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AOC Breeze MW0731+ Review

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The brand AOC reminds me of the once-ubiquitous CRT monitors.  That’s where you probably saw the letters AOC on any tech-related device.  Now the brand is still into monitors but they’re the LCD type, and if I’m not mistaken AOC has all-in-one desktop units as well.  The brand recently went into the distribution of Android tablets, and that’s a very welcome development as you will learn from this review of one of its current tablets, the AOC Breeze MW0731+.  This tablet runs Android Jelly Bean and if you want to know how much it costs, it retails for only P5,999.

AOC Breeze MW0731+ – Design

This is the first ever tablet from AOC that I have ever used, so at first I didn’t know what to expect.  I thought I was going to get something similar to the cheap-feeling tablets that have flooded the market of late.  Opening the box was the first of many pleasant surprises I got with the AOC Breeze MW0731+.  I was greeted by a premium-looking tablet.

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The AOC Breeze MW0731+ is a slim tablet and is even a hair slimmer than the Nexus 7, or at least that’s how it feels on the hand.  It has bit of a heft to it, which is the way I like tablets, and which also adds to the impression that it’s an expensive tablet.  It has a sturdy construction and the screws on the ends of the tablet reinforce that notion.  What’s more, it also has a leather carrying pouch, so you definitely feel that you’re getting more than what you pay for.

The AOC Breeze MW0731+ has a brushed metal finish, much like the finish that you see on Apple’s iPad tablets.  The bezel is all black but the back and the sides are mainly silver.  Turning the tablet over, you’ll see a black rubbery plate on one end, something that somehow reminds me of the Huawei Mediapad.   The other end hosts the speaker grille.

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In terms of ports and buttons, there’s only a few of them on this tablet.  On the top of the tablet are the power button and the volume rocker while on the side you see a micro USB port flanked by a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot.   You may plug in USB devices on the AOC Breeze MW0731+ through a USB OTG port that comes with the tablet.

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 AOC Breeze MW0731+ – Hardware Specs

The AOC Breeze MW0731+ has a 7-inch display with 1024×600 pixel resolution, which makes it just slightly inferior than the 1280×800 resolution on the more expensive Nexus 7.   In terms of use, the display on the AOC Breeze MW0731+ is just as stunning as the one on the Nexus 7.   There’s hardly any difference in actual use.   This is another surprise for me since I was not expecting a good display on a sub-P6,000 tablet.  The display is crisp and the colors pop and it has a really good viewing angle.

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The AOC Breeze MW0731+ is quite a compelling device when the hardware specs are taken into account.   Apart from the nice-looking display, it has a 1.4GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor, a quad-core GPU and 1GB of RAM.  There’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, of course, and if you want to plug in your 3G dongle you can do so through the tablet’s OTG port.  The tablet has a front-facing camera for video calls, albeit it’s only the 0.3 megapixel VGA type.   The internal memory is only 8GB but you can have it expanded through the tablet’s microSD card slot which accommodates up to 32GB of extra storage.  Overall, the AOC Breeze MW0731+ is a solid piece of hardware, and the fact that it is priced at P5,999 makes it all the more attractive.

AOC Breeze MW0731+ Specs and Price

  • 7-inch display with 1020×600 resolution
  • 1.4GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor
  • quad-core GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • microSD slot (up to 32GB)
  • Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
  • 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB OTG port
  • Dimensions: 7.56×4.76×0.39 inches
  • Weight: 0.73 lbs
  • Price: P5,999

AOC Breeze MW0731+ – Performance

This is another area where the AOC Breeze MW0731+ has surprised me.  Cheap tablets have disappointed me in the past and I wasn’t really expecting a fast-performing tablet with the AOC Breeze MW0731+.  Needless to say, the tablet was surprisingly fast I had to check if I was really using the right tablet.   Navigation on the Jelly bean-running device was a breeze it was like I was using an expensive Android tablet.   Animations were smooth and apps loaded fast.  If you’re a tablet user, you know that performance matters and if you marry that with a cheap price tag, you immediately have a winner in your hands.

Games played nicely on the AOC Breeze MW0731+ and multi-tasking was also a pleasant experience.  Memory-intensive games ran well, which is quite a feat for a tablet this cheap.  The G-sensor and accelerometer also performed well, unlike other cheap tablets in the market.

I ran Quadrant and Antutu bechnmark tests on the AOC Breeze MW0731+ and I was, once again, surprised at the result.  In the Quadrant test, the AOC Breeze MW0731+ achieved a 4,358 score, putting it above the Asus Transformer Prime and just a hair below the HTC One X which has about a 4,600 score.

