For a firm that claims to "focus on customers looking for technologically advanced equipment tailored to European requirements", Polish firm Goclever has produced a device that is anything but advanced, and from the poor English translations on its website and on the device itself, doesn't appear to be tailored to a European audience.
Things get off to a bad start when you try to use the custom Goclever over the air OS updating tool (the device comes with Android 4.2.2 installed). It advises you: "GOCLEVRR auto update have on line update and local update, please look through the instruction below and then follow the operations."
I count seven spelling and grammatical errors in that one sentence (including a misspelling of the firm's own name right at the start).
Once we'd clicked ‘OnlineUpdate', we were sent to another screen that mystifyingly informed us: "Undiscover new version", and had an option only to return to the previous screen. We assumed this meant that there was no new update available, but the user is left with the troubling feeling that they have spent money on a device which has not been created with due care and attention to detail.
It's not all bad though. Overall build quality is good, the device doesn't feel cheap and plasticky like the Tesco Hudl for one, and it's ultra-light and portable at 312g.
It comes with a fair smattering of goodies, the light and flexible case probably being the pick of the bunch, but the in-car charger is a nice touch.
The real star is the seven inch screen (5 point capacitive), which is nice and bright, running at a resolution of 1280 x 800 (16:10 format), and with impressive viewing angles to boot. Colours stay nice and vibrant, even when viewed from off to one side - but at this size it's unlikely to see too many people gathered around for a corporate video conference.
The good screen however is slightly let down by the components behind it. Picture-heavy websites like the BBC homepage are slightly sluggish to scroll through. Oddly we found that it was slow and jerky when scrolling left to right, but fine navigating up and down.
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