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I bought the Akaso R7X with the expectation of receiving a cheap tablet, i am typically not a person to settle for something cheaper, i have expensive Samsung screens, Asus and Samsung 120hz monitors.
The performance of this tablet is actually very good for it's price point, Antutu Benchmarked an average score of 11780, in comparison an ASUS Transformer prime scores just over 12400 and that is a $320+ tablet. The Google Nexus 7 tablet scores only just above the R7X, a negligible difference, most of what you're paying for is the screen in both of those devices. In real world applications, i had a podcast running in the background while reading a PDF transcript, while switching between Office SuitePro 7 and my college school app, i occasionally had to open the browser to copy text for reference, needless to say this device has plenty of power to run multitasking apps. I tested 720p, 1080p, 1080p 120fps and 4000 resolution videos, the 720 did fine, 1080p did great aswell, the 1080p 120fps video ran at 92fps, meaning the hardware hit it's limit in bit rate streaming, most BluRay are 60fps so this device can perform BluRay standard quality in video streaming, the 4k video file was unwatchable, however my Nexus 7 can't play it smoothly either.
The amount of memory available is about 520MB as the JellyBean OS uses a good chunk of memory compared to the previous ICS, it is more likely you will hit the RAM limit of this device before you experience any real multitasking performance problem.
The browsing experience is nice and fluid on this tablet, in fact i find it to be a better experience than my Nexus 7. It is important to note that Adobe has cut flash support for android devices in JellyBean (Which the R7X runs on) If you download the Dolphin browser you can still access some flash content, however embedded videos will not play, there are alternative browsers with a forced built in flash but the quality is not there.
The first thing i did when i got my tablet was look it over for issues and defects, because the screen is the majority of user interaction, from visual fidelity to touch sensitivity. The touch sensitivity is good, accurate and keeps up with games and applications i tested.
The screen is between "moderate" and "ok", you will find quickly that the maximum brightness is rather low in my opinion, but still enough to be vibrant in an Indoor-sunlit area. All of the colors are very nice and clean however the blacks have a minor wash out, nothing you really couldn't look past and the whites look like a grayish paper tone compared to the Samsung displays.
One of my worries was the clarity of the display, i can say with confidence that this display's clarity is suitable for most anything, because i read a lot of Japanese text it is important that i can identify small strokes in Kanji, which i can do with this.
I am not taking a star away for this, the battery takes quite awhile to charge and under heavy use this tablet will start warning you of low battery after about 2 hours, that's rather short lived (Please note, "Heavy use" is defined as using more applications and features simultaneously than the average or even super user) watching videos that do not require WiFi, music or just casual web browsing will give you a good 4 to 6 hours, having the brightness down half way when not using the display (such as for music) or having the display off with music in the background can yield even more time, but be wary the battery life is enough to complete one or (big maybe) two movies streaming.
The cost to performance for this tablet is unmatched, If i were on the fence between the Nexus 7, the Asus Transformer or anything of the sort, you will be much happier with this tablet and that extra $100 to spend on other things, or even a second tablet, if i have any alternate recommendations, it is that a 9 or 10 inch screen would make a better experience in my opinion.
-Things to consider
*I recommend the Dolphin Browser instead of the one they have preinstalled, it will enhance your experience and negate any feeling of poor performance the stock browser may give.
*Find an "App Killer" on the Play Store when you get this tablet, there is no way to kill processes and this will run your battery down in standby mode if left on, plus it will eat the memory quickly.
*This tablet supports my 32GB HC Class10, i was able to transfer at around 17MB/s using USB 3.0 through the device.
I would recommend this tablet to anyone, as long as you don't set your expectations ridiculously high, you will actually be very surprised at how powerful and well done this tablet is.
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Initial post: Jul 20, 2013 10:13:30 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Can you tell me what case you use for the KingPad 7" tablet? Do you think any 7" case would fit? Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2013 10:37:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2013 10:39:09 AM PDT
Hi Squisha, i actually have never used a case on my tablets, they stay inside the house and on a desk. If it is any insight compared tot he Google Nexus 7 this is only very slightly smaller in length, literally not even 1/4 of an inch, I would wager anything you find that has reviews for a Nexus 7 fitting, this will too. Sorry i couldn't be more help here.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2013 8:11:15 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
That is actually very helpful thank you. If you don't mind I have another question. We are new to android devices. I'm concerned about the OS because with our older apple devices we can not update the OS and therefore we can't install the newer apps, I assume that is pretty general for all types of systems. So, is this tablet able to update to the newest OS? Thank you again for your help.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2013 5:57:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2013 6:15:22 AM PDT
My first android device was a HTC Amaze 4G and there is a built in option under Settings -> About Device -> System Update / Device Update, every android device i own has this option and this is how the android phones and tablets update. My HTC shipped with Ice cream sandwich and today it has automatically updated to Jellybean, i never even realized it did it to be honest. When i originally got my Nexus 7 it also had Android 4.0.8 or something and now it is 4.1 - I think it is safe to safe the OS auto upgrades. Doing a bit of research it seems upgrading it at the discretion of the hardware provider(Rockchips), this device is on the same OS as all of my others, but i have heard of rare occurrences of devices not going from Gingerbread to Ice cream sandwich or Ice cream sandwich to Jelly bean because the hardware wasn't designed for it, but that's everything from a $50 phone to a $800 tablet so it's hit or miss no matter what.
