Prestigio Multipad 4 

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This is an Android device that will fit in a larger pocket. It has one huge difference in that it can only be used in portrait mode as there is no way to flip the screen into landscape mode. This may or may not matter but it is certainly different.

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The Prestigio Multipad 4 measures 20x13.7x.7cm and weights 408grams. The viewable screen is 16x12cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of a tad under 8inches at 7.85 inches. The screen resolution is 768x1024.

It comes with Android 4.2.1 I see from the link at the end that Kit Kat 4.4 will be an over the air update at some future date, however on speaking with Prestigio on another matter at a recent show they say there are no current plans for this to happen, so I suggest you check this yourself with Maplins.

It has two cameras the front one is centrally mounted at the top of the screen and the rear one at the top left of the rear. Neither are high specification the front is VGA while the rear is 2MP.

Going round the rim of the unit the top has earphone socket, Micro SD slot, Micro HD slot and internal microphone. The right side has the on/off button towards the top with the volume buttons (up and down) below it. The base has micro USB socket for charging the unit. Just above this on the rear of the unit is an 8.5x.5cm speaker grill which in a quiet room gives a good sound, for nosier environment use headphones.

There is a Quick Guide booklet in numerous languages. A travel charger with three plug ends and a slip case to protect the screen when travelling.

The processor is a Quad Core Arm Cortex offering running at 1.6GHz. It works with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (there are even meant to be models to take a SIM). The screen has ‘five point’ touch.

Prestigio always seem to have some extra features available for download once you start using your device and some of these are not immediately freely available from the Android Play Store.

The six sides of the small Quick Guide should be enough to get even a total novice up and running and on two or the six sides go into how to use the ‘five point’ touch to best effect.

Bootup takes twenty seconds and shutdown three seconds.

In use it works like any number of other Android devices, the screen is bright and clear and perhaps the only different thing is the lack of screen flip which I often turn off as they tend to flip just when you don’t want them to do so. However it still seems strange not to have that ability.

A normal full width web page is shown and providing your eyes are up to it all works normally. If you need to you can of course zoom the screen in the normal way.

Battery life was excellent and I got several days of use to a single charge. As to the portrait only mode I have spoken to Prestigio and they assure me that shipping models do rotate to give Landscape mode as an option.

The only link I can find is from Maplins who seem to do the exact model I was sent with the addition of a SIM port to give you the ability to use the unit and connect to the Internet anywhere where there is a mobile signal.

The Prestigio Multipad 4 Quantum 7.85 with SIM support is available from Maplins shops or their website on the link below for £159.99.

If you want only the Wi-Fi version the link below has it for £149 and as you can see that does work in Landscape mode.

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