Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite Review
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich comes with little modifications made by Huawei and that’s mostly a good thing. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And in this case it isn’t.
In Huawei’s case, in terms of ICS modifications, we’ve only noticed that the company has included its DLNA file-sharing app as a bonus, and not much else. On a 7-inch tablet, you get to benefit from split screen functionality in apps like the native mail client and calendar. In mail for example you can have two panes, one with the list of emails and another one with the actual content of an email.
Interestingly, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite is one of the few tablets that also comes with a full-on phone functionality. You can insert your SIM card in a conveniently placed slot on the side and use not just cellular data on the go, but also make and take calls like you do on a standard Android handset save for one important detail – there is no earpiece. And that in turn means that you are forced to either use the loudspeaker or hook up the tablet to a headset for more privacy.
We doubt there is much practical application to the phone function in a tablet, but in an imaginary scenario where your phone battery dies, you’d be able to simply plug in phone’s SIM card into the tablet and make that important call.
Processor and Memory:
If we were to point out a single feature that we’d replace in the MediaPad, that without a second thought would be the 1.2GHz single-core Cortex A8 processor. We do need to account for the low price and all the compromises that have to be made, but we noticed stutter way too often to ignore.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite||1093||2637||20,8|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)||2750||5144||30,2|
|Lenovo IdeaPad A2109||4011||10769||53,9|
We don’t remember seeing such low benchmark tests in quite a while even on more affordable products. While benchmarks don’t always tell the whole story, arriving at the extreme low-end here is telling.
The tablet comes with 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD card. The card slot is neatly situated on the side, so you can hot swap cards (change them without rebooting).
Internet and Connectivity:
Accessing the web happens via the built-in Android browser application or through a variety of other browsers available on the Play Store. Since Adobe Flash does not show up in the app catalog, we’d prefer using a browser like Chrome that syncs up your mobile and desktop experiences. In both browsers, performance was good. We found panning around smooth, and pinch to zoom also worked perfectly without a stutter.
3G connectivity is what justifies the price for this tablet.
In addition, you have Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 rounding up the package.
4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
...and the 3 stared, 6 out of 10 rating is well deserved!!
2. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Wait the processor is single core? That's honestly sad for a tablet priced at 260$.
3. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
This review will soon be hidden in between the Apple news which PA is going to post..!
5. enGet (Posts: 27; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
Huawei = complete garbage. I can promise you this will break within a week.
7. Planterz (Posts: 682; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
PA shouldn't waste time reviewing crap that we all know is going to be crap.
How about a review on the Hisense 7 Pro? It's essentially a 1st gen Nexus 7 (same processor, same res screen) but with the addition of a rear facing camera and a micro SD slot. $130 at Wal-mart. Surely this deserves more attention than a low-res, low-spec'd hunk of junk?