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Review Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G Tablet

Manuel Masiero (translated by Marcus Tang), 02/28/2013

Bargain tablet? At an RRP of 280 Euros (~$365), the Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G causes panic amongst the 10.1-inch competition, because no other tablet of this screen size is that affordable. In addition, the Prestigio MultiPad includes a 3G/HSDPA modem as a professional feature. Our review will reveal whether the performance is adequate despite the budget price.

For the original German review, see here.

The test of its predecessor or rather its little brother, Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo, convinced us: Despite the budget price of just 150 Euros (~$195), the 7-inch tablet was not a budget product; on the contrary, it proved to be a well-made product. The MultiPad 7.0 especially convinced us by its light weight, its good quality chassis and processing as well as through its outstanding IPS display. However, there were also deficiencies: The MultiPad 7.0 showed clearly shorter battery life than comparable tablets and generated more heat during operation.

With the MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G, Prestigio has now sent another Tablet PC through our benchmarks and increased the size significantly with this new addition. Instead of 7 inches, the display is now 10.1 inches and utilizes an MVA panel. However, the operating system (Android 4.0) and the similarly low price remained the same: Although the MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G costs only 280 Euros (~$365), it should be able to compete with the much more expensive 10.1-inch rivals by combining good performance and features.

Comparing the test candidate with similarly equipped 10-inch tablets, the Archos 97 Titanium HDBullman TAB 9 AD Revolution and Trekstor Surftab Ventos 9.7 are within the same price range and utilize the same SoC, but don't come with a 3G/UMTS modem. On the other hand, 10.1-inch rivals such as the Google Nexus 10, Medion Lifetab S9714 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 cost much more.

For the system on chip, the Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G uses the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 based Rockchip RK3066, which runs at a 1.6 GHz clock frequency and is combined with the Mali-400 MP4 graphics processor. The manufacturer offers two versions of the Android tablets. On the one hand, we have the 3G version as our review unit, which contains a 3G/HSDPA modem and on the other hand we have the 230 Euros (~$300) version, which is about 50 Euros (~$65) cheaper and comes without 3G modem.

Case

Wie wir testen - Gehäuse

The Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G weighs 680 grams.
The rubberised back provides a safe grip for the fingers.

With its black, two centimetres wide frame and the dark-grey back, the Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G looks rather inconspicuous , which can also be described as timeless design. The manufacturer uses high-quality plastic, while the front is covered with a robust glass panel which protects the camera lens underneath the frame at the same time.

With a weight of 680 gram and a height of 10.5 millimetres, the Prestigio isn't considered one of the lightest and thinnest 10.1 tablets. Other tablets, such as the Google Nexus 10 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 are thinner (in each case 8.9 mm), but in the test, the somewhat thicker housing of the MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G wasn't of concern at any time. In addition, our test candidate is neither too large or small, but falls within normal ranges of the 10 inch class with dimensions of 10.5 x 257 x 175 millimetres (H x W x D). A further plus: The case is perfectly manufactured and lies comfortable in the hand with its rounded corners and the slightly rubberised back.

Configuration

Wie wir testen - Ausstattung

The MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G incorporates a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Rockchip RK3066, which is clocked at 1.6 GHz and accompanied by 1 GB RAM as well as 16 GB of internal memory. Using an SD card slot for microSD and microSDHC cards, the tablet can be expanded further by up to 32 GB storage space. Further features include two integrated cameras (front and back, only 2 MP each), a mini HDMI port as well as a micro-USB 2.0 port, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, and despite the affordable price, a 3G/UMTS modem is also included, together with a 3.5-mm headphone jack and a lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 6,400 mAh. 

The supplied USB-OTG cable (on-the-Go) works fairly smoothly in the test with many USB pens, external hard disks and even mice and keyboards. A few incompatibilities still exist, as the test revealed occasional issues with the interaction between the tablet and external hardware. For example, the English keyboard layout was activated by default whenever a keyboard was connected. On another occasion, the MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G was not able to work with a 2.5-inch Samsung HM400LI (400GB) hard drive housed in a USB 2.0 casing.

When removing the storage media, to avoid subsequent compatibility issues when the USB devices are connected to the PC or MAC, remove the storage media correctly using the Android settings (the corresponding menu option is called "Remove SD card").

