Prestige 7 Tablet Review
By Macktion On 25 Apr, 2012 At 10:31 AM | Categorized As Device Reviews, News, Videos | With 56 Comments

Hello everybody!

Perhaps it’s because of my time living near Cerritos California where Visual Land is based, or their very attentive and cool presenters at CES, but ever since January, I have been waiting to get my hands on one of Visual Land’s new tablets.  And judging from the traffic on my YouTube channel, you have been too.

First some background; Visual land is a company that got their start in Personal Media Players, and it really shows in the way that they present their products.  Everything on their website has a very energetic feel to it, and they are the only company that I know of who lists the Ohms and Watts of the speakers used in their devices.

Lets get started then!

Hardware

The Prestige 7 weighs in at 298g (10.5oz), 19cm x 12cm x 1cm (7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.4″).  It has a 7 inch, 800×480 screen (16:9 widescreen ratio), with 5 point capacitive mutli-touch.

The tablet has 8GB of onboard storage, and is expandable through a microSD slot (will support up to 32GB).  An A8 1.2GHz processor, 512 MB RAM.

It has the usual array of power button and volume rocker, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack, Mini USB (through which you can charge when connected to a computer, send data from your computer, or with the provided cable add a USB peripheral such as a flash drive), HDMI out port (you will need an HDMI C type cable), and the port for your wall charger.  A speaker on the back, and a 1.3Mp front facing camera (no back camera) finish off the tablet nicely.

Software

This little tablet runs Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, and it is ‘vanilla’.  (No pun intended, but that is the term for an unmodified Operating System)  As such, its software really does not set it apart.  It does not have access to the Google market (play store), Perhaps in the future, that can be changed, but for the present, Amazon, GetJar, and other alternatives will have to do.

There are, at present a few hiccups with Skype.  Though the camera will produce Video Over Internet, because of some miscommunication between the camera and Skype, on the other end, it has pink and green lines running through the picture.  This is an issue which should be resolved in the next version of Skype, or so I am told.

Apart from this, all of the apps that I tried worked flawlessly.

Performance

This tablet is surprising in it power.  Having tested out a number of 7 inch tablets I have always felt like there was a noticeable decrease in performance from their 10 inch counterparts.  The Prestige 7 seems to plug along rather quickly despite its small stature.

The Average Benchmark scores for the Prestige 7 are:

  • Quadrant- 1820
  • Antutu- 3150

You can use these numbers to compare the Prestige 7 to other devices, and see just what I mean.

Battery Life

Two Edged Swords, that is the lesson here in tablet batteries.  Visual Land opted for a battery size that allowed for quick charging, as well as charging through not only the DC jack, but also the MicroUSB port.  That kind of decision sits well with me, because if I can just carry around a MicroUSB cable and not worry about lugging an extra cord, all the better.  Don’t misunderstand though, the wall charger for the Prestige 7 is quite small and light.

You can expect to charge the battery from naught to full in about an hour!  A bit more slowly if you leave the WiFi on when you are charging.

Here are the exact figures (all are given in percent change per hour):

  • Standby -1.5%
  • Netflix -45%
  • YouTube -32%
  • Browsing -20%
  • Charge (WiFi on) +51%
  • Charge (WiFi off) +82%

To be frank, the Battery life is not at all what I expected.  From our tests, you can go from full to empty in nearly two hours.  This is unfortunate, however I have heard that other reviewers have been getting much closer to the 8 hours advertised.  So it is possible, as always that my results in this regard are not typical.

The Wind Up

Here is the final score.  On the Forel-Ule scale, I would give this tablet a 17.  It gets great marks in almost everything; it can hold its own in both size and form, but the battery life leaves something to be desired.  All in all, it is a very affordable 4.0 tablet, with character in its design that sets it apart from the usual crowd.  If you are looking for a compact and light tablet on a budget, this should be near the top of your list.

About - I am just a college student, attending university in the hopes of drilling teeth one day. I got A+ certified at the age of 14 and have been fixing computers ever since. I have a wonderful wife who also web develops, so my apartment is perhaps one of the nerdiest places you can imagine (I have the periodic table shower curtain to prove it too).


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  1. [...] models. Since then, there has been a ‘wait and see’ stance on the 8 inch model, but we have already reviewed their Prestige 7 and  now have the 10 inch model in our [...]

  2. Kerith says:

    How did you get google play for PERSTIEG 10???????????

  3. jelly says:

    how do you get google play on visual land prestige tablet 7′ ??

    • Macktion says:

      This website has both a video tutorial (you can also find it on my YouTube page) and very detailed written instructions. Look for it under the “Forum”.

  4. newlifemp4 says:

    hello

  5. les winslow says:

    why don’t the headphones that come with the tablet not fit?

  6. My Android Prestige 7 wont connect to the internet

  7. its sad my first tablet had to be a garbage one.

  8. Coley says:

    I’ve had the Visual Land Prestige 7L for 12 days now. I have the same issue as many reported on another site with the Amazon Apps always having to be uninstalled and then reinstalled in order to work. Not a bit deal once I have all the apps downloaded I want. However, I now could not get it to power down. The android guy in the middle of the screen was there for over 2 hours. When I FINALLY got it to shut down and reopened it this AM, The Android still will not move, I can’t access any apps. I can’t scroll him over, tap him nothing. It has been like this for 4 hours now. Even attempted to “reset” it. Nothing has worked. I really liked this tablet for the $$. But unfortunately, will be returning it. Still deciding if I’m going to order another one or move on the a different brand since I am not the only one who has had this problem. Decisions, Decisions.

  9. marco says:

    Thanks TB for showing how to put google play on my prestige 7 and 7L and on the 10 inch I have been working on these tablets its hard to get parts but oter than that
    works great

  10. ashley says:

    I agree that this a great tablet i downloaded google play store and very pleased so thnks for the tutorial but now my problem is that the tablet is running very slow it literally takes 3-5 mins to respond to anything is there a way to fix this? Then my cam doesnt work when im video chatting either how can i fix these flaws?

  11. jb tinawin says:

    Prestige 7 stuck at android boot screen

    I have a Prestige 7 that will not boot. It is stuck at the android boot screen. I just received the tablet this past tuesday and all I have done with it is install Google play using the google play script in Macktions thread. I have tried resetting it with the reset button with the same result. Any suggestions?

    • geishaslave says:

      Flash the Prestige 7 to the Visual Land Android 4.0.4 update using a boot microSD. You need the 4.0.4 image, at least a 1GB microSD and software PhoenixCard. Unbrick it!

  12. Argenis H. says:

    How would you tear it down to fix a cracked screen?

  13. karma says:

    i have the perstige 7l and some one rebooted it and now my camera app wont let me take photos any more it says i need a sd card but i didnt need one wen i got it.. how can i fix it

  14. geege says:

    can i use the bluetooth to transfere things from and to the tablet with other bluetooth devices

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