CrystalView E-Pad Touch 7” 720MHz Android Tablet Review

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Android tablets have become kind of joke really there are many cheap ones out there and they’re giving the decent ones a bad name. I feel if you’re going to devote time and resources to something, then your should build a quality product, get the correct licensing etc and make it something that people will actually want to own. The inexpensive on the market today are more just toys, they’re running old versions of Android and have limited functionality. Are the cheap ones even worth it? They can be worthwhile I think, something for kids to play with and enjoy. They’re basically just something to browse the internet and play games with. Today for review I’ve got the Crystalview E-Pad Touch 7” Android tablet. This tablet has a 720Mhz CPU in it and is running Android 2.1. Honestly it’s pretty bad, even for the low price that it’s selling for.

Info:

Product Name: CrystalView E-Pad Touch 720MHz 256MB 4GB 7″ Touchscreen Tablet Android 2.1 w/HDMI (Black/Silver)

Author: Kristofer Brozio

Provider: Geeks

Price: $154.99

Price: $289.98 (from Amazon at time of review)

The CrystalView E-Pad Touch touchscreen Android tablet features a vivid 7-inch TFT display and Google Android OS 2.1 pre-loaded, giving you a highly interactive and customizable couch companion that is also cost-effective. Breeze through emails and browse the web with the integrated IEEE 802.11 b/g wireless LAN connectivity.

The EP-4/4858 features a Telechips TCC8902 720 MHz processor and 256 MB of DDR2 RAM along with 4 GB of built-in storage, but you’re free to expand that storage capability with the built-in microSD/SDHC card slot. Slide a card in and enjoy photo slideshows, music playback, and even video playback! Browse the Android Apps Store and find thousands of apps that add additional functionality to this tablet!

This tablet includes an AC power adapter and the built-in lithium battery gives you hours of entertainment. The CrystalView E-Pad Touch 7-inch Touchscreen Android Tablet provides a cost-effective portable multimedia companion that’s ready to advance your digital life!

Features/Specifications:

General Features:
-Black face, silver back panel
-7-inch TFT touch panel
-800 x 480 resolution
-Google Android OS 2.1 pre-installed
-Telechips TCC8902 720 MHz processor
-256 MB DDR2 RAM
-4 GB internal memory
-microSD/SDHC card slot (128 MB to 32 GB)
-USB 2.0 interface
-Integrated IEEE 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
-Built-in speaker and microphone
-G-sensor function provides orientation sensing
-Supports txt and pdf eBooks
-Supports various audio/video formats
-Supports various photo formats
-Built-in rechargeable lithium battery
-Supports add-ons from Android Apps Store

Battery Specifications:
-Lithium rechargeable
-3400 mAh capacity

Physical Features:
-Menu, Home, Back buttons on face
-Volume + on side
-Volume – on side
-Microphone on front
-Power/Sleep on side
-DC 9V input on bottom
-USB port on bottom
-USB host port on bottom
-Mini HDMI output
-Card slot on bottom
-3.5 mm headphone jack

Installed Apps:
-Calendar
-Gmail
-Browser
-Maps
-Aldiko
-App Installer
-Calculator
-Clock
-Documents To Go
-Email
-File Explorer
-Facebook
-Gallery
-Music
-Settings
-Sound Recorder
-Talk
-Twitter
-Video
-YouTube

Supported Formats:
-eBook: TXT, PDF
-Video: MPEG4, 3GP, FLV
-Audio: MP3, WAV
-Photo: JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF

Unit Dimensions:
-7.99 x 5.2 x 0.47-inches (H x W x D)

 

Video Unboxing:

So here’s a video unboxing to get things started.

The watermark is for my other site, I thought I was going to put this over there but changed my mind.

 

The Review::

The packaging is actually nicely done, it’s attractive really.

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Once you get everything unpacked you’ll find the tablet, a basic user manual, power supply, earbuds, stylus and a microSD card to SD card adapter.  If you look at the tablet in the picture below you’ll see it looks like about 25% border and the rest screen.

