Spire Bliss 9 Pro+ Tablet - Installation and Testing

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Spire Bliss 9 Pro+ Tablet
Features and Specifications
Installation and Testing
Testing (Continued)...
Spire Bliss 9 Pro+ Conclusion

Installation:

Like most tablets these days, there's not really a lot that comes in the box. There are just the necessities.

At this point, I'm not sure if Spire will update this tablet with Android 4.3 or KitKat, but we are hopeful as this is just a new product. Either way, most apps should be compatible with Android 4.x and you'll have a few years of solid service with this tablet. As with any Android tablet, simply sign in with your Google account and then start downloading your social network apps that you use to post about bacon, Canada and kittens. Once you're all signed in, you'll get updates as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. If you are new to Android and to Google products, you'll have to create a Google Account to access all the goodies in the Google Play Store.

Settings
Settings

Play Store
Play Store

   

Games
Games

Games
Games

 

Testing:

When you get new toys (a tablet) you obviously want to play around and try out a bunch of different things. I have tested out two tablets and have one of my own. My brother has a tablet that's similar in screen resolution to the Bliss Pro+, although his tablet is much slower. The Spire tablet is no Samsung or Nexus tablet, but the Bliss Pro+ does just fine for most things. It is Jellybean 4.2 which is a big improvement over last generation tablets that ran FroYo or Gingerbread. The buttons work great on the tablet and it's a familiar experience – much like my Nexus 7. The Spire Bliss Pro+ has a few extra buttons that include soft-keys for taking screenshots. This is a good idea for most tablets and I like the fact that it is in plain sight instead of through some awkward multiple button press, or waving your hand over the screen. The volume buttons are in a good spot and are easy to reach. Initial battery life is decent and with Wi-Fi off, it lasts for quite a bit of surfing. Once you enable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and start playing games, the battery does drain pretty quickly – like most Android devices. Charging the tablet takes a couple hours to get its juices flowing.

 

What's cool about the Bliss Pro+ is that if you have a mini-HDMI cable kicking around you can plug it into your tablet and then hook up your tablet to your TV or monitor. I used my monitor and used the Bliss Pro+ to watch movies using the MovieTube App. The video quality is spot-on with what you are viewing on your tablet. Of course the quality of the content will determine how good is looks when output over the HDMI cable. There are no different resolutions available, but most YouTube videos looked good on the big screen. Video content looks much better if you are using 720p content stored on your tablet. This is a pretty nice feature that could be great to use for presentations and sharing other media on your big screen. I’ve been to a couple of LAN parties and this could be a fun way to show off the final rounds of "App Battle" mini-games.

YouTube
YouTube

YouTube
YouTube

YouTube
YouTube

 

On the next page we'll continue on with testing and check out the camera as we continue on.