Disgo Tablet 8104 - Performance, Value & Verdict

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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.

Performance

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 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.
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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.

Value
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.
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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.

Verdict
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. 

Score in detail

  • Performance 5
  • Value 6
  • Design 4
  • Screen Quality 2
  • Features 4
  • Battery Life 6
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