Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE Tablet Review

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Final Thoughts & Conclusion

Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE Tablet

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 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.

Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE Network performance

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 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.

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  • Sharris Hayes

    I can’t find a case for this tablet due to the fact that the power button is on the very top right edge. Any case I try pushes the power button. Very inconvenient.

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  • Andi

    What if it suddenly changed to Chinese scripture and you can’t turn off to reboot?

    • ally

      press the down volume button until the last option is highlighted and then press your power button. that’s what works for me. its happened multiple times.

  • Jada

    I need help with my tablet

  • Sohail Anwar

    Can I use 4G LTE sim in this tablet . I have one but I can not use it in pakistan is there any registration issue or country issue is there any way how to enable 4G lte sim in verizon ellipsis 7 . It is showing invalid sim

  • Donna

    Tried to turn on pad last night and it just wouldn’t.. plugged in to charge just in case that was it and I got all this weird chinese writing on screen.. I finally gave up and unpluged. It seems okay this morning… but really chinese writing are they trying to get in my information? Has anyone else seen this?

  • Emmanuel Harris

    Hi, how can I use my network in my country Liberia? I have one but no service.

  • 124346

    Hi, I have an elipsis 8 and I want to know how to turn off the 4G LTE while I’m out of the country and only use the wireless feature. Anyone know? We haven’t had any problems with the tablet so far but it’s most common use is as an e reader. Thanks for your help.

  • Jay_Dun23

    So.. I had this tablet for almost a year I can safely say.. No major problems, only memory of course but because of the games I have an interest in.. (NFS, Asphalt, GTA) so because of that memory problem I was having, I bought a Professional Ultra SanDisk 16GB memory card which said its “specifically designed for the Verizon Ellipsis 7 Tablet” like 2 days ago. Yes I have tried a different SD card in this tablet before and almost had to format it because it wasn’t a SanDisk Ultra memory card.. So now that I have bought the proper SD card for the Ellipsis 7, it is having problems reading the SD card when I inserted it.. It worked at first but now it isn’t even reading the card at all, even when its inside. I am very irritated because I have no idea what in the world is going on with this tablet.

  • Kelly Jo

    I was using mine last night, it went into time out mode, I went to turn back on won’t boot up nothing, when charging, nothing, usally will have a battery with lighting bolt icon, nope nothing, I too need to know if any one else is having this problem and how doi fix it. Never dropped, wet, nothing
    Bad. Thanks

    • Greg

      I held down the power button and the volume down button for like 6 secs then it powered back on, might have been coincidence , who knows. give it a try

  • Kimberly

    Worst tablet ever. Currently stuck in a strange Chinese list of whatever it is saying. Won’t turn off, won’t refresh. Crap. Anyone else have a list of Chinese words come on the black screen? I hate this tablet. And I can’t get rid of it without costing a fortune in fees.

    • Tammy Acalco

      Mine is doing The same thing. Did you figure out why its doing that.

      • FortuneIT

        That is the factory reset/diagnostics screen. If you navigate(with volume down button) down to the one that has chinese writing and EMMC(use volume up button to select) or something like that it will factory reset your tablet.

        • JoyceC

          Thank You!! I have been trying to get the tablet to get out of the Chinese mode all morning, I followed your instructions and it is turning on as I type. Thank you so much for your post.

        • Tim Riggins

          What if it does not allow you to do that

        • Julie

          Mine did this…… I did almost what fortuneit said…… I used volume down to highlight the Chinese writing with emmc by it then I had to hit power, next screen had to go down a few lines, using volume down button to the line with Chinese and emmc and I hit power there also and it immediately said welcome and its having me sign in as if it were new so I guess factory reset was done! Hope this helps!

    • blackpowderbill

      What a PIA ! 2 weeks ago it died and would not start till it charged for a full day.

  • ThomasBDX

    Verizon is still trying to shovel this junk someplace. I get an email about their “HOT tablet promotion” about every four days…

  • Marcus Clark

    My wife bought me one for Christmas and I’ve had nothing but problems with it from day one. The processor simply isn’t powerful enough for what few apps I have, aside from crashing when doing simple things like checking the NWS for weather data, it also freezes on startup requiring a reboot, and has frozen many times even then, of course, requiring a hard reboot. Another issue has been the constant messages about the charger being “incompatible with device” even though it’s the one that came with it. I have taken mine to a number of Verizon stores and sent it off for repairs, but since Verizon is not known for its repair service, I keep getting back a tablet that just doesn’t function. Of course, this will happen when Verizon repair technicians send it back saying they can’t duplicate the problems, even though they get it “frozen” with a black screen because it won’t do anything, which by the way, is its current condition. Perhaps I simply got one of those “one in a million lemons” Verizon store employees keep saying, especially if there are customers thinking about getting one, but a check of Verizon’s own website tells a much more clearer picture, it just simply doesn’t have the processor power for it to be a good tablet period, regardless of reviews like this.

