Review Price £179.99
Time2Touch HC710A - Screen, Video and Battery Life
Aside from the FroYo interface, which is conspicuously less-than-perfect for the device, the main price compromise of the Time2Touch tablet is its screen. The 480x800 pixel display gives a pixel density of 133dpi, which is actually slightly higher than Apple's iPad 2 (at 131dpi), but the panel used is a basic Twisted Nematic model.
Pixel density is fine, but the arrangement gives a slightly less-than-seamless image
Brightness is perfectly good (you'll need to set it to max brightness for outside use) , but colours are less vivid than you'll find on the IPS and PLS screens of more expensive panels, and tilting the tablet backwards in landscape orientation causes contrast shift. This is where angled viewing diminishes contrast and brightness, robbing images of all shadow detail and altogether making them look ugly. It comes into play the most when watching videos, where the natural response is to angle the device backwards. It's less damaging than in some tablets though, such as the Storage Options miScroll.
There's significant contrast shift, but we've seen worse
The tablet's buggy nature comes into play once more when fiddling with the screen settings. Although there appears to be a light sensor on the front, automatic brightness doesn't work - it just sticks on whatever brightness level was applied beforehand.
Native video support is surprisingly good. Where well-known tablets like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and Motorola Xoom fail to play even the most basic Divx files, the Time2Touch can play a wide array of formats including MKV, Divx, XviD and even RMVB. The on-box claim of 1080p video decoding is somewhat rich, as it struggled in most of our HD video tests and high bit-rate 1080p MKVs caused the media app to crash.
This is as close as you get to a built-in media player
Given the well above-average video support, it's disappointing to see that no proper media player app is installed as standard. There is the ES File Explorer suite pre-installed, which will play videos from within the file manager interface, but for Android newbies this is not very inviting. That said, a quick browse of through the Android Market will uncover a bundle of free options.
Using any media player that uses the tablet's native video decoder though, the bugs return en-force. Pause video and, more often than not, you'll lose sync between audio and video once restarting playback - if you don't lose the image altogether. Testing video caused more fatal crash bugs than any other task. This is a huge disappointment when its power and codec support should make it a winner for SD-quality playback (we found all our 720p and 1080p files played back at less-than-perfect speed - although most did play.)
To test Time2Touch's claim that the 3400mAh battery will last for 7 hours when playing video, we set it to playing a 720p file repeatedly at maximum brightness (unlike IPS-screen rivals, max brightness is far from a ridiculous supernova level). It lasted for 3 hours 15 minutes - bear in mind that using an SD-quality file and lesser brightness this figure will increase significantly.