Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 Review and Gaming Performance

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Samsung, as we all know already, has a huge pile of Samsung GALAXY devices spread out across the market, ranging from low-end, mid-end and high-end devices. One of its best selling items is Samsung GALAXY Tab series, which has been doing well especially since the second-generation GALAXY Tab 2 arrived to the tablet stores.

And you might know how this Samsung GALAXY Tab series has always been inheriting the same spec sheet just like its predecessors. For example is the display, that never got upgraded from an unimpressive low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display, even until now on Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0, although the 8-inch model finally gets the 720p treatment from Samsung.

And if you thought that the 7-inch model of Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 was the low-end model from this series. Think again! You’re definitely wrong because Samsung apparently has another lower-end model under this series. And this one is called Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Lite. Given its nametag, this tablet is probably the “light” version of GALAXY Tab 3 7.0, although the regular 7-inch model already feels "light", especially in term of specs.

As the light version of 7-inch model, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 obviously brings something, mostly specs, that is just lower than the regular model. And that’s proved by its camera, battery capacity and its internal storage option, which are all lower than the ones found on Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0. The good thing is, they both still share the same processing power. So gaming performance of both devices will likely be similar one to another.

Well, if you’re interested to know more about this tablet, then don’t be shy (why would you be?), feel free to check out my personal review of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0.

Introduction

In tablet market, Samsung has been doing a great job in making many devices that sell. Alongside Apple, Samsung always manages to ship million of GALAXY devices every quarter of the year. Samsung GALAXY Tab series is definitely one of the Samsung devices that has always been one of the best selling tablets around the market. And that’s the reason why it's now upgraded to the third generation of the series, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 actually consists variety different devices, from the 7-inch model, the 8-inch model, the 10-inch model and even the Pro line that is about to arrive in the near future. But apparently, having a huge pile of Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 devices is not enough for Samsung as the company also has another device under the same flag. And this one is called Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0, the “light” version, if you would, of the 7-inch Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0.

As the light version of that regular 7-inch model, then it’s obvious that Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 will feature some of the specs that are lower than the regular original model. And that’s true because on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0, Samsung makes some sacrifices here and there on the hardware in order to cut down the cost of making it, thus pricing it lower than the regular model. And by looking at its specs, then it’s obvious that this Samsung’s slate will not be on par with other competitors, like Acer Iconia Tab A3, Asus MemoPad 7 HD or Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite, due its lower specs.

So the question is, with all of its cut-down sacrifices that Samsung has made on this device, will Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 still stack up against other rivals, especially in cheap budget tablet market? Well, we’re about to find out about that in this review. So stay tuned!

Design

In term of design, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 still inherits the same chubby look of its older sibling, the regular GALAXY Tab 3 7.0, which comes with the same fully rounded shape and corners, physical home button and plastic finish on the back cover. So there is nothing to write home about on the design of this tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 Review and Gaming Performance

I just really hope that Samsung will improve the design of all next-gen GALAXY devices in the future, including the next-gen Samsung GALAXY Tab 4. I know that Samsung has been doing great in the market with its GALAXY devices, regardless their ugly chubby design, plus, i also know that Samsung has been really careful in designing its next-gen GALAXY devices in order to avoid Apple’s ridiculous patent lawsuit. But i believe Samsung will find the way out to better its design department and deliver more premium looking devices in the near future, without giving the chance for Apple lawyers to drag them to the court.

Anyway, as i mentioned above, there is nothing to talk about on the design of this tablet. It still looks really generic just like the older Samsung GALAXY devices. I think Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 still uses the same design language of early-generation GALAXY devices from last year. So it looks nothing like the recent-released Samsung GALAXY Note 3, Note 10.1 or Note 12.2 Pro that all have this same concept with sharper looking design with less rounded corners, which makes them look more sturdy and elegant, plus less chubby like this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0. Hopefully this year, Samsung will finally implement its latest design on its next-gen Samsung GALAXY devices.

Overview Specs
  • No SIM
  • Coming soon in 2014, February
  • 7.0 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 600 x 1024 pixels, 16M colors (~170 ppi pixel density)
  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz Marvell PXA986 Chipset
  • Vivante GC1000 GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • No rear-facing camera
  • Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 8 GB Internal
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • USB
  • No Radio
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3600 mAh battery
When it comes to spec sheet, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 actually still has some in common with its older sibling, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. For instance, they both still share the same display and its resolution, the same Marvell dual-core processor, of course the same 1GB of RAM (no brainer on that!), and the same standard features like the original.

However, given its “Lite” nametag, then it’s obvious that Samsung has to make some sacrifices on this tablet in order to cut the cost of making this tablet. The most noticeable ones are the camera, the internal storage option, the battery and the graphics chipset. But even with all of these cut-downs, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is still considered as a pretty good purchase in its price range, of course in cheap budget tablet market, alongside Asus MemoPad 7 HD, Acer Iconia Tab A3 and Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite.

Even though these rivals have much better specs compared to Samsung’s slate, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is probably still superior in term of software, rich-content features and well-optimized apps/games (given its popularity and game developers’ interests), which is the reason why Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 8.0 is capable to run Asphalt 8 in full graphics, despite using outdated hardware.

Anyway, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 features a 7-inch display sporting the resolution of 1024x600 pixels, a dual-core Marvel SoC PXA986 CPU, 1GB of RAM, Vivante GC1000 (as opposed to the PowerVR SGX on the original model), 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 2MP rear-facing camera, no front-facing camera, 3600mAh power battery, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and the options of WiFi-only/3G-enabled models.

Screen

Similar like the original 7-inch model, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is still packing the low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display, which now has been left in the dust by many tablet manufacturers. So compared to other 7-inch tablets out there, then this Samsung’s tablet has nothing to brag about on its display. In fact, in the real-life implementation, with this type of display, you will always need to do pinch-to-zoom gestures everytime your eyes just can’t read text or images perfectly, especially when reading books or browsing the web.

However, despite lacking of sharpness, using this low-resolution display on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is actually a perfect match to this tablet. As mentioned above, this Samsung tablet is packing a dual-core Marvel SoC PXA986 CPU. And this processor is actually not considered as powerful around the tablet market, especially compared to rivals that already use either Tegra 4, Snapdragon 600/800, Apple’s A7 chipset, Mediatek quad-core processor or Samsung’s own Exynos processor.

Therefore, by using this low-resolution display, there are not many pixels that must be executed by its processor, thus making the tablet run faster and smoother without consuming too many energy from its small 3600mAh battery, resulting in a long lasting battery life. So i believe Samsung has thought this through when deciding to use this display, processor and small battery life.

User Interface and Features

I think one of the strongest points on this Samsung’s tablet is definitely its software and feature. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and it’s running TouchWiz UI all over it. Speaking about its features, then this tablet is superior on that sector. Surprisingly, this tablet also comes pre-installed with multi-window mode just like the one found on the latest-gen Samsung GALAXY Note 3, 10.1 and 12.2 Pro, which lets you open multiple windows on the same screen at the same time. As for this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0, you can only open 2 multi-window apps at once, just like on Samsung GALAXY Note 3.

The rest of the features on this tablet are actually pretty similar with other TouchWiz-installed GALAXY devices around the market, especially the last-gen ones. So you’ll have the same standard Android homescreen where you can float your widgets all over it, the same app drawer, the same notification window, the same setting window and many more. So there is still nothing special on the features of this tablet, expect for that multi-window mode aforementioned above.

Performance

When it comes to performance, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is actually can be considered as pretty good, if not great. And that’s thanks to Samsung that has done a great job in optimizing the hardware and software of this tablet. So for doing some basic tasks like watching movies, reading books, checking emails, listening to music (of course), browsing the web or even playing games, this tablet is still more than capable to deliver a fast and smooth performance, even when multitasking multiple apps at once, thanks to its 1GB of RAM.

However, given that dual-core Marvel PXA986 processor inside this tablet is not considered as high-performing processor, compared to Tegra 4, Snapdragon 600/800, Apple A7 or even Mediatek quad-core MT8125 (which many tech geeks always call as “cheap Mediatek processor”), then there will always be some consistent lags or choppiness especially when doing some heavy stuff at once, like using live wallpaper or playing games. But still, having this Marvel SoC with a low-resolution display, this tablet still produces some pretty decent consistent performance in the long run.

Gaming Performance

If you’re looking for a great and powerful gaming tablet, then you might want to check out other tablets like Tegra Note 7, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX 7 , not this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0. However, given that this Samsung’s tablet is not intended by Samsung to be a gaming tablet, then you can’t expect its gaming performance to be as great as other 7-inch rivals aforementioned above. Even so, this tablet surprisingly is still more than capable to handle some of the latest games like Minion Rush, Temple Run 2 and some other casual games.

However, for your information, this tablet is actually packing the same exact Marvel SoC PXA986 just like the one found inside the original model, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. And i’ve already seen that regular model capable to handle some latest graphically demanding games like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 8, Need for Speed Most Wanted, GTA III, GTA Vice City, ShadowGun Deadzone, Real Racing 3 and even the last-gen GTA San Andreas, although games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas don’t run in full graphics.

But then again, it’s worth noting that the regular 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is packing the PowerVR SGX 544 GPU, as opposed to the Vivante GC1000 GPU inside this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0, which hasn’t been proved its quality. Meanwhile, PowerVR SGX 544 GPU has been well known as powerful GPU, as seen on iPhone 5 (and iPad 4?). So i have doubts this tablet is capable to run the graphics intense games like Asphalt 8, GTA Vice City, Real Racing 3 or other games, even in medium-graphics setting.

But i still don’t have the exact answer whether this tablet is a good gaming tablet or not, given that i haven’t seen any video reviews on YouTube about its gaming performance. But i promise, once i’ve found out about that, i’ll let you know through this review in the future. So you might want to bookmark this page for future read, especially if you want to buy this tablet.