    • bill moseley

      Ditto everything you said! Why do they keep using this turkey!? Cheap for them. But don’t they have any sense of ethics? Continuing a decidedly bad product? Cut your loses, folks. This makes you look very bad! I like the idea of a free pad with good apps, but it’s worthless without booting up and delivering a connection. I am currently awaiting my SECOND replacement. Same symptoms as the first unit. I will likely lose several gigs of usage if the pad is not replaced quickly….there is no “roll over,” use it or lose it. If I have no pad, I lose the data usage! Help, I need somebody!

  • john

    I bought all three of my children this tablet for Christmas. One of them won’t stay on. It powers itself off and on and cant do anything with it. This is the worst tablet I have ever owned.

  • lw

    My tablet got extremely hot and not it won’t charge. Can the battery be replaced? Is this a battery problem?

  • frank

    How do you fix the lighting of the camera if it faces you because mines always end up look green and dark…

  • Sooner Chuck

    How can I turn keyboard input on? I can only voice search.

  • Jessica

    This is one of the worst devices I have owned. We got it on a promo when we started up with Verizon. A bout a month & a half later the screen completely stopped working, it stays completely white, or grey. If we leave it be for a few days and keep it on the charger occasionally the screen will return to its normal state but if you so much as think about unplugging it from the charger, your screen is gone again. I had it working for about a week and now it won’t work at all screen wise. We have never dropped it, over heated it, spilled on it- nothing. Just quit for no reason. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

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  • omar

    is it worth paying 150 for one any one kan help me plz

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    • underworldelement

      $40 at the pawn shop, lol

  • Jack

    Elipsis 7 is the worst device I have ever used to tether to internet with my PC. It does not stay online. You have to reboot continually even with an expensive cell booster. Since it is the only tablet offered by Verizon, it is a horrible deal. The only good thing is that, Verizon has told us, we can get out of our contract when we find a better actually reliable service. I have nothing good to say about this table.

    • blackpowderbill

      Yea good luck just getting out of your contract! Verizon sells the crap tablets then they want you to pay 9.00 mo for insurance and a 2 yr contract. If you want out they want paid.

      • Jeni Haworth

        I got out of my contract a year ago. I went with Hughes Net and it has been outstanding.

  • Amorris

    My brother and I purchased Ellipsis &’s about 3 months ago. They will not charge! We have to keep the charger plugged in to use them.

    • Spencer Johnson

      simple fix open the back of it with a small flat head

      screw driver and unplug the battery for 1 minute then plug it back it allow it to charge complete before removing charge also make sure it’s not saying charger incompatible .

    • Rock Sadler

      I have a e 7 to but the plug that came with it stop working n none of my phone charger will work even know it the same USB plug

  • bug

    mine wont turn on even though its charged

  • amy

    How can I upload photos from my SD card to the tablet?

  • Gail

    Can someone please tell me how to get safe mode of please???

  • sj

    I erased the keyboard by mistake. How do I reinstall it

  • Ashley

    Can anyone tell me how to save apps to my sd card on this tablet? I keep having problems with memory. I have a 16gb sd card in but there isn’t anything on it. I am just frustrated with the insufficient space popping up on me! I went in to the store I got it from two people couldn’t figure it out. Please help.

    • jd

      I don’t think this device has this capability of saving anything but pix to the ext SD card

      • mtenenbaum

        The only way you can manage the memory map is to load apps that allow you to store data and executable code in the auxiliary SD card. Well that’not exactly true. If you know your way around Linux you can enter soft links to have the OS look at another location for data and executables.

  • TampaMeg

    where is the damn Tab key on this ellipsis 7??!!!

  • Sharon

    Just got the tablet from Verizon last week. Email does not load and files say they are loading and never do. Also batter doesn’t last very long and after charging all night it is still not 100%

    • user

      If you don’t close out your apps after you are done with them it can cause your battery to die fast or not charge properly. Press the two boxes at the bottom right of the screen and swipe all of the apps.

  • Darryl Hines

    Can a stylus work with this device?

  • peggy

    didn’t mean to give scooby a “thumbs down”
    sorry sorry
    how did you make ellipsis 7 stay “on” longer?

  • Amber Finken-Johnson

    Can anyone tell me if I can use an external keyboard with this tablet? I see that Verizon is now selling a Bluetooth external keyboard for it but I was looking at one that plugs into the micro USB and don’t want to get it if it won’t work with my tablet.

    • Julie

      I bought a
      TsmileĀ® New Detachable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard PU Leather Case Cover Stand Protective Skin for Verizon Ellipsis 7 MV7A Black
      for mine. It is wireless, so you have to charge the keyboard just like the tablet. What I like about it is the keyboard is part of the case to protect the tablet.

    • Sally Wilkins

      Amber, I came here looking for the same answer. I can tell you that the (cheap) usb keyboard I bought does not work . . .

  • scooby

    Ours works great love the 4g feature but tablet keeps shutting down and restarting if you are not using it hasn’t done it for a while though I think I might of fixed the ptoblem

  • Nice review for what seems to be a little below the line tablet. I would love to stay connected on the go but with the cost of data plans being ridiculously high, it just isn’t an option.

    If someone ever does a truly unlimited 4g (or above by that time) connection just like you get with your cable, dsl, fios, etc, they will take away business from everyone as long as they can sustain the hit in bandwidth.

    Wireless is just to darn expensive and limited to do more than small things on.