Affordable ; Colorful shell; Helpful app launcher included
Low-resolution screen; No Google Play access; Glitchy camera; Poor battery life; Sluggish performance; Tinny audio
A sub-$100 price tag and colorful design don't provide a good enough reason to take a second look at the Visual Land Prestige 7L and its poor performance.
Price is important, but it's not the only factor that should matter when you're shopping for a tablet. The Visual Land Prestige 7L costs a very low $76, and for that price you get more storage space than your average budget slate (8GB versus your typical 4GB). However, the Prestige 7L's poor screen resolution, unimpressive performance and short battery life add up to a budget slate that should stay on the shelf.
With measurements of 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.4-inches, this 10.5-ounce tablet is nearly identical to the 7.5 x 4.4 x 0.5-inch Coby Kyros 7, which weighs 10.2 ounces. The Prestige is also very similar to the Hisense Sero 7 LT, which measures 7.9 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches, and the 7.6 x 4.6 x 0.4-inch D2 Pad 712. However, the Hisense weighs in at a heavier 11.6 ounces, and the D2 Pad weighs 11.2 ounces.
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Turning the Prestige 7L over, you're greeted by diagonal striations and white labels that correspond to all the ports and buttons along the edges. A single speaker sits on the top left and a reset button on the middle right.
Bucking the trend of including 4GB of onboard storage -- as is found in the Kryos 7, Pad 7 and Sero 7 LT -- the Visual Land Prestige 7L comes with 8GB of memory and 5GB of online storage through SugarSync. Plus, the 7L can accommodate a 32GB microSD card, making it a leader in storage space within the sub-$100 tablet market.
We found the capacitive touch screen on the Prestige 7L to be a bit sluggish, but more responsive than some of its competitors.
Using our light meter, we measured an average brightness on the Prestige 7L of 176 lux, which is only two points higher than the 174 registered by the Kyros 7. By comparison, the Pad 712 measured 253 and the Sero 7 LT notched 204 lux.
An HD Trailer of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" appeared fuzzy, with muted colors and grainy lines flowing through every scene. We wouldn't recommend using this tablet for video entertainment.
Since only one tiny speaker adorns the Prestige 7L, we didn't have high hopes for this tablet's audio quality. Listening to "Go Kindergarten" by The Lonely Island did nothing to change our mind. Not only did the little speaker not produce enough sound to fill a small room, but because of its placement, we often muffled the audio by accident. Overall, the sound was tinny and lacked depth.
Each home screen has its own related icon. For instance, little Game of Life-like people represent the Social page. When you swipe to any home screen, that specific icon is replaced with the All Apps icon of squares. Overall, we found the organization helpful and intuitive.
Beyond this, you'll still find the Back, Home and All Apps buttons along the bottom left of the screen. The status bar sits on the bottom right. From here you can see a clock, Wi-Fi status, battery levels and app update notifications. You can also access the settings.
Several widgets also come preinstalled on various home screens, including an Evernote task bar, a settings toolbar and a music player widget.
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On the games front, Visual Land preloads Scramble, Sprinkle, Angry Birds and Ninja Kaka. The 1Mobile Games Market can also help players find new games.
The specs are very nearly identical to those found on the D2 Pad 712 and the Coby Kyros 7. But the Hisense Sero 7 LT offers a faster 1.6-GHz CPU with 1GB of RAM.
In AnTuTu, a general benchmark, this tablet scored 3,722. While that's better than both the Kyros (3,362) and the D2 Pad (3,378), the score can't touch the Sero 7 LT's mark of 8,765.
With an An3DBench score of 6,624, which measures graphics performance, the Prestige 7L beats the D2 Pad (6,429). But the Kyros 7's score of 7,109 and the Sero 7 LT's 7,827 both come in higher. On Quadrant (which measures CPU, graphics and I/O performance) we saw a somewhat low score of 2,189, but one that beat both the D2 Pad (2,062) and the category average (1,998).
The typical tablet today lasts almost 7 hours on a charge. Visual Land claims you can expect "8 hours of continuous use" on the Prestige 7L. However, on our LAPTOP Battery Test, which tests continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi, this slate lasted a short 4 hours and 22 minutes. That's not as bad as the D2 Pad 712 (3:53), but not as good as the Coby Kyros 7 (6:41). It's pretty close to the Hisense Sero 7 LT's endurance score of 4:41.
|CPU||1-GHz ARM Cortex A8|
|Storage Drive Size||8GB|
|Storage Drive Type||Flash Memory|
|Front-Facing Camera Resolution||1.3MP|
|Card Reader Size||32GB|
|Warranty / Support|
|Size||7.5 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches|