The A1CS X220 is finally here! We give this budget Android Tablet PC a thorough testing to see how well it it stacks up against other cheap Android Tablet PC's.
By Chris Messenger | Published 16/08/2012
Download apps via Android market
Micro SD support up to 32GB
USB, SD, Ethernet ports
Supports 1080p playback
Battery life is nothing special
No multi touch
Narrow viewing angles
Its cheap, but is it cheerful? Our reviewer takes a detailed look at the AICS X220 tablet and gives us his two cents worth (although, we should point out right now that this tablet will cost you more than that). So, without further ado, here we go...
This tablet is a very nice example of a ‘budget’ model. You get a few drawbacks, even a couple of minor grievances, but you also get a decent product that is reliable and much more affordable than its contemporaries.
The first thought that came into my mind when I looked up the specs for this tablet was ‘Android 4.0 just came out and this thing wants to charge over £100 whilst only running Android 2!?’ Frankly, that’s evidence for either of two possibilities.
1) This product is so good that its constantly in demand even thought it was released two years ago.
2) This product is a pile of rubbish that uses a high price tag to convince people that it’s a superior product.
I’ve seen both types in my time and I’ve learned to read the telltale signs. However, before we come to the verdict (stop skipping ahead, damn you!!), lets take a look at the vital statistics.
The X220 comes with a respectable 512MB of RAM as well as a fair 4GB of memory. You won’t be able to store much on it, but that’s a given (and I’m not in a mean enough mood to deduct marks for it). It utilizes a 1GHz processor and is the only tablet in its size to employ GPS, apparently.
Back in 2010, this thing cost about £170, (which was pretty good at the time). The slow decline in price does usually indicate a product still in high demand. £130 might be asking a lot now (you can get decent mid-range tablets with Android 4.0 for £150), but it doesn’t actually seem like that bad a deal if the X220 does all that it says it does.
There are, predictably, a couple of times when this tablet ‘shows its age’ (as well as its price), but it is, for the most part, very good.
By far the worst thing about this product is the screen. It is dim and dull (even at full brightness) and the touchscreen can be irritatingly unresponsive. There’s a (sometimes lengthy) delay between pressing the screen and something happening that gets really old, really quickly.
Having said that, pretty much everything else on this tablet works like a charm. The WiFi is generally good, the GPS is a fun and useful feature and (despite only having access to a very basic range) the apps generally run smoothly.
This tablet is a very nice example of a ‘budget’ model. You get a few drawbacks, even a couple of minor grievances, but you also get a decent product that is reliable and much more affordable than its contemporaries. I have to say that I’m impressed and I didn’t expect to be.
The specs and software are outdated, but I’m sure the latest model in the series is a real treat.
The X220 comes with a respectable 512MB of RAM as well as a fair 4GB of memory.
What Over Users Say
Heading over to the ‘User Reviews’ section on Amazon.co.uk, one story recurred time and time again with regards to this tablet: customer service. AICS seem to have taken great pride in providing helpful, personal and quick service for their customers (a MAJOR plus in my eyes) and this is attested to by the sheer amount of customers who mention it.
Even ‘J. Farrell’ (2/5), a largely unimpressed customer, still found time to comment on how helpful the tech support was (they solved his problem with one phone call). ‘Kaysee’ (1/5) a reviewer who vehemently disliked this design, still called the tech support “excellent”. Elsewhere ‘Eringreer’ (5/5), ‘Akara’ (5/5) and ‘N isted’ (5/5) also singled the manufacturer’s support team out for praise, but they are by no means alone.
The negative comments tend to dwell on faulty models or the duff screen, whilst the positives praise everything from the battery life to the packaging. To put it into perspective, 257 of the 348 reviews posted scored this tablet at 4/5 or 5/5, but even then, a considerable 50 listed it at 1/5. Such is the way with budget models.
I have to say that I liked this tablet. It is a far cry from perfect and is actually a little overpriced considering the competition, but for a reasonable tablet that gets the job done without being especially flashy, you can’t really fault it.
Sure, it has its problems, but the X220 also has a blinding tech support team behind it and the growing reputation of a quality brand. To my mind, if it can do a decent job without breaking the bank when its two years out of date and then can still command a decent price, I think you’re looking at a winner.
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