RCA 7-inch tablet review after purchase

By Alan Ng - Nov 13, 2014

Throughout this month, we have been keeping an eye on RCA’s exciting budget range of tablets, specifically the RCA 7-inch tablet that comes with a dual-core processor and Android 4.2. Consumers have been going crazy over it due to a price that is well below $100 – but now we have a short RCA 7-inch tablet review for you to watch from someone who has actually purchased the tablet during the sales.

To recap, this is a seriously low priced tablet that still offers very decent functionality and performance. Access to the Google Play Store is supported with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, while a dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM ensures that multitasking is still possible on such a cheap device.

There’s also MicroSD storage available for when you get close to filling up the 8GB of internal memory. This could well be the best value tablet of 2013 when it comes to features offered, as we’ve seen plenty of tablets with only single-core processors that are more expensive than the RCA 7-inch RCT6378W2 tablet.

Check out a quick review below to see what one user thinks after picking his up from the busy sales. Let us know if you also managed to get a RCA 7″ Google Play tablet and what your early impressions are of it so far.

Don’t forget to check out full RCA 7-inch dual-core tablet specs here if you need them again.

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  • Gord MacDonald

    Same as all below. Mine didn’t work right from day 1. A month ago it wouldn’t turn on. I contacted them & they e-mailed me a UPS label. 2-3
    weeks later I received ( what I think is a new one, or they just hit the factory reset). It worked for 2 weeks then, again wouldn’t turn on. Here in Canada I’m contacting Consumer & Corporate Affairs. They need to refund all consumers with these issues.

  • Sheila Shelton

    I bought 3 of the 7 in RCA tablets on 11/02/15. One quit after 3 days.Walmart replaced it.Two weeks went by and another quit working. Of course only have a two week warranty on it. Now I am stuck with it I guess. Some work and some don’t. Ugg

  • hail

    cracked my screen a tad doesnt let me put in my password
    or do anything else >:(

  • Jesus

    sooo bad tablet didnt stared I used five days..piece of sh;;;t

  • Gurdy Gurt

    My husband and I bought one for my son this past Christmas and now it’s a paperweight. All it does is blink on and off showing the RCA logo. We called them and they said we had to ship it to them at our cost to fix and pay for them to ship back. They said that the software was not covered under warranty. My husband went on line and said that there are hundreds of people with the same issues. We already shelled out almost a hundred bucks for this thing now we’re going to have to shell out more money to fix a problem with their shady manufacturing. If there are so many people with the same issues and think RCA should make things right without us consumers having to pay more money to do so then I say class action them and make them lick their calf over or give us our money back!

  • Kathy Buschmann Munie

    Just going to say I got one over a year ago and I just now started having charging problems. I use this over 8 hours a day, every day since purchased and love it. It’s already been on 3 vacations and uploaded hundreds of pictures. I love the size and to be quite honest with the many times mine has been dropped I’m surprised it lasted this long but I think it’s a study little tablet.

  • Sue Duehning Bechert-Sperl

    I bought 3 of them for my grandaughters. I had to stand in line for hours, they would only give you one at a time, making you go to the back of the line for each one you wanted! These tablets didnt last 6 months, so I had to buy replacement tablets for the 3 girls. I put the 3 RCA tablets back in the box they came in and kept them just in case RCA was going to stand behind the product. Last night my grandaughter asked to see her old one as we had spent alot of money on games downloaded to these tablets and she was hoping just maybe she could get her info off the old one. I opened the box to find the tablet completely popped open and the battery swelled up like a blown up baloon!!!!! My gosh, what did we, the consumer, purchase and bring into our homes??? And what else are these things capable of????? How do I dispose of these things so no one gets hurt by them? Thank you RCA for potentially burning down my home, or hurting my precious grandaughters with your overpriced garbage!!!

    • Gurdy Gurt

      I say class action them on their shady business.

      • Deloris

        I agree. I brought a RCA tablet 5 months ago, now it is broken, refuse to come on even though I charged it.

  • Allie Sisco

    do not buy I bought 3 of them for my kids for christmas and i will be returning again for a replacement today (think I may just upgrade to something else because there is no reason when the battery dies for it not to take a charge or just not attempt to come on at all.) Ive hit the reset button, let it just sit on the charger overnight, absolutely nothing works on it. Its actually really slow as soon as you turn it on for the 1st time and if you download games on it youll be lucky if they work. Just really disappointed. You are not saving money by buying these because you are not getting a worthy device, Opt for the one that cost $20 more, paid 79.99 a piece for these bad boys and it has been a complete waste of money and time. RCA use to have a decent name but that was about 10Yrs ago when they made stereos and TVs!!! Sorry I’m ranting but this is ridiculous.

