If you’re looking for a 7-inch tablet but still can’t afford the likes of the $200 Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD, perhaps the new MSI Enjoy 71 might pique your interest. While there is no official release date in the U.S. yet, this tablet is slated to sell for about $172 in Taiwan where it was first introduced.
Don’t let the low price fool you. Powered by a 1.5-GHz dual-core Amlogic AML8726-MX processor and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the Enjoy 71 still packs enough punch. At 10.5 ounces, it is even lighter than the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD, which weigh 12.2 ounces and 13.9 ounces, respectively. And unlike the plasticky exterior of the latter devices, MSI’s offering uses a metallic enclosure that should improve the build quality as well as the feel when holding it in your hands. Handling the graphics department is a Mali-400 GPU.
The tablet only allows 8GB worth of files in its internal storage, but it can reach up to 32GB thanks to its microSD card expansion. Other specifications include a 7-inch IPS display that sports a 1024 x 600 resolution, 2.0MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera, mini-HDMI and micro-USB connectivity, and 1GB memory. The battery capacity is 3200mAh and supports charging via the micro-USB.
Truth be told, only the somewhat outdated Android operating system seems to be the unsatisfactory feature for a tablet set at this price point.
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The price difference does not merit not going for a Nexus 7, that not only will get more and aster updates, but also packs more pixels (The nexus 7 packs 1024000 pixels, while this thing packs 614400 pixels), more horsepower (though that is debatable, as benchmarks should always taken with a grain of salt), and more importantly, more internal storage (mind you, this comes with an expansion slot, but microSD cards, while cheap, are not free, and while their price is less than the difference in prices with the Nexus 7).
This tablet should be compared to the new Kindle Fire (not the Kindle Fire HD) as it mostly matches the specs. Same resolution, similar horsepower, same storage, and guess what? It’s $20 cheaper. Cons to the Kindle Fire are no access to the Play Store (can be solved through hacking, but it’s still an issue, specially for those that are not very tech literate) and no microSD card. Is $20 bucks worth it for those spec differences? Maybe, but if you’re really looking for a budget tablet, the Kindle Fire still offers more value.
7 inch again, when will they stop making this useless size? We saw it already looooong ago with Galaxy Tab 7.7 that lightly bigger make it twice as good. And anything below HD resolution is a waste, yes it should be cheap then, cheaper than this. At least Nexus 7 has OK resolution despite of being pretty useless still.
I dunno about you, but from what I’ve read the 7 inch screen size is one of the most popular right now. As for the resolution, which is WSVGA by the way, it’s not horrible.
My B&N Nook Color has the same resolution and text looks crisp and the IPS display makes colors look vibrant. It’s no WXGA resolution like on my N7, but it’s certainly not bad at all. You do realize the higher the resolution, the beefier the hardware you need to push those pixels. That is not likely to be something you’ll see in a budget tablet.
ainol novo 7 fire is far much better than this one still at lower price, ainol has also higher screen resolution and IPS pannel manufactured by LG. :-)
3200MAh is kind of small. My B&N Nook Color has a 4000MAh battery and it uses a 7 inch IPS screen too.
I know it has older internals, but the screen is what does most of the battery draining anyway and they’re comparable. Meh.
I’d been pondering ordering a Kindle Fire for a while. I read plenty of reviews and this one was useful http://search4reviews.net/ , I got my package last month and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure: