The NeuTab G7 comes in a small 7-inch form factor. However, despite the small size, NeuTab didn’t skimp on features for this tablet.
- Quad-Core Processor: Nobody likes an interface that hangs or hesitates whenever you tap, so I’m happy to see that the NeuTab G7 comes with a quad-core processor. It may not be top-of-the-line, but I found general web surfing and app loading to be very good, with only occasional hesitations. Some games do run choppier than they would on other tablets, but the Subway Surfers game showed in my video performed very well. The Geekbench multi-core score came in at 1708.
- Android 5.0: This is one of the first budget tablets I’ve seen to come with Android 5.0 out of the box. Google’s latest operating system features a new user interface, multiple user support (and a “guest mode” to prevent those who borrow your tablet from snooping through your apps), and battery life optimizations.
- 8GB of storage: This refers to how many apps, photos, videos, and music files you can store directly on the tablet. However, only about 4.8GB is usable. If that’s not enough space, you can expand the storage with inexpensive Micro SD cards, like the ones you would use in your phone and some digital cameras. The slot is located on the back of the unit underneath the flap.
- Display: This tablet has a colorful display and an appropriate 1024×600 resolution for web browsing and many games. It doesn’t have a Retina resolution, but it is widescreen and works fine for watching Netflix or Crackle. The display is also IPS so it can be viewed from an angle and the display still looks good.
- Built-in GPS chip: You can load this tablet with an offline GPS navigation app and use it without data connectivity. The built-in GPS chip allows it to function like a dedicated GPS using satellites (instead of relying on WiFi triangulation).
- GSM SIM Card support: If you need a data connection while you’re out and about, you can purchase a data plan from a GSM service provided (in the United States, this would include AT&T and T-Mobile) and then use their SIM card in this tablet. That way, you don’t need to track down a WiFi hotspot to check your email or browse the web. I’ve used the free service available through the FreedomPop Global SIM and it works fine, just make sure to set your data limit accordingly in “Settings”.
- Bluetooth 4.0: This tablet also has Bluetooth so you can use it with Bluetooth keyboards and Bluetooth speakers. Sometimes Bluetooth is omitted on lower-end tablets, so I’m happy to find it on this tablet.
- Two cameras: I couldn’t locate the specs of the cameras, but there is a camera on both the front and the back. Low light performance is not great, but the front facing camera is fine for a Skype video call. I wouldn’t depend on taking stellar photos with the back camera, but it’s nice to have the option to grab a quick snapshot.
- Build: The back of the tablet has a soft, matte finish that is very comfortable to hold.
- Micro USB charging and OTG: Some tablets use proprietary charging adapters, but this tablet uses a standard Micro USB cable for charging, so there’s no special charger to keep track of. The Micro USB port also supports “OTG”, which means you can use a OTG cable (not included) to connect regular USB devices, such as flash drive, to the unit.
- Speakers: The sound from the speakers isn’t the best, and sounds quite “tinny”. But thanks to the Bluetooth 4.0 support, you can pair it with a good Bluetooth speaker if you want to listen to Pandora, Google Music, etc. Or you can plug in your own pair of headphones using the headphone jack.
- Cameras: While I like that there are cameras included on this tablet, they are low resolution and the picture quality is poor in low light. However, its better than having no camera for quick Skype calls.
- Pre-applied screen protector: I’m paranoid about scratches and I’ve struggled getting a bubble-free screen protector on my iPad in the past. It is quite a chore. This tablet with a screen protector already applied, which I very much appreciate.
Overall, I’m impressed by the performance of this unit given its low price tag. While it’s not as powerful as some other (more expensive) tablets, it is great for the budget-minded consumer who plans to use it for basic web browsing, Netflix viewing, and light gaming.
Check out the NeuTab G7 7-inch Quad-Core Tablet on Amazon
— Sample provided for review