March 1, 2015

Creative's 7-Inch Tablet Arrives with $250 Sticker Price

Creative’s 7-Inch Android 2.1-based tablet, the ZiiO, is now available for purchase, dropping itself right in the middle of the pack.  While it might not be as powerful and feature-rich as the Galaxy Tab, it’s definitely worth a little extra money over the likes of an Augen or Sylvania tablet.  The $250 price tag has our interest piqued, considering there are no contracts to deal with.

In terms of hardware, the ZiiO features a 7-inch screen running at 800×400 resolution, 8GB internal memory, a front-facing camera and support for Bluetooth and WiFi.  It remains to be seen how fast the Creative ZiiLABS ZMS-08 HD processor is but we don’t expect it to perform along the lines of a Hummingbird or Tegra 2.

Anyone considering asking Santa for a tablet like this?



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12 Comments

  1. James
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    Decent Android tablets so far seem to turn on only a few key issues:
    – Capacitive touchscreen or resistive (resistive=fail)
    – Android version
    – WiFi only or 3g+Wifi

    This article and the link don’t mention the first two at all. I think most Android enthusiasts could care less about resistive touchscreen devices or those using Android 2.0 or less.

    • DaveC
      Reply

      If you’re even thinking the least bit about buying this, then look at the Archos 70IT. It cost $25 more, running 2.2 on a capacitive screen. Android apps including market via a simple apk sideload. WAY MORE bang for the buck.

      • mike i
        Reply

        just got a Archos 70 for my wife, haven’t had a chance to load market on it. which apk did you use? She wanted a Kindle or a Nook and I saw this as a better alternative since the nook hacks weren’t ready yet.

        • DaveC
          Reply

          The gAppsInstaller_v4 from Kenyu73 on XDA.

          I found out about the Archos while researching the NookColor. That may still end up being a nice device to have if some decent custom ROMs are developed for it.

    • Ed
      Reply

      Blech? That makes this device more appealing to some.

      Say people who like precision? Or people in cold climates who might be wearing gloves?

      Both things capacitive fails at.

  2. Haggie
    Reply

    For another $50 bucks ($299 from BJ’s), I would go with the elocity A7 running 2.2 on a Tegra 2.

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