We take a look at the M009S and let you know what’s a bargain and what could yet prove to be a rip off. This is the only review you need.
By Chris Messenger | Published 16/08/2012
Cheap! Excellent price
Super easy to transfer files onto tablet
Good web browsing experience
Good range of apps via Android market
Wifi only no option for Bluetooth/3G
Battery life is below average
Screen can have response problems
Built for web browsing only
Everything on the Tabtech M009s has been designed to save money, and we mean everything. Don’t expect the best components available and you won’t be disappointed.
As we have navigated the (sometimes treacherous) waters of the Tablet PC marketplace, we have come across a number of overpriced PCs that claim to be amazing innovations in portable computer technology but are, in fact, ‘bog standard’ at best. In such circumstances, the buyer is hoodwinked into purchasing a Tablet PC on the strength of brand recognition alone. But now, for those of us without hundreds of pounds at our disposal, there comes the Tabtech M009s, a Tablet designed with a budget in mind. We take a look at the M009S and let you know what’s a bargain and what could yet prove to be a rip off.
Tablet PC standard, throughout the price range, is a 1GHz processor powering things. Presumably as a cost-saving measure, the M009s utilizes only 800MHz, which means that Tabtech aren’t expecting the M009s to compete for speed or processing power, but then, the M009s isn’t supposed to compete with anything at all on any level except price.
A measly 256MB of RAM is a little stingy, even by cost-saving standards and, when considered against the pitiful 2GB hard drive, even those who pinch the pennies so hard the Queen screams might be well-advised to splash out a little bit more.
Likewise, you’ll probably be unsurprised to know that the M009s only runs Android 2.2 when 3.0 is rapidly becoming Industry standard.
The real blow comes in the form of connectivity options (or rather the lack thereof) WiFi is all you get in this case. Forget Bluetooth, forget 3G and, if you need multiple connectivity options, forget the M009s.
Everything on the Tabtech M009s has been designed to save money, and we mean everything. Don’t expect the best components available and you won’t be disappointed. With a 7-inch screen that displays 800 x 480 pixels, the resolution could be a lot better, but, with a Tablet PC this cheap and cheerful, lets focus not on what could be better but on what is very good. The screen does what it is supposed to, it works well and gets the job done, nothing more, yet nothing less.
When this review was first published back in February 2012, the Tabtech cost just under £100. Today, however, this bargain basement gizmo is even cheaper. You can get your own M009s for just £60.
Tablet PC standard, throughout the price range, is a 1GHz processor powering things. Presumably as a cost-saving measure.
We should point out that the web browsing experience on the M009s is surprisingly good. Nobody in their right mind would recommend saving anything to a computer with 2GB of hard drive, but if all your after is a portable device for checking your emails, then the M009s starts to look very good indeed.
The single biggest plus point here is the price. The M009s costs less than £100. Now, whilst the old axiom that you ‘get what you pay for’ is very true, if you’re looking for a solid, portable Internet device that will handle the Net (but very little else), the Tabtech M009s is unlikely to disappoint.
File transfer is fast and efficient, but as previously stated, with such a nonexistent memory, it simply wouldn’t be worth your time.
The camera (there is only one) might as well not be there and the battery life is average, to be generous.
In addition, the Tablet itself weighs a ridiculous 821g, which is enormous for a 7-inch Tablet. We can’t help but wonder what on Earth they are putting in a PC (that ought to be much lighter than its peers) to make it so bloody heavy.
What Other Users Say
The Amazon userbase has actually been rather kind to the M009s. 224 of the 324 reviews posted have been 4/5 or higher, with 136 users bestowing a 5/5 score on the M009s. One such review, posted by ‘Mark_Ely’ (5/5) called the M009s “better than you might expect”, and, despite criticizing the battery life and the dull screen, he had a point. It is more than the sum of its parts (albeit not much more).
It’s a tricky one. On the one hand, you’ll be shelling out less than £100, while on the other hand; you’ll only be getting less than £100’s worth of Tablet PC. It all depends on what you want it for. If you’re only going to use it for the most basic of functions then it is value for money indeed. However, if you’re looking for an amazing bargain Tablet that you can use for business, travel and generally as a lifestyle peripheral (the same way you could with an iPad), you’d be wiser to look elsewhere.
With the big name Tablets coming down in price, and extremely good models like the HP Touchpad available for as little as £89 on some websites, the shelf life of the M009s could well be short and your money saving masterstroke could end up feeling like false economy.
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