I have yet to run into any compatibility issues unless the game specifically was made for Tegra hardware, which is in the Google Nexus tablets, but we're talking a handful of apps out of millions. If there is anything specific you want me to try i can if you have any skeptics about it.
This is what i would do, i would try this out and if you have any issues or just don't like it, these guys have been extremely helpful to me in one older issue i had, they sent me a new one overnight, coming from an apple device (no offence!) you might have higher expectations of the visuals, the resolution and screen are both about "half" of what you'd expect in an apple device, the only thing that is going to be better than an apple is going to be a Tramsformer Prime or some line of Google Nexus, i'm not here to sell you a product but this tablet is also impressive for being a third or more the price of the others.
Posted on Jul 24, 2013 12:20:26 AM PDT
hi your review is very helpful, with that said i saw it doesn't play mp3's, i'm traveling so that's very important and if not how do i transfer my music from my PC to this device ?
o.k. second I've never used ANYTHING like this just desktop PC, so i'm going out of town and need on the go web access will WiFi let me do this and if so how and will i be charged thx sooo much!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 4:16:15 AM PDT
It does in-fact play MP3's straight out of the box, the pod casts i mentioned in my review are MP3's, and even if it didn't the google play store is littered with alternate apps that do that are also free. It comes with a USB to Mini USB cable, once you plug it into your PC the Tablet will come up with the option to let you "Connect to your PC", at that point your PC will show the memory of the tablet in the same place you view your C: drive and you can move any media from your PC to the tablet at this point. Just be sure to tap "Disconnect USB Connection" on your tablet before you unplug it, because we're dealing with flash memory it can write cache (Like protected music, movies etc from the itune store) and not completely write the file until you tap that option to disconnect when finished.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 10:04:39 PM PDT
thx so much I don't know why it doesn't mention mp3 as being compatible w/ this device I'm sure others will ask. thx.
Posted on Jul 26, 2013 6:30:43 AM PDT
Yiota C. says:
I'd like to know if you can shot a video or take a picture with this tablet? I only use a smart phone, which does have these features, but I'm really unaware of what a tablet can do at all. I've been looking for days now for a suitable tablet in a reasonable price but the more I read, the more I'm getting confused. Thank you.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 11:37:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 29, 2013 11:38:37 AM PDT
Yes, it has that ability but the camera in this is one of the things they cut corners on to make it a little bit cheaper. The back camera will produce an image quality somewhere in the neighborhood of 1600x1200 but it will be pretty grainy, you -might- be able to find an app that helps with that but in all honesty this isn't a tablet for pictures, i won't even go into the front facing one, it's a VGA and maybe 480p at best, skype is a bit pixilated to try to read text between you and them, but you can certainly make out bigger objects, like people. This tablet, in all honesty is designed for running apps as well as the premium brand tablets out there, with little things like that cut out, you shave $30 here and there and it adds up, in summery, this isn't a camera strong tablet.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 11:02:55 PM PDT
Yiota C. says:
Thank you very much for the detailed answer. I won't use it as a photo camera, but thought it would be useful if these feature actually exist! From my search, I found out that except from the very expensive models, there is no medium priced tablet that has all the characteristics you need, e.g 2 cameras, usb and hdmi connections, google playstore preinstalled and so on. Nexus, Acer, KindleFire and Samsung to name a few, lack in basic features and excel in others. Hope this one will stand up to my expectations!
KingPad® 7'' Google Android 4.1 Dual Core IPS Tablet MID PC, Rockchips RK3066 Dual Core Cortex A9 CPU up to 1.6GHz, 1Gb RAM, 8Gb HDD, HD IPS LED Multi-Touch Screen 1024x600, Front Camera + Rear Camera, Google Play Pre-Installed, HDMI 1080P Output, Skype Video Calling, Netflix, Flash Supported, AKASO R7X [By TabletExpress](95 customer reviews)