With its TN screen panel, 1 GHz processor and 4 GB internal memory, the Evo 7 doesn't exactly have a dream set of tech specs. However, it does have one real plus-point—an optional slot-in 3G/LTE module made by Qualcomm.
The add-on module plugs straight into a special port on the back of the tablet, bringing an instant data connection. It's a similar set-up to the Archos 10.1 G9, but instead of using a USB 3G stick, the Evo 7's 3G module is more like a plug-in SIM and microSIM card reader.
In terms of tech specs, the Evo 7 runs on a 1 GHz Rockchip RK2918 ARM processor, a Vivante GC800 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. It has Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support, as well as a GPS and an accelerometer. There's no sign of NFC, however.
The Evo 7 has a fairly typical set of connections, featuring a 3.5 mm headphones jack, a microUSB port and a microSD card slot for adding up to 32 GB of additional storage.
The One Touch Evo 7 runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The tablet should sell for around £140 without the 3G module. It's currently available in various price plans via Three UK.
The removable 3G/LTE module
DESIGN & HANDLING
With its black plastic finish, the Evo 7 has a fairly standard design. That said, the rear casing has an unusual build, as the tablet has an aluminium back with a kind of plastic rim that clips on around it. This plastic frame can be removed and replaced with different coloured frames (red, black, purple) to customise the tablet's look. You also have to remove this frame to plug in the 3G/LTE module.
On the whole, the tablet and its clip-on frame have a pretty cheap feel. Plus, the aluminium rear isn't they easiest material for your fingers to grip onto.
Weighing in at 395 g, the Evo 7 isn't the lightest of 7" tablets out there. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 weighs 345 g and Google's Nexus 7 weighs 340 g. The Evo 7 is on par with the Amazon Fire HD, however, also at 395 g. Size-wise, the Evo 7 is a relatively compact 191 x 127 x 10.8 mm for its 7" format.
The Alcatel One Touch Evo 7 has a 7" TN screen with WSVGA resolution (1024 x 600 pixels) ... and it's definitely the most disappointing aspect of the tablet.
We measured the screen ghosting time at a sluggish 39 ms and the colour temperature at 18251 kelvins, which gives the onscreen image a blue overtone. Not a good start. Plus, colour fidelity isn't great, as the Evo 7 has an average Delta E of 10.9 (this should be under three for onscreen colours to be considered accurate) and the screen viewing angles are tight due to the TN screen panel.
The tablet's maximum brightness is 349 cd/m² and we measured the contrast at 681:1.
Finally, seeing as there's no oleophobic (anti-oil) coating, the screen will soon end up covered in greasy fingerprints unless you make an effort to keep it clean.
INTERFACE & NAVIGATION
Anyone who's already used to using Ice Cream Sandwich will be at home here. Seeing as there's no custom overlay for the OS, the Evo 7 feels like very familiar territory, sporting the usual Android homescreen with its flick-through panes and familiar features like the Google search shortcut.
We noticed quite a few hangs and slow-downs when using the Evo 7, notably when using some of the main buttons (particularly the menu button and the multitasking button). The tablet is also slow to wake from its sleep mode and sluggish when downloading apps in the background. The accelerometer isn't particularly responsive either—it can sometimes take one to two seconds for the display to flip itself round to portrait or landscape mode.
Note that Google Chrome seems to practically finish the Evo 7 off, as the browser refused point blank to open in our tests.
The One Touch Evo 7 is compatible with a wide range of audio and video file formats, including MP3/4, Ogg, Wav, DivX, Xvid, Ape, Oga and M4a. Audio quality is nothing special, whether via the speakers or the headphones jack.
Android brings the usual host of Google applications (Google Maps, Latitude, Google +, etc.). There's no proprietary application store for this Alcatel One Touch tablet, but you can obviously download all the apps you like from Google Play.
This 7" tablet runs on a 4160 mAh battery. In our tests, it gave a good day or so of use before needing to be recharged. The 3G/LTE module obviously affects the battery life of the Evo 7 a little, although it doesn't have a huge impact.
There's only one onboard camera in the One Touch Evo 7, and that's a 0.3-Megapixel webcam. Quality is pretty middle of the road when it comes to video conferencing.