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On the Antutu benchmark test, it scored 10980, making it faster than the Samsung Galaxy Note and the Samsung Galaxy S III, and only a few scores lower than the Google Nexus 7.

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Battery life on the AOC Breeze MW0731+ is also good.  I was able to get more than 12 hours on a single charge under normal use, with the Wi-Fi on most of the time.

I only have one minor complaint about the AOC Breeze MW0731+ and it’s the location of the power button.  The power button is to the left of the volume rocker so at times you end up pressing the volume rocker instead of the power button.  But this is very minor really.

Wrap-Up

The AOC Breeze MW0731+ is very compelling device.  It is a perfect combination of good design, great performance, and attractive price.  If you are looking for a sub-P6,000 Android tablet, look no further.  The AOC Breeze MW0731+ has decent hardware specs overall but on the things that really matter, the tablet delivers and delivers well.  It has a really nice display, a solid construction, and a surprisingly fast performance.  I never thought I’d see all these in a tablet that’s priced as cheap as this.  You know my verdict on the AOC Breeze MW0731+, it’s just a question of whether you have the budget to buy it.

Rating: 9/10

18 Comments

  1. I think its better to use tango or line if you are using android gadgets instead of skype. As for my experience, it’s better than skype. If you are using PC then use skype.

  2. Mirage XII Reply

    I bought
    3 units of this excellent tablet for my kids (aged 6, 9 & 12). I even
    bought it brand new (with 1 year warranty at a bargain price of P 3,400.00 at
    Easy PC (www.easypc.com.ph/‎) in Pasig. Sadly, they said those
    were just few last items on stock.  I ran antutu benchmark & got
    varying result: 14,000 ++ to 15,000++ surpassing the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt
    (comparing it with the information from others on the Internet). I already gave
    the tablets to my kids but will get a screenshot or picture of the benchmark
    when I get the chance to backup my claim. 
    Pros: 
    – Runs smoothly, no lag/s at all – thanks to the 1.4GHz ARM Cortex A9 Dual-Core Processor, Quad core http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali_(GPU) 400 GPU & 1GB DDR3 RAM (not to forget
    the Android Jelly Bean OS)
    * Installed Real Racing 3, Fast & Furious 6, NBA 2k14, Dead Trigger 2,
    Pacific Rim, Prince of Persia, Temple Run 2, Plants vs. Zombies 2, etc. (We
    might install Need for speed later on as my eldest son requested)
    * My eldest son even downloaded the PSP emulator (it hasn’t been
    perfected yet & known to only run certain PSP games), games such as Patapon
    works fine but others either won’t run or slow/very slow/has latency issues.
    – Even at 1024×600 resolution, graphic is good
    * Ran Despicable Me 2 in 720p HD & the result is excellent –
    picture is nice & there’s no lag/s whatsoever
    – Sound volume is good
    * Volume is usually on 75% & it’s loud enough
    – Construction is solid, sturdy, excellent looking 
    * It doesn’t have the look & feel of a cheapo tablet
    Other things to consider but not a big deal for us:
    – Only 0.3 megapixel front Camera 
    * We have no need for the camera because we have other
    gadgets/computers to use for video calls (i.e. Skype, YM, Viber), etc.
    – Battery is 3,100mAh – My kids have been playing with the
    tablet almost non-stop on a weekend for more than 6 hours without charging (it
    was fully charged when they started using it)
    * This is more than enough time to nicely entertain a kid before
    charging is required
    – 8GB Internal storage – less than 6GB is available for
    use. 
    * This is more than enough since a lot of apps can be moved to
    the MicroSD Card
    – TFT screen – would have been better if IPS but we are not
    complaining. =)
    * This is good enough since my kids don’t share the tablet,
    viewing angle is not a concern because only one person at a time is using it
    My kids are very happy & completely satisfied. They can
    install & run any Android game. I am more than happy for them, we got the
    best bang for the buck!!!
    Thanks to AOC!

