Different ranges can be differentiated in the Android terriotiro for a long time. Specifically on the issue of tablets, the arrival of the Nexus 7 further differentiated the market. A tablet like that of Asus marked the ? 200 line as the space that separates different ranges, or so it seemed, as more and more new tablets come out that approach that price giving up few or no features. Recently we talked about the Pipo Smart and valued what is probably the best tablet for less than ? 100, today we will talk about another tablet, with a price closer to the Nexus 7 and a brand that is a little closer. We will talk about the BQ Curie.
The BQ Curie is an 8-inch tablet for ? 170 that comes from the hand of BQ, the Spanish company of tablets, smartphones and ereaders. Let's see its characteristics
- Measures: 199 x 155 x 9.8 mm.
- Weight: 450g
- Display: 8 », IPS
- Resolution: 1024 x 768 px.
- Viewing Angle: 178º
- CPU: Dual Core Cortex A9 1.6 GHz
- GPU: Quad Core Mali-400
- RAM: 1 GB DDR3
- 5,000mAh Li-ion battery.
- Android 4.1 operating system
- Connectivity: micro-USB 2.0 OTG, Bluetooth V.4.0, HDMI Full HD Dual 1080p
- Micro-SD ? slot
- VGA front camera and 2Mpx rear camera
Among the contents of the box are the tablet, a micro-USB calbe and a charger. Yes they are two different cables, and that is that the BQ Curie not only charges by micro-USB as usual but also has its own charger. Well, maybe not own, but it is a standard that is used less each. That is to say, that we have two options of charging, by the USB or the own charger, without a doubt to be able to use the OTG at the same time as the USB, an interesting idea, although at first it is strange.
Software and daily use
On the software issue the tablet loads with Android 4.1 (Yes, I know that the current version is 4.2, but what will it be done and also, except for the user issue, we don't get too lost). That means we have the Expandable notifications and Google Now. In addition, at the software level, compatibility with virtually all apps. Better yet, we are facing a Android 4.1 almost clean, BQ has only added a series of shortcuts in notifications and a configuration menu for HDMI output, and left the rest just as Google did.
In the field the tablet is not short at all. It has no problem in handling heavy games and, although we can stress it if we propose it, it will cover most of our needs without fail and it is not bad in the benchmarks.
Finally the theme of the battery enters. The truth is that in this field it has an approval, but closer to enough. The battery life in general is sufficient for light use of reading news browsing and playing. But if for example you take it to university and use it during the day, you may not have a battery for when you go home. In other words, the battery approves, but a little more juice would have been fine. As a curious note, it is one of the few terminals that I have found lately with the option of deactivating the Wi-Fi signal at rest selected by default, which considerably reduces the idle expense, but it can make it a little slower when we turn it on (already that we will receive the notifications of hit).
Comparison with his opponents
For starters it is a nexus, and that means the latest version of Android: 4.2.2. Regarding the importance of that, right now, in the absence of a new version (we only have rumors of 4.3) it is worth separating two things: the lock screen and the multi-user. If we remove this, there is little left again in 4.2 so we will give half a point to this factor. Apart from this we have the screen, which although it does not seem to have much, is superior to the BQ.
Pros, Curie wins in …
Additional features. That is the key word here. From USB OTG, HDMI output, microSD, front camera, ability to use 3G modems … The BQ has everything that one could want in the Nexus and that by x or by and was left out. It is even a little cheaper than the Nexus 7.