Camera

Unlike the regular 7-inch model, it’s sad to see that this tablet is only equipped with a low 2MP rear-facing camera. And it doesn’t even have front-facing camera. So if you’re into selfie photography or video call, you might want to switch your target to the regular Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, which has a much better 3.15MP camera and front-facing camera. Anyway, as for this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0, it’s obvious that you just cannot expect its quality to match other 7-inch offerings around the market, which mostly already adopt 5MP camera.

However, if you only need its camera for photo sharing to Instagram or Twitter, its quality is still acceptable for that matter. It may look as sharp as other 7-inch rivals’ cameras, but at least, it still gets the job done and the photos are still worth showing off to your Instagram or Twitter followers.

Battery Life

When it comes to battery life, this tablet may not be as great and long lasting as the original model of this series. And that’s not surprising given that this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is only packing a 3600mAh power battery in it, as opposed to the 4000mAh battery on the original model. However, given that this tablet is only sporting a low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display and a dual-core processor, then its battery could still last some pretty good amount of hours in heavy usage. But it’ll also depend on how long you use this tablet every single day.

So if you’re type of moderate users that only use this tablet in your spare time, you could probably still have an all-day-long battery life from this tablet. However, if you’re gonna use this tablet for doing some heavy stuff without resting the screen, like for watching TV shows in marathon or playing games in the row, then its battery life could probably last around 4 to 7 hours of usage.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, i personally think that Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is still a pretty good tablet, if not great. It has good performance, great software and features and pretty good gaming performance. However, given that this tablet is priced by Samsung at $160 for the WiFi-only model and $230 for the 3G model, then i see no reason why you want to buy this tablet.

In the price range of $160, there are many other great alternatives that are just better than this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0. You can switch your target to Asus MemoPad 7 HD, Acer Iconia A3, Huawei MediaPad 7 or HP Slate 7 Plus, which cost around that price range, even cheaper than Samsung’s slate, but have much better and higher quality specs.

And if you have more cash that you can add to your current budget, in around $199 to $229, you can also get so much even better alternatives like Tegra Note 7, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX 7. These tablets are just way better than Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 in many ways, from the display, the camera, the gaming performance, the battery life, the features and many more.

So if you’re planning to getting this tablet when it launches soon in February (or next month?), i strongly recommend you to think a bit deeper about your decision. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is pretty good. However, given its low-resolution display, low 2MP camera, low battery capacity, low performing processor and unpopular graphics chipset, i don’t see any good thing of buying this tablet, especially when other rivals have much better things to offer to you.

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HP Slate 7 Review and Gaming Performance

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A couple of weeks ago, i’ve already showed you a bunch of Android tablets made by HP under the latest generation HP Slate series. This tablet series consists 3 different models, ranging from the low-end to the high-end versions, with HP Slate 7 Plus becoming the low-end model, HP Slate 7 Extreme being the mid-end, and last but not least, HP Slate 8 Pro getting the high-end title. The first aforementioned tablet, HP Slate 7 Plus is packing a so-last-year’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, while the rest of the 2 tablets, HP Slate 7 Extreme and HP Slate8 Pro are powered by the latest and greatest, Tegra 4 processor.

Despite being the underdog tablets, all of these HP Slate tablets are actually really great quality tablets, especially in gaming performance. Even the low-end model, HP Slate 7 Plus, is also great in handling some of the graphically demanding games like GTA Vice City, Dead Trigger, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Modern Combat 4, N.O.V.A 3 or Horn (an awesome RPG!).

So if the low-end model of this tablet series is already great for gaming, then its 2 sibling, HP Slate 7 Extreme and HP Slate 8 Pro will be more powerful for playing games. In fact, these 2 tablets are more than capable to handle almost all the latest graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas, Dead Trigger 2 or GT Racing 2, all in full graphics and buttery smooth performance, thanks to the 72-core GPU on their Tegra 4 processor.

HP Slate 7

Anyway, besides releasing these HP Slate tablet line, this manufacturer actually already has some older-gen tablets under the same flag, HP Slate. And one of them is HP Slate 7. The thing that really blows me away with this tablet is that, despite being an older-gen tablet, not even with the latest powerful processor, HP Slate 7 impressively can handle many latest graphics intense games in smooth performance and in full graphics. Amazingly, this tablet is also capable to run even the latest game, GTA San Andreas, in smooth performance, although not in full graphics. But i’ll talk more about its gaming performance later on.

So this is the reason why i want to bring up this tablet and recommend it to you, especially if you’re into tablet gaming. This tablet may not be considered as the equal rival for tablets like Tegra Note 7, Kindle Fire HDX 7, Google Nexus 7, even its own siblings, the latest generation HP Slate series (HP Slate 7 Plus, 7 Extreme and 8 Pro). However, with that great gaming performance, i just can’t let this tablet be ignored especially given its great gaming capability, despite using some mediocre hardware.

Well, if you’re interested to know more about this device, especially its gaming performance, then here you go, my personal review of HP Slate 7.

Introduction

If you go to the tablet stores, even mobile stores in general, you’re probably gonna have a hard time to find any of HP tablets. This is actually not of a surprise because HP is now still considered as a small player in this business, especially compared to big players that always ship million units of slates every quarter, like Apple, Samsung and Asus (and Sony probably?).

However, that doesn’t mean that tablets from HP will suck in quality. Well, that’s is wrong about that. In fact, i’m personally impressed a lot with the latest-gen Android tablets from this manufacturer, from HP Slate 7 Plus, HP Slate 7 Extreme and HP Slate 8 Pro. These tablets, although not very popular around the market, are actually still great quality tablets, even for gaming.

HP Slate 7 Plus is packing a Tegra 3 quad-core processor (with its 12-core GPU on board), while HP Slate 7 Extreme and HP Slate 8 Pro are both powered by Tegra “beast” 4 processor, with its staggering 72-core GPU. And with this type of processors, no doubt that they are great for gaming.

Besides these 3 latest-gen tablets from HP, this company also has one other great gaming tablet. this one is called HP Slate 7. This tablet is actually an older tablet, released in early 2013.

Unlike the latest-gen HP Slate tablets aforementioned above, which are powered by Tegra processors, this HP Slate 7 interestingly is only packing a dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU (i'm not sure yet about the type of processor that this tablet is packing, but i'll let you know soon), clocked at 1.6GHz per core, which is considered as really outdated for today’s standards.

However, what makes me really impressed with this tablet is that, HP Slate 7 amazingly is able to run some of the latest graphics intense games across the Google Play Store, like Modern Combat 4, Need for Speed Most Wanted, GTA Vice City and even the latest-gen GTA San Andreas. And this is already mind blowing for me because i personally didn’t expect this tablet with its hardware specs, would be great for handling these latest high-performing games.

So with that being said, then it’s just really easy for me to recommend you this tablet, especially if you’re looking for a budget tablet that is also great for playing games. By looking at its specs, then this tablet definitely will be positioned on a cheap budget tablet market, alongside Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0 or Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

Design

When it comes to design, HP Slate 7 actually doesn’t have anything special compared to other 7-inch Android tablets out there. In fact, this HP’s tablet looks really generic with its rivals, from the same looking bezels, similar rounded corners, same aspect ratio of 16:9 and the same type of materials, with glossy plastic on the front side.

HP Slate 7 Review and Gaming Performance
However, something that must still be appreciated on this HP’s tablet is probably its back cover that kind of looks much better and has more premium feel compared to other 7-inch Android tablets that mostly have cheap looking plastic back cover. It has this matte finish all over it without any unnecessary elements on it, besides its “HP” logo engraved on the center and some information related to this device.

I also like the “HP” logo on the rear side of this tablet. It may look nothing premium as the Apple logo on iPad, but i still like HP’s own logo on its back, making users feel proud of holding this tablet in front of public because as we all know, HP is one huge computer-related manufacturer in the world. And that’s kind of cool because that gives a huge value to this tablet. And a LOT. I mean, compared to holding other cheap unpopular Android tablets in front of people, i believe you would feel prouder when holding this HP’s tablet, right?

Overview Specs
  • No SIM
  • Released 2013, April
  • Weight 372 g (13.12 oz)
  • 7.0 inch FFS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 600 x 1024 pixels (~170 ppi pixel density)
  • Dual-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 3.15 MP rear-facing camera, capable to take 720p@30fps videos
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Beats Audio sound enhancement
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 8 GB Internal storage
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • No Radio
  • No GPS
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Non-removable battery
  • Up to 5 hours for talk time and multimedia
In HP’s tablet portfolio, then HP Slate 7 is definitely considered as an older device from this company, especially compared to the latest-gen HP Slate series that just got launched at the end of last year. However, something that makes this tablet interesting is that, despite being an older-gen tablet plus with outdated specs, i’m personally impressed with the performance, especially gaming performance of this tablet.

I mean, if we compare the hardware specs of this tablet with other last-gen HP Slate series, which all of them are powered by Tegra “beast” processors, then HP Slate 7 has no chance to compete. And most of us probably think that this tablet would be horrible for gaming, compared to its sibling. Well apparently, that is so wrong about that.

Despite using some hardware specs that are considered as outdated for today’s standard, HP Slate 7 surprisingly is capable to deliver a great performance when handling some of the latest graphically demanding games on Google Play Store. I’ve actually already seen its gaming performance in many video reviews around YouTube, and i’m just blown away with this tablet. I just didn’t expect this tablet to be that great in handling games. I’ll talk more about its gaming performance later on, okay. So stay tuned!

Anyway, HP Slate 7 features a 7-inch display sporting the resolution of 1024x600 pixels, a dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 3.15MP camera on the back that is able to take 720p videos, VGA camera on the front, 8GB of basic internal storage, microSD card slot for up to 32GB, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean pre-installed, 5 hours of battery life for media and many other standard features. However, this tablet is only a WiFi model, so there will be no SIM card slot on board.

