Coby has been releasing budget-friendly Kyros tablets for quite some time now with a lineup ranging from 7-inch to 10-inch. Their latest entry for the 10-inch space is the Kyros MID1045. Let’s find out what this tablet has to offer.
Design and Build
Kyros tablets are mostly made of plastic but what makes the MID1045 standout from the rest is its metallic build. It has a matte grey aluminum chassis with a chrome strip surrounding the bezel. This kind of build gives the MID1045 a decent amount of heft at 1.36 lbs.
The front of the device is devoid of any buttons and only occupied by the 10.1-inch screen and its front-facing camera. On the left is the power/sleep button and volume rocker. Up on top is the headset jack while at the bottom is DC charging port, HDMI out and microUSB. Flip the tablet on its back and you’ll see the dual-speakers and rear camera.
The Kyros MID1045 sports a 10.1-inch display with 1280 x 800 (WXGA) resolution which calculates to 149 ppi. Nothing really impressive is going on in this department but the pixel density is acceptable in proportion to its screen size. It’s not an eye-candy but its not a failure either. Colors would appear a little dull especially if you’re used to AMOLED displays. Viewing angles are better on the MID1045 compared to its other cousins but it still throws a lot of reflection. Overall, the display will suffice for web browsing, e-Book reading and watching movies granted that you’re using it indoors.
UI and Apps
The MID1045 tablet runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with no UI customizations. If you’ve handled other tablets with ICS you’re not missing much as the UI navigation is still the same.
In fact, you’re missing a lot if you’re using a Kyros since it doesn’t have the Google Play Store on board and installing a Play Store apk will only crash the app when launched. Instead, you’ll get GetJar pre-installed to compensate for the huge loss but still a huge let down. An Android device without a Play Store is just crazy.
Camera and Multimedia
The presence of the 2 megapixel rear camera is a small plus but only if you’re doing a video conference. It can take stills, record videos, do panoramic shots but expect below average quality.
The device runs Android ICS so multimedia is not a problem. If stock applications do not work for you you can always depend on Play Store. But since Play Store is not available it becomes a pain in the neck if your media can’t play on stock apps. But let’s say you managed to download some third-party media player apks from other websites like we did, everything works just fine.
Sounds coming from the speakers are loud and clear and doesn’t crackle even if we crank it up to maximum. Just don’t place it on a pillow or on the bed where the speakers can be muffled.
Performance and Benchmarks
As for performance, The Kyros MID1045 doesn’t suffer from lags as long as it doesn’t run multiple apps in the background. Although navigation feels a bit sluggish because of the low framrate. Games such as Fruit Ninja and Temple Run works fine but occassionally crashes when launched. A quick reboot of the tablet fixes it.
Quadrant Standard scored the MID1045 a 1,946, scoring above the HTC Desire HD but below the LG Optimus 2X. AnTuTu gave it a score of 2,642 which placed it above the Sony Ericsson X10i but still below the charts. NenaMark 2 gave gauged its MALI-400 MP GPU at 18.8 fps, performing better than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 18.1.
The MID1045 has a 5000mAh battery. You will most likely use the device for web browsing, a few games, watching YouTube and some movies so moderate use can last the Kyros a little over a day. But max out the brightness and volume while you play movies and the tablet will run empty in just four hours. Good enough for a couple of movies which is enough for long travels.
The Coby Kyros MID1045 is a good tablet. When I say good it means it can handle ordinary tasks plus, it has a good build which adds attractiveness to the device. It has a decent set of ports but we find the DC charger unneccessary since the device can be charged via microUSB. I’m satsfied with the tablet’s display quality as it is better in terms of viewing angles compared to other Kyros tablets but it still has lots to improve on especially on color reproduction. The absence of the Google Play Store is a huge let down as downloading apks from websites is a big hassle. To conclude, the Kyros MID1045 won’t disappoint you if you’re using it for simple tasks but it won’t impress you either. And finally, if you want a complete Android experience, this tablet won’t deliver so you might want to invest your money somewhere else.
Coby Kyros MID1045 specs:
10-inch capacitive touchscreen (1280 x 800) resolution
Single-core 1GHz Allwinner A10 Cortex A8 processor
Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
4GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
2-megapixel rear camera, 0.3-megapixel front
Mini HDMI out, USB 2.0
What we liked about the Coby Kyros MID1045:
*Better viewing angles
*HDMI out connectivity
What we did not like about the Coby Kyros MID1045:
*Absence of Google Play Store
*Sluggish at times