The i7 tablet features the Android 2.2 operating system Froyo, and has a retail price of $179
Review of the Impression 7-inch Tablet
Leader International recently launched the Impression 7 tablet, a smaller, sleeker version of the popular Impression 10 tablet. The i7 tablet features the Android 2.2 operating system Froyo, and has a retail price of $179, making it one of the cheapest Android 2.2 tablets available.
The Impression 7 tablet comes with an AC charger, a data cable, a protective pouch, and a kickstand.
The Impression 7 tablet feels sturdy and solid. It is a bit thick, but not heavy. Currently, it only comes in black.
The i7 has a mini USB port and a regular USB 2.0 port, a DC-in port for charging, a 3.5 mm audio out port, a microphone port, and a microSD expansion slot, which are all located on the bottom edge of the tablet. This configuration works well for all the ports except for the audio port. Based on my extensive experience using and reviewing tablets, I feel that having the audio port on top of a tablet makes it easier to use. Apart from that, i7 tablet looks and feels good for the price.
The Impression 7 tablet sports a 1-gigahertz Samsung processor, 512 megabyte RAM, and 4 gigabyte flash storage. You can supplement this with up to 16 GB of additional storage with a micro SD card. The i7 also features an accelerometer G-Sensor, which lets you switch between landscape and portrait mode just by rotating the tablet. It has a front-facing camera and built-in stereo speakers.
The display is bright and has vibrant color. One potential drawback is the screenís 15:9 aspect ratio (800x480 pixels). Most videos available online have either 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio, so you may need to resize videos to make them full screen.
The tabletís performance is a little slow even with the two-generations-old Android 2.2 operating system, which was originally designed for smartphones. Its resistive TFT touch screen is not as responsive as it could be. For example, I had trouble playing games that require rapid swiping, such as Fruit Ninja. The touchscreen also lacks a multi-touch feature; you have to double tap or use the +/- buttons to contract or expand webpages. Other than these minor faults, the i7 tablet performs well for most purposes.
The Impression 7 is equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It uses 802.11 b/g/n wireless technology for Wi-Fi connectivity. I had no problem connecting to the internet through the i7ís built-in Wi-Fi, and the Wi-Fi range was impressive.
By default, the i7 tablet only gives users access to Chinese app stores. To unlock the full market you will have to root
i7. I downloaded a few apps through the SwipeMe Market that comes preloaded with the Impression 7, and they run well on this mini tablet.
Speakers and Camera
The i7 tablet produces decent sound through its built-in stereo speakers. It does not come with headphones. I connected my Bose IE2 headphones to i7 tablet and it produced very high quality sound.
I did not expect much from the tabletís 0.3 megapixel camera, so I was surprised to find that it lets you adjust for different lighting conditions. Even more surprising was the fact that these adjustment features actually work quite well. The i7ís rechargeable battery provides about seven hours of continuous usage. Charging is comparatively quick.
The Impression 7 supports Flash 10.1. It is a good tablet for basic purposes such as listening to music, watching videos, browsing the internet, chatting, using apps, and playing lightweight games. Given the price, HomeGear would have given i7 tablet a 4 Lights On rating if it had a better camera and speedier processor.