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Axtrom Axpad v1 7″ Tablet Review

By on October 14, 2012
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An affordable 7″ tablet that holds its own.

Good: 3G support, included carry case, affordable
Bad: Slightly unresponsive at times, speaker placement could have been better
Price: AED 399
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Benchmarks and Performance

The Axpad was able to handle most of the basic benchmarks, but as with other lower-specced Android devices, it stuttered during the 3D-intensive tests. Both Angry Birds and Temple Run ran without issues, but Fruit Ninja had its fair share of slowdowns when there were a lot of items on screen.

Because it doesn’t necessarily have the most amazing specifications, there will be times when the Axpad falters just a little bit. It could be when you’re trying to type something in the web browser, or using Google voice commands, or just rotating the tablet around to view a video in full screen. The Axpad also had a few issues rendering some web sites with a few Flash banners on it, but had no problems quickly zooming in and out of webpages.

UI and Apps

The UI on the Axpad is the stock Ice Cream Sandwich one, so you get the general Google apps as well as apps such as Skype and QuickOffice. There are also widgets for weather, news, Twitter, and many more, though I found that placing too many widgets on the main screen caused a delay when rotating the screen around.

Screen and Camera

The 7” capacitive screen has a resolution of 800×480, and is comfortable enough to watch video on and maybe read an eBook or two. Colors do at times appear a bit faded depending on the quality of what you’re viewing (either video or photos), but again given the low price point and specifications of the Axpad, you can’t expect much better.

The camera on the Axpad is a front-facing one only, so you’ll only be able to use it for apps like Skype, or for taking group photos by awkwardly holding the tablet at arm’s length. You don’t have any options or control over the image settings, apart from switching between photo, video, and panorama modes. Given the low resolution of the camera, photos do have a considerable amount of noise added to them, so it’s best just using the camera for video chats.

Sound & Battery Life

Audio on the Axpad is courtesy of the small speaker at the back of the device. The audio produced by this speaker is quite loud, though if you lay the tablet on a table or flat surface, the audio is immediately muffled, so it’s best to prop the tablet up if you’re watching video content or listening to music.

Battery life on the Axpad was acceptable, with the tablet lasting about two days on a full charge with emails on sync, a few gaming sessions, and Wi-fi always on. The tablet did get a bit warm to touch after some continuous use, but not too uncomfortable to keep holding it.

Conclusion

It’s easy to look at the Axtrom Axpad V1 and dismiss it for more powerful and faster tablets on the market. But while the Axpad may not blow you away with its performance, its comfortable price point means that people can afford to buy it and enjoy a tablet experience for the very first time. Yes, the build quality could have been sleeker and less plastic, or the screen could have been more responsive, but all of these additions would most certainly make the Axpad more expensive. The Axpad comfortably sits in the realm of affordability and performance, where you get pretty much what you pay for. It’s great for running most of the popular Android games, watching videos or listening to music – it might not be the snappiest tablet around, but it’s an honorable effort at producing a tablet that is both affordable and accessible to new users.

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A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

Comments
  • lahiani

    Only 1.2 ghz mono core (after test)

    • fajis

      how this one ?

      • lood abbuo

        its a axpad hanged but mine too is hanged by an android chocol8te and its like a water tapping what an another answer can i do ?plzzzzzzzzzzz….help me!!answer & like my help

  • lahiani

    i owned this tablet 1 week a go ,it’s mentioned in the box 1.5GHz Multi Core .
    after benchmarking this device, its only 1.2 ghz mono core .

    • Amir

      heloo there
      hows the GPU?
      is it mali400?

      • AXTROM Support

        Yes, it’s based on Mali 400 GPU

    • MHY

      The V1 model is just 1.5 ghz dual core, other models are 1.2 ghz single core

    • http://www.facebook.com/mido.desent Mido Lamborghini

      wat do u mean (mono core) single ??

  • amir

    my tab is just 3 days old. UNRESPONSIVE. if you wan to buy this kind forget it-

  • moro

    it hanged all the time

    • greg

      i think u need to update. my axpad tablet can even install 3d games after rooting. games like fifa12, need for speed, nba2k13, spiderman, nova, and manymore. even you can save data in your extd car so all of these games can be played in the tablet anytime….w/o hang.

      • nhellv29

        are you successfully rooted your axpad v1?

      • snow

        wat should i update?

  • Huassain Ahamad

    i just buyed it yesterday for my daughter

  • ricel ivy

    hi ,. how can i download movies and songs on ax pad?? thanks

    • Nick Rego

      Hi – just plug in the axpad into your computer via a mini-USB cable, and it will appear in ‘My Computer’ as a disk drive. Just drag and drop media content onto the drive and you’ll be able to play it once you disconnect it from your PC.

  • anthony

    how to fix my axpad v1 axtron no display or how to format

    • AXTROM Support

      Please return it to the show where you bought it for warranty.

  • mohammad alraie

    Do you support the Arabic language???/ i need help

  • franz

    Help pls.. icant access my google play. When I enter my email and password it always said that “it can’t establish a reliable connection to the server” even though I’m connected by a wifi connection… help pls…

  • tamer

    i cant load any app from the market , if any one could , pls. tell me how you did it

  • pikot

    Is this tab applicable for video calling?why is it not compatible with some application like yahoo messenger plug in?even in skype?its just for call,not supported by video calling….any application you can refer guyz?thanks

    • Rhym Manolitz Setienta

      You should download skype with video call not the already install

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharjeel.muzaffar.3 Sharjeel Muzaffar

    help me my axpad gets stucked every time when i play some games

  • cvbhossain

    i bought few months ago worth for its money

  • rajesh

    how can i move an installed game to the sd card and make the settings for all future installations directly to the sd card?

    • axpad_user

      Axpad 7I01 has the option to transfer all games/apps data into your external SD card that you cannot find this option on most of the tablets in the market. basically with this option you can switch the internal memory to SD card & make the memory space more (up to 32GB). Just go to “settings – Storage , click default reading/writing storage , then click SD Card. then Reboot.

  • jayaselvan

    Hi i want watch HD movie from einthusan site. But this is not supporting
    Any body help me what to do

  • Behzad

    Is this tablet connected to the video projector by wifi…???

  • eldrian

    Does it have camera at the back ?

  • thulfy

    Cant listening my vedio sound,skype -call sound

  • SHAHEER

    bad lines on the screen the back cover came out and small speakers

  • HeinZ

    Help please.. im just using a mouse because the screen don not response when I touch the screen.. please who can help..

  • M.osama

    It is very good tablet with this price ( No game can’t be opened until now ) with good performance

    • asem

      لو سمحت ممكن اعرف المشكله معاك ؟
      can i know the problem with you ???

  • shernas

    i want axtrom 7 series charger…where will be buying that?pls inform me

  • snow

    even i have the same problem…. my google play says that there is some error… can someone tell me in detail wat 2 do?

  • muntazir

    i have forgot my pin so i need to factory reset.

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