Huawei - Ideos 7" Tablet S7 - White
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- Touch ScreenYes
- Mobile Operating SystemAndroid
- Device ManufacturerHuawei
Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 120 reviews(120 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Huawei Ideos S7 - Impressive!Posted .
I bought the Huawei Ideos S7 Android Tablet 2 days ago when it was released at Best Buy for $329 out the door. If you are looking for a descent tab definitely take a look, it is half the price of the Galaxy Tab, it runs Android 2.1 out of the box, and upgrading to 2.2 in a month. It has 8GB Internal memory and a Micro SD card slot for an additional 16GB or maybe even 32GB Card, I have heard it will take a 32GB card but not verified yet. Front a rear facing cameras, 768Mhz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor, and very responsive, can’t wait to see how much faster on Android 2.2 Froyo it will be. I compared it today to the Galaxy Tab at a T-mobile store and they were amazed at the store how good it is for half the price. After comparing I feel even better about my purchase. It’s a little heavier than the Galaxy Tab, camera resolution is lower, and the screen is pressure touch instead of capacitive like the Galaxy Tab, but it has a great track pad mouse to make up for it! But for $300 less, it will run 2.2 soon, no contract needed, and it allows voice calls! definitely worth it, yes i said Voice calls! I took the Sim from my G2, popped it in, and instantly i was on the HSPA Data Network downloading from the Android Market, and making voice calls! The Galaxy Tab doesn’t allow voice calls! Check it out! http://www.huaweidevice.com/worldwide/productFeatures.do?pinfoId=2586&directoryId=3895&treeId=3290 http://www.androidpit.com/en/android/blog/392995/Updated-With-Video-Huawei-Unveils-Android-2-1-IDEOS-S7-TabletI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good Tablet for the MoneyPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have been using this tablet for the better part of a week now and my overal conclusion is that it is a very good tablet for the money, but wether you should buy it or not depends on how you plan to use it. I am going to be picking up the Galaxy Tab from Sprint Sunday since it has a 30 day return policy where you do not pay for anything (even air time) if you return it in those 30 days. I will then compare the Tab to the S7. Overall I am impressed for what you get for $300. As said in earlier reviews you get unlocked 3G that works great with my company paid for sim card. You also get GPS which works great. You can use google maps for driving directions if you don't mind using your 3G minutes (you need a connection if you want to use the free google app) or you can download some inexpensive GPS programs that will download the maps to your S7 and then you don't need a conection. The reason I mention these 2 things is this is what differentiates from the upcoming Archos 70 tablet which is aproximately the same price. The Archos is wifi only and no GPS. The S7 screen works very good for a resistive screen. You get used to using fast by using the back of your nail. This is much better than most resistive screens I have used before. The screen is bright and the sound is very loud and good for such a small device. The device works great for my kindle books, my audible books and my exchange and gmail mail clients. The SMS and MMS messaging works great as well. Now for the biggest issues for me. The screen resolution and viewing angles are not very good. The resolution is only 800 by 400 which does not give much detail in some of the videos I plan on watching. Also the viewing angles are not very good. You need to hold the S7 pretty much in one position to be able to see it well. The other biggest issue is the battery. If you plan on using this much, especially if you plan on using it as your phone as well, the battery just does not cut it. With the 3G active and Wi-Fi active, if you plan on browsing and watching movies you will not even get 3 hours use out of it. I have been getting 2-3 hours before needing to charge. Even on standby with Wi-Fi and 3G you will not be able to use it all day at the work without charging it even if you do not use it. Other small gripes is that there is no way to charge the S7 in the car. If you plan on using it for GPS for a long trip you will probably need to buy some kind of AC to cigarette lighter adapter or something. You cannot charge this through the USB port either. The device should also have come with android 2.2 so you can see flash videos. There is also no acessories yet for the device. A home docking station and car docking option along with a car charger should really be ready. Overall I really like the device. So much so that I think I am willing to pay the greater money for the Tab to overcome the shortcomings of this device. If you will not be using this tablet all day and do not care about the short battery life and just passable screen, I would very much recommend it. If you plan on carrying a tablet with you most of the time then I think you would want something a little better.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Found with the cell phones not the computersPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
