UPDATE: Consumer Reports has lifted its "Don't Buy" rating of the Monster M7 tablet sold at Walmart. Monster has updated its software and, in new Consumer Reports tests, the tablets ran without a problem. If you own a Monster M7 tablet and are experiencing problems, go to MyMonsterTablet.com and follow the instructions under "Firmware Update" to get the new software. Consumer Reports still does not recommend the $150 tablet. Testers found it has a relatively short battery life, and has neither a camera flash nor a fingerprint resistant screen.
Tablets are on many gift-giving lists this year, but Consumer Reports has identified one tablet that comes up short.
The Monster M7 is sold exclusively at Walmart for $150. But in Consumer Reports’ labs, testers found a problem. The tablet locked up regularly during use.
To show what happened, testers set up a camera over the tablet. An app ran a slide-show of news headlines.
A time-lapse video shows the slide show stopped suddenly and the screen went blank.
“We tested three Monster 7 tablets and the screen froze or went blank on each of them," said Dean Gallea of Consumer Reports. "Sometimes it happened in less than an hour, other times it took several hours for the screen to freeze."
Testers were able to restart the tablets to clear the problem, but on each tablet tested it happened again. Consumer Reports has named the Monster M7 a Don’t Buy. If you already own the tablet, consider returning it to Walmart, but be aware that they have a 15-day return policy for tablets so you may have to demand your money back.