From the manufacturer
Light. Slim. Powerful.
The Ematic Genesis Prime tablet includes Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, providing a more intuitive user experience with Google Now and improved web browsing. The sharp 7 inch display lets you easily write an email, read the latest news, or watch videos and movies. At only 10mm thick, this tablet is ideal for people on the go! With Google Play you can access over 1 million apps and games as well as access to thousands of movies, books, millions of songs, TV Shows and magazines. Games, TV Shows, Movies, Books - Entertainment at your fingertips!
Your Entertainment Hub
Google Play is a new digital content experience from Google where you can find and enjoy your favorite music, movies, TV shows, books, magazines, and Android apps and games. It’s your entertainment hub: you can access it from the web or from your Android device, and all your content is instantly available across your devices.
Tap the mic or say 'Ok Google' and find everything from nearby museums to the calories in cheesecake. Google also show you helpful information before you even ask, like updates on your favorite teams and traffic alerts.
5GB of Free Cloud Storage
Access all your files, photos, music and movies wherever you are. Automatically import your device's gallery to your cloud so you can share the photos and videos on your device seconds after you capture them- friends and family can view and watch your photos and videos instantly.
The Ematic Genesis Prime tablet includes Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, providing a more intuitive user experience with Google Now and improved web browsing. The sharp 7" display lets you easily write an email, read the latest news, or watch videos and movies. At only 10mm thick, this tablet is ideal for people on the go! With Google Play you can access over 700,000 apps and games as well as access to thousands of movies, books, millions of songs, TV Shows and magazines. Games, TV Shows, Movies, Books - Entertainment at your fingertips! 7" 800x480 capacitive multi-touch screen. 1.1GHz Processor with 400MHz GPU. 1.1GHz Processor with 400MHz GPU and 512MB RAM. 4GB of internal storage plus an additional 5GB of included cloud storage to stream your music and movies to your tablet wherever you go. MicroSD Card slot allows you to add up to an additional 32GB of storage. Supports up to 1080p HD Video. Google Play is a new digital content experience from Google where you can find and enjoy your favorite music, movies, TV shows, books, magazines, and Android apps and games. It's your entertainment hub: you can access it from the web or from your Android device, and all your content is instantly available across your devices. With Google Play, shop the world's largest eBookstore now with over 4 million books- available on web, tablet, and phone. Choose from thousands of movies and TV shows on Google Play and stream them instantly on your Android phone, tablet or the web. With music on Google Play you can upload 20,000 of your songs for free, discover new artists, browse millions of tracks and share music you buy with your friends on Google+. Your favorite magazines come to life on Google Play. Shop hundreds of titles and enjoy anywhere you go with your tablet.
Top customer reviews
After roughly two weeks, my youngest niece broke the outlet adapter sleeping with it, but it isn't a big deal to replace. My older niece complained once or twice that hers was broken, but I think it was simply a matter of patience, allowing the device to finish booting.
My two biggest gripes are the slow boot sequence and the lack of case selection. It would be nice if Google or Samsung would standardize the Android hardware form factor so the accessories market could compete against Apple. Otherwise though, I think this is a great introductory tablet for kids (5/5), an okay entry tablet for those on the fence about getting a tablet (3/5), and should probably be avoided by individuals who know they want a tablet (1/5).
This could possibly work well for a custom home automation system, but I wouldn't recommend it for a HTPC remote, the interface is just not responsive enough imo.
I've been using the Ematic for a day or so. It works; it does many things well or at least OK, but it's slow, very slow.
Pluses:It's got mostly intuitive controls. It runs android apps. I like the integration with google applications and syncing with same on my other devices. It runs a Sonos app which is a big plus for us since we have it at our home. (I tried a Samsung Chromebook; it won't run sonos as of early May 2013.) Another plus is the Kindle app you download. It lets me read the same books I have on a separate kindle, on ematic. It works really well.
Cons: Slow, frustratingly slow, esp using the chrome browser. The touch screen really lags in chrome; can be several seconds or more; especially frustrating when typing. I wind up pressing several times and waiting. There's no sensitivity controls for the touch screen that I can find. I looked for them after learning the screen does not always respond to my taps. In some instances I find myself pushing on the screen rather than tapping since it appears not to respond. When typing, it frequently enters a foreign alphabet character, like an accented e or o. I tried to see if Firefox would run faster than chrome. I downloaded FF and got a format "not supported" message. Not a surprise, but want to note that it runs android not other formats. Screen contrast and sharpness are marginal.
As others have mentioned, its not bad for having around the house as a tool to run a timer, do a quick check on mail or the net, read a book, etc. Take it on a trip or use as a main device? Not for me.
You get what you pay for in this case. It's an inexpensive tablet. It works. You'll probably be frustrated, as I am after only one day. I'd suggest paying more and getting more.
3 week update:
May 24, 2013: I've been using it for 3 weeks now. I would return it if I could. Works well as a kindle reader, Sonos controller, and some android games. As a browser its so slow, its useless or freezes completely. Available storage is so limited I continually get out of memory system notices. No idea how to remedy them, maybe buy a memory card? That wipes out the advantage of low price? Won't really run other android apps like NYTimes, Wall St Journal, etc. Just freezes.
Can anyone else who bought one comment on speed, freezes, etc? Did I get a lemon or is this just not an adequate tablet beyond the reader and sonos functions?
I recently had a problem getting it to sync my gmail account. There had been no problems previously and then for several days it kept saying there was no connection even though it said that the wi-fi connection was excellent or it would say there was a sync error. I kept playing with the settings, tried deleting the account and then re-establishing it. Don't know if or what anything I did actually cured the problem or whether it eventually fixed itself, but it's working again.
As other reviewers have said, what do you expect for the price? It's very good for light use, games, and for kids. I do like how when you're typing an email it displays and updates three possible suggestions for the word you're typing which makes it faster and easier for sending emails. I would say that if your expectations are reasonable it's fine.