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New 7" Zeepad 7.0 Capacitive 512M/4G Tablet PC All Winners A13 Android 4.0 Cortex A8 Supports Skype Video Calling and Netflix Movies Features: 1.Personal online entertainment and learning assistant 2.Get Internet anywhere covered by WiFi hotspots 3.Fashionable and compact design 4.Mobile Internet and multimedia device 5.with hot swapping,plug and play easy to use Specifications: CPU Boxchip A13, Cortex A8, 1.5GHz Operating system Android 4.0 Screen 7"TFT Touch Capacitive screens Resolution 800 * 480 pixels, 16:9 Memory 512MB DDR2 ROM 4GB FLASH Camera 1.3 Mega Pixels Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n supported 3G External 3G (USB 3G Modem) supported Card type Micro SD/TF Card (Maximum 32GB supported) Interface USB/3.5mm Headphone socket Sound system Built-in speaker & microphone Chat Facebook, MSN, GTALK, SKYPE(video call supported) E-Mail Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail, etc. Office Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF Reader Audio formats MP3/AAC/M4A Video formats RMVB/RM/MP4/3GP Picture formats JPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG/TIFF Battery Power Lithium-ion 3000mAH Adapter Power AC Input 100~240V, 50/60Hz; DC Output 5V/2A More Applications: Over 20,000 applications available with Google Market Other: Orientation Sensor /Automatic steering display screen Color : White Size 19.4cm × 12cm × 0.8cm/7.64 × 4.72 × 0.31inch(L × W × H) Weight 563g/19.86oz Package includes: 1 x Zeepad 7.0 Tablet PC 1 x Charger 1 x Regular USB to Mini USB 5 pin Cable 1 x Manual 1X Headphones
First off, it shipped very fast by USPS. It arrived within a few days. It was pristine. Along with the tablet was a screen protector, USB cable, charger, USB type-A adapter (which I assume is to connect USB devices such as flash drives and *maybe* keyboard – I plan to test both of these later today), earbud headphones and a decent (although unnecessary) stylus. Initially, I thought the screen was scratched, and not very responsive, but there is a protective plastic cover over it. Take that off, and put the screen protector on instead and it looks and works great. The capacitive touch is very good, especially considering the price.
It has decent performance. It came right up on my office network, and worked flawlessly. Netflix streamed very smoothly. Video playback from Netflix and MP4 files I copied from my PC worked great. Audio playback was reasonable for a tablet, and sounded very good with headphones. Sound through the speaker with video and audio playback was fine (plenty loud). Skype worked fine also, as did various games I tried (Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja come installed). The Android app store came right up, and I had no problem downloading apps and music.
By default, the tablet comes in USB storage device mode, which did not work with Windows 7 x64. Not sure why. I switched the tablet to Media Device mode and was able to copy photos, music and video to it with no issues. The popup keyboard worked fine; no issues. Typing emails and texts works great; it synced right up to my Gmail account no problem.
Overall, I am very impressed. This is well worth the money. The display is nice, and very readable. The battery seems comparable to my wife’s Nook Color. With a bit of tweaking, this could be a fantastic tablet for anyone. Well worth the money. In fact, I am amazed at the price. I highly recommend.
MORE INFO – NEXT DAY
Some additional info for those considering this tablet. The USB port is a micro USB, same as what you find on most Android smart phones and tablets. It uses the same cable and charger as my Motorola RAZR MAXX and my wife’s DROID X2. Also, it appears to support OTG (on-the-go) USB. It will connect to a PC to transfer files (photos, documents, videos, etc.) and will also connect to a USB flash drive. Inside the box is a Type-A USB adapter cable. You connect your USB flash drive to it, then connect to the Zeepad and open the Android file manager (see photos). Also, I connected a USB keyboard this morning in the same way (via the Type-A adapter) and that worked, too. I was able to type/edit a letter, and type an email. No app was required for the keyboard, it was immediately recognized.
I have tested Netflix, Skype, video playback, music playback, Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Temple Run, Pinball Deluxe, Hulu Plus, Lookout (anti-virus/malware app), Dolphin Web browser, Google Play, Gmail, and Kindle app (and store) and it all works great. No complaints. I’ve tested WiFi in three places, including home an office, and it was flawless and fast. The SD flash card slot is a MicroSD, not the standard SD card you find in most digital cameras. The MicroSD is very common on smart phones and tablets. The Zeepad 7 looks to support 16 GB cards with no issues.
Android System App says the OS is 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Kernel build is 3.0.8+. Internal storage shows max 1008 MB for downloaded apps + 1636 MB for app data, and photos/videos/music transferred from your PC. Max RAM is 353 MB. Everything else is tied up by the OS. Adding an 8 GB or 16 GB MicroSD card would be best for storing music, photos and videos, and off-loading some apps and app data (that support off-loading to removable flash, not all do). The battery is reported as being a LiFe battery, which is lithium-iron-phosphate (LiFePO4). If true, that’s impressive. LiFe is a high performance and capacity technology with a long cycle life (up to 2000 cycles, or 3-4 times that of lithium-ion). Such batteries are extremely safe; they will not explode or catch fire if over-charged or short-circuited. They can also be charged very rapidly, and can last 5+ years. So, if I can trust what the Android System App is telling me, I’m impressed. The display is 800 x 432, 60 Hz refresh, with a 160 dpi display density. It is very readable, and bright. I am running mine at 40% brightness. The CPU shows as being an ARM v7 running at 1008 MHz. The clock rate is variable; it will range between 60 and 1008 MHz automatically to reduce power drain – the OS does this automatically.
