Quick Review: Alcatel One Touch Tab 7 HD

Alcatel recently has been stepping up its game by delivering quality Android devices to the market. Their current lineup looks solid especially their One Touch Idol handsets but slightly in the background might be another good find in the form of their One Touch Tab 7HD.

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From the name itself, you can safely guess that it’s a 7-inch tablet with an HD display. Looking at the front, it doesn’t look that appealing with its well-rounded corners and thick bezels. It just look like any other cheap China tablets out there.

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However, flipping it on its back you will be greeted by a pleasant smooth matte finish with a glossy portion on top to house the camera. This alone immediately added class to this device in my opinion. Nice design that you don’t want to hide with a case.

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Looking at the ports and buttons, there’s the tiny Power button on the right side beside the volume rocker. While on top you’ll find the microUSB port and the 3.5mm audio jack. That’s it basically.

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You might be wondering, is there a microSD slot? Yes there is. It’s located underneath the glossy plastic covering of the 2-megapixel rear camera at the back. Peel it off to see the microSD slot. Sadly, it would be nice if this phone has a microHDMI port so you can project contents to a larger screen.

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Turning it on you will appreciate the beauty of its 1280 x 800 IPS display giving you a somewhat decent 216 ppi pixel density. That’s more than the iPad mini and same as the Google Nexus 7. Although the display is not too bright, the screen looks sharp enough from a comfortable viewing distance and you also get some nice viewing angles with it.

Powering this device is a relatively unknown chip called the Rockchip RK3066 which has a 1.6GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor and a Mali 400 MP4 GPU. For comparison, that Mali 400 MP4 GPU is also being used by Samsung’s Exynos 4 SOC which in turn is being used by the Galaxy S II and the first Galaxy Note. This WiFi-only device is also equipped with 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage.

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The One Touch Tab 7HD runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which seemed to be unaltered as you can find other Google apps that are not available in our region such as Play Books, Play Music, Play Magazines, and Play Movies & TV.

There’s a 2-megapixel camera at the back which you probably won’t use much as the quality is not that fabulous and focusing is a bit slow. Still, it’s there when you need it. A VGA front cam lies on the front so it’s possible for you to video chat with this tablet.

There’s a 3300mAh battery giving life to this tablet which is a bit sub-par considering most 7-inch tablets have at least 4000mAh battery intsalled. Using it with WiFi always on, random surfing, a few YouTube videos here and there, and downloading apps,  I was able to get about 4-6 hours from it which is so-so for a WiFi-only tablet.

Verdict

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The Alcatel One Touch Tab 7HD is a solid WiFi-only tablet for its price of Php7,490. Design is simple yet classy (I’m talking about the back) and the display is something you would appreciate for the price you paid it for. It’s direct competitor would probably be Starmobile’s Engage 7HD which costs just a little bit higher but with an HDMI and a 4000mAh battery. But if you’re after simplicity in design on an affordable package, the Alcatel One touch Tab 7HD should be considered.

Alcatel One Touch Tab 7HD Specs:
7-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 capacitive touchscreen IPS display
1.6GHz dual-core Rockchip RK3066 Cortex A9 processor
Mali 400 MP4 GPU
1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot
2-megapixel rear camera
0.3-megapixel front camrea
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Bluetooth 2.0
3300mAh Li-ion battery
191 x 125 x 9.1 mm
350g
SRP: Php7,490

55 Comments

  1. zhonghua /

    Hi, it is otg support? and saan available nito? thanks

  2. Robin /

    I would think the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bold would be also be a competitor.

    • the fusion bolt is a quad-core tablet that costs only 4k. it’s in a different league. :D

      • FuBo is full of lag,do not even consider to buy it, you’ll just waste your money.

        • danmd5 /

          I don’t think so, i have my fusion bolt and it’s still doing well. It’s functionality works well with my needs, i consider it a good buy.

          • john1120 /

            there are so many bad reviews out there for Fusion Bolt. Mostly about the device not turning on just after A FEW DAYS! Cherry Mobile’s Warranty sucks big time as well.

            How is your Fusion Bolt after 3 months? Can you still say that its doing okay?

  3. Griswold /

    sir ito or fusion bolt? anong pipiliin niyo?

  4. zhonghua /

    reup question, does it support usb otg? thanks

    • will check tonight.

      • zhonghua /

        hi, how was it? does it supports otg? thanks

        • zhonghua /

          Up ko lang.. available nationwide?
          Have test it with usb otg? Thanks

      • yes it supports OTG! :)

        • zhonghua /

          Any otg cable? I have one from cd.r king..
          I have seen this. Its seems that I’m the first to open and handle this device here in our city.. hehe I think they reserve it as a demo unit. I didn’t buy the unit yet.

          Do you recommend it than the other same spec tab here in the Philippines?

