Verizon just joined the tablet wars by officially announcing its first 7-inch Android tablet, the Ellipsis 7. It’s not like we need another tablet to add to the already sometimes overwhelming set of choices, but there is always the thought of another manufacturer possibly bringing something new to the table. After all, isn’t that what the tech world is all about: innovation?
So the Ellipsis 7 is only the first of a line of tablets which consumers can look forward to. But, does it really bring something new that will get users to switch from whatever tablet they’re using at the moment?
Let’s look at the numbers and figures that matter, then.
- A 7-inch IPS screen with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution
- A quad-core, 1.2GHz processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of internal storage space, which is rather poor. There is, however, the option of using a MicroSD card for another 32GB.
- A 3.2-megapixel camera at the rear
- A VGA cam in front
- 4G LTE connectivity
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0
- A thickness of 10mm
- 4000mAh battery
- Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Looking at those specs, it is easy to understand how one can just dismiss the Ellipsis 7 as unremarkable. Nothing innovative here.
Of course, it will all boil down to the financial damage that the unit will cost the user. Verizon is offering the Ellipsis 7 with two options.
The first option is a two-year contract, which will cost $149.99 (the tablet only). The second option involves a month-to-month contract, with the tablet costing $249.99.
The Ellipsis 7 is not bad and actually has a chance to stand up against its competitors. Given that it is exclusive to Verizon, there should be perks in terms of connectivity, one of them being the ability to serve as a hotspot supporting up to eight additional devices.
Here’s the clincher: for a limited time, you can get $100 off any tablet from Verizon when purchased with a new two-year contract.
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