The Argos MyTablet is a 7-inch Android tablet hoping to follow in the footsteps of the Tesco Hudl and steal away some sales from the Nexus 7 2, Kindle Fire HD and iPad mini 2 in the lead up to Christmas.
Argos used to coin the slogan, 'living for less', but we think it's worth living for a bit more and avoiding this altogether. Let's find out why.
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On the surface it looks robust and solid enough, but there are many areas of the design that scream cheap. For example there’s a worrying flex to the back of the MyTablet when holding it, you can even poke your fingers in between the grilles covering the speaker. The connection ports are too tight, making it an issue to plug in the charger and the microHDMI.
Compared to the Hudl, the MyTablet has a taller and much thinner profile giving it a 16:9 screen ratio and making ideal (in theory) for for watching movies. It's roughly the same in weight as the Tesco tablet too, but it’s certainly a very different experience in the hand.
The rough metal back offers little in the way of comfort. All of the buttons and ports are usefully labelled and packed onto the bottom of the device with the exception of the on/off button and microSD slot that sit just above, on the left edge of the tablet. When you are holding the tablet in portrait mode you end up covering all the buttons which makes the action of turning it off, or turning up the volume, awkward. Bunching everything up might be a more cost effective manufacturing process, but it doesn’t help with usability.
Putting it to the video test, courtesy of Netflix, the 169ppi screen fails to deliver clarity while colours are extremely inaccurate. Viewing angles are similarly disastrous, giving video and games a washed out look. It’s much the same for text on web pages, which generally lacks sharpness and looks fuzzy. It’s readable, but compared to similarly priced tablets is sub-par.