The Commtiva N700 is the latest tablet to join the 7″ line up, and despite it boasting a similar set of specs to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it hasn’t arrived with quite the same hype. That’s not to put Linx’s creation down in any way of course as it has some of the best tablet features around at the moment, including Android 2.2, phone call capabilities and two cameras. Are we looking at the dark horse of the tablet competition?
The Commtiva N700 follows the tablet design trend. The 7 inch WVGA display fronts the device with four touch-sensitive buttons lining the bottom. The silver aluminium sides give the tab a solid feel, housing all of the usual culprits namely a microSD and SIM card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack and volume controls. Both the front and back panels have a glossy black finish which stylishly takes away from the tablet’s otherwise industrial appearance however, it proved to be a magnet for fingerprint marks.
The Commtiva tab fits into one hand although the straight aluminium edges don’t make it particularly comfortable to hold upright. The tablet weighs 375 grams but it feels a lot heavier than that, which is surprising considering it’s one of the lightest tablets on the market. We’ve put it down to the device’s rectangular design, but at least it’s built to last.
A 600MHz processor powers the Commtiva N700 which comes loaded up with Android 2.2. Of course, this spec isn’t quite as impressive as other tablets and there was the odd occasion when it had to catch its breath when zooming and scrolling on web pages. It ran smoothly for the majority of the time though, so providing you’re not bothered about super speedy transitions, this shouldn’t be much of a problem. In fact, the capacitive multi-touch display was very responsive making up for any gripes we had with the speed of the tablet. After all, something has to be sacrificed in order to keep tablets cheap and we think Linx have made the right choice here.
All the standard Android 2.2 goodies are on the Commtiva tab. Google Maps and Gmail are already pre-loaded and raring to go, plus access to the Android Market and there are five customisable homescreens too. The manufacturer has put their own stamp on the interface and placed four shortcuts on the homescreen, one of which loads up a carousel of popular websites including Facebook, Flickr and Sky News.
What else can it do?
- Camera: The Commtiva N700 has a 3 megapixel snapper on the back plus an additional front facing VGA camera. The rear camera has a zoom and video recording capabilities and is one of the device’s best features. The pictures come out in a nice crisp colour and we have to give Linx kudos for having a tablet with some of the highest specced cameras around right now. Check out the test video footage we shot on it below:
- Connectivity: The Commtiva tab has 3G, Wi-Fi b/g plus Bluetooth 2.1.
- Memory: There’s 512MB RAM including 4GB internal memory. The tab also has a microSD card slot capable of holding up to 32GB.
- Phone call capabilities
- MicroUSB 2.0 port
- 3240 mAH battery
- Documents To Go office document editor
- Music and video player
The one thing we would change about the Commtiva N700 is the design. It’s not very comfortable to hold, which is a shame as it is perfectly formed for portability. Although the tablet has a solid build, it feels like a dead weight in hand despite the manufacturer’s claim that it is only 375 grams. Another gripe we had was the homescreen layout. For some reason, you can only view the homescreens and main menu in landscape mode so every time we needed to go back to the start we had to flip the tablet back around which was pretty annoying.
The Commtiva N700 has set the benchmark for lower-end tablets. It matches up to many of the features that the Samsung Galaxy Tab has to offer and installing a lower spec processor was a wise choice by the manufacturer to keep the price down. The Commtiva tab will be the perfect choice for anyone looking to take their first step into the tablet world.