DIGITAL2 PAD DELUXE COMPONENTS
The Digital2 Pad Deluxe features a 1 GHz quad core processor, 1 GB of DDR3 memory, and 8 GB of internal flash storage that is expandable to 32 GB via a MicroSD card. All of these combined make for a very smooth running tablet, which was especially noticeable during gameplay. While playing games, it was clear that the graphics were very fluid and provided no hiccups during the gaming process. Interestingly enough, Digital2 did not mention the graphics-processing unit anywhere.
The Digital2 Pad Deluxe also features a 9” LCD display that displays content at a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, and has a resolution of 800 x 480. This was the only disappointment with the Digital2 Pad Deluxe, especially when the hardware backing the display is working seamlessly to provide such a great user experience. Unfortunately, the low pixel density slightly distorts images, movies, and games from displaying at their greatest potential and clarity.
The top right corner of tablet is the home of a 0.3 MP front-facing camera, typically the quality of front facing camera’s are a little bit higher, and can usually be found around the 1 MP mark or upwards.
Taking a look at the connectivity options for the Digital2 Pad Deluxe, the tablet features the standard WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) as well as Bluetooth connectivity’s, which essentially make this device universal to most of your wireless situations.
The Digital2 Pad Deluxe comes with Digital2’s 1 Year Limited Warranty and taking a quick look on Amazon shows that this tablet will set you back roughly $100.
The Digital2 Pad Deluxe is shipped with Android 4.2, also known as Jelly Bean. As most of you know, Android is an operating system for mobile devices that is created by Google. Jelly Bean 4.1, debuted back in July of 2012 and was a major update to Android’s new user interface brought in by the previous version, Ice Cream Sandwich. The main difference from Jelly Bean 4.1 and 4.2 is that 4.2 features some minor, behind the scenes, changes that are hard to visualize unless you are comparing the operating system versions side by side.
Many companies and manufactures will design and implement their own software overlay that will be placed on top of the Android operating system. The companies that are most notable for their overlays are are HTC, who includes their HTC Sense, Samsung who has their TouchWiz and Motorola who has their Motoblur. All of which are designed to alter the Android operating system in such a way to benefit the user, by adding additional features and functionalities that Google did not implement.
Digital2 has included a small overlay with their Pad Deluxe that is small change from the stock Jelly Bean operating system. As seen below, the notification bar has been split into two different sections, the right side features six quick buttons that allow you quickly enable/disable WiFi or Auto Rotate, change brightness, or jump to your contact info or even to settings.
The left side is the standard notification area, where you can find your recent emails and application updates.
The Digital2 Pad Deluxe is shipped with pre-loaded applications to make start up easier. These applications range from gaming to productivity to multi-media, either way Digital2 helps you to quickly get started with your new tablet as soon as you turn the device on. This is often a debatable feature, as some may find these applications to simply take up space, while they may impress others.
The Multi-touch Capability of the tablet allows you to use more than one finger to utilize the tablet; this feature is common with most tablets and smartphones, as it is often used for pinching the screen to zoom in or out, for example.
An interesting feature of the Digital2 Pad Deluxe is the G-Sensor Technology. The G-Sensor Technology will shift the display to coordinate the best viewing experience to the viewer, using what we presume to be unmentioned accelerometers within the tablet. An accelerometer is a small component found within many smartphones and tablets. This component recognizes how the device is being moved and returns the data is such a way that it coordinates with the operating system or application. It may be as simple as knowing which orientation the device is being held, or as complex as an application determining whether a surface is level.
ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Digital2 Pad Deluxe can best be defined as a great entry-level tablet. This would be an excellent tablet for those who are just starting in the tablet scene, or even for children, as it would provide for the same functionalities as a more expensive tablet, yet only cost a fraction of the price.
The price point of the tablet could actually be said to be below what this tablet is capable of, if you do not consider the screen quality. The overall fluidity and speed of the tablet was very impressive, and it was exciting to see this especially with gameplay.
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