Tablets are on decline this year but Kata Philippines is not giving up on the market. By adding call and text functionality on a tablet, the company wishes its buyers to have an all-in-one device they can use. So here comes the Kata T Mini 2. Should you buy one? Here’s our review.
Kata T Mini 2
- 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT8382 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD
- 6.95-inch WSVGA IPS LCD display (1024 x 600 pixels)
- 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and Corning Gorilla Glass cover lens
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM (Regular + Micro) and Dual Standby
- HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, USB OTG
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,600 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- SRP: P5,499
- Status: Available on Kata stores and kiosks
HARDWARE AND DESIGN:
We’ve mentioned this on our unboxing article – we love this white and gold variant. Its a head turner indeed. Despite having a large body since its a tablet, it feels comfortable holding it with one hand. Though you have to use both hands when you start using it. The gold matte finish looks and feels like metal but it is not. It adds some premium feel to the device.
Audio quality coming out from the rear speaker is OK. Its audible and loud with the right amount of bass. There’s no included earphones when you buy this tablet you have to do with your third party earphones.
A 6.95-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels is not the best display on a tablet. Despite its low resolution display, Kata managed to get the screen so bright that it can even withstand even the harsh sunlight outdoors. Viewing angles are good too.
The MT8382 quad core chipset from Mediatek is dedicated for tablets. It performs well on tasks thrown at it. We just noticed loading games takes a little longer when many background apps are running. We advise you download Clean Master app to regularly remind you to clean your app data and close unused apps. Gaming experience is fairly good. Clash of Clans and Angry Birds 2 runs smoothly on this tablet.
We’ve been advising our readers ever since not to use tablets as a point and shoot camera because is it just ridiculous and awkward. But Filipinos really love taking pictures using their gadgets and they don’t mind using the camera on a tablet. So Kata prepared for this and included an 8 megapixel rear and a 5 megapixel front camera. You’ll be the judge and check out our sample photos below.
What we like most on this tablet is its call and text functionality. Aside from that it also support two SIM cards. This means you don’t have to carry a smartphone anymore. It is also 3G/HSPA+ capable for fast internet speeds. We’ve inserted our Globe SIM and internet worked fine on our area.
Since the tablet can be used as a phone, it has an earpiece on the top of the display which means you can hold the tablet to ear like a smartphone. It make look awkward though so we recommend you use a third party Bluetooth earphones or wired headsets.
As for the battery, we managed to get a decent 4 hours and 25 minutes of screen on time before it reached 15%. On heavy use, we got around 10 hours of standby which is not bad.
We still see a lot of people carrying two gadgets – a tablet and a phone. If you wish to carry only one device with you everyday with large screen for your multimedia pleasure and at the same time use it as your phone, we recommend the Kata T Mini 2. A sub 7-inch tablet won’t as cumbersome as other larger tablets plus its affordable too.