I gave up on Android tablets. Of course, I still use them for some things (like TV shows and the occasional game). But if you had asked me a few years ago, I would have said that the Android tablet market is dead and there is little hope of reviving it. Most of the tablets I tried were low-end knockoffs that barely held their own and had trouble running the apps I needed. And then there was the last Samsung tablet I bought, which gave me poor battery life about a year ago and laggy performance (even after a factory reset).
Although I’ve been a fan of Android for years, the tablet side has yet to win me over.
Nokia released recently T20 tablets As a relatively cheap tablet (currently buy it from Nokia for $149.00) punches so far above its weight, you’ll think you’re using a tablet that costs at least twice the price. ZDNET’s hands-on with the Nokia T20 deemed it a “good value 10.4-inch Android tablet.”
When I first opened the package, I thought, “Here it is…another underrated, underpowered device that’s going to put another nail in the Android tablet coffin.”
Was I ever wrong!
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This device works so well that I’ve given up on the Android tablet space. Nokia’s T20 offers a bright screen, incredible battery life, solid performance and an easy-to-manage chassis — for a lot less than you pay for. iPad.
If you look at the specs, you’ll doubt my claims. Why? Since the T20 tablet is a mid-range device:
- Chipset: Unisoc T610 (12nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Mali-G52 MP2
- Display: 10.4-inch 2K (1,200×2,000 pixel resolution) with 400 nits brightness
- Cameras: 5 MP, fixed focus front camera, 8 MP autofocus rear camera
- the connection: Wi-Fi dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz), 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB 2.0 Type-C
- Battery: 8200 mAh compatible with USB-PD Type C 15W fast charging
- Memory: 64 GB internal storage, 4 GB RAM and MicroSD card support (up to 512 GB)
- OS: Android 11
- Biometrics: Angry face
- Audio: Stereo speakers with power amplifier, FM-Radio (headphones required for this function), OZO Audio (record and playback) and two microphones
- Dimensions: 7.8 x 247.6 x 157.5 millimeters
- Weight: 465 grams
Obviously, this tablet is aimed at the low to mid range of the market. But once you start using it, you’ll be surprised how Nokia managed to make the T20 perform like a much more expensive device. Based on my experience, the T20 is a great option for those looking for a mid-sized tablet.
What I like about T20
Performance and size aside (I prefer a tablet this size over a larger device), there are a lot of good things about the Nokia.
First, the battery life is stellar. After receiving the tablet last week, I fully charged it and have yet to charge it again. Now, I haven’t used it consistently, so your mileage may vary. But with other similarly priced tablets, I’ve found that just leaving them on can slowly drain the battery. Not so with T20. After only charging it once, I’m still at 77% battery. This is very impressive.
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I also really appreciate the display. Even in full sunlight, I have no problem reading things on the screen. Regardless of your surroundings, it’s bright and clear.
One small detail I appreciate with the T20 is that the power and volume buttons aren’t in the same place. It’s hard to see in the picture below, but the power button is on one side of the corner and the volume buttons on the other.
Although the cameras are a little weird (I’m used to high-end cameras), this app offers a lot of features through photo editing.
Even with the lackluster hardware, I had no problems with video calls and was able to take some (mostly) serviceable photos.
Another plus point of the Nokia T20 is the lack of bloatware. The only additional software Nokia has added to Android is YouTube for Kids and the Entertainment Space app, which gives you access to movies, TV, games and more (without switching apps). Other than that, it’s pure Android.
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What I don’t like about T20
The only thing I don’t like about the T20 is the slight lag when using it. When switching between apps or doing things that call for animation, you’ll start to notice that the Unisoc T610’s processor is underpowered. You won’t notice it while using apps. Even watching videos on YouTube, everything works fine.
Another issue is that the speakers are a bit noisy. But it’s a tablet, and I’ve never seen a device with such a mind-blowing sound. Granted, I’m a self-proclaimed audiophile, so most people would say the speakers are pretty serviceable.
This is actually what I don’t like about T20. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better device at this price.