The Tivax MiTraveler 8-inch 3D Tablet: No Glasses Required (Review)
I didn’t know what to think when I first heard of the Tivax MiTraveler Android-based 3D tablet, except, “This I have to see.” The No Glasses Required part of the advertisement was especially intriguing to me. I wanted to see if it looked 3D or if it looked like the 3D pictures of my childhood that had that blurry, headache-inducing, “deep sight” kind of thing going on.
Although it took me almost an hour to figure out how to switch into 3D mode, I’m glad that 3D isn’t the default mode. I, personally, can’t look at 3D video for very long at a time. It’s interesting when I’m in a darkened theater and that’s my only focus but an 8-inch tablet is quite a different story.
It works. You can see movies or photos in 3D without glasses. But, for me, the technology still isn’t where it needs to be for prolonged use. Right now, it’s more of a “Hey, look what my tablet can do” sort of thing. That’s just my opinion. If you’re interested in viewing movies or photos in 3D, check one out at a retailer or spring for the $240 and buy one direct.
- OS Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Dual-core CPU
- Flash 10.1 supported
- Parallax barrier 3D technology
- Capacitive multi-touch screen
- 8GB storage
- 1G RAM
- Resolution: 1280*800
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Micro SD card port for storage expansion up to 32GB
- Micro USB port
- Mini HDMI output
- Built-in speaker & microphone
- 0.3M front camera and 2M rear camera
- 5000mAh Li-Polymer battery
- Supports Bluetooth
Don’t get me wrong, I like the MiTraveler tablet, even in 3D mode. I’m just saying that I can’t look at it for a long period of time, at least not without Dramamine. It’s a me thing, not a Tivax tablet thing. The 3D effect on the MiTraveler is very good and there are actually three 3D modes to choose from. My favorite is the 2D to 3D effect. It looks more like a real 3D movie. The horizontal and vertical 3D modes have to be used with photos and movies that specifically use those techniques, otherwise they are unwatchable. You can experience the real 3D effect with the 2D to 3D mode.
You can switch into 3D mode with a single tap while watching a video. When you start a video, tap the 3D icon in the video options bar shown in Figure 1. Unfortunately, in 3D mode, the Android tablet doesn’t seem to allow me to take screenshots. I assume it’s because it doesn’t know how to render them. In your case, the video will be playing in the background. This particular video shows two side-by-side pictures, which when combined, create a very nice 3D effect.
So, the exact steps to see a movie in 3D are:
- Start the movie.
- Tap the screen once to launch the Video Options Bar at the bottom center of your screen (Figure 1).
- Tap the 3D icon to launch a 3D Options Menu.
- Select the option that will play your video.
- For the Transformers demo video, select 3D Left Right.
See Figure 2 for the 3D Options Menu.
If you want to view a “normal” video in 3D mode, select the 2D to 3D option.
You can browse the web and the local filesystem for videos, so you aren’t limited by delivery method. You can adjust the sound volume to suit you but beware that different videos have different sound levels and you’ll have to adjust each one accordingly. This is not a fault of the tablet, but normal variation in video production quality and style.
As far as other functions, the tablet looks fairly limited upon first glance. The default desktop would lead you to believe that the MiTraveler is primarily a photo and video viewing device. It isn’t.
Figure 3 shows you the desktop and all available default desktop apps: Browser, Email, Camera (front and rear facing), STREAMit, and Music. If you want to see all of the installed apps and the Google Play Store app, tap the multi-window icon in the upper right corner of the main desktop screen. There you’ll see all of your standard apps plus a few extras that are sound, movie, and game-related to take full advantage of the tablet’s 3D and accelerated 2D capabilities. You can copy any app to the main desktop by pressing and holding its icon for a few seconds, so you can customize the MiTraveler in any way you like.
You can download apps, remove apps, and treat it as you would any other Android device. The only difference is that this one can render video in 3D.
Why it’s Frugal: The Tivax MiTraveler 3D 8-inch tablet is anything but frugal. But, it’s a specialty item and it’s not designed or marketed as a frugal or inexpensive device. It’s more than a standard Android device but functions like a standard one except for the 3D enhancements.
The Tivax MiTraveler is an excellent 3D video movie and photo viewer. If you love 3D video, you’ll love this tablet. If it’s not your thing, save your money. You’re probably asking yourself (and me) if I think that the tablet is worth the money for the 3D enhancements. Good question. I think it is. The 3D is smooth and well done. I’m not sure how they do it and like making laws and making sausages, I don’t think I want to know how it’s done. I appreciate it for what it is. I don’t need the details.
The MiTraveler is a quality device that does exactly what it says it can do. I tried to find something wrong with it and couldn’t. So, if you have $250 and you want a 3D capable tablet, this is the one you want.
Recommendation: Buy the Tivax MiTraveler 8-inch 3D tablet for awesome 3D rendering. And remember, no glasses required.