Sumvision Cyclone Voyager 2 Android tablet review

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I’m a recent “convert” from iOS to Android.  After owning first-and second-generation iPads, along with the iPhone 3GS and 4S, I decided to move over to Android, since those devices had more interesting features and naturally integrated with all the Google apps that I used.  With more features coming out in Android OS updates, I’ve become a fan pretty quickly!  Ebuyer.com recently gave us the opportunity to review the Sumvision Cyclone Voyager 2 Android tablet, so let’s take a look.

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Tech specs

  • Arm Cortex A9 1.6ghz QUAD CORE, Rockchip 3188 1600MHz
  • 16GB Flash storage, expandable with microSD card
  • HDMI output
  • 7.9″ IPS 1024×768 screen
  • WiFi 802.11n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 5MP back camera/2MP front camera
  • 4650mAh internal battery
  • 7.9 x 5.4 x 0.34 inches
  • Android 4.2.2

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The tablet came with a microUSB cable, as well as UK adapter (since it’s sold on a UK-based website).

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The back is made of smooth, but not shiny, plastic.  The tablet weighs less than a pound, but has a nice feel in hand.

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The top (or bottom?) of the tablet had all inputs and outputs aligned.  From left to right are:  Camera, flash, headphone jack, microUSB port, microphone, mini HDMI port, microSD card slot, power, and esc button.
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The other end of the tablet had a small speaker centered in the middle.  The sound was decent when playing audio and video, but stereo speakers would be nice. One thing I’m not a fan of is the volume control via the screen.  I much rather have a physical volume rocker button.

I had no issues connection my Bluetooth headphones to it.

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The front-facing camera is 2MP, which is good for video chat or random selfies, if you prefer!

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This is a photo of my DSLR taken with the 5MP back camera of the tablet.  The quality isn’t too shabby.

Overall, the battery life of the tablet is pretty average. On standby, I got about three days of use (with average use consisting of checking email, RSS feeds, YouTube here and there, and podcast listening). With constant use, I needed to charge up the tablet by the evening.  The advertised battery life is about 6 hours, and standby is 36 hours, which I found to be pretty accurate.

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I did not have a miniHDMI cable to test the video output from the tablet, but I can image it would be a bit off, due to the native resolution of the tablet being 1024 X 768. Perhaps it’s because I’m a bit spoiled with my Nexus 7 2013 tablet’s HD screen, but I can notice the pixels and blocky text of the screen when reading on the tablet.  I find it similar to the resolution of the original Apple iPad mini.  Also, the responsiveness of the tablet is a bit slower compared to other Android devices.

If you are in need of a tablet with expandable storage, HDMI output, and durability, then the Sumvision Cyclone Voyager 2 isn’t too bad a deal.  If you want a tablet that has a better screen and resolution, but you’re not too bothered by having expandable storage or built-in output, then another Android tablet might be a bit better for your needs! The Sumvision Cyclone Voyager 2 tablet is available via Ebuyer.com for roughly $210 USD or £129.99 GBP at the time of this review.

 

Product Information

Price:about $210
Manufacturer:Sumvision
Retailer:Ebuyer
Requirements:
  • WiFi connection
Pros:
  • Various choice of outputs
  • Lightweight
Cons:
  • Low resolution screen
  • Battery life could be better
  • No 3G/4G version
  • No hardware volume controls
Posted in: Android related, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Chris December 9, 2013, 2:58 pm

    Just another slow, cheap Android tablet. I have nothing against Android tablets in general, but what’s the market for this one? Proof that every offered item doesn’t really need to be reviewed.

  • Xfader December 10, 2013, 6:13 pm

    Wait you could get a Nexus 7 for $20 more.Could get it in white.

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