Some things it does not have: obviously, no mobile networking support, only WiFi. So, you need to be in a WiFi hotspot to access the Internet (which is getting easier and easier in so many public places). There is no GPS. There is no rear-facing camera for taking photos, just the front facing camera for making video calls (that seems like an oversight to me, because a 5MP phone camera would be cheap to add). There is no Bluetooth, and no way to add it. None of these things are show-stoppers in my opinion for a $70 tablet, but would be nice if tablet designers could make some of this stuff available as modular user upgrades.
Bottom line – this tablet is worth the price. Best $70 I’ve spent in a while.
I still stand by my earlier statements that this is a good “value” purchase and/or entry tablet for young kids. Although you would expect things to last more than a year. I haven’t looked into what the warranty is but I’m sure we’re past it. It has served its purpose for us and I will be buying a better tablet later on to replace this one.
If you know your expectations and you want a tablet that is cheap for young kids who may be rough on them, I recommend this tablet as long as you are not expecting more than a year and can deal with the issues I listed below.
Otherwise, I would officially change my recommendation to a “Do not buy,” or Buyer beware. If you are looking for a Nexus/Galaxy/iPad type experience, keep looking.
***UPDATED*** See below original review***
I just bought this for my son for Christmas and it came in the mail today. It has an expandable micro sd card slot (TF)and most people will probably need it. (Keep reading) I bought this one: SanDisk microSDHC 8GB Class 2 Card with SD Adapter (SDSDQ-8192). I’ve always found Sandisk to be pretty reliable. The onboard memory states 4 gb but the available memory was about 1gb so keep that in mind if it’s important to you. Memory cards are dirt cheap and can easily get you where you want cheaper than going the “other” route.
I took the pad out to play with it some. It comes installed with Angry Birds, Netflix, Facebook, Fruit Ninja, Play Store, Adobe flash player and of course your regular items (wallpaper, camera, clock widget, browser, wifi, etc.)
Some have said the packaging had a knockoff look. A better choice of words would be that it has “generic” packaging. It’s not a ripoff or knockoff which connotes images of backstreet deals from some guys trunk. That’s not a fair assessment of this product. The instruction booklet is admittedly small but who needs an instruction booklet to run a tablet?
My only concerns are that it withstands the test of time and the 10 year old. It seems well built. (One minor design flaw is the screen and the outer frame aren’t flush with each other so there is a gap. It will definitely collect dirt and be hard to get out.) Not a deciding factor but I can see it getting on my OCD nerves. The camera is also average at best but I never understood why people needed a great camera for a tablet. (Is a tablet really going to be your go to camera for things like vacation?)
We bought this for our 10 yr old son. As such I think it’s important for people to understand what this tablet competes with. It would be a mistake to compare this to the iPad for both good and bad reasons.
It isn’t in competition with the iPad but rather the iPod touch. We went with this instead of the iTouch and saved a lot of $. It was $69 for a 4gb Android tablet (expandable to 32) vs. $199 for a 16gb iTouch (not expandable.)
I think we made the right choice and I think he will like it. Good luck everyone. Be smart.
I will update this review after Christmas when the tablet sees regular daily use.
It’s always good to come back and reevaluate a product after the newness has worn off and you can think more objectively. My overall feeling on the tablet hasn’t changed much. I would still recommend it to the target audience that I mentioned above. Again, if you are looking for a backup to your laptop or an alternative to an iPad, this probably isn’t for you. But for those who have read the description and know what you’re getting, this will still be a great product.
Here are my impressions over the past week of regular use:
Screen: I start with the screen because at first I was turned off by the screen. It is more of a durable plastic. However when I go to my Galaxy tablet and come back to it I am glad for the build and glad that my kids have the Zeepad. It’s perfect for them.
As such you should know though that it will probably show marks. I’m fine with that. After all it comes with a stylus. The screen protector that comes with it is lacking and we have been looking (unsuccessfully for some that will fit it). Screen protectors for a 7″ tablet Do NOT fit the Zeepad. It is slightly smaller than 7″ so keep that in mind. Also finding a case has been a bit challenging. Universal cases that hold the corners cause it rub against the power button (which may be a design flaw). Nevertheless none of these things would cause me to fret.
While I am glad that the screen is durable, others may be turned off of it if they are used to the high glossy, colorful screens. The Zeepad will look dull in comparison but again who are you buying it for?