Left: micro-USB 2.0 Port, mini-HDMI Port, power port.
Left: micro-USB-2.0-Port, mini-HDMI-Port, power port.
Top: power switch, volume rocker, integrated microphone, 3.5mm-headphone jack, SIM slot.
Top: power switch, volume rocker, integrated microphone, 3.5mm-headphone jack, SIM slot.
Right: The card reader works with microSD and microSDHC cards with up to 32 GB capacity.
Right: The card reader works with microSD and microSDHC cards with up to 32 GB capacity.

Software

The MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G uses the slightly dated Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich as an operating system. According to the packaging, our test unit is ready for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but when and whether Prestigio can provide the relevant update is currently not confirmed. Updates for firmware and apps are distributed via Over The Air (OTA or Wi-Fi), which requires an active Internet connection.

The MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G runs Android 4.0.4 smoothly, quickly and without lags or crashes. Contrary to its 7-inch equivalent, the Multi-PAD 7.0 Prime Duo, the 10.1 version boots significantly faster and requires (instead of 1 minute) approximately 25 seconds to boot into the OS completely. The manufacturer has refrained from using a customized skin and uses the ICS standard interface instead. Prestigio only adds a few customizations via preinstalled apps such as the Prestigio eReader, Angry Birds or the cloud software Sugar Sync, which provides 5GB of cloud storage space.

Homescreen
Homescreen
Apps
Apps
Apps
Apps
Systeminfo
Systeminfo
Systeminfo
Systeminfo
Systeminfo
Systeminfo

Communication

In the wireless communication field, the MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G is able to demonstrate its strengths. It provides Bluetooth3G connectivity (HSDPA, 2,100 MHz), which requires a suitable SIM card, as well as WLAN 802.11b/g/n. The Wi-Fi connection is stable in the test and could be operated flawlessly in the frequency range of 2.4 GHz (802.11b/g) and 5-GHz band (802.11n). However, users of the MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G will not be able to use features such as GPS or NFC, which are found in more expensive 10-inch tables, such as the Google Nexus 10.

Cameras & Multimedia

In case one is wondering where Prestigio had to cut corners in order to arrive at the bargain price of 280 Euros (~$365), the answer would be the camera. The MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G houses a very simple camera on both the front and the back with a 2 MP resolution (1600x1200 pixels) each. The image quality is poor - photos taken lose many details and seem out of focus even when using a tripod and under good lighting conditions. Similarly, videos are also a major weakness: Both cameras record with a resolution of 640x480 pixels and a stuttering 9 pictures per second. 

Rear camera: 2 MP
Rear camera: 2 MP
Front camera: 2 MP
Front camera: 2 MP
Benchmark camera: Canon Ixus 115 HS, 8 MP
Benchmark camera: Canon Ixus 115 HS, 8 MP

Accessories

Prestigio ships the MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G in a red-black box in carbon design, which is typical for the manufacturer. It continues in a flashy manner, by including a black case made from high-quality leather with red seams, which protects the tablet from damage. The package also includes a USB-OTG cablea USB cable, and a 5-volt, 2A power adapter as well as a quick start guide.

Warranty

Prestigio offers a 2-year warranty on the MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G. Special options or extensions are not available.

Input Devices

Wie wir testen - Eingabegeräte

Keyboard
Keyboard

When it comes to ultra-mobile devices, such as a tablet PC, the screen represents the main control element and has to convince accordingly. The capacitive MVA Touchscreen of the MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G offers a resolution of 1280x800 pixels and belongs to the ranks of tablets not offering a full HD resolution, but other than that there are no further issues with the screen. Due to the glass surface of the test candidate, input is literally smooth. The tablet recognizes all commands quickly and precisely, even scrolling through websites or lists happens immediately and without lags. Only when rotating the screen, it will cause a slight delay of about one second, but altogether the orientation functions very reliably.

The MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G provides a virtual keyboard with QUERTZ layout for input, which sits in the lower half (horizontal orientation of the display) or in the lower quarter (vertical orientation) of the screen. The keys are sufficiently large, react with nearly no delay and allow for quick input after some familiarization, similar to a "real" keyboard. In case this isn't good enough, one can connect a USB mouse or a USB keyboard to the tablet. However, there is only the option of using an English keyboard layout.

Display

Wie wir testen - Display

The Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G integrates a glossy 10.1-inch display with a native resolution of 1280x800 pixels in 16:10 widescreen format. These specifications represent the class standard and can be found in the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A and the Medion Lifetab S9714. However there is an important difference: While the mentioned Lenovo and Medion tablets as well as the most current devices utilize IPS panels, the MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G uses an MVA panel which is relatively unusual for a tablet. In contrast to IPS displays the MVA screens carry a somewhat higher response time, however we couldn't detect any delays even during quick screen changes, such as when running games.

