Freelander PX2 review – quad core, 3G, 7 inch tablet
The PX2 comes with a 3200mAh battery which is smaller than the batteries found in the Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire and the iPad mini. This means that battery life isn’t going to be in the 8 to 10 hour category. My testing has shown that the maximum usage you will get out of the PX2 is six hours from one charge.
I performed three different tests. The first was to watch an MP4 video film which was stored on the internal flash. With Wi-Fi on and the screen at half brightness you can watch about six hours of video. Switching to watching a streaming YouTube video that number drops to around 4.5 hours and using the “Guided Tour” mode in Epic Citadel I calculate that this tablet will handle about 3 hours of heavy 3D gaming.
The device comes with a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2MP front facing camera. The inclusion of a better-than-VGA camera on the front is a nice point for those who want to use the PX2 for video chats. The main camera takes reasonable pictures and the built-in camera app includes features like face detection, HDR, continuous shooting and panorama.
Here is a small selection of pictures taken with the PX2.
As mentioned above the PX2 can double as a phone. It contains two SIM slots and includes all the normal phone type software including a dialpad and SIM management (for choosing which SIM card should be used for 3G). While using the device as an actual phone is possible, it probably isn’t practical!
However for accessing 3G and sending text messages it works fine. However it is worth noting that the device only supports WCDMA on 2100MHz and on 850MHz. The first number is the ‘normal’ 3G frequency and should work in many places around the world, however a lot of carriers also use a secondary 3G network on a different frequency. In Asia and South America this is often 850MHz, while in Europe it is mainly 900MHz. You need to check what frequencies your carrier is using to ensure you get the best 3G connectivity from this tablet.
So how much does a quad-core seven inch tablet with 3G, GPS and up to six hours of batter life cost? Just $159.99. It can be bought from Chinavasion which ships worldwide but watch out for any import duties that might need to be paid on delivery.
Compared to a Nexus 7, this device is cheap and has quite a number of good features like the HDMI output and an SD card slot. However the competition is tough among tablet makers and if you catch the right offer a device like the Kindle Fire (or sometimes the Kindle Fire HD) can be bought for a similar price – but without the quad-core processor, GPS or 3G of course!