    • Gurdy Gurt

      I say class action them for their shady business practices.

  • Angela Malley

    this is not right, there must be something we can do , as in write to the company or something ….arghhh and i thought rca had a good rep , boy, was i wrong …. I got my daughter hers for Christmas and yup its lasted her right up to dec.31st/2014 , A big 7 days , now it will not hold a charge at all, a orange warning symbol with an exclamation comes on when you try to power it on , I am not impressed ! , i will never buy anything RCA again , and i will be sharing this also on facebook. to warn other parents and people who are having the same issue.

    • Gurdy Gurt

      Class action them and make them make things right.

  • Scarlett Carroll Bruce

    I just bought 3 of these and giving them for Christmas gifts. I will be returning after reading this.

  • Ryan O

    I wish I would have found this before I bought two for my kids. THey have had it 5 days and the one is already acting up going to a white screen. I gave them to my kids early stood in line for hours for what. 5 days of playing. What a joke.

  • Anonymous

    Totally agree, this tablet is a crap. we bought 3 for our children and one of them did not last 3 months. The battery could not be replaced. I bought another one (yes, #4) to my desperate son, and guess what? Just 3 WEEKS and it could not be charged. Worst product ever.

  • lisa powers

    I am having the same issues as you all are! I’m sick of it and to whomever suggested a class action lawsuit I am 1005 all for it. I have NEVER been treated like this by a company in my life and I am 49 years old. They tell you to push the power button and hold down the volume down button at the same time what a joke!

  • Julia Bloxham

    I’m a single 63yr. Old woman living on a disability income. On May 11,2014 I bought my first tablet ever.It was fantastic. I chose RCA because it’s a brand name that I have bought many times. My tablet died an the screen went totally black between July 14 or 15.I called an reported it on July 16. I was told they were going 2 send me a replacement by Aug. 16,an as soon as it came I was 2put my dead tablet in the return box an send it back. Well since Aug. 16, that was 52 days ago 2 B exact. I have been told approximately once or sometimes twice a week it’s on its way.Then I was told the tablet I bought was no longer in stock, that was one of the reasons I was given 4the delay.As of today I have been given so many reasons why I haven’t received my replacement tablet I feel like an old friend has let me down big time. Again as of today I’ve been told by the people at the 18554759646 number that it had to come to me from Chicago. One of the supervisors (Anthony, I’ve talked with him 3 times) told me if I didn’t have my replacement tablet by today he would talk 2 someone 4 me(???). Guess what when I called I. was told he didn’t have time to talk 2 me he was busy elsewhere. IThe supervisor I talked 2Today (John) said that now the tablet has 2go 2Canada before it comes back to the States an then it will b shipped 2 ME. Please all I want to know is, first am I going 2 get another tablet and, second WHEN, an please don’t tell me u don’t know because that’s all I’ve been hearing 4 close 2 two mths. Please respond asap, I’m starting 2 feel like I’m getting the ( tell her what she wants to hear, just get her off the phone).an I don’t deserve that. My name is Julia Bloxham and the confirmation # they gave me is (gb661862x) . If u can’t help me please point me in the right direction. Thanks 4 listening.

  • greedhater

    this product is junk! I got it for Xmas and it always has charging problems! Now it’s battery swelled up overnight and popped the case open! The battery is a joke! A pathetic aluminum pouch that can’t even be replaced! No customer support can be found! I’ll NEVER buy RCA again! I recommend no one should buy RCA ever! I like the CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT idea.

    • Adam

      I am sorry to hear that please call on (800) 506-5746

  • Vernice A Battle

    This company sucks and their customer service agents act like they are trained to give customers the run around. They build tablets to last less than a month and my grand kids are disappointed. Still waiting on the replacement tablets. I purchased less than a month and considering legal action if I am still getting the run around in 3 weeks, I still have my receipt.

  • Mammy

    My daughter bought one of these to. It tore up in 2 months and I mailed it back to the RCA company. The warranty is 1 yr. It’s been a month ago and I haven’t gotten it back yet.. I had an Ematic brand and when it went bad I did the same thing and they replaced it with a new one and I had it within 3 wks.

