I recently reviewed a budget friendly 7″ tablet that cost just under $40. I really liked that tablet despite a few minor shortcomings. Now, I’m reviewing a tablet that costs $10 more in the NeuTab N7s Pro W 7″ Quad Core Android 5.1 Lollipop Tablet. It’s still an amazing deal, but do you really get anything more for that extra $10? Amazingly, a lot more.
I’m reviewing the NeuTab N7s Pro W, where the W is for the white color. I assume it’s also available in a B for black model, but I was unable to find a link. In any case, in the package you get the tablet itself, a user’s manual, a screen protector (I can never put these on!), a USB AC charger, DC-5V charging cable (for faster charging over the microUSB cable), and a microUSB cable for sync or charging.
So what do you get for the slight price bump over that less expensive tablet? Surprisingly, you get a newer operating system, more RAM, rear camera, Bluetooth, and, most importantly, a nicer, higher resolution screen with excellent viewing angles. Here are the key specs:
- Google Android 5.1 Lollipop Operating System
- 7″ In Plane Switching (IPS) Five Point Capacitive Touchscreen (1024×600 resolution)
- Allwinner A33 Quad Core 1.2GHz CPU (to be fair, the less expensive tablet did have a 1.3GHz CPU)
- 1GB DDR3 RAM
- 8GB of Onboard Storage
- microSD Card Slot (supports cards up to 32GB)
- Front and Rear Facing Cameras (2 MP)
- Wifi (802.11 b/g/n)
- Headphone Jack
- Dedicated Volume Buttons
- microUSB Port (OTG)
As you can see, the feature-set is incredibly impressive for what this is being sold for.
Of course, for a tablet at this price point, there are some downsides. The back does feel a bit plasticky (although it does have a slight texture to it for added grip), so the “feel” will take some getting used to. In those same terms, the devices corners aren’t as smooth as I would like. The rear speaker is also in a poor spot and is easy to accidentally muffle. I would have also liked a bit more power and fidelity from the speaker, although obviously the inclusion of a headphone/speaker jack and Bluetooth support help to mitigate that issue.
For just under $50, there’s a lot to like about this tablet. Although it costs about $10 more than that other tablet, it’s definitely well worth the investment for the additional features.
Thanks to NeuTab for the review unit.
I’ll be curious to know a couple of things if you play with this some more, like quality of the pictures the cameras take and quality of the screen.
I have the previous tablet you reviewed, but if this had been an option I’d have paid the extra $10. Front and read facing cameras is one big plus. Mine has only front facing, good for selfies and things like Skype. I do neither, so it might as well not exist. Mine also has the sort to screen that scratches if you look at it funny. It came with a peel off plastic protector I simply left on. Lollipop 5.1 would also have been a plus. Mine is 4.4 KitKat, and from a manufacturer that doesn’t push Android updates, (Does NeuTab?) I also wouldn’t mind 1024×600 video in place of the 800×640 offered by mine, but the resolution it has is adequate for what I do with it.
An even earlier model of the tablet I have, which the current on replaced, has a *1.4* ghz dual core Allwinner CPU.. I’ve seen no noticeable difference based on clock speed. If I were a serious gamer I might, but I’m not.
I’m also not overly impressed by quad-core. Most applications as written use one core, and in most circumstances, the foreground app you’re using will be active and the others largely unused. Things are quad core now because the technology is cheap and they can be. Whether the user will notice a difference is another matter.
I don’t think there’s a noticeable difference in clock speed, which is not surprising given the minimal differences. Also, I wouldn’t sweat the improvements in this one necessarily. They’re nice (and easily worth the extra $), but I actually like the build quality (case) of the other tablet better, so there is some trade-off. Photo taking quality is mediocre, but again, that’s to be expected at this price point.
Definitely remove that screen cover, though. That’s just for shipping. The one that they give you is meant to protect the screen, although I can never put them on (air bubbles) so I don’t even bother anymore.
I’d settle for being able to *take* photos. I’m not awe-struck by megapixels, either. Most folks don’t need the sort of resolution the higher end camera equipped models have, especially when they might use an app that auto crops and downsizes to produce something easy to upload the Facebook or Instagram. Too many devices tout huge megapixel cameras as a selling point when the users are unlikely to need or be able to use the raw image file such things produce. My old Nikon Coolpix camera saved to JPEG, and was anemic in terms of current megapixel ratings, but was entirely adequate for what I did with it. I’d settle for something comparable.
Bluetooth might also be nice, but the principal use would be supporting an external keyboard, and a USB OTG adapter handles the two I use here.
I left the original plastic in place to preserve the real screen till I get a proper screen protector for it. It’s getting a bit scuffed, but will do till replaced.
And screen protectors are a special art form. A contact in the heyday of PDA griped about having a hard time applying one without bubbles and the like beneath, even doing so under a clean hood in the lab where she worked. The good ones cost a significant fraction of the price of the low-end device.
I actually have one on my toddler’s iPad 2 and that one I was able to apply without major issues. That one was a review unit as well, but a higher priced one and more like a thin glass screen than a film. So I suppose your point is well-taken. The one included in the box with these tablets is probably not the highest quality part.
It was not that I hated the tablet, THE CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!,THEY DO NOT HONOR THE 1 YEAR MANUFACTURE WARRANTY!!!!!!!!!! It did not even last 8 months and it was just completely dead, only 8 months and it died and you cant do anything with it, I contacted customer service and was told I would have to pay (different amounts for different size tablet) THE MANUFACTURE WARRANTY DOES NOT SAY YOU PAY ANYTHING!!! IF THE TABLET JUST QUITS WORKING IT SHOULD BE COVERED WHEN ITS STILL UNDER THE 1 YEAR WARRANTY!!!!!! but they said they would not do anything!!! THAT IS NOT WHAT THE WARRANTY SAID!!!!!! ITS WRONG AND I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THE NEU TAB TABLET TO ANYONE!!!! THERE IS NOT ANY DAMAGE TO THE TABLET, IT JUST STOPPED WORKING.
I agree with you that the warranty should be honored. period. However, as a separate issue, there’s also a certain risk inherent with these ultra-cheap tablets. It’s important to balance that risk with potential reliability at the asking price. In other words, we get it at that price because there’s not the additional overhead that other companies would experience with world class support and/or greater reliability.
I bought an Azpen A746 based on Bill’s review. It’s still working, over a year later, and to be honest, I’m surprised. I have no illusions that I made a lifetime purchase, but it’s still working over a year later.
I also bought an Atgames Sega Genesis Portable device for a similar price, and after less than a year, it died. But, I feel I got my money’s worth for the time I spent with it. I didn’t buy another newer version, however.
Both of these devices were dropped a significant number of times, since I”m quite clumsy and rough with portable devices (including cellphones). But I really didn’t pay that much for them, considering they both cost less than a current “AAA” game for a major console or PC. And I think I got more joy out of them than I would have gotten out of “Dishonored IV” or whatever.
I look at these “CHEAPO” devices is as”subscription” services You break one, you buy another (probably better and upgraded) device down the road. Then buy another, and another, etc. They’re “throwaway” devices, and no one should think otherwise. I don’t care enough about tablets or Sega Genesis to shell out significant cash for these “services.” A “cheapo” subscription is enough for me.
I could say a lot more, but I think “cheapo” and “subscription service” pretty much sums up how I view such devices. Let’s get real, you’re not going to get the service or quality from these devices that you would from a “real” company. You paid cheap, you’re getting cheap. You’re taking a risk.