188
cd/m²
206
cd/m²
175
cd/m²
202
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
190
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
225
cd/m²
220
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 239 cd/m²
Average: 206.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 73 %
Center on Battery: 239 cd/m²
Black: 275 cd/m²
Contrast: 1:1
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angle

The average display brightness of the MultiPad 10.1 is only 206 cd/m ² and has a maximum value of 239 cd/m ² - both are barely acceptable values in order to use the Tablet outdoors. Due to the low brightness one struggles to clearly view the screen even on a cloudy day or in shaded locations. The highly glossy display makes it even more difficult, as it limits the view even more during suboptimal lighting conditions. 

With a black level of 0.79 cd/m ² and a contrast of only 303:1, the Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G doesn't deliver a stellar performance, but it is possible to work with the MVA display indoors in bright rooms. Subjectively, we are actually quite content with the screen, since it represents contents clearly and with realistic colors. Under extreme viewing angles, the colors fade noticeably, however.

As the measured values prove, the display is certainly not one of the strengths of the MultiPad Ultimate 3G. Higher contrasts and deeper black levels are delivered by 10.1-inch rivals, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (Brightness 363.3 cd/m ², contrast 804:1) and even the 7-inch Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (Brightness 300.3 cd/m ², contrast 1017:1). 

Performance

Wie wir testen - Leistung

How well does the Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G compare against the competition? We have looked at tablets with the same SoC structure, such as the Archos 97 Titanium HD, the Bullman TAB 9 AD Revolution and the Trekstor Surftab Ventos 9.7. The comparison becomes complete with well-known 10-inch tablets, such as the Apple iPad 4Google Nexus 10Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 as well as the Prestigio cousin MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo with 7-inch screen.

AnTuTu v3 revealed slight weaknesses with the MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G, because the Archos 97 Titanium HD is 37% faster, while the Google Nexus 10 races far ahead. This trend continues with Geekbench 2, because the Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 is also slower in direct comparison and is even outrun by the 7-inch Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo. The Google Nexus 10 plays in its own league and is followed by the Samsung Galaxy note 10.1 and the Apple iPad 4.

AnTuTu Benchmark v3 - Total Score (sort by value)
Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G PMP7100D3G
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
7180 Points ∼20%
Archos 97 Titanium HD
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
9847 Points ∼28% +37%
Archos 97 Titanium HD
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
9847 Points ∼28% +37%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
13563 Points ∼38% +89%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score (sort by value)
Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G PMP7100D3G
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
694 Points ∼5%
Archos 97 Titanium HD
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
1011 Points ∼7% +46%
Bullman TAB 9 AD Revolution
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
1386 Points ∼10% +100%
Trekstor Surftab Ventos 9.7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
1518 Points ∼11% +119%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
2591 Points ∼18% +273%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
1000 Points ∼7% +44%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
1859 Points ∼13% +168%
Apple iPad 4
SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
1768 Points ∼12% +155%

For the Androbench benchmark, data transmission rates were compared. Here the Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G is about as fast as the Rockchip-SoC RK3066 equipped Archos 97 Titanium HD and Bullman TAB 9 AD Revolution - the only exception is during sequential writing where the Archos tablet is faster by miles.

AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G PMP7100D3G
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
11.57 MB/s ∼4%
Archos 97 Titanium HD
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
14.54 MB/s ∼5% +26%
Bullman TAB 9 AD Revolution
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
13.01 MB/s ∼5% +12%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
99.53 MB/s ∼36% +760%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
20.75 MB/s ∼7% +79%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
31.85 MB/s ∼11% +175%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G PMP7100D3G
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
18.47 MB/s ∼24%
Archos 97 Titanium HD
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
57.69 MB/s ∼76% +212%
Bullman TAB 9 AD Revolution
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
28.81 MB/s ∼38% +56%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
20.02 MB/s ∼27% +8%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
8.92 MB/s ∼12% -52%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
11.94 MB/s ∼16% -35%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G PMP7100D3G
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
12.46 MB/s ∼34%
Archos 97 Titanium HD
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
12.24 MB/s ∼34% -2%
Bullman TAB 9 AD Revolution
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
12.13 MB/s ∼33% -3%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
10.35 MB/s ∼29% -17%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
13.39 MB/s ∼37% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
9.06 MB/s ∼25% -27%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G PMP7100D3G
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
0.32 MB/s ∼2%
Archos 97 Titanium HD
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
0.29 MB/s ∼2% -9%
Bullman TAB 9 AD Revolution
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
0.28 MB/s ∼2% -12%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
1.27 MB/s ∼9% +297%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
2.92 MB/s ∼20% +813%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
0.57 MB/s ∼4% +78%

