10.1″ IRULU X1 Pro Lightning Tablet via Amazon
IRULU X1 Pro Lightning is a powerful 10.1 inch screen Android tablet with an octa core processor and you’ll experience overall fast performance thanks to this eight core processor even with the 1GB memory that is not particularly large. You’ll find the 10.1 inch IRULU tablet, user manual, OTG cable, micro USB cord and wall power cable- AC charger (there is HDMI output but microHDMI cable is not included). So IRULU X1 comes with an octa core processor, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB storage that can be expanded with a microSD card, Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system which is their own version of Android and you will get the wireless updates from them and this is not a common feature to other no-brand or unfamiliar Android devices.
Glass 10.1 inch S-IPS (next generation Super IPS with enhanced pixel refreshing) high definition display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution display with 160 degree viewing angles- a little less than perfect viewing angles of the 178 degree IPS display but crisp and sharp images if viewed straight on, game performance with Android games is quite good- you’ll play them easily and you won’t really notice any lags. Photos and movies look great, you just have to keep it at the right angle and this screen is probably not for two or more people to watch videos together. It has dual 2 megapixel cameras but they are all right and work fine for video chatting or taking still photos. Sound quality through the single speaker is not amazing but quite OK for listening to music or watching movies (on par with other low cost tablets) and you will be better off using a Bluetooth speaker or headphones. It weighs 1.8 pounds and measures 10.16 x 0.35 x 5.89 inches, is very nice to look at with narrow bezel technology (space saving and great visuals). Connectivity options include fast and strong 802.11bgn wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 to connect Bluetooth enabled speakers, mouse or keyboard and an HDMI port to stream videos to a monitor or HDTV.
Conclusion: IRULU may not be a brand you may be very familiar with but like their other models we reviewed so far this one seems to be great value for money for both work and entertainment (it is the lowest cost octa core processor tablet) despite having small flaws such as the less than perfect viewing angles (still better than the TN panel with 80 degree viewing angles), 1GB memory (but performance issues are removed by the help of eight core processor that also helps multitask very smoothly) and OK speakers. IRULU, built in 2007 as the consumer electronics division of USA111 Inc designs and makes great quality and functional products- high quality smartphones and tablets that could compete with the very well known brand names. Rooting the device is not recommended as it will clearly void the warranty. 16GB is not a lot of storage space and is nice to have the Micro SD card slot, you can plug in a stand USB stick with the OTG cable provided. Use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and connect the device to a monitor or HDTV via the HDMI port and you will have a computer-like experience as it already has the snappy octa core processor. Battery life at up to 6 hours will depend on the screen brightness, how you use your tablet or what you do on it and you can expect around 4-5 hours if you’re performing a few tasks at once like net surfing and playing music. It has an integrated GPS navigation that works without having to connect to the internet.