T-Mobile SpringBoard Review
Running on the T-Mobile SpringBoard is Android 3.2 Honeycomb. This is pretty much a stock version, as there’s no extra user interface layer over top of it, such as what Samsung does with their TouchWiz UX interface. It has the basic 5 home screen layout and a modest assortment of widgets, though T-Mobile does include a few of their MobileLife widgets, which includes a calendar and shopping list.
Response is good on the tablet, as it’s running a 1.2GHz dual-core MSM8X60 processor with the Adreno 220 GPU and 1GB of RAM. There is also 16GB of internal memory, and you can install microSDHC memory cards up to 32GB in size, which would provide plenty of room for your pictures, music, and video collection.
The main area where the SpringBoard shines is with its web browser. Thanks to the tablet using T-Mobile’s 4G network, web pages are quick to load, as our PhoneArena.com site was up in 20 seconds. Adobe Flash is also supported, allowing you to view sites as they were intended. Scrolling around is fast and fluid, though we did notice a few stutters when using pinch-to-zoom.
When using the SpeedTest.net app, our download speed averaged around 5 Mbps, and uploads were at 2-3 Mbps. Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n is also on board, as is Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.
The camera interface is basic, and only allows for a few adjustments, such as the white balance, color effect, resolution, and zoom level. When pressing on the shutter icon, it takes about 2 seconds for camera to focus before capturing the shot.
Unfortunately, pictures that we took with its 5MP shooter look below average when compared to most other tablets. Outside images have unnatural colors and look murky, which makes them unattractive to view. Inside images share these characteristics and lower-light images appear out-of-focus.
Videos can be recorded at 1280x720p resolution, but the image looks blotchy instead of being clear and sharp, and once again color reproduction is poor.
T-Mobile SpringBoard Sample Video:
Because of this, we really can’t see using the camera or video capture on the SpringBoard despite its low price, considering that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus with its 3.2MP camera does a bit better here.
1. kshell1 (Posts: 1117; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
so you took 3 points for camera on a device that is mainly for movies,apps,and games?
6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2840; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Agreed, doesnt make sense to drop the score so low due to a camera quality. Is that really ever a deal breaker for any tablet?
7. kshell1 (Posts: 1117; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
i know. i mean sure if you love taking pics you woud like a good camera but thats what phones like the n8 and samsung galaxy s2 and iphone 4s are for (dont like iphone but got to admit camera is great)
2. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)
good review, good tablet at a good price point. hopefully it sells.
3. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
they couldn't give it more...remember, there is an ipad:]
5. robinrisk (unregistered)
It did not deserve more. Its a good tablet, but not amazing.
4. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
this sounds like the best deal going right now to me.
8. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)
Wow, this is pretty good, this was made by Huaweii? I'm impressed, or am I wrong about the manufacturer?
9. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
This is just the beginning. Chinese manufacturers (Huawei, ZTE, Meizu) are growing technologically pretty fast.