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Kata T4 Review: Your New Companion

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The increase of demands for mobility has had consumers looking for devices that are light, portable and able to deliver on the go. One would still have a smartphone and a laptop but still look for something in between. Tablets, in different shapes and sizes, have taken it upon themselves to fulfill this need. Hence, Kata developed the Kata T4 and this is what we have to say about it.

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Kata T4:

  • 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT8382 processor
  • Mali 400 MP graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 85-inch HD IPS LCD display (1024 x 768 pixels)
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB OTG
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • Price: Php 5,999
  • Status: Available at Kata stores

 

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Playing around with the Kata T4 in Baguio City
HARDWARE & DESIGN

The Kata T4 is reminiscent of a more popular tablet in the market though at a three times the price range. The Kata T4 delivers the same comfortable grip with manageable dimensions of 5 inches in width and roughly 8 inches in height and just 0.3 inches thick. It’s definitely light weight which is good for prolonged hours of use. You can choose between a grey or gold metal-like finish at back.

DISPLAY & SOUND

The Kata T4 comes with a 7.85 inch HD IPS LCD Display at 1024 x 768 pixels. Though, under direct sunlight, one should adjust the brightness to the highest setting.  The display is pretty clear and we found that text was comfortable to read especially when using Google Books. When using Youtube to view HD videos, it didn’t disappoint. We noticed though that there is a lack of crispness while navigating around the device.

 

SOFTWARE & PERFORMANCE

With Android 4.4 Kitkat powering the Kata T4, you definitely can get the latest in apps and games from Google Play. Since the device sports just 1GB RAM, it would be a good idea to keep your multitasking to 2-3 applications at any given time. You can manage your running apps by downloading third party software or manually. Kata T4 comes with WipeOut which helps clean out the device. There was definitely a few hitches when we went beyond the 3 application mark.

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BATTERY

The 3,000 mAh battery plus the Kata T4’s battery management is by far the best thing about this device. On idle, it lasted for about 4 days without needing to charge. On heavy usage (1 game, Facebook and Facebook Messenger), we had about 4 hours continuous use. On daily usage which is basically web surfing, email, social media, a few Youtube videos plus messaging and calls, we got a good solid 9 hours on this. This is actually very good for people that like to travel as we ourselves took this to our vacation in Baguio about a week back.

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CONNECTIVITY

The Kata T4 is a dual sim device which will give you more accessibility to other people. We mainly tried it out with Smart and it was very good. Calls were clear and messages arrived on time. As for 3G browsing, it was at par with what can be expected. Though for a better experience, we suggest downloading Chrome as a browser or Opera as opposed to the preinstalled application. We initially had some difficulty connecting to Globe but turned out fine by half way through our testing.

CAMERA

The 8MP camera on the Kata T4 performs well with sufficient lighting and for outdoor shoots. Though there would be a slight difference when your review your photo on the device as opposed to a PC. It appears a bit fuzzy on the device display but fine when transferred or viewed via a PC. Also, we noted that the Live View provided by the camera app could further be improved as the live view was not close to the saved photograph.

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Baguio Sky – Taken with Kata T4
VERDICT

In the market, tablets are generally considered secondary devices to smartphones and laptops. Hence, when deciding on a tablet, always keep in mind what you are getting it for. The Kata T4 is a perfect commute and travel companion since it can keep you entertained for long periods of time especially if the entertainment you prefer is reading. The Kata T4 is available at these locations for Php 5,999.

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Catching up on my reading list in Baguio with the Kata T4