- Nov 25, 2012
It's not easy being a 7-inch tablet these days. With relatively inexpensive devices like the Lenovo A3000 and Kindle tablet offering a whole lot of bang for your buck, budget tablet makers are facing stiffer competition than ever before. Acube's latest offering -- the 7-inch u25GT (quad-core)-- has its work cut out for dominating the lowest end of the Chinese tablet market. With the 8GB model priced at less than $50, the petite U25GT prioritizes performance and screen over its other functions, perhaps in the hopes that its proven RK3188 quad core processor and the power it generates will woo picky buyers. But does the U25GT (quad-core) have what it takes to compete in a crowded market? Read on to find out.
◇7 inch PLS display at WSVGA resolution (1024X600 pixels)
◇Weighs 340g, 191*116*10mm in size.
◇Rk3188, 1.4GHZ dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, Mali-400MP4 GPU, 512MB RAM
◇Android 4.4 Kitkat
◇8GB of built-in-storage, expandable by TF card
◇VGA front-facing camera;
◇USB on the go
◇MicroSD card slot
◇Standard 3.5mm audio jack
◇1080p video playback
◇2400mAh Li-Po rechargeable battery, 4-5 hours battery life
DESIGN AND BUILD
The U25GT has relatively big bezel around its 7-inch screen. As much as I know the advantages of the bigger bezel, I am more attracted to the smaller bezel found in the Talk 7X.
To the upper-right corner of screen is the only camera onboard: a front-facing 0.3MP shooter.
All the physical controls and connectors are situated along the right of the tablet, you will find a Power button, which is the only physical key on the U25GT, a 3.5mm audio jack, a Micro USB port, a 2.5mm DC port, a Micro SD card slot which supports cards up to 16GB and, to our pleasant surprise, a Mini HDMI port.
Interestingly, despite there is an independent DC port, the Micro USB port can also be used for charging, making the U25GT easier to bring along while traveling.
The Acube logo and some other information is emblazoned on the lower part of the back shell, though the effect looks somewhat cheap against the scratch-prone plastic backing. Fortunately the branding fun stops right there, as we dont necessarily need to be reminded that we are holding a low-end Acube tablet in our hands.
The U25GT (quad core) feels remarkably sturdy for a budget device. The dimensions -- 191*116*10mm -- make for a device that's easy to hold and guarantees typing will be a comfortable affair.
DISPLAY AND SOUND
The U25GT features the same display found in the Acube Talk 7X (quad core) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Considering that the display comes with a paltry 1,024 x 600 resolution (that's a pixel density of 170 PPI), we weren't expecting to be blown away by its visuals, but other than that, it is quite amazing, with wonderful color saturation, decent brightness and wide viewing angle.
Acube tablets are always well-known for their wonderful sound performance, luckily the budget U25GT is no exception. The sound coming from the double aperture in the back is even louder than that comes from my Microsoft Surface RT, although the clarity is not all that ideal.
The U25GT ships with the latest version of Android, the Android 4.4 KitKat. Although not really a significantly huge leap over the Jelly Bean, it is nice to know you are now using the most advanced operating system.
Customizations and preinstalled applications are kept to the minimum, a nice approach for a Chinese company which isnt that good at software development.