Screen

Compared to the latest-gen HP Slate tablets, then HP Slate 7 will fall in the cheap budget tablet market given that it’s only packing a low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display. So there is nothing to write home about on the display of this tablet. It looks average and less sharper compared to its 7-inch rivals on the market that mostly already adopt 720p resolution display.

But the good news is, there is Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0 that could save this tablet from embarrassment. That’s because, despite being a popular and best selling tablet, this Samsung’s slate interestingly is still packing the same exact 1024x600 pixel screen. So HP Slate 7 definitely still deserves to be positioned around today’s tablet market, although in low-end competition.

In real implementation, then it’s so obvious the low-resolution screen on this HP’s tablet doesn’t look as sharp and clear as other 7-inch tablets with HD display. And you’ll always need to do the pinch-to-zoom gestures when your eyes can’t read the text or see the images perfectly, especially when reading books or browsing the web.

However, there is one great thing of using this low-resolution on this tablet. As we all know, this HP Slate 7 is not sporting some powerful hardware specs in it, compared to its siblings that all use Tegra processors. Therefore, by using this display, it actually makes this tablet perform much faster and smoother because there are not many pixels that must be executed by its processor when delivering its power to the tablet. Not to mention, by using this low-resolution display, its battery life will also last much longer in heavy usage.

User Interface and Features

Just like its latest-gen siblings (HP Slate 7 Plus, HP Slate 7 Extreme and HP Slate 8 Pro), this tablet also deploys some standard elements of Android OS on its UI, like the standard homescreen, which can be filled with your favorite widgets, apps or app shortcuts, and then, there are also the notification window, setting window and not to mention, the multitasking window apps that you’ve already come to love from Android tablets. So there is nothing to write home about on the UI of this tablet. it still looks similar with other regular Android tablets out there.

The only difference seen on HP Slate 7 is that, on this tablet there are some HP-related apps that come pre-loaded. But the good news is, there are not many bloatwares that being pre-loaded on this tablet. So this tablet can perform much faster and smoother, plus its battery life could last much longer given that there are not many bloatwares running in the background.

Performance

Compared to HP Slate 7 Plus, Slate 7 Extreme or Slate 8 Pro that all are powered by Tegra processors, then there is nothing special with the processor inside HP Slate 7. So when it comes to performance, HP Slate 7 definitely is not on par with other last-gen HP Slate tablets. The good thing is, this HP Slate 7 is only sporting a 1024x600 pixel display, which is way lower than the ones found on its siblings. So by using this low-resolution display, the overall performance of this tablet is actually as fast and smooth as those last-gen Slate 7 tablets, although not as powerful as them.

So for doing some basic tasks like watching movies, reading books or magazines, checking emails, checking Twitter, browsing the web or playing games, all of these games can be perfectly executed on this tablet in smooth performance. And thanks to its 1GB of RAM, opening multiple apps or multi-window apps still feels smooth and fast without any significant lags whatsoever.

Gaming Performance

Just like i already mentioned above, one thing that really really makes me surprised and impressed with HP Slate 7 is definitely its gaming performance. To be honest with you, I personally didn’t expect this tablet to be that great and awesome when handling many latest graphically demanding games. I just cannot believe that the tablet with an average processor, which on paper, is just not on par with the Tegra 3 and Tegra 4 inside the last gen HP Slate tablets, is more than capable to handle many latest heavy games in smooth performance and in full graphics. I believe its low resolution display is one of the reasons why this tablet flies when playing games.

As i’ve already seen on many video reviews of HP Slate 7, this tablet amazingly is strong enough to play some of the latest graphically demanding games like, Asphalt 7, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Modern Combat 4, GTA Vice City and Iron Man, all in buttery smooth performance and in full graphics. And more impressively, i’ve also seen this tablet capable to play GTA San Andreas, which is really heavy games due to its heavy maps and graphics, although not in full graphics.

So if this tablet is already proved to be capable to play these heavy high-performing games, then you can expect the same thing on much older games released before them, like Modern Combat (1, 2, 3), N.O.V.A (1, 2, 3), Need for Speed (SHIFT and Undercover), GTA III, Asphalt (5, 6, 7), Dungeon Hunter (1, 2, 3) and other older games.

So if you’re currently looking for a cheap budget tablet with great gaming performance, make no mistake, HP Slate 7 is definitely a good choice for you.

Camera

The camera of HP Slate 7 is actually similar with the one found on Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0, which both share the same 3.15MP camera. However, when it comes to quality, then Samsung’s slate might be the winner here given that Samsung’s devices have been known to have great cameras. Even so, having a 3.15 rear-facing camera that is able to take 720p videos at 30fps should still be appreciated, right? Who knows, its mediocre camera might come in handy especially if you forgot to bring your digital camera or smartphone at your disposal. It might not deliver some great and sharp looking photos to you, but at least, it gets the job done and the photos are still worth showing off to your Instagram followers,

Battery Life

Unfortunately, there is no information regarding the amount of battery capacity inside this tablet. But according to HP through GSMarena, this tablet is more than capable to last around 5 hours when enjoying media contents, of course in one full charge. However, if you’re gonna use this tablet to do some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen, like for watching TV shows/movies in marathon or playing some games in the row, then its battery life could probably last around 4 to 5 hours.

My Personal Opinions

So my final words about this tablet is, for me, i’m personally impressed with this cheap tablet. I mean, despite being a cheap budget tablet alongside Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0, i’m surprised to see this HP’s tablet capable to run many latest graphically demanding games like Modern Combat 4, GTA Vice City and Need for Speed Most Wanted in smooth performance and impressively in full graphics, something that i didn’t expect to come out from this tablet.

And more amazingly, this tablet is also able to play one game that i consider as heavy for today’s standards, GTA San Andreas, which deploys some huge maps and heavy graphics here and there in the gameplay. I think HP has done a great job in optimizing the software and hardware of this tablet, making sure it runs perfectly and works seamlessly even for playing games.

When it comes to spec sheet, then HP Slate 7 has nothing special to show off to its rivals out there, even its HP Slate siblings that have way more powerful processors than HP Slate 7. However, given that Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0 (and the next-gen Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Lite) is packing the specs that are considered as equal with this HP’s tablet, then HP Slate 7 still deserves to be positioned on today’s tablet market, alongside Samsung’s slate, Asus MemoPad 7 HD or Acer Iconia A1.

So if you’re currently looking for a cheap budget tablet from a well-known brand, plus that has great gaming performance, then HP Slate 7 is still a good choice for you. However, Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0, Asus MemoPad 7 HD or Acer Iconia A1 can also be great alternatives given their better camera and other sectors than HP Slate 7.

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Huawei MediaPad S7-301w Review and Gaming Performance

Hi tablet freaks, welcome back! I’m glad to see you guys again here on this website!

Earlier, i’ve just showed you one of Huawei MediaPad tablets which i thought could be a pretty good gaming tablet, if not great. That tablet was Huawei MediaPad, a 7-inch Android tablet sporting an HD 720p display. The reason why i thought this tablet could be a pretty good gaming tablet was because, based on what i’ve seen on some video reviews of this tablet on YouTube, especially its gaming performance videos, this Huawei MediaPad is surprisingly able to play some high-performing games in buttery smooth performance, although mostly not in full graphics, like Need for Speed Most Wanted, Asphalt 7 and Modern Combat 4 .

So this kind of makes me think that, if that tablet is capable to run some popular graphics intense games so well, then we can expect the same thing on other Huawei’s tablet called Huawei MediaPad S7-301w. The name of this tablet may not sound too familiar to you (in fact, most of Huawei MediaPad tablets don’t sound too familiar to us, do they?), however, aside from its complicated name, this tablet could still be a pretty good gaming tablet, especially if you’re looking for a cheap dirt budget tablet right now, although i have many other better alternatives than this tablet (which i’m gonna share to you at the end of this review).

Anyway, talking about its gaming performance, i personally think that this tablet could be similar with its old brother, Huawei MediaPad tablet. Why? Well, that’s obviously because they both actually share the same exact internals, like the same 720p display (1280x800 pixels), the same MSM8260 Snapdragon dual-core processor with the same clock speed of 1.2GHz, the same Adreno 220 GPU and the same 1GB of RAM. In fact, they both actually have many other similar specs, from their cameras, their batteries and even their Android software versions. So i think it’s just no brainer if both tablets will deliver the same gaming performance.

Okay then, if you’re interested to know more about this device, and especially its gaming performance, not to mention, the thing that makes it different with Huawei MediaPad i’ve just showed you before, then you better check out my personal review of Huawei MediaPad S7-301w. Enjoy!

Introduction

Huawei MediaPad S7-301w Review and Gaming PerformanceIn tablet-making business, Huawei may not sound too familiar to hear for many tablet enthusiasts out there, even tablet shoppers in general. Well, there’s nothing wrong with that because for me personally, it’s still quite rare to hear about Huawei making tablets around tech news sites, although i perfectly knew and heard about one Huawei tablet named Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth a couple of months or a year ago if i’m not mistaken.

However, despite being an underdog in tablet market, we actually can still find some of Huawei tablets that are still worth considering, even worth buying for many of you here who are looking for budget tablets that have good performance and gaming capability. Huawei MediaPad S7-301w could probable be the one you’re looking for.

Huawei MediaPad S7-301w is actually similar in many ways with its older sibling, Huawei MediaPad tablet. They both share the same display, CPU, graphics chipset, camera, battery and they both, in fact, look just the same one to another. However, there is one that separates them apart. And that’s their cellular connectivity support.

If on Huawei MediaPad, you can find the mini-SIM card slot for 3G cellular support, then, on the other hand with Huawei MediaPad S7-301w, there is no cellular support for this tablet. So this is basically similar with some of Acer tablets like Acer Iconia Tab A100 and A101 or Acer Iconia Tab A500 and A501, with A101 and A501 getting the SIM card slot, while A100 and A500 don’t have it.

