As its name reveals, the Mobii 7″ Tablet is a 7-inch tablet manufactured by the Dutch company Point of View, better known for its graphic cards and PC motherboards. This is a tablet for undemanding users, and it can perform basic functions characteristic for such a device, like browsing the Internet and viewing multimedia files.
The Point of View tablet features 4GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 600MHz Rockchip 2808 processor, a resistive touchscreen display and runs on Android OS 2.1. The device features only Wi-Fi (b/g) connectivity; 3G networks cannot be used as it does not include a SIM card slot, nor can calls be made. The tablet also comes with a battery charger, a USB cable and headphones.
BUILD & DESIGN
The Mobii 7″ Tablet is entirely crafted out of plastic materials, but is exceptionally solid. It is rather large (measuring 7.6 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches) and seems larger than other 7-inch tablets when held in hand. It is also somewhat heavier than other tablets (weighing 15 ounces, compared to 13 ounces of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and ViewSonic’s ViewPad 7), however, it comes with a foldable kickstand in the back, allowing it to be set up on a table or other flat surfaces.
This tablet’s design is extremely dated and due to the rather thick border, the screen seems smaller than it actually is. We expect 7-inch tablets to be used with only one hand, which is only possible with this one if the user has a rather large palm and hardy joints.
The resistive touchscreen display has an 800 x 480 pixel resolution and it functions well. Colder tones prevail and it does not provide a sense of supreme sharpness like capacitive touchscreens do, which is the drawback of all displays that come with a layer of plastic on the surface. Still, the height and width ratio is decent; even smaller fonts are legible on websites and documents.
Clearly, multi-touch is not supported on the resistive screen. However, it is possible to use a stylus (which is not included with the tablet) or a regular pen for touching the screen, not just your fingers. Reactions to touching are precise and fast, unlike the reactions to finger movements on the display (in case we wish to scroll a web page or flip through desktops). Furthermore, the feeling of drawing one’s finger across a plastic layer on the screen’s surface is highly unpleasant.
Three control keys are situated along the screen. It is typical for Android OS devices to come with four control keys, but Point of View has decided to omit the search button. In practice, I actually do not miss it, which makes this move a good one, given that it simplifies the already rather simple device.
A 600 MHz processor is sufficient for this tablet and I have not noticed any glitches while running applications. Even downloading and zooming web sites functions satisfyingly fast, but it is important to note that the tablet does not support Flash. This is also a reasonable call by Point of View — seeing how this is a cheap tablet and luxuries like Flash support cannot be expected.
I loved the fact that multimedia files run without glitching and that the tablet comes with 4GB of internal storage, enough to create a solid photo and music archive. Those who want to use the Mobii 7″ Tablet for viewing video files will have to expand the memory with microSD cards.