Saturday, January 4, 2014

Hisense Sero 7 LT Android Tablet Review

Happy New Year everyone. Here's my first YT post of 2014 - a gadget / tech review.

This is the Hisense Sero 7 LT Android Tablet.7 inch screen, runs on Android JellyBean 4.1.1






Here are some specs:
3GHz dual-core processor, 1gb RAM
3,400mAh battery
Screen resolution of 1024 X 600 pixel
runs Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean out of the box
has a mini-HDMi port
internal storage of 4 gb, expandable storage (up to 32 gb)

A few things it's lacking:
No GPS capabilities
No Bluetooth capability
No rear-facing camera, and its front facing cam is only 0.3MP

It has a rear audio speaker which is adequate for the casual user.

Purchase price was well below the $100 mark including the shipping.
Straight out of the box it was already charged up but I decided to go ahead and charge it overnight. The package was delivered during a very cold evening so the device felt very cold to the touch as soon as I unpacked it. I ordered it from an online retailer and they did a piss-poor job of packaging the box so right from the get go I had my concerns with this tablet working properly. This is not the fault of Hisense since there's no way they can control how individual retailers ship their products.

Back to the device - I had no issues with wifi connectivity which is always a plus. It wasn't preloaded with a lot of bloatware. It did prompt me to do a system update as soon as it was connected online which I went ahead and did (took less than a few minutes). The touch screen was quite responsive. I didn't get a chance to test out any games on this but the primary use for this device was for viewing media such as Youtube vids and Netflix so those were the ones I wanted to check first. I also downloaded a forum app, Tapatalk Pro, which worked  fine on it as well. The Hisense Sero 7 LT does come with the Google marketplace. On a full charge, the battery lasted a little over 4.5 hours after doing some web surfing, video watching (via YT & Netflix), trying out various apps. I didn't get to try Instagram or Minecraft on it - I only address this because this seems to be the most commonly asked questions regarding tablets, at least for me.

This would be ideal for an entry level device, especially for a casual user. Originally, I was seeking for the Hisense Sero 7 Pro but was unsuccesful. This LT version showed up during my search for a great reduced price during an extended Cyber Monday sale so we snapped it up.

You can still purchase one at Amazon, here's the link:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ultralight Backpacking Stove, Stand and Adapter (Gear Review)

Hello everyone, here's my latest vid of some camping / hiking / backpacking equipment I picked up and used quite a bit this past summer.








The ultralight burner stove
Weight: In orange case: 4.0 oz.
              Burner only: 3.2 oz
Purchase price was less than $15
Pros: Very light, comes in a case, easy to use, quite sturdy, affordable price, compact size
Con: The pin that adjusts the flame can come off, it reattaches back with no problem but just make sue it/s snug and secure before you even attach it to a flammable canister.



Three leg stand and adapter
Weight: 2.9 oz
Puchase price was less than $10
Pros: Light, very sturdy, affordable, compact size
Cons: None

I used this primarily for our road trip this past summer. I had it set up on the ground, on a table, and a countertop. i never had any issues with it being too wobbly. It was quite convenient to have in the truck and doesn't take up much space at all.

Overall, I'm very happy with the products. Hope this helps with your purchasing decision.