Who would have thought even 2 years ago that you would be able to walk into your local Aldi and pick up a pretty decent 7inch Android tablet for less than 100euro (granted, it’s only 1euro less, but it’s still less!)
On the 27th of March 2014, Aldi are putting the Medion LifeTab on sale around the country. This is a 7inch tablet with a quad core processor, 16gb of storage (expandable via microSD) and runs Android 4.2.
The Medion LifeTab is by no means an ugly tablet, but it not the prettiest of the bunch either, in saying that, it feels pretty good in the hand and solidly built. The back of the tablet has a nice metal plate in the middle, flanked by a textured plastic. It definitely make it easier to hold and doesn’t feel like it’s going to slip out of your hand. Also on the back, there’s a 2mp camera and the speaker.
The top edge of the device has the 3.5mm headphone jack, MicroUSB Port, MicroSD card slot and the mic. Other than that, the left hand side has the volume rocker and the power key. Nice and simple. The front of the tablet has the 7inch screen (1024×600) and a front facing VGA camera.
In terms of performance, we were pleasantly surprised at how zippy it was. There’s 1gb of RAM on board which should be more than enough for most people. Opening applications happened pretty quick and there was only minor slow downs when jumping between applications. While playing HD videos on YouTube, we didn’t notice any stuttering at all. There was a little stuttering when playing more graphically intensive games, but those games will strain even the best tablets out there.
Most people will probably be on Facebook, Twitter and web browsing on the LifeTab and it’s perfectly suited to those activities, with the battery holding out most of the day and viewing photos / scrolling around content happening without delay.
The only area where the LifeTab lets its self down is on the viewing angles of the screen, specifically to the left. Going off center to the left by a few degrees caused the screen to almost invert. It won’t be deal breaker for most, but it’s worth keeping in mind if you’re planning on more than one person looking it videos / photos at one time.
For 99euro, it’s a highly recommend tablet, but do keep in mind the weaker viewing angles of the screen.
**The model number of the tablet reviewed was the E7318 (MD 98691)
Here is the press release from Aldi:
Aldi’s tablet is just the remedy for techies
Supercharge your digital life with Aldi’s Medion Lifetab 7″ Tablet PC (€99.99 each). With the latest Android operating system and HD screen, this stunning piece of kit delivers on quality, reliability and performance to help users take care of business.
In today’s constantly-connected world, people want a device that enables them to combine their personal and professional lives and Aldi’s Medion Lifetab 7″ Tablet PC is designed to help you work and play on the go. This compact device is powered by a quad-core processor, enabling users to multitask at everything from email and web surfing to gaming and streaming. It features an integrated speaker, making it ideal for streaming movies and music, and is also equipped with front and rear cameras for photos and video chats.
Available in silver or white, this high performance tablet comes with 16GB internal memory, 1GB DDR3 RAM and also boasts WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 compatibility.
Techies will find the above product in Aldi’s 106 stores nationwide from Thursday, 27th March while stocks last.