I’m back with another review for you today of an Android Tablet from Geeks.com called the Kocaso M760B which is very low priced. As of right now it’s priced at under $100, and I know most people will not expect a quality tablet for that little of a price. There was a time when inexpensive meant cheap, but cheap as in price but cheap as in junk, but that’s not so here. I was pleasantly surprised by this tablet especially the specs with a 1.2ghz CPU and even a capacitive screen. There was a time when inexpensive tablets only had resistive screens and we all know how great they are?! Anyway, read on to learn more about a decent but very inexpensive Android tablet.
The Kocaso M760B Android tablet features a vivid 7-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display and Google Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) pre-loaded, giving you a highly interactive and customizable portable computing companion that is also cost-effective. Breeze through emails and browse the web with the integrated IEEE 802.11g wireless LAN connectivity. Tired of typing? Use the voice search function to search the web!
The M760B features a 1.2 GHz processor along with 4 GB of built-in storage, but you’re free to expand that storage capability with the built-in microSD/SDHC card slot that supports up to 16 GB. Slide a card in and enjoy photo slideshows, music playback, and even HD video playback! Show your digital collection to the whole room with the M760B’s HDMI out capability.
Browse the Android App Market and find thousands of apps that add additional functionality! This M760B tablet includes an AC power adapter and the built-in lithium battery allows for hours of entertainment. The M760B 7-inch Touchscreen Android Tablet provides a cost-effective portable multimedia companion that’s ready to advance your digital life!
General Features: -Black face, black backing -7-inch capacitive touch screen display -800 x 480 resolution -Google Android 4.0 OS pre-installed (Ice Cream Sandwich!) -1.2 GHz processor w/560 MHz DSP -4 GB internal flash memory (2 GB for general use) -microSDHC card slot -Integrated IEEE 802.11g wireless LAN -Built-in speaker & microphone -G-sensor function provides orientation sensing -Supports various audio/video formats -Supports various photo formats -Built-in front-facing camera -Built-in rechargeable lithium battery (3200 mAh) -Zippered travel case included
Unit Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.76 x 0.5-inches (H x W x D, approximate)
What’s in the Box?
The box is nice looking I guess, it’s colorful anyway and the tablet is packaged well inside of it.
Here’s the contents of the box in which you’ll find the tablet, a carrying case, power adapter, user guide, USB cable and a mini-USB to standard USB cable.
The Kocaso M760B is a 7” tablet and it does have buttons on the front for Home, Settings and Back.
Overall I have to say this tablet is nicely made, it does not feel cheap or flimsy at all, it’s nice and sturdy and feels all-around well made.
On the front, about top center is the 1.3mp camera.
On the side or top edge you’ll find power and volume buttons
The back of the tablet is glossy with some info listed there.
On the bottom edge you’ll find connections for audio, microSD card, HDMI, USB and power.
Yes it does have HDMI out but they didn’t include an HDMI cable with it sadly.
The last thing included in the box is the case and I have to say it’s very nice. It’s well made, it looks great and it’s even padded for protection and there’s a handy pocket inside as well.
Impressions / Review:
The Kocaso tablet is running Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich and it’s not a fake version, meaning this one does have access to the real android marketplace or Google Play.
When you first turn it on the homes screens are rather bare but that’s to be expected.
Under the settings you’ll find the common stuff of course but on this tablet also has Developer Options which can come in handy.
There’s plenty of apps already installed for you including Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja along with things like Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Skype, YouTube and plenty of others. Ignore the first app there, that’s part of 91Assistant that I use to take screenshots sometimes.
Included is also a fairly decent file explorer that works well. One of the features of this tablet is that you can use USB storage, you just use the included adapter and plug it in then plug a USB drive into it and you’ve got more storage.
The Browser is just the standard thing, nothing special but it works. Personally I use FireFox with my Android tablets.
The camera is front facing and it’s only 1.3mp but it does have several options to choose from.
The pictures aren’t that great, they’re clear but the color is a bit off. Here’s a picture of the logo on my shirt I happened to be wearing that day. The shirt is bright yellow and it looks rather dull in the photo. So colors are a bit off but the picture is nice and clear. The picture was taken outside in the sunlight so there was plenty of light. (Who out there knows what the shirt is?)
The screen is capacitive which is surprising as you usually only see that on much more expensive tablets. For the most part the screen works fine but every once in a while I found myself having to tap more than once to activate something. This is something I’ve seen on most tablets so it’s not that big of a deal to me personally. The screen has a resolution of 800 x 480 which is rather small but for a 7” tablet it works. The graphics do look great and they are clear and crisp.
