Review: Ematic EGQ307 Android Tablet Has Impressive Specs But -

Ematic is aematic-egq307-front-colors[1] budget tablet maker that has been kicking around longer than most. They shipped their first Android tablet in 2011 and went on to release over a dozen models in a variety of screen sizes ranging from 7″ to a 13.3″ monstrosity (including a funky Kindle clone).

Some tablets were decent while others were atrocious, but you generally didn’t know which category an Ematic tablet fell into until you got your hands on it.

And that brings me to the EGQ307.

When Ematic announced the EGQ307 the week before last I was deeply curious how they managed to get a quad-core CPU, decent resolution screen, and otherwise acceptable specs in a tablet that cost less than $100.

It turns out that they cut a lot of corners, resulting in a tablet that some users swear by while others report worrisome hardware failures.

Hardware

The EGQ307 is your standard Android tablet, 7 inch, one of.  It has the usual glossy front as well as a matte rear shell that attracts fingerprint grease. The one speaker is on the back, and the VGA webcam is on the front upper right corner. All of the ports and the card slot are on the right edge and include an HDMI port, microSD card slot, headphone jack, microphone, and more.

This tablet is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on a quad-core 1.2GHz Allwinner CPU. I know that the listed specs say that the clock speed is 1.5GHz, but the benchmark test disagrees.The Antutu test also confirmed that the EGQ307 has a dual-core graphics chip as well as 1GB RAM, and 4.9GB of accessible internal storage.

I found the EGQ307 easy to hold in one hand. It’s smaller than your average 7″ Android tablet, and it also weighs less. At first glance the general build quality and appearance is good, but I have some issues when I turn the tablet on.

Screen

This tablet has a 7″ screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600. That screen resolution is not uncommon among sub-$100 Android tablets; I know of a couple other models with similar screen resolutions.

What sets this screen apart is that it is much lower quality than its competition.The backlight is about middling bright but lacks the ability to reach either dim or a flashlight level of brightness.

The viewing angle is narrow; you can turn the tablet (at most) 10% to 15% in any direction before losing color quality.  The image will still be  fully visible, though, even though the you might have trouble making out certain details because the color is off.

The screen is also unpleasant to look at; it has some undefinable quality that makes me want to turn my eyes away. I know that is not terribly specific but TBH this is the first time I have had this issue since playing with a 3d tablet at CES 2013.

And as I sit here writing the review, I have noticed that I can see a grid of fine lines on the screen. I’m guessing that this is the touchscreen component. That should not be visible, and the fact that it is tells me that this tablet suffers from a serious manufacturing defect – possibly due to the subcontractor cutting corners to reduce cost.

All in all, the screen alone is enough of a reason to avoid this tablet.

Camera

The VGA webcam was the one redeeming quality on this tablet. The image resolution may be  low, but the image quality was relatively good when compared to what can be found on similarly priced tablets. You won’t be using this tablet for photography, but if you like to videochat the other party will be able to recognize you.

Battery

The EGQ307 is specced at 4 and a half hours of battery life; I was never able to use it long enough to confirm this. And since the battery can’t hold a charge when the tablet is asleep I don’t care to, either.

In short, battery life was terrible. Over the course of the week, this tablet managed to run out of battery life while on standby no less than 3 times. I would often put it on my night table only to discover that the battery had run down in just over 6 hours of non-use.

This is a not uncommon problem with Ematic and other cheap tablets; even some Hisense Sero 7 Pro units exhibit a similar problem. But just because this problem is common doesn’t mean it is something to be endured.

Software

The EGQ307 is running a stock version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. So far as I can see it has not bee customuzed beyond the addition of a few apps.

It ships with Google Play and the usual suite of Google apps like Gmail, Chrome, Youtube, Google Maps. There’s also the stock Android apps like the email client, file manager, gallery, camera, and media players. Ematic has also added apps for Nook, Evernote, Pogoplug (5GB of free online storage), and Kingsoft Office.

Audio & Video

Video performance was a mixed bag. While this tablet is capable of playing a 720p video without skipping frames or the sound losing sync, Youtube performance left a lot to be desired.

