What good are Aldi’s new tablet and smartphone?

In the check

By Andreas Filbig | June 26, 2019, 3:57 pm

From June 27th there will be cheap technology at Aldi Nord again. TECHBOOK has taken a closer look at two discounter tech products and tells you what you should know before you buy. In the check are the Medion tablet called Lifetab E10414 for 149 euros and the smartphone Honor 8S for 129 euros.

Medion Lifetab E10414 (MD61560) for occasional users

Medion Lifetab E10414

The Lifetab reflects very much when exposed to light
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  • 25.7 cm (10.1-inch) display with 1200 x 800 pixel resolution
  • Android 9.0
  • WLAN-enabled (no SIM card slot)
  • 32 GB of internal memory (25.38 GB free at startup), expandable via micro SD card
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, microphone, speaker, front and rear camera (2 megapixels)
  • 6,000 mAh Li-ion battery
  • 575 g light
Medion Lifetab

On the side there is a micro SD card reader, a jack for headphones and a micro-USB port
Photo: TECHBOOK

Display and look insufficient

The first impression after about one hour of short test is mixed. The device is pleasantly light, but this is due to the generous use of plastic. After switching on, the device initially attracts attention. The Lifetab guides you through the steps and is ready to go within minutes – assuming you already have a Google Account. The user interface is very ugly. This is of course still configurable to look better. Too bad that the user has to become active here himself. A little more attention to detail would have been nice. Technically, the missing Full HD resolution puts you back in time. The large 10.1-inch screen is noticeably pixelated dissolved. This is evident both in the icons, but above all when playing YouTube videos. Also, the maximum brightness of the device is not very high. That makes straight with sunlight in the summer problems.

Performance for beginners is sufficient

The performance of the 1.3 GHz processor is not outstanding in terms of price. Small hackers are already on the new device. However, those who are not used to the performance of an iPad will be able to get over it and perhaps not even notice it. Whether the Lifetab becomes more paralyzed with age can not be reflected in our short test. For surfing and for the use of most apps, the Medion Tablet but completely enough.

Sound best via headphones

Who likes to watch videos or music videos on his tablet, also needs a good sound. It is not always completely silent and music is always a bit louder. Unfortunately, the built-in stereo speakers of the Lifetab fail in the test. They sound very tinny and are not suitable for music playback. The maximum volume is also expandable. Here we definitely recommend headphones or a Bluetooth box.

TECHBOOK means

“In the short test the Medion Lifetab did not really convince me. At the price of 149 euros, however, one must exercise grace before law. For a YouTube video in the evening, to use apps and surfing, the tablet is very good. Compared to the expensive iPad, the Lifetab actually performs worse in all respects. But honestly, this comparison does not need to be made. For the same price, however, there is the Amazon Firetab 10 HD. This comes with Full HD resolution and a stronger processor therefore. However, it is not necessarily the better choice because the device lacks the Google services. Android fans with a high focus on apps prefer to go to the Lifetab, all others are better advised with the Firetab. “-Andreas Filbig, editor

Honor 8S: Cheap China Smartphone

In addition to the Lifetab, there will also be the affordable Smartphone Honor 8S from tomorrow at Aldi Nord. Honor is a subsidiary of Huawei, also affected by the US embargo. For existing devices – including the Honor 8S – there will continue to be security updates. Whether an update to Android 10 Q is to be expected remains unclear due to the current situation between China and the USA. Buyers should definitely be aware of this. TECHBOOK finds that this plays a minor role in such a cheap smartphone.

Unfortunately, it was not possible for Honor to send us a test copy in time for the launch of the offer, which is why we are unable to provide a more detailed impression of the Honor 8S at the present time. The specifications suggest, however, that users for 129 euros get a solid entry-level smartphone. Similar to the Medion Lifetab but must certainly be made in some areas compromises.

Alternatively, you can find here from us tested smartphones under 200 €.