Huawei Ideos S7 Slim Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 6
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 6
    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 6
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 6.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Great Connectivity
    • Some decent preloaded apps
    • Nice design

     

     

  • Cons

    • Slow response to multitouch gestures
    • Flash bogs down web browser
    • Battery life lousy

Quick Take

Huawei Ideos S7 Slim is not as advanced as the more expensive 7-inch tablets, but compared to most budget tablets, it is far better.


A year after the S7 tablet, Huawei has launched a renovated and quite slimmer version called Ideos S7 Slim. This is a 7-inch tablet equipped with Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) and a custom user interface upgrade, as well as a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

The tablet comes with 3G and Wi-Fi support and can be used for making phone calls through headphones. The slate also includes a 2-megapixel back-facing camera, a microSD card slot and an HDMI port. Overall, the S7 Slim offers everything that can be expected from a modern-day 7-inch tablet.

Still, certain shortcomings surface on closer inspection, preventing the S7 Slim from beating the competition. For starters, it is rather heavy, the display has many faults and the user interface is lousy. Its price, however, is nearly half of what other 7-inch tablets cost. Ultimately, the S7 Slim is an improvement over its predecessor and offers a range of features for a low price.

BUILD & DESIGN

From the outside, the Huawei Ideos S7 Slim looks very modern. Even though it is entirely crafted out of plastic materials (black in front, white in the back), it appears compact and solid. Its edges are slightly rounded on the back side, where it houses a battery cover. This is one of the few tablets that has an interchangeable battery, which is practical because one can take a spare battery during road trips or time spent outdoors. The battery cover also hides a SIM card slot.

Huawei Ideos S7 SlimThe upper tablet edge includes a battery charger hub and the power key, while the lower edge comes with a microSD card slot and an input which the S7 Slim can be connected with its extras (docking, keyboard etc.). Both sides include speakers, while there is a headphones jack on the right hand side. The left side includes an HDMI port and a microUSB slot. Though we could not charge the battery via the micro USB slot, which is a shame.

Three capacitive keys, a common characteristic for this Android version, are situated along the right edge of the display. These are the homescreen key, menu activation key and the back button.

The tablet’s dimensions are small enough so it can be held in one hand: 7.9 x 4.3 x .47 inches. Still, weighing .9 pounds, it’s a relatively heavy device for its size. Due to its size, the S7 Slim can be carried everywhere, but the user might feel wrist fatigue from frequent use.

Screen and Speakers
The Huawei Ideos S7 Slim comes with a 480 x 800 pixel capacitive screen, which is rather low for a 7-inch device and much more appropriate for a smartphone. Still, compared to the S7, which had a resistive screen, this is a significant improvement. Compared to its previous model, the S7 Slim’s imaging is sensibly sharper and the colors are realistically interpreted, however it is just below average compared to the competition. 

Though we have seen tablets with far sharper screen imagining and more realistic colors, the S7 Slim still provides a pleasant enough display. Clearly, Huawei has sought the kind of screen technology that properly balances cheap with good.

Huawei Ideos S7 SlimStill, some display flaws are hard to ignore, especially the limited viewing angle. When the S7 Slim tablet is held directly in front of the eyes, there are no problems with the imaging. However, if it is viewed at an angle, i.e. from above or below, the contrast is either too weak or too great, making it extremely difficult to see the image details. Fortunately, when it is exposed to direct sunlight, the contrast problems are far less evident.

As a capacitive screen is in question, it has multi-touch support, but while finger touch reactions are fast and precise, the “pinching” response is sluggish. While application and widget activation, as well as typing on the screen keyboard, is pleasant enough, zooming in on images or web sites is a different story. It is a good thing that the built-in web browser has additional zoom keys, given that pinching is rather inefficient.

The tablet’s sound quality cannot be criticized. Reproduced videos, which also include HD resolution, have a solid sound, just like MP3s, through the speakers and headphones. The same can be said for the sound quality of phone calls.


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