Monster is getting into the tablet game with a low-cost 7-inch Android tablet called the M7. You will be more familiar with Monster as the over-priced cable company. I’ll say this up front, and it applies to just about every low-end Android tablet on the market today: spend a little extra money and buy a Nexus 7 instead.
With that out-of-the-way, let’s talk about the Monster M7. It has decent specs for an entry-level tablet, although the battery life sounds sub-par. It’s a 7-inch tablet with a 1280 x 800 display, a 1.6 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. Here’s the spec rundown, from Walmart.com:
- 1280 x 800 display
- 1.5GHz dual-core CPU
- 1GB of DDR3 RAM
- 16GB of storage, micro SD card support
- GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Mini HDMI
- 5 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front camera
- 8 hours of battery life
The M7 is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and comes with a few apps pre-installed from Monster. There is an app called PowerControl that works with a few compatible Monster accessories, they pre-load the Vudu app for video streaming, and a special Bluetooth audio feature that is specific to watching movies. We’re not sure how that last one works, yet. Thankfully Monster seems to have left the M7 with a mostly-stock Android experience. The M7 comes in several colors and has a “non-skid” plastic surface. Monster probably meant “non-slip,” which would make more sense.
There is also a 10.1-inch version in the works, to be released later this year. The M7 is available for pre-order on the Walmart website right now, with an availability date listed of September 26th. The M7 sells for $149, which is almost as much as you’ll pay for an 8-foot Monster HDMI cable.
The Android tablet market is bloated with cheap, low-end options. Most of them are pure garbage. They are inexpensive to manufacture, and Android is free for these companies to slap on there. Unfortunately that means they are generally poorly built and end giving customers a bad experience. The Monster M7 may be a decent tablet; I don’t know yet. If you want my advice though, just buy a Nexus 7.