This product is great, 720p video playback is clean and smooth, the speakers are ok but break at higher volumes as expected audio through head phones work great. I have only found three small miss steps with this great little thing, First: the screen is pressure sensitive rather than capacitive so switching from a smaller device (i.e. smart phone) to this device takes some getting used to,(but this was expected in this price range) Second: the usb cable is for syncing and loading only no charging capabilities. (huge issue for me but may not be for others) Finally: the device is built with android 2.1 and it appears that the stock update options are disabled in the device setting menu. So future updates may not be planned or optional. also this rules out flash for now. This device is great for photos, video, and audio so far,the device is 3g compatible if you get a sim card from your cell phone provider and should work on all three of the majors. Wifi hookup was a breeze and it it pulled most pages fine, some sites load mobile sites as a first option using the stock browser, but this little device can run the full pages with no problems. I had to check multiple stores to find this device, No one in the computer department knew what it was or that they had them. Thankfully the customer service desk called both the cell and computer areas when I inquired about the web site saying it was in stock but no one knew what or where they were. I was told by computer departments in both the South Salt Lake, an Murray stores that they were listed in stock but they were back ordered, the South Salt Lake customer service desk is the one that finally found them in cell phones. Bottom Line : We were finally told they would be stocking a 7" and similar sizes smaller than 10' with the cell phones.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great tablet with one or two caveats...Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Bought this tablet based on the reviews I had seen online (mostly from EU and Asia) for having near the couch and TV. It is a nice size, the resistive touchscreen is actually pretty decent, and can be really accurate with the stylus, which is on the lower left corner in the back. Scrolls smoothly with a firm finger press. It is pretty fast on my wifi, pages load quickly (faster than my Droid). I wish it had Flash, but it is running 2.1 (Eclair). Battery life is fair, it plays my ripped DVDs with ease, and the tiny speakers are actually fairly loud. One of the cool things about this tablet is that phone functionality is built in, if you pop in a SIM card from T-Mo or ATT, you can actually use it as a phone, either via bluetooth or speaker phone. I'd love to get a custom ROM on it that was Froyo, but it is a good tablet, with decent speed, battery life is good, but not great. Lasts about 3.5 hours doing light surfing, about 3 watching a movie with headphones. I loaded Kindle app on it, and it imported my library, it is really easy to read on. If you are as fond of Magellan fishing shirts as I am, it will fit in the shirt pocket, or I'll put it in the inside pocket of my jacket. So far, it's been a very good performer, and does what a Galaxy Tab does at half the price. Great little phone/tab with NO contract! Has front facing camera and a better camera on the back. I like the kickstand on the back as well, it also hels to keep you from dropping it when holding it in landscape mode. Takes microSD card, I have a 16GB in mine now that I basically cloned from my Droid, so I have all my pics, books, music, and movies with me in a larger, easier to see format.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Just as good as the iPad.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought an iPad two weeks ago, and I was very happy with it. But then I went to a friends house, and they had this tablet. I played with it for a while and I really liked it. And when I found out it was only half the price of the iPad, I quickly brought my iPad back and bought this. So far I've been very satisfied with this product. I didn't realize it was bluetooth capable, which is a major plus for me. And I think that the accelerometer sensitivity is perfect, but I imagine it's adjustable. The only negative thing about this product is the touch screen. I've had a ZuneHD for about a year now, and it has a very sensitive touch screen, which I had become used to. But after using the S7 tablet for a short time, it's touch screen was no longer a problem. Its extremely precise, you just have to press a bit harder, which I find is actually a good thing when you're using it for productivity (Microsoft Word, Excel, Etc.). Lastly, some people may not like this, but I think that the tablet has nice weight to it. It's really not heavy, but it does have enough heft to it to give it a feeling of ruggedness, something the iPad does NOT have. To summarize, if you have an unlimited supply of money, you should probably buy the iPad. But if you're a normal person, this is definitely the tablet you should buy.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Really nice tablet, but...Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Have you tried their screen? Given the lack of uniformity out there in the market, I have gone through about 6 different tablets this past month, buying, trying it out and eventually returning them. All were in that sub-$200 range and I found that the Coby Kyros (under $150 now) had one of the nicest screens (also resistive, but other than lack of multi-touch, you could not tell) that was beautifully responsive and better than one that I tried earlier with a capacitive screen. The Huawei (they make alot of telecommunication components in the orient) tablets are going for nearly $100 more at around $350-$375 at most other webstites (the BestBuy one at $250 on sale has a unique white back to it as opposed to the others that have a black color but no other differences) and for all the features, it is mind blowing. The sales staff at BestBuy did not even know it had Bluetooth or SIM slot. I purchased one and the screen looks even better than the Coby and is REALLY responsive. However, you are talking about a multi-core chip with 8gb of internal built in memory, with Bluetooth, SIM card slot, replaceable battery compartment, small built in touch pad/knob, wireless N and REAL ACCESS TO THE GOOGLE ANDROID MARKET which others cannot do. My only issue is that the accelerometer seems to be either 2 way instead of 4 way or configured such that playing certain driving games give erratic or opposite results. But after loading Asphalt, it seems to work well so I think it only concerns certain software. Also, there is no HDMI out jack. There are few accessories available for the tablet and you will likely need to find third party a/c or d/c adapters and the dock that apparently was made for this unit seems to be unavailable. This would have taken care of the HDMI out and other connectivity issues. Nevertheless, for $250 on sale, it is certainly worth a second look.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
