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Allview AllDro Speed 7-inch tablet – all the basics for a low, low price!

In a technology world where very often the brand dictates the popularity of a device, it has become very difficult for a fresh or unknown name to make its way next to the ‘’classics’’. However, the Romanian electronic manufacturer Allview could be an exception from that rule, recently unveiling what looks like a pretty capable and elegant tablet available at an unbelievably low price.

The 7-inch AllDro Speed slate has only been released in Romania for the time being, but giving our first impressions it might come soon enough to other markets, including the US one.

Powered by a 1.2 GHz processor and offering pretty much all the basic things you could need from a tablet, without however being groundbreaking or very innovative, the AllDro Speed will definitely attract an audience with the help of a very tempting price tag.

In the following lines we will take a quick look at all the tablet’s specs and features, trying to determine if it actually has a chance of making it in today’s technology world.

Design and build

While not being exactly stylish, the AllDro Speed has a pretty elegant body. The all-black color scheme might seem old-fashioned for some, but at least in my view looks classic and classy. The lines are straightforward, there are also a couple of rounded edges and sexy curves, so all in all the Speed looks like something you will not be ashamed of showing off on the streets.

The AllDro Speed is very compact, elegant and sleek.

The AllDro Speed is very compact, elegant and sleek.

The 7-incher is very sleek and compact, too, weighing in at 13.82 ounces (392 grams) and measuring 7.6 x 4.7 x 0.38 inches (194 x 120 x 9.9 mm). While it doesn’t necessarily break borders in this department, it pretty much fits into its category, being a tad lighter than the Kindle Fire, for example, and just about as thin as Amazon’s tablet or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, to name just two of its possible future direct opponents.

Screen, hardware and performance

The display sported by the AllView AllDro Speed is clearly not the most capable we have seen lately, featuring a 800 x 480 pixels resolution. On the other hand, at least at a first glance, the image quality seems decent enough and the colors are pretty crisp. The display is also capacitive, meaning that it offers support for pen stylus ”interaction”.

In terms of hardware, the Speed packs more oomph than most of you might expect from a low-cost tablet nowadays. The 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 processor, 512 MB of RAM and the 400 MP Mali graphics card should provide a decent enough gaming, browsing and multimedia experience. On the other hand, if you imagine for a second that you will be able to run the video games that are supported on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus or the HTC Flyer, you should forget about it…

The pen stylus is optional and can be bought separately.

The pen stylus is optional and can be bought separately.

The storage space is far from great, with the tablet offering just 4 GB of internal flash memory. However, this can be extended to 32 GB with the help of a microSD card, so you shouldn’t have problems with storing all your needed data on the slate after all.

Software, apps and battery life

The AllDro Speed runs Android Gingerbread 2.3, which is not ideal in terms of built-in apps or access to apps these days. However, the producers have a pretty interesting message on their official website, which reads ‘’ Tempting, huh? Will AllDro Speed offer an upgrade to Android 4.0?’’. Ok, it’s a long shot, but if this little guy will run on Android Ice Cream Sandwich anytime soon, things could radically change in terms of software…

As far as battery life is concerned, the producers are claiming that the tablet can run for a full five hours between charges, based on medium use. However, we know that the difference between theory and reality could sometimes be dramatic and I would personally expect the 7-incher to run for no more than four hours on a single charge in real life.

Camera, connectivity and ports

The AllDro Speed features a VGA front-facing camera and no rear-facing camera, which is kind of disappointing, to be honest.

In terms of connectivity and ports, on the other hand, things are pretty good, with the slate featuring WiFi, a miniUSB 2.0 connector, a micro SD card reader and HDMI. While it would have been nice to see more than just one USB port fitted on the tablet, the HDMI is a very pleasant surprise and almost makes up for it.

Even though it's not the most powerful or snappy tablet of today, the AllDro Speed has a low enough price to attract customers.

Even though it's not the most powerful or snappy tablet of today, the AllDro Speed has a low enough price to attract customers.

Pricing and availability

As I already mentioned, the tablet is available in Romania for just 649 RON, which would convert in around 200 bucks right now. Furthermore, when and if the 7-incher will hit more developed Western markets, it should come for even less and I would predict a price tag of maximum 150 dollars for the United States (once again, if it will be available in the US).

That would be pretty nice and the AllDro Speed would fit right into the under $200 category of tablets that is very much on demand these days.

Wrap-up

Even though it doesn’t benefit from having a well-known and appreciated brand name behind its making, the AllView AllDro Speed might be a pleasant surprise for technology enthusiasts all over the world. Okay, it doesn’t have the strongest processor around, nor does it have very capable cameras, an impressive battery or a very nice screen…

On the other hand, it comes with a pretty good performance level, all the ports you could need from a tablet, a decent display and most of all an incredibly affordable price tag… And that, my friends, could be exactly the recipe for success these days, when more and more people are looking for bargains rather than the most capable devices.

If you want to check out the AllView AllDro Speed with your own eyes, please see this following presentation video:




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Adrian
Adrian is an editor for several websites, trying to combine his passions for sports, politics and technology. He’s a Foreign Languages graduate, specializing in Japanese and Portuguese, but loves most the language of Shakespeare, Jon Bon Jovi and Steven Gerrard. Adrian is also a social media fanatic, spending most of his free time blogging and tweeting.


Last updated: December 12, 2011 | Published: December 12th, 2011
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