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Another Bmorn device that arrived at my doorstep was the entry-level 7-inch Bmorn V16 tablet with Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Selling for just Php6,150, this tablet has already a lot to offer. It features a 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage. In terms of actual performance, however, how does the Bmorn V16 fare? Read on to find out if this tablet is worth spending your money on.

Unboxing

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What comes in the box are the: tablet, wall charger, USB adaptor, Bmorn-branded earphones, and English-Chinese user manual.


 

Hardware & Design

The Bmorn V16 may get the label as a low-cost Android tablet, but in terms of hardware and design, the V16 can certainly hold its own. At the price of Php6,150, I was expecting poor quality and construction on it but when I opened the package, I was surprised to see a rather premium-looking device.

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Although it’s only covered with plastic on the front, it still looks and feels solid. What really made this tablet look premium is its anodized aluminum back cover, where you can find the nicely positioned speakers. The V16 only measures 8.8mm thin (almost as thin as the iPad 2) and it weighs just 670g (very light to carry).

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For the peripherals, on the bottom part, you can find (from the left) the 3.55 audio jack, (the mic built-in feature,) the USB and TF-Card ports. Meanwhile, on the left-bottom part are the power, volume (plus and minus), and return buttons. The 1.3-megapixel camera, which can be used for video calls, can be found in front (positioned at the center).

Display

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Unlike its big brother (Bmorn V99), there’s nothing to look forward on the V16′s display. Not very good but not that bad neither; just enough. With its 800 x 480-pixel resolution, watching movies and/or playing games would never be an issue, viewing-wise.

Performance

Considering its price, Bmorn V16‘s is quite exceptional already. With the fast (1GHz) processor and 512MB of RAM, you’ll enjoy surfing, e-book reading, watching movies, e-mailing, etc. pretty well.

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The V16 also comes with a 3D graphics accelerator, which means you get to enjoy playing with power and versatility. I played Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds, and the experience was extremely good (beyond my expectations, actually). I have never encountered any issue on the screen’s resistivity so far. But one major disappointment bumped into me was the G Sensor didn’t work. I’ve tried playing Temple Run but the tilting didn’t seem to work. Nevertheless, this tablet is still good for other games that are available for free at the Google Play.

Verdict

For the price of Php6,150, the Bmorn V16 offers a lot of features and gives a decent performance. It’s also something that you won’t be ashamed to be brought elsewhere. It just looks fantastic on the exterior. And with a 3500mAh battery, this tablet can last up to 3-5 hours of straight usage.

Rating: 7 / 10

WidgetCity sent us this unit for review. They’re already offering this tablet with 1 year service warranty. Order directly on their website (see listing here) or you can go over to their official Facebook page for your other concerns.

If you want to get a little discount, just simply present a screenshot photo of this page or article upon purchase.

Specifications

  • 7-inch WVGA (800×480) capacitive display
  • Allwinner A13 1GHz processor
  • Android 4.0 ICS
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • Mali 400 GPU
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3G external Support
  • mini USB, G Sensor
  • 3500mAH Battery
  • 190×121×10mm
  • 370g

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