About a week ago I gave you a first-look at the RCA Voyager III Andriod 7-inch Tablet where you can find specs, photos, and initial thoughts. And, though I’m neither a fan of Android nor a fan of 7-inch tablets, there’s a good story here for those that don’t mind either one. The story is actually one of comparison. In this case, it’s the comparison between RCA’s Android offering and Amazon’s Fire tablet (which is a highly-customized version of Android).
I learned a couple years back now that 7-inch tablets are very limited in specs, capability, and what I call viewability. A 7-inch screen is just not enough real estate for most things except reading possibly eBooks. But a large enough smartphone eliminates even that need. Personally, I found for me that any tablet smaller than 8 inches was unusable. Once you hit the 8-inch range, things start to change.
However, I’m not discounting the fact that there are those that do like the form factor of a 7-inch tablet. And, for those people, many of them are enamored by what Amazon has to offer with their Fire tablets. I’ve tried these – twice. But, each time I’ve eventually just discarded them to gather dust – or handed them off to family members who also eventually tucked it into a dust pile. Amazon’s Android interface is customized to the point where it’s just unusable and actually causes the tablet to underperform. That UI just has to go. It’s better than the original UI Amazon unleashed on the public, but it’s still a dog.
Now, RCA has delivered its own 7-inch Android tablet, and I have to think maybe that’s the market where RCA is headed – to compete with the Amazon Fire tablets. I say that because I’m not sure how viable a 7-inch Android tablet market is anymore.
But, what RCA has done is provided a better performing tablet than Amazon and done it in a way that delivers better specs with a cheaper price. RCA’s tablet is nothing special, but it’s also not tied directly into making you buy Amazon services and products. Additionally, it runs a real version of Android so you get access to the real Google Play store instead of being corralled into Amazon’s own app store which doesn’t always carry the most popular Android apps.
Bottom line: If you want a 7-inch tablet you can use to browse the Internet, read and reply to email, read eBooks, and the more common things – go for price, specs, and openness. The RCA Voyager III is a great option for those trying to choose between an Amazon Fire tablet and everything else.
The RCA Voyager III is available from Amazon for $43: RCA Voyager 7-inch Touchscreen Tablet
Alternatively, the Amazon Fire tablet that matches the RCA Voyager III specs is $70: Fire Tablet with Alexa, 7″ Display, 16 GB
Amazon also offers a cheaper 8 GB version of the Fire tablet for $50: Fire Tablet with Alexa, 7″ Display, 8 GB
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