.

Update: All purchases of the the newer model now have Android 8.1 (Oreo) installed. Check out the latest model here.

Battery Life

Speaking of, and staying with Nougat for a moment, the battery management on this device is also quite terrific. For people that spend their whole weekends watching Netflix and nothing else, this device can last sixteen hours on a single charge, and takes about four hours to fully charge. That duration shouldn’t be too different when running Oreo.

More Specification

Connectivity-wise, it comes with all the modern features you should expect – bluetooth 4.0 and Dual WiFi connectivity being the most important of the bunch. On the side, it has a micro USB port that serves as both the charging port and the port for connecting it with your computer. And it also has a full size USB port. Two of them in fact. For the audiophiles, and anyone else who hates listening to the standard tinny tablet speakers, it also comes with a headphone jack.

Lastly, it packs a not-so-great camera, which, considering it’s marketed as an budget entertainment device, shouldn’t be all that surprising.

Conclusion

This 10-inch tablet isn’t the most powerful tablet on the market, but considering the price, it’s performant enough for everyday tasks. Students whose assignments solely consist of writing essays (as opposed to graphics design, for instance) and anyone that wants a light tablet they can read books or watch movies on will find themselves at home with this device.

It doesn’t pack a ludicrous amount of power like you’re likely used to with devices like Apple’s iPad. The great thing about it, however, is that it doesn’t pretend to.

There is another Zaith (By OmnyJ) tablet that’s not long been released. It’s not a 2-in-1 in the sense that it doesn’t come complete with an external keyboard as a bundle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t just buy one as there a literally hundreds for sale that are compatible with any tablet that has either Bluetooth, and or a USB connection.

The only potential difference with this model compared to the one reviewed here, is that the non-2-in-1 has a slightly higher processor speed @ 1.83GHz. The actual Processor itself (MTK 8121) is the same in both models, as is basically everything else. And I wouldn’t be surprised if both were running at 1.83GHz and the discrepancy is an error in the Amazon listing. Overall a decent 2-in-1 for the price.

Neocore E1 Tablet Quick Review

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.

Neocore E1 Quad Core

The Neocore E1 (Read about the full specification on the official Neocore website UK)

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.

Tablet PC or Netbook Computer

During my last flight I eased into my seat, fastened my seat belt and prepared for take-off. Once in the air I took my full-sized laptop out of it’s’ carrier and carefully situated it on my seat tray. As I searched for a movie to watch I took a look around to see almost every other person watching movies on their iPads. As I waited for my movie to boot up, I leaned over to get a better look at my neighbor’s iPad. That thing was nice. Beautiful picture, compact and lightweight, then I glanced back at my big, slow laptop. I knew it was time for an upgrade.

Netbook or Tablet

I wanted something small and light but I needed something that could handle movie streaming and strong graphics. Net books are small and they travel beautifully but you can forget about movies and television watching on those tiny babies. Net books are great for surfing the web and social networking. They are also awesome for getting work done while on the go but they are not a complete package. Tablets on the other hand are very small and light, most weigh around 1.5 pounds. You can watch HD quality movies, play graphic intense games and stay productive without missing a beat. Plus, I like the camera option. With the iPad and the Motorola I can take pictures, edit them, create picture projects and post them all on one device.

Options

Net books come with your standard pint-sized keypad and that’s great if you have a need for a standard keypad. But, tablets are touch screen and you have the option of a Bluetooth keypad. So, I get the best of both worlds. I can use the touch screen during travel, once I check into my hotel room I can use my Bluetooth keypad. Therefore, my tablet can go from a portable touch screen device to a laptop in less than a minute. Plus, I have the option of adding wireless Dolby surround sound speakers and let me tell you, they sound great!

laptop-or-tablet

In the end, I chose the iPad and I could talk to you about the tech specs of this machine all day but let me tell you what really matters instead. I can take stunning pictures while on vacation, edit my pictures and even use them to create a family movie all on one device. Watching movies and television is easy and the picture quality is pristine. With a battery life of at least 12 hours the iPad is ready for me when I’m ready for it and when I land I simply sync my Bluetooth keypad take a seat and type articles like this one. Lastly, when I’m done I just close the case and slide it into my bag until next time.

