A Short Review of the Visual Land Connect Android Tablet

 Many, many Android tablets have hit the market in the past year or so, including ones from truly unknown companies. This is one such tablet.

The  Visual Land Connect tablet is one I happened across on Walmart, where it wa spriced right in the middle of the many $90 to $100 budget 7″ Android tablet. It has generally unremarkable specs, with the standard 7″ capacitive touchscreen, 8GB Flash storage, a microSD card slot, Wifi, g-sensor, and it is running Android 4.0 on a 1.2GHz CPU.

Verdict

This is an unremarkable tablet with average performance and adequate build quality. There’s not much to set it apart from the competition, and I feel that if you happened to grab this tablet out of a bag full of similarly priced tablets, you’d be getting neither the best nor the worst of the bunch.

The one thing that set this tablet apart (and this is why i bought it) was the 1.3MP camera. That’s much better than you would expect on a tablet in this price range and I was hoping it would be the first one to offer a decent image.  Unfortunately, there seems to be a driver issue. I can’t get the installed camera app to work, and the several camera apps I downloaded from Google Play also do not work.

Battery Life

The specs on the box claim 8 hours battery life, but I didn’t get that much. I tested this on a trip, and I usually got around 4 to 5 hours of steady use. That’s okay, but it’s a little short when compared to other tablets in this price range.

Touchscreen & Performance

The touchscreen worked about as well as I expected. I suppose that might be too vague for some, but touchscreens are a solved problem for Android tablets. I’m beginning to suspect that man budget tablets get their touchscreen from the same source and are built in the same factories.  That would tend to explain the general uniformity of these tablets.

Performance was also at par, and this tablet passed all my tests (Angry Birds, web browsing, Youtube) quite adequately.

What’s in the Box

The Connect tablet is specced to have USB host, but it only has just the one USB Mini-B port. Luckily the manufacturer included a converter cable so you can plug in USB accessories. The box also contains the power supply, asecond  USB cable (for connecting to your PC) and earbuds. But there is no HDMI cable to go with the HDMI port.

Apps & Android Market

This tablet ships with GetJar and a link to download the Amazon Appstore, but not Android Market. Luckily I was able to install it (instructions) as well as several apps. This tablet also ships with Aldiko, YOutube, Adobe Reader, and the usual basic suite of apps. There’s enough to get you started

Specs

  • 1.2GHz CPU
  • Android 4.0
  • 7″ (800×480) screen
  • Capacitive touchscreen
  • 1.3MP camera
  • USB Host
  • 8GB Flash
  • microSD card slot
  • HDMI out
  • g-sensor

41 thoughts on “A Short Review of the Visual Land Connect Android Tablet

  1. Does it have a TN or IPS panel?

    To test it, just tilt the screen and see if it turns dark when looking at it from one angle. If the color is mostly the same at any angle and it doesn’t get too dim, it’s a high quality IPS panel or something similar.

  2. so you have stated the facts and your own personal opinion but you never said if a friend asked about a cheap table would you recommend it?

  3. Good question Jeff…….Would you recommend this unit or but it again?

    I am aslo looking for a kid friendly cover for this unit – rubber type…any ideas?

  4. I’m holding one now. Pixillated, won’t run swype, hot, short battery life, slow web connections… i,’m returning it and spending a little more.

    1. Same here. I just got mine today and I plan on returning it in the morning. It is slow and it has an error when I go to the app store and constantly says network error even though it has a signal. I know you get what you pay for but this is rediculous. I found myself putting itdown and using my phone to do things that the tablet would not do lol.

    1. Karen,

      I would just try calling an Android customer service guy, since it IS included if you got this model. It may even be different for a 10″, I’m not sure. It shouldn’t though. I hope this will help;) !!

  5. Ok, so was anyone else confused about why he was saying about how he had to hack the Android Market? That seems a little off to me. I was looking at this tablet because it was cheap and it contained all the factors I was looking at. However, I’m buying an Android tablet because I want a device with the Android Market on it. If it doesn’t then what’s the point? I can’t believe no one else is asking themselves this….

    1. There are lots of Android devices out there which don’t come with the Android market.

      Just because Android is open source doesn’t mean Google let go of complete control. They still get to decide who can officially install Google Play, and they tend not to accept budget tablets. That’s why we need to do hacks like the one I mentioned in this post.

    2. The reason a lot of these low-end tablets can’t get Google Play on them is because of issues with apps. Google doesn’t want a tablet that will have a lot of errors or be unable to run a lot of apps without difficulty on their platform, so it’s a weird form of quality control. It does kind of suck that a low-level Android tablet WITH Google Play has to be somewhat pricey to, but it’s more for the developers’ sake than Google being mean and evil or something. The reason iOS still has more apps, and many popular apps come to Android later (or never ) despite Android having the lion’s share of the market now, where the reverse seems to seldom happen, is pretty much because Android is already the objectively harder platform to make a good, solid app on due to the myriad of different specs, “tweaked” versions of Android, etc… that are out there and have to be accounted for.

