Another tablet from Cherry Mobile’s Alpha Series launch that I’m interested in is the Alpha Play. The Cherry Mobile Alpha Play may not come with the origami flip cover keyboard accessory that its bigger brother, the Alpha Morph comes with, but it does have a few advantages of its own, which I discovered in my hands on time with it.
The most obvious advantage of the Cherry Mobile Alpha Play is that it has a more manageable size. At 8 inches, the screen is still large enough that you can be reasonably productive, but it’s also small enough that it can be handled with just one hand.
I’d say I have pretty large hands, but the Alpha Play is light enough that you don’t really have to wrap your fingers all the way around to the other side just to be able to manage it properly. That’s Alexei Rivera of the Technoclast hand modeling the Alpha Play for me and you’ll see that he’s just holding it from one of the bezels.
So why not just get a regular 8 inch Android tablet? Well for one thing, the Alpha Play runs full Windows, but another is that it’s got an array of ports the average student or young professional will definitely find indispensable.
Unfortunately, it does have its downsides too. I can live with the smaller screen size compared to the Alpha Morph. In fact, I prefer it. However, it also comes with just half the RAM and storage versus the Morph. Multitasking and loading applications on just 1GB RAM doesn’t sound like an ideal experience, and neither does living on a paltry amount of storage.
Of course, when I tried it out, it was still pretty smooth and responsive despite the limited RAM. Only time will tell if that would still be the case after running it for a few weeks or so.
Regardless, the Cherry Mobile Alpha Play is still a pretty good deal considering this is a Windows tablet we’re talking about. No stunted Android productivity apps. You can install all of your full-fledged PC software, pair it with a wireless keyboard and mouse and do the exact same things you can do on a desktop or laptop PC! Of course, you won’t be able to install that much because of the limited storage.
Cherry Mobile Alpha Play Specs
- 8″ IPS LCD with HD resolution
- 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3735D processor
- Intel HD Graphics
- Windows 8.1
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- MicroSD support up to 64GB
- 5-megapixel BSI main camera
- 2-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 3500mAh battery
- Price: Php7,999