When it comes to mobile devices, the smartphone and the tablet are two of the most important gadgets. These devices are central to a company’s business communication system, and for the common consumer, they serve as a technological hub for various apps and features.
While the smartphone can be considered as the top mobile device, the tablet is steadily gaining ground. Many tablets are now equipped with communication functionalities that can be found in the smartphones. Tablets can now also be used as a platform where users can access the functionalities offered by phone service providers such as RingCentral, among others.
For small and mid-sized businesses, there are budget-friendly tablets that come at a much lower price than most tablets. These devices, of course, sport a much downgraded specifications, in order to slash a considerable chunk of the price.
Such affordable tablets include the Hisense Sero 7 LT, which is the subject of this review. This device is a downgraded version of the Hisense Sero 7 Pro and can be bought for just $99.
The advantages and disadvantages of purchasing the Hisense Sero 7 LT
Not all things that come cheap are already a great bargain. Some may just be plain unworthy of your money. It is important that you think rigorously first before you set out to buy a budget tablet. To weigh in the pros and cons of the Hisense Sero 7 LT, we provide a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the device.
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Good news first: the Sero 7 LT comes with an expandable storage that can accommodate up to 32GB of additional storage. It also sports a mini-HDMI port. And, of course, its greatest strength is its incredibly low price, a mere $99.
This device comes with a number of compromises in terms of specs and features. The screen of this tablet is not something that you would excitedly write home about, not to mention that the touchscreen is inconsistently responsive. It also has limitations when it comes to connectivity, as it lacks Bluetooth and GPS supports. The tablet also unexpectedly restarts at times.
Scrutinizing the Hisense Sero 7 LT
The Hisense Sero 7 LT is thinner and lighter than the Hisense Sero 7 LT. It has a thickness of 0.41” and a weight of 0.78lb. The back is made of smooth plastic, which makes the build quality of the device seemingly less solid and sturdy.
This tablet lacks a rear-facing camera, but it has a front-facing shooter that has 0.3MP resolution. It has, on the outside, a sleep/power button, a volume rocker, a microSD card slot a mini-HDMI port, a headphone jack, and a micro-USB port.
The Hisense Sero 7 LT sports a dated Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system that does not have a third-party skin overlay. This means that things such as gesture typing and lock screen widgets cannot be acquired automatically. Aside from the usual fare of Google service apps, you are treated with retail apps for Sam’s Club and Walmart, Pandora music-streaming and radio app, Kingsoft Office, TV Remote, and Vudu Movies and TV.
When it comes to performance, this tablet houses a 1.3GHz dual-core processor that is complemented by 1GB of RAM. This chipset makes you perform the basic tasks with ease although even then the lag is already noticeable. In terms of internal storage, this tablet comes with 4GB of ROM.
The screen of the Hisense Sero 7 LT has a resolution of 1024 x 600p. This is quite low-res especially when measured against current standards. There are also problems with the viewing angles, which makes the device difficult to use outdoors under sunlight. Meanwhile, its 3400mAh battery lasts for 6.2 hours in a battery drain test.