Well, I made a comment a few days back about a review that I'd never thought I would do. Well, we've come to that point. The product I'll be reviewing is: a tablet!
I say never expected because I myself didn't think it'd be possible to review a tablet because a tablet is a tablet, right? Well, not quite. What separates a tablet from an iPad (besides the companies themselves) is the apps that can be ran. The vast majority of apps work on either device. Another thing that sets one tablet apart from the rest are the specs. Some have a bigger screen, some have a better battery life, and so on.
What's ironic about this is that I have a background in computer science, so this would be an easy review, yes? Nope, not really. There's a LOT (and I mean a LOT) of ground to cover when it comes to computers (be it software or hardware) and it takes years to perfect the craft (I've built and maintained my own computer for the last 10 years) and I'm still an apprentice.
I'm getting WAY off track here! Here's my review: the Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet is just like any other tablet: it runs apps, you can browse the internet, stream movies, upload status changes to Facebook, etc. Since it is a mobile device (sort of), you have to pay a monthly plan depending on the data (5G of data is $50/month). Another thing to keep in mind is that if you want to save the data (I recommend this), make sure the mobile data is off (you'll thank yourself later for this) and make sure the WiFi is on as this will save your data for when you can't get a WiFi signal, but can get a mobile signal.
One positive thing I can say about this is that I have no trouble handling the device and is very comfortable in my hands. I also don't have an issue with getting it hooked up to my WiFi router. Next on the positive list is that I got this tablet as part of a promotion that Verizon was running ($10 for a tablet? Hot deal!)The biggest positive is that I have now gained a new skill in the ever growing world of technology.
The negatives to this is that Verizon (the provider) doesn't have an unlimited data plan (the highest is 100G of data for $750/month. Ugh!). Another negative is that the battery drains pretty fast and charges slowly (it should be the other way around). The next negative is that I have to constantly wipe the screen (I have a tempered glass screen, which is a positive thing). I blame my huge hands. The biggest negative is that the keyboard can take some getting used to (yes, I'm aware of external keyboards).
Overall, I'm getting a lot of bang for the buck with my tablet. You can't go wrong with this tablet. I would recommend getting it and make sure to get either the 2G or 5G data plans. On a scale of 1 to 5, this gets a 3.5 out of 5.
Ken Kriho is a videographer, producer and director. He has a YouTube and Twitch channel (links at homepage). Ken is also a graduate with a degree in Art from UWEC.