Huawei MediaPad Review, how it handles in real life
The Huawei MediaPad is a fun little Android tablet that can do a lot of things. I had this 7-inch tablet with me for quite awhile and it proved to be my best companion (after my wife of course) during our recent trip to Cebu.
Sporting a 7-inch display, the Huawei MediaPad is right in the middle of a smartphone and a full-blown tablet, making it portable without sacrificing display size which is useful for surfing the net. I put this on my cargo short’s side pocket so I can easily whip it out if I need to check NBA scores, my blog, or just to kill time watching videos.
The device although not slim, is not chunky either, but I would prefer to be a bit lighter. It has a brushed aluminum back panel with two triangular rubber flaps on each side to make it sturdy when lying on a surface. One of the flaps at the back can be removed so you can put in your SIM card and microSD for additional storage.
The MediaPad is charged using an AC adapter. The microUSB port is only used to connect to your PC which turns it into a storage drive, you can’t use it to charge the device. There’s also a miniHDMI port if you want to view your videos on a bigger display. Unfortunately though, no HDMI cable is included in the box.
The Huawei MediaPad sports a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor and runs on Android 3.2 OS which was made just for tablets. Since it has stock Android, I quickly downloaded some widgets to add more life into its homescreen.
The 7-inch IPS display has very nice viewing angles and the 1280 x 800 resolution makes the screen very bright, sharp and clear. I love watching videos here especially high-def ones although you might want to use a microSD card because its 5GB internal storage fills up pretty fast. The sound is not that loud and you could easily cover the tiny speaker on the side with your finger. It’s a good thing I had a pair of noise-isolating earbuds with me because there’s none included in the box.
Viewing websites is also nice on this tablet. There’s just too much scrolling when I surf the net on my smartphone. But with the MediaPad, it’s easier to read text without constantly zooming in and out. It even handles Flash really well. I was able to watch NBA replay videos and live streaming without any problem. Although it can run Facebook games like The Sims, I highly suggest doing it because such games are just resource intensive.
I also enjoyed reading books on the MediaPad. With its adequate size, it’s not too big to carry around and not too small that I have to squint when reading. It already has an e-Reader installed so I just grabbed some e-Books from my Dropbox account and imported it to Aldiko. Of course, magazines are a different matter as it involves a lot of pinch-to-zoom.
There are only three games pre-installed, Asphalt 6, Angry Birds and Let’s Go Golf 2. I tried out Asphalt 6 and the graphics was awesome and performance really smooth. No complaints here! Tower defense games would be nice on this tablet as well as Grand Theft Auto games.
The Huawei MediaPad has a 5-megapixel autofocus camera at the back. I really wouldn’t use a tablet to take photos because it would make me look awkward. I don’t mind using it to take quick pictures to post on Facebook though. It also has a 1.3megapixel camera at the front for video chat. I was able to successfully do a video chat on Skype and Gtalk.
Although you can use your SIM card on this tablet, you can’t make calls with it. You can, however, send and receive messages, just use the Messaging app.
You know what else is good about this tablet especially with a data plan SIM? It would be a decent-sized navigation device. With Google maps and your data connection, and probably a dashboard holder, you can map and see where you are going at all times whenever you’re driving.
The battery life on the Huawei MediaPad is not that good as compared to other tablets. I could only get around 5 to 6 hours of straight use with data or WiFi on, medium brightness, a few videos here and there and a lot of internet. However, on standby with WiFi and Data off, the MediaPad still has some juice left even after 5 days.
Overall, the Huawei MediaPad is a very decent 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablet. Surprisingly good even. It has a really nice-looking build and design, excellent display and no-frills performance. Drawback would probably be the 5GB internal storage and short battery life but those shouldn’t be a dealbreaker.
There’s not much competition in the market for a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet and I would rank the Huawei MediaPad in the top 3. The only thing you have to think about is if you’re ready to shell out Php21,990 for one of these babies. It’s a bit pricey than what I would have wanted it to be but the price is still justified.
Disclaimer: This review is sponsored by Nuffnang but I can honestly say that I really had a blast having the Huawei MediaPad with me during my vacation. Lots of good times at the airport with a delayed flight.
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