As a member of the Product Ambassador Team for the Slate 8 launch, there has been a lot of discussion around who the device would best serve. Obviously by looking at the specs, it’s not a high end device, but by no means is it slouchy. The display is sharp enough to watch full movies in HD, and it can handle a few different accounts for social media or email. However, there has been a lot of talk around the device being a nice alternative for kids.
Here’s my concern about kids in this day and age: patience is no longer a virtue, so any slip in performance that translates to lag, or delay, or overall less than smooth performance will at minimum create a slew of complaints, and at its worst will cause users to just stop using the device. That said, I think that if you can be selective with what you install, your kids will have a GREAT experience with this device.
Need For Speed - Rating: Not happenning. There is just too much going on with this program. The processing power that’s needed to have the program run correctly is just too much for the device. There is a LOT of delay between screens, and although the game play is mostly good, it can be choppy when there’s a lot of action going on.
Marvel Contest of Champions - Rating: Try it and see… There is also a lot going on with this game, but the gameplay is much smoother. What I have noticed is that the app can freeze when you move between screens, so you can probably get a few fights in before the app freezes. Try it if it’s the only thing on your tablet, but beware that it may freeze on you.
Smashy Car - Rating: How can this be laggy? The game is basically a rated G version of GTA, but without the guns and drugs. You would think that with the pixelated, blocky graphics, that it would never have any lag or delay. However, it does tend to lag, glitch, and outright freeze here and there. All the same, when it’s working, it’s quite fun, and looks great on this screen.
Angry Birds - Rating: IT’S GOOD!! No lag. No delay. No performance issues. It’s a GREAT game, still fun, and there’s no drop off on the fact that it’s a few years old.
Moral of the story? Maybe a little less is more with this tablet. Try not to overload it with the high end 3D graphic games, and you will probably have a good experience. BUT… if you get a game in there that requires a lot of processing power, you should expect varying degrees of dropoff in performance.
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