          Thanks btw, Sir Calvin

  5. james tan /

    lol..cherrymobile tablet batt. doesnt last long coz it was rebranded cheap china tablet.even its parts is sub standard.

  6. rxceeds /

    can i download ms office ?

  7. BroMark /

    available na po ba ito nationwide?? saan po kaya makakabili nito eto na po kasi yung bibilhin ko :) TIA

  8. briggs hernandez /

    meron ako nitong alcatel 7hd tablet kaso ang battery life nya ay 1 day lng , minsan wala pa, is it normal? mga 30 minutes ko lng cya nagagamit sa isang araw

    • its normal kc khit skin mga 1hr lng aq nkkpaglaro meron din kc cases n dhil s app kya mdli maubos ung battery..

  9. Michelle /

    Hi just got one, cud someone tel me how to switch from front to rear camera? i cant make the rear camera work. yung front camera lang nagagamit inverted pa ang kuha. Plsss. tenks

    • makikita mo yun malapit s may zoom

      • Anu pro itsura nung button? Inverted din young sakin. I can’t see where to fix it. I tried the settings but there is no option for that.

  10. Theo /

    Just wanna ask why I can’t download Instagram in this tab?? I’m getting an error says “Your device isn’t compatible with this version” that’s coming from Google Play Store’s Instagram.

    • you can actually i have that app

      • bernadeth /

        how can i download the instagram app on this tab hd ?? nang nabili ko po ito me inilagay na po na mga apps ang saleslady especially instagram pero di po gumagana ?? di daw po updated ang app . nagtry akong i-update sa google playstore ayaw po ? ;(

    • Hi. Im getting the same error too. And i also have the alcatel t7. Maybe the app is updated or something.

    • Just like the city ville app i have before. I was able to download it on my android phone but when I deleted it and re download theres an error saying your device isnt compatible with this version. Im trying to find a lower version of .apk for instagram and see if it will work but still cant find any.hmpf please help.

      Try to delete your current instagram and download again youll see what I mean. :-)

      • carl esteban /

        Sir why camera 360 is not compatible with this device? can i stiil download it? where?

  11. starmobile tablets have good performance but after 1 or 2 months the tablet always hang i cant even use the camera then apps uninstall by itself

  12. i have the same unit, is anybody having problems with their SD Card slot? like getting a notice that “SD Card unexpectedly unmounted” then suddenly it will say “SD card mounted” I already tried different SD Cards, from 2GB, 4GB, 16GB and 32GB and i always get notified about my SD getting unmounted and mounted. I already tried the SD cards on other devices and they work fine, i don’t get notified about ‘em. Also had my 1st OT 7HD unit replaced, but the replacement still has the same issue, so i’m wondering if everyone who owns the OT 7HD experiencing the same issue or is it just me? should i bring it back again to sun shop for another replacement?

    • I have the same problem, pero ung sakin di ko na binalik kasi wala akong time, pero sobrang hassle. lalo na pag malaki ung SD card mo, naghahanap parin ako ng solution till now.

    • same problem here. but never notice any sd card has been unmounted behavior. mine always notifies its not really a problem but its annoying. i never tried formatting the sd card yet via the tablet. maybe that will solve the problem.

    • Ganun talaga ung problem nung tablet, it always unmount and mount the sd card

  13. ehmie cadano /

    Can i download instagram and camera 360 in my alcatel one touch tab 7hd?

  14. Pls help me in opening the unit. I don’t know how…

  15. Jonathan /

    Hi. I have a problem with my alcatel tab7hd. I was forgot the password so I unable to use the tablet. Could you help me of what should I do? I do not know how do the factory reset. thanks and advance.

  16. tanung ko lang po.. pano po ba.maka connect sa sun broadband this device? thanks

  17. Maecie /

    Is it possible na mapalitan yung back case nito? Nagkaroon kasi ng gasgas dahil nahulog. Pwede kaya mapalitan?

  18. maica cabalic /

    i need your help po, i need to fix my password. nakalimutan ko po, please reply ’cause kailangan na kailangan ko po siya para sa project ko tom. morning

  19. MICHAEL /

    PANO PO GAMITIN ANG SKYPE D2?

  20. pierreanime /

    Hi guys. Im planning to buy this one. Is this good for gaming purposes? Games like LINE: I Love Coffee or Zenonia series ? Please send me reply soon! Thanks!

  21. sir bakit po mahirap siya maka connect sa pocket wifi??
    SUN BROADBAND PO GAMIT KO

  22. HELP NAMAN PO SIR..
    THANKS

  23. hi…may ganyan po akong kind ng alcatel…pero po madalas siyang naghahang…ano po bang pwede kong gawin? help po please.

  24. hi, meron po ako alcatel nto. gusto ko lang po magtanong kc problem ng unit ko ung wifi button pg iturn on nmin mg off agad. pls help pno ggwin? nireset ko na gnon pa rin eh. please help…

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