The tablet’s hardware cannot be blamed for the poor multi-touch, as the 1 GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and Froyo OS function flawlessly together. Other actions are relatively fast on the S7 Slim, without glitches, in accordance with expectations for budget class tablets.
The Android OS is customized on this device with a user interface prepared by Huawei, which looks much better than it functions. Fundamentally, the upgrade includes dividing the desktop into five tabs (Home, Web, Entertainment, Communication and Favorites), situated along the bottom of the screen. Some of these tabs are spread across two or three screens, requiring finger movements to flip through. Users can move between tabs the same way and when all the screens of a tab are flipped through, the user moves along to the next tab.
This layout offers a well organized appearance, however it limits users to only landscape mode. The two brand name 7-inch Android tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and HTC Flyer, have user interfaces which enable the devices to be used in both the landscape and portrait position, which makes them far more practical. This is especially evident when considering that a 7-inch tablet is much more pleasant when held in one hand in the portrait position. Luckily, many applications that come pre-loaded on the Huawei tablet can be used in both positions. This includes the web browser as well.
The web browser performs its tasks correctly, which will please those who bought the tablet for this purpose. All the sites we tried out were interpreted quickly and without errors, however, it must be noted that Flash is not supported. It is possible to get an upgrade through the Android Market, which solves this problem, but doing so significantly slows the web browser. Given the lack of Flash support, a special application comes with the tablet for viewing YouTube contents, which is simple and works well.
The S7 Slim comes with a host of supplementary applications, including Documents To Go, for viewing documents created in Microsoft Office, as well as PDF files, a neat e-mail client with POP3, IMAP and Exchange account support, navigation , weather, and a newspaper browser, among others.
Connectivity and Battery Life
The tablet connected quickly and easily with several Wi-Fi routers, as well as 3G networks. Given that five frequency bands for data traffic on mobile networks are supported, along with 802.11 b/g/n standards for Wi-Fi, praises can be made for this device’s connectivity – users will be able to go online anywhere they go with this tablet.
The 3250 mAh battery, however, died faster and took longer to fully charge than was expected, but this is common for 7-inch tablets. Thus, with frequent Wi-Fi or 3G antenna usage and occasional multimedia file playback, the battery will die after a day or two. Fortunately, the battery is interchangeable.
Huawei Ideos S7 Slim is an elegant tablet designed to entice customers with its price, above all other features. It is not as technically enhanced as the most expensive and more popular 7-inch tablets, but compared to the basic models, which are frequently launched by other less famous manufacturers from China, it is far more modern, faster and pleasant for usage.
The S7 Slim comes with an abundant set of applications, a solid hardware base, an average display and exceptional Internet connection options. However, while making the decision on its purchase, apart from the appealing price, one has to consider that it is quite heavy, can only be used in the portrait position and its response to finger movements for multi-touch is slow.