Audiosonic 7″ Tablet

$69 Audiosonic 7" Tablet ReviewA good friend recently bought one of these very reasonably priced tablets for his wife to use (I suspect she had been eyeing his beaut ASUS Transformer) so I asked if I could borrow it to write a quick review.

Of course, this is a $69 (AUS) tablet so comparing it with $200+ tablets is unfair – this review is looking at it from the viewpoint of the target market which is kids and users who have fairly basic requirements like checking email, some web browsing, games etc.

First impressions are that it seems fairly well made (if you like the shocking pink bezel and back – my guess is that this model is targeted at the ladies and kids) and that the screen viewing angle isn’t that wide. You have to hold it virtually perpendicular to your face to prevent it fading rapidly – this is most noticeable when you tilt the screen downwards – it darkens very noticeably. Left to right tilting has less of an effect and if you turn the screen brightness to max the effect is less of an issue. Using the tablet you just have to remember to hold it at the correct angle that suits you and you soon get used to doing that. The screen resolution (800×480) isn’t that high, but this isn’t very noticeable on the 7″ screen size especially if viewing video or photos. However I found that text readability suffered in the Gmail app and in the web browser – but in most apps you can use ‘pinch zoom’ to zoom into the pages to make text more readable.

But enough of the screen – expecting a super high quality display on a $69 device just isn’t realistic.

The Audiosonic runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and is quite responsive with 500Mb RAM and 2Gb internal storage built-in (the KMart product page states it has 4Gb total but I presume that 1.5Gb of that is the reserved operating system area. You can add more storage for music / photos / videos etc using the external SD card slot – up to 32Gb.

Speaker volume is quite reasonable and there is a standard earpiece socket of course. The WiFi connection was quick to connect and managed a good signal reception a fair distance from the router and the connection was stable – watching a longish YouTube video was flawless with no pausing or buffering – mostly. A couple of times videos over 10-15 minutes just stopped playing altogether, I’m not sure exactly why and I couldn’t repeat the problem everytime.

The inbuilt battery is on the smallish side – only 2000mAh, so don’t expect to be able to play videos for hours at a stretch, but ‘couch surfing’ for 3-4 hours is achievable.

The single (forward facing) camera is too low in resolution to take reasonable shots – and hard to use as it’s on the front and you have no idea what you are looking at if you turn it around – but it’s intended for video calling use of course – like Skype for instance. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a video (or voice) call to work using the latest Skype version from the Play Store, which is a pity as it seems that others have had some success.

So, would I buy or recommend one?

That depends. I personally wouldn’t buy one – but only because I have experienced and used better (and more expensive of course) tablets and the screen would detract significantly from my experience with it.
Would I recommend one? To a first time Android user or for a family to buy one for their child – sure, but with the proviso that they understand the limitations of the device. One big plus though, is that it can be purchased from a local store AND the manual is in well written English AND it isn’t one that is intended for the Chinese market (I have no doubt it’s made in China but it is intended for the US or other markets) – AND at a reasonable price lower than an equivalent ‘cheap Chinese’ brand one from eBay!

For someone who wants to ‘dip their toes’ into the tablet market it’s a no-brainer. Just remember not to compare it with a more expensive Android tablet or any of the iPad range – they are obviously in a different bracket altogether – but you won’t get much change from $350 for the cheapest iPad Mini…

If you have one or have an opinion – let us know what you think in the comments.

Andy

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6 Comments on Audiosonic 7″ Tablet

andy said : administrator Report 2 years ago

Hi, sorry for the delay in answering your comment. No, there is no IR builtin to this tablet and it seems that it is mainly just a few phones that have this handy capability

Dave said : Guest Report 2 years ago

Does the audio sonic 7" tablet have ir blaster built in so I could use it to control my tv? Thanks

andy said : administrator Report 3 years ago

Hi Rick, here's how I put folder shortcuts on a home screen. Install ES File Explorer from the store then find the folder on the app, press and hold it, then from the More menu, tap Add to Desktop. Hope that helps, Andy

Rick said : Guest Report 3 years ago

i have the audiosonic 7 and I love it i use mine for mps backing tracks when I play and it has always worked goof for me only thing I have not worked out is how to put a temp folder on desktop so if some one can help me with that it would be great I want to put my lyric in a folder called of corse lyris lol thank you

andy said : administrator Report 4 years ago

Great comments Baz! You will be amazed at the difference when/if you get the Nexus 7. I've only used the 2012 model, the latest one has a screen better than the iPads so the comparison with the Audiosonic will be interesting - let us know what you think when you get one (assuming it does die or you give it to a grandchild or similar!). I agree that a 7" suits a lot of people providing the screen is a good one, hence my remarks about not getting one myself. Andy

Baz said : Guest Report 4 years ago

I have had one of these for over 6 months now -- it was my first foray into the Android world and I have been very happy with it. I would now like to buy a Google Nexus 7 as it has everything that I want -- Bluetooth, GPS . good battery, snappy performance, good screen --- BUT this Audiosonic simply won't die!!!! And until it does , I can't really justify replacing it - especially seeing as how my cheapie Huawei 5" Y300 phone does offer me all of the above and I am tending to use it more than the 7". Another important aspect of these things for me is that they must fit in my pants pocket - hence a 10" device is no good to me.

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