  3. Mirage XII Reply

    I bought
    3 units of this excellent tablet for my kids (aged 6, 9 & 12). I even
    bought it brand new (with 1 year warranty at a bargain price of P 3,400.00 at
    Easy PC (www.easypc.com.ph/‎) in Pasig. Sadly, they said those
    were just few last items on stock.  I ran antutu benchmark & got
    varying result: 14,000 ++ to 15,000++ surpassing the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt
    (comparing it with the information from others on the Internet). I already gave
    the tablets to my kids but will get a screenshot or picture of the benchmark
    when I get the chance to backup my claim. 
    Pros: 
    – Runs smoothly, no lag/s at all – thanks to the 1.4GHz ARM Cortex A9 Dual-Core Processor, Quad core http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali_(GPU) 400 GPU & 1GB DDR3 RAM (not to forget
    the Android Jelly Bean OS)
    * Installed Real Racing 3, Fast & Furious 6, Dead Trigger 2,
    Pacific Rim, Prince of Persia, Temple Run 2, Plants vs. Zombies 2, etc. (We
    might install Need for speed later on as my eldest son requested)
    * My eldest son even downloaded the PSP emulator (it hasn’t been
    perfected yet & known to only run certain PSP games), games such as Patapon
    works fine but others either won’t run or slow/very slow/has latency issues.
    – Even at 1024×600 resolution, graphic is good
    * Ran Despicable Me 2 in 720p HD & the result is excellent –
    picture is nice & there’s no lag/s whatsoever
    – Sound volume is good
    * Volume is usually on 75% & it’s loud enough
    – Construction is solid, sturdy, excellent looking 
    * It doesn’t have the look & feel of a cheapo tablet
    Other things to consider but not a big deal for us:
    – Only 0.3 megapixel front Camera 
    * We have no need for the camera because we have other
    gadgets/computers to use for video calls (i.e. Skype, YM, Viber), etc.
    – Battery is 3,100mAh – My kids have been playing with the
    tablet almost non-stop on a weekend for more than 6 hours without charging (it
    was fully charged when they started using it)
    * This is more than enough time to nicely entertain a kid before
    charging is required
    – 8GB Internal storage – less than 6GB is available for
    use. 
    * This is more than enough since a lot of apps can be moved to
    the MicroSD Card
    – TFT screen – would have been better if IPS but we are not
    complaining. =)
    * This is good enough since my kids don’t share the tablet,
    viewing angle is not a concern because only one person at a time is using it
    My kids are very happy & completely satisfied. They can
    install & run any Android game. I am more than happy for them, we got the
    best bang for the buck!!!
    Thanks to AOC!

  4. wow! currently, i’m searching for a tablet — gift for my mom. based on your review, i would definitely buy this thing. thanks! ^_^

  5. there is a nagging issue surrounding “affordable” tablets and that is their ability to run Skype. Would this tablet be capable of running Skype properly? Cloudpad has a problem running it (Skype says the device is not recognized… well, so with my LG Optimus L7). your thoughts?

  6. JulieGonzales1 Reply

    pretty good tablet for its price point. a good entry level.

  7. Performance of  AOC Breeze MW0731+ is better than Samsung Galaxy Tab Wow!!! and the price is so affordable will get this one too… for my 2nd tablet…

  8. Thanks TB for this review. Great help for me since I’m thinking of buying this tablet.

  9. FerdinandMarte Reply

    very good review, not to mention, the only worthwhile review of this tablet here in the Philippines. Just a couple of deal-breaker questions: 
    1. Does the display degrade (wash-out) when viewed from left, right, top, down angles? 
    2. Does it allow apps to be installed to SD Card (as in directly installed from Google Play Store, not just moving it from internal storage to SD).
    3. What games did you play with it? Does it play graphics intensive one’s like N4S, Fast & Furious, NBA2k,  Dead Trigger – smoothly?
    4. Is the overall performance better than Cherry Mobile’s Fusion Bolt?
    Looking forward to your response. 
    Thanks,

    • FerdinandMarte thanks for your comment. 
      1. the display actually has a good viewing angle. it dose not wash out when viewed at an angle. 
      2. As to SD card installation, i have not yet tried installing on an SD card.  
      3. it plays graphics-intensive games smoothly.  I Installed dead trigger, among others, and it performed well. 
      4. i cannot say whether it’s better than the Fusion Bolt since I have not been able to use the Cherry Mobile tablet yet.

      • FerdinandMarte Reply

        technobaboy FerdinandMarte  Thanks a lot to your reply. It will help me a lot in deciding which tablet to buy.. Now all i’ve got to do is find out where this Breeze is sold in Cebu, and do a preview on my own to see for myself. Thanks and more power T.B.

  10. JanLorenzSalvidar Reply

    the nexus 7 has a 1280×800 resolution

    and base from the benchies, i am confident it is using rockchip rk3066 soc.

  11. JanLorenzSalvidar Reply

    the nexus 7 has a 1280×800 resolution

    and base from the benchies, i am confident it is using rockchip rk3066 soc.

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