At CES 2012, Coby had a lot of Android tablets. Unfortunately, quantity didn’t exactly equal quality. None of Coby’s tablets were certified by Google at that time, and I found the tablets to be a little sluggish. This year, Coby is back with another small army of Android tablets that received Google’s blessing. The company has 10 Android tablets that come with Google’s suite of apps already pre-installed. In the time I spent with these tablets, I think Coby has finally managed to build Android tablets that may stand a fighting chance.
Since there are so many new Coby tablets at the show, I’m only going to list the specs for the lowest and highest end device. First, we have the MID7055-4. It has a 7-inch display, Android 4.0, 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Not too thrilling right? On the other end of the spectrum is the MID1077-8. This one offers a 10.1-inch HD display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.2. It only comes with 8GB of internal storage, but that storage can be expanded with a microSD card. Coby will also accept special orders that will bump the internal storage to 16GB. Coby also has also 8 and 9.7-inch tablets.
The look on the new 10.1-inch tablet is actually pretty nice. Coby lined the outside of the tablet with a chrome-like material. I’m not sure if it’s plastic or aluminium, but it gives the device a real premium feel. It also feels pretty solid.
The most important aspect of this, and Coby’s other new tablets is how well the devices perform. They perform very well. I didn’t notice lag or choppiness of any kind. Granted I only had a brief period time with these tablets, but every one I tried was like that including the Android 4.0 tablets (they’ll get updated to Jelly Bean).
I’ll upload a video soon showing off these tablets so you can see for yourself how far Coby has come.