The Ellipsis 7 Tablet from Verizon Wireless is a great example of why you should research a major purchase before making any decisions. There will always be pros and cons to a gadget. Always. Without pros and cons, we would be left with companies creating gadgets with one person in mind. And that one person would probably be a millennial male who is tech savvy.
I don’t know about you but I am very much a female.
Quick Ellipsis 7 Tablet Video
Don’t you love how Michael’s personality is starting to come out on camera? I do because he is a side splitter in real life!
PS- You guys know this isn’t sponsored, right? Verizon sends us gadgets to play with and we send them back after a month of use. Our job is to simply report our findings to the interwebz!
We will start off with the important things, like the camera.
Please do NOT use a tablet to take pictures unless you are still rocking out an ancient beast of a cellphone. Just no. The Ellipsis 7 has a 3.2 MP rear-facing camera and a VGA front-facing camera, so not good. The only time this might be a thing is if you are using your tablet to participate in a video conference. I mean, I guess you might need to do a video conference with a tablet, but you better have a way to keep the attendees from getting motion sickness.
Are you wondering what Michael thinks?
Its 1.2Ghz quad core processor works well for internet usage and limited apps. It is running a stable version of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) which makes it perform adequately. It is still a very beige device in an overcrowded marketplace of tablets.
The lack of 2G/3G is a big disappointment for someone who travels, but if the majority of your usage is either in 4G areas or places with Wi-Fi, this could be the tablet for you. UPDATE as of 6/6/2014: Verizon is now offering it free with contract, so you could add it on to your Share Everything plan for just $10 per month.
Now, don’t start thinking we are dogging on the Ellipsis 7 like a lot of other tech sites out there because we aren’t. Well, Michael is one of the millennial males I mentioned earlier, so yes, he wasn’t impressed with this tablet. I, being the main user during our review period, thought it got the job done.
And if you follow me at all you know I recently traveled to Arkansas for SoFabCon. What you don’t know is that Verizon picked this specific tablet for me to test out because I was traveling. I know Michael mentioned the lack of 2G and 3G, but since I was in a 4G area, the connectivity actually ended up being a lifesaver. Again, pros and cons.
A lot of reviewers are also critiquing the dismal design and thick bezel. Listen here… I have a hammer thumb and enjoyed taking notes in my lap without my thumb touching the screen. So, I encourage you to think about the why behind your desire to own a tablet. What specifically is important to you? Connectivity? Sleek design? Latest technology? You decide.