Scroll Excel Budget Tablet Review
A client of mine gave me a brand new Scroll Excel tablet as a gift as well as payment for my work. I had never heard of this product, I was just about to go out and buy and iPod prior to receiving it. I am not going to say it is better than an iPad because it is nowhere near the quality. However, if you are looking for a budget tablet that can do most things, then this is a good option to consider.
The Scroll is made by a UK based company called Storage Options. They are best known for supplying storage items such as, USB sticks and external memory drives.
- Android 4.0 Tablet, 1,000s of Android Apps Available
- Intuitive Touch-Screen
- Plays 1080p HD and 3D Content on Your TV or Monitor*
- Cortex A8 1.2GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, 8GB Memory (up to 32GB with Micro SD Card)
- Flash Support for Online TV & Video Services
The Scroll is black with white back casing. It is made from durable plastic, and has a glass touch screen. It is 7 inches in size, and has two buttons at the bottom for home screen, menu and back button. It also has two buttons on the side of the screen for volume and screen lock. It doesn’t look bulky and is lightweight and easy to handle. I wouldn’t say it is sleek and stylish but it is very well made for the price.
Ease of Use
If you are a technology buff then this product will be really easy to use. However, if this is the first time you have ever used a tablet then you might have to take your time to read through the manual. Which is extremely well written and comprehensive. It has a main menu screen, and a menu button you can push on the touch screen to arrive at the app screen. It comes with a variety of pre-installed apps, such as Facebook, BBC News and Evernote. You can easily download more apps from the Slide Me Marketplace app store. Downloading and installing apps is very easy on the Scroll, and even if you have never used a tablet before you should find it pretty straightforward.
All the functions and widgets are well displayed on the menu screen just like most tablets or touch screen phones. You will find a calendar, music player, mp3 recorder, calculator and front facing camera and video recorder. Everything is quite easy to find and navigate however; sometimes you have to press the home screen button several times before it will arrive at the home screen. Which can be quite annoying but it only happens sometimes.
Playing Music and Watching Videos
Playing music on the Scroll is brilliant; you can connect it to a set of speakers or headphones if you wish. However, it is actually quite loud without speakers. You can download all your music on to it as well as videos and watch or listen with very crystal clear sound.
The device comes with 8GB of internal memory but you can put a TF card in it to expand the memory if you wish.
The Scroll Excel is quite fast for the price, the screen is very responsive. Which was not expected because most budget tablets can be very slow and hard to navigate. This doesn’t really freeze up and continues at the same speed until the battery runs out. I have been able to use my Scroll for five to six hours nonstop with a very strong battery.
Surfing the net
I have been using my Scroll with 3G MIFI router and I have been very impressed with how fast the browser is. There is a standard default browser on the system already however; I installed Opera which I find is really fast. I have downloaded videos, watched YouTube and listened to music online with no problems at all. For this reason I am very impressed with this product.
The Scroll uses Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System with the latest Android 4.0 system. It comes with 8GB of internal memory and if you wanted to increase the memory you can do so with a micro SD card. The memory can be expanded up to 32GB with memory card. One other good thing with the Scroll is that it can handle Flash content really smoothly. Some budget tablets struggle with this but the Scroll does it pretty effortlessly. You can watch 3D content through your TV connected to Scroll. You do not need to go out and buy a playback device either because the Scroll does it all for you. This is good if you like watching movies in 3D and HD because the Scroll can actually handle both.
I have used my Scroll to go on Facebook and Twitter, and it is smooth and very easy to use. It rarely freezes and you can be on both social media platforms at the same time. It also has an e reader function so you can store hundreds of book titles on it easily.
One thing I did do with my Scroll is add a keyboard to use with it. It connects via the USB socket and it can be used to chat to friends or to type documents if you wish. I must admit though I prefer using the touch screen on this. With some devices the touch screen can be a bit annoying but with the Scroll because it is so responsive I would rather use the touch screen than use the keyboard.
If you want to connect to to the Internet you can do so with the WiFi. It does not have a sim card slot however; I don’t really think this is necessary because you can connect to the Internet with a MiFi router. I have been doing this and I have found it is much faster than using a sim card through a tablet device. I am using a 3G MiFi router which is great because although it works using a mobile signal you can actually connect up to five devices to it at the same time. So it is like having your own portable wireless router. You don’t have to plug anything into it at all, it is all wireless. This is the perfect thing to get if you have the Scroll excel or any tablet for that matter.
In summary, the Scroll Excel is not a flashy, expensive tablet but it is well worth the money. In the UK expect to pay £100 for it. This is such a great price for something that does so much, there are a couple of things that could be improved but for the price, who is complaining? It does not have Bluetooth which is something that will probably be included later on down the line. You cannot search songs on the music player either. However, overall it is perfect for anyone who does not want to spend too much on a tablet.
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