Hi dear community!
I decided I should give in to one of my old hobbies a little - writing.
And since nagging about tech is also one thing I love to do - why not combine both and just ask if some tech is worth the price.
This time - the Eve T1.
Disclaimer: As can be seen by my title, I’m currently employed by Eve as community-manager so please take this “review” with a grain of salt.
It’s been over a year and a half since Eve released their first product - the T1. Back in the day 8" windows tablets still were a thing while nowadays they seem to have vanished from the surface of the tech-world.
They still exist, but the only 8" windows tablet released this year by a well-known manufacturer is the Acer Iconia 8 W - which wasn’t too outstand. This begs the question - can the T1, a over a year old device show that the abandonment of the 8" windows tab sector was a bad idea? Let’s find out!
Thanks to @riku for sending me a T1 with Windows 10 pre-installed. You rock man!
The front of the T1 is very clean - featuring nothing on the front except a camera on top, the screen in the middle and the windows logo hiding a capacitive sensor on the bottom. The bezels on bottom and top seem to be very similar in size and don’t feel overly thick with 1.5cm. Combine this with pretty nice 0.6cm bezels on the side and the screen is always in the center of the device - no matter of the orientation.
While the left side is completely empty the right side features a power-button on top and a volume-rocker below. While not featuring a satisfying click like a NES-controller, they aren’t as bad as other mushy buttons like the ones in Sony’s PS3 or PS4 controllers.
The lower half of the right side has a small door hiding the microSD slot that blends in pretty nicely.
On the bottom in the center the T1 features a microUSB charging port, that doesn’t have the smaller side up as is the microUSB standard, which is a small point deduction in my book.
And on the top we’ve got a 3.5mm jack (back in the day, this was still in every device) and a small speaker.
The back features a (very) small bump for the 5MP camera and a nice pattern on the back which I felt was easier to hold than a plain plastic back.
Personally I like the simple appearance and the button-placement is lovely to reach if you keep your trigger finger on the side of the device.
A 8" 1280x800 pixel display doesn’t sound that impressive when reading it as pure specs, but what makes up for it is the fact that indoors even with 0% brightness the screen is decently readable, but when the surrounding light gets brighter the 100% brightness seems to be a tad too little.
Overall I personally feel the screen is neither bad nor good - it’s does the job.
When hearing “Intel Atom” I start shuddering and remembering the horrific performance of netbooks back in the day. I was pleasently surprised when trying out the T1 - it was by far faster than I had the CPUs I called “atomic waste” in memory. Loading apps can however take a little - just starting the desktop Spotify version takes ~10 seconds. However 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage help keeping apps in memory and once started switching between them is smooth.
In my opinion performance is far better than expected of a device with an Atom CPU, but it feels slow in comparison to my OnePlus 2.
The cameras are… unimpressive if you want to complement them. The camera app bundled with Windows 10 takes ages to load - which is already not great if you just want a quick snap of something. But it also takes ages to finally take the picture with the back camera - which in combination with the not really great quality feels like the back camera is not really for anything but emergency usage.
As a quick comparison a shot from the OP2’s 12MP camera
The front-camera fares better, and is roughly on par what you’d expect to get in a notebook-camera nowadays - not impressive, but it shoots much faster than the back-camera and is more than sufficient for video-calls.
The T1 features a 4300mAh battery and everyone used to today smartphones might already shiver in fear when thinking about how quickly an 8" devices battery will be drained when todays flagships can’t seem to last for a day - and here the T1 pleasantly surprised me.
While I figured the battery would be drained pretty fast after a quite long reading session (~2h, 50% brightness, WiFi on) the battery just dropped ~20%. Yep, no typo - 20%. This was before I realized that Windows 10 also features a “battery saver” mode which might help increase the lifetime even longer if needed.
While I’ve not done extensive testing on the battery life, with light daily usage as a reading device mostly my T1 screamed for it’s charger every 3-4 days which colored me really impressed.
A overall slick and simple design, combined with a screen that does it’s job is good. The performance was not impressive for todays standards but once apps were loaded they responded quickly. Cameras are not the strong point of the T1, however the battery-life is.
Without knowing the price-tag the T1 seems pretty unimpressive - but 159€ is not very much to ask for, which shines another light on the previously mentioned chapters.
So, now for the question - is it worth it?
Overall it’s the incredible price-tag that makes the T1 a package that’s really interesting - also the long battery life helps make the device last longer than expected. All considered, the Eve T1 is worth it!
Thanks to everyone that took his time to read through this little review of mine
I hope it was interesting and would LOVE to read your thoughts on the review, my perspective of the T1 and if you’d like to see me more review-ish stuff where I give my opinion on tech