Lenovo Tab 3 A7-10 7 inch review – Part 4

Lenovo Tab 3

After much use the conclusion to my Lenovo Tab3 Essentials review is the following.

The Lenovo Tab3 is a decently fast and cheap Android OS tablet and arguably the cheapest 7 inch tablet in terms of hardware specifications despite competitors from cheaper brands. It scores highly in the hardware specifications comparison charts against equally cheap tablets.

You can install any App you want even the latest Asphalt although will run a little slower than on a more powerful tablet. I also never found any real music equaliser I could actually recommend or made much of an improvement in sound quality.  For that you need a tablet with a decent music DAC…

The biggest problem with the Lenovo Tab3 Essentials is the lack of Android OS updates. Mine is currently stuck to Version 5.0.1 which is highly restrictive. The critical flaw is with version 5 is that it does not allow you to install Apps or other software on the microSD card. Since the tablet only has 16G there’s not much room for games and other software. If I had known that Lenovo does not support the tablets with OS updates I would’t have bought it – so be warned! This problem also applies to the Lenovo Tab8 and Tab10 tablets as well which are stuck on version 5.0.1 Android which is plainly sucks big time. The branding use of ‘Pro’ and ‘Business Tablet’ on the other tablets is simply false advertising.

That said, Lenovo sends out some security updates from time to time which keeps things updated but without OS version updates it is a dead duck hardware. Throughly disappointing and thus I can no longer recommend buying the Tab7 Essentials (aka A7-10 7 inch) as a viable purchase  (There goes my chance for any freebies!)

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Lenovo Tab 3 A7-10 7 inch review – Part 3

pokemongo1If you don’t have a decent phone and in my case a decent tablet with Dolby ATOMS or with a higher end sound processor for Bluetooth streaming you will need a decent Music Equalizer App. You’re fine for bluetooth music quality if you have a Samsung Galaxy series or an Apple iPhone and by far the best a Sony Xperia Smartphone but for cheat devices like this you are out of luck in standard form at least.

My quest to find the best music Equalizer and now player for bluetooth streaming specifically for the Lenovo Tab3 7 inch Essentials version continues as the apps I’ve tried did not meet my requirements. I have to use Bluetooth streaming because the standard stereo system in the car won’t recognise the TAB3 via a USB cable which is annoying but not unexpected. The TAB3 Essentials tablet does not have ATMOS built in hence this quest!

However and most importantly in 2016 the Lenovo TAB3 7 Essentials version can run Pokemon Go!

Free Music Equaliser Apps for the Tab3 (Android OS) tested so far:

Equalizer FX – OK but sound quality and volume not consistent or high quality enough but at least it runs through the standard music player App as a setting.

vPro Music Player – Works well in standard form but doesn’t stay on a preset EQ setting when playing or changing display modes. The Graphics EQ looks cool though. Sound quality via Bluetooth streaming is OK in standard form and better than the Equalizer FX app I tried last week. Could be just operator error – will see.

Volume Booster App – Didn’t get it to work because there are simply too many ads! and requires your location to work properly too which puts it on the rubbish list. Ads are fine but when it interferes with the function of the App and just keeps showing more and more ads it’s clearly one to avoid. Thankfully the TAB3 has Lenovo’s permission system which means you can control what the App has access to before the App starts literally stealing your data.

Music Equaliser review – Too many ads hence a fail.

Equalizer+ review – Too many ads hence another fail.

Onkyo HF Player review – I don’thave the headphones hence another fail.

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