- Large screen
- Solid processor
- 16 GB of storage
- HDMI and USB Host
- Poor quality display
- Middling battery life
- Nearly useless cameras
Quick TakeThe ValuePad VP112-11 is decent budget tablet with a large screen, although not too groundbreaking beyond that.
There are lots of inexpensive Android tablets, but few that also offer a spacious screen. Given that it sells for under $90, does a 10.1-inch display make the ValuePad VP112-11 a real deal? We find out.
Before we begin, an important note: this review is of the ValuePad VP112-11, with 16 GB of internal memory. There is also a VP112-7, with a 7-inch display and 8 GB of memory, so make sure to check spec sheets carefully before purchasing.
Build and Design
Out of the box, the VP112-11 looks like a fairly generic black slab, with a glossy black plastic casing and a medium-sized bezel around the screen. It’s not ugly, it’s not pretty, it just kind of “is.” But its generic nature does make it easy to find an equally generic case. A plastic film screen protector is pre-installed.
Interestingly, the device has the company’s customer service email address silkscreened onto the back of it right below the model number. I honestly wasn’t sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing at first. But looking over the documentation, I’m now pretty sure that it’s a good thing. Despite the low price, the documentation on the VP-112 was clearly written by someone who actually understands English, mostly avoiding the mangled grammar often associated with cheap Chinese imports. And although I never had cause to contact them, feedback on Amazon indicates relatively fast and helpful customer service.
Pulling no punches, the 10.1-inch screen is the weakest part of the VP112-11 by a considerable measure. It’s an older style of display, the type that has specific “viewing angles” for ideal visibility, and not great ones at that. Combined with the relatively low resolution — 1024 x 600 — it’s not going to hold a candle to your average smartphone or more expensive tablet display in terms of quality.
What it does offer though, is size. This is one of the relatively few budget tablets with a screen larger an 7 or 8 inches, which gives it an advantage in certain niches. I would look at it as particularly suitable to kids who probably don’t care about perfect quality, and people with poorer eyesight who wouldn’t necessarily be able to perceive the difference in sharpness.
Overall the screen is more than good enough for basic web browsing and most types of games. It’s readable, it’s just no frills, and you shouldn’t have too high expectations for color fidelity or sharpness.
Buttons and Ports
Along one edge of the VP112-11 is a whole plethora of ports. Besides the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, there’s also a mini-HDMI port, which is nice to see, since the quad-core processor does have solid pep to it for displaying video, and HDMI lets you bypass the not-so-great screen. Just take note that mini-HDMI is a distinct size in between the micro-HDMI on some smartphones and the full-size HDMI on TVs, so you may need a specific cable.
On the lowest corner of this ValuePad model is the microSD memory card slot, as well as a recessed reset button and power connector. Although this is designed to use a dedicated 5V barrel connector for its power supply, it can also be charged via USB, so you don’t have to trade in all your wall- and car-chargers.
What may seem odd at first is the device sports not one but two micro-USB connectors. These are actually for slightly different purposes: one is a standard micro-USB for data transfer and, if you so choose, charging. The other is a USB-OTG connector, designed to let you hook up things like flash drives, input peripherals, ethernet adapter, etcetera to the tablet. Surprisingly enough, it even comes with a micro-USB to full size USB Host adapter right in the box. Between that and the HDMI port, the VP gives you everything you need to hook it up to a large monitor or TV, keyboard, and mouse, turning this tablet into a basic PC.
Keep going. Page 2 covers the performance of the ValuePad VP112-11.