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eLocity A7 Touchscreen – solid for the money 7 inch tablet

Tablets are known for matching and sometimes outmatching the performance of computers or some netbooks and the eLocity A7 is a good example for this. The 7 inch tablet, running on Android 2.2, has a capacitive touchscreen with a 480 x 800 resolution and packs the Tegra 2 1 GHZ dual core processor and an initial 4 GB of internal, high speed flash memory. The Tegra 2 chip is the most successful processor for tablets and smart phones, being used on most high end slates, as it delivers great graphics and supports multitasking, so you can run multiple apps at once.

The A7 tablet is actually faster than the iPad, which is the world’s best selling tablet, as Apple’s slate packs a single core processor. WiFi is the standard for connectivity on the A7, and is a little disappointing that the manufacturers don’t offer a 3G version, but the low price might have been a more ardent concern for them than more features. Even so, the internet is at your fingertips and the hardware lineup allows for HD streaming from Youtube, Hulu or other video sites, accessing app sites and staying connected with friends.

A7's multi port setup lets you move around content much easier

A7's multi port setup lets you move around content much easier

The screen of the tablet has a rather mainstream resolution and video quality, although good, is not stellar. But if you want great video performance, all you have to do is hook up the tablet to your HD TV via the HDMI cable and enjoy 1080p flawless playback. If you’re a gamer, you can rest assured that the A7 will not let you down. There’s even a 3 axis accelerometer, which is great for playing arcade games. The battery setup is a little weird, as the juice maker lasts for about 5 hours of video or 100 hours of audio, which is an odd ratio, even for tablets with high res, capacitive screens.

A7 as an e-book reader? Check.

A7 as an e-book reader? Check.

The A7 comes preloaded with a bunch of apps ready to help you with everything you need to enjoy your media and browsing, but you can download many more apps from the net. Unfortunately, you don’t get access to Android Market, but instead you have access to a mini market place, which doesn’t have the same stretch as Android’s environment. For example, you don’t have Skype, which would have been great in conjunction with the web cam, or a Netflix app, to enjoy HD shows and movies. On a brighter side, Flash is supported and you can browse virtually any site and watch online videos. As we said earlier, the initial storage of the A7 is of 4 GB, but you can expand this in two ways. There’s a SD card slot where you can slide in cards up to 32 GB and a USB 2.0 port, where you can connect drives up to 64 GB.

The A7, which is up for grabs from Amazon for $309.99, supports most popular video and audio standards, including MOV, FLV, MP4, MP3, OGG, MKV, FLAC, AAC. Besides that, you can set up playlists with songs both on your tablet or you snatched from the internet. You can listen to music using the 0.5 W speakers or some headphones you can connect through the headphone jack. The tablet weights around 500 grams, which might seem much for some, but considering the suite of features it packs and the solid hardware, is not that much to carry around in your bag.

The HDMI port allows you to connect the tablet to a big screen TV and enjoy rich, 1080p content

The HDMI port allows you to connect the tablet to a big screen TV and enjoy rich, 1080p content

The A7 is a premium cheap tablet (if something like that exists), as offers almost the same functionality you get from very expensive slates. Sure, it only runs Android 2.2, when many tablets started using 3.0, but the dual core Tegra 2 chip can deliver HD videos without a problem, while WiFi lets you connect from virtually anywhere. And all this for half the price of tablets delivering basically the same thing.




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Mark
Mark is an Editor here at TabletBite.com. Based in London where he studies Screenwriting and Production, he blogs about technology as a hobby. He's mainly in charge with news here on the site, but he doesn't mind publishing some guides, tests and editorials from time to time as well.


Last updated: November 1, 2011 | Published: March 6th, 2011
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