Novo7 Tablet Testing
1/25/2012 8:52:00 PM
I was sent the MIPS Novo7 Andriod Tablet to test and play around with.

It's loaded with Andriod 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and that OS is very slick. It's solved some of the clumsiness of 2.0 which I'm running on my WonderMedia Andriod tablet currently. With 2.0 I still get the feeling that I'm running Linux and the year is 1999, when I know what I want to do but am not sure where I need to explore to find it.

Overall the Novo7 is very cool for the $100 price tag. It comes loaded with a bunch of apps which leaves you in a better position than trying to install them yourself. However there's no access to the Google marketplace. Facebook pre-loaded is a definite plus as my WonderMedia tablet could access the Marketplace, but as a Chinese device so not all of the North American apps, such as Facebook were available. The Novo7 is really well suited for social media. I found myself using it for Facebook almost exclusively. Games also worked great on it. I played a few rounds of Angry Birds and Spiderman. The processor performed well with those games. Where I found myself questioning the hardware was running YouTube. Although this comes pre-loaded as well, I had two crashes watching YouTube videos. Outside of the crashes it played video very well and would certainly be fine for watching the odd video. It especially performs well if you use the video player that's installed to watch videos.

The price can't be beat as far as performance goes. I honestly don't know why people buy ebook readers instead of one of these. For the price you get so much more value and Kindle is also pre-installed. It also comes with a high definition camera that honestly I didn't play around with much. A front and rear facing camera make this tablet perfect for Skype...if only Skype was pre-installed. :(

Overall it's a fun little tablet to play with and there's a lot of value based on it's price tag.

Check out how it compares to other tablets in it's price range at PC World.
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