An outstanding valuePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I knew I wanted an Android tablet. I didn't want to spend the money on a top-of-the line tablet and I didn't want one of the from the bottom of the barrel either. After weeks of looking and researching I picked the Huawei. I got it home and was very surprised by what I found. The box said it was a 3G device. This means mobile broadband from a cellular provider. Yet it's not advertised as such. When I installed the battery I saw it had a SIM card slot. I inserted the SIM from my phone and discovered this isn't just a tablet. It's an oversized, unlocked GSM phone. This is a big deal. Typically an unlocked GSM device runs $600 or more. And what's more you don't have to have a contract. You can use the SIM from your current phone or find a pay-as-you-go plan. This is a huge deal, yet it's not advertised. Do note it works perfectly well as a wifi-only device, 3G service isn't required. All-in-all I'm pleased with the tablet and believe it's a good value, even aside from the 3G feature. Huawei created their own user interface (UI) that looks really nice and works well. Usually when a hardware manufacturer does this they manage to make Android worse. That's not the case here. It feels durable without being too heavy. It includes the full, official Android Marketplace and not just a knock-off freeware market. A feature I like most is the absence of LEDs. I use mine as an alarm clock and bedside radio without the annoying distraction of blinking LEDs to keep me awake. I do have a few dislikes. It's too wide, or long, depending on how you hold it. It feels like it should be about an inch shorter. The screen doesn't flow as well as my phone. I believe the screen is resistive rather than capacitive, but that's not uncommon in devices in this price range. Lastly, no built-in GPS. It can use wifi and cellular signals (SIM card required) to triangulate, but that's no substitute for a GPS. My suggestion is don't settle for a lower priced Android tablet. The added features of the Huawei far outweigh the addition to the price tag. It's a good choice for someone not sure if a tablet is right for them or if you're on a budget. The ability to add a SIM card and use 3G gives you added flexibility not found on many other tablets and certainly none that I've found in this price range.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Good inexpensive tabletPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
So I got this tablet after reading some positive reviews. I was hesitant at first since I never heard of this company and it was listed as having a resistive touch screen. The box really does not list much in terms of information as well and the documentation that comes with it is relatively basic. Nevertheless, I do think you get quite a bit of value for the tablet. First the basics: has a Snapdragon 768mHz processor with 512 MB of RAM. Internal storage is 8 GB that comes with the tablet. It does not come with a carrying case but you can purchase one that fits it easily. It has a micro SD card slot, two cameras (front and rear), USB connection and a user replaceable battery. It also has a standard headphone jack, power connection and a kick stand in the back. Unpacking the tablet, setup was straightforward and easy which included a screen touch calibration. You do have to insert the battery in the back. There is also supposedly a SIM card slot inside but I did not try this feature although others have. Using the tablet: I find the stylus or using my finger to be equally responsive. It is not capacitive but this really is NOT a huge issue given how responsive the screen is. It feels almost like a capacitive screen. There is also a mini trackpad but it is somewhat too sensitive to use routinely. I find the stylus to be most useful. This has one added benefit, reduces finger prints! It has Market access and works well. The tablet itself feels solid and is well weighted. It also is the largest cell phone I have seen and my understanding is with a SIM card (device is unlocked), you can make phone calls--I haven't tried this. The tablet runs very nicely. It loads pages well. The only quirk I have seen thus far is sometime when it wakes from sleep, the WIFI will sputter. A restart of the tablet fixes this--does not happen every time but just on the occasion. Camera is only 2 MP so not as sharp as it could be but I don't intend to have this as my primary camera anyways. It has a nice accelerometer and works with most programs. I have loaded up a few ebook programs and it works well. It runs Android 2.1 and I have read that 2.2 is on the horizon according to some blog sites--we will see. Battery life is on par with an ok laptop--I get about 3 hours at least before I need to plug it in. Putting the tablet to sleep does seem continue to drain the power though at times--I think it may be that the WIFI continues to look for email updates. The speakers are very loud. Really only drawback is the battery life is less compared to the current standard for tablets although again, none of my laptops I have ever owned had battery life much better than 2-3 hours. I am really impressed by this tablet so if you want a tablet that is low priced, runs fast, has Market access and make phone calls, this is it. Just plan on charging it up a bit more than some of the competition.