Vodafone Smart Tab II Review

 

Vodafone Smart Tab II
Vodafone Smart Tab II
Vodafone Smart Tab II

Feature set summary for Vodafone Smart Tab II review

Good speakers, standout design on reverse and memory is expandable.

 

 Style and handling summary for Vodafone Smart Tab II review

Its looks are the best thing about this device – it looks like the spawn of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, but the back panel does not fit well and lets it down.

 

Battery power summary for Vodafone Smart Tab II review

We got five hours of non-stop video streaming, with the screen on full brightness.

 

Performance summary for Vodafone Smart Tab II review

Most tasks are handled well by the 1GHz chip, but the screen proves unresponsive on occasion, which is frustrating.

 

User friendliness summary for Vodafone Smart Tab II review

The tablet runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich, so is easy to use, and the software for text input is impressive.

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Vodafone Smart Tab II Review Scoring Summary

Style & Handling
User Friendliness
Feature Set
Performance
Battery Power
Overall Score 3G.co.uk grey star

 

Pros :
Good price, 3G, good choice of apps, attractive design.



Cons :
Disappointing build quality, awful viewing angles, unresponsive touchscreen.

 

Verdict:

The Vodafone Smart Tab II is an affordable device, but offers nothing to make it stand out from the crowds, and it is let down by a number of flaws.

Full Review and Specification for the Vodafone Smart Tab II

Once the iPad was launched, it was followed by a whole host of imitators. The same has happened with the Google Nexus 7 – and here’s just one of those devices that has jumped on the bandwagon – the Vodafone Smart Tab II. Powered by Lenovo, which is known for producing sturdy laptops, as well as some good mid-range tablets – has it come up with the goods?

 

Well, in fact the Smart Tab II is actually a Lenovo 2107 in a different guise – and a good-looking guise it is too. So it looks good, but how does it perform?

 

Slow screen


If you’re used to using a high-ended smartphone, you’ll find the touchscreen on the Smart Tab II infuriatingly sluggish. It doesn’t always respond to taps and prods and the 1GHz chip under the hood seems to take its time, despite the fact that the device is pleasantly free from bloatware. What you do get on board are things such as ITune Radio, the useful Docs To Go and YouTube. There are some other neat touches too, such as the TouchPal keyboard, which uses a really user friendly and very responsive swipe method for typing.

 

Gamers will find their titles look great, but video and photos appear rather faded. Nevertheless, those videos can be streamed continuously for five hours before the battery dies.

  

Looking good

 

This seven-inch tablet certainly looks good and we like the way the back of the device is nicely textured – rather like a golf ball. It has a good weight to it when held in the hand – and in fact at 400g is quite a bit weightier than the Nexus 7, although nowhere near the 652g of an iPad Mini.

 

With those good looks, you could be tempted by the Smart Tab II, but after a few hours of playing with it we discovered a number of unforgivable flaws. The viewing angles, for instance, are dreadful. Tilt it back in landscape mode and you’re confronted by a black glare – so you’ll need to fiddle about with its position and yours to get a good view.

 

Also the back panel, beneath which the MicroSD and SIM slots lurk, is ill fitting. When we got it out of the box it fitted fine, but once we had taken it off, nobody in the office could get it back on again properly. 

 

Wired for sound

 

The Smart Tab II’s sound is fine, with a pair of speakers at the bottom that offer decent volume levels with no tinyness or distortion. You won’t be playing it at a party, but it’s adequate for personal listening and viewing.

 

On-board memory is a meagre 4GB, but this is expandable by up to 32GB using MicroSD cards. 

 

The Smart Tab II can be acquired in two different ways – pay £150 on a pay-as-you-go deal, or pay £29 for a 24-month, £20-per-month contract with 2 GB of data. Yes, add that up and you’ll see you’re paying more than £500 ­ overpriced for a tablet with a two-megapixel snapper on the rear and 0.3-megapixel camera on the front.

 

Our conclusion

 

The Vodafone Smart Tab II may look like the Nexus 7, but that’s where the similarities end – it has too many flaws to be overlooked in a market that is brimming with decent seven-inch tablets.

 

Vodafone Smart Tab II Specification

GENERAL

Type of device Tablet
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Dimensions 192mm x 122mm x 11.5mm
Weight 400g
Form factor Touchscreen
Input Touch Screen
Processor speed 1GHz
CPU 1 GHz processor
Graphic chipset  
Status Available
 

DISPLAY

Screen size 7 inches
Screen type WVGA
Resolution WSVGA (1024 x 600)
Display type WSVGA (1024 x 600)
 

Memory

RAM 1GHz
Internal storage 4GB
Memory card slot
 

Camera

Camera 2 megapixels
Secondary camera 0.3 megapixels
Special camera features  
 

Sound

3.5mm Jack
Music player Yes
Audio recording
Radio
FM Radio description No
 

Video

Video recording
Video player Yes
Video calling
Video streaming
 

Additional Features

Browser Yes
Games No
Voice control
Voice dialling
Other  
 

Messaging

SMS
MMS
Email
IM
 

Connectivity

Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
USB
NFC
GPS Yes
 

Network

Band Quad-band
EDGE
GPRS
HSDPA
4G/LTE No
 

Other

Colours (Standard) Black/grey
Handsfree speaker phone
Customisable ringtones
What's in the box USB and wall socket
Website www.vodafone.co.uk
 

Battery

Standby -
Talktime -
Battery life multimedia 5 hrs

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By Simon Thomas on 28th November, 2012


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