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BeBook Live review

6/10 AVG.
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6/10
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The BeBook Live currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Electricpig

The BeBook Live is hard to recommend. It’s more expensive than an e-reader, with a battery that’s nowhere near as good, and doesn’t perform anywhere near a high end tablet, with no 3G and a low res screen. It’s perfectly functional, but really, it doesn’t do anything yo...

- Joe Svetlik, Electricpig
Android Community

This is no rival tablet. You’ll not be wanting to choose this device over basically any other tablet save for one point: it may well be the cheapest tablet you can purchase that still uses an OK version of Android on a 1GHz processor. That said, the original Galaxy Tab retails for only £...

- Chris Burns, Android Community
SlashGear

As a potential iPad and Kindle rival, the BeBook Live falls short on both fronts. Battery life is weaker than either, while the display is arguable less comfortable for ebook use than an E Ink panel and is generally far less impressive than the IPS LCD screens we’ve seen on recent tablets. Con...

- Chris Davies, SlashGear
Pocket-lint

The BeBook Live is one of many Android tablets that won’t break the bank, but also don’t offer you the latest, or most appropriate, version of Android. On the plus side, you do get access to Android Market, along with the Google essentials meaning that out of the box the experience is be...

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint
Tech Advisor

The BeBook Live Android 2.2 'Froyo' tablet is a fast and responsive 7in tablet that is light enough to take out and about and sufficiently good value that we can forgive it the limited screen resolution and general lack of polish. One of the better budget tablets we’ve tried.

- Rosemary Hattersley, Tech Advisor


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Screen Size
7"

The BeBook Live's screen size is 7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Cortex A8 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery.

BeBook Live Specs

Overview
Release date June 21, 2011
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Cortex A8 1 GHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.0 x 20.2 x 1.1 cm (5.5 x 8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 426 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar No
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PDF
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Electricpig

The BeBook Live falls between an e-reader and a tablet, and unfortunately doesn't succeed as either

from Electricpig

The BeBook Live is hard to recommend. It’s more expensive than an e-reader, with a battery that’s nowhere near as good, and doesn’t perform anywhere near a high end tablet, with no 3G and a low res screen. It’s perfectly functional, but really, it doesn’t do anything you can’t get from your phone – in fact, chances are your mobile’s running a newer version of Android than Froyo. Tablets are still a relatively niche category, seeing as they’re a completely superfluous luxury product. While we applaud companies like BeBook for trying to make them more affordable, the experience is so far removed that even the most generous of hearted would struggle to say it’s succeeded....

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The BeBook Live is hard to recommend. It’s more expensive than an e-reader, with a battery that’s nowhere near as good, and doesn’t perform anywhere near a high end tablet, with no 3G and a low res screen. It’s perfectly functional, but really, it doesn’t do anything you can’t get from your phone – in fact, chances are your mobile’s running a newer version of Android than Froyo. Tablets are still a relatively niche category, seeing as they’re a completely superfluous luxury product. While we applaud companies like BeBook for trying to make them more affordable, the experience is so far removed that even the most generous of hearted would struggle to say it’s succeeded.

 

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Android Community

A simple looking piece of equipment that you might very well want to take a look for your next tablet solution

from Android Community

This is no rival tablet. You’ll not be wanting to choose this device over basically any other tablet save for one point: it may well be the cheapest tablet you can purchase that still uses an OK version of Android on a 1GHz processor. That said, the original Galaxy Tab retails for only &pou...More

This is no rival tablet. You’ll not be wanting to choose this device over basically any other tablet save for one point: it may well be the cheapest tablet you can purchase that still uses an OK version of Android on a 1GHz processor. That said, the original Galaxy Tab retails for only £30 more than the price of the BeBook and offers dual cameras, a higher resolution screen, four-times the internal storage and stronger battery life. Harsh! Currently you’ll be picking up the BeBook Live for approximately £229 in the UK, translating that how you will to USD or whatever sort of money you might be using at the time. If BeBook can somehow reduce the price significantly, they may well have a simple tablet winner on their hands – at the moment though, expect this device to be sitting on the shelves for some time.

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SlashGear

It obviously lacks the tablet-centric modifications Honeycomb brought

from SlashGear

As a potential iPad and Kindle rival, the BeBook Live falls short on both fronts. Battery life is weaker than either, while the display is arguable less comfortable for ebook use than an E Ink panel and is generally far less impressive than the IPS LCD screens we’ve seen on recent tablets....More

As a potential iPad and Kindle rival, the BeBook Live falls short on both fronts. Battery life is weaker than either, while the display is arguable less comfortable for ebook use than an E Ink panel and is generally far less impressive than the IPS LCD screens we’ve seen on recent tablets. Conversely, the browsing, Android Market flexibility, email support and multimedia playback makes for considerably broader flexibility than the Kindle, and the price is nearly half what you’d pay for an entry-level iPad.

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Pocket-lint

The core experience is good, but the performance befits its price

from Pocket-lint

The BeBook Live is one of many Android tablets that won’t break the bank, but also don’t offer you the latest, or most appropriate, version of Android. On the plus side, you do get access to Android Market, along with the Google essentials meaning that out of the box the experience is...More

The BeBook Live is one of many Android tablets that won’t break the bank, but also don’t offer you the latest, or most appropriate, version of Android. On the plus side, you do get access to Android Market, along with the Google essentials meaning that out of the box the experience is better than some other cheap rivals. But BeBook otherwise don’t add anything to the mix: there is no real additional functionality or services that they supply, so it really is a case of buying the hardware and getting on with things. That might work for some and given the low price, some of the compromises made are to be accepted. The fact that it will churn through HD video is a bonus, as there seems to be a good degree of power on offer here meaning it will tackle a range of media challenges and keep you entertained. The inclusion of Android Market from the off would see us put the BeBook Live above the likes of the Creative ZiiO 7 or older batch of Archos tablets, although both those offer great media support. However, all these cheaper tablets suffer with the pace of change here: with the forthcoming run of 7-inch Honeycomb devices, we can only see a slide in the attractiveness of tablets of this type. Archos' new Android Honeycomb tablets look to be cheaper still, but we're yet to see what they really offer. The strange situation with battery charging and the overall quality of the screen leave us feeling a little jaded with the BeBook Live experience. Effectively you get what you pay for here and as a cheap connected media player with Google Android goodness it is ok, but it may well become obsolete and dated very quickly.

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Tech Advisor

The BeBook Live seeks to fill the gap between top-end premium devices and the more affordable mid-range market

from Tech Advisor

The BeBook Live Android 2.2 'Froyo' tablet is a fast and responsive 7in tablet that is light enough to take out and about and sufficiently good value that we can forgive it the limited screen resolution and general lack of polish. One of the better budget tablets we’ve tried.

Read full review

The BeBook Live Android 2.2 'Froyo' tablet is a fast and responsive 7in tablet that is light enough to take out and about and sufficiently good value that we can forgive it the limited screen resolution and general lack of polish. One of the better budget tablets we’ve tried.

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