07
Nov
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You might not be able to activate the Nexus 7 on Verizon, but Big Red is more than happy to offer its own branded alternative to the best 7-inch tablet available. The Ellipsis was announced a couple of days ago to the raucous applause of absolutely no one, and now it's officially on sale. You can pick one up for $149.99 with a two-year contract, or a surprisingly low $249.99 off-contract.

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What's possibly more interesting is that the Verizon web store page has revealed the Ellipsis' specs for the first time. It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a budget tablet: 1280x800 LCD screen, 1.2Ghz quad-core processor of unknown origin, 8GB of storage plus an SD card slot, 1GB of RAM, a 4000mAh battery, 3.2MP rear camera, and a relatively unskinned Android 4.2. (Don't worry, you can rely on Verizon to fill it up with all kinds of crapware, including partner apps from Amazon, iHeartRadio, RedBox, and yes, VZ Navigator.) At least the speakers are front-facing, though the rest of the tablet looks like something you might find in Walgreens.

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It's safe to say that if it wasn't for compatibility with Verizon's 3G and LTE network, most people wouldn't give this white box tablet a second glance. It doesn't help that this is the first new Android tablet available on Verizon since the original Galaxy Note 10.1. Verizon will be marketing some custom-made accessories for the Ellipsis, including a ruggedized case and a Zaggkeys Bluetooth keyboard-case. The tablet should be showing up in Verizon retail stores as soon as today.

Source: Verizon Wireless Store

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Sam Hollis

    Why is it called the Ellipsis? Because it leaves your head spinning on how anyone could make such a shitty tablet.

    • Keith

      An ellipsis often truncates a thought, leaving the reader wanting or expecting more; so the name is perfect.

      • New_Guy

        Bravo :)

  • Dalek Sec

    Ellipsis... Pfffft, how dare they use a plot object from a Bond film as the name for their shitty tablet.

  • lordmerovingian

    They should be sued for assaulting our eyes with this abomination !!! Ewww...

  • Biba Nishima

    "...if it wasn't for compatibility with Verizon's 3G and LTE network..."

    Why don't change career and go for a Nexus7 ?
    I'm asking since I don't live in USA and I wonder if plan contracts have a minimum time obligation over there?

    • brkshr

      Usually there is a 2 year contract obligation when you buy the phone/tablet at a subsidized price. The ONLY reason everyone stays with Verizon is because they are the best wireless carrier. There is no question about it.

      With that said, I personally don't think Verizon is worth it anymore. The coverage on AT&T is almost as good as Verizon. The call quality does lack a little bit, but I can live with it for the freedom gsm carriers provide and the Nexus way of life.

      • Biba Nishima

        Sounds clear, thank you for the explanation!

      • Stone Cold

        They sport the best coverage but not the best overall.

    • Bojan Gutic

      Some people live in places where only Verizon has good coverage, and are forced to stay on the network for that reason, sadly... I was in that boat until very recently, when T-Mobile had some massive network overhauls in my area.

      • Biba Nishima

        Oh yes, I see.

        Even in our little France we sometimes encounter such coverage holes, so I can imagine how that pain must be difficult to avoid in a so much bigger territory like yours.

  • Michael Minton

    I've done a little of training on this device for work, and according to the training portion, this tablet is ONLY able to use 4G, it's NOT backwards compatible with 3g or 1x.

    Though after it is released that could change, but I do know we kept missing that question and the answer was not backwards compatible.

    • DJ

      More than 90% population of usa is covered by verizon lte so you don't need backward compatible tab as faster service will be available for you.. Verizon has almost covered all of its 3G area with LTE Network!!

  • Ryan Christians

    I just posted a review on Verizon's website (I doubt it gets approved). Basically, I said this product is garbage compared to the Nexus 7, that they were delaying certifying the Nexus 7 in order to sell this and that customers should never consider buying this tablet. I think everyone should post reviews, it would be great if they were actually posted!

    • LewisSD

      Great Idea! I'll post one later.

      • DJ

        You get what you pay for if verizon gives a tablet to a customer wh can't pay more than 150 then what's wrong abut it?

