Ouku Tablet Hands-On Review!
We’ve had a couple days now to play with the Ouku Tab, and are happy to say that it surprised us a bit. It hasn’t got too much to brag about in the way of specs, and it only runs on Android 2.1 Eclair, but it’s a pretty decent 7″ tablet considering the price tag.
Obviously one of the first things to inspect when you’re looking for a tablet are it’s specs. Well the Ouku Tab definitely doesn’t have anything worth writing home about, but we’ll share em with you anyways. It runs on the Rockchip RK2818 600Mhz processor, 256MB DDR2 RAM, and 2GB of internal storage (expansion up to 16GB with TF Card). With a processor of that speed and such little RAM you would expect the device to run like a snail on it’s way to an escargot tasting. Thankfully that’s not the case and as long as you’re not running too many processes, the device can handle all the basic web browsing and media running as you can.
Another thing that was not expected from the Ouku tab, was the responsiveness of the 7″ resistive touchscreen. Swiping from screen to screen is pretty fluid and a stylus pen is not at all a necessity like with most other resistive Shanzhai tablets. It only has a resolution of 800 x 480, but is capable of 720p HD video playback. Unfortunately there’s no HDMI output so you won’t be able to use it with your television.
The Tablet feels pretty great in your hand, and not at all cheap with a solid weight of 0.5Kg (~1.1 Lbs). The back panel is made out of what seems to be some sort of metal, as it is cool to the touch, and helps to add to that solid feel. We used the Ouku tab pretty consistently for a bit more than 4 hours on its 1620MAH battery before it died, which is about what we expected. Our favorite part about this tablet was it’s price tag. We found it priced at RMB1100 (~US $165) at our local grey market, but we found some much better prices online.
We wouldn’t expect a seasoned tablet expert to find this device very handy, but it’s definitely perfect for first time tablet buyers. It could also make an excellent gift/toy/whatever for kids…allowing you to give them to get a taste of tech without breaking the bank.