Test: NEXO NavRoad 3G – an alternative to Google’s Nexus 7, which is a cheap tablet with IPS and 3G

NEXO NavRoad 3G is one of the most promising tablet that appeared in the last quarter of 2012. Low-budget answer to the Nexus 7 very quickly gained many supporters – especially that on board there are a number of strong components (including the IPS screen and a dual-core processor). I recently had the opportunity to read the first impressions associated with unpacking the equipment. Now it's time for a full, manic review. Feel free to read!

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NEXO NavRoad market comes in two variants. Our test sample was "armed" in 3G modem. Model deprived of this module is about 150 gold cheaper and besides, one element is characterized by the same technical specifications.

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Construction / quality

NEXO NavRoad 3G, unlike many budget tablet does not suffer from low quality. On the contrary – solid construction is relatively stiff and does not bend under the pressure of tight. The housing components are used for the plastic and aluminum. Over the last increase in weight, but it is a price we gladly pay for increased durability. Assembly lines are sealed over the entire length. The individual elements are well fit.

  • See the specification for 3G NEXO NavRoad

Tablet is characterized by a design pleasing to the eye. On the one hand, the designers opted for simple shapes – a two-piece housing spięto solid frame of wyokrąglonych corners, playing the role of the side walls. On the other hand, the rear panel has been shaped and decorated with brushed aluminum patch. Semi gloss finish and chrome buttons highlight the elegant nature of the device. Protective sheet covers the front, increasing the size of the screen visually. I advise users to invest in a soft cloth – fingerprints and smudges are highly visible. [Nggallery id = 65 template = techmaniak] NEXO provides a level of comfort. 7-inch design is unobtrusive, and the widescreen format reinforces this impression. The device easily hidden and transported. The buttons are well laid out but unusual. A standard set of switch + volume control, you will find on the left, under the index finger. In addition, the designers threw triangular Home button on the front panel. This is a physical button, a noticeable jump, so no danger of accidental operation while working. A single speaker is located on the side, right strip – it is unlikely zasłonimy hand.

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webcam built into the device characterized by a resolution of 2 and 0.3 megapixels, the same does not deviate much from the market standard for the 7-inch budżetowców. Enable videoconferencing and occasional perpetuate a moment. However, do not expect high-quality video – it's a portable computer camera. Built-in microphone is working fine, so easily conduct a conversation with the help of Skype.

Screen

Tablet is equipped with a widescreen IPS screen with a diagonal 7 ", which features a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. This highly distinctive value tablet device from the budget, although I secretly hope that soon will become standard. Due to superb lighting technology we rely on image good quality. viewing angles are more than satisfactory – but the display is not large, allows you to watch video clips of more than two people. Colors are slightly cooled, but this affliction most tablets. worth while to pay attention to good contrast.

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backlight power allows us to work comfortably even at lower brightness, which will result in prolonged battery life. Moreover, robust power margin useful when bright light when the display turns generating unwanted reflections in the mirror. brightness is relatively uniform at every point, and the matrix flashes even when not charging.
Tablet is equipped with 7-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

The screen supports multi-touch, with five pressure points. Resolution of points is high, the sensor has been relatively well-calibrated and do not get confused with the classic for Android gestures (slide, pinch, stretch, etc.). Touch is recognized without delay. During testing I did not notice the effect of "hot tub" (typical air bubbles under the screen) even with a stronger force.

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Equipment

Tablet is equipped with a standard communication interface. All ports and sockets are mounted on the right side panel. In addition to the power input (5V), the board will find classic micro-USB and OTG-enabled microSD card slot. Completes the 3.5 mm jack headphones or dedicated speakers (due to the mobility of the device, but rather the latter). Manufacturer attach the supplied USB cable, through which podepniemy device to your computer. The box also find a full-size adapter female USB connector. Thanks to him, without any major problems podepniemy drives and external storage. However, the port is not able to handle a passive hub.

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NEXO NavRoad 3G is equipped with a WiFi adapter that supports standard b / g / n at 2.4 GHz channel. Wireless checked on the basis of small and large packages. We saw no voltage drop or loss of connection stability. From the Settings tab, you can order the continuous operation, even when the display is turned off. In addition, the tablet provides access to Bluetooth and model name as it indicates a 3G modem.
We saw no voltage drop or loss of connection stability.

SIM card slot is located on the rear panel for easy plug. I checked the operation of the module based on the card play. We establish the connection with the modem, including pre-set level. In most cases, after a few seconds, should get access to the Internet (if purchased before the required package MB). Potential users may worry that the lack of service Aero2 cards. If it has to do with the lack of support for the program, you can look forward to the appropriate patches.

Battery

NEXO NavRoad 3G is equipped with an integrated housing, lithium-polymer battery. Characterized by the capacity of 4100 mAh. The device consumes the most power dual-core processor while maintaining a job and touch sensor. If we do not play, you can count on a relatively long time, reaching even 7-8 hours. Including any, advanced graphical game, this result will reduce to about 2 hours. For confirmation, I conducted several tests, the results of which I've included below.