This tablet was unable to play anything other than low resolution Youtube videos without pausing a couple times. This is more of a problem with its ability to download and buffer the video than play the video, but it’s still an issue.

The sound quality (from the single speaker on the rear of the tablet) was generally good for spoken words, but not so good at catching the nuances in music. But that is to be expected from a cheap tablet.

Performance

Screenshot_2013-12-01-13-51-42I’ve used this tablet for a week now and its performance is not bad. It’s also not great – not like the Hisense Sero 7 Pro (which costs $30 more). The EGQ307 is reasonably zippy for a sub-$100 Android tablet but it is also not significantly more powerful than competing tablets featuring a dual-core CPU.

In some ways it is also laggy. For example, this tablet can take a couple seconds to wake up after I press the power button. Download speed would best be described as unexceptional; this unfortunately affected Youtube performance .

And app loading time is also somewhat slower than I have seen on other budget tablets. Angry Birds was noticeably laggy at times, which affected the animation and the load times. This last point is particularly important because I have generally been satisfied with playing Angry Birds on other budget tablets.

The EGQ307 scored 12006 on the Antutu benchmark test. That’s both good and bad; it’s a higher score than Ematic’s last tablet, the dual-core EM63, but it is also a lower score than the ClickN Kids Tablet. It confirms that the EGQ307 doesn’t gain anything from the quad-core CPU other than hype.

Verdict

ematic egq07Now I know. Ematic cut a lot of corners to make the $99 price point, and the result is a quad-core tablet that I would rate lower than many dual-core tablets.

This tablet’s quad-core CPU was eye-catching, but the benchmark test doesn’t live up to the promise of the specs and actually rated lower than some dual-core tablets. The VGA webcam was fairly good, and the general performance and responsiveness was about what I have seen on other tablets in this price range.

And then there’s the screen, which I can’t stand. It has a narrow viewing angle, but more importantly the screen on the EGQ307 has some undefinable quality that repels me. I cannot explain it other than to state that I don’t want to use it.

The battery was also disappointing; it ran down while on standby and drained itself within 6 hours.

In short, there is little to recommend this tablet over lower priced Android tablets with dual-core CPUs.

Where to Buy

Specs

  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • CPU: 1.2GHz Allwinner A31 quad-core
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP dual-core
  • 1GB RAM
  • 7″ (1024 x 600) screen
  • 8GB Flash storage (4.9GB accessible)
  • microSD card slot
  • speaker, microphone, headphone jack
  • VGA webcam
  • g-sensor
  • HDMI out
  • Weight: 321 grams
  • Dimensions: 7.58″ x 0.45″ x 4.6″

 

39 thoughts on “Review: Ematic EGQ307 Android Tablet Has Impressive Specs But -

    1. I would highly recommend this tablet. its cheap. and good all around. the reflection in the screen is a bit weird but you get used to it. the battery is amazing. i’ve had it on standby FOR over 5 DAYS and its just at 9% now. runs smoothly, but cant download too many apps because the tablet is new its not compatible with the games software yet. i’m not a brainwashed consumer. this review was COMPLETE BULL S***T and I know my stuff when it comes to electronics. this is without a doubt an amazing tablet price vs performance wise.

      1. Actually he is right on the money. These tablets suck. I bought 4 and 2 have had the famous faulty usb ports that ematic is trying to convince people is a battery issue. Customer service is a joke at best as I have been fighting for over a month for them to take these 4 useless paper weights from me. Nothing but garbage.

        1. Rob,

          your right about the cheep USB ports. Mine is propped just the right way to try to get it to charge…maybe, maybe not. Looking to go to there Customer service & probably wind up doing the same as you.

