Huawei's MediaTab seeks a share of tablets market [Nation (Kenya)]
(Nation (Kenya) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Huawei has introduced the MediaTab 7 Lite, a cheaper version of the Samsung Galaxy 7 tab, as it seeks to penetrate the tablets market.
The gadget, released last year in September, enters the Kenyan market at a recommended retail price that is lower than the other tabs like Asus' Google Nexus and Samsung's Galaxy.
It is a follow-up of the Huawei Ideos S7 slim, running on the Android operating system version 2.2 (froyo) which has been available in the market since April 2011.
MediaPad 7 Lite is beautiful built. The exterior design is very good, with a well-crafted matte silver aluminium surface and smooth plastic caps along the top and bottom.
The rear camera is 3.15MP while the front is 0.5MP. If you have used a tab with a higher pixel camera, the photos and the videos will be a slight disappointment, especially indoor photos.
On the right side of MediaPad 7 is the power button and volume rocker as well as the microSD card slot and SIM card slot, both covered by plastic lids that blend in with the tablet's aluminium body.
If there is one thing to say about this gadget that stands out, it is Huawei's ability to build a solid tablet. From front to back and everything in between, this device is well built and reeks of quality.
The MediaPad Lite offers the Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS experience, which is a lesser version of the Android Jelly bean operating system.The gadget has Internet memory of 8GB and 1GB RAM and allows for a microSD of up to 32GB.
But beneath the delights of exterior visual delights and the Android experience, the Huawei tab hides unforgivable defects.
Sweeping through the homescreens is slow and tiring. It is not as fluid as is expected of an Android device, and this choppiness display is further exacerbated when further apps or widgets are added.
This poor handle can be excused for its speed of 1.2 GHz Cortex-A8 and the 1024x600 resolution display. This causes the image to be sketchy and blurred, and downloading of items less desiring.
There was a time when I thought Samsung gadgets had the worst battery performance in retention until I met MediaPad Lite. The tab battery life is a shocker, because it loses its power fast whether you are using it or not. Don't leave it unattended during the night because you will wake up with a dead tab.
There is also the small aspect of its boggling software keyboard. The number pad toggle, which is used to bring the numbers to display, is on the right. One has to constantly tap on the wrong pad before getting used to its right location.
Despite these frailties, the MediaPad 7 Lite is capable of 3G wireless connectivity. It has a SIM card slot which would come handy for areas with no wireless connectivity, something that many Android-packing rivals cannot boast.
With installed SIM card, the gadget is activated into mobile phone functionality which one can make calls and send text messages.
Unfortunately it does not have a phone speaker grille so that means you have to use a headset or the loudspeaker for your calls. The Huawei's Lite tab comes pre-installed with 2D's Angry Birds which handles well with the gadget.
Heavier games and 3D versions have some levels of strains, while videos and movies are accommodative to the eye and the feel of the user.Another function that stands out in this gadget is the Huawei Office, a Microsoft compatible spreadsheet, word processing and presentation package.
The Android Market (recently renamed Google Play) is there to fill in other needed packages.
It is a good gadget for average users because of its functionality as a phone and the efficiency of a small computer.
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