When you get past the weird naming scheme – like seriously, why 7D? – you will be rather impressed by what you get from a sub 10,000 shillings tablet. It is not the best of the best, but from all the entry-level tablets I have interacted with, the DroiPad 7D is the first one that I have not felt like throwing against the wall a few minutes after usage.
What’s in the box
The DroiPad 7D comes with in a white box, with the standard stuff inside:
- Tecno DroiPad 7D
- 1 Silicon case
- 1 Wall adapter
- 1 USB Cable
- Warranty and User Guide booklet
There were no earphones within the box, however the device does come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, just in case you were wondering.
The Good So Far…
After about 48 hours with the DroiPad 7D, I have managed to form some sort of attachment to it, unlike every other tablet that I come across.
My absolute positive impression of this tablet is its software (by now you should have known that I am obsessed with a great software experience). There’s no HiOS here folks, no unecessary UI changes, just clean good-looking vanilla android. The DroiPad 7D runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and apart from the few pre-installed apps by Tecno that you might or might not want to keep, everything else is loveable.
Second was that Kevlar back. Damn!
Third is Kids Zone. Kids Zone is one of the things I was looking forward to trying out, since I did not understand why Tecno was making such a big fuss about it but guess what, here’s some more fuss. Kids Zone is why you want to buy this tablet. With Kids Zone, you are able to control which apps your kids can get access to and it even changes the UI to look kiddish (you even get a new lock screen with it) – more of this in the review.
The best part about Kids Zone is that you can set how long your kids can use the tablet and how long they should be locked out for, before being able to use it again. This is gold for the controlling parents among you.
The Not So Good…
Tecno claims that you can use the DroiPad 7D as an entertainment device at home. Well, with that display, no thank you. I tried to watch Big Bang Theory on ShowMax and the quality of the video did not impress me at all. I went ahead and tried YouTube, the maximum resolution available was 480p, not surprising since the 7-inch IPS display’s resolution is 600*1024. The resolution is just good enough for light gaming but for watching videos, you won’t be pleased.
Battery life has been disappointing as well. I have played a few games and watched videos for a few hours and the device is already demanding to be charged. The 3000mAh battery was a bad call but they had to keep that price low, right? In other words, you and the charger need to be best friends.
Anyway, this isn’t the full review, just my initial thoughts on the Tecno DroiPad 7D and despite having a lot of questionable specs, it’s still one of the best tablets at this price point. Full specs here.