  1. This review is bad! Many of the gripes you point out is false! Or maybe you have a defective model.

    I received my EGQ307 five days ago. When I added the tablet to my network, I noticed the downloading of apps was extremely slow. I was disappointed to say the least. But I refused to believe that a quad core tablet with a 4.2 Android OS could be this slow. So I tried everything I can think of to tweak the settings. I then went online to get some kind of information, hoping to improve the download speed before I gave up and considered it a lost $90. The response time was also horrible. I stumbled upon your review and after reading it, I became somewhat discouraged. Fortunately, I figured out what the problem was and the downloading speed improved dramatically. The response time was immediate and I had a sigh of relief. It now felt like a working tablet after a few more tweaks with the settings. I noted key things you mentioned in your review, most notably the battery drain while on stand by. I took my tablet off the charger once it was fully charged. I went to bed and woke up 8 hours later to find that the battery was at 100%. That was the first test. The next test was to bring it to work with no wifi. After 6 hours on stand by with no wifi on, the battery was still at 100%. That prompt me to write this.

    The other critical things you mentioned such as the screen and audio, seemed too critical. The way this device was downplayed to compare it to a tablet designed for kids, I just didn’t believe you was objective at all.

    Prior to purchasing this tablet, I spent a week working with the iPad that belonged to a relative. Even with specs advertised for the EGQ, most notably the quad core processor with 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, I knew that the tablet was no iPad. I tempered my expectations a great deal before committing. After all, it’s a $90 device compared to the popular $400 iPad or Galaxy. And after some time with the tablet, I can proudly say that the drop off in performance was not as noticeable. Even though I did not run any benchmark tests like you have, the response time, download speed, and video playback (YouTube, stock video player) was more than acceptable.

    If I had stumbled upon this review prior to purchase, I would have missed on such a great tablet that I consider a steal for $90! While it isn’t a popular iPad with the extra bells and whistles, it is a suitable piece of device. If anyone wants to purchase an inexpensive tablet not named iPad or Galaxy, I recommend the EGQ307! Good day!

      1. In my experience with several android devices, I have learned that battery drains usually results from apps running in the background. With all these android devices having apps and bloatware pre installed, the best tip I’d give anyone is simply disable them. Run your app manager, select app and force stop them, clear data and cache, then disable. That bloatware is no longer active and should not appear in your apps menu. Another tip, is leaving any auto sync features unchecked. This is by preference as many would want notifications for emails and app updates. Because I check them frequently, I won’t miss any key updates. Enabling power save and only performing actions when active on Wi-Fi, this has helped tremendously with battery. I’ve been using this tablet extensively and noticed the battery initial drained in 1% increments after 15-20 min of use. A casual user won’t do this, however, to take advantage of a full charge, I’d recommend these battery saving tips. Hope this helps.

        1. I usually have sync turned off anyway. Your suggestion about killing the bloatware is good but I don’t think it will have any effect after you reboot. That step would need to be repeated. I think it better to find an app that does the same job.

          Based on your criticism I am going to be proactive about fixing the mysterious battery drain issue. I’ve already revised one review with a note that the battery issue can be fixed by installing an app. Unfortunately I cannot change this review because I don’t have this tablet anymore.

          Thanks!

      1. (I usually respond to someone telling me I screwed up by trying to fix it.)

        An app called Battery doctor has helped fix a similar problem on my Sero 7 Pro. It went from losing power over night to simply draining faster than I would like.

        Unfortunately that app is not compatible with my other Ematic tablet. I don’t know if it will work on the EGQ307.

      2. The initial problem I was having was the apps downloading slowly. When you go into any Google account settings, uncheck any auto sync features. BT preference, I do this and manually sync emails and/or updates. I hope this answers your questions.

  2. I had bought this piece of crap and returned it after the first week and spent an extra $30 and bought the ASUS MEMO 7 HD for $129.00 at staples,ten times better,and 10 hour battery life,bottom line its worth spent the small amount of $30 and you get ALOT better tablet!

    1. I bought a MemoPad HD and had to take it back because the SD card would unmount and remount destroying any data on it every five minutes.

  3. I bought 3 of theses tablets after rooting them and upgrading to latest andriod the quadcore and battery life blow away samsung g3 for speed and battery life..I paid 79 bucks…only comes with 4 gig flash and box says 8 so i went walmart and talk to manager and they gave me 3 16 gig sdram cards for each.

    The speakers are awesome. camera is only in front and low M but i bought it for a tablet not a camera. 79 bucks which now has 20gig almost of storage…best investment i had in long time..i got green blue and pink…soft skin beautiful colors.

