The Disgo Tablet 7000 is solidly built and looks much like every other budget tablet
The resistive screen made this tablet torturous to use, sapping the fun out of apps and web browsing
A good range of ports belies the low cost, but the lack of Android Market support is a massive downer
Fine under light use, but try running more than one app at once, or visit a busy website, and the tablet crawls
A maximum of five hours between charges is what we'd expect from a tablet this cheap
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,5/30/2012 2:31:37 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Attractive price, plenty of ports, solidly built
Unresponsive resistive screen, stilted performance, unfriendly experience
You may spend your commute glaring at those smug iPad 2 owners, wishing you had a tablet to pass the endless hours spent rammed into trains. If money's tight, the £400-plus price tag can seem a little extreme.
This is where tablets such as the Disgo Tablet 7000 come in. At just £70 it costs less than a wet weekend in Wycombe, but don't imagine you're bagging an iPad for that price – like the Binatone HomeSurf 705 before it, you really do get what you pay for.
Could this be the most random screenshot used in an official press shot?
The difference between this and a more expensive tablet is obvious from the first prod. While most tablets use capacitive touch-screens, which register the electrical impulses from your fingertips for a silky-smooth experience, the Disgo 7000 has a cheap resistive touch-screen. The display is made from two separate layers, which are pushed together when your finger jabs the surface.
Jab is an appropriate word, as you really have to poke the seven-inch screen for it to register. We were uncomfortable finger-bashing the display as the picture distorted each time, but it was the only way to navigate Android's Gingerbread OS.
This lack of response is mildly irritating when poking your way through menus, but frustrating when you're browsing the web. Scrolling through websites is a jittery experience. The screen often skips around erratically, and you can't use multi-touch gestures to zoom in and out. Still, web pages load quickly over Wi-Fi and the compact screen is relatively sharp. Flash isn't supported, so you can't play video through sites such as BBC iPlayer and 4OD, but a YouTube app gives you access to thousands of clips of cats in fancy dress.
Because Google hasn't accredited the Disgo 7000, you don't have access to the Android Market. This means you're stuck with the GetJar store for downloading apps, a poor imitation at best with a meagre selection. Worse still, we tried downloading a number of apps but frantically prodding the ‘download' button each time gave no response. We're sure this was an issue with GetJar as opposed to the unresponsive screen, and it's really unacceptable.
You may have gathered we're not huge fans of the screen, but the rest of the Disgo 7000 is very well put-together for a budget device. The body feels solid, with a rubber back to aid grip. It's comfortable to hold one-handed thanks to its light build, and there's a ‘Home' button on the front for returning to the desktop. You also randomly get another Home button on the edge of the tablet, along with volume controls.
Connectivity is surprisingly strong, with two Mini USB ports for hooking up to a computer and exchanging files, as well as a Mini HDMI port. The Disgo 7000 only has 4GB of internal storage but this can be expanded via the microSD slot, another great addition considering the cost. Unfortunately, the power connector lets the side down, as it doesn't slot all the way into the socket, leaving it sticking half out and free to wiggle loose.
On battery you'll get around five hours of use if you stick to browsing the web and playing with simple apps. If you want to blast tunes or watch movies, expect three to four hours tops. The 1GHz processor generally copes with everyday use, but busy websites can slow it right down, as can running two or more tasks at once.
At £70 you have to really lower your expectations, as the Disgo Tablet 7000 is as basic as it comes. The unresponsive screen, lack of a decent app store and stilted performance make for a frustrating all-round experience, and you're best off keeping an eye on the latest online tablet deals.