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Zoostorm PlayTab Q6010 review

Sometimes a low price tag is a warning flag

Being a near-stock Android tablet, the Zoostorm Playtab Q6010 has all the core features you'd expect from Android, but nothing else particularly special.

There are no tweaks to the notifications bar or lock-screens, and you won't find any extra widgets or wallpapers to get you started. The keyboard is Google's original with no additions, though you can of course download something different if you prefer. I found the input to be reasonably accurate, despite the previously mentioned chasm between glass and screen.

Zoostorm PlayTab Q6010

For listening to your favourite music there's a music app pre-installed on the PlayTab, but it feels thoroughly like something that should have been left behind on Android 1.6 devices.

The interface is ugly and relatively basic, and there's no control of your music from the notification bar or the lock screen. For those kind of features, and for pretty much every other reason you could possibly think of, you're far better off with an alternative such as Google Music or PowerAmp.

Video is handled either through the stock Gallery app, or via a separate app imaginatively called 'Video'.

Once I'd stored some video locally on the PlayTab, this app picked them up straight away and, once playing, presented me with a variety of options of playback mode, re-sizing, shuffle and repeat modes, as well as being able to adjust brightness without having to go into the settings.

It's not especially pretty, and doesn't do anything fancy like pulling in video from other sources, but it at least affords more options than playing video through the Gallery. I tried playing MP4 and MKV files, both of which played fine without any audio sync issues.

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HD video runs smoothly

Web browsing capabilities are left to the stock Android browser - there's no Chrome pre-installed here. The browser allows for multiple tabs, incognito browsing and has Flash pre-installed to make all those little adverts and self-playing videos come to life on whatever website you happen to be visiting. I checked out the content-heavy TechRadar site a number of times to give me a comparison of whether that quad-core processor and N-grade Wi-FI could make for a responsive browsing experience. The site was ready to browse just under 10 seconds and fully loaded within 18 - not exactly the speed I would have hoped for from a quad-core tablet .

Camera

Some tablets might convince you to laugh off the mocking glances a tablet-wielding photographer attracts, though Zoostorm would manage to make anyone re-think this bizarre behaviour with what has to be the worst pair of cameras you'll find on a tablet this side of the £50 unbranded Ebay tablets.

The front-facing camera throws up colourless, soft photos and video at 640 x 480 resolution that would only just pass as usable for a Skype call or Google Hangout. I changed to the back camera, expecting the 2MP sensor to throw up something of more acceptable quality - but how wrong I was.

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Image quality is less than fantastic

The rear camera has fixed focal length, narrow aperture and no focus control, making taking a picture of any real quality nigh-on impossible. In low light there's also obvious interference with banding making things even more awful.

There's of course no flash for the rear camera, and generally I wish Zoostorm hadn't even bothered with it and spent an extra couple of pounds on a better front-facing sensor.

The camera app is Google's app, but with most of the features stripped out. All you're left with is white-balance adjustment and a choice of two scene modes - automatic or night.

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The camera UI has been stripped back

If you really must buy a tablet based on its photographic prowess, then you'd be better to look at the (far more expensive) Apple iPad Air or Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerRockchip
Graphics Controller ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ModelMali-400MP4
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
HDMIYes
Product FamilyPlayTab
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelRK3188
Operating SystemAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Brand NameZoostorm
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeCortex A9
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)620 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height12 mm
Width268 mm
Depth169 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
ManufacturerZoostorm
Product ModelQ6010
Product NamePlayTab Q6010 Tablet
Product LinePlayTab
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part Number3305-6010
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.zoostorm.co.uk
Marketing Information

10.1' Zoostorm PlayTab Q6010 Tablet PC 3305-6010

This stunning new 10.1 inch Zoostorm PlayTab is a true tablet PC that delivers stunning visuals, smooth playback and great web streaming. The Zoostorm PlayTab comes with a super responsive Quad core CPU with quad core graphics that delivers a great interactive, intuitive experience.

Package Contents
  • PlayTab Q6010 Tablet
  • AC Adapter