I think I need to eat my words when it comes to Android tablets. Yes, well-known manufacturers such as Samsung make fantastic tablets, but this does not mean less well-known manufactures cannot offer decent quality tablets.
I’ve written a blog post about a year ago about how there are certain risks to buying a tablet from unknown manufacturers. I still agree with I said back then, which is buying a tablet from a lesser well-known brand means you have to do your homework.
When you buy a tablet from a company such as Samsung or Google. You can, in the majority of cases, be confident you’ll get a quality tablet. When you buy a tablet from a lesser well-known brand you have no way of knowing whether you’ll be getting a decent tablet or not.
What I’ve noticed though over the last year is these lesser well-known brands have realised quality is what will get repeat sales. Yes, you can still make a wrong decision if you choose the wrong tablet. However, providing you do your homework by reading reviews online. Buying a tablet from a lesser-known manufacturer makes good sense if you don’t want to spend too much money.
So I’m going all out at the moment in checking out tablets from lesser well-known manufacturers. I tend to avoid doing reviews if the product in question is total rubbish. I just find it really hard to get engaged in writing about poor gadgets. So, if I do write a review about a tablet, then it at least means it has something going for it.
In this review, I’ll be looking at the Blackview Tab 8 Android tablet. Available at a pretty decent price, so can it really deliver quality at the price? Well, read on and find out in this Blackview Tab 8 tablet review.
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BLACKVIEW TAB 8 BUILD QUALITY
The Blackview Tab 8 tablet build quality is pretty decent for a budget tablet. For sure, you should not expect to get the same build quality as you’d get from a high-priced tablet. That being said, the build quality is nothing to be sniffed at either.
Its slightly curved edges make it easy to hold in your hands and it’s thin enough not to be considered too bulky. The back isn’t as seamless in design as you would expect from more well-known brands. You can see this by the long thin plastic strip, which is used at the top. I’m guessing this is to ensure connectivity when using WiFi or a mobile SIM doesn’t become an issue.
It’s nothing really to worry about though. It just isn’t as aesthetically pleasing compared to a tablet where the whole of the rear is covered with just one sheet of uninterrupted material. You need to remember you’re buying a budget tablet here, so some compromises along the way are to be expected.
Another little quirk is how the rear camera is not aligned to the rest of the body, which is another sign the tablet you’re buying is of a budget price. However, apart from that, the overall look of the tablet is perfectly fine.
BLACKVIEW TAB 8 PERFORMANCE
It comes with an Octa-core processor, which means it runs on eight cores at a clock speed of 1.60 GHz. A pretty decent processor for the price.
It’s good to see the processor is supported by 4GB of RAM, which is another important factor when it comes to how good an Android tablet performs. 4GB of RAM from a budget tablet is more than enough for most tasks. Find out more about how much RAM you need for an Android tablet.
You’ll easily be able to surf the internet, use social media, stream HD movies without any issues. You’ll also have no problems with using Android apps. Sure, you may find some Android games with advanced graphics may take a little longer to load compared to a higher-end device. The good news though is playing advanced Android games will not cause any issues. They’ll just take a little longer to boot up.
TAB 8 STORAGE
The storage should not be too much of an issue for most people. It comes with 64GB of storage, which is more than enough to install your favourite Android apps.
You should still have plenty of storage leftover as well if you like to download music to listen to when you don’t have an internet connection. Downloading a couple of movies for a train or plane journey will also be possible without having to worry too much about whether you have enough storage available.
It will obviously depend on what you’ll be using your tablet for. If you like to download plenty of Android app games, which take up a lot of storage space. Then you might have to manage your space from time to time to free up some space. Find out more about how much space you might need for your Android tablet.
The good news is if you are one of those people who like to use plenty of storage. You can always add further storage at a later date by using the Micro SD slot available.
BLACKVIEW TAB 8 DISPLAY
When it comes to tablets and laptops one of the most important factors is the display quality. This is something that can let you down when buying a budget tablet.
The good news is the Blackview comes with a slightly higher resolution than Full HD at 1,920 x 1,200, so you’ll be able to watch HD movies without any issues. Also, which is more important, is the display panel on offer is IPS.
An IPS panel is what makes a display great. This is the same whether you’re buying a tablet or laptop. As long as the display offers an IPS panel. You can be confident the quality of the display and viewing angles will be just fine.
The bezels around the display are not too big either. My biggest turn off is a tablet that has great huge unused bezels around the side of the display. It just makes a tablet look cheap. So I’m pretty impressed the bezels on the Blackview have been kept to a minimum.
It’s really good to see the Blackview Tab 8 uses the latest Android operating system. Using a tablet with an out of date operating system can cause security issues, so you’ll have no concerns about that with the Blackview Tab 8.
It also means you’re getting the latest updates and performance improvements, which Android 10 offers compared to tablets using an older version such as Android 7. You’ll also not need to worry about future updates, as your tablet will be future proof for some years to come.
This isn’t the first time I’ve come across a budget tablet, which offers mobile sim support. It’s really strange because you’d never get that with more well-known brands at this type of price.
So if you’re looking at buying a tablet where you can access the internet on the move. Then this tablet is ideal, but you will have to buy a sim only contract from a mobile phone network operator to take advantage of internet access on the move.
This is where you’re usually let down when buying cheaper tablets. The cameras on offer are usually awful. I’m still not convinced many of us uses a tablet to take too many photos, so I’m not sure how many people actually care whether the camera is decent anyway.
If you are looking for a tablet to take photos. Then the rear camera offers a rather impressive 13-megapixels, and the front-facing camera offering a more modest 5-megapixel.
These cameras are still not going to offer the same quality you’d get from a high-spec mobile phone. However, the rear 13-megapixel camera should be capable of offering pretty decent results.
Buying a budget tablet will always come with some compromises that you need to make. The good news with the Blackview Tab 8 is those compromises are only relating to the build quality. Even then, the build quality is decent enough not to cause you any real concerns.
If you’re after a budget Android tablet without breaking the bank. Then I’d definitely add the Blackview Tab 8 to your wish list.
It offers pretty decent performance and the display is absolutely fine when you consider the price you’re paying for the tablet. When it comes to RAM and storage there is more than enough on offer for a budget tablet.