Tablet PCs are the new craze. No longer is a netbook good enough and a Smartphone is just too small, the tablet PC fits in the middle.
So the Apple iPad is the best example of a true tablet PC, but that is not for everyone. Samsung have announced their Galaxy Tab which will rival the iPad in features and price, but there is a lesser known product, the Huawei S7 tablet which could steal the limelight.
I have had a few days to play with one of these units and this review details my thoughts and impressions
Huawei, who are they you may ask? There is a far eastern communications company, and there is no debate they are huge. It is likely you have not heard of them as most of their business is done with other businesses. Basically the world’s communication networks are hugely influenced by Huawei, especially mobile communications. They have now decided to come to market with their own products, one of the first being their Android Tablet, the Huawei IDEOS S7 .
The Huawei S7 Tablet is a Google Android Tablet. It may not have the same brand recognition or press coverage as the iPad or Galaxy Tab but it hopes to compete with them. Can it? The review will soon show
- Android 2.1 (Eclair) Operating Sytem
- Mobile network technology: GSM/WCDMA/Wi-Fi
- 7 inch touchscreen
- 2 Megapixel Camera
- WiFi & Bluetooth
- MicroSD expansion (up to 32GB)
- Gravity Sensor
- HD Video Playback
- 3.5 mm Audio jack
The Huawei IDEOS S7 feels solid and the battery cover on the rear is a solid metal as is the kickstand.
I was impressed by this, it looks quality. The machine is edged with a sliver trim which too looks smart and not tacky.
With a 7” screen this is not small, but it is not a chunky item either. The Huawei S7 Tablet is not something you would be able to carry round in your pocket all day, but it sat comfortably in my back jean pocket (did stick out a little) but tucked inside a pouch case the device is easily portable.
WiFi b/g/n and 3G are included in the package and I found them to work well. I do not know if I was just lucky but the 3G seemed to work exceptionally fast, faster than it does on my HTC Desire.
Both happily connected to the internet and worked well side by side.
Both can be switched off. WiFi and Bluetooth can be switched on or off by a icon on the home screen.
Bluetooth worked fine and file transfer speeds were as expected.
The Huawei S7 is a phone all be it big one!
You can use it by holding it to your ear, but the stereo speakers are used so everyone else hears your conversation. I recommend a Bluetooth headset. When you do calls are made through the normal dialer screens and your contacts can be downloaded and synced from Google.
You have the usual call functions and because of the phone you also have messaging screen for text messages etc.
I don’t think many will use this as a phone, but IDEOS S7 is there if you want it, perfect for a lot of business people.
At this point I will mention that some tablets which DO NOT HAVE phone function built in, I am led to believe do not have access to Google marketplace as it does not support Google’s vision of Android. The Huawei S7 Tablet has phone capabilities which mean it gets full Google Marketplace support.