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Review: Dell Latitude 10 ST2 Tablet

01 May 2013

The Latitude 10 ST2 Tablet is one of the two types of tablets created by Dell.

Available in three versions: standard, enhanced security and essentials configurations, this means there are many different features in both hardware and security.

Comparing the two tablets, the physical differences are pretty unnoticeable except for a slight variance in weight as the standard version has a swappable battery – adding about an extra 11 grams (this is the 2-cell battery, there is also a 4-cell battery which an extra 170 grams).

The tablets measure up at 274 x 176.6 x 10.5mm (WxDxH) showing that although the actual screen is 10” there is around an extra inch around the sides.

The weight distribution is even and ideal for on the lap use, but probably not that comfortable if you’re lying down and this doesn’t include the optional accessory of the docking station.

The front and rear facing camera are 2MP and 8MP respectively and an LED flash for the standard configuration, but there was an expectation for a better front facing camera especially if you wanted to use it for webcam purposes.

The standard configuration has a few extra ports and slots i.e. mini-HDMI™, mini-SIM (WWAN only) and micro-SIM (3G access).

All new Dell tablets come pre-installed with the Windows 8, which has been advertised for Touch use, and standard configuration comes with Windows 8 Pro, both tablets have an Intel Atom Processor.

Pros:

  • 10.1” screen with Corning Gorilla Glass and 5 Finger Capacitive Multi-Touch
  • Fairly lightweight and weight is equally distributed through the device
  • Interchangeable battery for the standard configuration, upgradeable to a larger as well
  • Rear facing camera at 8MP, great for photos
  • Standard configuration also comes with mini-HDMI port and a micro-SIM port
  • 64GB Solid State hard drive, great for accidental drops
Cons:
  • There is a substantial edging around the screen, which seems a bit excessive
  • Use lying down is not as comfortable as sitting upright or an optional docking station
  • Front facing camera is only 2MP which could be better for webcam use e.g. Skype
Aside from a few extra hardware features and the Pro version in software, the price difference between the two tablets is acceptable - the choice comes down to whether or not you need the extra features and willing to pay for it.

Despite the Intel Atom Processor not having a great results, it is the most popular choice for many of the Windows based tablets and it does work well in this particular Dell build.

Score: 3/5

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