MSI Enjoy 7 Plus

MSI_Enjoy7plus

The MSI Windpad Enjoy 7 Plus is the upgrade on the MSI Windpad Enjoy 7 and for that little extra cash, the Enjoy 7 Plus is well worth it over its older brother.

Specifications:

  • CPU: ARM Cortex A8
  • RAM: 1GB DDR3
  • Display:  800×480 resolution 7″ display with capacitive touch
  • Internal Storage: 8GB Flash
  • Front Camera: 0.3MP Webcam
  • Rear Camera: None
  • Connectivity: 802.11 WLAN (Wifi)
  • USB: mini-USB port compatible with USB2.0 standard. Accepts many plug and play devices including keyboard, mouse and USB-Storage devices (32GB limit)
  • Expandable Memory: Micro-SD slot. Accepts up to 32GB microSD cards.
  • Video Out: Only some models have a mini-HDMI port
  • Audio Out: 3.5mm stereo jack
  • G-sensor accelerometer (Automatic screen rotation can be enabled or disabled by user)
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • OS: Android 4.0 (version may vary with newer/older models)

What can it do:

  • Great for reading comics, especially manga.
  • Reasonable E-reader (have yet to find a really good Android E-reader).
  • Great for video, but limited by battery-life.
  • Kinda plays music but the speaker’s sound quality is pretty poor and it’s a little too big to carry around like and MP3 player.
  • Plays games fine – if you like the games available for android tablets – but this is limited by battery-life.
  • It can emulate but not superbly. While basic systems like NES and SNES will run quite decently apart from sound quality, running even Damn Small Linux and Tiny Core Linux in a VM was impossible past a basic CLI which took over 10 minutes to boot.
  • Can sort-of, kind-of browse the web if you’re sitting close to your Wifi access point and you install Opera Mini for android.
  • You can torrent but the free apps available provide limited features and capped speeds.
  • You can run smaller direct downloads but it’s not advisable for anything that would take over an hour as the device loses connectivity fairly easily.
  • Emails, social networking and all that stuff I could care less about: Absolutely ideal for these provided you don’t mind chatting or writing emails using the touch-screen keyboard or you have a spare USB one to plug in.
  • Use it as a really basic, cheap PC. No, seriously. All you need is a USB mouse and keyboard (best a a wireless set sharing a dongle) and a stand for the tablet. It’s not going to be a proper PC but you’ll be able to use it for basic mobile office apps and you’ll be able to play a few games in your break.

What it can’t do:

  • It cannot dual boot to my knowledge so you can forget about putting your own OS on it (Not that ARM architecture offers a wide variety to begin with).
  • This will not offer you access to cellular networks (no SIM slot).
  • It won’t serve as a camping companion but it will make a long wait at a state health institute more bearable.
  • This isn’t going to be a substitute PC. Get that thought out of your head now.
  • This won’t be your torrent box or you primary internet browser.
  • This isn’t going to replace you cellular phone or PC as far as social networking is concerned.
  • This isn’t gonna be a portable SNES/NES/etc because, especially with SNES, it isn’t ergonomically sound and the Android emulators I’ve tried, in my opinion, are not up to scratch with the hardware capabilities of this or most other tablet PCs.

Should I buy it?

Well, it’s quite a good entry-level tablet for its general price. If you want something more advanced with more PC-alike features then get a pricier tablet or, even saner, try using a real PC. Otherwise, if you like a good read but want more than what the basic Kindles offer and don’t wanna fork out too much cash then this is the ideal buy. It’s perfect in weight and size for reading books and comics (one-handed with some practice). All the other features are sort of bonuses and it’ll be great if they’re of use to you but don’t let them be your primary reason for buying this tablet.

More Information:

Visit the Enjoy 7 Plus‘s page on MSI’s website

The Enjoy 7 (older version) specifications

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