      The Amazon App store is supposedly available for this tablet though, so while it’s not as good as Google Play as far as variety goes, it’s better than nothing.

  6. I just purchased this tablet for my mother for christmas. I haven’t received it yet, but I read that Netflix is able to be used on this tablet and I wanted to find out if anyone knows if this is true.

      1. It has netflix installed but netflix doesn’t work – even when updated. The screen is black with audio playing. Visual Land support is non-existent. They don’t reply to inquiries and they don’t provide drivers or updates.

  7. Am unhappy with my tablet. It works great for reading but I already have a Kindle. Can get email without a problem but primary reason for getting tablet was to get on Facebook when not at home. Takes forever to load. Battery life no where near the 8 hours.

    1. I am about to turn all three of my Visual Land Connect 4.0 back to Walmart. Great for my grandaughters but sucks for me. I have tried everything and cannot get the Kindle to work on it. Also it keeps dropping my Verizon MiFi while I am in the middle of playing Words with family members. Then it takes 3 days to go back and forth between us. It isn’t the MiFi because of tower has not problems, nor does my son’s notebook. Can someone help me out. NONE of the Visual Land Connect 4.0 tables are working with Kindle. You can down load, might be able to open once, then it goes into the History File. Open it back up and goes black screen. I realize it was one of the cheaper tablets but I wanted it for reading books and Netflix for my grand daughter. Which it drops the movies as well. Can someone please advise me.

  8. My children gave this to me for xmas….was so excited….it was pink and so thin ….nothing works…so bummed…I lv the size and color, but my son is ready to use it as a frisbee…guess it is going back :( it needs to it is not a good product and shame on target.com for writing good reviews which persuaded my children to make this purchase

  9. This tablet is worthless we have 4 of them and two get stuck on the screen that said android and they bread easily and everything gets erased randomly so this is a terrible product

  10. The comments after this article are pretty much on the money when questioning the visual land tablets. I would say the tablet is just “ok”. I have had little problems installing apps from 1market mobile, everything seems to function ok, but the tablet itself is slow. You are basically getting what you pay for. I might reccommend this device as long as you don’t mind waiting for the device to catch up with you from time to time. The next time I buy a tablet I doubt it will be another one of these “bargain” tablets. If you decide to buy this tablet for yourself or a family member, just remember, it takes more patience than technical knowledge to use this tablet. Furthermore, some days the tablet functions great and some days not so great but hey, you only paid a little under $200.00 for the thing so what do you expect. To conclude it’s definately not an IPad or Nexus.

  11. how do hook your visual land android tablet to verizon fios…it only lets me go on under lynksys and not vfons5

  12. For those trying to use the Kindle app on the Visual Land tablet, when you get the black screen try turning your tablet the other way. I had the same issues and realizes if I turned the screen long way then it worked…not sure why but glad it did. Hope this helps someone else!

  13. please help! i bought two of these for my daughters for christmas. one of them works great, the other is saying i cant use the camera without a sd card. neither one of these has a sd card so im wondering why one is working without and the other will not. please help should i reset it all together?

  14. bought (2) of the Visual Land tablets from Wal-Mart. I have returned both and got my money back. I don’t use it every day and after it sits awhile and you turn it on it goes to open and locks up. I guess you get what you pay for. I will not buy another. I will spend a little more and get one I know will work properly.

  15. I just bought one for my mom for Christmas, it’s been charging like it said to. I still can not get the sob to turn on. I’m a lil mad about that!

  16. I have a 7 inch tablet and it seems to be working just fine until yesterday. I went to put it on charge and when i came back to it all I got was a battery sign with a triangle in the middle and an exclaimation mark in the triangle. What does that mean???

    1. I don’t know what that means. Something happened, but without more information I can’t say what it was.

      Did the battery feel warm? Did you try unplugging and plugging in the tablet? Did you try rebooting the tablet?

    2. I’m having the same problem and I’m trying to find out what’s causing the battery with the triangle in the middle. someone asked if we rebooted, well you can’t get it to come on. I unplugged it and I’m trying to see if I can let the battery run down all the way.

      Anyone have any other suggestions?

  17. I bought myself a tablet 2wks ago I was told that it was the best my worst mistake the thing goes to sleep ever so often resets it self when ever , always have some net work problem this thing is worthless waste of money never again with this brand

  18. I got this table about a year ago and he stop working before the year was up just stop loading up and would not start again would not buy it again.

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