Kata has been known for making really good tablets, their last tablet offering, the Kata T Mini 2 was a good tablet, great build quality, decent screen, smooth performance. Fast forward after a few months, here’s the Kata T Mini 3. This tablet has a feature dedicated for driving. Does it work well? Let’s find out.
Kata T Mini 3
- 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT8321 processor
- Mali 400MP graphics
- 1GB RAM/8GB internal storage
- 2GB RAM/16GB internal storage
- Expandable via microSD
- 6.95-inch IPS LCD display (1280 x 800 pixels)
- 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and Corning Gorilla Glass
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 3,300 mAh battery
- Android 5.1 Lollipop
- Price: P4,699 for the 2GB RAM/16GB ROM variant and P3,999 for the 1GB RAM/8GB ROM variant
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
The Kata T Mini 3’s hardware is one of its best selling point. First off, the chassis is made of metal but the upper back portion is actually plastic. It can be peeled off in which will reveal the dual SIM card slots and microSD card slot. That metal has a purpose and that is to hold the device by a mount with a magnet.
The 6.95-inch display does have a low resolution of 1280 x 800. It may be low but that has a good effect on the battery. Plus the display 6.95-inch display does have accurate colors and has good outdoor visibility
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Since the device is dedicated for driving, the Kata T Mini 3 has a heavily customized skin called Drive launcher. Icons are in a rectangular box similar to Windows 10’s look. The Drive app which sits right on the home screen will be your driving assistant. When you open the Drive app, you choose a default app that you can use for navigation like Google Maps or Waze.
When not driving, you can switch back to its old custom Android launcher. Still no app tray here so all apps are scattered on the home screen. The Kata T Mini 3 is perfect for watching movies online via Netflix or iFlix and local teleseryes via I Want TV.
DRIVING ASSISTANT EXPERIENCE
We did use the Kata T Mini 3 while driving. It would really help you a lot especially if you are stuck in traffic and trying to find a way out. This is also perfect for Uber and Grab drivers who need a bigger screen for navigation. If you heavily rely on mobile networks, the device supports 3G/HSPA+ which is more than enough to support your GPS needs. We never had problems with using Waze on this tablet. The added bonus of the car mount is also a nice welcome, Unfortunately, the car mount does not come with the package and you have to buy one separately if you need one.
3G/HSPA+, WiFi and Bluetooth comes in standard, We inserted both Globe and Smart SIMs here and network calls worked fine with no interruptions. 3G speeds are within normal speeds.
If you use the Kata T Mini 2 as your driving assistant, it will take much toll on your battery. We suggest that you buy a car charger to keep the phone powered. On our normal multimedia use, we managed to get around 10 hours of mixed moderate to heavy use which includes, You Tube, Netflix, I Want TV, Dead Trigger 2 for many hours.
Kata made a tablet to put in into good use. We normally use tablets for our kids so that they won’t bug us when we are busy (anyway that’s bad parenting, hehehe). Using a tablet as driving assistant is just genius. Moreover, you don’t need to spend much for it. You can get one for P3,999 or P4,699 respectively.