As the absolute Android aficionado you so clearly are, you can’t have failed to have noticed that there’s a wealth of 7-inch Android tablets loose on the market these days. From the Google Nexus and names you’ll know like, Acer, Samsung and Polaroid to those that you might not be so familiar with, such as NOOK, Prestigio and Versus, the choice in 7-inchers is as vast as the price range gamut that they run.
Of course, in this life you tend to get what you pay for in terms of performance and, the lower down that range, the lower spec and speed you can expect; well, in most cases. For this, fortuitous eye-user, is the SurfTab Breeze from the stereotypical sticklers for efficiency Germans at TrekStor and, going off the two week testing period we’ve just put it through, it seriously bucks that trend.
Okay, aesthetically it looks pretty much like all others of its ilk: black, minimalist and as individual as a member of a Cowell/Walsh-manufactured boy band, but that’s before you switch it on, which is when things pick up apace.
Spec-wise the SurfTab comes packing a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor, a 400MHz Mali 400 MP GPU (4-Cores), runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradable), features 512MB RAM, a 5-point multitouch capacitive touch-screen (800×480; 16:9), a 3-megapixel front facing camera for Skype, comes with all standard flavours of Wi-Fi, includes the usual suspects of G-sensor, speaker and microphone, and offers an array of interface options including USB-Host, Micro-USB, stereo audio out, and a microSD/microSDHC card slot for expansion up to 32GB.
All of which may seem largely standard, but in operation the Breeze rips through operations like a greased Usain Bolt, opening, running and closing apps with no discernable delay – something I’ve rarely encountered when reviewing other options within the SurfTab’s price range. Speaking of which – just £80; making it all the more remarkable.
Lightweight at 337g, solidly built and just sylphlike enough to fit comfortably in my man-hand, the SurfTab Breeze is a seriously impressive bit of kit that belies its price tag and offers both impressive performance and absolute entry level value for money.
And what’s more you can snap one up for just £70 from Amazon right now if you move quickly… Quickly!