Gigaset QV830: A super-affordable 8-inch Android tablet [Review]

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There are lots of excellent Android tablets around, including the Nexus 7, and the Kindle Fire HDX, but if you can’t afford a top of the range tablet, or are looking for a second device, or one to give as gift, then a budget model may be preferable.

Gigaset (previously Gigaset Siemens), which usually makes home phones, has entered the tablet market with the QV830, an ultra-affordable 8-inch Android tablet with some stylish touches -- it has an anodized aluminum rear casing, for example, rather than being all-plastic as you might expect.

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The top and bottom of the device (when viewed in portrait mode) are shiny metal, and the sides are plastic. It looks good. As with other cheaper tablets the controls and ports are at the top end. From left to right they are volume, microUSB 2.0, headphone jack, micro SDHC and on/off.

The Gigaset QV830 is 141 x 200 x 8mm and weighs 351g (the similarly sized iPad mini, by comparison, weighs 331g). You can hold it one-handed, but it’s more comfortable in two.

This is a budget tablet -- it’s currently on sale for just £69.99 -- so you shouldn’t expect too much from the specs, but they’re very reasonable.

It’s powered by a 1.2 GHz Quad Core, Mediatek MT8125, Cortex A7 processor, with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of storage. The micro SDHC lets you expand storage to up to 32GB. It has a 5 MP auto focus rear camera (with no flash), and a 1.2 MP 720p front shooter. The 3260 mAh battery should deliver up to 8 hours of normal life -- not amazing, but passable -- and promises a standby time of 240 hours. It runs stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

The 8-inch screen is reasonable, although it only offers a resolution of 1024 x 768 (half that of the iPad mini), and a pixel density of just 160ppi so it appears quite grainy. The color and contrast are nicely balanced however. The screen is very shiny -- it’s like looking into a mirror -- which makes using it in bright light difficult.

Initial impressions weren’t, in truth, all that favorable. When I turned it on I was greeted with a message telling me a Google app had crashed, and during set up the Google Account Manager also crashed, forcing me to restart from the beginning. I then had to update the touch panel firmware before I could start using the device. The volume was cranked up to the maximum by default and actually made me jump the first time it sounded an alert to let me know a new mail had arrived.

In use though, the tablet was fine. The cameras take decent photos, nothing amazing, and with rather too much noise, but for a quick snap or video chat they are passable. The rear camera has auto-focus rather than fixed focus, so you can take close up shots, and you get HDR and panoramic modes too.

Performance wise the tablet delivered about what I was expecting. Games played well enough, although this is not the tablet you want to use to show off the latest 3D blockbusters, and movies are perfectly watchable.

I found the screen wasn’t all that responsive at times, which was a bit annoying, but making more deliberate swipes and taps solved the problem.

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So the Gigaset QV830 isn’t perfect -- it’s not an iPad mini or Kindle Fire HDX rival -- but that doesn’t matter. Gigaset isn’t trying to compete with those. The QV830 is a £70 tablet -- £70! -- and to pull it up for not offering the same quality or performance as far more expensive alternatives would be unfair. For a budget device, it’s great. It’s much, much better than most other low end tablets, and as a starter device, or a second tablet for your kids, it’s hard to beat. The fact it offers an 8-inch screen for that price is a definite plus, and I've found myself using it more than my Nexus 7 recently.

The tablet is currently on sale on the Curry’s website, priced at £69.99, although the offer is only set to run until the 16 October (after which time the price will go up to £99.99) so if you want to snap up an absolute bargain, act fast.

3 Responses to Gigaset QV830: A super-affordable 8-inch Android tablet [Review]

  1. RCS_hkt says:

    I have 2 main problems with off-brand products like this:
    1) They scrimp somewhere to achieve lower price point to offset lack of brand recognition. Usually on display and memory. Memory is a killer. Even if you have a 32 GB card installed, lots of Android apps don't let you offload the app and it's data onto external memory. So you can quickly face a limitation on how many apps you can install on devices with just 4 or 8GB memory.
    2) What do you when it breaks down 3-4 months later. My 6 month's old Samsung 10.1 Note (2014) had a display problem. I drove it to the local Samsung repair center 30 min away and they had it fixed 15 minutes later. If they couldn't fix it they would have replaced it under warranty.
    Off brands are less likely to have good service networks or policies. You get what you pay for.

  2. GoodKnighty1 says:

    Cheap tablet makers need to make a name for themselves by making their products as good if not better than major brands. What better way to do this with than to start with a quality usable product. Not some crap that will last only a few months, if you're lucky. Done this before, now I like Samsung. Their products are always quality from the very start!

  3. glennstin says:

    Copy of a letter to Gigaset:
    This is the first purchase we've made from Gigaset, AND it will be
    the last. Your Technical Support is a joke. It seems your company
    is trying to break into the USA tablet market with this QV830, and we
    were convinced by the presentation on QVC Television to make our
    very first tablet purchase. Probably your company has produced a
    nice product, but we will never know. A simple mistake in setup, BY
    US, made the product unusable. All we needed was some Technical
    Support to get started again. First, the number included in the
    package gets you an hour on HOLD only to be informed their company
    has nothing to do with Gigaset. Then I go into the manual supplied
    to get another contact. Same Story, another hour on Hold, "We are
    experiencing higher than expected calls". Finally a live voice
    comes on only to tell me he can't help and must file a repair ticket
    (GCCSID:03640000333). He says a Tech will call, so we wait all day,
    no call. Now at 5:36 PM, I get this email saying I'm still in the
    WRONG DEPARTMENT. Somewhere within your company lies a SERIOUS
    CUSTOMER SERVICE PROBLEM. One of your fine products is being
    RETURNED to QVC, not because it is a bad product. Your paychecks
    are at risk. Somewhere, someone has to say "The Buck Stops Here".
    A copy of this email will be in the QVC Return. I would like the
    CEO of Gigaset to see this, but I'm sure that won't happen. Enjoy
    your job, It's not going to last. Glenn

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