    1. It’s a pity that the tablet aren’t any good out of the box, forcing you to put quite a few hours of work into them.Personally, I think buying a better tablet presents a better value than the hours you invested.

      1. Rooting doesn’t take hours, I haven’t rooted one of these personally, Yet, however rooting a phone or tablet or what have you takes 15 minutes tops. 80 bucks for a tablet with an hd screen and vanilla android is great for kids or older people. You’re reviewing this as if it’ll be some professional using it, however anybody in their right mind knows that you get pretty much what you pay for,you’re expecting nexus 7 performance out of a budget tablet from a little known brand. I’d say this tablet is great for kids and adults with simple needs. Keep in mind a nook simple touch is about the same price as this tablet. though I give you that it probably doesn’t live up to its “specs” this thing is a great tablet for the price and very simple clean introduction to android

        1. One detail you may have missed is that the previous commenter said “and upgrading to latest andriod”. That does take time.

          And no, I don’t expect performance on the level of the 2013 Nexus 7. My standards are a lot lower than that, but the thing is, tablets with a dual-core CPU meet those standards just as well as tablets with quad-core CPUs. The extra cores do not matter.

          I have now reviewed a couple tablets with a quad-core CPU (the other is the Hisense Sero 7 Pro) as well as a number of tablets with dual-core CPUs.The general performance of the tablets are close enough that some of the dual-core tablets are actually better than this tablet.

          Do you know the kicker? When I reviewed the Sero 7 pro I set it next to the HP Mesquite, which has a single core Intel CPU. The Mesquite was the more responsive tablet in several different ways, including loading and playing Angry birds.

          And that is why I am not impressed with this tablet. The quad-core CPU doesn’t add anything and this tablet isn’t really any better than the dozen other tablets in this price range. And since my screen was defective I am fine with recommending that someone buy a different tablet.

          In case you’re interested, here’s the review of the Sero 7 Pro:
          http://the-digital-reader.com/2013/12/14/review-hisense-sero-7-pro/

      1. You have to go into settings, about tablet…Go to BUILD NUMBER and keep tapping it repeatedly. This will then give you the developer options, which is necessary to root it

  4. I just got the tablet and I like it my only main problem is when I use headphones or earphones music sounds fine but when people talk its very very quiet is there some kind of settings I can change or something?

    1. I don’t have that tablet in front of me but I can give a suggestion based on the several tablets I reviewed.

      Most of the tablets had a second volume control menu that let you set separate volume for music and for speech. You can access that second menu by first bringing up the volume slider bar and pressing the button on the end.

      The screenshot below should offer more detail:
      http://the-digital-reader.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Screenshot_2013-12-27-21-20-32.png

  5. I just bought a Ematic Quad Core Tablet EGQ307 for my daughter for Christmas. For some reason it seems to have stopped taking a charge from the wall charger it came with. I went and purchased a new charger from Walmart that is compatible with this tablet and it still will not charge. Is there something I can do to get it to charge or do I just need to return it?

    1. I bought 3 of these tablets as Christmas gifts and Im very disappointed to say that all three will no longer take a charge after less than a month of use! I have tried several different chargers and have also tried to reset, with no luck at all. Any suggestions?

    1. Oh Lord,
      You have to go into settings, about tablet…Go to BUILD NUMBER and keep tapping it repeatedly. This will then give you the developer options, which is necessary to root it. I bought this for a friend, rooted it in 2 minutes, once I found that option. She loves it and says the sound blasts her out of the room it’s so loud. Didn’t notice it being all that loud when I rooted it and installed apps before giving it to her. She loves it, though.

      1. Frank, you’re a life saver, I was wondering why this tablet didn’t have dev options. I don’t really root but having it was necessary. Great tip!

        It’s been over a month now, and I have virtually no complaints about the tablet. I’d keep it on, leave it, go to work, come back to find only about 2-3% has been drained. The battery is working better than expected.

        I am very sorry to hear many others experiencing issues with this tablet. I guess I got lucky. I’ll keep everyone posted should anything change.

