Creative Ziio 7-inch review

A budget Android tablet that more than justifies its own existence

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Creative Ziio: Verdict

Creative ziio 7 inch

The Ziio is not a premium product. It's not going to win any awards for performance or functionality – and certainly not for its looks – but as a budget tablet it's a decent piece of kit.

We liked:

At 412g, it's not too heavy. While it could be thinner, the Creative Ziio is a reasonably sized tablet.

The price is a massive part of what makes it worth considering. At £199, it carves itself a niche in exactly the same way that most budget tablets don't.

The sound quality is excellent and the presence of X-Fi is a big bonus. However, chances are you're unlikely to sit around listening to music on the tablet.

We disliked:

The screen is horrible and it's not a great-looking tablet in general. The lack of Android 2.2 is also a drawback, especially when you consider the absence of the Android Market and all the standard Google apps.

It also takes an uncomfortable length of time to wake the device once it's gone into sleep mode. Where other tablets are instant-on, the Ziio takes at least five seconds to respond when you press the standby button.

There's also no native Flash support which is a bummer, and is likely to confuse some end users.

Verdict:

It's a long way behind the iPad and the Galaxy Tab in terms of overall usability. But at just £199, the Creative Ziio does offer great value for money. If you've got £200 to spend, you won't find a better tablet than the Creative Ziio.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerZiiLABS
HDMIYes
Product FamilyZiiO
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Processor ModelZMS-08
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameCreative
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen Size25.4 cm (10")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Weight (Approximate)650 g
Cache256 KB
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
DigitizerYes
Height13.7 mm
Width262 mm
Depth173 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
ManufacturerCreative Technology, Ltd
Product Model70PZ032609115
Product NameZiiO Tablet Computer
Product LineZiiO
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part Number70PZ032609115
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.europe.creative.com
Marketing InformationThe tablet with pure android audio that elevates your entertainment

The Creative ZiiO 10" entertainment tablet is a new, sleek Android-based device that not only gives you the freedom to enjoy entertainment on-the-go, it goes a step further by synchronizing with connected audio devices, such as Creative's range of wireless speakers, to create a pure wireless entertainment ecosystem within your home.

Package Contents
  • Ziio Tablet Computer
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Stylus
Limited Warranty1 Year