Released way back in 2015, Alldaymall A88X doesn’t have much going for it now. When it was originally released, the tablet competed with an HD display good for the times, along with gimmicks like preinstalled Netflix. Read along to find out why the A88X might still be worth the surprisingly cheap price tag:
Alldaymall A88X 7 Feature Overview
7 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches (18.2 x 12.1 x 1.1 cm)
1024x600 capacitive touchscreen
Allwinner A33 Quad Core
0.3MP front camera; 2MP rear camera
0.640 lbs (290g)
Alldaymall Tablet Review - The Pros
The biggest perk this tablet offers is really the price. You get a relatively decent device for a bargain. Other than that, here are the major benefits the A88X offers:
Great for Kids
The specs for this tablet do not support the needs of the modern tablet user. You won’t get a lot of processing power or RAM. Even the internal memory is low. So the best user base for this tablets are kids who need to stay away from their parents’ computers.
The A88X meets the basic requirements you need to browse the web or play a game. The tablet can handle casual mobile games—one at a time—that your toddler or grade schooler might like. It can also stream Netflix or Youtube videos, albeit at a relatively low resolution. Simply put, it’s got just enough to keep kids distracted while you do other things.
Other than kids, the A88X might interest people who only need a tablet to do bare minimal things, like checking email right before bed. If you need, say, a tablet for the kitchen to check recipes once in a while, this would do.
For a product this cheap, the touchscreen works really well. The 5-point capacitive display responds fast without issue. That means this tablet is great for playing games like Fruit Ninja. The touchscreen is long-lasting too, so you won’t have to replace the tablet too soon.
Bloatware is a menace on modern smartphones and tablets, which can seriously compromise your security. Fortunately, the A88X comes only with a handful of apps preinstalled. This is probably because the internal memory is too low for too many programs. In any case, you only get the phone with apps like Facebook, Skype, Twitter, and Netflix.
The A88X is not a lightweight tablet, but it weighs well under a pound (or half a kilo). The casing is plastic, so this won’t feel heavy in hands. That is great, given that the people most likely to use the A88X are kids and the elderly. Even for the average user, this tablet would not feel bulky or hard to hold.
Body Lasts with a Case
The plastic casing the A88X comes with is flimsy no doubt. However, if you get a case for it, the chassis is durable and long lasting. Any case would do well; no need to spend a lot of money. The sturdiness of the case would be important if you plan on giving this tablet to your kids.
The Biggest Cons
As with any cheap electronic device, the A88X has its disadvantages. Here are some of the most concerning ones:
Really Short Battery Life
The biggest downside of the A88X is the short battery life. The 2500mAh battery lasts only about 2 to 3 hours. That’s really a bummer considering most tablets nowadays can last 8 hours or more. On the other hand, if you are giving this to kids, the short battery would be a great tool to control screen time.
Don’t Expect Good Processing Power
The 1.1 Ghz processor and the 512MB of RAM can’t handle much. You won’t be able to multitask a lot other than running two or three apps at once. Some apps may take a while to load. However, this is enough processing power for kiddie needs.
Runs on Android KitKat
The A88X still runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. This operating system is over five years old. KitKat can do things like voice search, but you would not benefit from some of the popular features recent Android versions offer. Still, the A88X handle basic tasks like web browsing and Netflix. Don’t expect more.
Graphics Don’t Meet Modern Standards
The 1024x600-screen resolution was great when this tablet was released, but today it would look dated. The graphics are decent, though not always crisp and sharp. You can still stream videos and expect relatively good display. For kids, this probably won’t be a problem.
Other Comparable Tablets
It’s hard to find tablets as cheap as the A88X that works as well. However, here are several other low-price tablets worth considering that offers better specs:
Dragon Touch x10
The x10 has much better specs overall compared to the A88X. It runs on a better version of Android too, 5.1, though still outdated. Like the A88X, the x10 is a budget tablet designed for light work and entertainment. Unlike the A88X, the x10 has an HDMI adapter to hook up to a TV with a better screen. The battery on the x10 can last up to 6 hours. It’s more expensive than the A88X, which is extremely budget friendly.
The Lectrus is light on weight as well as price. This budget tablet runs on Android 9.0 Pie, giving you access to more features of the operating system compared to the A88X. It has a better processor, more memory, more RAM, and better battery life than the A88X. The display, however, is largely similar. You will get more with the Lectrus, but as always, at a higher price. It’s still firmly in the budget range.
Is This Tablet Worth Buying?
It’s hard to argue that the A88X has the specs to meet most needs of the average tablet user. Even with the low price tag, this tablet will not suit many. It’s best to buy this tablet for what it’s best for—to keep your kids occupied. Unless your tablet needs are minimal, the A88X will not be worth the investment.