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Creative Ziio 7-inch review

A budget Android tablet that more than justifies its own existence

Our Verdict

This tablet is a good deal for the price, even if it doesn't stand up to the more expensive tablets.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600

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For

  • Price is right
  • X-Fi audio
  • Easy to use

Against

  • Poor screen
  • It's not pretty
  • No Android Market

Tablets are the next big thing! They're brilliant! They're wonderful to use! They're super-convenient and awesome!

That's what everybody is saying, isn't it? But where are all these brilliant devices that everyone's been squawking so loudly about?

It's fairly safe to say that the tablet market hasn't exactly exploded in a whirlwind of fiery, world-beating über-tablets. Not yet, anyway.

Until the likes of the BlackBerry Playbook, the Motorola Xoom and the Asus Eee Pads finally make their way onto the shelves and into our homes (not long, now), we're left with a fairly disjointed-looking product line-up.

The latest Android tablet to grace the TechRadar office is the Creative Ziio 7-inch. It was announced last year alongside the Creative Ziio 10-inch, which has yet to hit the shops.

Creative ziio 7 inch

At just £199, it's one of the cheapest Android tablets available. So is it a bargainous wonder, or is it a dead touchscreen dog?

The specs don't promise much. This is a tablet running a slightly modified Android 2.1, a resistive touchscreen, no 3G connectivity and no Android Market.

Can it recover from that fairly so-so start?

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerZiiLABS
HDMIYes
Product FamilyZiiO
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Processor ModelZMS-08
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameCreative
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen Size25.4 cm (10")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Weight (Approximate)650 g
Cache256 KB
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
DigitizerYes
Height13.7 mm
Width262 mm
Depth173 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
ManufacturerCreative Technology, Ltd
Product Model70PZ032609115
Product NameZiiO Tablet Computer
Product LineZiiO
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part Number70PZ032609115
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.europe.creative.com
Marketing InformationThe tablet with pure android audio that elevates your entertainment

The Creative ZiiO 10" entertainment tablet is a new, sleek Android-based device that not only gives you the freedom to enjoy entertainment on-the-go, it goes a step further by synchronizing with connected audio devices, such as Creative's range of wireless speakers, to create a pure wireless entertainment ecosystem within your home.

Package Contents
  • Ziio Tablet Computer
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Stylus
Limited Warranty1 Year