The Good: Hisense Sero 7 LT :acquires Mini-HDMI port, competitive price tag of $99 and expandable storage.
The Bad: Sero 7 LT tends to have inconsistently responsive, low-resolution touch screen as well as low storage capacity internally, lacks GPS and Bluetooth capabilities and also restarts unexpectedly.
The Bottom Line: Hisense Sero 7 LT is not worth the money — skip this and then for the improved and robust counterpart, Pro, instead.
|OS||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean|
|Flash Memory||4 GB|
|Processor Clock Speed||1.6 GHz|
|Display Resolution||1024 x 600|
The price tag of $99 gets one pretty excited. Along with this, the Sero 7 Lite or LT was considered to have potential of more affordable and reliable device.
But performance takes a nosedive with price. Not only does it restart randomly, it has screen which is slow to respond and it can simply download a good game.
It is 0.41 inch thick, weighs 0.78 pound and is remarkably lighter and slimmer than Pro. And, though it does opt for plastic smooth backing rather than Pro’s rubberlike and dimpled texture, its quality of build feels less sturdy and durable.
Its top edge has all ports: port for Micro-USB, headphone jack of 3.5mm, port for Mini-HDMI as well as exposed card slot for microSD. On left edge, one would get small power/sleep button as well as volume rocker.
In corner at top-left, above display, there is 0.3mp camera. There isn’t any camera facing the rear. However, one would find narrow slit at bottom of back panel that is for audio speaker.
The device feels as if it is worth $100. Being lighter and thinner usually scores much higher for design, but still Lite feels quite toylike and cheap.
The Software Features:
The tablet does run Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean’s skinless version. This mean that you wouldn’t automatically have the things as gesture typing and widgets of lock screen like one does on Pro. As one Android device, this does come with all the standard apps of Google, as the Gmail, Chrome, Google Play, YouTube and Messenger.
Some few of extra goodies are 2 retail apps that are for Walmart and Sam’s Club; Pandora and music-streaming; Kingsoft Office, one productivity app and mobile suit; TV Remote that transforms the tablet into remote when it is linked to any TV.
There is also an app called the Vudu Movies and TV. One could rent the HD movies, view trailers or watch any TV shows without subscription every month.
Hisense Sero 7 LT has a processor of 1.3GHz dual-core and battery of 3,400mAh. One also gets Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and RAM of 1GB. The listed internal storage amount is ROM’s 4GB.
Indeed, Pro has the “8GB” internal memory, though the unit tested really gave only 4.84GB available space. Amount of the available space with Lite, however, tends to be meager 565MB out of box, plus the NAND 1.36GB built-in flash memory. This was not even adequate for installing NOVA. 3.
It does not have any GPS capabilities as well as NFC like Pro but it is also quite important to notice that Sero7 LT does not have any Bluetooth, either, that’s usually included in even simplest gadgets.
Display of device has a resolution of 1,024×600-pixel. Screen also acquires narrow angle for viewing; it would tend to appear black only because it happened to be tilted at slight angle. Looking at this device outdoors in the sunlight was pretty difficult. One would also see much color banding concerning images which contain the color gradients.
Touch screen is quite unresponsive and inaccurate at times. Taps which require much precision take longer. It takes many attempts only for launching any app or toggling off any switch.
Simple tasks could be executed by dual-core 1.6GHz processor easily though a lag is felt. Elements on home screen such as apps and widgets would not finish disappearing at time before opening of app drawer, resulting in layering effect. Some larger games like NOVA3 cannot be downloaded as it is 1.87GB app but even with inserting microSD card of 4GB, it couldn’t be downloaded.
Device just performed averagely for the 3DMark scores.
As could be expected, 0.3-mp camera that is front-facing tends to be mediocre. Though the camera operated smoothly, the objects in the photos get out of the focus and have blurred outlines with the colors muted and washed out.
Though Sero 7 only has one speaker at rear instead of 2 as in Pro, the quality of audio is diminished. There is little or no bass, the sounds are tinny and hollow, and the maximum volume is quite low too.
Battery of Lite of 3,400mAh yields 6.2 hours while the drain test of battery was done. Anecdotally, it’d not last one day without minimum one charge. Rather, symbol of regular battery would stay, in spite of fact that this device indeed was plugged in as well as charging.
For those on budget, there would be much sacrifice to be made in terms of expectations here with no new Android version, not a great camera or movies that play in a great way.
Though Sero 7 Pro tends to be slightly expensive and is not the best available tablet on market, it does perform more smoothly, reliably, and faster compared to the Lite.