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The E-pad touch is inexpensive so the build doesn’t exactly scream high quality. I do like the looks of it though, especially the little Android on the back. The issue I have with it is the actual build quality, it’s plastic and it feel very cheap. The top screen isn’t exactly fully attached, at some spots when you press down the screen moves down and makes a clicking sound.

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On the back you’ll see labels for the buttons and ports. On the bottom edge is two USB ports and there’s even and HDMI port. No USB cable is included so you’ll need your own mini-USB style cable.

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I did hook up the tablet to my HDTV via HDMI and it looks decent but there’s no sound over the cable so that’s rather pointless unless you hook up larger speakers via the audio jack on the tablet.

On the front you’ll find actual buttons for Home, Back and Menu, not touch sensitive like most Android devices.

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Let’s turn it on, this takes a while, a long while actually. You can put it down, go get something to drink and it might be booted, but probably not.

I didn’t want to take pictures of the screen so I had to search for USB drivers, it took a lot of searching but I found them and was eventually able to take actual screenshots.

Once up and running you’re greeted with the main screen. I added Task Killer and ES File Explorer but Calendar, Gmail, Browser and Maps were already there along with the Google search bar. On the top is the familiar task bar of course.

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Pressing the menu button bring up the menu, common stuff here.

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The taskbar is missing things like the ability to change brightness and turn wi-fi on and off.

 

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Pressing the tab on the right of the screen opens up your apps. A lot of these apps were added before I found the USB drivers to allow me to do screenshots.  I blacked out the ones that I installed. I know it’s not pretty but it beats doing a factory reset and starting all over.

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Included is also an App Installer where you can install the optional apps from, apparently they always stay on your tablet ready to go.  It also shows the things you’ve installed. Two of the things I didn’t install that come with the tablet are Facebook and Twitter.

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Apps Lib is the generic app store that comes with the tablet. It’s not bad I guess, but Amazon and the official Android Marketplace are much better of course.

 

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In addition to Gmail you can use the included email program, just configure it and you’re set.

 

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Here’s’ the Settings, common stuff here:

 

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Browsing is done over wi-fi, no flash since it’s only Android 2.1.

 

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The keyboard is basic, but it works for what you need to do, no real complaints here.

 

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The sound from the tablet isn’t bad at all, some things are low and some are high but I’ve come to discover that with any type of media. The speakers are tiny so don’t expect quality sound, but for a tablet they aren’t bad really. There’s a distinct lack of bass though. Listening to music is ok, but much better through a decent set of earbuds, the same with watching videos.

Watching videos on the tablet seems fine, as long as that’s all you’re doing, if you got anything else running in the background things tend to get choppy. You’re also pretty limited on what types of video files your can play.

The best, and most surprising part of this tablet is the screen. It’s supposed to be a resistive screen and it is, but it’s extremely responsive, it’s comparable to a capacitive screen honestly. I was truly amazed at just how sensitive it is, I didn’t think it was really a resistive screen. The actual picture isn’t bad either, yes it’s only 800 x 480, but it looks decent enough on a 7” screen and it’s nice and sharp. In bright light indoors the screen is fine, but it’s useless outdoors in the sun, it gets totally washed out.

Using it as an e-reader is ok, it can read regular text and PDF files natively.

The company I assume is called Crystalview is non-existent so I don’t foresee any upgrades at all for this tablet . At least I couldn’t find the company website anywhere at all. Good thing I didn’t need any kind of support?! No Android 2.2 in the future, which means no flash essentially and no way to move the apps to the external storage.

The battery life is very short, a little over an hour is what I got while playing games without wi-fi on. For just browsing the web with wi-fi I got about the same. I let my kids use this tablet, and they seem to enjoy it.

I ran across many games that don’t show correctly on the screen. Angry Birds for example shows most of it, but then a lot it is just white blocks.

Speaking of games and apps, the actual Android Marketplace is on the tablet, but you can’t download anything from it. You can browse and try to download but it fails every time. The work around is that I installed the Amazon Appstore since this tablet does let you sideload or install non-market apps and I can download and install from Amazon thankfully. You could of course use the included generic appstore but the selection is nothing like the official Android Marketplace of the Amazon Appstore.

