Saturday, December 7, 2013

Trio Stealth 10.1"

While no longer available at Wal-Mart, on Black Friday a Trio Stealth 10.1" was offered for $99. A 10.1" An Android tablet that works with Google Play, certainly too good to be true.

I recently purchased a Chromebook, so my "need" for 10.1" tablet greatly decreased. But for $99, a 10.1" tablet is very difficult to resist. So what is the verdict, is the Trio Stealth 10.1 a hidden treasure, or a piece of techno trash.

The Trio Stealth is a 10.1" Android tablet with a resolution of 1024 by 600. This is roughly the same size as my old netbook. The lower resolution was not a big deal for me, and the ability to select larger text sizes make this a perfect TV companion.

Another big plus is the ability to use Google Play. Often cheaper tablets are not Google Play compatible. There were some references in reviews to apps freezing, but Google Play has worked like a charm on this tablet

If you are expecting 5.1 Dolby surround sound you are in for a shock. Even at full blast the sound is difficult to hear with any background noise. You will definitely need a pair of ear phones for ongoing auditory enjoyment.

Another disappointment was the battery life. After using the device for a short period of time (10-15 minutes) I noticed a considerable battery drain. If you forget to plug it in at night the battery will be fully drained.

So what is the verdict. I am actually quite happy with the tablet. I purchased it to be a TV companion device. Mainly a device to use with my Chromecast. In short I wanted a "cut the cord" remote control device. In addition, its a great device to read pdf's, Google Newsstand, or view a quick email.

My biggest complaint is the battery drain. Even after minimal use the battery drains after a few hours.  If battery life is an issue for you this is definitely not a device to gamble on. It is fine as a bedroom or TV companion, less so as an on the go device.