Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Hisense Sero 7 Pro - First Impressions

John Marine | 12/03/2013 12:54:00 PM | | |
Hisense is a Chinese company that makes a variety of electronics and appliances. This Wal-Mart exclusive brand entered the tablet PC market with two tablets- the Hisense Sero 7 LT and the Hisense Sero 7 Pro. The latter of the two is what I will focus my post on. This is a first impressions post regarding Hisense's top-of-the-line tablet. The post you are about to read pertains to basic thoughts on this tablet as I play-tested it quite a few times before. Either here on "John's Blog Space" or maybe on "John's Shop Space," I will share a review of this device once I've used the device enough to draw some conclusions on it.

--- Hisense Sero 7 Pro at a Glance ---

While the Google Nexus 7 is long regarded as king in the 7-inch tablet segment, there are certain features which make it not as well-liked among some tech consumers. Among others, the lack of external memory for the Nexus 7 is a con for a lot of people. So leave it to a company like Hisense to challenge Google's hot tablet. Hisense decided to test the tablet PC market with two tablets. The lower-spec Hisense Sero 7 LT is the light model of the Sero 7 series, and the Sero 7 Pro (which is the highlight of this post) is the top-of-the-line model.

Since Hisense is sold exclusively through Wal-Mart, people will automatically assume that you're going to have cheap quality from this Chinese company. And to some people, "China" and "good quality" don't usually belong in the same sentence. Get these thoughts out of your head in regards to the Hisense Sero 7 Pro. Hisense has a hub here in the United States, as Hisense USA is based in Sewanee, Georgia, USA.

One of the points to set up the Sero 7 Pro's appeal is that the Sero 7 Pro came out near the end of the Google Nexus 7's cycle. The Nexus 7 would end up getting a refreshed and enhanced model with a new Snapdragon processor while the Hisense Sero 7 still packed a processor to stand with the Google Nexus 7. This led some people to believe the Sero 7 Pro would have a tough time keeping up with the Nexus, especially after the refresh of the Nexus 7. The Google Nexus 7 comes in at about $229 USD; and the Hisense Sero 7 Pro started off at $149 USD, but has since been dropped to $129 USD. So in regards to price points for 7-inch tablets, this one is very affordable compared to most offerings in the $150 USD to $200 USD range. You aren't going to pay too much to enjoy a proper 7-inch tablet like the Hisense Sero 7 Pro.

From Samsung to Hisense...

I always wanted to get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch tablets for the longest. I wanted one to stay within the realm of Samsung and their amazing products... until I looked at a lot of the competition. It began when my interests went from having a Samsung tablet to getting the more expensive Google Nexus 7. Then, I saw the ASUS MeMO HD 7. And then eventually... I came across a tablet that felt pretty good when I visited a Wal-Mart store once. I started to play around with one tablet and remembered the name- Hisense Sero 7 Pro. I came away fairly impressed with it. The only thing I wasn't sure of was if I was actually using the Hisense Sero 7 Pro. After my own research and such, I found out I was indeed using the Sero 7 Pro at the store! I extended my research into watching various YouTube videos. Many video reviewers were pretty impressed as I got a fair idea of how this tablet PC is.

Little by little, I started to become less attracted to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch tablets in favor of the Hisense Sero 7 Pro. I became attracted to the Sero 7 Pro in much the same way I was slowly drawn away from getting the Samsung Galaxy Player portable media players after long wanting an iPod Touch. Some people whom have owned a Google Nexus 7 or considered a Nexus 7 ultimately picked or enjoyed the Hisense Sero 7 Pro. I guess you can say I'm one of the ones to join the Hisense party.


Here is what you need to know about the Hisense Sero 7 Pro- or as much as I know without consulting Hisense's website...

The Hisense Sero 7 Pro is a 7-inch tablet PC. It runs the Android 4.2 ("Jelly Bean") interface. The Sero 7 Pro is powered by an nVidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor for fast and smooth operation. It features two cameras- a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2 megapixel camera at the front. What is unique about the rear camera is that it has an LED flash to it. So you can actually use this tablet to take photos in low-light or night conditions. The rear camera even has Autofocus as part of the package. You can also shoot video with the camera, and it is capable of video up to 720p resolution. It has a micro USB dock for charging as well as an HDMI port for you to plug into your HDTV. There are two rear-facing stereo speakers on the Sero 7 Pro. If you prefer Internet usage, it is WiFi only. No options for 3G or 4G or whatever. You can use your Bluetooth devices with this tablet. It also has NFC (Near-Field Communications) support. Most importantly, this device supports external memory with a microSD card slot. You can put in a microSD card of up to 32GB, but I've heard of some who managed to put in 64GB microSD cards into the device. The back of the Sero 7 Pro features textured backing- just like the Google Nexus 7. This helps keep the tablet in your hands without feeling like it's going to slip from your fingers. There are no physical buttons on the front of the device. You have the capacitive buttons for Back, Home, and Menu. Curiously enough, there is a capacitive button where you can press to take a quick screenshot to be saved to your Gallery. This tablet can even be a remote control for your TV- granted the TV connected on the same WiFi network.

The Hisense Sero 7 Pro has dimensions of (length × height × width) of 7.87 in. × 4.95 in. × 0.43 in. It weighs 12.7 ounces. The Sero 7 Pro has an IPS HD LCD screen boasting a resolution of 1280 x 800. I am guessing, then, that it should have no problem playing videos and movies of up to 720p. You get a handful of Google apps preloaded onto the Sero 7 Pro. Among many others: Google Chrome, YouTube, Google Play, and more. Since Wal-Mart sells the Sero 7 Pro, you even get Wal-Mart exclusive stuff like the Wal-Mart app, the Sam's Club app, and the Vudu app (I didn't know Vudu was owned by Wal-Mart) for you movie watchers. The Sero 7 Pro is told to have a 4000 mAh battery. Reviewers I've seen YouTube videos on say they were able to get about maybe nine hours of usage under moderate or even heavy operation.

Now that you have an idea about the device, I'll share some first impressions now.

--- Hisense Sero 7 Pro: First Impressions ---

Get ready for some first-impressions I'd like to share on this tablet.

Using the Sero 7 Pro.

You can learn only so much with a device attached to any number of things in a store display. Having said that, the Hisense Sero 7 Pro actually feels pretty nice in the hands. The textured backing does feel grippy holding it with either one hand or both hands. It is quite handy. I didn't want to chance using my Google information trying out some of the additional material. So rather than log into Google with my info, I basically just had some programs active just to see them at work. That included the Google Chrome browser that comes with the Hisense Sero 7 Pro. This was even though I was in a Wal-Mart that had free WiFi thanks to the McDonald's restaurant in it (certain McDonald's restaurants offer free WiFi).

Because I've been so used to my Samsung Galaxy Players and their Android "Gingerbread" interfaces, I could really see myself utilizing and using the Hisense Sero 7 Pro as my PC away from my PC or for Android usage of the Internet. I have only so much experience with the "Jelly Bean" Android interface.

Video Preview.

Here is a look at the Hisense Sero 7 Pro I offered my first impressions on:

^ "Hisense Sero 7 Pro review iPad alternative 2013"

If and when I get a Hisense Sero 7 Pro, I will be sure to provide a proper review either in this blog or in one of my others.

For More Information...

For more information about Hisense and other products they offer, visit global.hisense.com. Or for my American audience, visit Hisense USA's website at hisense-usa.com.

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