Just when the Android tablet fire starts burning hot, along comes something like the Huawei Ideos S7 Slim tablet to throw water on the flames. It just wouldn’t be a mobile conference without a sea of low-quality, shoddy Android slates, and the S7 doesn’t disappoint in that area.
Alright, alright. Maybe I am being harsh, but after seeing superior products like the LG Optimus Pad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Motorola XOOM it’s kind of unfair to stick the Ideos S7 in front of me and expect praise and roses. What you see is what you get: a 7-inch Android 2.1 tablet with a questionable custom UI and specs you might not even waste the breath on. Sure, Huawei will win some battles in the trenches when it comes to price point, we’ll give them that. This is a much better experience than most other tablets of its class.
But we would have been more interested to see the beefed up (though smaller in screen size) S7 Pro with Android 2.3 in working condition. Or maybe the prototype Honeycomb tablet the company has little more than the shell of on display. They say it will be dual-core, but we won’t see it until early 2012 at that. Until then we live with the Ideos S7 Slim.