GoTab GTi8 review

GoTab GTi8

GoTab's budget rival to the Apple iPad mini and Google Nexus 7 is the GTi8. We spent time with the tablet at The Gadget Show Live so here's our GoTab GTi8 hands-on review.

You’d be forgiven for mistaking the GoTab GTi8 with a white model of the iPad mini, but this tablet is significantly cheaper at just £119. The two are a similar size and share a similar design. The front of the tablet is predominantly which is surrounded by a fairly thick bezel. The only thing missing is the iconic Apple physical home button. See also Amazon Kindle Fire HD review.

Flip the GTi8 over and you see a silver cover which looks remarkably like the iPad mini's. It too is made from aluminium which is surprising given the price. Build quality of the GoTab GTi8 is one of the best we've seen for a cheap tablet.

The name suggests the tablet is tuned for performance like cars with the badge but the internal specs are distinctly mid-ranged. You get a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM – not bad for a tablet this cheap. We found the GoTab GTi8 extremely nippy for a budget tablet, struggling not with the homescreens, app menus, recent apps and playing games like angry birds.

Storage matches the original Nexus 7 models at 8GB and 16GB. This isn't great considering the Nexus 7 comes with 16GB for £159 but the GoTab offers a microSD card which the Nexus doesn't

The screen is an inch larger than Google's tablet at 8in, effectively matching the iPad mini. GoTab's GTi8 offer the same 1024 x768 resolution as the iPad mini which is impressive.

GoTab GTi8 rear

However, the panel in question is considerably lower quality. The biggest problem we found with the tablet was its narrow viewing angles; you really do have to look straight on to see what's being displayed properly.

The GTi8 comes with the usual connectivity such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth but also has an HDMI port which is a particular rarity. At the low price, we were surprised to find front and rear cameras although they are only rated at VGA and 2Mp respectively.

GoTab GTi8 tablet

Like a lot of budget tablets we’ve seen, the GTi8 runs a vanilla version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and that's a good thing. It's like a blank canvas waiting for your customisation. There's the usual access to the Google Play Store for apps, games, books, movies and music.

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At a first look the GoTab GTi8 is one of the nicest budget tablets we've seen. At £119 you get a lot for your money – an iPad mini style design with aluminium casing, reasonable specs and expandable memory. The poor screen quality does let it down so the extra £40 to a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD might be worth it. We'll update this to a full review soon.