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Chinon Swift-7 review



The "1-Minute" Review

Finding a cheap Android-powered tablet is not that difficult. In fact, there are so many entry-level models that run the Android OS that your head will probably spin if you try to compare all the options. One example of an affordable model however is the Chinon Swift-7, which as its name suggests, comes equipped with a 7-inch multi-touch color display. It runs on a 1.2GHzARM Cortex A8 CPU and has 512MB of on-device RAM. And while it only comes with 4GB of internal storage, extra storage can be added by way of microSD cards. This is a basic tablet with entry-level specs.

Though the Swift-7 comes in a form factor that should be easy to carry around, it’s thickness and heaviness might get in the way of its portability. Its screen features a native resolution of 800x600 pixels, which is plenty good for its default OS, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but is not enough for users to enjoy HD content. It lacks 3G wireless connectivity but does have Wi-Fi and USB connectivity. It even has a VGA camera that can capture still images and record video for later viewing.

Its 7-inch screen may be good for watching movies on the go, but its battery life is rather short and only lasts 5 hours per full charge. It’s more affordable than most of the other Android-powered tablets in its category, but it also comes with less features. Not to mention, an Android smartphone would provide more value for the money. So for those who are looking to get an affordable Android tablet, it may be best to keep looking.

Need to Know: Chinon Swift-7

1. Comes in highly portable 7-inch form factor. (The Good)

2. Affordable price tag. (The Good)

3. Uses an outdated version of Android that wasn’t meant for use on tablets. (The Bad)

4. Short battery life. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
Yes



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Screen Size
7"

The Chinon Swift-7's screen size is 7 inches with 800 x 600 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Cortex-A8 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
15WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 15 WHr battery. Chinon's performance ratings are 5 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Chinon Swift-7 Specs

Overview
Release date January 16, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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Secondary OS No
Processor Cortex-A8 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM Unknown
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Carrying case
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 15 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 5 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 5 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 5 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 18.5 x 14.5 x 1.3 cm (7.3 x 5.7 x 0.5 in)
Weight 440 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors Unknown
Resolution 800 x 600 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
3D No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Unknown
Screen Reader Unknown
Keypad/Screen Lock Unknown
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Unknown
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Unknown
TV Out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Unknown
World Clock Unknown
Alarm Unknown
Stop Watch Unknown
Timer Unknown
Calculator Unknown
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types RTF, JPG, GIF, PDF, TXT, EPUB, HTML, PDB, BMP
Weather Unknown
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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