Review Price £150.00
Remarkably we actually found Disgo's own browser based 'Disgo apps' store more useful even though it contains just 19 apps at the time of review. Most of these are essentials like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, TuneIn Radio, Skype and eBay, but it hardly allows for much exploration and it is likely no coincidence that Angry Birds Rio is the only game listed.
On its limited hardware Angry Birds Rio remains playable, but there are frequent frame drops and more complex levels introduce a level of stutter that quickly becomes frustrating. This is reflected throughout the performance of the 8104 with menu navigation remaining reasonably fluid (at least when taps are recognised), but web browsing can be torturous on more complex sites - particularly when zooming in and out. To put this in context the 8104 scored just 2,995 in AnTuTu (premium phones like the dual core Samsung Galaxy Nexus and quad core Galaxy S3 hit over 6,000 and 12,000 respectively) and the £129 single core 1GHz Cotex-A8 Scroll Excel running Android 2.3 achieved 2,824 back in January. Consequently you'll get by on the 8104, just don't expect to do anything in a hurry.
Incidentally Adobe Flash support is provided though it is largely pointless given the horsepower available and we found the micro HDMI output of little use for video output, though it does allow pictures to be shown off easily.
As you might expect these pictures won't be taken on the 8104 as it features just a VGA front facing camera for video conferencing. The results are extremely pixelated and good lighting is essential, but it will get you through a Skype conversation. As such it does a job. Battery life? Again the 8104 underwhelms compared the vast stamina we have come to expect from this category of device. Disgo quotes up to five hours and in practice this is about right. We found the 8104 would just about see out the day with light to medium usage and this should be enough for most people.
All of which brings up to price and it is here where Google has dealt Disgo and so many other budget Android tablet makers a blow. Prior to the arrival of the Nexus 7 the 8104's £150 asking price meant that many of its shortcomings were acceptable for such a small outlay. After all the screen is poor but can be lived with, the build quality is second rate but isn't a priority, the battery life lasts a day and you can get the basic apps and even side load apps via a microSD card or wait for the launch of the Amazon Android Appstore in the UK later this year. In short: you could get by.
Following our Nexus 7 preview however we have found the Asus-made device to be a game changer. It blows away the 8104 in every area except screen size, yet makes up for this with a higher quality IPS panel and larger 1280 x 800 native resolution. Disgo isn't the only manufacturer to be hit, the keenly priced Kindle Fire is likely to be the biggest name casualty, but that will be of little comfort to Disgo as its 8104 has been rendered obsolete.
The Disgo Tablet 8104 is a low quality device which aims to succeed on price alone. Build materials, screen response and performance are all substandard and the strange decision to remove the Google Play backfires as the company provides less than 20 apps in its own store and third party solutions are obscure. On the plus side the 8104 can be used for rudimentary web surfing and key apps like Facebook, Twitter and Skype are available. At £150 this used to be enough… until the Google Nexus 7 came along.
Scores In Detail
- Battery Life
- Screen Quality