But the real question is, with all of the similarity on these 2 Huawei tablets, what makes Huawei MediaPad S7-301w so special and worth recommending to you here, especially if you’re looking for a cheap budget tablet that has good gaming performance? Well, we’re about to find about that in a minute.

Design

In term of design, this tablet actually looks quite similar with its sibling, Huawei MediaPad. In fact, they both look just the same one to another. They have those thick bezels, thick chrome trim around the side of the tablet and those sharp corners. Even the back cover of these tablets look similar, with those 2 separate different materials, the plastic materials on top and bottom, plus aluminum part covering the whole side of back cover.
Huawei MediaPad S7-301w Review and Gaming Performance


At the glance, this tablet looks really generic with other Android tablets out there. However, if you see the thick chrome trim on this tablet, it actually kind of gives more great accent to the tablet and makes it look sturdy as a budget tablet.

Huawei MediaPad S7-301w Review and Gaming Performance

Compared to other cheap budget tablets around the market, i think Huawei MediaPad S7-301w still looks better than many of its rivals in its class. And that’s thanks mostly to its thick chrome trim around this tablet.

Overview Specs
  • No SIM
  • Announced 2011, Q3
  • 7.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels, 256K colors (~216 ppi pixel density)
  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz Scorpion Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon Chipset
  • Adreno 220 GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Android OS 3.2 Honeycomb, upgradable to v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • SRS sound enhancement
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera, LED flash, capable to tae 720p@30fps videos
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera, capable to take 720p@30fps videos
  • MicroSD Card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 5.8 GB Internal storage, 8 GB ROM,
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • HDMI port
  • GPS
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • No Radio
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery
  • Up to 6 hours for Talk time
  • Up to 200 hours for Stand-by
As a budget tablet, Huawei MediaPad S7-301w actually has specs that are still considered as pretty good, even for today’s standard, of course in its class. It has an HD display, good 5MP camera on its back that even has LED flash, pretty good processor from popular brand, big battery capacity, and even a pretty good graphics chipset, allowing it to play some high-performing games. With all of these goodies, then this tablet can be a good value for the money. In fact, compared to other more popular tablet brand, like Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0, i still think this Huawei tablet is still a much better choice than Samsung’s slate given its higher quality specs.

Huawei MediaPad S7-301w comes with a 7-inch display sporting the resolution of 1280x800 pixels, a dual-core Snapdragon MSM8260 Scorpion processor, 1GB of RAM, Adreno 220, which is pretty impressive and will be great for gaming, 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash that is able to take 720p videos, 1.3MP front-facing camera, Android v3.2 Honeycomb out of the box (which can be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich), 4100mAh power battery and many more.

With all of these specs, i think Huawei MediaPad S7-301w will fall in mid-end category, although its processor is not on par with other competing 7-inch rivals like Tegra Note 7, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX 7.

However, given that with this processor and its graphics chipset, this tablet is still capable to deliver a smooth performance in HD display, plus it can handle most of graphically demanding games released around 2012 or before it, then Huawei MediaPad S7-301w still deserves to be positioned alongside those rivals, although it might need a much cheaper price tag to make it a good alternative than its rivals.

Screen

Just like the original Huawei MediaPad 7, this Huawei MediaPad S7-301w is also packing the same 1280x800 pixel display or known today as 720p display. For a 7-inch tablet, this display resolution actually is already good enough. The screen looks sharp, the details look great and everything that you throw on the screen will straightly look sharp and crisp. However, given that this screen is not that huge, plus its resolution is also not that high compared to 1080p resolution, then you will still need to do the pinch-to-zoom gesture, especially when reading books/magazines or browsing the web. But overall, having the 720p resolution on a small 7-inch screen size already looks great and sharp.

User Interface and Features

In term of User Interface, this Huawei MediaPad S7-301w looks similar with other Huawei MediaPad tablets out there, with the same Android homescreen, skins, wallpaper, visual presentations/effects, pre-loaded apps and even the same ring UI on lockscreen key. Huawei MediaPad S7-301w comes pre-installed with Android 3.2 Honeycomb out of the box, which can be upgraded to Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Too bad this tablet is not officially getting Android Jelly Bean, let alone Kit Kat. So you might miss a lot of cool features from Android latest software. The good news, you can always root this tablet and install the custom ROM of latest Android OS from XDA developer forum, although it’s a bit risky and requires you to have technical skills in order to do it successfully.

Performance

When it comes to performance, Huawei MediaPad S7-301w is still considered as good, if not great. With the specs like 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8260 processor, 1GB of RAM and Adreno 220 GPU, all of the tasks can be executed perfectly with less amount of lags and stutters. And for your information, the Adreno 220 graphics chipset inside this table is actually considered as pretty good given that many latest high-end rivals are packing Adreno 320 GPU or Adreno 330 GPU (and this is the highest on the market).

So for doing some basic tasks like watching HD movies, checking emails, updating Twitter, reading books or magazines, using live wallpaper, browsing the web or even playing games, this tablet is more than capable to handle these tasks without any problem whatsoever. However, in the real life situation, the overall performance of this tablet might not be really fast given its HD 1280x800 pixels display, which gives burden to its processor. So there will be some lags and framedrops especially when using some multiple apps at once, even though it has 1GB of RAM.

Gaming Performance

In term of gaming performance, Huawei MediaPad S7-301w is actually quite similar with its sibling, Huawei MediaPad 7, given that they both share the same exact hardware specs, from the same 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8260 processor, 1GB of RAM, Adreno 220 and even the same quality 1280x800 pixel display. So basically, their gaming performance will be on par, especially when knowing that they both are made by the same company, with the same software and features.

So for handling games like Asphalt 7: Heat, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Modern Combat 4 or N.O.V.A 3, no doubt this tablet is more than capable to do that just fine. However, most of these latest will not run in full graphics, only Asphalt 7 that can run in high graphics setting i guess. As for Need for Speed Most Wanted, just like on Huawei MediaPad 7, yes - this game may run in full graphics on this tablet, but there will be some lags and stutters along the gameplay, as seen in the video review of this game when played on Huawei MediaPad 7.

And for the latest-gen games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or GT Racing 2, i don’t think this tablet is strong enough to handle these games given that they are too heavy to run, with their high-quality graphics, details and sophisticated visual effects. The good news is, for games like Asphalt 8 and GTA San Andreas, these games provide the setting to control the graphics, resolution and visual effects inside these games, so you’re probably in luck when running these games on this tablet, although i can’t guarantee that.

Camera

It’s good to see that this tablet is packing a 5MP camera on the back, which amazingly has LED flash and is able to take 720p videos at 30fps. On the front, there is also 1.3MP camera that is also able to capture 720p videos. However, in term of quality, the photos and videos taken with this tablet might leave a lot to be desired, especially compared to other rivals like Tegra Note 7 or Google Nexus 7 that have much better quality cameras.

But apart from that, i think it’s a great decision by Huawei to include this 5MP rear-facing camera on this tablet. it may not produce some great quality shots, let alone the best just like on iPad, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 or Sony Xperia Tablet, but at least, it can deliver satisfying results that are still worth showing off to your Instagram followers or Twitter. You’ll never know if it might come in handy when you forgot to bring your digital camera and smartphones at your disposal.

Battery Life

Just like Huawei MediaPad 7 or Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue, this Huawei MediaPad S7-301w is also packing the same amount of 4100mAh battery capacity. This battery capacity is still considered as huge though given that most of 7-inch tablets are packing this amount of battery.

So for doing some heavy-weight tasks, like watching HD movies, checking emails, checking your Twitter updates, listening to music, reading books or magazines, browsing the web or playing games, all in mixed usage, you can expect to see this tablet last all day long, of course in one full charge. This tablet actually has a great stand-by time, lasting around 210 hours, while talk time on this tablet could only last about 6 hours, according to GSMarena. But this will also depend on the brightness that you set on this tablet.

So if you usually set its brightness to the high-level, then its battery could probably drop much even faster than expected. It goes the same if you’re using this tablet for doing some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all, like for watching HD movies or tv series, or playing games in the row, its battery could probably only last around 5 to 7 hours, although is still considered as good for a 7-inch media-consumption tablet.

My Personal Opinions

So to end this personal review, i’ve got to say that Huawei MediaPad S7-301w is a pretty good tablet, of course in its class in cheap budget tablet market. It still has good HD display, good processor, pretty good gaming performance, good supports on the camera sector (5MP, LED flash, 720p video recording, etc), good design and rich features. However, there are still some downsides on this tablet. one of them is its gaming performance.

Even though this tablet is capable to handle some of the latest graphically demanding games like Asphalt 7: Heat, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Modern Combat 4 and N.O.V.A 3, not all of these games can run in smooth performance when played in full graphics, only Asphalt 7 that works great in full graphics. So with that being said, you might face some troubles when using this tablet to run the very latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or GT Racing 2 even in medium graphics, let alone in full high graphics.

But apart from that, this tablet is still pretty good in its class. And if you manage to snatch this tablet at really low price point, probably around $130, then you just made yourself a good deal. This tablet will be the direct competitor to Asus MemoPad 7 HD or Acer Iconia A3, although Acer’s tablet is still better given its 3G cellular support. However, if you want to get this Huawei tablet that also has the 3G cellular support, then you should definitely get Huawei MediaPad 7 instead, which packs the same exact specs just like Huawei MediaPad S7-301w.

Around the market, other great 7-inch alternatives for this Huawei's tablet are Tegra Note 7, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX 7, which are affordable tablets around $199 - $229, but are just way better in gaming performance than Huawei MediaPad S7-301w tablet.

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HP TouchPad WebOS Review and Gaming Performance

Hi guys, welcome back to this website!