      2. Well, this was a Christmas present for my friend. After 5 months, it just started shutting off. Battery won’t charge. Wal-Mart website says it has a 1-year warranty. Tech Support finally answered and said it’s a 3-month warranty. Have to pay $40 for parts and labor to fix their piece of junk.
        Ordered another from Wal-mart.com, put the old one in the new box and returned the piece of crap. The second one says battery is 100% constantly, even after being on for 4 hours. I don’t know what’s this issue with the battery/power situation with this piece of junk. Wal-Mart should be embarrassed selling this hunk of junk.
        Seems like you get what you pay for. I have several tablets, but read great reviews on the Sero 7 PRO. Bought one at Wally World and it IS a wonderful tablet. Competes with the Nexus 7. Maybe NOT as high screen resolution, but the rest of the specs beat it.
        I’ve had NO problems with it.

  6. I have unfortunately experienced the tablet failing to charge after just one month. We bought this tor our 7 year old daughter for Christmas. She loved it. It just stopped charging today. I have emailed ematic, Facebooked them and called. There is only a recording to choose an option but then it just rings and rings. No one has replied to my email. We are leaving on a trip on Feb 5. My daughter downloaded all her favorite music and videos and movies and apps. She’s very sad. I’m very disappointed in this company. Also her battery life did not last long and the turned it off all the time when not in use.

  7. I purchased two of these for my kids for $99 and they seem to work well after updating the apps. The problem I’m having is trying to download the apps for any US airline (delta, US air, American). No indication why they are incompatible. How can I find out why they are incompatible. What is more worrying is how many other apps might be incompatible with this tablet and why.

  8. I too had an ematic 7′ and many other budgets,big difference in the pro opposed to he light! you can’t even load a single game like /airborne8 ,and that’s after uninstalling allthe bloat! but the pro kicks as#@\$,, plus simple to root and thanks to xXDAand cwmit has so many rRoms ,,tic TAC do pa, and 4 1\2 cores! if you use device I’d app its visible,and with the dopa0oc kernel,my sero ,burns my bros I phone and my sons galaxy!!! I couldn’t believe it,but true,,,,,,and picture quality is great also the front can. this a flash and awesome HD pics,best budget out there!!

  9. This tablet is very basic. This is my 2nd purchase and I’m having the same problem as the 1st one – it keeps cutting off. I had to return the 1st one and received a better one without any problems. Therefore, I thought I was safe getting my other son one and figured the first time we just got a bad one. Well, my other son is having the same problem. Now I have to send his birthday present back and he can’t enjoy it for his birthday. Not happy at all, for the 2nd time.

  10. I have the Ematic 7 inch quad core tablet. It’s ok for a cheap 7 inch tablet with 8gb of storage, but there is one problem. The amount of storage allocated to installing apps is less than 1gb in the /data partition. It’s not just this tablet, other 7 inch tablets have even smaller partitions to install apps. There is a usless internal /sdcard partiton that takes up half of the 8gb storage. You can’t install apps there. You can also add an external SD card for 32gb more storage, but you can’t install apps there either. So, you are stuck with less than 1gb of space and error messages about storage space running low.

    Oh yeah, about the Quad Core processor. It’s really 2 processors, a dual core A9 and a slower dual core A5 to save power. So, it’s really a 2+2 core processor, instead of a Quad Core. I was expecting this tablet to be faster. Sure, it’s faster than a single core 7 inch Nextbook, but not much. Boot time is very slow.

  11. I agree 1000%, these tablets are completely worthless, cheap parts to sell a cheap tablet. My son received his for Christmas 2013 and has needed it replaced 2 times already ( power button stuck , could not power on.. then Software just cycled and would not boot up ) now we are waiting on a response after the 3rd tablet died and will not power on at all! And they ignored 2 requests from me on their website after I filled out the forms and uploaded my receipt for proof of purchase….etc . So after almost 2 months I filed a complaint with the BBB, and so far no response from Ematic after the 1st 14 day period.I’m suppose to hear back from BBB in 10 days, have a feeling it will be pointless. In 9 months of ownership I think my son has been able to use this so called tablet no more than 4 months total. Worse company and customer service I’ve ever dealt with.

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