The Spanish manufacturer Wolder a few weeks ago he presented a new batch of tablets, a whole renewal of his miTab catalog. Among them are the miTab EVOLUTION W2, a somewhat different model since it includes a Bluetooth keyboard that can be used as a screen protection, so it can be a very economical alternative for those who do not need the power of a laptop, Android Apps are enough and also want to maintain the comfort of the physical keyboard; and on the other hand the miTab Link, a low cost model (€ 59), With very fair features but still running under Android 4.4.
If we take a look back, we will see that there are not too many physical differences between the Evolution W1 and this new W2, Only some internal changes help us distinguish them. We will review all that this affordable tablet offers us that has an official price of € 179.
Review of the Wolder miTab Evolution W2 and miTab Link
Starting with the technical review of the largest, the Evolution W2 has an IPS screen of 10.1 inches with reinforced glass, its resolution is HD (1280 × 800 pixels), which at this point we are already somewhat short with the figures we usually handle in high-end devices, but never forget its price.
While the miTab Link It is a much smaller tablet, with 7-inch screen and resolution 800 × 480 pixels, a very poor figure that "suffers" with the naked eye, but hey, it's € 59.
Inside the Evolution W2 we have a QuadCore ARM Cortex A9 processor that does not indicate a specific model, accompanied by 1GB of RAM and 16 GB RAM (expandable through micro SD). The small Link has a dual core CPU at 1.5GHz and also 1GB of RAM (remember that KitKat requires at least 512MB), in this case, the internal memory goes down to 4GB, with a microSD slot.
Specifications of the Wolder miTab Evolution W2 | miTab Link
- 10.1 inch HD LCD IPS screen | 7 inch 800 × 480 LCD
- Quad Core ARM Cortex A9 processor | Dual Core 1.5 GHz
- GPU PowerVR SGX540 | 3D Dual Core
- 1GB RAM | 1GB RAM
- Internal storage: 16GB + microSD | 4GB + microSD
- 2MP rear camera | miTab Link doesn't have
- Front camera: VGA | VGA
- Battery: 6000mAh | 2400mAh
- WiFi b / g / n + BT 4.0 | WiFi b / g / n
- Android 4.4. KitKat stock
Design and construction
miTab Evolution W2
The 10.1-inch tablet does not give us any surprise in its design, it has the form that we used to see on devices like this, with a clean front and entirely covered by the glass that hides the HD panel and the front camera. Specifically, the Evolution W2 has dimensions of 270.8 x 174 x 9.4 mm, and its weight rises to 650 grams, So it is not the lightest.
On the back we find only the 2MP camera lens centered, without flash, while all connections and outputs are on one side. There we have the connections microUSB, miniHDMI, 3.5mm jack input and the microSD slot, as well as the perforated part for the speakers, a pity that they are not on the front in a tablet of this size, where the consumption of multimedia content will be the main use (according to the manufacturer , the 6000mAh battery holds up to 4 hours of video playback).
The particularity that we find in this model is that it is a hybrid, since with the tablet we will also receive a physical keyboard dock. Unlike other accessories of this type, Wolder's keyboard does not physically connect to the tablet, but works through Bluetooth, So it has its own battery (which we will have to recharge via microUSB).
It should be clear that this dock does not increase the autonomy of the tablet, but it does fits perfectly to your body, being able to use it as a screen protection, in the style of a traditional laptop. The dock only has a small tab to turn it on and a couple of LED’s that indicate if it is connected or charged. It has a centerpiece that opens to hold the tablet at a certain angle. As for the keys, you have to get used to them, the touch is a bit different and, like a PC, we have keyboard shortcuts to increase brightness, volume, block, open certain Apps …
In the little Wolder miTab Link We have a smaller tablet (189 x107 x 9.5 mm) and 267 grams of weight. It is built in plastic, but it has a rough finish quite nice in the back.
Not having a main camera, the front webcam is the only thing we find under the front glass, while all the power button, microUSB input and 3.5mm jack are on one side, as well as the SD slot. As you can see I have not mentioned the volume buttons, because the Link doesn't have them, but we will have to raise and lower the sound from virtual buttons on the interface, in my opinion a big bug.
Evolution W2, a hybrid with Android
With the Wolder Evolution W2 we have had very good feelings considering the type of product it is. Your performance with KitKat is very satisfactory, obviously it is not super fast and sometimes it costs a little to move more demanding Apps and games, but in general it behaves well.
