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ET Review: MSI WindPad Enjoy 7

When an international brand brings out a budget tablet, expectations are understandably high. MSI announced the WindPad Enjoy 7 with some competitive specifications

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Oct 10, 2011, 07.16 AM IST
ET Review: MSI WindPad Enjoy 7
NEW DELHI: When an international brand brings out a budget tablet, expectations are understandably high. MSI announced the WindPad Enjoy 7 with some competitive specifications, and we’re hoping to see a winner in the segment.

The WindPad Enjoy 7 comes in two variants —Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+3G. MSI has currently launched only the Wi-Fi version in India. Right up front, we think the Enjoy 7 is the best budget tablet so far, in terms of build quality and looks.

The overall fit and finish gives a premium look — the glossy front and brushed metal finish on the back working together nicely. The four standard Android buttons present near the display are backlit in white. The power button and volume button are on the side and unlike most other budget tabs, these buttons have very good tactile feedback.

The lower edge houses the mini USB port (charging and data connectivity), a mini HDMI port as well as a microSD slot placed under a cover. The Enjoy 7 has a 7-inch capacitive multitouch display screen with a resolution of 800x480 pixels — par for the budget tablet course.

Responsiveness, colours and brightness are excellent. Sadly, the glossy bezel around the tablet is a fingerprint magnet and the viewing angles are also an issue. Viewing at an angle of more than 45-degrees leads to loss of colors and visibility — a big issue if something on the screen is to be shown to multiple people.

Under the hood, it has a 1.2Ghz processor, 512MB RAM and 4GB onboard storage expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB cards are supported). Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are present for wireless connectivity and the mini USB port supports USB on the go (to directly connect a USB flash drive).
ET Review: MSI WindPad Enjoy 7

Performance wise, it does not disappoint – as expected. With multiple apps, games and browser windows running in the background, the tablet did not show any signs of slowing down.

There were no problems switching between running apps on the Android 2.3 platform (the MSI has a stock Android interface — without any manufacturer customisation). It even played 720p HD videos without a hitch, directly from a USB flash drive.

Much to our surprise, it even powered up a 500GB portable hard-drive and showed it as an external drive — this is not possible on most Android tablets, budget or otherwise. MSI does not bundle a USB on the go cable in the box, and that needs to be purchased separately.

Another shocker was the battery life of the MSI tablet — it gave over 7 hours of non-stop video playback on a full charge. On normal usage, with Wi-Fi connected and heavy use of apps/browsing/gaming, the tablet gave around 9 hours — one of the best we’ve seen on a budget tablet.

The Enjoy 7 has dual 2MP cameras, but both are just average performers. You can get clear pictures when there is enough light, but you also get a lot of noise in shots taken indoors under artificial light. Audio output from the speaker is very low with overall volume good enough only for personal listening.

Overall, it’s clear that the Wi-Fi version of the WindPad Enjoy 7 is the best budget tablet (if you do not need voice calling and 3G).

If you do need these features for about the same price, opt for the Spice MiTab that has a 7-inch display, and provides voice calling and 3G via onboard SIM slot. The MiTab has a 800Mhz processor and 4GB onboard storage but does not have USB on the go support or HDMI out.

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