But don’t believe my hype, try the iPad, Motorola Xoom, or Samsung Galaxy for yourself then create your own hype. Or, if you’re into drawing, take a look at some of the graphics tablets too.

Wacom Cintiq 13HD Drawing and Alternatives

When you think of Wacom Graphics Tablets that have a screen, what’s the first thing that you think? For me it’s the high price. Yes, they are considered as the best of the best by a lot people, but not by everyone that has used them. There is a steady stream of Wacom Cintiq users (Not just for the Wacom Cintiq 13HD) who have also used other models of Graphics Tablets which are much cheaper in price. They say that the Cintiq’s weren’t “all that” and prefer to save some money and use one of the cheaper models, either a Wacom with no screen (very cheap) or a different brand all together that does have a screen, like a Huion or Ugee.

Whilst I am aware of the fact that no matter how good a drawing tablet is it will never please everyone, there are a considerable amount of these comments and they all make me think the same thing. Are the Cintiq’s really worth their enormous price tags? I don’t own one so I can’t say for sure. But with so many brilliant budget priced Graphics Tablets out there, and after reading some of the Cintiq reviews, I’m not sure I’d buy one.

Although I will admit, they look really good when in use, and they are made to a seriously high standard, I’d probably sacrifice a bit on the colors, DPI, screen quality, and resolution and go with the Ugee 1910B. It uses a TN Panel, which isn’t as good as IPS. But this will be fine for a lot of people. These are limitations but overall the 1910 is a really good tablet if your on a budget. Saying that, there is only about $200 difference between the two models, so if you have the extra dollars go for a Wacom HD!

It really depends on what you primarily work with. If you are working mainly with black and white drawings like comic design, or don’t need the huge spectrum or full vivid, crystal clear coloring, the Ugee 1910 will be fine. If you absolutely need those features and you want the clearest and most vivid coloring and best viewing angles, you may want to spend that extra bit of money and get the Cintiq 13HD. Looking for a darkhorse that is seriously awesome? Do a search for the ARTISUL D13!. It’s most probably the best alternative. It has some great features. It doesn’t even need to use a mains plug as it’s power source. It can be run by the USB and HDMI alone. https://tabnation.wordpress.com/

Everyone’s Using Tablet Computers

Computer tablets appeared on the scene a good few years back, but the way they were made was rudimentary and they have been vastly improved and slimmed down over time. Today they are very advanced and more resistant to damage than those from the past. These days computer tablets are small, very light in weight and basically a miniature desktop computer that can be taken with you anywhere.

Some tablets come complete with a stylus pen that you can write with. With having the pen you can easily find, or do what you need to do in a shorter period of time than when compared to using fingers. They’re more accurate and precise than fingers, and that even goes for thin fingers too. Stylus Pens are also a bit more professional looking when using a tablet at a meeting, at a conference or at a university. Great for taking notes while still being able to multi task. Tablets made for drawing / graphics are great for artists as they can practice with a high level of digital precision. Drawing tablets are great, not only for the artists / animators, but also for the people who want to have a doodle now and then, even though they are not very talented and have no interest in pursuing art as a career path. It’s a lot of fun.

drawing-tablet

So many Tablets have been sold and their numbers are ever increasing. They are very popular and are used not only by the younger generations, but also by mature adults, and even senior citizens as they find them very useful, easy to use and practical. They are evolved devices that are becoming almost fool proof to operate. Tablets are changing the experience of using a computer. In 2016 you have moms and dads using tablets to do their online banking and order the weekly shopping from big supermarkets.

In the future, who knows what other surprises we be in store. Probably senior citizens using Tablets to find love / toy boys online. Hold on, doesn’t that already go on.. Grannies were doing that when laptops were still the size of suit cases. That’s old news! How many people now use online dating services. Millions. But it just goes to show how much trends can influence society as a whole. Small in size, but very powerful, and now being super cheap to buy, Tablets make sense on many levels. Yeah, Smartphones are the top dogs when considering how many people own one, but Tablets are much more “usable” for tasks and pass times that require a bigger screen, more Processing power and a better overall experience.