On this website, i’ve already given you some of the reviews of HP Slate tablet family. From the low-end ranger, HP Slate 7, followed by the latest-gen HP Slate 7 Plus, HP Slate 7 Extreme and HP Slate 8 Pro. The amazing thing about these tablets is that, they actually are all great for gaming. I mean, if the latest-gen tablets like HP Slate 7 Extreme and HP Slate 8 Pro are great for gaming, then i’m not really surprised given that they both are packing the “beast” processor, Tegra 4, which is MADE for gaming. I’m also not that really blown away with the gaming performance of HP Slate 7 Plus, given its Tegra 3 quad-core chipset, which still has 12-core GPU.

However, the one tablet from HP that really manages to capture my attention is actually HP Slate 7, which is an older-gen model of this series. This tablet, despite using some hardware specs that are so “last year” even “3-years ago”, HP Slate 7 amazingly is capable to handle most of the latest graphically demanding games, like Modern Combat 4, N.O.V.A 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, GTA Vice City and Iron Man, all in full graphics and smooth performance. And more impressively, this tablet is strong enough to run GTA San Andreas also in smooth performance, although not in full high graphics.

So this really makes it easier for me to recommend you these tablets, especially if you love playing games on tablet. I mean, even though HP is considered as small player in tablet market, especially compared to Apple, Samsung, Asus or Sony, it doesn’t mean that HP tablets will be mediocre in quality, especially gaming performance.

HP TouchPad webOS

Anyway, after talking about the older-gen HP Slate 7 in my previous reviews, today, i want to flashback again to the old days and bring up the oldest-gen tablet from HP. This one is called HP TouchPad WebOS. Unlike other HP tablets that i’ve already been reviewing on this website, this HP Touch Pad interestingly comes with HP’s homemade OS, WebOS 3.0, which is kind of weird given that most of tablet manufacturers on the market today are all using Google’s Android OS.

The good news is, from what i’ve seen on many video reviews about this tablet on YouTube, many of users of HP Touch Pad WebOS have managed to root this device and replace its WebOS with Android OS, probably using XDA developer forum. So if you happen to wanna buy this tablet, which i think is unlikely, then you should now that this WebOS-powered tablet can also be installed with Android OS, using the CyanogenMOD custom ROM.

Okay then, if you’re interested to know more about this tablet, especially its gaming performance, then here you go, check out my personal review of HP Touch Pad.

Introduction

HP TouchPad WebOS Review and Gaming PerformanceUnlike other HP tablets, HP TouchPad weirdly comes pre-installed with WebOS, unlike its siblings that mostly use Android OS. Compared to Google’s homemade OS (to be exact, acquired and developed OS), then it’s just no brainer that WebOS on this tablet will be different in many aspects with Android OS, especially its User Interface.

One thing that’s probably gonna make you hate this OS is that, given its small ecosystem, you’re gonna find a lot of trouble in getting the apps for this tablet because not many developers are interested to port their apps or games to this WebOS. So as the results, if you decide to buy this tablet, you just can’t use many apps or games that you’ve always come to love on your Android devices.

The good news is, if you don’t like being “caged” inside this WebOS ecosystem, there is still one way out from this OS. If you’re already familar with hacking in Android world, or softly known as rooting, then you’re likely familar with CyanogenMod. This CyanogenMOD is actually the custom ROM or the modified Android OS that comes with its own UI, skins, wallpapers, and even its own features that you’re probably not gonna find on stock Android OS.

So with this CyanogenMOD installed on this HP TouchPad, you can open and play all the Android apps across the Google Play Store. Around the YouTube, most of HP TouchPad users have mostly rooted this tablet with CyanogenMOD. But you probably can installed other Android custom ROMs from XDA developer forums.

The other good news is that, this tablet is already packing some good quality specs on it. So once you’ve managed to installed that Android custom ROM on HP TouchPad, you can still do a lot of things with this tablet, even for playing games.

Design

The design of HP TouchPad WebOS actually kind of reminds me with the oldest-gen Samsung GALAXY tablets, which mostly have that chubby looking shape and rounded corners all over the body. And it’s the same thing found on this HP’s tablet. Its corners just look really chubby with those fully-rounded corners. Its bezels are also really huge and make it look like old-gen device, which is why HP TouchPad is an old-gen device, right?

HP TouchPad WebOS Review and Gaming Performance

The back side of this tablet also has nothing to write home about. Given that this tablet is an old-gen device, released in early 2011, then it’s nothing weird to see that glossy plastic finish all over its body. The good thing is, this tablet still has that cool HP logo engraved on the center, making it look elegant despite its cheap glossy plastic material.
HP TouchPad WebOS Review and Gaming Performance

Overall, i’m definitely not impressed with the design of this tablet. Well, we can’t blame HP for this cheap looking design given that HP TouchPad indeed is an old-gen tablet. But the good news is, this manufacturer has improved a lot in the design department on its recent HP Slate tablets.

Overview Specs
  • No SIM
  • Released 2011, July. Discontinued
  • Weight 740 g
  • 9.7 inch LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen, 768 x 1024 pixels, 16M colors (~132 ppi pixel density)
  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz Scorpion Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon Chipset
  • Adreno 220 GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • HP webOS 3.0 pre-installed, can be installed with Android OS through CyanogenMod custom ROM
  • No microSD card slot
  • 16/32 GB Internal storage
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera,
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • Java
  • No Radio
  • No GPS
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 6300 mAh battery
  • Up to 300 hours Stand-by
  • Up to 9 hours Talk time
As an older-gen tablet, then its not surprising to see HP TouchPad WebOS come with some specs that are considered as outdated for today’s standard. In fact, with this type of specs, HP TouchPad definitely doesn’t deserve at all to be positioned alongside other rivals around the market to date. But again, given that this tablet is an old-gen tablet released in early 2011, then we just cannot expect anything special from this tablet. Besides, HP itself has already stopped the production of this tablet and probably will never offer it ever again in the future.

Amway, HP TouchPad WebOS features a 9.7-inch display sporting the resolution of 1024x 768 pixels, a dual-core dual-core 1.2 GHz Scorpion Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, Adreno 220 GPU (which are pretty good hardware specs and perfect match to its low-resolution display), 1.3MP rear-facing camera, 16/32GB of internal storage, no microSD card slot, non-removable 6600mAh power battery, no SIM card slot, no GPS, no radio, Java and some other standard features. With this type of specs, then it’s clearly that HP TouchPad is not relevant anymore to be positioned on today’s tablet market.

Screen

Interestingly, the display of HP TouchPad WebOS is the same one found on the first-gen Apple’s iPad, with that same 9.7-inch display and the same exact 1024x768 pixels. And this is not surprising given that HP TouchPad was released as the challenger for the first-gen iPad, although it didn’t have success in achieving that goal. Even so, the display on this HP’s tablet must still be considered as good, of course on tablet market 4 years ago, not on today’s tablet market.

In the real life situation though, the resolution of 1024x768 pixels actually still produces nice looking display on this tablet. It may lack in sharpness and probably viewing angle as well, but this type of display still looks pretty good for doing some basic tasks, like reading books, browsing the web, watching movies or playing games, although you will always need to do the pinch-to-zoom gesture everytime your eyes can’t read the text or see the images perfectly, especially when browsing the web or reading books/magazines.

Performance

In term of performance, then it’s obvious that HP TouchPad WebOS has nothing special on this sector. With the hardware specs like a dual-core 1.2 GHz Scorpion Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon, 1GB of RAM and Adreno 220, this tablet may run pretty fast and smooth for doing some basic tasks, like watching movies, browsing the web, reading books or playing some casual games.

However, when faced with much heavier tasks like, probably using live wallpaper, browsing heavy web pages, reading heavy magazine or playing some heavy games, then this tablet’s performance will give some lags and stutters in the long run. But still, as an older-gen tablet, i think the hardware specs of this tablet must still be appreciated though.

It may not be as powerful and fast as other recent-gen tablets, but with that dual-core Scorpion processor and Adreno 220 GPU, this tablet can still be considered as pretty good in its class, if not great. Besides, on today’s high-end tablets, they are still using either Adreno 320 or Adreno 330 GPU. Therefore, the Adreno 220 GPU inside this HP’s tablet can still make it relevant with today’s tablet market, but of course, not on par with them.

Gaming Performance

Despite being an older-gen tablet, with this HP TouchPad WebOS, you can actually play many high performing games across the Google Play Store, of course the older ones released in early 2012 or before it. As comparisons, this tablet can be positioned alongside Huawei MediaPad 7, which also shares the same type of hardware specs, like a dual-core 1.2GHz Scorpion processor, 1GB of RAM and Adreno 220 GPU, similar like the internals found inside HP TouchPad, with the same dual-core 1.2GHz Scorpion processor, 1GB of RAM and Adreno 220 GPU.

I’ve actually already seen the gaming performance of Huawei MediaPad 7 and it’s surprisingly capable to handle many latest graphically demanding games like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 7: Heat, Need for Speed Most Wanted and N.O.V.A 3, although most of these games don’t run in full graphics, only Asphalt 7 and Need for Speed Most Wanted, and Need for Speed game doesn’t run smoothly in full graphics. So if this Huawei tablet is capable to run these games with that type of hardware, then you probably can expect the same thing on this HP TouchPad.

However, it’s worth noting that Huawei MediaPad 7 is packing a dual-core Scorpion MSM8260 Snapdragon processor, which is different with the dual-core Scorpion APQ8060 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor inside this HP TouchPad. But then again, given that Huawei’s tablet is sporting a higher 1280x800 pixel display, which is higher than the 1024x768 pixel display on HP TouchPad, then it probably can still help a lot in the gaming performance of HP’s tablet.