Ignoring the synthetic benchmarks and looking only at browser performance, the Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G shows good performance. During Browsermark 2.0 the test candidate exceeds the Archos 97 Titanium HD by 26%; however, it falls behind by the same amount during the Google V8 Ver. 7 test. The Sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark allows the tablet to take the pole position and even triumphs over other performance titans, such as the Google Nexus 10.

Browsermark - --- (sort by value)
Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G PMP7100D3G
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
1121 points ∼16%
Archos 97 Titanium HD
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
828 points ∼12% -26%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
2254 points ∼31% +101%
Apple iPad 4
SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
2495 (min: 2479) points ∼35% +123%
Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score (sort by value)
Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G PMP7100D3G
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
1432 Points ∼8%
Archos 97 Titanium HD
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
1837 Points ∼10% +28%
Bullman TAB 9 AD Revolution
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
1688 Points ∼9% +18%
Trekstor Surftab Ventos 9.7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
1777 Points ∼10% +24%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
2964 Points ∼16% +107%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
1638 Points ∼9% +14%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
1954 Points ∼11% +36%
Apple iPad 4
SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
1661 Points ∼9% +16%
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G PMP7100D3G
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
1741.5 ms * ∼17%
Archos 97 Titanium HD
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
1195.9 ms * ∼11% +31%
Bullman TAB 9 AD Revolution
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
1708.1 ms * ∼16% +2%
Trekstor Surftab Ventos 9.7
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
1466.2 ms * ∼14% +16%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
1345.7 ms * ∼13% +23%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
1251.8 ms * ∼12% +28%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
1236 ms * ∼12% +29%
Apple iPad 4
SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
895.3 ms * ∼8% +49%

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks, such as AnTuTu and NenaMark2, show that the gaming performance of the Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G is average, but not necessarily bad. Large performance leaps are not possible however and more demanding titles would see our test candidate reaching its limits. Another gaming benchmark, GLBench 2.5, was unable to run on the Prestigio, neither in on-screen nor in off-screen mode.

Antutu 3DRating - --- (sort by value)
Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G PMP7100D3G
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
2180 Points ∼19%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
3764 Points ∼33% +73%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
2805 Points ∼25% +29%
Apple iPad 4
SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
6458 Points ∼57% +196%
NenaMark2 - --- (sort by value)
Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G PMP7100D3G
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
27.5 fps ∼41%
Archos 97 Titanium HD
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 8 GB SSD
56.9 fps ∼85% +107%
Bullman TAB 9 AD Revolution
Mali-400 MP4, RK3066, 16 GB SSD
56.4 fps ∼84% +105%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
55.2 fps ∼82% +101%
Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo (PMP5770D)
Mali-400 MP2, AML8726-MX, 16 GB SSD
41.1 fps ∼61% +49%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
58.9 fps ∼88% +114%

Gaming

The MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3D incorporates an Arm SoC Rockchip RK3066, which is partnered with a Mali-400 MP4 for gaming purposes; it is an OpenGL ES 2.0 capable graphic chip with four cores. The combined CPU and GPU performance is enough for simple games like Angry Birds as well as more demanding titles, for example the 3D shooter ShadowGun and Zombiewood or the racing simulation Raging Thunder. However, some titles like GT Racing: Engine Academy Free+ and Brothers in Arms 2 Free+, which refused to run on the Prestigio MultiPad 7.0 Duo, were also unable to launch on the MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G.

Angry Birds
Angry Birds
Raging Thunder 2
Raging Thunder 2
Shadowgun
Shadowgun

Emissions

Wie wir testen - Emissionen

Temperature

During operation, the Prestigio 10.1 Ultimate 3G remained fairly cool. Only under peak load, the front of the tablet started to heat up to a maximum of 33.3 Celsius (~91.4 degrees Fahrenheit), while the average temperature was also fairly moderate at 29.6 degrees Celsius (~85.28 degrees Fahrenheit). The back of the Prestigio does not even become lukewarm - we measured on average 27.4 degrees Celsius (~81.32 degrees Fahrenheit).

