If you are taking the MyTablet on a road trip, the 3,000 mAh battery should get you through at least the first part of the journey. If you are planning to take it on a long-haul flight, prepare to be disappointed. Argos claims you should get up to five hours of power and in general use web browsing, streaming video and playing games but we found it to be closer to four.
In more extreme tests, looping the film Ice Age pinned (downloaded) to the Google Play Movies and TV app it lasted less than 3 and half hours. If you have forgotten to charge the MyTablet the night before and need a quick burst of power, the Argos tablet manages to add 10-15% in a 30 minute charge from a critical battery level (below 10%) putting it on par with the Hudl. All in all it is a pretty poor battery for a 7-inch tablet.
When Tesco announced the Hudl, we feared the worst. What we actually got was a very solid and well-made device. The Argos MyTablet on the other hand is a sub-standard, forgettable, Android device trying to cash in on the flurry of cheap Google-running slates already available.
From afar, it's a reasonably good-looking. However, the screen is average, the performance underwhelming and it represents the kind of bad tablets that the likes of Google has tried to eradicate over the past couple of years. There’s not a lot to tell the MyTablet apart from a host of much cheaper Android tablets that we wouldn't recommend either.
If you are looking for a good, cheap Android tablet, the Tesco Hudl at £119 is marginally more expensive but wipes the floor with the MyTablet. On top of that it can actually be purchased for the same price or even less with some clever use of vouchers or club card points.
The Argos website still lists the original 32GB Nexus 7 for £159, and if you can afford to spend a little more, that’s an even better purchase. There are so many routes to buying a solid Android tablet, but you might have to fork out a little more than £100. Trust us, it'll be worth it.
You can start by reading about the Best Android Tablets.
Keep the £99.99 in your pocket, if you need a cheap Android tablet, there’s plenty of better alternatives than the Argos MyTablet.