Checking Out The Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE Tablet
The Verizon Ellipsis 7 Tablet is a new release from 'The Worlds Most Reliable Network'. The Ellipsis 7 is targeted at those looking for productivity on the go, as well as a touch of entertainment. A 7" tablet is small enough to toss into a jacket pocket or purse, but large enough to use for most tasks without an issue. The Verizon Ellipsis 7 Tablet isn't just a Wi-Fi tablet like many of the tablet out there, the Ellipsis 7 is connected to the Verizon 4G LTE network and has all the benefits that come with it. If you're interested in the Verizon Ellipsis 4G LTE tablet you can pick it up on Amazon.com for as little as $119.99 with a 2 year contract, or $299.99 without a contract.
The Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet is packed with features for us to look at today. The nature of a tablet demands portability, if it isn't portable (at least by your own definition) it's not likely to suit the needs that you need it to. Some people may say that a 10" tablet is to large for them, it is definitely tougher to throw in a pocket or purse, and if you're carrying it around all day it may get heavy quick. To some though a 7" tablet like the Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet may be to small to use. Personally I like 7" tablets they are large enough to work on, but small enough that they aren't cumbersome to carry around.
The Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet isn't going to be the most powerful tablet to come through the Legit Reviews labs, that isn't what this is designed for. Though it should have plenty of power for most people who are looking to get into an entry level tablet. At the heart of the Ellipsis 7 is an ARM Cortex A7 quad-core processor that chugs along at 1.2GHz and has 1Gb of RAM. As I said this isn't the most powerful tablet or anywhere close to that, it's an entry level tablet that features a Verizon 4G LTE cellular modem. If the processor is the heart, then the operating system is the life blood of the Ellipsis 7 tablet. The Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet is running Androin 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and it's pretty much a stock build with only a few extras built in that don't seem to be removable. The Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet comes with some apps like, iHeartRadie, Redbox Instant, and Amazon Kindle.
Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE Specifications
- 7" HD IPS Display (1280x800), 216PPI
- Virtual QWERTY Keyboard with SWYPE technology
- Dimensions: 7.72" (H) x 4.94" (W) x 0.4" (D)
- Weight: 12.7 oz.
- Technology formats: 4G LTE (B13)
- Operating System
- Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Virtual QWERTY Keyboard with SWYPE technology
- Memory / Processor
- Memory: 8GB internal (formatted capacity is less) / 1GB RAM
- Supports up to 32GB microSD card
- Processor: 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
- Standard Battery: 4,000 mAh
- Usage Time: up to 12.28 hours/Standby: up to 6.53 days
As with most phones and tablets, the packaging for the Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet isn't flashy or particularly eye catching. Then again, it isn't like they have these sitting on a shelf for you to pick up at the store. Once you order online or head in to your local Verizon retail location and let them know you want one, they will grab it out of the back for you. While it may not be flashy, the packaging does show off a good picture of the Ellipsis 7 tablet for you to see.
The back of the packaging isn't exciting in the least and really only lists out the contents of the box. Packed inside the Ellipsis 7 box is the Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet, USB Cable, power adapter, quick reference guide, and the product safety and warranty brochure.
Opening up the package for the Ellipsis 7 4G LGE tablet, it looks like I'm not the first to have this sample as there are no warning stickers and the interior of the packaging is showing some signs of wear and tear. Despite the wear and tear, the Ellipsis 7 tablet is still securely packed inside and is in no danger of shifting around.
Removing the tablet from the box, we can see the paperwork and the wall adapter to charge the Ellipsis 7 tablet. Below the paperwork we would find the included USB Cable tucked neatly underneath.
The screen on the Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet measures 7 inches and features a HD IPS display with a 1280x800 resolution. For more than obvious reasons, the Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet doesn't have an actual keyboard, for that there is a Virtual QWERTY Keyboard with SWYPE technology. Throughout my time with the Ellipsis 7 I didn't run into any issues using the virtual keyboard. At the top of the Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet you can make out the front facing VGA camera
The bottom edge of the Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet features only the micro-USB port for charging and syncing.
The right edge of the Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet is where most of the physical features can be found. Towards the left edge of the photo there is a door that reveals the microSD card and SIMM card. The Verizon Ellipsis 7 comes with 8Gb of internal storage. While 8GB isn't bad for storage, it isn't much by todays standards, if you're in need of more storage the Ellipsis 7 tablet supports micro SD cards up to a 32 GB. Towards the right side of the photo we can find the usual volume and power buttons.
The top edge of the Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet doesn't have much going on, though it does have a 3.5mm audio jack for a set of headphones.
