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    Default Highsense Sero 7 Pro tablet

    The Hisense Sero7 Pro has been getting a lot of good press.

    Basically, it matches the Google Nexus7 in hardware specs, but beats it with the addition of a microSD slot, an HDMI out port and a rear-facing camera and costs $50 less. And yeah, it's WalMart exclusive.

    So I went to my local WalMart, they had them in stock, and I bought one. Then I rooted it. It's a great tablet. I just thought I'd throw that out there in case anyone was in the market for an Android tablet.
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    Oh, could we please have some running updates as you play with it? I'm in the market for a tablet, and the lack of a microSD slot is what has kept me out of Google's loving arms so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
    Oh, could we please have some running updates as you play with it? I'm in the market for a tablet, and the lack of a microSD slot is what has kept me out of Google's loving arms so far.
    I thought it was downright scummy of Google not to include a microSD slot. The only reason for it I could see was so they could overcharge for the 32GB model. The price of a 16GB microSD card is nowhere near the premium they charge over the 16GB nexus for the 32GB. Also, the Sero7 Pro also includes the addition of a rear-facing camera and a mini HDMI port.

    I think I've had my tablet for about 2 weeks now. The screen is great. The performance is snappier than my RazrMaxx smartphone. The Tegra3 processor makes it a solid performer for gaming. I've had it lock up on me maybe 2 times, but a reboot had it working fine again- Between rooting it and adding/removing so many apps, I'm not concerned about that.

    At first I was a little worried about battery life...
    When I first got the tablet I was using it constantly. The first day, it didn't make it all day without needing recharged. Now that I'm past the "kid at Christmas" phase with it and have moved onto what I'd call "normal" usage, the battery has been fine. Yesterday, I probably read news/weather on it for about an hour total and watched an episode of Metalocalypse on Netflix... I think it was at 75% when I put it on charge. On days when I spend more time on it- gaming etc, I'd say its usually 30-40% when I put it on charge.

    I've been semi-addicted to the Granny Smith game....
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    Default Re: Highsense Sero 7 Pro tablet

    Which version of Android does it come with? ANy idea what the update schedule is gonna be? (I know that's a sore point for many non-Nexus devices, lack of updates.)

    -edit-

    Ah, I see Ars Technica is on the case ...
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    Hmm, interesting.

    Then again, all of this seven-inch stuff is kinda beside the point for me. I want something for reading comics in bed, so a ten-incher is probably where I will wind up. Someday. When all of the concerns and finicky things I want have been addressed.
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    Default Re: Highsense Sero 7 Pro tablet

    Quote Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
    Then again, all of this seven-inch stuff is kinda beside the point for me. I want something for reading comics in bed, so a ten-incher is probably where I will wind up.
    Mrs. Lemur approves, I gather?
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    Kinda left that dangling there for you, I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
    Hmm, interesting.

    Then again, all of this seven-inch stuff is kinda beside the point for me. I want something for reading comics in bed, so a ten-incher is probably where I will wind up. Someday. When all of the concerns and finicky things I want have been addressed.
    Rear facing camera? Good.
    I doubt it has video out or a microSD slot tho.
    Then again, all of this seven-inch stuff is kinda beside the point for me. I want something for reading comics in bed, so a ten-incher is probably where I will wind up. Someday. When all of the concerns and finicky things I want have been addressed.
    Something to bear in mind... I'm used to reading in bed with my nook SimpleTouch in bed with no problem. I've read in bed with my 7" tablet and by comparison..... it's heavy. I find it gets uncomfortable to continue holding it a proper viewing angle for extended periods(the wrists get tired). A 10" tablet would only be heavier. Unless you're going to read sitting up?

    Also, I've been meaning to load up some comics on my 7"... and haven't gotten around to it. I even downloaded an app... just never loaded any content. I keep hoping to find an electronic version of the Mage series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiahou View Post
    I keep hoping to find an electronic version of the Mage series.
    If I remember correctly, Matt Wagner's Mage was published by Image comics, and they've got a deal with Comixology. A lot of comic book nerds have very nice things to say about that service. Good DC and Marvel collection, not to mention a pile of indie labels (more my speed). Only glaring hole in their selection is a lack of Dark Horse (which means no Usagi Yojimbo).

    I hear what you're saying about weight. I don't really know, and I don't know how to know without bringing a tablet home.

    Reading before bed is a Sacred Ritual for this lemur. Paper books and the Kindle fill that role now, as well as the occasional comic book read on the littlest laptop. I keep thinking a tablet would be a perfect addition to my bedtime reading gear, but yeah, it might actually suck. I don't really see how to game this out in advance.

    -edit-

    FYI, just looked, and Comixology does, in fact, have the entire run of Mage I and II.
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    Walmart has a reputation for letting you return anything. Just sayin...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
    FYI, just looked, and Comixology does, in fact, have the entire run of Mage I and II.
    Hmm, cool. I don't think I've read series 1 since I was in HS....
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    Default Re: Highsense Sero 7 Pro tablet

    I got an OTA update pushed from Hisense last night. At first I was thinking it might be the 4.2.2 update, but alas no.

    It's still good to know that they're releasing updates for the device. Maybe 4.2.2 will happen yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiahou View Post
    I thought it was downright scummy of Google not to include a microSD slot. The only reason for it I could see was so they could overcharge for the 32GB model.
    no, so they can push you to their cloud based services.
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    Default Re: Highsense Sero 7 Pro tablet

    Hey @Xiahou, did your 7" tablet get any OS updates?
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    Default Re: Highsense Sero 7 Pro tablet

    I think the last update was near the end of September.... but it wasn't 4.2.2

    It really is a great little tablet for $150 though.

    Edit: A bit of Googling indicates that 4.3 is supposed to be out for the device sometime this fall... don't see anything official on it though.
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    Whatever you do, just NEVER buy a failPad. They don't work. Even when plugged in it uses more energy than comes in, and it's not advanced enough for using internet. Hate the thing. Posting a reaction on a website without having to wonder if that pos actually posts it, you know half an hour later, 50/50 it wasn't too complex, anf a LOT of content just doesn't work at all.
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    Default Re: Highsense Sero 7 Pro tablet

    Quote Originally Posted by Fragony View Post
    Whatever you do, just NEVER buy a failPad. They don't work.
    Forced to buy an iPad this winter; wife's work uses an iOS-only app, so we had no choice.

    Picked up the air with the 64-bit proc. It's working quite well with everything we're throwing at it. In fact, it has become wife's main PC, she barely ever cracks open her Windows laptop anymore.

    Sure you aren't just using it ... incorrectly?

    Again, left to my own devices I would have gotten an Android tablet, but work is work, and you don't muck around with that.
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