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Tablo 7-inch Tablet Review By 3G.co.uk

By Simon Thomas on 19th March 2012


3G Total Score

Pros: Capacitive display; access to Google Play; streams and plays HD films


Cons: Ugly design; chunky body; inexplicable crashes

 

Verdict: For the price the Tablo 7-inch Tablet offers decent performance – but it is not terribly stable

Full Review and Specification for the Tablo 7-Inch Tablet

Now we’ve had to review some pretty rubbish tablets in our time, but this is the first time we’ve actually had trouble trying to get one to actually fire up – even when we had to review the dreadful Disgo 7000. So, having earned the dubious honour of being most-hard-to-switch-on, what else did the Tablo 7-inch Tablet have in store for us?

 

Even when we actually got to see the Android desktop, we then received the message ‘Sorry! System is not responding’. It wasn’t the best way to start a review – even if we weren’t expecting much from a tablet that costs a pound less than 100 quid.

 

Design glitches

 

The Tablo has a seven-inch capacitive display, which sits in the middle of a wide bezel. We were pleasantly surprised to see a capacitive display at this price.

 

Having a capacitive screen is a big bonus when surfing the net and running apps where you need to prod and swipe the display. Resistive screens are frustrating as they are often unresponsive, so the Tablo wins on that front.

 

Looks-wise the Tablo is pretty mediocre – it has a chunky body like most other cut-price tablets, and features some ugly keys on the front of the device for Home, Back and Menu. It does make you yearn for the sleek styling of the iPad. However, it does feature a white reverse, which offsets the rest of the black chassis quite nicely. It’s just a shame that the reverse side is made of slick plastic, which means it will easily slip off a desk or table if it gets knocked.

 

Stay connected


Twitter and Facebook apps are already onboard, plus it offers access to Android Market (or Google Play as it is now called). If you want to keep up with your social networks, you’ll need to make sure you can connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot.

 

The typing experience is okay even though the onscreen keyboard is a tad squashed when you’re holding the device in landscape mode. However, typing tweets and emails was reasonably simple.

 

Battery life is also reasonable – you’ll get five or six hours out of a fully charged battery if you’re running some apps and surfing the net.

 

Sound idea


There are built-in speakers, which produce a decent volume, but sound quality is, as we expected, rather tinny. Flash video can be viewed and it is simple to speedily move movies onto the tablet from your PC. A USB cable is included, and media files can be dragged and dropped onto the tablet’s 2GB hard drive. Storage can be upgraded via microSD.

 

The Tablo does have a Mini HDMI port, should you wish to view your files on a TV, but you’ll need to buy a cable to do so.

 

What did surprise us about the Tablo was its power when it came to media. Budget tablets usually have a problem playing HD video, but the Tablo has no issue whatsoever, playing back HD movies with no stuttering. The screen does not have great viewing angles, and it is reflective too. However, the screen is colourful and pretty bright – it’s a good option for entertaining the kids on a long car journey.

 

All in all, this is quite a neat little device, especially for the £99 price tag. But we can’t quite come to terms with those regular crashes – every so often would be forgivable, but when it happens at least once an hour, it is just plain frustrating.

 

Our conclusion


At this low price, the Tablo is one of the best cut-price tablets we’ve reviewed. It plays HD films well and offers a decent net surfing experience. It’s just a shame that it crashes so often, which prevents us from recommending it.

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Tablo 7-Inch Tablet Review Scoring

  • Style and Handling
  • User Friendliness
  • Feature set
  • Performance
  • Battery
  • Overall Score

Tablo 7-Inch Tablet Phone Specification

Type of phone:

N/A

Style:

N/A

Size:

N/A

Weight:

360

Display:

N/A colours

Resolution:

N/A

Camera:

VGA

Special Camera features:

N/A

Video recording:

Yes

Video playback:

Yes

Video calling:

Yes

Video streaming:

Yes

Music formats played:

MP3, MP4, WAV

3.5mm jack port:

Yes

Handsfree speakerphone:

No

Voice Control:

No

Voice Dialling:

No

Call records:

N/A

Phonebook:

N/A

Ringtones customization:

N/A

Display description:

Capacitive

Website:

N/A

SAR:

N/A

Portfolio:

N/A

Standard color:

N/A

Launch Status:

N/A

Ringtones:

N/A

Radio:

No

Operating system:

Android

Connectivity:

Bluetooth, miniUSB, Wi-Fi

Announced date:

N/A

What's in the Box:

N/A

RAM:

512MB

International launch date:

N/A

Battery life when playing multimedia:

5 hours

CPU:

1GHz Cortex A8

FM Radio Description:

N/A

Internal memory:

2GB storage

Memory Card Slot:

microSD

Messaging:

Email

E-mail client:

Push email

GPS:

No

Java:

N/A

Games:

N/A

Data speed:

N/A

Frequency:

N/A

Talktime:

N/A

Standby:

N/A

Display size:

7 inches

Keypad:

N/A

Audio recording:

Yes


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