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ZTE S7 review

ZTE S7 review
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Android-powered Huawei S7 tablet, it comes with a 7" (800x480) capacitive touch screen and runs on Android 2.1. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 768 MHz processor and support WiFi and 3G connectivity.
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Review On : ZTE S7
29-March-2011

Translated by N.Chew

Written by Odie

First Ever Standing Frame Tablet
29 March 2011 - While figure tablets are by no means new and have been around for quite some time now, Huawei recently made its presence felt with the launch of the of the service application, the XL READ (Open Horizon Nation). At a glance the Huawei S7 is virtually identical to the other tablets on the market right now, though latched on its back is a Roller Stay pole (standing frame) which gives it a slightly unique look compared its peers.
Design
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In comparison to the iPad, the Huawei S7 has a somewhat smaller posture, with a rather horizontal look. Much of the real estate on the front is covered by a touch screen, furnished with just three buttons at the bottom. The trackpad makes menu navigation a breeze, allowing for more precise movements when coupled with the touch screen. As mentioned earlier, the standing frame allows users to place the device in a landscape position on surfaces like a table, which, for the lack of better words, makes it stand out above the rest.
In addition, we found that typing on the Optimus 7 is a pleasant experience as we accurately register the right key that we have touched. The word dictionary is not intrusive and only corrects simple grammatical or spelling errors. Each stroke on the keyboard provides different variation of sounds instead of the typical mono-tone sound, which giving a better tactile experience.
Screen
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The Huawei S7 relies on a resistive TFT screen technology, which is rather different from other Android based tablets in general, which carry capacitive screens. As a result, the Huawei S7ís resistive screen has lower sensitivity compared to traditional capacitive screens. Thankfully, there is a stylus which users can resort to using, though it somewhat defeats the purpose of touchscreen tablet in the first place. At 7 inches, the screen boasts a rather decent 800 x 480 resolution, and the inclusion of an accelerometer for screen support means that movie playback on this device is easy on the eyes.
Below the screen, there are 5 homescreen categories (Home, Web, Entertainment, Communications and Favorites), each with its own sub categories, bringing the total of homescreens to 10. Each of these homescreens can be customised to the usersí desires, with shortcuts, widgets, emoticon widgets and folders. Users need only to swipe either left or right to change homescreens, making it easy to use.
Ports
The Huawei S7 is equipped with several ports and slots that one would come to expect. At the top left corner of the body is a 3.5 mm audio jack, while on the right is a MicroUSB port which is also used by the charger. At the bottom, a MicroSD slot accommodates future memory expansion. Situated at the bottom is a port for the dock and a TV-out port with HDMI support.
The SIM card slot is placed at the rear, though awkwardly situated in a position where the user would have to remove the battery in order to remove or install the SIM card.
Camera
A 2 MP front side facing camera is brought to the game by Huawei, which is situated on the right side corner of the screen. However, it Features only White Balance, Color Effect and Quality controls for image editing. For video recording purposes on the other hand, the camera is capable of D1 resolutions, or otherwise appropriate for televisions; 704 x 576 (PAL) and 704 x 480 (NTSC). While the Huawei S7 can be connected to the TV via the aforementioned HDMI slot, the slow camera translates to ghosting and lack of sharpness for the video recordings.
GPS Maps
As an Android-based tablet, the Huawei S7 comes preinstalled with Google Maps. Within the application is the Search facility, Directions, My Location (userís current location), Join Latitude (Googleís answer to social networking) and Layer (Traffic, Satellite, Buzz, Latitude). The Google Maps display can be enlarged via multitap, and can be navigated in real time, aided by the Huawei S7ís built in GPS receiver.


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