A1CS X220 TABLET

Briefly…

Pros

-Price (was £110 when I bought it compared with iPad 2 being £318 at time)
-Nice screen size
-Customer service very good
-Has room for mini SD card (up to 32gb) so can have lots of space. Can’t extend space on iPad.
-Lots of ports: two USB and SD mini card.
-GPS
-Camera

Cons

(Bear in mind that this was a faulty tablet so some of problems I had before it died may have been due to faults)

-Battery lasts only 2 hours (iPad is more like 10). 2 hours can be used up quickly
-Internet slow
-unreliable (lots of testimonies of faulty machines)

 

A sample of testimonies from Amazon, taken on 27th December 2012 under recent reviews:

 

Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid like the plague!!!
I bought this tablet for my daughter for Christmas. I followed the instructions to the letter and charged the tablet for 7 hours before first use…
Published 2 days ago by D. Casey
1.0 out of 5 stars is it the clone?
I didn’t purchase this item from this seller and from this website. I purchased one which looks identical in the picture from ebay…
Published 2 days ago by Dan

5.0 out of 5 stars Quick service, ideal present
bought this for my Nephew’s christmas so he hasn’t used it yet but my 17 year old (who has an ipad)has set it up with games and is very impressed with it…
Published 7 days ago by kay t – falkirk
1.0 out of 5 stars Mr walsh
DO NOT BUY THIS IS TOTAL JUNK and cheaply made I had bought one for little girls Xmas I tried before I wrapped it and it was crashed I have now been trying to get refund with no…
Published 8 days ago by Tosh

1.0 out of 5 stars Beware Of This Seller!
This product was ordered as an alternative to an iPad; however was very glichy and the screen felt loose. In short, it was of poor quality and had bad software…
Published 9 days ago by Rosharoo

1.0 out of 5 stars pointless
I bought this for the sole purpose of streaming videos and using the hdmi connection to watch them on my tv. the hdmi port doesn’t work. need I say more? haven’t touched it since…
Published 13 days ago by L5
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas
Christmas present
Hope they enjoy
Looks very smart
Easy to set up
Useful aid for homework
Download lots of apps
Published 14 days ago by jacqueline bright

1.0 out of 5 stars Defective DO NOT BUY
This product has caused me nothing but problems since i purchased it. The tablet does not charge so i am unable to switch it on!! …
Published 14 days ago by T.Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars been highly recommended
have bought this for a christmas present so has not been used. But it has come highly recommended by several people and is well worth the money…..
Published 15 days ago by d

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is great and easy to use once you get the hang of it. Got stuck a few times but emailed the company and they replied straight away…
Published 21 days ago by frosty

 

As you can see reviews vary greatly. Some people who got working tablets are very happy with the product, many on the other hand consider it to be rubbish. To see latest reviews yourself go to http://www.amazon.co.uk/A1CS-X220-TABLET-ANDROID-1080P/dp/B004F33FJ6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356631296&sr=8-1 and look for recent customer reviews on the right a bit down the page.

My experience…

I recently bought an A1CS X220 TABLET 10.2″ ANDROID 2.2. I was searching on Amazon for an iPad and this product came up near the bottom of the first page even though it was quite clearly not an iPad. As it costs only £110 and seemed to have good reviews I thought why not get it. No point spending another three hundred pounds just for a brand.

The seller was very good and after ordering Saturday night we received it on Tuesday morning – I was impressed. It was quite heavy and thick but that wasn’t too much of a problem. It took a long time to charge – several hours, and the charge lead is very short so if you want to use it while it is charging you have to be within about one metre of a plug.

It was too slow on the internet to function as a laptop, but still it was nice.

However, after 2 days it died. After searching more I found that although on average it has a high rating on Amazon – about 4 stars – there are a lot of bad reviews, and a lot of faulty tablets.  I inferred that this tablet was cheaply made and unreliable. After this I decided to ask for my money back rather than for a replacement. The seller was polite and did give me a full refund – so fair play to him. However, I don’t want to use a piece of technology that is obviously built on the cheap and not particularly good. Several months later I bought an iPad 2 for £290 and it is fantastic:  battery life 10 hours or so, screen beautiful, looks great and most of all reliable!

My advice
-if you go ahead and get this make sure you buy it from a seller who has good ratings and will replace it if your first one does not work
– if you want something more reliable buy a tablet from a good brand: Apple, Samsung or perhaps the Google Nexus Tablet.
-If you are looking for a sub £200 it would be safer to get a Kindle Fire or Google Nexus tablet.

Caleb O'Loan

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