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Low Cost Tablets Comparative Review

Results of testing and review of several low-cost (less than $150) Android tablets with recommendations for top picks in the category

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Low Cost Tablets Comparative Review

  1. 1. Low Cost 7” Android Tablets: A Comparative Review
  2. 2. Why Tablets? • Increasingly affordable & available • Increasingly the productivity tool of choice • Blend of portability & features COMPUTERS FULL FEATURE SET MOBILE PHONES HIGH PORTABILITY
  3. 3. Ministry Uses for Tablets • Media Playback • Media Creation • Media Sharing • Social Media • Productivity (email, document creation, reading, etc.)
  4. 4. Why These Tablets? • Android – top mobile OS in the world (85% market share globally) • 7” screen size – sweet spot between smartphones & full-size tablets • microSD slot – extra file storage, facilitates file sharing • Under $150 – affordable while still offering key tablet features for mobile ministry • Global availability & service
  5. 5. Selected Tablets • ASUS MeMo Pad 7 • Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci • Hisense Sero 7 Pro • Lenovo A7-50 • LG G-Pad 7.0
  6. 6. ASUS MeMo Pad 7 Pros • Excellent battery life (8:25 in video test) • 16 GB of internal storage • Fun color options Cons • Cameras (0.3 MP front, 2 MP rear) • High end of the price spectrum (~ $150) • Display was not good as other tablets
  7. 7. ASUS Memo Pad 7 A capable tablet with good battery life and plenty of internal storage. Unfortunately, the price is not strongly com-petitive and the dismal front-and rear-facing cameras lag the competition. Certainly not a bad choice, just not the best you can get at this price point.
  8. 8. Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci Pros: • Priced under $40 Cons: • No Google Play Store support (removed) • Low internal storage (4 GB) • Poor battery life (2:30 in video test) • Low-resolution display with poor viewing angles • Poor camera • Poor build quality • No Bluetooth
  9. 9. Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci “You get what you pay for.” But… Lots of features for under $50 make this a decent option for those in the developing world who can’t afford something more expensive. Surprise: The internal mic coupled with a good audio recording app produced excellent audio suitable for recording stories, sermons/training, etc.
  10. 10. HiSense Sero 7 Pro Pros: • Very affordable ($85) • Extra features: MiniHDMI, NFC • Tops in battery life (9:15 on video test) • Great camera specs (2 MP – front, 5 MP – rear, LED) Cons: • Not widely available • Largest & heaviest of all tablets tested • Only 8 GB of internal storage • Uncertain reliability & durability
  11. 11. HiSense Sero 7 Pro Given its strong feature set, it offers the best overall value among all tablets in this review. However… It is not the top overall pick due to its limited availability, size & weight, and uncertainty about its reliability & durability since Hisense is so new to the tablet market.
  12. 12. Lenovo A7-50 Pros: • 16 GB of internal storage • Cameras (2 MP front, 5 MP rear) • Global availability & service • Possibly the best overall display Cons: • Mediocre battery life (6:30 in video test) • Slight color inaccuracy, but minor
  13. 13. Lenovo A7-50 Disappointing battery life, but its solid specs including good cameras and 16 GB of internal storage, along with a competitive price ($140), make this easy to recommend. Bonus: Top makers like Lenovo are more likely to push out Android updates. The installed Android 4.2 was promptly updated to 4.4.
  14. 14. LG G-Pad 7.0 Pros: • Nice display with rich, accurate colors • Strong battery life (8:05 in video test) • Global availability & service • Split window option for multitasking Cons: • Sub-par cameras • Only 8 GB of internal storage
  15. 15. LG G-Pad 7.0 A very enjoyable tablet to hold & use with good battery life to get you through the day. It’s UI even allows you to display and use two apps concurrently. Unfortunately, its poor cameras and lack of internal storage kept the G-Pad from emerging as the top pick.
  16. 16. Final Word All 5 tablets have merit as mobile ministry tools. Overall top pick: Lenovo A7-50 Best value: Hisense Sero 7 Pro Honorable mention: LG G-Pad 7.0