Android tablets aren’t as popular as they used to be, but a few new ones like the Nuu Tab 10 ($299.90) hit the market every now and then. The tablet sports a large, high-resolution display, though its mediocre processor, low storage, and insufficient RAM limit its ability to handle day-to-day tasks and thus limit its appeal. Other budget Android tablets are simply better investments, including the $249.99 Lenovo Tab P11 Plus, which offers better performance for less money, making it a better buy and our Editors’ Award winner. Choice for affordable Android tablets.
A dated design with a decent display
The Nuu Tab 10’s chunky bezels and front-mounted home button make it look a few years outdated, but that might not bother everyone the same way. However, we’re certainly not fans of the cheap plastic construction. The tablet feels disproportionately long at 10.3 x 6.0 x 0.4 inches (HWD). Compare that with the entry-level Apple iPad (9.8 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches), and the proportional difference is clear.
Surprisingly, the 10.1-inch screen sports a decent FHD+ resolution of 1,920 x 1,200. It works well enough for watching movies. The accompanying stereo speakers are passable. We didn’t notice any distortion at maximum volume levels, but they don’t deliver much bass power. We tried to play our bass test track, “Silent Shout” by The Knife, and we could barely hear the song’s signature hits.
(Credit: Dave LeClair)
Around the edge of the device, you get a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB-C port for charging. The front-mounted home button doubles as a fingerprint reader. The tablet includes a microSD slot that supports cards up to 1TB. This partly makes up for the paltry 32GB of internal storage, which isn’t enough space on its own for most use cases. ; I had to remove some apps just to make room for Genshin Impact while testing.
The Nuu Tab 10 is only available in black, which is fine. The company does not specify an IP rating for the device or whether it uses Gorilla Glass to protect the screen. Nuu makes a rugged case for the tablet that is aimed more at mobile professionals than consumers; third-party case offerings are few and far between.
All kinds of slowness
The Nuu Tab 10 is incredibly slow. It sits on a slow 2.0 GHz MediaTek MT8768WA octa-core processor and only has 3 GB of RAM. That’s just not enough to power a modern Android tablet, and everything takes longer than it should.
The benchmarks confirm our impressions: we recorded below-average figures in all categories. In the PCMark Work 3.0 test, which analyzes the efficiency of the tablet in its daily tasks, it obtained only 3,864 points. To put that into perspective, the Amazon Fire Tablet 7 ($49.99) scored 4,409 on the same test. There’s no excuse for a $300 tablet to lose so badly to a $50 tablet.
(Credit: Dave LeClair)
Even basic web browsing seems sluggish on the Nuu Tab 10. In the Web Basemark test, it scored 91.2. The Amazon Fire Tablet 7 scored 112.9, again topping the much more expensive device.
We use the WeTest Perfdog tool to record the frame rate while gaming. As expected, the Nuu Tab 10 didn’t do well here either. The tablet managed an average of just 10.3 frames per second (fps) when we played Genshin Impact set to its medium graphics options and maximum frame rate (60fps). Alto’s Odyssey, which runs on just about any device, averaged 38.7 fps. Most competing devices can easily maintain a frame rate of 60fps for this title.
At least it has 4G?
The one thing that sets this tablet apart from other affordable alternatives is its support for 4G LTE, which allows it to connect to the internet when Wi-Fi isn’t available. However, LTE doesn’t mean much if the tablet is too slow to handle apps that benefit from 4G. Also keep in mind that LTE requires monthly service fees for access. Check out our list of the best cheap phone plans, which include a few data-only options.
We tested the tablet on T-Mobile’s network and its cellular performance was quite acceptable. We didn’t notice any difference between the Nuu Tab 10 and an Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max in terms of connection quality. The tablet does not support 5G.
(Credit: Dave LeClair)
However, Wi-Fi speeds were disappointing, around half that of the iPhone 12 Pro Max. When tested in the same room as the router, the Nuu Tab 10 achieved speeds of 160 Mbps where the iPhone averaged nearly double at 304 Mbps. When moved to the other side of my 1,000 square foot apartment (with three closed doors in between), the Nuu Tab 10 only hit 15 Mbps while the iPhone peaked at 40 Mbps .
Surprisingly, the Nuu Tab 10 supports NFC, which is a decent perk if you want to use it for mobile payments (though we expect you’ll feel a little silly using a 10-inch tablet on a credit card reader). The device includes Bluetooth 5.1 for pairing with your wireless headphones.
Fair battery life
The Nuu Tab 10 comes with a relatively large 6,000mAh battery, although the tablet’s battery life isn’t as impressive as one might expect. On our battery drain test (streaming video over Wi-Fi with the screen at maximum brightness), the tablet lasted 7 hours and 5 minutes. That’s enough to get you through a cross-country flight, at least. The Lenovo Tab P11 Plus, meanwhile, lasted 7 hours and 58 minutes on the same test, while Apple’s iPad only ran for 5 hours and 18 minutes.
We like that the Tab 10 supports fast charging – we fully recharged the battery via the included power adapter in just an hour and 53 minutes. Although the battery doesn’t last particularly long, you can get the tablet back up and running quickly.
Tablet cameras are never impressive. Can you take photos with the Nuu Tab’s 13MP rear camera and 5MP front cameras? Sure. Will they look good? Not particularly. If somehow the Nuu Tab 10 is the only camera you have and a unique photo opportunity arises, it can produce passable images in decent light, but don’t wait. not much more than that.
A low-light shot of the Nuu Tab 10’s rear camera. (Dave LeClair)
The front camera works well enough for quick video chats. You look about the same as you do on a basic laptop’s built-in webcam, which should suffice for most people.
A selfie in the sun with the Nuu Tab 10’s front camera. (Dave LeClair)
None of this sounds like high praise, but the tablet really isn’t. this poor from a photography point of view compared to competing devices. It doesn’t do anything special with its camera, but for a tablet it captures perfectly acceptable images.
A bright sunlight shot with the Nuu Tab 10’s rear camera. (Dave LeClair)
Android updates: who knows?
The Nuu Tab 10 comes with the dated Android 11, and we don’t know how many updates it will receive, if any. Most companies tout their plans for Android version updates and security patches, but we couldn’t find any such details on Nuu online. When we reached out to the company, a rep said the tablet will get two years of security updates, but won’t commit to any major Android releases, noting that “a version update of Android is always possible but not guaranteed”.
This nebulous update plan makes us hesitant to recommend the device to anyone. Unless you’re okay with being stuck with Android 11 (which launched in 2020) long term, you better get a device with a clear update policy.
Updates aside, the Android 11 experience on the Nuu Tab 10 is non-intrusive. The tablet isn’t overloaded with bloatware that you won’t use. That’s a good thing, as the 32GB of storage is barely enough to store the apps and games you might need.
Relatively affordable, but worthless
If the Nuu Tab 10 were half the price, we’d consider recommending it to people on a tight budget. At $299.90, however, you can easily find a superior alternative. You’re better off with a Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 ($199.99), Lenovo Tab P11 Plus ($249.99), or Amazon Fire HD 10 ($129.99) if you’re looking for a budget Android tablet. And don’t forget the entry-level iPad for $329, which is a much better investment if you’re ready to upgrade to Apple’s ecosystem.
The Nuu Tab 10 offers LTE connectivity and a decent display for the price, but lackluster performance and outdated Android software put the tablet firmly behind even more affordable rivals.
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