One other issue that has given me pause is the wifi. It works great but it can be quirky at times. One time it was turned off and after selecting on it would immediately turn off again. It would continue to do this until we finally shut it down. After a little while it worked fine. Maybe this was a one time thing. It happens. Also the clock constantly reverts itself to January 1, 1970. I don’t know the significance of that date (LOL) but I finally solved this by checking the setting to sync the clock with the network when connected to wifi. Again, maybe this is an isolated event.
The battery: I would take off a 1/2 star for the screen build and another 1/2 star for the battery. It definitely doesn’t seem to last long but kids do forget to charge things. If you travel a lot this could be an issue for you. You might get a converter to get around this. (Finding a car charger might be difficult. The AC power cord is of the small, round variety.)
One last thing: the memory. I said in my original review that the memory issue (comes stock with around 1GB available) could be worked around with a memory card. That is still technically true but in reality it has proven a little more difficult to run apps solely from the memory card. This could be an Android limitation as I am still new to the Android ecosystem. There is an app called App to SD which has made it a little more simpler but I am still not sure that it frees much space on the tablet. There are simply some games that you won’t be able to play on this tablet. (So far it seems to be the racing games: Need for Speed, Asphalt, etc.) These use a lot of memory.
While it may seem that I have changed my mind on this tablet because of these comments, in reality I haven’t. I still consider it a good purchase and the proof of that is the recipient still enjoys it and loves it. However I wanted to be thorough for those who were still thinking of purchasing. All things considered I would still rate this a solid 4 star product and worth the risk if you understand who the target audience is and should be and also temper your expectations in regards to other similar products.
PS – Just FYI. A lot of people are leaving negative reviews on this product because of shipping issues. Please read the reviews and find out if this product is for you. I am sad that others had shipping problems. Ours arrived in good time, from West coast to East coast during Christmas rush. Research the seller. There are probably some drop shippers used by Amazon that have nothing to do with the company that makes them. I have seen 2 or 3 different sellers to these.
Hope this helps.
Some users have experienced issues with the battery. I have monitored this with my son and we have come to the conclusion that the battery life is approximately 2-3 hours. It seems to be about 2.5 hours on average. This is basically Minecraft (which is all he plays) and nothing else. We have monitored it with low power usage apps and received about the same results. In short, you would be fortunate to get over 3 assuming all tablets are the same and this is the norm for these batteries.
There was also an issue with the charger. It sometimes prefers certain outlets. Some outlets won’t charge it correctly. I am assuming this is an adapter issue since we live in the USA. The adapter seems generic and I am currently trying to find a backup just in case.
This still doesn’t change much from my initial review but I wanted to keep the review updated. I always appreciated it when people would continue to be open minded toward their products and let others know how it was going.
The battery issue may be disappointing to some but as I said above, it really all depends on who you’re buying it for. My son has learned to work around it by keeping it charged and in all honesty kids need limits anyway. Long car trips could pose a problem but a converter would do the trick.
I’ll start by listing the cons to get them out the way:
-Ports and jacks quality: poor
(Some of the physical ports, like the AC and micro USB may not align perfectly. You may need to push hard.)
-UI virtual movement response: seldom slight lag.
(The UI response lag is slightly noticeable at times, but not significant. Most of the time it responds very well, you have to be very picky to care for a few hundred milliseconds)
-Technical Support: Poor/Non-existent
Now for the Pros:
-Android 4.0 : Excellent OS & UI
-Rooted!: Root access enabled
(You’ll be able to install apps that require root access)
-Graphic processing: Impressive
(I was able to play Raging Thunder 2, Angry birds Starwars, and some other demanding games without any lag)
-Display and touch response: Good
(The display is much better than others have described it. The touch response is on point)
-Micro USB OTG: Allows you to plugin many common USB devices (have tried Flash drives, Mice, Keyboards)
-Included Bonus: Ear buds, Micro USB to OTG cable, Screen protector(perfect fit), USB to PC cable, Tablet Pen.
Other observations & comments:
-The device comes with a proprietary charger, which I thought was kinda lame, until I discovered you can also charge the device using any Micro-USB charger (Recommended use: 5v – 2A).
-No micro HDMI (Oh well)
-Google Voice recognition works great at a fair distance.
-Running: ES File Explorer with LAN file management – Good, Android VNC client – Good, Fling – Good, Google Play – No limitations, SuperUser – Good, ConnectBot – Good, AutoKiller – Good, Terminal Emulator – Good, Tasker – Limited.
Let me mention some of the pros and cons of this machine, and this is my personal observation.
For the price, it is pretty rugged and well made, you won’t break it easily (but do not test it )
It has Google Play apps, which is important.
It is not large, can fit into a large pocket, or holder.
Battery life is considerably long and that makes it great for travel.
Easy to touch by finger and price is very affordable.
The volume does not go to levels that you could hear some stations, prepare to use headphones in some cases.
No GPS is installed in this machine, map directions cannot be used on road.
App pages are limited, but it still isn’t bad.
Camera quality is very basic. Do not expect to have high quality pics.
Overall, I am very happy with this tablet so far. It is an affordable machine, and you get what you pay for. I also have a Samsung S2 which is much higher in quality on all levels. But hey, this is a machine that if you break, it won’t break your heart with it. It is pretty rugged, as I said.