It is raining tablets left, right and centre. Speaker maker creative has also unveiled one which is quite the fun machine. Creative is a brand that is best known for speakers for PCs and laptops. The firm—like so many others from different walks of life—has entered the tablets market, which is already booming with many major and minor brands. Creative has dived in head first with a brand new 7-inch tablet called the Creative Ziio 7.

THE LOOKS

This tablet is a good looker. In a world of size-zero figures, Ziio does not mind flaunting its curves. Not that it is fat, but its thinness is set off by its curvy edges. The build quality is sturdy, and the pearl white exteriors work wonders for this slate. The power and volume keys are located on the side and are very solid. Unlike some other tablets in the same bracket, Ziio has better-built keys.

THE MUSCLE

Powered by Android 2.2 operating system, this tablet has a resistive touch screen. This means besides your finger you can use your nail or tablet pen as well to navigate. However, history has shown us that resistive types lose responsiveness occasionally. The Ziio suffers the same. Though it’s not bad enough for you to throw a fit, you still feel out of power when playing games like Angry Birds. Combined with a 1 GHz processor, 8 GB memory and 512 MB RAM, the Ziio 7 performs well. The applications open up quickly without a hitch. HD movies play nicely and the sound does not break at any point. A few games and some useful applications come preloaded. But what catches the attention the most is the bright screen. It can play HD movies with ease and can also connect to any HD Ready TV with its mini HDMI port.

FINAL WORDS

Creative is on a strong footing with Ziio. Users who do not want to spend a lot but want to experience the full potential of a tablet can buy this. Ziio 7 has neat features, including a front camera for video chats and a microSD slot for media stor¬age. All in all, a well-built tablet at a good price.

Verdict: Represents an excellent maiden tablet.