Recently Gemini Devices, the budget tablet manufacture announced the release of a brand new tablet with a 7 inch screen, dubbed the Joytab Duo 3G,it only released a couple of months but still we have one here at TechNutty to review for you guys, so let gets started.
To start of I’m just going to go through some specs, during which time you should probably take note that this is aimed at the budget market, priced at £139.99 (the version without 3G is only £79.99), it’s not going to have the best specs in the world, that said however the HP Slate 7 is actually £20 cheaper with more impressive looks, specs and to boot, there a household name (granted that price is not with 3G).
Getting back onto the devices specs however, the Joytab Duo 7 has a Dual Core Cortex A9 processor, with 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 4GB of storage which can be expanded with a MicroSD up to 32GB in size. The display is sized is a 7 inch 5-point Multi-Touch Screen, with a 1024×600 pixel resolution.
The device also includes a built-in speaker, which if I’m honest isn’t all to great, another part where the HP Slate 7 tops it with Beats technology, alongside which, the tablet also includes a mic, 3.5mm stereo earphone jack and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, as well as Bluetooth, 3G and GPS.
There’s also a built-in G sensor that will sense when you rotate the tablet, and a 5800mAh battery, which didn’t last too long during my testing, and it was lucky if it even lasted for half a day let alone a full one, however I was using the tablet how I would normally, so for others it might last a bit longer.
On the back you will find a 2 megapixel camera and on the front there’s a second 0.3 megapixel camera, both however are probably not worth using and you probably never will, once you have a smartphone, a camera on a tablet seems a little pointless.
In terms of the OS, you get Google’s Android 4.0 mobile software, which is quite old, but Gemini Devices have said the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update will be coming soon.
The tablet is also quite small, sized at 190.2mm x 120.5mm x 11.5mm and weighing 276 grams, which is pretty light too.
In my personal view, the Joytab Duo 7 with 3G isn’t really worth the price when you look at some of its competitors, and like I mentioned earlier, the HP Slate 7 (without 3G) is actually £10 cheaper, I mean seriously the two cannot be compared, I’m sorry to say it but there’s no way I’m gonna lie to you either, in my opinion wait out for this tablet to get a bit cheaper, or pick up the much cheaper version of the device without 3G, as that’s only £79.99, a much more believable price, and to be honest, you won’t need the 3G connectivity all that much anyway (oh and the one without 3G has double the storage, weirdly at 8GB, although the battery is only 1800mAh).
I need to make myself clear however, I’m not saying this isn’t a perfectly fine tablet, it works well, and is sufficient enough for basic tasks, and even though it can’t do some of the things other tablets like the iPad can, it can certainly be a great option if you just want to watch the occasional YouTube video, check your e-mails, browse the web or even read a book on the train, however for the price, the 3G version is simply not worth it.
So if you’re reading Gemini Devices, lower the price of the 3G version for this tablet and it would be so much better, why should anyone pay double the price for 3G connectivity, and then get lower storage space than the version without it.
Disclosure: Gemini Devices did send us this tablet for review purposes.