|Operating System||Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|Dimension (in)||4.8 x .45 x 7.5|
|Resolution (px)||600 x 1024|
Bluetooth v3.0; Wi-Fi/3G ; connectivity; Mini-SIM; Front- and rear-camera; Micro USB; MicroSD; accelerometer
|Battery Life||7 hrs|
Once the iPad was launched, it was followed by a whole host of imitators. The same has happened with the Google Nexus 7 – and here’s just one of those devices that has jumped on the bandwagon – the Vodafone Smart Tab II.
The Smart Tab 2 is built like it's ready for medieval war with its thick plastic dotted armour, which is encompassed by a metal outer-rim that, overall, weighs a ton. Well, not an actual ton, more like 400g, which is pretty hefty for a 7-inch "on-the-go" tablet.
The 7-inch screen has a so-so resolution of 1,024x600 pixels (165 ppi), so less than HD. It's not bad to look at, but there are better out there in this price range and it's a shame there doesn't seem to be any sort of oleophobic coating on it -- it soon greases up from contact with your fingers.
The Vodafone Smart Tab II is powered by a single core ARM Cortex A9 1GHz processor. This processor has access to 1GB of RAM while on-board memory is 4GB which fortunately can be expanded through the addition of a microSD card – just remember to turn off the tablet before inserting and removing the card. You should get a full day’s use with basic email and browser activity from the unit’s 3,550mAh built-in battery.
With the Smart Tab 2 priced around the same as the Google Nexus 7 (which has sold millions around the world), the Tab 2 was already facing a tough job of competing. Unfortunately the Smart Tab 2 failed to impress in nearly every area during testing.
By last year’s standards this wouldn’t be a bad budget tablet. It’s reasonably well built, runs a decent OS, and doesn’t have an awful or badly unresponsive screen. By this year’s standards, however, it’s only worth a look if you must have built-in 3G connectivity, or if the contract option makes sense for what you want to do.