Operating System: Android 4.4
Screen Size: 7 inches
Max Screen Resolution: HD 1024 x 600 pixels
Processor: Up to 1.0GHz Allwinner A33 Quad Core
Hard Drive Capacity: 8GB NAND Fast Flash
Extend Card: Supports up to 32GB TF card
Display Technology: 5-point capacitive touchscreen
Battery Type: 2500mAh rechargeable battery
Run Time (Up to): 3 hours
Power Device Type: AC Adapter
Voltage Required: AC 100-240V, DC 5V 2A
Wireless Connection: Wi-Fi
Wireless Protocol: 802.11b/g/n
USB Port: 1 x Micro USB port
Audio Port: 1 x 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
Extend Card Slot: 1 x TF Card slot
DC Input: 1 x DC 5V 2.5mm Jack
Camera: Front Camera:0.3MP, Rear Camera:2MP
Audio: Built-in MIC & Speaker
Software: Google Play Pre-Installed, Skype Video Calling, Netflix, Flash Supported
1 x Tablet PC (Blue)
1 x USB Cable
1 x OTG Cable
1 x Charger
1 x User Manual
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was pleased to be asked to produce an independent review of this 7 inch Android tablet computer. I’ve owned (and since sold) both a Google Nexus 7 and an iPad Mini, and coincidentally I’m also reviewing a similar 7 inch “Phablet” computer at the same time, and I’ll try to give a objective view. In common with Apple, I’ll concentrate less on the technical jargon and numbers and more on the experience. After all, it doesn’t matter if it has a “Quad Core 32 bit processor with 8 gigabytes of storage” if it doesn’t work very well.
Before I start, lets put this in context. For the price of a Nexus 7, you could buy 4 of these tablets, and still have enough money left for a massive 32Gb SD card. You’re looking at the “value” end of the spectrum, but even so, it does the job.
Opening up the simple but well designed packaging reveals the now standard size 7” diagonal screen tablet with a grey plastic back. Coming in at just over 7” long by 5” wide and weighing 287g it’s almost exactly the size and weight of the benchmark “Nexus 7” at about the same size, and 290g in weight. At 1cm thick, this tablet is slightly thicker than the Nexus, but that’s no great issue, and it feels like holding a light weight paper back book.
If you’re going past PC World, drop in and handle the Amazon Kindle for comparison. About the same size (although at 204g it’s lighter and thinner), but it gives an idea of the size.
Worth mentioning, one stand out feature of this device is the small 25 page guide book it comes with. Even Apple don’t provide a user guide with their top end devices, and it’s a real pleasure to see a manufacturer take the effort to produce what’s an excellent guide to your tablet computer. An excellent feature for the first time tablet user.
As with most budget tablets, the screen is plastic rather than the “Gorilla Glass” of the Nexus, and there’s noticeable screen reflection common to these tablets - so you won’t be able to use this in bright sun-light. While the 1024 x 600 screen resolution was acceptable, colours were rather muted and dull, even with the brightness turned up to maximum. Also, while the screen was fine looking at it directly - twist the screen at a slight angle, and the image quality quickly deteriorated. Held in portrait mode, photographs quickly turned to the “negative image” when viewed from the left or right. Likewise, held in landscape mode, images were poor if the tablet were twisted up or down.
Sound quality was another poorly performing area, and I personally found it very tinny and quite irritating. Certainly you wouldn’t want to listen to music on this. Having said that, it does come equipped with a wireless bluetooth capability, and paired with my ADX speaker it produced excellent quality sound. Having reviewed an awful lot of these devices, I can recommend almost any device by UK manufacturer “Audio Dynamix” who produce speakers costing between £20-£60, as they really do stand out from the crowd.
As you’d expect there’s a 2 mega-pixel front and rear facing camera, so you can take snaps or video, or use it for Skype. Again, quality was not brilliant, and while photos in sunlight were fine, it struggled to work well in low light (indoor) situations where colours were muted. Having said that, it was fine during a test Skype call with my daughter in Australia, and you’ve got to keep pinching yourself after checking the remarkable price tag.
I quickly connected it to Google and my photos, eMail and address book were immediately available. I then tested it on a few web pages including the image rich Daily Mail web site, and it worked fine, if not quite as responsive as the more expensive alternatives. I also downloaded a free copy of Temple Run 2 and Fruit Ninja and both worked terrifically well. Having said that, try as I might I just couldn’t get Real Racing 3 to install, so couldn’t test whether this beast of an App would work smoothly.
Leaving aside the poor viewing angle, it was fine for watching You Tube videos, and as such would be great as a first tablet computer for a child or adult, although I suspect a teenager would quickly get frustrated by the slow response times. Reading books on Kindle is acceptable, and the small form factor is tailor made for this as you can hold this tablet easily with one hand.
In terms of storage it comes complete with 8Gb of space although not all of that is fully available, and having downloaded a half dozen apps, I had 5.5Gb left. Of course, you can always add a 32Gb Micro SD card for as little as £10.00 on Amazon which should be enough for most people to store books, videos and music.
Finally, you should expect to charge this every day. On full brightness, my device drained from 66% to 23% in 2.5 hours, which means you should get around 5 hours use before you need to plug in the supplied charger. Unusually, in addition to a standard micro-USB connection (to connect the tablet to a computer for backup), this device has a separate “pin” socket for charging, and the supplied US charger comes (in the UK model) with a converter. Not a problem, but it does mean you’ve got yet another charger/adapter to plug in - you can’t use your existing smartphone charger.
In conclusion, if you’ve never owned a tablet computer before, and want to dip your toe in the market, this is a functional (if a tad slow) device. Yes, the screen and sound quality could be better, it could be more responsive when surfing the web, and storage is limited - but you’re getting a lot of tablet for not a lot of money. The guide book is excellent as well. Great for a first time user.
Provided you’re aware of the limitations this would be a great “starter” tablet computer, or a gift for a small child. Just be aware, it’s not an iPad or Nexus 7, but at this price, does it matter?
This tablet for the price is amazing!!! Very fast WIFI speeds for streaming Sirius and YouTube my other tablet kept lagging this baby streams like a champ. Display is nice and clean touch response is very well and the BATTERY IS AWESOME it stays 100% for 10 minutes streaming before it starts to go down.
I ordered 2 of these, the blue and one pink for my 2 and 3 year olds. They love them and I love how they were reasonably priced and really great quality for what I paid. No issues at all connecting to the wi-fi, no volume problems or any touch screen problems, Very good tablets or $50!
is it a phone too?
no it is not a phone
can you watch you tube?
Great for watching YouTube and pretty much all types of streaming video. I watch UFC events live on it. Via UFC fight pass.
Sorry I havent try you tube yet
do i need to buy a memory card
Yes you need to do it
Really depends on how many apps and downloads you use, If you plan on having many of them, sure, you might want a memory card.
You do not have to buy a micro SD card, but there is not a lot of extra memory in the unit for videos -- music etc.....
like already stated... it all depends on how much you plan on putting on it...
Good evening I received a package with two tablets of this publication but unfortunately one has faulty charging port. Please like I can do to change
I would definitely contact the seller to exchange for another one or at least pay the bill to have this repaired, if the tablet was purchased new.
You can buy a charging