Sunday, April 27, 2014

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE: The Verizon Ellipsis 7 Tablet with 4G LTE for On-The-Go Moms

A small tablet with Verizon 4G LTE built in for use while on-the-go...

Special thanks to Verizon Wireless for loaning me the Verizon Ellipsis 7 Tablet for review... 

Recently, I gave my very non-technical sister a new tablet for her birthday.  When I say that my sister is non-technical, I mean she only uses technology when she is forced.  She is technical writer, which means she uses a computer every day as part of her job. But left up to her, she would still be using a manual typewriter if she could get away with it.

So when my son and I gifted her a new tablet for her birthday, I really did not know how she was going to react. This is a woman who still owns a flip phone - and is proud of it. So my son and I set up the tablet on her wifi and loaded on Gmail, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Kindle, Nook, Comcast To Go, the Bible and a Solitaire game and left her to her own devices.  Well, I am happy to report that my very non-technical sister actually loves her gift and uses it all the time.  Her only complaint? That her tablet does not have a built-in Internet connection so that she can use all the apps while on-the-go when there is no wi-fi available.

So I thought about my sister's desire to have a built-in Internet connection with her tablet when I was sent for review the Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet with built-in Verizon 4G LTE.

While the Ellipsis 7 is not a high-end tablet with lots of bells and whistles and does not have super high-end specs, it is a decent tablet that will get the job done for someone looking to check email, watch a movie, read an eBook, Skype call a friend or relative, or just play a game.

The Verizon Ellipsis 7 specs are as follows:

- 1289 x 800 HD Display
- measures 7.72" (H) x 4.94" (W) x 0.4" (D)
- weighs 12.7 oz.
- runs Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
- has 8GB internal  memory with 1GB RAM
- supports up to 32GB microSD card (sold separately)
- has 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
- has a 4,000 mAh battery that can give you up to 12.28 hours of usage time or 6 days of standby time
- 3.2 Megapixel Rear–Facing Camera
- VGA Front–Facing Camera

One of the best thing about the Ellipsis 7 tablet is that it has the antennas built in for a Verizon 4G LTE Internet connection so that you have the super fast Verizon network with you wherever you go. And the unit that I was sent could also be used as a super fast hotspot so that I could share the Verizon 4G LTE Internet connection with my laptop or other devices.

I would sum up my review of the Verizon Ellipsis 7 Tablet as follows -

Pros -

- Good battery life with excellent standby time.  I left the tablet in my purse untouched for 3 days and it still had plenty juice left in the battery.  I wish my smartphone battery was that good.

- Loud dual front speakers that did a great job while watching youTube video.

- Built in microSD card slot is perfect for keeping lots of music and videos on the unit without using up all the 8GB of internal storage.

- Perfect size for carrying in my purse.

Cons -

- Feels a little heavy at 12.7 oz for a 7" tablet

The Verizon Ellipsis 7 Tablet would make a great Mother's Day gift for someone looking to own their first tablet or for someone that wants a simple tablet to use while on-the-go. It can be purchased from Verizon Wireless off-contract for $249.99 or with a 2-year contact for $49.99.

Find out more about the Verizon Ellipsis 7 Tablet on the Verizon Wireless Website

Part of the 2014 Mother's Day Gift Guide


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