The nice folks over at Idolian recently offered to send me one of the company’s latest products for review, the Mini Studio 8. This is an 8-inch Android tablet with 16GB of on-board flash storage, a micro-SD card slot expandable up to 32GB, a Cortex A9 dual core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 2MP rear camera, and a 1.3MP front camera. It runs an almost stock version of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), and also features a dedicated mini-HDMI port and a separate micro-USB port.
It’s obviously not a high end tablet, but its asking price of just under $200 is certainly somewhat reasonable for what the tablet offers. It’s also very obvious that, based on the name of the tablet along with its packaging, Idolian is targeting those who have Apple envy but might not be able to afford an iPad mini of their very own.
But is this the right tablet for you? Stay tuned, as I’ll be playing around with it myself over the next few days, and hope to have a full review out soon. In the meantime, if you’ve got questions you’d like answered, or just general comments, leave them below – I’ll try to address all the important stuff you bring up in the review later on.
As a side note, I also failed to mention in the video that the tablet does come with both a five volt DC charger, as well as two USB connectors (one short and one long).
And by the way, to clarify the video above, this tablet does indeed come with full access to the Google Play Store – I just had to go through the very convoluted process of enabling “Google applications” in the developer settings. More on that later.