Since the launch of the first iPad – although it wasn’t the first ever tablet PC launched – these lightweight, portable devices have become really successful. As usual, the example of major companies launching their own tablets was followed by their smaller counterparts, offering users budget solutions for their everyday needs. The tablet I am going to review today is offered by one of these “lesser” companies called Allview – a Romanian company with surprisingly high quality products for a price that puts many competitors to a shame.
The Allview Viva Q7 Life is a 7″ tablet PC sold for under $100 in various Romanian outlets and online. It comes with a free sheathe in the box – that’s about all the extras included there besides the charger and the OGT cable.
For such a low price the hardware of the tablet is surprisingly balanced: it has a quad-core 1GHz Cortex A7 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage (about half of it is available for the user) and, as usual for a modern day tablet PC, it can read Micro SD / TF cards of up to 32GB. It packs a screen resolution of 1024×600 (15:9), and its operating system supports “Smart Color” that makes its display even more beautiful.
Speaking of the operating system – the Allview Viva Q7 Life comes with Google’s latest Android release, Jelly Bean – version 4.4.2 installed when it comes out of the box. It has all the necessary Google services installed – surprising for such a low budget solution.
The tablet has WiFi only, making it an ideal appliance for home use, but not one that you would take on a trip with you. Its support for 3G modems through USB on the go solves this issue, partially at least – using an external USB modem to access the internet will drain the tablet’s battery in no time.
By the way, the tablet can function as a WiFi hotspot, offering internet access to any wireless devices in range (a rather short one I must say). Using this feature will deplete the battery even faster.
When it comes to software – in short, none of the apps I have installed have had any compatibility issues so far, no matter if they were utilities or games. The tablet comes with a pre-installed trial version of BitDefender’s mobile security suite, ES File Explorer, and the usual features. You can run apps and games installed on your local storage or even play only the best casino games at Red flush casino through your browser window – the tablet can do them both.
Overall, the Allview VIVA Q7 Life is a low budget, but high quality solution for your usual home needs. Its firm build and metallic back plate make it a thing you like to hold, and it serves as a perfect e-book reader and portable internet device.