We’ve got a slurry of Android tablets in the market with not a lot of difference between most of them and the number isn’t going to decrease any time soon. So, what do you do to get noticed in the crowd? You put in stuff that quite a few manufacturers have omitted (Read: USB OTG, keyboard connectivity, HDMI, larger screen), but still keep the price tag at the lower end. That’s exactly what MSI have done with their WindPad Enjoy 10. But, does that spell success for this tablet over its other Android counterparts? Let’s find out.
On video: MSI WindPad Enjoy 10
Design and Build Quality
The WindPad quite surprised us when we removed our review unit from the box. Thin, smooth finish, rounded edges and a nice steel and matte combo finish at the back, immediately meant that this one was way above the cheap plastic ones, we’ve reviewed in the past. The only glossy bit is along the edges on the front of the tablet and there’s equal amount of bezel on all the sides of this slate.
If you’ll glance over to the left, you’ll find a range of connectivity options for the WindPad. Firstly, there’s a power port, two mini USB ports, a headphone jack, an HDMI port, the volume rocker and a lock button. The microSD card slot is located at the back, underneath a rather huge flap. The speakers are located at the back as well. The front consists of an ambient light sensor and four capacitive buttons with haptic feedback, next to the 10-inch display that has a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
From all sides
With bigger tablets, there’s always this worry of dropping them if there’s uneven weight distribution, but the Enjoy 10 doesn’t have any problem, whatsoever. It’s easy to hold with one hand and the ergonomics section has been covered well. At 800g, it’s definitely not the lightest tablet around but they’ve not compromised on the design or the build of this nice looking tablet.
Features and Performance
The WindPad Enjoy 10 is powered by a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor with 512 MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It runs on Honeycomb Android 2.3 and we’re not too sure if this will get an ICS update. They’ve not done too much to the stock Gingerbread interface. With those specs, the Enjoy 10 seems to be able to handle it all on paper, but that’s where the good part ends. The tablet is extremely sluggish. Simply opening up the menu shows a lot of framing and manouvering through the homescreen, the menu is extremely slow. So much that this tablet might just give you a lesson on the important of patience, if you’ve not smashed it to pieces already. We tried putting a third party launcher and things did seem to improve a bit, but again problems started cropping up, while typing on the keyboard. So much lag between a key press being registered on the screen is just not acceptable. Multitasking is an absolute no brainer, out here. We’ll give you an example – a lot of times, music tracks start chopping, if you have music playing in the background and you open another application.
We’ll rant a little about the display as well. Poor resolution, poor viewing angles make viewing the screen a sore experience. In all fairness, it’s not the worst out there, but definitely not something you’d want on a 10 incher.
The tablet got a score of 2064 in our AnTuTu benchmark test, which was at least better than 1726 points that the similar priced Swingtel Hello tab got, in our earlier review. In Linpack, the Enjoy 10 got a score of 13.6MFLOPS in the single thread test and a score of 11.8MFLOPS in the multi thread test, which was definitely not impressive and even the cheaper TabPlus Rio got a better score.
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