Movies run fine on this tablet and I have to note that it can natively play Divx (.avi) and X264 (.mkv) files without any conversion. My tablets get a bit of use as I take them with me to my kids karate class where I get to spend about three hours just sitting there waiting. I catch up on TV or movies while I’m waiting so it’s perfect time to test something like this for me.
Gaming for the most part works great. I have a rather large library on Amazon, almost 200 games, and I installed quite a few of them to test the tablet out. I ran into a few that didn’t work though, they would just force close or just not do anything. I’ve run into that issue on all of the tablets I have though so it’s no surprise to me. It could run graphic intensive games with no problems or lag, like the tower defense style where there’s a lot going on on the screen at the same time. It also ran ‘3D’ games like Nanosaur with no issues either. I also grabbed a few larger Popcap games like Peggle, Chuzzle and Plants vs Zombies and they all worked perfectly fine with no lag whatsoever. So gaming works fine with just some slight issues.
The G-Sensor seems to work fine, I grabbed a few games like Hungry Shark that specifically use the sensor for testing and it worked just fine.
The processor is a 1.2ghz Rockchip RK2906 Cortex A8, not dual core but still better than I expected considering the price. It does have 512mb of DDR3 ram which should be able to handle most things. I did find that the tablet can slow down a bit at times and I found the reason to be that there was just too much running in the background. I changed the settings for included Advanced Task Killer app to automatically kill tasks which seemed to help greatly (which is something I do on all of my tablets). This tablet also has developer options so you can go in further and change the tasks and preferences for them like allowing only one things to run in the background at a time. So changing some settings really made the tablet much more snappier and drastically reduced the slowdowns to pretty much none at all.
Battery life is a mixed bag. If you’re not using the wi-fi then you can get a good 6 or 7 hours from it, but with wi-fi on constantly you can pretty much cut that number in half. Personally I don’t use wi-fi all of the time especially if I’m out somewhere. As I mentioned I take my tablet with me to my kids karate class to pass the time and there is no free wi-fi near there so wi-fi is off. I’m sure a lot of people though use wi-fi often, so it just depends how you use the tablet.
That brings us to wi-fi and it’s only G but it works. I had no issues connecting to my network, and when I turned it back on it automatically connected as it should.
The screen is extremely glossy making it very reflective which if held at the right angle can be annoying. The glossy also means it picks up fingerprints and smudges very easily, and of course it attracts dust. Not much you can do about the glossy screen though as sadly that seems to be the common or popular thing now. Using in sunlight can be hard, in direct sunlight the screen does get mostly washed out but I used in my car on a very sunny day and I could still use it just fine. It’s just direct sunlight hitting the screen that doesn’t work great with it.
The case included with the tablet is very nice, I really can’t stress enough at how much I really like the included case. It’s very well made, nice looking and it does offer protection for the tablet inside.
I did run across a funky error with the Google Play that I’ve never seen before, but I should note it only happened on one game. The error was that I couldn’t download the game because I was in the wrong country. I don’t know why this happened as it uses Google location services and it sees I’m in the United States. I’ve never ran into that error before though so I’m not sure what to make of it. I downloaded plenty of other things from the app store but just that one game gave me that error.
I have to admit I wasn’t expecting much at all considering the price of this tablet is so low, but I’m happy to report I was pleasantly surprised by just how nice this tablet is really.
Sure it’s not some mega super fast dual core thing, but it doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars either.
Inexpensive is nice, and there was a time when inexpensive tablets were cheap in both what they offered and their construction really. The Kocaso tablet is well made, it looks great and it works well, with a few tweaks of course.
For such an inexpensive tablet I was expecting a much slower CPU and not one that was running at 1.2ghz as this one is. The CPU can handle everything I tried to do and that includes larger and graphic intensive games.
Battery life isn’t the greatest when using wi-fi all of the time, I don’t know about you but I don’t leave wi-fi on all of the time unless I’m actually using it.
Pros: +Decent battery life with normal use +Seems like a well made tablet +Includes excellent carrying case +Includes a lot of useful apps and games +Includes developer options +Fast and snappy (once you make some adjustments) +Great looking screen
Cons: -Poor battery life on wi-fi -Very glossy screen, picks up fingerprints and dust -Tablet can slow down with lots of things running -No Bluetooth