 

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I also found that some games won’t even install, the larger games like Plants vs Zombies wouldn’t even install for me. That’s just to name one, I found many more like that, many that I thought really weren’t that large.

Playing basic games on it isn’t bad when they work. A lot of games that require the gyroscopic sensor don’t work correctly, but some work perfectly fine. For everything else the G-Sensor works well though.

 

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It’s only a 720mhz CPU and it should be fine for basic things and even light gaming, but the tablet can bog down at times slowing it to a crawl and becoming downright unresponsive. I pulled up the task manager only to find 15-20 apps running in the background for no apparent reason. I tried using a memory manager program to stop things from running, but it wouldn’t work to stop them from loading. Basically every 10 minutes or so you’ve got to open the task manager and kill off the running apps to make the tablet more responsive again.

 

Conclusion:

So will I keep it, yes I will for my kids. They can have fun and play with it all they want. They’re more than happy with it playing the basic games they can on it. For them it’s a great little toy.

As far as it actually being something I would carry with me all of the time, there’s no way I would. There’s just too many issues with it in terms of what it can do and what you can do with it.

The build quality is questionable, and the fact that support is non-existent is a major problem really. You’ll never be able to upgrade the tablet so you’re stuck with the limited memory it has on it and no way to move apps to the SD card no matter how large you have.

Even with its low price, it’s not really worth it I think. Maybe it is as a toy for kids or an introductory tablet.

 

PROS CONS
+Screen is just like capacitive, very responsive
+Small and lightweight
+Simple and easy to use
+Not a bad introductory and inexpensive tablet
+Ability to sideload
+HDMI out
-No official Android Marketplace
-Short battery life
-Can slow down a lot at times
-No support from company
-No upgrade to higher Android version in the future that I can see
-Loads a lot of apps in the background for some reason to slow down system
-Limited on what you can install
-Some games don’t show or work correctly
-Build quality is questionable

 

 

Scores:: 5 out of 10
Overall: score-5-10
Aesthetic: score-7-10
Value / Price: score-5-10
Build Quality: score-5-10
Usability: score-5-10

Disclosure:This product was given to Review the Tech for review by the company for review purposes only, and is not considered by us as payment for the review, we do not, and never will, accept payment from companies to review their products. This product may have also been bought by us for review purposes and does not influence the review.

  • Ginette

    I picked up this Crystalview android tablet ep-4/4858 at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut as a Free gift. So obviously for the price I can’t complain. I’ve also had the same issue with unsuccessful downloads and will try your suggestion and install the Amazon app store. I also agree about the battery life, I can only get about 1 hour & 10 minutes out of it. I found your review of this product to be very thorough and I’m thankful for the information.
    By the way, have you found a way to do a spellcheck on this tablet? LOL!
    Thanks again for your hard work to make others that are not so computer savy understand what you’re talking about.
    **** ~ I highly recommend this website to everyone! ~ ****

    Reviewthetech.com

  • http://www.reviewthetech.com Kristofer Brozio

    You’re welcome, I try my best!

    • Doug Smith

      That’s because you have done how many thousands of reviews? LOL Great job Kristofer!

    • Angie

      HI MY NAME IS ANGIE AND I AM THINKING OF BUYING MY KIDS A TABLET FOR CHRISTMAS, SO I WANT ONE THAT PLAYS MUSIC, YOU TUBE, THAT THEY CAN SURF THE WEB AND MAYBE PLAY GAMES IN THE DISNEY CHANNEL OR CARTOON NET. WEBSITES. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS?? WILL THIS ONE WORK?? THERES ALSO THE PANDIGITAL 7″ ANDROID 4GB TABLET?? PLEASE ANY SUGGESTIONS WILL TRULY BE HELPFUL!!!!! PS. I DONT WANT ANYTHING EXPENSIVE DUE TO THEIR AGE 8 AND 9. ONCE THEIR MORE RESPONSIBLE I CAN BUY THEM SOMETHING ELSE!! LOL

  • http://reviewthetech Billyboy

    I too won my crystalview tablet at foxwoods but it is really a piece of junk! I cant even turn it on anymore. If you have any tricks to get it running I would appreciate.
    Thanks

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  • S L Fox

    I too got my Crystalview tablet from Foxwoods and have had a very hard time doing anything with it, including keeping the screen “ON”. I would use this thing for simple word games while traveling if anyone can tell me how to get the thing to “wake up” long enough to follow simple instructions. Any info you can add to help would be much appreciated and thanks.

