Vodafone Tab Prime 7 – Camera
The Tab Prime 7 has a 5-megapixel camera at the rear, and a 2-megapixel front-facing unit. The main camera is fine for the odd snap around the house, but you won’t be ditching your smartphone in favour of it. The camera modes include HDR and panorama, and you can flit between manual and autofocus.
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The front-facing camera is fine for selfies and Skyping. Flipping the tablet to portrait mode is best in both cases; otherwise, your face gets lost somewhere over to the right-hand side of the super-wide screen.
Vodafone Tab Prime 7 – Battery Life
Vodafone appears reluctant to put an exact figure on what it describes as the Tab Prime 7’s “extra long-life battery”, which is weird considering the 5,830mAh Li-Po battery is one of the tablet’s best features.
I played MMX Hill Climb for 20 minutes with maximum brightness and the volume on full whack, and it sapped only 9% of the battery. Streaming Netflix for just over two hours with the brightness at around 80% consumed only 23%. Based on those figures,the Tab Prime 7 should easily see you through eight to nine hours of streaming.
The battery stood up well to browsing the internet and casual app-hopping, providing around three days of life if I stuck to checking the news and scrolling social media feeds.
Charging isn’t particularly speedy, however. With the tablet at 0%, it took around 5 hours for the Tab Prime 7 to reach 100%. Note, too, that the charging cable in the box is frustratingly short, so prepare to be tethered annoyingly close to a wall socket if you want to use the tablet while it’s charging.
Should you buy the Vodafone Tab Prime 7?
That really depends on what you want to do with it, because the Tab Prime 7 definitely isn’t a great performer across the board. But in the areas it gets right, it excels.
If you want a solid gaming performer with a speedy OS and above-average specs for a low budget tablet, it won’t disappoint. First-time tablet buyers, keen gamers and elderly tech users will welcome the easy navigable Android Marshmallow OS, long battery life and powerful processor.
That big screen is a definite bonus if you’re looking to upgrade from a smaller tablet, and it does feel nice to hold, despite its button layout taking some getting used to.
On the other hand, if stellar audio quality and a noteworthy HD display are a priority then you’d better look elsewhere. Surprisingly, in the direction of a much cheaper tablet such as the Tesco Hudl 2.
If Vodafone could match the Vodafone Tab Prime’s 7 powerful Octa-core processor with knockout audio and a few more pixels to boot, it would be a nigh on perfect budget tablet.
Score in detail
Software & Apps 8
Sound Quality 6
Screen Quality 7
Battery Life 8
Build Quality 7
Heat & Noise 9