Storage Options is a company not that well known in the world of Tablet PC’s but they have released a new 9.7 inch tablet into the market, cheap and functional it’s definitely one for people on a budget. Running on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) it’s not going to be much competition to companies like Asus but there is always room for affordable models.
With a look very much like the older iPad designs it definitely wants to offer a stylish alternative to the more expensive models but lacking in speed and in a market where most people would be happy sticking to the bigger names it’s got its work cut out for it. Will the idea of a cheap tablet get people’s attention but is that enough of a reason to buy it and what does it actually offer?
As mentioned looking like an iPad clone the tablet is attempting to look styling, this is not a bad thing but comparing it to the newer models of the iPad the Scroll Extreme is not as slim as the most modern tablets are now.
One surprising addition to the tablet, which is the first noticeable reason to buy it is its connection options. With 6 sockets running along the side of the tablet (MicroSD, mini HDMI, micro USD and a headphone jack are included) it’s definitely providing plenty of options for additional storage and connections to other gadgets. Overall the build of the Scroll Extreme is very good for the budget cost.
With 8Gb of on-board storage this is quite adequate for a budget tablet but it’s probable that the MicroSD slot will be put to use to add more memory, especially if it’s going to be used for HD content. The on-board camera is only 2MP and quite weirdly place (at the bottom of the rear of the pad). Images taken with the camera are not that good, nothing up to the standard of other pads. There is also a VGA camera on the front for such things like video calling.
The Scroll Extreme is powered by a Cortex 1.2Ghz dual core processor. This chip is adequate to make the tablet run well with little lag, games are said to play quite well and HD video has no issues which is important as this is normally where the power is required. It has to be noted though that there can be crashes on the tablet at times, this may mean a software upgrade is required at some time to fix this.
The Scroll Extreme tablet is powered by Ice Cream Sandwich which is provided with no extensions. This means that the usual default applications are available when first turned on. Additional apps can be downloaded by Google’s App marketplace and of course Google Play.
With a batter life of around 10 to 15 hours depending on usage, but on using HD movies as a stress test this can be halved to around seven hours before a recharge is needed. The real selling point though is the use of Ice Cream Sandwich. At this time the more expensive tablets don’t offer this, upgrades will be needed. With the Scroll Extreme it’s pre-installed so right away you’ll be able to enjoy it. This is a budget tablet so don’t expect the best performance compared to other tablets, but if you want a cheaper option this is definitely a good one.