The back of the Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet is relatively uneventful, at the top we can see the 3.2 Megapixel camera, and the branding along the the bottom. In the fine print along the bottom they have placed the model number (QMV7A), FCC ID numbers, and the all to common Made in China logo.
The camera tucked up in the corner of the Ellipsis 7 is a 3.2 megapixel camera. I know it's not common, but I'd still like to see a flash on tablets. Very few tablets have them but they do help take better pictures.
Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE Tablet Software
The home screen of the Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet has a great screen shot of some where that looks considerably more attractive than here in Chicago right now. Along the bottom of the screen we have the featured apps like google maps, Kindle, mail, Chrome, music, and the Google Play store. Just below the apps we have the back button, home button, and a button that displays all of the open windows.
Swiping the screen over, we can access the gallery, hangouts, play games, YouTube, iHeartRadio, and the Redbox Instant applications. In the main part of the screen the Google Flipboard app is front and center. The Google Flipboard app allows you to find the news you want to read about. Pick a couple of topics and the flipboard app will find articles on those topics just for you!
Flipping through the various apps and widgets of the Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet it's mostly the typical applications found on Android devices. There are a couple of Verizon specific ones though, namely the Verizon Messages, and the VZ Navigator. The Verizon Messages application is pretty much what you think it is, a text messenger for your Ellipsis 7 tablet. Using the Verizon Messenger you can stay connected with all of your devices, including the PC and Apple products. The VZ Navigator is also just what you think it is, a navigation unit for your Verizon devices and is available for Android, Apple, and Windows phone 8.
There isn't anything out of the ordinary looking at the settings and about page of the Verizon Ellipsis 4G LTE tablet. On the About Tablet page, it does confirm the model number (QMV7A)
Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE Camera and CPU Performance
I took the Ellipsis 7 tablet out shopping with me, fruits and vegetables are usually great in photos because of the bright colors.Unfortunately, the camera on the Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet really didn't impress me in the least. Many of the fruits in the pictures above were much brighter than what's shown in the pictures. Another issue that I was encountering with the Ellipsis 7 camera was that it was slow to actually capture the image. There were an number of images that I shot, that if I moved the tablet to soon after trying to take the picture it would come out blurry.
These are a handful of the photos I took before I realized what was happening. Once you hit the button to take the picture the Ellipsis 7 Tablet would grab the screen, slide it over into the preview box and it looked like that's what you're getting. It wasn't until I tried to preview the first of the pictures that I had taken did I realize that they were coming out blurry like this. Needless to say I wasn't exactly impressed with what was happening with the pictures.
|Verizon Ellipsis 7||Google Nexus 7||Haier Digital2 D2-961G|
|3DMark IceStorm||3184||Maxed out||2276|
|3DMark IceStorm Extreme||7730||1165|
|GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex Onscreen||265 (4.7FPS)||844 (15.1FPS)||479 (8.6FPS)|
|GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex Offscreen||153 (2.7FPS)||916 (16.4FPS)||501(4.1FPS)|
|Higher Scores are better in all but SunSpider, Lower is better there|
The Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet has a 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor at the heart of it, at one point in time that was a beast of a processor. Now days though, it's a bit of a dog in the benchmarks. The Google Nexus 7 2nd generation tablet that Nate reviewed at the end of July 2013 was able to pretty well spank the Ellipsis 7 in each of the benchmarks. The Google Nexus 7 has a 1.5GHz quad-core Krait processor while the Ellipsis 7 is a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A7 quad-core processor that just couldn't keep up with the Nexus 7. A number of the benchmarks were considerably different between the Ellipsis 7 and Nexus 7. In Antutu the Ellipsis 7 scored 13291 while the Nexus 7 was 58% faster with a score of 21034. When running FutureMark IceStorm the Verizon Ellipsis 7 scored 3184, the Nexus 7 maxed out the basic score and hit 7730 in the Extreme version of the benchmark!
Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE Tablet Network Performance & Battery Life
|Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE||21.67Mbps||11.92Mbps||59.39Mbps||4.83Mbps||17.83Mbps||4.42Mbps|
The Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet running on the Verizon network was able to hit the fastest 4G LTE speed that I have seen. The maximum download speed that I saw on Speedtest.net was 59.39Mbps! The slowest download speed seen was 4.83Mbps which is still a reasonable speed to surf the web with. The average of the 20 runs sitting pretty at 21.67MbpsThe upload speed wasn't quite as impressive as the download speed, but was still plenty fast with a maximum speed of 17.83Mb/s and a minimum speed of 4.42
|Verizon Ellipsis 7
4,000 mAh Battery
|Google Nexus 7||Haier Digital2
|GFXBench 3.0 Battery Test||269 (4.8FPS)||N/A||497(8.9FPS)|
|GFXBench 3.0 Battery Life||475 minutes||N/A||223 Minutes|
|Real World Battery Test||379 Minutes||N/A||N/A|
When you're on the go, battery life is always important. The GFXBench 3.0 suite has a built in battery test within it. Running the GFXBench 3.0 Battery test on the Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet we got a score of 269 points and the benchmark was running at 4.8 frames per second and is estimated to last 475 minutes. The Haier Digital2 D2-961G scored 497 points at 8.9 frames per second and is estimated to last 223 minutes. I wanted to get a real sense of the battery life on the Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet so I ripped a bluray and converted it to a universal format in Handbrake and looped it continually until the tablet was dead. Iron Man 3 was run from 100% to 0% in 379 minutes (6hours 19 minutes).
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Tablets are definitely a wave of the future, everybody is on the move these days and everybody wants to stay connected. The Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet is perfect for doing just that. Right now I am able to purchase the Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet for as little as $119.99 with a 2 year contract or $299.99 without a contract.
Overall the performance of the Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet was a little lacking compared to that of the Google Nexus 7 we tested along side it. While it may not have been a record breaking performance, the key to a tablet in my opinion is the user experience. Ultimately the user experience was spot on with what I would expect from a $120 tablet. I never really had any issues when I was browsing the web, watching videos, or even playing any of the mobile games I like to toy around with. Granted I don't play to many of the mobile games out there, I leave that up to my 6 year old (I'm a PC gamer myself), but he's not a great judge of performance (yet).
The 3.2 mp camera on the back of the Ellipsis 7 tablet was probably the least impressive feature of the Ellipsis 7. The biggest problem I experienced with it was response time, hit the button and it would look like it captured the shot, but if you didn't continue to hold the shot and Ellipsis 7 tablet still it would come out blurry. This isn't a camera I would rely on for great shots, it will do in a pinch. Every phone I've tested in the past has easily outperformed this camera.
I was really impressed by the Verizon 4G LTE network on the Ellipsis 7 Tablet. The Ellipsis 7 4G LTE hit nearly 60Mbps download speeds during one of the 20 SpeedTest.net runs that I performed. Of all of the mobile devices that I've been fortunate enough to look at this is the fastest that I have come across! It wasn't consistently at 60Mbps, but it was able to manage an average of 21.67Mbps across the 20 runs. This is nearly as fast as the Comcast service I have to my office which the last run was at 29.31Mbps download.
As much as I liked having a tablet on the Verizon 4G LTE network, there is a bit of a downfall to the Ellpsis 7 tablet, it only runs on the 4G LTE network. Verizon does have a great network (and fast as we can see above), I'm not arguing that, but the coverage isn't perfect yet. Depending on the strength of the 4G LTE coverage of the area you're at or where you're going, the Ellipsis 7 Tablet may not have any connectivity. I live in Chicago, so I didn't have to much of an issue. There was only one point while I was in my families machine shop that I wasn't able to pick up the 4G LTE network. Whether it was interference from the machines, or just a week signal in the area, it left me without any connectivity since it wont fall back to 3G or Edge networks.
Since we're on the topic of the 4G network, it's worthwhile to mention the data plans that Verizon has available with the Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet. The least amount of data that is available is the 4GB of shared data. The 4GB plan is only 30 per month and is shared across all devices. Each of the devices on the plan incur a $10 a month line charge. If you're only running the Ellipsis 7 tablet, your monthly bill would be $40.00. Beyond the 4GB plan, the data plans increase by 2GB increments up to 20GB plans, each step up adds $10.00 to the cost. After the 20GB per month plan, it increases by 10GB to 30GB, 40GB, and 50GB each step increasing in cost by $75.
I do understand that the 4G network is getting to the point that it is the bulk of the coverage in major cities and the surrounding areas so for 99.9% of the people they won't have any issues. So the decision to save some money and keep the cost down by only running on the 4G LTE network makes sense, but it's certainly something to keep in mind if you don't have the greatest 4G coverage. Fortunately the Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE is more than capable of running on your Wi-Fi network or any number of hot spots. If you are running the Ellipsis 7 from a Wi-Fi network, you won't suffer any issues with speed as the Ellipsis 7 is capable of running 802.11b/g/n.
Legit Bottom Line: At only $119.99 with a 2-year contract from Amazon.com the Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE tablet is a great deal. I never had any significant issues while I was using it, the camera left something to be desired, but it when it came to the usability and user experience it was able to handle everything I wanted it to do with ease.