Binatone HomeSurf 705 Review

 

Binatone HomeSurf 705 Review by 3G.co.uk

Feature set summary for Binatone HomeSurf 705 review

You can only connect via Wi-Fi as there's no 3G available. You can also play music, watch videos, browse the net and look at your email - but it doesn't do anything particularly well.

 

Style and handling summary for Binatone HomeSurf 705 review

The plasticky, cheap body does it no favours, nor does the dull display. You're getting what you've paid for - a tablet worth less than a hundred quid

 

Battery power summary for Binatone HomeSurf 705 review

A fully charged battery will last around four or five hours if you're surfing the net.

 

Performance summary for Binatone HomeSurf 705 review

2GB of storage is pretty feeble these days, and the really sluggish chip will test your patience

 

User friendliness summary for Binatone HomeSurf 705 review

The GigaStore is hardly easy to browse, and it took an age to actually get a connection via Wi-Fi. But the worst thing is the unresponsive touch-screen.


Binatone HomeSurf 705 Review Scoring Summary

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User Friendliness
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Overall Score 3G.co.uk grey star

 

Pros : It's cheap; can be used as an e-reader
 

Cons : Dreadful display, really slow chip; no access to Android market

 

Verdict : While the tablet offers net browsing and video viewing, it does both badly. If you really don't want to spend more than a hundred quid on a tablet, we suggest you avoid buying one altogether.

Full Review and Specification for the Binatone HomeSurf 705

The full Binatone HomeSurf 705 Review

 

A tablet for less than £100? How can that be? Well, as you might expect, you pretty much get what you've paid for - and generally, if you've not paid much for something, you don't have high hopes for it, avoiding the risk of disappointment.

 

But when it comes to something like a tablet, surely you want reasonably high hopes, otherwise what's the point? It's a luxury item after all. That's why the Binatone 705 failed to impress us - and convinced us that no tablet at all is better than a cheap one...

 

Screen test

On the front of the body, next to the display sit three Android keys for Back, Home and Settings. They may look like touch-sensitive keys, but actually you'll hear a click when you push them. On the top of the device you'll find the on/off button, while a microSD slot and 3.5mm headphone jack are on the right side, along with the power socket.

 

On first look, the HomeSurf 705 looks dull and uninspiring; switch it on and you'll find its display is no better - the 800x480 screen is completely gloomy. Still, even though it's an unattractive device, we didn't really expect a whole heap of style for the price.

 

But that screen is a real disappointment - it lacks vibrancy and brightness - and try to view it with any external light and you'll be unable to see anything, because the display is really reflective. The display is of the cheaper resistive type - as you'd expect in the price bracket - and it is really tough to use; you need to be really heavy-handed to get any results.

 

IF you can ever get the device online (we had to make a number of attempts using the Wi-Fi in our office), you can use it to view movies, surf the net and as an e-reader. But it does none of these things well - movies look faded, surfing is a slow, clunky affair - at least you can read, or check your email - if you ever get connected that is. 

 

What's in store?

The operating system on board is Android 2.1 Éclair, and yet you miss out on one of the main benefits of the Android OS - Android market. Instead, you have the inferior GigaStore, a digital store that features a range of apps and games nobody has ever heard of. The GigaStore is not structured - it's just a load of lists of app names, with no categorisation whatsoever.

 

Actually there was a game we recognised - the excellent Angry Birds. Not that it was excellent on this device - once we'd actually waited for it to be downloaded, installed and opened (a lengthy process) - we launched a bird and it jerked slowly across the screen. The HomeSurf is no friend of gamers.

 

Our conclusion

This device fails to deliver on so many levels - the only thing it really manages to do is let you read books. And we reckon if you really can't afford more than £100 for a tablet, you might as well save all your cash and go and get some books from the library instead.

 

Binatone HomeSurf 705 Specification

Type of phone:

N/A

Style:

N/A

Size:

197 x 112 x 13 mm

Weight:

300g

Display:

N/A colours

Resolution:

N/A

Camera:

NA

Special Camera features:

N/A

Video recording:

No

Video playback:

Yes

Video calling:

No

Video streaming:

Yes

Music formats played:

MP4, eAAC+, WMA, MP3

3.5mm jack port:

Yes

Handsfree speakerphone:

No

Voice Control:

No

Voice Dialling:

N/A

Call records:

NA

Phonebook:

NA

Ringtones customization:

No

Display description:

800x480 resistive

Website:

www.binatonetelecom/com

SAR:

N/A

Portfolio:

Black

Standard color:

Black

Launch Status:

Available

Ringtones:

N/A

Radio:

No

Operating system:

Android

Connectivity:

Wi-Fi

Announced date:

N/A

What's in the Box:

Tablet, charger, USB

RAM:

256MB

International launch date:

N/A

Battery life when playing multimedia:

Four hours

CPU:

600MHz

FM Radio Description:

NA

Internal memory:

2GB + microSD to 32GB

Memory Card Slot:

microSD

Messaging:

Email

Internet Browser:

HTML

GPS:

No

Java:

N/A

Games:

Yes

Frequency:

N/A

Talktime:

N/A

Standby:

N/A

Display size:

7-inches

Keypad:

N/A

Audio recording:

No


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By Miles J Thomas on 19th September, 2011


 
 
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