Yarvik GoTab Xerios
We take a look at what’s hot and what’s not so hot about Yarvik’s new baby as we review the Yarvik GoTab Xerios.
By Chris Messenger | Published 16/08/2012
Excellent tablet for beginners
Mini HDMI out up to 1080p with 3D
Highly customized settings
Storage expandable up to 32 GB via SD
Google Play support needs driver update
Wifi only. No 3G, Bluetooth support
Specifications make device sluggy
No flash player support
There are faster tablets with better RAM, there are smoother tablets with better screens and there are more versatile tablets with better apps, but none of those tablets cost £150 new and come bundled with the latest version of Android.
Every so often, a lower-priced tablet proves itself high-end enough to be counted among the ‘big boys’. Yarvik are clearly hoping that their ‘GoTab Xerios’, a 10-inch model launched in March of this year, will fit this description. But is it that rarest of all things? Or is it merely ‘garden variety’ and common as muck? Our reviewer investigates...
The Xerios doesn’t have the most amazing features known to man. It is quite customizable, however. For example, despite only utilizing 8GB of built-in memory, the Micro SD card slot can enable you to up this to an impressive 32GB.
Elsewhere, a 1.2 GHz processor is quite welcome, as is the estimated 8 hours of battery life. Whilst 512MB of RAM isn’t exactly world beating, it ought to be enough really.
It also runs Android 4.0 (the bafflingly-named ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’) and so, is bang up to date in terms of OS.
A price tag of £157 isn’t bad at all. By way of comparison, my 60GB iPod cost £300 (and that was back in 2006).
For the decent specs, array of interesting features and nice design, £157 doesn’t seem too steep.
‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ is relatively easy to get on with and set up (even if you’re an Android newcomer) and the Xerios boots up in a reasonable time.
The WiFi is excellent, not as good as you might reasonably expect for a high-end model, but far and away the best I’ve seen in its price range. Having said that, there are some compatibility issues, as iPlayers (and other downloads/streamed content) are often unavailable. Also, this is a very limited Tablet as far as apps are concerned.
There has been a lot of rubbish talked that this Tablet doesn’t support Google Play, however, a quick trip to the Yarvik forums should remedy this.
To be honest, the screen could be higher spec. I’m not expecting ‘iPad’ levels of dazzling beauty, but, personally, I would expect slightly more colour and focus for my £157. In addition, the camera is badly placed (and there’s only one, at the front) which can make taking photos and making video calls tougher than it needs to be.
It looks nice and it plays well, but what we’re dealing with here is a solid ‘C’ student. The Xerios won’t let you down, but it also won’t set the world on fire. This is, not to put too fine a point on it, a decidedly mid-level product, but it is very good at being mid level, if that makes sense.
To be honest, the screen could be higher spec. I’m not expecting ‘iPad’ levels of dazzling beauty, but, personally, I would expect slightly more colour and focus for my £157.
What Over Users Say
The reviews for this product are spread right across the board. Some users complain that this model is not ‘high spec’ enough, while others are impressed at the Xerios’ ease of use and functionality. Personally, I think it all boils down to what you’re actually looking for. So, with that in mind, we hopped over to Amazon.co.uk to check out their user base and give you a representative sample of their opinions.
‘Davad321’ (3/5) was disappointed that he couldn’t get Kindle or Google Play to work on his Xerios. Kindle will not work (as far as I know) but Google Play does, you just have to know how to work it, Davad. ‘Grumpy’ (3/5) complained that the Xerios is very limited when it comes to apps, (S)he was also upset by the lack of back-facing camera and listed several (fairly reasonable) problems that this causes.
‘Mike Mechanic 42’ (4/5) was a bit more positive, praising this tablet’s Internet function, but complaining about the camera position also.
Some users, however, were completely blown away. ‘Phil H’ (5/5) wrote a very nice review, which gave a mostly positive opinion (despite lamenting the lack of Bluetooth and pointing out that the display is somewhat of a let down). Phil praises the way this tablet connects with other devices (in particular a mouse and keyboard) as well as the way it handles Skype calls. ‘John’ (5/5) agrees, pointing out that the screen suffers in direct sunlight but that otherwise this tablet had everything he wanted in a tablet “and more”.
There are better tablets; I’ll say that now. There are faster tablets with better RAM, there are smoother tablets with better screens and there are more versatile tablets with better apps, but none of those tablets cost £150 new and come bundled with the latest version of Android. For the money, I’d say that this is a pretty decent tablet. Its not amazing, but it is a solid little model that won’t let you down.