While Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablets are becoming more popular, there’s still a market for affordable, low-end slates still running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Popular 7” tablets like Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire testify to this fact. PocketBook recently released a sequel to the PocketBook 701, the A7. PocketBook tablets are considered as contenders for e-reader crown. If you’ve ever used the HTC Flyer before, you’ll find that the PlayBook A7 feels familiar. However, the physical “back” and “next” buttons place the tablet squarely in the e-reader category. Inside, you’ll find 1GHz single core processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented by up to 32GB of microSD card. The 7” display uses 1024 x 768 pixels resolution, which allows the tablet to play movies better than similar tablets with 4:3 aspects ratio.
The PocketBook A7 is equipped with a 2Mp front-facing shooter, which is adequate for video calls. The tablet runs Android 2.3.7, the latest version of Gingerbread, but unfortunately, it doesn’t support Google Play. Many of us chide a product for not using the latest version of Android, but to be fair, the Pocketbook A7 should stick with Gingerbread due to its weaker hardware.