Not too long ago I wrote a review of the Impression 7 tablet computer. The Impression series by Leader International is a low cost tablet option for those wanting to get a tablet, but who cannot afford to pay the $499 or so that most higher end tablets cost. The Impression 7 can be found for only $99. It’s big brother, the Impression 10 boasts more features and it can be found for around $279.
While the Impression 7 has a resistive touchscreen (pressurized), the Impression 10 steps up to the plate with a capacitive touch which is what we are used to in the other tablets on the market. It makes navigating much smoother. And the response time is faster. In terms of the specs, some items are the same as the 7″, while others exceed.
Size and weight
- Height: 9.64 inches( 245mm)
- Width: 7.55 inches(192mm )
- Depth: 0.47 inches(12mm )
- 9.7 inch widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
- 1024 x 768 resolution
- Capacitive touch panel
- Samsung A8 S5PC110 – 1GHz
- 512 DDR memory
- Android 2.3 with Flash 10.1
Wireless and Connectivity
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- 4GB memory
- Micro SD/MMC card slot (Supports up to 16GB)
Input & Output
- On the go USB slot (2 ports)
- Supports USB 2.0 mini port
- 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
- Built-in stereo speaker
- Built-in Microphone
- HDMI-supports 1080 video play
- MPEG4, H.264, H.263
- Supports: RM, RMVB, AVI, MEPEG4, FLV
- MP3, AAC, AMR-nb/wb
- 2.0 M pixel Front camera
- Accelerometer G-Sensor
Battery and power
- Built-in rechargeable 3.7V 6800 Lithium polymer
- Up to 6 hours of play
- Charging via power adapter or USB
In the box
- (1) – Impression 9.7 inches tablet
- (1) – protective case
- (1) – mini USB cable
- (1) – wall charger
Google Android 2.3 / Flash 10.1
Memory Storage and connections
Your new Impression tablet comes with the new Google Andriod 2.3 platform with flash support. So you know you are in good hands. The Android 2.3 platform introduces many new and exciting features and is compatible with many Apps.
Your new tablet comes with 4GB memory, so you can store you your pictures, and music to share with your friends. Best of all, it has a built-in Micro SD card slot for all your portable needs. If you like to transfer data from your computer to your new tablet, no problem! It comes with 2 built-in USB port, all you have to do is just plug in and go. It is that easy!
Capacitive Touch Screen
Get set and ready! Camera!
This device comes equipped with the 9.7 inch IPS Capacitive Touchscreen for a more smooth operation. What is a capacitive touch screen you may ask? A capacitive touch screen measures the interaction between an electrical signal on a transparent grid above the screen and the users finger. Its super high resolution supports up to 180degrees of viewing angle. To operate, all you need is your finger, and not any pressure Anywhere you touch, flick or tap.
All the functions you want all in one tablet! Are you ready for some fun? You can listen to your favorite music while you are surfing the Web, or watch HD videos while relaxing wherever you are. It is all possible! Your Impression tablet comes with a 2.0 mega pixel front camera too! You can capture that special moment anywhere, anytime!
Life on the go!
World of Android Apps
Your new Impression Tablet brings the world to you when you want and wherever you want. It comes equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you can be in touch anywhere. Your new tablet is built with advanced 802.11 b/g/n wireless technology. It automatically finds Wi-Fi networks for you to join when you want to be in touch with your friends and family. Just like that!
If you like cool games and Apps, you can find your match at any of the 3rd party Apps stores. Thousands of Apps, hundreds of categories- Instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter, News, Weather or Games, it is just few taps away!
Samsung A8 & 1GHz Processor
Your new 9.7 inch Impression tablets has a built-in Samsung A8 processor that is a 1 GHz, single-core chip that supports 1080p video recording and playback at 30 frames per second. Not only is the new processor amazingly powerful but it is extremely energy efficient too. Now, you can surf and play faster than ever!
While this tablet is better on specs, I still had a few problems with it. As previously mentioned, Google Apps (Android Market, Gmail, etc.) are not included. I had trouble trying to install them manually using the APK. And a huge disappointment for me is that I was unable to get Netflix to run. On the 7″ version it did run, although it did not look good. On this one I cannot even get it to run. A Google search shows that it is a common problem with this tablet. Bummer.
- Much better screen than its little brother, the Impression 7
- Large, responsive screen
- USB Ports for transferring data
- SD Card Slot
- Google Apps Not Included
- Difficulty installing Google apps
- Netflix won’t run
While this tablet does a little better over the previous one, I think that Impression missed the mark a bit. There are too many bugs for me to give it high marks. I would say this is likely software related. Of course each manufacturer has the ability to create their own build of the Android OS, and it is not always what we expect. This one could use a few fixes and tweaks.
If you stick with the software available in the included in the SlideME App store, you should be ok. There are thousands of apps available there. But attempting to go against the norm and install Google Apps may run you into trouble.
Disclosure: The Impression 10 tablet was provided to me in exchange for this review.