Besides Huawei MediaPad 7, i’ve also already seen the gaming performance of HP TouchPad. And it’s not that great though as i’ve only seen it run older games like Dungeon Defender, Turbo Fly, Field Runners and some oldest games. But with that good Snapdragon Scorpion processor and Adreno 220 GPU, i believe this tablet is also capable to handle games like Asphalt 6, Dungeon Hunter, Modern Combat 1, N.O.V.A 1, ShadowGun, 9mm and some other older graphically demanding games.

Camera

If you’re into tablet photography, then you will be left alone disappointed by this tablet with its low-quality 1.3MP camera. And this is not so surprising because HP TouchPad, as i’ve already mentioned a lot in this review, is an older-gen tablet, released when iPad just reached its massive success in tablet market. So its quality may not be something to write home about. But still, having a rear-facing camera on a tablet should be appreciated, right? Who knows, it might come in handy if you forgot to bring your digital camera or smartphone at your disposal.

Battery Life

HP TouchPad WebOS is packing a pretty huge 6300mAh power battery, which is still considered as pretty huge for 10-inch tablets. The good thing is, this tablet is only using a low-resolution 1024x768 pixel display plus a non-power-hungry dual-core processor. So for doing some basic daily tasks like watching movies, checking emails, reading books listening to music, browsing the web or playing games, you can expect its 6300mAh power battery to last all day even in heavy usage.

However, if you're gonna use this tablet to do some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen, like watching TV shows in marathon or playing games in the row, then its battery life could probably last only around 5 to 7 hours, which is still pretty neat for an older-gen tablet like this one. And its battery life could be improved much even further if you managed to root this tablet and install the stock Android OS using CyanogenMOD custom ROM, which removes all the unnecessary bloatwares and pre-loaded apps from its original webOS platform.

My Personal Opinions

So my final words about this tablet is, even though this tablet is still equipped with pretty good hardware specs, like a dual-core Snapdragon Scorpion processor, 1GB of RAM, Adreno 220 GPU and pretty good 1024x768 pixel display, i personally think that HP TouchPad is definitely not a worth buying tablet, unless if it’s priced under $130.

This tablet may have pretty good gaming performance and could possibly be able to play some popular great games like 9mm, Modern Combat (1, 2), Asphalt (5, 6) or Need for Speed Most Wanted. But with its low-quality camera, unattractive design, low-resolution display and webOS platform, it’s just hard for me to recommend this tablet to you. The good news is, HP itself has already stopped the production of this tablet. So chances are, you’re probably not gonna find this tablet laying around the tablet stores in your town.

There are many other great alternatives that are just way better than HP TouchPad. If you want to get the same 10-inch tablet at low price, you might want to check out Acer Iconia Tab A700, which has Tegra 3 quad-core processor, great 1080p display, great design, good camera and a staggering 9800mAh power battery, giving you an instant long-lasting battery life.

But if you’re looking for 7-inch alternatives, you can also check out Tegra Note 7, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX 7, which all have great gaming performance and the specs that are just way better than HP TouchPad.

So it’s up to you now.

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi Review and Gaming Performance

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Yesterday, i’ve already had 2 Sony’s tablets reviewed on this website. They were Sony Tablet S and Sony Xperia Tablet Z LTE, the predecessor and sequel respectively. Not to mention, i’ve also showed one other Sony tablet under the different category, called Sony Tablet P, which falls in handheld gaming category, alongside Nintendo DS, given their similarity in design concept. From what i’ve seen on these 3 tablets, i think it’s really obvious that these 3 Sony’s tablets are released by this company as 3 high-end models in its tablet portfolio, without any mid-end models.

And this contradicts with Sony’s usual strategy that usually always releases many smartphones, ranging from high-end to low-end in order to gain more presence, and of course, sales in mobile phone market. But that strategy seemed to stop when Sony decided to end the partnership with Ericsson by buying all the shares from its "BFF" (best friend forever, by the way :D).

And since then, Sony stopped supplying smartphones in the segment of low-end market, and was focused to bring all of its efforts to mid and high-end markets, mostly high-end market. This is actually the exact strategy that Sony has been doing in tablet market. I mean, all of Sony homemade tablets are all high-end devices with high-end price tags, from Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P and last but not least, Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

Okay, i think i’ve gone too far with the topic. Anyway - talking about Sony Xperia Tablet Z, this model actually consists in 2 different versions, the LTE model and the WiFi-only model, with no SIM card slot whatsoever.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi Review and Gaming PerformanceTheses 2 Xperia Z tablets actually don’t have any significant difference one to another, only their cellular supports that make them different, unlike Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 edition) that comes in 2 versions, LTE and 3G-only models that each is packing different processor, with the 3G model getting the Samsung Exynos 5 octa-core, while the LTE version receiving the “real beast”, Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and Adreno 330 GPU.

However, despite using the same exact internals, i’m still interested to bring up this model to this website, maybe because, i love talking about Sony’s tablets. Well, if you’re interested to know more about this device, then here you go, my personal review of Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi.

Introduction

Around the tablet market, Sony Mobile may not have some jaw-dropping sales record on its tablets, especially compared to big names like iPad and Samsung GALAXY tablets, which both always manage to ship million units every quarter of the year. However, that doesn’t mean that Sony Xperia tablets are inferior compared to its big rivals. In fact, i personally think that, besides iPad, Sony Xperia tablets are the other ones that deserve to get the title of high-end premium devices around the Android tablet market, even more premium than those Samsung’s plastic GALAXY flagships.

And this actually has been the main strategy of Sony Mobile ever since it jumped to this tablet market. All of Sony’s homemade tablets are premium and high-end, all of them, with no exception. If you look at their creations, from the first-ever, Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P and the last-gen Sony Xperia Tablet Z, then it’s easy to take conclusion that Sony has always been aiming high on this market, despite not gaining the biggest sales and market share in this business.

But i think, that doesn’t really bother this company at all given that Sony has been one of the biggest electronic manufacturers on this planet. So it’s always good to see how this tech giant still keeps its idealism so strongly, amid the fierce competition from rivals.

Anyway, the last-gen tablet from Sony is Sony Xperia Tablet Z. And this model is divided in 2 different versions, the WiFi-only and LTE models. However, as mentioned above, unlike Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE and 3G models that both have different processors inside, the WiFi and LTE of Sony Xperia Tablet Z surprisingly are packing the same exact monster beast Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, which is one of the most powerful mobile processors around the market to date, alongside Tegra 4, Snapdragon 800 and Apple’s 64-bit A7 chipset.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi Review and Gaming Performance

But the question is, does Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi stack up against other rivals like iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Note 10 (2014 edition) and Asus Transformer Pad TF701T? Well, we’re about to find out about that in this review.

Design

The design of Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is actually quite similar with the predecessor, Sony Tablet S, with that fully dark body that blends perfectly with the screen, those sharp looking corners, thick bezels and premium finish all over it. However, the great thing this tablet, compared to predecessor, is that, Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi now feels much lighter and thinner than the previous model.

This is actually quite impressive given that many 10-inch tablets are mostly heavy in weight, which is gonna ruin the experience of holding them. So i think Sony with its brilliant engineers have done a marvelous job in cramming many powerful internals into this beautifully-designed device. In fact, from all Android tablets out there, i personally think that Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is the only one that can come close to the quality of iPad Air’s design and its build quality. And that’s an impressive achievement for Sony given that its tablet has never been as popular as its Android counterpart, Samsung with its best-selling GALAXY tablets.

Overview Specs
  • No SIM
  • Released 2013, May
  • IP57 certified - dust proof and water resistant
  • 10.1 inch LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1200 x 1920 pixels, (~224 ppi pixel density)
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 Chipset
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Android OS 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, upgradeable to Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • 3D surround sound enhancement
  • 8.1 MP rear-facing camera, capable to take 1080p@30fps videos, HDR
  • 2.2 MP front-facing camera, capable to take 1080p@30fps videos
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 64 GB
  • 16/32 GB Internal storage
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • Stereo FM radio
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n,
  • Infrared port
  • USB
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • SNS integration
  • Non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery
  • Up to 110 hours in music play
In term of hardware specs, this Sony’s tablet is definitely considered as a high-end tablet. No argue to that. However, compared to its toughest rivals around the market, like iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, Asus Transformer Pad TF701T or Google Nexus 10 made by Samsung, then there are some sectors on Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi that make this tablet look like a mid-end tablet, which is not true because Sony itself only has one model in its tablet portfolio last year, similar like Apple that only launches 1 model of flagship iPhone or iPad every year, of course with the exception of iPhone 5C.

But aside from that, Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi definitely still deserves to be positioned alongside other high-end tablets around the market, despite having some slightly lower-quality specs. Anyway, Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi comes with the same exact specs just like the LTE model of this series. So there will be a 10.1-inch display sporting the resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 320 GPU, 8.1 rear-facing camera, 2.2MP camera on the front, 6000mAh power battery, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, microSD card slot for up to 64GB and many more. Not to mention, similar like its smartphone model, this tablet also comes with IP57 certification, which makes it a dust proof and water resistant tablet.

Screen

Compared to other high-end rivals across the market, then the display of this Sony’s flagship tablet definitely doesn’t stand a chance to compete. And that’s because its full HD 1920x1200 pixel display is not high enough to compete against rivals that mostly already adopt 2.5K display (2560x1600 pixels) like Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, Google Nexus 10, Asus Transformer Pad TF701T or iPad Air with its 1536x2048 pixel Retina Display.

But the good news is, having a full HD resolution display on a 10.1-inch screen is actually already great enough for this tablet. in fact, with this display, everything that you throw on the screen, either its movie, book, magazine, web page or game, all will still look insanely sharp and crisp on this tablet. And its huge 10.1-inch screen size makes the experience of using this tablet a much more enjoyable given its huge screen real estate, decreasing the needs to do pinch-to-zoom gestures when your eyes can’t read the text or see the images.

