The economic tablet segment of the market is today one of the most competitive, and among the numerous Chinese brands, we were struck by finding a Spanish brand.
If you want to know more about various SPC tablet models, opinions and our assessment after a trial period of 3 of their products, we invite you not to miss this article.
What is an SPC tablet?
Many people today wonder who makes SPC tablets? Well, SPC tablets are manufactured by a technology company from Spain, which has been in the market for more than 25 years , innovating with different products such as computers, e-book readers, smart TVs and, of course, tablets.
SPC stands out for working with the Android system in its purest version, barely including the brand’s own details, which is why its products are Zero bloatware. Although their tablets are entry-level, with very basic features, the performance is consistent with them.
1. SPC Gravity Pro: The best value for money SPC tablet
The Gravity Pro tablet is a 10.1-inch tablet, with a plastic case and very nice finish. The screen resolution is 1280 x 800 pixels, and although the screen has adequate brightness and contrast indoors, outdoors the ambient lighting causes the image to darken making it almost impossible to use.
The speakers are very basic, delivering a sparse, canned sound. That is why we recommend opting for the use of headphones if it will be used for multimedia.
As for more technical features, it has a 2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8168 processor, 3 GB of DDR4 RAM and 32 GB of storage, which can be expanded up to 512 GB via micro SD card.
This quad-core CPU is capable of running very basic apps and games, so even with 3GB of RAM, it won’t be able to run multiple apps smoothly at the same time .
The rear camera has 5 MPx and the front camera with 720p, therefore, this section is not very remarkable.
2. SPC LightYear: The best SPC tablet for kids
The Lightyear tablet has 2 models, one 8-inch and one 10.1-inch, which was not available at the time of our purchase. The 8-inch tablet has an IPS LCD screen with HD resolution: due to its size and screen quality, it has seemed very suitable for the little ones.
Of course, for such use, we need a more robust rubber protective cover that protects the screen more . In any case, it is possible to find very good generic models for that size, so it should not be a problem.
The Lightyear tablet is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8167 processor, which together with 2 GB of RAM allows for very basic performance, it works well with applications like Cut the Rope or Candy Crush, but not much else.
In addition, by having an outdated version of Android, even in the Play Store there are many apps that it has not allowed us to download and install. The 3,500 mAh battery lasts between 5 and 6 hours, and when going from one application to another, we have begun to notice heating in the back and the lags have become very noticeable.
Therefore, we consider that it is a suitable tablet for young children, who do not have too many expectations regarding the level of fluidity and screen quality of the device .
3. SPC Gravity 4G: The best SPC tablet with 4G connectivity
The Gravity 4G model has the possibility of accessing a faster connection through mobile data, when Wi-Fi is not available. This option can be very suitable for employees whose company guarantees them a phone plan with data, and who can take advantage of the greater mobility that a 10.1-inch tablet provides.
It should be noted that the weight of this tablet is considerable, and that the location of the speakers in the lower part means that the enjoyment of multimedia is not the most appropriate .
We have a UNISOC SC9863A octa-core processor at 1.6 GHz and 3 GB of RAM, a combination that allows us to work with office applications, browsing, checking email, etc.
It is also suitable for basic applications, but in more demanding games like PUBG it takes a long time to load, and then the jumps make it impossible to enjoy a good gaming experience.
How about SPC tablets? Customer Reviews
First, let’s see a summary of the opinions that buyers have of the best-selling models of tablets:
SPC Heaven 10.1 inch
The most remarkable thing about the Heaven model according to the opinions is the screen: it has a quality in terms of brightness and resolution that is adequate for the price, but it ends up breaking easily.
In addition, the configuration that includes 64 GB of storage is very attractive to save movies, series and other content, to later watch them offline.
Opinions about the Gravity model usually praise the solidity of its touch, which indicates a greater resistance. The location of the speakers is already more criticized, because being placed below, they are easily covered and this affects the audio experience.
This model, which seems more aimed at children due to its 8-inch size and colorful silicone cover, has been criticized for hanging after several hours of use. Also, the screen is very fragile and ends up breaking even with care.
As you may have seen, there are not a few users who complain about the fragility of the screen of their SPC tablets, and it is that, in addition to being made of plastic, it is separated from the rest of the casing. This, to facilitate its replacement. However, this feature makes it extremely fragile if it is dropped or hit hard against a hard surface.
On the other hand, due to its price, which does not exceed 130 euros in a good part of the models, it must be understood that it is impossible to demand from the hardware that it may have: the same as a micro Dual Core or a low-end Quad Core, which manages to take charge of demanding apps, or that withstands many hours of intensive use.
General characteristics of SPC tablets
Although there are several models with their own characteristics, below we briefly summarize what they all have in common as they are entry-level tablets:
HD resolution display
SPC tablets come with a very simple IPS LCD panel, with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels , except for the Gravity Ultimate model, which is Full HD. In other words, for basic multimedia and app use it works very well, but for reading ebooks for hours it may not be the most appropriate quality.
The casing of the SPC models is made of plastic, which is a very resistant material, but it does not dissipate heat properly. So you can see overheating if you use the tablet intensively , which could end up damaging essential components such as the battery, RAM, and CPU.
Low-end processor and hardware
The processors and graphics co-processors of SPC tablets are low-end, so even if they have a good amount of RAM or internal storage, they are not usually configurations that withstand a high level of demand .
Many users ask themselves: How to update an SPC tablet? But this is not possible, because due to the very basic features of these tablets, a more current Android could affect their operation and performance.
Clearly, all this affects the cheap price of tablets.
Conclusion: Our assessment of SPC tablets
In general, SPC tablets are a good choice when you’re on a tight budget, and don’t require a feature-rich tablet . For very basic multimedia use, simple apps and related jobs, they are a good purchase option, but you can’t ask for pears from the elm:
For an average of 120 euros, we will not find an alternative with higher performance, and that also offers post-sale support so highly valued by buyers.