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Monster launches budget-priced Android tablets

First to come is the 7-inch M7, $149, which will be sold only at Walmart.com

Last updated: November 07, 2013 06:00 AM
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Nov. 21, 2013 Update: In response to Consumer Reports' test findings, Monster added instructions for a firmware update and corrected the system update link for the tablet. Also, the Monster M7 tablet is no longer a Don't Buy: Performance Problem. Read "Monster M7 firmware update fixes lockup problem" for details.

Nov. 21, 2013 Update: In response to Consumer Reports' test findings, Monster added instructions for a firmware update and corrected the system update link for the tablet. Also, the Monster M7 tablet is no longer a Don't Buy: Performance Problem. Read "Name of Story" for details.

UPDATE: The Monster M7 tablet, a $150 Walmart exclusive, has been designated a Don't Buy: Performance Problem. Read our story, "Monster M7 tablet locks up in Consumer Reports' test," for full details.

Monster—a company not especially known for lower-priced goods—has taken a different approach with its first tablet, the 7-inch Monster M7. It's available exclusively at Walmart.com at a price of $149.

If color coordination is your thing, the M7—which will be joined later this fall by a 10.1-inch model called, yes, the M10—will be offered in eight "candy" colors (apple red, blueberry, frost white, grape purple, lime green, midnight black, pink, and tangerine orange). The tablets have a non-skid exterior  to help keep them from slipping when placed on a smooth, flat surface.

Both are Android-based tablets that include Monster's Time Correct Bluetooth technology, which the company claims can help keep the audio and video in sync when you're watching movies on the tablet. Not surprising given its Android heritage, the M7 has Google Mobile Services (including Google Play Music and Video and YouTube), plus some additional entertainment and social media apps, including Facebook, Twitter, and streaming TV shows and movies from Vudu (which is owned by Walmart).

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In addition to its 7-inch screen, which sports a 1280x800 resolution, the M7 has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Bluetooth 4.0 with Time Correct, and both front-facing (2 megapixel) and rear-facing (5 megapixel) cameras, and GPS. The tablet comes with 16GB of storage and 1GB of memory, plus a MicroSD expansion slot for additional storage.

Connections include a Micro USB input, 3.5mm headset jack, and a Mini HDM slot. Monster says the M7 has its Monster Central PowerControl technology that allows energy and power monitoring over the Internet when used with optional plug-in Monster Power modules.

As for the 10.1-inch model, Monster says it will announce pricing and features closer to the tablet's launch later this fall.

—James K. Willcox

   

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