Smartphone screens are just a wee bit small after you hold a 10-inch or 7-inch tablet. According to different research studies, smartphone users often purchase a tablet. My guess is that many business owners are also parents who are tired of giving up their smartphone when a child calls for a device. But they want a tablet that can be useful for work, too.
If that sounds like you, then this review of the Aio Wireless ZTE Velox tablet is for you.
A Look at the Aio Wireless ZTE Velox Tablet
Aio Wireless is a no-contract cell phone provider (built on AT&T’s network) that also offers a tablet for $15/month. You purchase the ZTE Velox tablet first, for about $180 at press time, and then choose data plan options.
Here are a few ZTE Velox tablet specs:
- 7″ Android tablet (4.1.2 Jellybean).
- 3MP rear camera with video recording, 1MP front camera for video chat.
- 1.2 GHz dual-core processor for smooth browsing, movies and gaming.
- 4,000 mAh battery for long-lasting performance.
- Connection speed up to 3G.
The device itself feels a bit heavier than other 7-inch tablets I have used, but not much heavier. You can hold it as a phone, in a pinch. So the 7-inch size is a good size for daily use, wandering around town or going from appointment to appointment. Particularly when you do not want to haul a laptop or need a slightly bigger screen (beyond your phone).
As someone who uses the Google Nexus 10 on a daily basis, I would not opt for the 7-inch personally. If I was only working from my Samsung S3 and wanted just a bit more screen, this size device is perfect and I would buy it.
What I Really Like:
- Fully functional, self-contained tablet that can connect from almost anywhere in the USA.
- Fast with 1 Gigabyte of RAM and 4Gig of storage. That’s enough for a training video or three, plus maybe a video (SD not HD) for the kids. You can add a 32Gig mini-SD card, too.
- Good quality screen resolution and responsive touchscreen.
- Pre-loaded with many of the common Web programs/apps like email and browser. Of course, you can download whatever you need from the Google Play store.
What I Would Like to See:
- The little rubber thing that covers the SIM card and mini SD card for storage. There has to be something a bit more elegant than that. But thankfully that doesn’t impact functionality.
- The rear camera sticks out slightly beyond the tablet body and it bugs me. But you know, just about every smartphone does the same thing, so it isn’t fair for me to pick on these guys. I would just like to see a cam lens that lies flush.
Despite my two small concerns, the ZTE Velox tablet is a solid tablet that can serve as a small business workhorse at an affordable price with a built in 3G wireless and WiFi capability.
You can find more powerful tablets, but not in this price range, with these options, without a contract. If you have been in the market for a tablet with loads of good features and one that lets you work remotely, the ZTE Velox from Aio Wireless  is a great candidate.
Aio Wireless sent me a short term media loaner for this review.