The FabTab Brio. I got this from SmartBro as a loyal subscriber. No, it wasn’t for free [to my dismay!]. I was only able to avail of paying for it through monthly installments for the next two years – about P 350.00 will be added to my monthly service fee. How do I find it?
Actually, I accepted SmartBro’s offer because I wanted to give this tablet to my mother who had been complaining that browsing through her cellular phone was a little difficult because of the size. I didn’t really need another tablet because I am fine with my Acer Iconia.
Before deciding to get the Brio, I searched for some reviews around the Net, but they were scarce. And I was even hesitant because the only one review available was all rant about the Brio – I forgot the blogger, but she said that after having used it for two weeks, there was a crack on the screen which she suspected was caused when she charged the unit [she discovered the crack after charging it]. She said, when the crack appeared, the screen did not respond anymore and Smart won’t replace it.
It was very convenient getting this for ‘free’. When I went to the Smart Office, I just signed some papers, and without making a single payment, the unit was released to me.
I’m not a technical person, so I’m clueless about such stuff, but for a detailed info on the Brio, click here. In a nutshell, it’s Android 4.1, dual core, dual camera, IPS technology, wifi active, jellybean, 100% touch response, with 5gb memory [expandable]. It comes with charger, usb cable connector and earphones.
I only used the FabTab Brio for one day and I turned it over to my mother. But, in fairness, I was actually impressed with it. It’s very slim and light — I think its size is 8″. It’s touch interface is smooth and quick and it’s processing is surprisingly fast. I didn’t get to test it on games, but video calls through Tango was not a problem. Unfortunately, the camera isn’t that good for indoor, night photos as the pictures are quite dark; outdoors during daytime is satisfactory. Battery life is just average, depending on usage.
My mother only uses the tablet for browsing through her emails and facebook, twitter. She also watches some videos on youtube as well. Most of the time, it’s for reading the news and other updates on her work. So far, she didn’t encounter any problem yet, after about two months of usage.
I remember that when my niece was visiting us during the Holy Week, she played games on the Brio and she was happy with it. After many hours of playing, the tablet ‘bricked’ or ‘hanged’ when she opened simultaneous youtube videos. My sister just turned it off, and afterwards, it went on fine.
With its features, the FabTab Brio is worth its price.