Maximum load and idle state only carry a small temperature difference. In idle state measurements have been taken over 9 points at 29.2 degrees Celsius (front) (~84.56 degrees Fahrenheit) and 27.3 degrees Celsius (back) (~81.14 degrees Fahrenheit)Overall, the temperature development is absolutely not of concern - there is no risk of overheating for the electronic components. Even the supplied power adapter barely heats up.

Max. Load
 29.8 °C32.8 °C27.5 °C 
 28.1 °C27.5 °C26.7 °C 
 29.4 °C33.3 °C30.9 °C 
Maximum: 33.3 °C
Average: 29.6 °C
27.3 °C28.5 °C27.6 °C
27.4 °C25.3 °C26.1 °C
29.4 °C30.0 °C25.2 °C
Maximum: 30.0 °C
Average: 27.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  45.6 °C | Room Temperature 21 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

On the back of the MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G there are two small loudspeakers to the left and right, which deliver acceptable sound. When turning the display, the sound ends up coming only from one direction, which causes the weak stereo effect to fade even more. As with many other tablets, the sound membranes of the Prestigio MultiPad are only useful for background music. The volume can be increased to a fairly high level, but the sound characteristics remain shallow and dull - trebles dominate, the middle and basses are non-existent. Headphones are highly recommended and are worth it, because the 3.5 mm headphone jack offers good sound when coupled with high-quality earphones or headsets.

Energy Management

Wie wir testen - Akkulaufzeit

Power consumption

The lithium-polymer battery with 6,400 mAh is integrated within the MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G and cannot be removed without taking the tablet apart. The measurements show that the Prestigio tablet is quite wasteful with its available capacity. In idle state the consumption is around 8.9 Watts and under full load it goes up to a maximum of 10.9 Watts. Both values lie above the average of tablets of comparable size and features, but are still within acceptable ranges. However, a lot of energy is wasted in standby mode (2.3 Watts).

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 1.4 / 2.3 Watt
Idle 4.2 / 7.7 / 8.9 Watt
Load 9 / 10.3 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery life

The above average power consumption of the Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G is reflected in a relatively short battery life. According to manufacturer specification, the tablet is able to playback videos for up to 6.5 hours, with audio playback reaching up to 36 hours and 120 hours in standby mode. In the test, the Prestigio achieves the minimum goal of 6.5 hours battery life, however this only occurs under the most favorable conditions. In idle mode with activated Wi-Fi and minimum brightness, the Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G shuts itself down after 7 hours and 46 minutes in the Reader’s test.

In the test scenario "Browsing via Wi-FI (Wi-Fi switched on, reduced display brightness to 150 cd/m ²), the tablet is only able to achieve 4 hours and 46 minutes and under full load of CPU and GPU, switched on Wi-Fi and maximum display brightness, it already gives up after 3 hours and 50 minutes.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 46min
WiFi Surfing
4h 46min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 50min

Verdict

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The Prestigio 10.1 Ultimate 3G is not a "budget" tablet, even if it appears fairly inexpensive with its 280 Euros (~$365) price label. The test candidate scores with its sturdy chassis, which wouldn't win a design award, but convinces with its easily accessible and sensibly arranged interfaces and a durable glass front . However, other 10.1-inch rivals can offer the same, such as the Archos 97 Titanium HD, the Bullman TAB 9 AD Revolution and the Trekstor Surftab Ventos 9.7 and are even available at a lower price.

What makes the Prestigio 10.1 Ultimate 3G better or at least different? On the one hand, there is the integrated 3G/UMTS modem and moreover it enables full access to Google Play - the first feature is usually reserved for more expensive tablets, while the Google Store cannot be accessed from just any device, such as in the case of the Trekstor Surftab Ventos 9.7. In addition, there are further strengths, such as the smooth operation, a quick Android 4.0.4 as well as a consistent low operating temperature and good gaming capabilities, which also caters for more demanding titles.

However, we weren't impressed by the mediocre display, which delivers good quality only under optimal lighting conditions, but delivers contrast, viewing angles and brightness levels which are below average. Especially during outdoor usage, the user has to face big challenges, because the low brightness combined with a highly glossy surface becomes noticeably annoying. The Prestigio 10.1 Ultimate 3G is also criticized for its bad cameras and the poor stereo sound. Although not overwhelming, the battery life is still acceptable.

So after all is it still a budget tablet? No, because the tablet can actually do everything one can expect from a tablet. However, one shouldn't just blindly buy the Prestigio 10.1 Ultimate 3G, because the pros and cons are about on the same level. It is important to evaluate which features are particularly required and which ones are possibly not needed.