  • Paula

    My grandsons each got one for Christmas, and both have gotten messed up charging ports. They are 9 and 11 years of age and are really disappointed. They loved them until they tore up. They are not made well and WERE taken care of. Will definitely never buy RCA tablets again. Yeah they were cheap but only lasting for 2 and 3 months is not worth $49 plus waiting 3 hours in line at Walmart to get. RCA SUCKS!!

  • Denette

    I bout 2 of these Thanksgiving 2013 for Christmas gifts. My kids used for 1 week until their other electronics/games came, last week, they tried to use them, and charged them, only got white screens. I called walmart & they said im not the only one. im about to call rca, if they don’t resolve this(according to comment below they don’t care) I think a class-action lawsuit needs to be filed…I will comment here after I speak with them…

  • louloubell76

    my kids have this since xmas 2013 works good they love it I do to thinking of getting one myself for 50 bucks at blk Friday what a deal

  • Lene

    This is the worse tablet ever. My worked for two weeks. After that I could not even start it. I contacted the manufacturer. They refused to give my money back, or give me another tablet. I will never, ever buy another RCA product.

  • Denise Steinbauer Kober Meyer

    Had nothing but trouble on this tablet. It won’t recognize a MicroSD card. Has “nano-flash” which 8 people have told us was about 4 different things. Our grandson has almost a gig of space on the internal storage and yet can’t download a 46 kb item because it’s “out of space”. Can’t use a memory manager, because it won’t let you move anything. I feel bad for my grandkids as they were so excited to get this for their Christmas gift! Can’t find a REAL phone number to get knowledgeable answers or not be hung up on when we can’t understand their accent. It’s nuts and not worth the time and stress it has caused!

  • amanda

    I don’t recommend buying this. Battery can only last for less than two hours if fully charged. I had headache staring at it for 30 mins because the screen is not soft to the eyes, not good or children. Apps always stop. Slow. It hangs so I need to restart it. The price ($68) is good but if you want better one buy the branded tablet

  • country gal

    Got at Walmart for Black Friday. For the price it is a pretty nice little tablet. The camera could be in a better location but it is what it is. I have found only a couple issues that are somewhat frustrating, first being the battery life. The kids are only able to play games 2 maybe 2 1/2 hrs before it has to be charged again. The other thing is the charger. It would of been nice if it had the universal port that fits most other tablets and phones. We are in the search for a car charger that fits this tablet. The one thing my daughter misses on this tablet vs my Nexus is instagram. It isn’t available on the RCA tablet. Overall it is a good little tablet for the price.

    • Jesse

      Yeah the android version for the RCA Tablet isnt compatible, BUT i downloaded an Apk version, simply type Instagram android apk. download, poof, there ya go 🙂

  • Patty

    How is Facebook game playing on this?

  • Howard Hightower

    Got this at Walmart for Black Friday 2013 for $49. Will compare to my 10 inch B&N Nook HD (cost $149 on Mothers Day 2013). As a Black Friday item it was a much better deal than the single core model selling for $69 the day before Black Friday. Plenty of demand in the store for this at $49.
    Slightly slower and not as good pixal vs Nook but at about 1/3 the price – no reason to complain. Some things actually seem to work better on the RCA model. RCA also provides a tap to go to RCS video support option. Comes with a Walmart app (can it be deleted?) Very light weight.
    So far only 3 issues. Cannot get Youtube to launch and it comes with a YouTube icon.
    Sometimes in Chrome, tab for Bookmarks and it displays a empty Bookmark screen and I have 8 bookmarks. Sometimes the Bookmark do appear. Very very tiny sound at times, but earphone is an option.
    Playstore works great. Stays connect to Wi-Fi better than Nook.

    • Rachel

      I got my rca tablet on thanksgiving 2013 at walmart,& I am pleasantly surprised. It is WELL worth $49 since I only want to use it to surf the web, check email, occasionally shop ebay, & play games/shop in the playstore. It is as fast as anything else in my house with my wifi connection (it is fast), it does not freeze, & the sound is just fine for me. I can expect that overpriced ipads have better pixels for viewing crystal clear images-but I would sure hope so for such a high price !!! What do people expect? If this tablet were identical to an ipad-why would apple even remain in business? ? But honestly- this little tablet Is a steal for the price !!! Any one who disagrees is way to picky,& has too high of expectations for a $49 tablet ! I wish I could have got one of these gor several people I know

      • skbmango

        this tablet should not be sold…. I am here trying to connect the charger and will not charge. A new tablet,second use and will not charge? Not even my 3 yr old likes it…. SAMSUNG is # 1… I will stick to them.