However, given that this tablet comes with IP57 certification, then its display might not deliver the best looking screen around the market. In fact, according to many reviewers, the display of Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is not really great, it looks washed out and has a bad viewing angle, compared to the other tablets with full HD 1920x1200 pixel display. Many believe that its IP57 certification is the one to blame because it makes this tablet need more protection on its display, especially from the water. But overall, the display of Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is still great for today’s standard, if not the best.

User Interface and Features

The UI of Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is pretty similar with the smartphone version of this tablet, Sony Xperia Z, given that both devices are tailored together by Sony in purpose. So most of the features on the smartphone model can also be found on this tablet, although not all of them, especially the ones that have something to do with the phone functionality. Overall, the UI of this tablet is still using the standard Android main homescreen, where you can put your widgets, apps and favorite shortcuts all over it, plus the standard notification window, app drawer, setting window and the multi-window mode, which allows you to float multiple app windows on the screen at the same time.

Performance

The performance of Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is exactly the same with the LTE model of this series, given that they both share the same exact internals inside, and only cellular connectivity support that separates them. So in the real life implementation, this tablet is definitely blazing fast, thanks to its 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU. With this type of specs, any tablet can deliver a really really fast and smooth performance, without any lag whatsoever.

So if you’re currently looking for a really great media-consumption tablet, even for gaming, then you’ll make no mistake when getting this Sony’s tablet. It’s great for watching movies, listening to music, browsing the web, reading books or magazines, checking emails or even playing games (which i’m about to explain in a minute). I’m glad this tablet is packing Qualcomm’s beast processor, Snapdragon 600 in it, making this tablet run much faster and smoother even in full HD display.

Gaming Performance

In term of gaming performance, no doubt that Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi really screams. And very loud (:D). Thanks to its quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.5GHz per core, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU, you are able to play any kind of games across the Google Play Store in buttery smooth performance and full graphics. From simple games like Angry Birds, Flappy Bird (if you can find it around the net), Minion Rush or Temple Run 2, to even graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas, GT Racing 2 or Dead Trigger 2, all of these games can run perfectly well on this device, plus in full graphics.

So if the latest games like the ones aforementioned above can all run perfectly and in full graphics on this tablet, then it’s no brainer that all older games released in 2013 or before it, can also be played nicely on this tablet, without any hiccups, stutters or lags whatsoever. I think it’s just extremely easy for me to recommend you this tablet given that Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is currently one of the best Android tablets around, alongside iPad Air, LG G Pad 8.3, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 edition), Asus Transformer Pad TF701T and other high-end devices.

This tablet may not have the highest resolution screen just like other high-end tablets above, but when it comes to gaming performance, this thing is still on par with those competing rivals. It’s more than capable to play almost all Android games perfectly in smooth performance, and the most importantly, in full graphics.

Camera

When it comes to tablet photography, then the tablets that are superior in this expertise are around iPad, Samsung’s flagship tablets or this Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi. This Sony’s tablet is packing a staggering 8.1MP camera, which is probably the highest camera on the tablet market to date. However, in term of quality, the camera on this tablet may not be on par with the rivals like iPad Air or Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, which have been well-known to have great cameras around the tablet market.

But still, having an impressive 8.1MP on this tablet is still something, right? In fact, even though its quality is not the best around, not only does it get the job done, but also can take some great shots that are worth collecting to your digital photo album. Too bad this tablet doesn’t come with LED flash, which is really useful to take shots at night especially in low-light situation. But the good thing is, its camera is still able to take 1080p videos at 30fps, even with HDR equipped.

Battery Life

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is packing a huge 6000mAh power battery inside. For today’s standard, this battery is definitely huge, although not the biggest around the market because there are many other 10-inch tablets that have way bigger battery capacity than the one inside this Sony’s tablet. Even so, the 6000mAh power battery in this tablet is still more than capable to keep the tablet running all day long without recharging.

But this will also depend on which type of users are you. If you’re type of moderate users that will only use this tablet in your spare time, then you can expect this tablet to last in a solid day, of course in one full charge. However, if you’re type of power users and gonna use it to do some heavy intense usage without resting the screen, like for watching HD movies/tv series in marathon or playing games in the row, then its battery life could probably last around 6 to 8 hours, which is still considered as great for a media-consumption tablet.

And given that this tablet is only supported with WiFi, without LTE, then there is probably some extra juice of battery life, especially if you turn off the WiFi and remove all the unnecessary tasks in the background.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, as i already mentioned above, i think it’s really easy for me to recommend you this tablet. Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is definitely one of the best Android tablets out there. Period. I really like its premium design, i like its processor, its gaming performance, its full HD display, its UI, its software and features, its battery life, its camera, and pretty much everything on this tablet is just perfect.

Probably one of the great things to have on this tablet, that can’t be found on other tablets, is definitely its IP57 certification, which allows you to dip this tablet in a water for 30 minutes. This is probably gonna be useful if you use this tablet in your bathroom and you accidentally drop this device in the bathtub. Not to mention, if you’re into tablet photography in the sea, then the camera of this tablet, which is 8.1MP and great, can be really useful for you to capture many living things inside the deep blue sea and then show them off to your friends, although using the Sony Xperia Z smartphone is more recommended.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is also extremely great for gaming. No argue with that. Thanks to its monster processor Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU, all games on Google Play Store can be played perfectly on this tablet, plus in full high graphics. So if you’re also into tablet gaming, and you always want to play the very latest Android games, then you can do it on this tablet. Even the next-gen Android games that are gonna launch in 2014 (like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 9, N.O.V.A 4, etc) will mostly run perfectly on this tablet, and of course in full graphics.

So if you’re currently looking for a great media-consumption tablet, especially for gaming, no doubt, Sony Xperia Tablet Z Wi-Fi is a great choice for you.

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Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue Review and Gaming Performance

Hi tablet gamers, glad to see you guys again!

Yesterday, there was a bunch of Huawei’s homemade tablets that just got reviewed on this website, ranging from low to mid and to high-end models. Talking about Huawei premium tablets, then it leads me to 2 of Huawei tablets, Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD and Huawei MediaPad 10 Link. Both of these tablets actually fall in 2 different markets, with Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD arriving in high-end market, while Huawei MediaPad 10 Link landing on mid-end market. And it’s shown clearly by the entire spec sheet of both tablets.

However, despite being 2 completely different category tablets, they both actually can be considered as on par on the performance, given that these 2 tablets are packing the same exact K3V2 quad-core processor, which is designed, engineered and manufactured by Huawei’s subsidiary, HiSilicon. And i’ve personally already seen the gaming performance of these 2 tablets around YouTube, which is pretty impressive for tablets that are coming from unpopular brand.

So with that being said, then you can expect the same thing to happen on Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue. In fact, i strongly believe the gaming performance of this tablet will be much even faster and smoother than on 2 of the aforementioned tablets above.

The reason to back that argument is because, just like Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD and Huawei MediaPad 10 Link, this Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue is also packing the same exact K3V2 quad-core processor and 16GHz graphics chipset, which is powerful for handling heavy tasks, especially high-performing games. But i’ll talk more about its gaming performance later on (after the break? :D).

Well, if you’re currently looking forward to getting this tablet but still want to find out about its performance, especially its gaming performance, then here you go, my personal review of Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue.

Introduction

As an unpopular brand, apparently, it doesn’t mean that Huawei will sacrifice the quality of their devices. In fact, from many manufacturers around the tablet market, i think Huawei is one of the tablet manufacturers that really takes this business seriously. And it’s clearly shown by its Huawei tablets. I mean, most of us already know that, when it comes to Android tablets, then the things that will pop up in our head are around ugly design, laggy performance, horrible build quality and so on and so on.

And we will always compare them with Apple’s pride slate, iPad, with all of its smooth experience, fast performance, premium design, well-built quality, well-optimized apps, bla.. bla.. bla..

But i think that is SO wrong about that stereotyping. In the past few years, Android tablet manufacturers have improved quite significantly especially in making so much even better Android tablets to end users, followed by Google that also keeps improving its Android OS to be much faster and smoother, and still using the full-fledged features that we’ve come to love. Not to mention, many game developers that are starting to notice how profitable it is to make games on Google Play Store, thus supplying more and more well-optimized apps for Android tablets.

Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue Review and Gaming PerformanceAnyway, talking about Huawei, the reason why i’m pretty impressed with this tablet manufacturer is because, besides developing its own processor for its tablets, most of Huawei tablets actually look kind of cool and even have premium feel just like the iPad.

That’s thanks to Huawei’s brave decision to use aluminum material on its tablets, especially the high-end ones, instead of using cheap polycarbonate plastic material. And this is something that is probably rare to see around Android tablet market these days (with the exception of LG G Pad 8.3 and Sony Xperia tablets that have premium design and material). Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue is one of them.

Despite being a budget tablet, Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue still inherits the same premium material of its older brothers, Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD and MediaPad 10 Link. But design is not the only thing that makes this low-end tablet feel premium. On the performance sector, this tablet could also deliver the similar performance with those 2 siblings, thanks to the same K3V2 quad-processor that is embedded inside this tablet.

But the question is, with these goodies found on this tablet, does Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue have what it takes to compete with the other 7-inch rivals in the low-to-mid-end category, like Tegra Note 7, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Kindle Fire HDX 7 or Google Nexus 7? Well, we’re about to find out about that in this review. So stick around guys !

Design

The design of Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue actually looks really generic with other Android tablets out there, of course the budget ones. It actually kind of reminds me with the design of Asus MemoPad 7 HD, although not as cheap as the design of this Asus’ tablet. The great thing that i like from this Huawei tablet compared to Asus MemoPad 7 HD is that, its back cover is made from a more premium aluminum material, which makes it look sturdy and feel premium on the back.

Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue Review and Gaming Performance
The back cover of this tablet also reminds me with most of Huawei MediaPad tablets i’ve already showed you before on this website, with those different materials used especially around the camera area, which uses plastic finish, contradicted with the entire aluminum-plated material all over the back. I think this has become the design language of all Huawei tablets, in order to give them more characteristic compared to other generic Android tablets out there.
Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue Review and Gaming Performance

I personally never saw any Android tablet has the same 2 different materials, plastic and aluminum, being used on the back cover, although there is nothing new about this because Google Nexus 10 from Samsung also has the same type of back cover design, with the plastic material being the part that can be opened manually, maybe for SIM card slot or microSD card slot.

Overall, i kind of like the design of this tablet. I think it’s impressive to see such a budget tablet like this can have this premium feel and material, which is really rare to see around the Android tablet market, even until now. And more impressively, this tablet is not even a mid-end device, given its entire spec sheet (like its low-resolution display, low quality camera), although it still has 2 powerful elements, SIM card slot and powerful quad-core processor.

Overview Specs
  • Mini-SIM
  • Released 2013, July
  • 7.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 600 x 1024 pixels, 16M colors (~170 ppi pixel density)
  • Quad-core 1.2 GHz Huawei K3V2 Chipset
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Emotion UI 1.5
  • 3.15 MP rear-facing camera,
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 8 GB Internal
  • GPRS Class 12
  • EDGE Class 12
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA
  • GPS
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • No Radio
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery
  • Up to 20 hours for talk time
Specs-wise, Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue can be quite confusing. I mean, by looking at its design, especially its aluminum material, i think this tablet deserves to be called as mid-end device. However, when looking at some of its sectors, like its display and camera, which are 2 main important elements on any tablet, Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue could also fall into a low-end budget tablet, given that most of mid-end tablets (like Tegra Note 7, Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX 7 or HP Slate 7 Extreme) already adopt the higher resolution display and 5MP rear-facing camera.

And then, the fact that this Huawei tablet also comes with SIM card slot and powerful K3V2 quad-core processor, makes Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue look better than other 7-inch rivals that don’t have 3G cellular support. However, despite all the goodies like SIM card slot and powerful processor, Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue should sit alongside Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0, which both share the same quality specs, like 1024x600 pixel display, 3.15MP camera, around 4000mAh battery and also SIM card slot.

Anyway, Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue comes with a 7-inch display sporting the resolution of 1024x600 pixels, a quad-core K3V2 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 16GHz graphics chipset, 1GB of RAM, 3.15MP rear-facing camera, VGA camera on the front, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, 4100mAh power battery, microSD card slot for up to 32GB, mini-SIM card slot and many more.
Screen

Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue is packing a low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display, which makes it on par with other cheap budget tablets like Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7 or Acer Iconia Tab A100. So there is nothing special about its screen. It doesn’t look that sharp and you will always need to do pinch-to-zoom gesture all the time when your eyes can’t read the text or see the images perfectly in normal view.

Even so, thanks to this low-resolution display, it actually makes the overall performance of this tablet much even faster and smoother. As the results, the tablet will deliver a great and fast performance, and its battery life could also last much longer due to low-power usage from its processor and low-resolution display.

User Interface and Features

When it comes to User Interface, there are not many significant differences found on this tablet. In fact, this tablet comes pre-loaded with some standard features found on other Huawei MediaPad tablets. So there will be the standard Android homescreen, standard notification window, setting window, app shortcut ring UI on lockscreen key, app drawer and even the multi-window mode that we’ve all come to love from Android tablets, which allows you to float multiple apps on the screen at the same time.

Performance

The performance of this Huawei’s tablet is actually similar with other Huawei high-end devices like Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD or Huawei MediaPad 10 Link, given that they all share the same processor, a quad-core K3V2 processor. In fact, the performance of Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue could be much even faster and smoother given that this tablet is only packing a rather low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display, compared to its 2 older brothers (or sisters maybe?) that use 1280x800 pixel display (on Huawei MediaPad 10 Link) and a full HD 1920x1200 pixel display on Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD.

So as the results, the overall performance and experience of Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue will be blazing fast, even for doing some heavy tasks at once, thanks to its 1GB of RAM. And if you’re gonna use it as a media-consumption device, like for watching movies, browsing the web, reading books or magazines, using live wallpaper and even playing games, then you will feel comfortable when using this tablet because it handles all of these tasks nicely without any lag whatsoever.

I think its quad-core K3V2 processor inside this tablet is really powerful, especially in handling only a low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display on this tablet. And it’s already proved on its older brothers, Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD and MediaPad 10 Link that both sport the same exact K3V2 processor and are capable to handle most of the tasks so smoothly without any meaningful lags. So if these 2 tablets are doing great with that processor, then its performance is going to be the same with Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue, even much faster due to its low-resolution display.

Gaming Performance

No doubt this tablet is more than capable to deliver its best performance when playing games. Thanks to its powerful quad-core K3V2 processor clocked at 1.2GHz per core, accompanied with 1GB of RAM and 16GHz of graphics chipset, this tablet can handle most of the games on Google Play Store in buttery smooth performance and in full graphics.

So if you’re into tablet gaming, then you’re in luck as this tablet is capable to run even the most graphically demanding games like Asphalt 7, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Dead Trigger 1, Modern Combat 4 and N.O.V.A 3, all in smooth performance and the most importantly, in full graphics. I’ve actually already seen these game run on its sibling, Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD, and they run great and in full graphics, even with that full HD display. So that’s easy to guess that these games will run much even better on Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue.

Therefore, if these latest games can all run smoothly and in full high graphics on this tablet, then you can also expect the older-gen games like Modern Combat (1, 2, 3), N.O.V.A (1, 2), Asphalt (5, 6), GTA III, GTA Vice City, ShadowGun, PES 2012, Need for Speed (SHIFT or Undercover), GT Racing Academy, Dungeon Hunter (1, 2) and many other games released in 2013 or before it, to run perfectly well and in full graphics on this tablet. No doubt about that.

However, when faced with some of very latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or GT Racing 2, this tablet may suffer to run these games, especially in full graphics. In fact, i can’t guarantee you that these games will run greatly on this tablet, even in medium graphics setting given that they are just too heavy to play, with all of their graphics, details and sophisticated visual effects. But luckily, you can always set their graphics manually through the setting. You’re probably have luck in playing these heavy games in smooth performance.

Camera

In term of camera, interestingly this tablet is packing similar type of camera just like on Samsung GALAXY Tab 3, which is 3.15MP. So this kind of makes me think that Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue is released by Huawei to counter attack Samsung’s 7-inch GALAXY Tab 3, probably in the hopes to become a better alternative than Samsung’s slate. So when it comes to quality, the photos and videos taken with this Huawei tablet may not be something to write home about. In fact, there is nothing special about its camera, other than it’s put there by Huawei to just provide users a facility to take urgent photos or videos.

However, despite not being able to take some great shots, i think it’s still great to see this budget tablet is packing a rear-facing camera on it, regardless its low-quality. Besides, you’ll never know, it might come in handy in case you forgot to bring your digital camera or smartphone at your disposal. It might not give you the best photos ever, but at least, it still gets the job done and the photos are still worth sharing to your Instagram or Twitter followers, right?

Battery Life

Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue is packing 4100mAh power battery inside. This battery capacity is actually pretty huge given that most of 7-inch tablets are still using the similar amount of battery capacity. Besides, its closest rival, Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 is still using a slightly lower 4000mAh battery. So the 4100mAh battery of this Huawei tablet still sounds more impressive, right?

Anyway, with that amount of battery capacity, you can expect to see this tablet last all day long, especially given that it only sports a low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display. However, if you’re a type of power users and will always use this tablet in heavy usage, its battery life might not last that long because its K3V2 processor, which is probably power hungry given its 4 set of cores, could drain its battery much even faster in less than a day, especially when doing some heavy tasks.

And if you’re going to use this tablet for some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen, like for watching movies/tv series in marathon or playing games in the row, then its battery life could probably last around 5 to 7 hours, which is still considered as good for a 7-inch tablet.

My Personal Opinions

So my last words about this tablet are, i personally think that Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue is still a good value for the money, despite having some low-end specs. As a budget tablet, this device definitely falls in the same basket with Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0, given their same quality specs. They both have the same low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display, the same 3.15MP camera, the on-par processors, equal battery capacities and they both even have 3G cellular connectivity. But the question, which one of these 2 tablets is better?

Well, i think the answer for that question can be a bit blurry given that they are actually equal one to another. However, if Huawei’s slate is priced lower than the 7-inch Samsung Tab 3, then without a doubt, Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue is definitely a much better choice because you’ll get everything that Samsung’s slate has, although its software features will be different. But on all aspect, i think Huawei tablet is a more suitable choice given that it has a premium feel and design with its aluminum-plated back cover, compared to Samsung’s tablet that probably is not worth showing off in front of public.

Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue surprisingly is also great for gaming. And that’s really impressive because i didn’t expect this budget tablet can have a great gaming performance. So some of the latest graphically demanding games like Asphalt 7, Need for Speed Most Wanted, N.O.V.A 3, Modern Combat 4 and even GTA Vice City, all can be played on this tablet in buttery smooth performance and full graphics (according to video reviews around YouTube). So if these latest games can all run perfectly and in full graphics on this tablet, then the older-gen games released before 2013 will also play nicely in full graphics on this tablet.

So in conclusion, i personally think that Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue is a good budget tablet. It has fast processor, great gaming performance and the most importantly, it comes with mini-SIM card slot, which is really useful to connect to internet whenever you’re not around in WiFi hotspot area. So yeah, this tablet is definitely worth recommending to you, of course in cheap price range below $199.

However, if you’re looking for a much better choice than this Huawei tablet around $199, you can aim your target at Tegra Note 7, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX 7. They may not have SIM card slot, but they have monster specs, way better gaming performance, greater camera and even 2 of them, Tegra Note 7 plus HP Slate 7 Extreme, have great stylus.

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