At first glance, the Giada T730 tablet could be mistaken as a Samsung Tab 3 as it also sports a white/silver bezel.
Manufactured by Shenzhen Jiehe Technology Development Co. Ltd., the 7-inch Android-based tablet comes pre-loaded with Android 4.1.1, a disappointment if you’re looking for a device with the latest version of the operating system, which as of this writing would be Android 4.3.
The lightweight tablet is powered by a dual core 1.5GHz RockChip RK3066/ARM Cortex-A9 processor, so if you’re looking for a quad core-based tablet, then this one is not for you. But despite it being based on dual core, the Giada T730 performed rather smoothly, although there were a couple of instances the tablet did not respond real-time to touch gestures.
The Giada T730 also features the Mali-400 GPU for smooth High Definition graphics on the 7″ IPS 1280p x 800p screen. Users can watch Full 1080p HD video. The T730 comes with 1GB DDR3 memory and 8GB Nand Flash with support for TransFlash card at a maximum of 32GB.
On the right side of the device are the standard ports such as the headphone jack, the charging port, Micro USB, Mini HDMI and a MicroSD/TF card slot. The Micro USB, Mini HDMI and MicroSD/TF card slot are hidden under a hinged plastic cover which needs to be detached every time you need to use one of them. It’s a hassle because the cover can’t easily be removed, and looks like it would eventually break off after constant peeling. Frankly, I don’t understand why there’s a cover. Maybe it’s there for the sake of aesthetics or to keep the ports clean, but it’s a nuisance really.
For imaging, the tablet sports the now standard dual camera 0.3MP front and 2MP back setup. I wasn’t happy with the dual camera as it didn’t produce good quality shots. But then again, that is expected with a 2MP camera.
I also had issues with the volume control located on the top long side of the Giada T730, it wasn’t easy to use as it was a little too embedded.
The Giada T730 comes with the standard connectivity features such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which worked fairly smoothly.
As for battery life, a fully-charged Giada T730 will give you 4 to 5 hours of constant use, including video play and games. It also takes around four hours to fully charge the tablet.
The Giada T730 performed relatively well during the four weeks I had the unit for review, despite some of the issues I mentioned earlier. The build looks elegant and sturdier than most generic tablets available in the market today. But with a suggested retail price of US$209 (VAT not included), the Giada T730 is a little too expensive considering there are branded 7-inch tablets out there that have the same or higher specifications but cost less than $200.
-ARM Based solution – RockChip RK3066/ARM Cortex -A9 Dual core 1.5GHz
-Android 4.1 OS
-1GB DDR3, 8GB NAND FLASH
-HDMI Output for 1080P HD video
-IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
-Camera: 0.3 & 2 MP
-7” IPS screen with 1280×800 high-definition
-Capacitive Multi Touch (5 Points) G+G
-External USB 3G Dongle