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Linx Commtiva N700 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £309
inc VAT

A cheap, but decent 7in tablet with built-in 3G - better tablets with these features exist but you'll have to pay a lot more.


7 in 800×480 display, 375g, 0.6GHz ARM11, 512MB RAM, 5GB disk, Android 2.2

If you’ve got a sneaky suspicion that you’ve seen the Linx Commtiva N700 7in Android tablet before, you’re be right: it’s identical to the Viewsonic ViewPad 7 we reviewed recently. In fairness, the ViewPad is actually the copy, as Viewsonic decided to OEM the Linx product.

Linx Commtiva N700

Although the two may be physically identical, the pricing couldn’t be further apart, with Linx selling the Commtiva N700 for just over £300 – around £90 cheaper than Viewsonic’s model. That doesn’t quite make Linx’s product the cheapest Android tablet we’ve seen – that’s the Advent Vega – but it is currently the cheapest model with 3G, GPS, Bluetooth and 802.11b/g wireless networking.

Linx Commtiva N700 slots

That’s quite a feat to get all of these features at this price. Corners have had to be cut along the way, but we’re pleased to say that build quality isn’t one of them. Although the plastic construction can’t compete with the build quality of the Apple iPad, the glossy plastic back and brushed-metal-style surround look great, and the N700 feels tough.

The edges are a little sharp and we prefer the curved corners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but the N700 is still comfortable enough to hold in one hand, leaving the other hand free to operate the touchscreen.

Linx Commtiva N700 in case

A leatherette case ships as standard, so you can carry your tablet around with you without worrying about scratching the screen. It even folds in half and props the tablet up so that you can use it hands-free as a media player.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor ARM11
Processor clock speed 0.6GHz
Memory 512MB
Maximum memory 0.50GB
Size 110x179x12mm
Weight 375g
Pointing device touchscreen


Viewable size 7 in
Native resolution 800×480
Graphics/video ports None
Graphics Memory N/A


Total storage capacity 5GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 0
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g
PC Card slots 0
Supported memory cards Micro SDHC
Other ports SIM


Carrying case Yes
Operating system Android 2.2
Operating system restore option N/A
Software included N/A
Optional extras N/A

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £309