Summary

Our Score

3/10

Pros

  • Decent for web browsing
  • Wireless display support
  • Argos presence in UI minimal

Cons

  • Poor quality screen
  • Sluggish performance
  • Poor battery life

Review Price £99.99

Key Features: 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display; 2-megapixel rear-facing camera; MicroSD card support up to 32GB; 3,000mAh battery; Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean; Wi-Fi only

Manufacturer: Argos

Argos MyTablet review

What is the Argos MyTablet?

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.

At £99.99 it’s £20 cheaper than the Tesco tablet (£119) and £99 cheaper than the latest Nexus one. Don’t be fooled by the price, the Argos tablet is everything we feared the Tesco tablet could have been, and worse.

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.



Argos MyTablet tablet - Design

If you look at the MyTablet from the back you’d be fooled into thinking you are looking at a 7-inch sized iPhone 5S. There’s a metal back and plastic strip giving it the two tone effect that also covers the speaker and rear camera. Turn it around and you have a white bezel surrounding the screen and curved corners. The only thing likely to prevent Apple from sending round the lawyers is the fact there’s no 'Home' button. The MyTablet is made by Argos’ in-house tech company, Bush. That’s the very same Bush responsible for churning out cheap TVs, stereos and even washing machines.

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.

In the box you get a proprietary power adapter but you can also charge via microUSB. There’s a stylus which looks like it has come out of a cheap Christmas cracker. Forget S Pen levels of accuracy or sensitivity, this is a plain stylus and to make matters worse there’s no built-in compartment to store it.


Argos MyTablet tablet - Screen

We didn’t expect great things from the 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display and it's fair to say it's not one of the MyTablet's strongest points. It's murky, low-resolution and even the aspect ratio is skew-whiff with round icons looking oval. Using it in the outdoors on even a dull day makes the screen very reflective.

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.

When it comes to screen responsiveness the issues keep piling on. At times it takes several presses to select and launch applications. Typing on the keyboard is an equally frustrating experience, often failing to register at all and making it a gruelling process to simply type out search requests in Google.

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