Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue Review
As we mentioned on the previous page, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue can make phone calls as it has an earpiece, microphone, and a 3G cellular radio. And the quality of the calls is acceptable: the earpiece is loud enough and sounds natural. However, the microphone could have been better as the other party described the sound as not sounding natural.
There is a 4100mAh non-removable battery inside the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue. The manufacturer claims that it should provide 20 hours of continuous talk time on a single charge, or 6 hours of video playback. During our testing, we noticed that the cell got drained rather quickly, so don't expect much out of it. Keeping the screen brightness low and activating the power saver mode should extend the tablet's battery life.
Unless you absolutely must have a tablet that can make phone calls, we'd advise you to pass on the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue. Sure, it seems like a decent Android slate at first glance, but the more we use it, the more we get turned off by it. What bothers us the most is that the Vogue feels sluggish at times and its UI is way too rough around the edges. And if that's not enough, a screen with resolution as low as this just isn't acceptable at this point in time.
An alternative that can make phone calls as well is the Asus Fonepad – an inexpensive Android tablet of the same build quality and overall size. But if the feature isn't required, it would be much wiser to pick the 2013 Google Nexus 7 tablet as it is superior to the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue in almost every way imaginable. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is another option worth considering – with a bigger, better screen, capable hardware, and a reasonable price tag.
Version: Android 4.1.2, EmotionUI 1.5