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Specifications

Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G PMP7100D3G
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
, DDR3
Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, Multi-touch functionality, kapazitiv, MVA, glossy: yes
Harddisk
16 GB SSD, 16 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio, Card Reader: microSD/microSDHC up to 32 GB, Sensors: G-Sensor,
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.5 x 257 x 175 ( = 0.41 x 10.12 x 6.89 in)
Weight
680 g ( = 23.99 oz) Power Supply: 100 g ( = 3.53 oz)
Battery
Lithium-Polymer, 6400 mAh
Price
280 Euro
Operating System
Android 4.0
Additional features
Webcam: 2 MP front-facing, 2 MP rear-facing, Speakers: Stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: no, carrying case, quick guide, power supply, MicroUSB-2.0 cable, OTG cable, 24 Months Warranty

 

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According to the packaging, the Prestigio MultiPad is 10.1 Ultimate 3G is already ready for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
According to the packaging, the Prestigio MultiPad is 10.1 Ultimate 3G is already ready for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Many games such as Angry Birds run smoothly on the tablet.
Many games such as Angry Birds run smoothly on the tablet.
… but has to admit defeat in direct comparison.
… but has to admit defeat in direct comparison.
Powered by the integrated SoC Rockchip RK3066, the tablet can keep up with the competition fairly well.
Powered by the integrated SoC Rockchip RK3066, the tablet can keep up with the competition fairly well.
Under maximum load, the battery life of the Prestigio MultiPad Ultimate reaches 3 hours and 50 minutes.
Under maximum load, the battery life of the Prestigio MultiPad Ultimate reaches 3 hours and 50 minutes.
Accessories: Power adapter, Micro USB and Micro HDMI cable as well as a quick guide.
Accessories: Power adapter, Micro USB and Micro HDMI cable as well as a quick guide.
Smooth transition: The glass surface of the 10.1-inch tablet is firmly integrated into the chassis.
Smooth transition: The glass surface of the 10.1 inch tablet is firmly integrated into the chassis.
The rubberised back of the tablet PC lies well in the hand.
The rubberised back of the tablet PC lies well in the hand.
The integrated stereo speakers deliver a rather metallic sound.
The integrated stereo speakers deliver a rather metallic sound.
The image quality of the 2 MP camera at the front is also nothing to write home about.
The image quality of the 2 MP camera at the front is also nothing to write home about.
The 2 Megapixel camera at the back is only able to meet fairly simple demands.
The 2 Megapixel camera at the back is only able to meet fairly simple demands.
...and when viewed from unfavorable angles. colors will quickly fade away.
...and when viewed from unfavourable angles. colours will quickly fade away.
However, the screen is not the brightest…
However, the screen is not the brightest…
The tablet is able to represent intense colors.
The tablet is able to represent intense colours.
The leather pouch can be quickly opened and closed via a Velcro fastener.
The leather pouch can be quickly opened and closed via a Velcro fastener.
A nice leather pouch with red seams protects the device against damage.
A nice leather pouch with red seams protects the device against damages.
However, the tablet is currently still running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
However, the tablet is currently still running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The unrestricted access to Google Play makes it easy to restock apps.
The unrestricted access to Google Play makes it easy to restock apps.

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Pro

+Cheap price
+Lightweight
+Thin chassis
+Low operating temperature
+High quality workmanship
+Integrated 3G/UMTS modem
+Google Play Store access
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Cons

-Only 16 GB internal memory
-Low brightness display
-Weak camera
-Poor speakers
-High power consumption in standby mode
-Short battery life

Shortcut

What we like

That well manufactured chassis of the Prestigio.

What we miss

The display has fast reaction speed, but low brightness - it is just about usable outdoors.

What baffled us

How metallic the integrated stereo speakers sound. Middle and bass cannot be heard.

The competition

The Archos 97 Titanium HD, the Bullman TAB 9 AD Revolution and the Trekstor Surftab Ventos 9.7 play in the same price league as the Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G and also utilize the same SoC, but don't possess the 3G/UMTS modem.

Rating

Prestigio MultiPad 10.1 Ultimate 3G PMP7100D3G
08/05/2013 v3
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
87%
Keyboard
65%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
44%
Weight
97%
Battery
91%
Display
69%
Games Performance
30%
Application Performance
50%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Add Points
72%
Average
74%
84%
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Weighted Average

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Author: Manuel Masiero, 2013-02-28 (Update: 2013-06- 6)