Christmas is coming up, and lots of kids are wanting a tablet to play with in the car, at home, or wherever. But, the bad thing is, that all tablets are nearly £200. Arent they? I thought so
until I found the BWC Kidi-7! The Kidi-7 is a budget tablet priced at only £49.99 from BWC Devices. This is a tablet made for the upcoming Christmas market and ideal for children, and a solid competitor to the new Tesco Hudl and Argos MyTablets. Before the review, a big thank-you goes out to Roger from BWC Devices for helping me out by sending out this tablet for reviewing purposes. Now lets get on with it!
First things first; lets discuss design. The Kidi-7 Tablet is a pretty good size; it weighs only 621 grams and is 4.6cm thin. The screen is 7 inches and has an HD resolution of 1024x600. This sounds like a great screen, but it really isnt too spectacular. The viewing angle is pretty narrow, and in order to see it correctly you have to hold it at a very slight (but awkward) angle. But, if you could manage to find the correct angle, it wasnt too bad to look at; its just fine for the occasional user. It is also made of a material that I wasnt used to, making it a bit hard to slide my finger on it and picking up fingerprints too easily along the way. The back of the tablet is pretty interesting; it has a texture that looks like the linen from Apples iOS 6. The Kidi-7 also has several buttons and ports along the top, including: the power button, the volume rocker, a Mini HDMI port, a headphone jack, a Micro USB port for charging, and a Micro-SD card slot. Beneath this we have the 2 megapixel camera (plus another .3 megapixel camera on the front) and a little further down is the small speaker. It feels pretty nice when youre holding it, and adds a little grip. The Micro-USB cable as well as a USB to AC adapter and a few other country adapters (UK/EU/US) are included with the tablet, so you wont need to go out and buy any charging accessories. As expected, the Mini HDMI port is for projecting the tablets screen on to a monitor or television, and the SD card slot is for expanding the tablets storage up to 32 gigabytes. In my opinion, the camera was not very good; it is comparable to an older cell phone camera. Lastly (for the design section) is build quality. The Kidi-7 seems somewhat durable, but I still think that a decently far drop would crack the screen. One of the major issues I noticed was that the glass is not fastened securely to the body of the tablet; it would rise up sometimes and I had to push it back down into the body. This wasnt a huge deal, and didnt cause any functionality issues, it was just something worth mentioning.
Now that Ive covered the design/build quality, I can move on to the usage of the Kidi-7. This particular tablet runs a clean version of Android 4.2 Jellybean - no bloat-ware or other intrusions. Boasting a dual-core processor, the tablet is pretty fast; except for the boot-up times. The tablet will boot up in about 45 seconds, which is pretty long but isnt too bad. Once its loaded up, you can use the built-in Wifi connectivity to watch movies, download games, and more! With the ability to connect to the Google Play store, you have over one million games and other apps to pick from and download onto the tablet. I downloaded the popular Angry Birds game, and the game performance was flawless. No lagging or anything of that sort; just the minor screen angle issues were affecting the gameplay. The game also played the sounds pretty well, but it isnt a high-dollar speaker we have here. However, it works pretty well for what its meant for - occasional game sounds or music/movie playing. Typing anything on the Kidi-7 isnt a pleasant experience; the not-so-comfortable screen combined with the smaller screen size didnt allow for very nice typing. But that isnt necessarily an issue with just this tablet; most 7-inch tablets have some sort of typing issue. That being said, doing some web browsing or quick emailing/tweeting/etc wasnt too bad.
Overall, I think I would recommend the tablet for some people. If you just want a cheap on-the-go tablet for occasional browsing, tweeting, or music/gaming/movies, I think this will be a pretty nice option. However, if you want to do more with your tablet, such as more intense gaming, typing, watching lots of movies and music, etc., I would actually recommend picking up a slightly more expensive option such as one of the Nexus tablet, a Galaxy Tab, or an iPad Mini.
You can purchase the BWC Kidi-7 tablet from:
or MobiCity: http://www.mobicity.co.uk/bwc-kidi7-dual-core-7inch-hd-tablet.html.
If you decide to pick up this tablet, or have any other comments, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!