The screen, in which we would have liked to enjoy a little more resolution, fulfills its mission, the IPS panel shows natural colors, without oversaturation and with a quick response. He brightness It is correct and more than enough indoors, in exteriors with direct light suffers, like most screens, although in this case it is less worrying since its use is not so common in the street, a park, etc.
As system version brings Android 4.4 KitKat, a point in its favor and that is always appreciated, is not customized by the manufacturer, so we found the interface stock although with some extra news apps. The system is fluid, everything works with normal Although as usually happens in larger Android tablets, we miss more adapted Apps, hopefully with the arrival of Material Design and Android L, developers put more interest.
He use that we have given to the Evolution W2 has been opening and editing documents of all kinds, video calls (the inclination achieved by the support is ideal but the quality very poor), surf the web and above all, read feeds and news, with some that Another video playback. In all these tasks he has behaved, with the added convenience of having the keyboard to correct documents.
Said keyboard, as we said, is Bluetooth and to pair it with the tablet, just activate the physical button found on it and activate Bluetooth in the Settings, very simple and fast. The rear camera is not much use, with 2MP the quality achieved is very limited, but hey, you can get us out of trouble if you need it urgently.
In general we have a very valid tablet for day to day, always keeping in mind that it is a mid-low-end model, but it could certainly be an option for those who want to detach from the traditional laptop and opt for a hybrid in The one that enjoy Android Apps. When transporting it, the biggest drawback is the weight, 650 grams are many, to which the keyboard should be added.
miTab Link, 7 inches at minimum price
Let's go now with the little girl Link Do you want to give a tablet to your son or a relative who is starting on Android? This Wolder model is suitable. It is a tablet of low range, So if the use is going to be light, use the typical Apps, some light game and take it from one place to another, this miTab is up to the task.
In this case we also find Android 4.4 KitKat as a system version, something that is not usual to see on a device € 59, however, it should not surprise us either, since its hardware should be more than enough. When it comes to the truth, it meets the basics, although we recognize that the experience leaves a little to be desired at times when it gets stuck when opening Apps, it appears lag or directly frozen.
It does not have a rear camera, surely to try to adjust the price to the maximum and, anyway, it is not worth having a poor quality sensor. Yes we found one webcam on the front, in case you have to make a videoconference or a selfie He use that we have given to the Wolder miTab is quite softer: some social network, very simple games and web browsing.
The biggest problem with this model is its screen: with 7 inches, has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, which at this point already hurt the eye. The maximum brightness is not very high and the fatal viewing angles. We understand that looking for the minimum price is the objective, but an element such as the screen, which is basically the main component of the tablet, should be more careful.
Finally, of the 4GB of internal memory, some less are available for the user, than with a few Apps, videos and in general with the data that the applications need, we will be forced to buy a micro SD.
In the Wolder miTab Evolution W2 we found one drums with capacity of 6000mAh, a usual figure on tablets of this size and as usual, is not accessible to the user. With the use that we have detailed above, we have battery for the whole day; at rest, he spends almost nothing, although sometimes some process involved annoys us autonomy.
According to the manufacturer's data, we can achieve up to 4 hours of autonomy in continuous video playback, while in web browsing and others we lengthen several more, but yes, we must control the brightness, otherwise the consumption will skyrocket.
For its part, the miTab Link mount a battery only 2400mAh, a figure that we consider fair for a 7-inch screen, although it is also true that its resolution helps reduce consumption. In this case it also endures a full day, although if we give it continuous use we will surely need a recharge before the end of the day, while at rest it is a real lighter.
In this analysis we have seen two very different tablets, but both betting on the same, meet on a daily basis without going over the price. On the one hand, the Evolution W2 It is very useful if you are looking for a portable device, being able to enjoy the catalog of Android applications and at the same time having a physical keyboard which, although you have to get used to it, always gives better feedback than the virtual keyboard on the screen.
It does not stand out in any section, only to include KitKat as a version of the system, although this on the dates that we are it shouldn't be a surprise either, but something essential. Even so, it is appreciated that the Spanish manufacturer puts it in a tablet that can be found in the market with a official price of € 179.
On the other hand we have the Wolder miTab Link; When it was presented it caught my attention. A tablet of 7 inches, with KitKat and a price of only € 59, a candy for those who think of their first tablet, are not too demanding and want it only for sporadic use or to check if they really need such a device or will end up in the drawer. If this is your case, it is ideal, but if you are looking for a small tablet for day to day, as a complement to your smartphone, the miTab Link is quite limited mainly for its screen and for the lack of power / optimization.