    • flosserelli

      Heheh. I may do that just for sh!ts & giggles.

      • Ryan Christians

        Big surprise, my review was denied - see below. I wish Verizon wasn't the only provider with great service where I work. At home, I could go with anyone and I would love to ditch Verizon!

        Hello *****,Your review cannot be posted to our site.We appreciate you taking the time to provide your input on Verizon Ellipsis™ 7. Unfortunately, your review did not meet our posting guidelines.Your contributions are very important to us and the Verizon Wireless community. We encourage you to review our guidelines and resubmit your review

  • MotoXYZ

    Fugly. If they weren't so damn greedy they would have worked with Google on granting the N7 access to their networks and tied in a data plan in the deal. But no, they work against Google and put out dogsh*t. Awesome biz plan.

    • DJ

      N7 LTE is $350 and this one is 249.99.

  • FunkyMonkey

    If there are line-ups near Verizon stores, you know why now.
    Seriously this tablet is LITERALLY TOO big and bulky

  • Andy Stetson

    Buy it, pull the SIM, destroy it in front of the rep, pop the SIM into your N7 and walk.
    Of course, only do this if you have the money to throw away $250 ;)

    • MeCampbell30

      Or just never buy anything from Verizon.

      • Andy Stetson

        Comment was directed at 1) hating on Verizon; 2) poor suckers like myself stuck on Verizon, if not for being under contract, for general lack of options.

    • flosserelli

      That would be a *very* expensive N7, but I see the point you are making.

      • Andy Stetson

        exactly. OOH, in the interest of science, you could do a drop test in the store (make sure you're filming though), or even take a blender with you! Then it isn't a total waste of $250!

  • Tim Harper

    Anything Verizon has to offer is underwhelming...aside from how they rip you off...that can be overwhelming at times

  • iamnotfan

    Back to past.

  • Mystery Man

    Why show pictures of the tablet with that hideous case on it?
    It doesn't look that bad naked besides the massive bezel...

    • Gandalf_Teh_Gray

      I thought it actually looked better with the case, then it has a reason to be so hefty. With the case it may be useful for people that do field work and need the Verizon coverage. But for entertainment I wouldn't touch it with a 10 ft pole.

    • flosserelli

      Because they are ashamed of it?

  • flosserelli

    Verizon should pay YOU $250 for taking this piece of sh!t off their hands.

    • New_Guy

      They seriously couldn't pay me enough...

  • ari_free

    ...?

  • New_Guy

    My eyes now hurt x_x

  • RL010

    i say it again:

    It's a ugly motherfucker

  • DJ

    With the ability to expand the memory, quad core processes verizon produced a really good device for people who want a 4g LTE device on the go, samsung tablet in 7inch range with LTE capability is about $350 which does not have better specs! Look at the price peeps!!!

  • irigon

    I doubt you idiots would be able to tell the difference between this and a nexus 7 i actual day to day use

  • I_Am_Spartacus

    chill out tech nerds. you are not their target market for this product. vzn is giving $100 off + $150 rebate on black Friday. for someone who just wants to surf the internet or have the kids play some games to keep them entertained and quiet, it's a good fit for...FREE. we already have vzn service, so all we have to do is add the product to our service. it's a good deal for the right person: low tech guy.

  • Joe

    lol at the hate. this thing has better specs than Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 series, and the specs are on par to the 2012 Nexus 7, aside from the low storage.

  • Joe Ferry

    In agreeing with I_Am_Spartacus and irigon's comments completely, what are you tech geek using your choice of Tablet for? Neurosurgeons doing research during surgery and taking pictures? . If you dont want it, dont buy it. Its affordable and serves a purpose for non techs that arent you. Get over yourself. And move out of your Parents basement.

  • jbutler026

    I got the tablet for free on black friday. I went in to get new phones (lg g2's) . It was better for me to get a plan with tablet. I lost my unlimited data on upgrade and the cheapest plan for what i needed was with the tablet. Its not a bad little tablet. Although we have a asus tablet,samsung tablet, and now the g2's it still gets used and haven't really had any issues with it. Its the lowest grade device in the house but still gets used and the price was right!!!