Friday, November 15, 2013

LifeTab Aldi Medion MD 98488 (E7312) Android tablet preview -

From Saturday, November 16th, 2013 you can buy a Medion tablet at a bargain price in the Dutch Aldi stores: 99.99. But is that a bargain? Preview.

One of the reasons why the LifeTab Medion MD 98488 (E7312) that Aldi sells Netherlands is so cheap, is its size. Most tablets are about 10 inches high (25.6 cm), the screen of this LifeTab Medion MD 98488 (E7312) is only 7 inches (17.8 cm).

LifeTab Aldi Medion MD 98488 (E7312)

² LifeTab Aldi Medion MD 98488 (E7312)

certainly has its advantages. It fits with his 19.2 x 12.2 x 1.1 cm (almost) in your pocket and a weight of 305 grams are you sure you do not cut in pieces.

The back is made of brushed metal, but the plastic cover on the front of the screen appears a little too easy to give when touched.



the screen is concerned, the advertisers at Aldi / Medion outdone themselves again this time. Thus we read: “The crisp 7″ HD multitouch display shines with a brilliant display (1024 x 600 pixels) “


That is a combination of lies and nonsense. For High Definition you have at least 720 vertical pixels needed (formerly often read at your televisions than “HD Ready”) and are required for Full HD 1080 pixels almost double the 600 pixels on this screen.

addition, 1,024 x 600 pixels little. The standard for small tablets nowadays is 1280 x 800 pixels. “Razor sharp” image will certainly not. The German magazine Computer Bild could already feel the tablet on the tongue and describes the image as “blass und schwammig”, faded and blurred. Words that you do not immediately associate with the “brilliant display” in advertising.

Processor: the Rockchip RK 3066 Dual Core ARM Cortex A9, clocked at 1, 4 GHz

Processor: the Rockchip RK 3066 Dual Core ARM Cortex A9, clocked at 1.4 GHz

Processor and memory

This tablet is built around a 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex A9 Dual Core processor, the Rockchip RK 3066. Doing so, you win a speed race. And the fact that he will certainly not improve.

but a memory of 1 GB DDR3 beggar,

Anyway, for most modern apps will just be enough, this is finally a tablet of 100 euros. Do you want more, then you go right to dig a little deeper. In your purse

The internal memory is 8 GB. That too hot in advertising “Royale play … for videos, photos, music, apps, documents and much more.” Surely not, 8GB is enough. Remember that there is already a big bite taken out by the operating system and by a large number of pre-installed apps.

Thankfully the LifeTab MD 98488 (E7312) a card reader on board memory that can be expanded with microSD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards up to 64 GB.

operating system installed Medion Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean”, so that’s good.

OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean


advertising is rather vague about this. In several places you can read all praise for the “long battery life”.

manual (which can be found here) provides greater clarity: “2500 mAh Li-polymer battery with a duration of up to 4 hours *”. The asterisk refers to the text below: “depending on the machine settings and usage behavior during operation”


Up to four hours so, in practice it is still a lot less because you buy a tablet anyway to work with them. Even 4 hours is short, very short, and very different from the long life that reflects the advertising for you.

Connections: limited to micro-USB 2.0, a microSD-/microSDHC- / microSDXC card reader and audio out

Connections: limited to micro-USB 2.0, audio out and a microSD-/microSDHC-/microSDXC-geheugenkaartlezer


Usually the devices of Medion well with all kinds of connections. This LifeTab MD 98488 (E7312) has only a micro-USB 2.0 port with USB host function, a connection for headphones and the previously mentioned microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC memory card reader. You will search in vain for an HDMI connection to connect to a television.


On the internet you can only via WiFi. A berth for a SIM card for access to a 3G network you will not find. In practice this means that Internet is only possible in your home or where you can steal. A hotspot

The tablet does have Bluetooth 2.1 on board, so tethering (connecting to the Internet via your mobile phone and send this signal via Bluetooth to the tablet) should be possible, but that is in our eyes anyway a palliative.

A tablet to 99.99 euros ...

One tablet to 99.99 euros …


The advertising LifeTab Medion MD 98488 (E7312) contains a “built-in stereo speakers for a lively film”. There is, however, only one speaker (small) in – how you do it makes stereo is a mystery


This tablet has like most tablets two cameras. The front camera (directed to you) has a resolution of 0.3 megapixels, just enough for video calls like Skype.

rugcamera is more powerful (2MP). There you can even record movies with, but who is limited to a maximum of 640 x 480 pixels at a frame rate of 8 fps (frames per second) which is way too slow for a smooth image.

If you consider to use this tablet as GPS forget that even: there is no GPS module in this unit


the datasheet in PDF format LifeTab Medion MD 98488 (E7312) can be found here.

100 euros is very cheap, but you get the LifeTab Medion MD 98488 (E7312) a tablet still very many restrictions. Maybe it nevertheless fits perfectly with what you had in mind for this gem, such as an e-reader with some extras. In such a case, you have one thing with it. But who owns no tablet and this cheap little device considering first acquaintance, we recommend the purchase absolutely off. The risk of disappointment is too big.

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