At first meeting the Huawei MediaPad T2 7.0 may not be much to look at but there is always underlying good in things. The first time I held the MediaPad T2 7.0 which was introduced to the Philippine market in May, I initially had a list of things I thought it could improve on.
The Huawei MediaPad T2 7.0 was launched alongside its higher end sibling, the Huawei MediaPad M3 earlier this year. With an SRP of PHP7,490, the MediaPad T2 7.0 falls under the brand’s entry-level segment. With improved SoC and its LTE feature, the T2 is suppose to be a refined version of its predecessor, the MediaPad T1.
But is it good value for money?
Allow us to walk you through our experience with the Huawei MediaPad T2 7.0.
HUAWEI MEDIAPAD T2 7.0 SPECS
Huawei Mediapad T2 2.0
- 1.5GHz quad core Spreadtrum SC9830i processor
- Mali 400 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal memory expandable via microSD
- 7-inch WSVGA IPS LCD display (1024 x 600) 170 ppi5
- 5 megapixel rear camera with autofocus
- 2 megapixel front camera
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 4,100 mAh battery
- Dimensions: 191.8 x 107 x 8.5 mm
- Weight: 278 g
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.0
- Price: P7,990
- Status: Available on Huawei stores and retailers
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
Huawei MediaPad T2 is encased in a plastic pack combined with a non-removable metal back plate. The plastic pack combined with a non-removable metal backplate cannot reveal the battery pack. Although the plastic pack is not visually flattering it provides for good signal reception.
Judging by its design, the Huawei MediaPad T2 looks decent. For someone who is always on the go I like how handy the Huawei MediaPad T2 is. The tablet whose dimensions are 191.8 x 107 x 8.5 mm (7.55 x 4.21 x 0.33 in) perfectly fits even in a medium size pouch. And weighing just 278 g this tablet does not add to much weight on my usually heavy bag.
The Huawei MediaPad T2 7.0 is really very easy to carry around especially if you do a lot of commuting.
The Huawei MediaPad T2 7.0 has a 7-inch screen, the minimum size that tells tab apart from an oversized smartphone. Tablets are mainly used for multimedia purposes so the screen is a bit small if you want to use it to watch movies and videos. But if you want something you can watch movies on while on-the-go, say while commuting, this rablet should do the job.
Resolution-wise its WSVGA IPS 1024 X 600 reso at 170 ppi is not terrible but if you are really particular about high-quality superb picture this might put you off a bit.
Apart from serving as a device for watching and accessing multimedia content tablets also serve as modern-day books. I tried using the Huawei MediaPad T2 7.0 for reading e-books and PDF documents. And I am pleased to report that the display fared well performing the task. However, the tablet does not have auto brightness. When transitioning from a well-lit environment to a darker one the brightness has to be adjusted manually.
As for sunlight legibility, the huawei T2 7.0 could not keep up very well when uswd under direct sunlight.
This tablet could use some improvement on the aspects mentioned above.
For the price it is understandable and it is decent.
7 Inch WSVGA IPS 1024 x 600 resolution at 170 ppi
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
This tablet is powered by an upgraded SoC compared to its predecessor the T1. The Huawei T2 7.0 runs on Spreadtrum SCE90301.Although this is not among the high performing chips this is still a good upgrade from the T1’s Spreadtrum SC7731G.
Suprisingly the tablet was able to keep up with multitasking with mutipke apps open all at the same time thanks to its quad-core processor and runs on Android Marshmallow OS. However, the tablet could not keep up with heavy 1080p, 60 frames per second videos.
The Huawei MediaPad T2 7.0 could take decent photos but not high quality ones. Photos taken in environments with ample light came out quite well. But photos taken under low-light appear grainy and noisy.
Colors are not well defined. I thought it lacked depth. But there are numerous pst processing apps that can be used to fix this little quirk.
Used for video for Skpye and Facebook calls, the tablet fared well.
This tablet is powered by a 4100 mAh battery. This is quite low if you like overusing your gadgets. It also takes awhile to charge it after it’s drained out of battery. It takes 3 hours to fully charge after it has gone battery empty. When fully charged it can last half a day before going lowbatt with heavy usage.
One good thing about the Huawei MediaPad T2 7.0 is the fact that it can support LTE. This is a rare feature that can be found on tablets within its price range. This tab’s connections are – WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, LTE.
If you are looking for a tablet below PHP8,000 this could be your best bet. It may have quirks and could use some improvements here and there but at the end of the day it is still Huawei. Hard truth is we also pay for the brand. And with Huawei being a brand that has earned respect in the tech and gadget industry it has a name to protect. And companies like Huawei offer good aftersales service.
The tablet is pretty decent and can perform tasks its been made for. For the price all the aspects it fell short on are all understandable.
The tab is good for performing basic tasks like making video calls, surfing the internet, navigation (Waze), reading ebooks, watching videos (if you are not particular about resolution), viewing recipes.
I would not recommend this for gaming though.
So is it good value for money? I think yes. As I said it is Huawei, a trusted brand. Its PHP,7,490 price tag is fair.