  • work in console mode (enabled and WiFi enabled, graphically advanced games running in the background set of standard services running, screen brightness 40%) – the loss of 53% in an hour;
  • work in playback mode (enabled and active WiFi, video playback in full screen mode, running in the background set of standard services, screen brightness 40%) – decrease of 8% in an hour;
  • IM mode operation (enabled and active WiFi, Skype running in the background working set of standard services, screen brightness 40%) – the loss of 34% within an hour;
  • work in the browser mode (enabled and active WiFi, Internet browser starts with power save mode) – the loss of 17% in an hour;
  • work in the browser mode 3G (enabled and active 3G connectivity, a web browser running, energy saving mode) – a loss of 20% within an hour.

Increasing the brightness to 100% (relative to the presented scenarios) we have to reckon with a higher power consumption (about 40%). In addition to the classical method of charging from the mains, you can trickle charging the battery via USB cable. This allows you to use eg USB car charger.

Performance

Tablet is built based on the Rockchip RK3066 dual-core processor designed ARMv7 architecture. The computing unit has a clock speed of 1.5 GHz and works with powerful graphics chip Mali-400 MP. The various processes and applications can use 1 gigabyte of DDR3 RAM. After deducting the fixed system of processes is around 500-600 MB. As a data warehouse can be used 16 GB of usable memory. In practice, the user has access to about 14 GB – the rest of the space is occupied by installed applications. [Nggallery id = 67 template = techmaniak] It is worth noting that the manufacturer decided to install Android version 4.1.1 (JB). This is not yet a standard – many devices operating budget based on the previous version (4.0). The operating system is running smoothly. Navigation running smoothly and without any cuts even when heavily loaded with RAM. The only questionable situations arise immediately after waking from sleep the screen, but after a while everything goes back to normal.

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Before we go any further, you should visualize the performance of the tablet with numbers. We conducted three popular benchmarks – Quadrant Professional (3661 pts.), AnTutu (10,558 pts.) And An3DbenchXL (29,383 pts.). In this respect, the computer goes far beyond its price segment surpassing even the infamous Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. It is not often you meet a 7-inch tablet, which could be proud of the result of higher than 7 thousand. in AnTutu. On the other hand NEXO belongs to a new generation of devices – can thus be expected to discharge similar construction in the next year. [Nggallery id = 69 template = techmaniak] screen keyboard has four rows of keys. Regardless of the keyboard, the keys are uniformly distributed across the width of the display. In practice, the keyboard is comfortable only with the horizontal. If you rotate the tablet 90 degrees, the buttons are too tight, which reduces comfort – a characteristic of many small-scale screens. The vertical unit is a good tool for reading PDFs, and browse to write better rather use the horizontal layout.

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NEXO NavRoad 3G supports most everyday applications. It works as an office tool and a portable reader PDFs. Will listen to your favorite music album on the way to work or school. In the game you can count on a lot. After a long work with Trigger Dead and Mass Effect: Infiltrator I can in good conscience provide a highly liquid animation and gameplay.
It is not often you meet a 7-inch tablet, which could be proud of the result of higher than 7 thousand. in AnTutu.

Web browser running smoothly and relatively quickly process the data packets collected. Supports Adobe Flash, so you have access to the clips (eg YouTube) that run from the browser. All functions are working properly online players. Flash game lovers will enjoy the possibility of firing, but within the control of such a program, without an external keyboard leaves a lot to be desired. During the tests, checked media files with the following characteristics:

  • mkv, 1080p, h264, 40Mbps;
  • mkv, 720p, h264, 3Mbps, vorbis, subtitles;
  • mkv, 720p, h264, 600kbps, aac / mp3 dual audio;
  • mp4, 720p, h264, 3Mbps, aac;
  • mp4, 720p, h264, 6Mbps, ac3;
  • mkv, 480p, xvid, 1mbps, he aac, subtitles.

Tablet with no major problems to recreate almost all of these clips. The only problems I noted at the last of these files.

Summary, evaluation and review

NEXO NavRoad 3G equipment heralds a new generation of tablets. 7-inch design of high-performance surprised me hidden behind a low price. I did not see too many shortcomings and defects, and those that wrote down much fade on the long list of advantages. A drawback at the moment is the lack Aero2, but according to the information to which I was able to reach, is currently working on updating the firmware and the solution to this problem. Overall, the tablet in my opinion, deserves a special mention. [temperature] APPEARANCE / QUALITY | 4 | SCREEN | 4 | OUTPUT POWER | 3.5 | PERFORMANCE | 4 | SOFTWARE | 4 | EQUIPMENT | 4 [/ temperature]

ADVANTAGES
  • Solid construction;
  • Pleasing design;
  • IPS screen;
  • Built-in 3G modem;
  • Bluetooth;
  • Powerful battery;
  • Can be charged via USB;
  • Strong components;
  • High performance general;
  • Android 4.1.
FAULTS
  • No support for Aero2;
  • Mono speaker;
  • No GPS.

EDITOR award techManiaK.pl

Tablet deserves a special mention in our opinion, "good buy".

Answering questions CzyteniKów

Does the "house" is a physical or touch? Physical. Has the capability of calling and sending text messages? No. gives advice with YouTube HD modes: Yes. How does the position sensor and the sensor is light outside? Position sensor performs flawlessly properly. The device does not have an external light sensor. Is it possible to charge via USB: Yes. Is it true that a device has problems with wi-fi speaker and terribly poor Not true. Speaker works in mono, so it may be that the rumors about his poor performance. How is video playback? Unit plays all popular media formats. Information is written in the above assay.

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