  • rodney

    Don,t buy it no customer support….

  • GHIs

    I got one, but the keyboard is just running me crasy, when you hit a key it’s the above one going on. I tried to set it up, but in vain. Any help!

  • C Brennan

    I just picked one up. It had the same keyboard disorientation. Select the grid icon on the right side of the desktop. Scroll and select touch calibration icon fo recalibrate the screen. Alternately go to settings then privacy and select factory reset. A screen calibration will begin on startup.

  • Michele

    Are you able to watch netflix? hulu? you tube?

  • Ginny

    Thanks for the review. I do wish this one came with a better user guide! How do you load photos or videos to the tablet? I tried, but can’t figure out where to put them. They either didn’t show up at all in the Gallery app, or didn’t display, even though they were in .jpg format.

  • Roberta Hudson

    I need to know how the heck to get the apps to insall here. I bought both my kids a tablet, tried even hooking up the ethernet from work to speed up the internet, and it will allow me to go online, but when i click on the apps or the slide market, it says, “internet connection not detected”. ?? any ideas or where i can go for assistance?

  • Dawn

    I got a tablet given to me but the power cord is missing can i charge it through the usb??

  • robert robinson

    I need to know how i can get intouch with crystal niew I’m have some problems with my tablet.

  • Bill

    Hi I bought the one with/out the HDMI or internal USB inputs.
    Mine is a EP-4/5522. It appears to work fine however I took some randome photos, & a couple of videos. I was able to delete the photos but I couldn’t delete the videos.
    I havent tried yet but I can drag them to the SD micro card that might work.
    Any suggestion would be apreciated. HELP!

    Bill

  • Sheila Campbell

    My screen is crack need to find someone to fix it

  • http://reviewthetech.com/2011/06/18/crystalview-e-pad-touch-7-** Carmen

    I read the comments from people who are frustrated with their Android Tablet and I had to write. I was one of them. I am still learning, but I have gotten past the biggest hurtle. First, I called customer service at: 1-866-815-4714 (Toll free Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM (CST).

    To me this tablet is not the most user-friendly thing I’ve encountered.

    To turn it on, you press the button on the right side (the only button on that side) unil CRYSTALVIEW comes up on the screen. Then, to the left of the volume button on the top left corner, you press it and it may take up to a minute or two, but you should seen some apps that are already on your tablet. If you have wi-fi connectivity, go to wi-fi settings, check wi-fi and network notification. It should connect for you unless you need to put in a password and then it will ask you for it.

    On the right side there is a globe then some smaller squares and a cube. If you tap the squares, your apps will come up. To download apps, you go to SlideMe App. Then have fun downloading stuff. Hope this information helps.

  • http://reviewthetech.com/2011/06/18/crystalview-e-pad-touch-7-** Carmen

    CORRECTION: The ON button is by itself on the LEFT side not right side and is opposite side of where you would connect the power cord and other accesories.

    And where you go to get your Apps is: SlideMe MARKET. There you get games, books, etc.

    Sorry for the misinformation earlier.

  • http://google Mary

    Would appreciate any info I could get from anyone who has had had the CrystalView XT 7′ Tablet. I recieved this along with the Emerson 4.3 Tablet, however I can not get either one of them to do any thing. I am just learning my way around a computer so is there a trick to these tablets? Do they only work with wi-fi and once I get wi-fi hooked up will I be able to get logged in and be able to get past the main screen? The only thing on teh main screen is gallery, camera, email, fb, and browse. Any input would help. Thank you in advance.

  • Theresa

    Forgot the password and can’t log in….. Is there anything I can do??

  • Theresa

    Oh an the model is CrystalView 740C

  • Abel

    I have a CrystalView Tablet model Ex-740c and its stuck on the android logo. I was wondering if you knew of where I can download the drivers for this tablet. It was a gift for my daughter and she has not been able to use it for a while now.