Currently, callable tablets are not new, but not common to users. In addition to the two big brands Samsung and Asus, we see that most of the devices with this feature are mainly less-known manufacturers of China and Taiwan …
Callable tablets are a product line that has been around for a long time but only attracted attention in the past year, with quite successful products like Asus FonePad or Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Huawei, a manufacturer from China also participated in this game very early, but until recently the company has just started introducing its tablet lines in Vietnam market with 3 products: MediaPad 7 Vogue, MediaPad 7 Lite and most recently MediaPad 7 Youth. The common feature of these tablet models is that they all have 7-inch screens, are cheap and capable of calling and texting.
It can be said that a tablet with a call function is an attractive choice for young people who like to move a lot but can still keep up to date with news, web surfing and entertainment. When needed, this product can call and text like a phone conveniently.
The product we reviewed in this article is Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth. With the price quite "soft", 3.99 million, whether this tablet can compete with products in the segment below 5 million typical: Asus FonePad 7 2, Lenovo Idea Tab A3000, Asus MeMO Pad HD 7, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, HP Slate 7 …
Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth tablet
If compared to its previous predecessor, MediaPad 7 Vogue, the appearance of MediaPad 7 Youth is only slightly different from the lack of a speaker slot on the top and a little different in the plastic case. MediaPad 7 Youth feels soft and simple. The tablet also has a conversation function but is reduced in some details to be cheaper to compete with devices with similar features from other brands.
Despite being a cheap tablet, Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth The design is quite good. The device has a moderate size (193.4 x 120.6 x 9.9 mm), weighs 350g, the edges are slightly beveled so I can fit the machine with just one hand without feeling the hand.
It is noteworthy that although it is directed to the low-end segment, Youth still gives users aluminum shell design, looks quite luxurious. The aluminum is fixed securely on the back of the machine, fixed and not opened. This aluminum cover is coated with a smooth silver paint, hard to scratch and does not cling to fingerprints. The contact points are meticulously processed, tightly assembled, without being exposed, more solid than the cheap tablet models on the market.
The machine we reviewed has elegant colors. The frame is made of hard white plastic, not shiny, it seems hard to scratch and hard to stick. The front and back sides of Youth have contrasting colors. The screen edge of the device is a bit thick, but this is also a design that allows the finger to be placed comfortably without fear of mistaken touch in the screen. However, this phenomenon sometimes occurs because the notification bar is located in the right corner of the screen, where the lower part of the thumb may be touched.
Three common touch keys are located on the left side of the screen
On the side of the screen there is a camera but there is no speakerphone so when you talk you must use a headset or turn on the speaker on the back. This is a minor disadvantage because opening external speakers will affect the surrounding, no longer private while using headphones, you must invest in a Bluetooth headset or a headset with a wired headset. Due to the perceived disadvantage, Huawei currently has promotions, giving Bluetooth headsets for customers who buy tablets.
The camera on the back of the device is centered and not protruding; I appreciate this design compared to many other low-cost machines. Just below the camera is the external speaker, not the flash. On this product, the flash is cut down because it does not improve photography much, it increases the price if integrated into it. The external speaker is slightly concave and easy to be dirty and difficult to clean, is a mono speaker, but the sound quality is quite good.
The back is fastened by an aluminum cover
The hardware buttons, including the power button and volume up / down buttons, are located on the right side. These buttons do not feel good in part because it is in the beveled part of the edge, partly because it is slightly thin. The bottom edge must be a sim slot (a standard SIM card – mini SIM) and a microSD card can be hot-plugged, with an outside dustproof cover. 3.5mm headphone jack, receiver hole and microUSB port located at the bottom of the machine.
Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth uses 7 inch screen, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 170 ppi pixel density. This pixel density is lower than the Nexus 7 (216 ppi) and higher than the iPad Mini (162 ppi). It responds to touch screen sensitivity when used normally.
The screen has a low contrast ratio, showing a slightly pale color. With the mirror screen, you will sometimes have to change the viewing angle to see clearly, but unfortunately the viewing angle on this machine is not good. If horizontally holding the device "Huawei" on the right hand side, the right angle of view in the middle of the screen is the most standard viewing angle, giving the brightness and true color display. If you look up from below, you will see a darker screen and look down from the top. Fortunately, the left and right viewing angles are quite wide and even.
Medium quality screen
When measured by specialized devices, the maximum brightness of the device is 324 nits, which is quite good, but the accuracy of the machine's color display is poor. When used indoors, you can reduce the screen brightness a bit and outdoors, the brightness should be high.
The rear camera of the machine has 3.2 MP resolution, 0.3 MP front camera supports video conversation. Like tablets in the same segment, the camera has a medium resolution, does not support many advanced customizations, and the quality is enough to share on social networks. The camera's low-light shooting capability is also not good, in any case, the parameters in the photo are 2.8 aperture, speed 1 / 100s, ISO 89.
The plus of the machine is to support many effects and creative creations such as panorama mode, negative (negative), Sepia, custom white balance (daylight, cloudy …), night mode, timer …
The camera is not protruding on the back like many low-cost devices
Just like the shooting mode, the movie recording function is nothing special. Poor light capture, slow focus and vibration are camera weaknesses when shooting movies. The maximum movie resolution that the device supports is 720p.
Some photos taken from the camera (click on the image to view it at a larger size):
Clip from camera:
MediaPad 7 Youth supports WiFi and 3G connections. It can expand memory with MicroSD card, ability to connect to computer and SIM slot to make phone calls, text messages.
The call and messaging interface are simple and easy to use. Large, clear numeric keys, clear, can set ringtone, vibrate mode, messaging mode or manage contacts. I use the device within 10 days and almost no loss of wave, flickering with the SIM of Vina network, the quality of calling is stable.
Interface for calling and texting
Mediapad 7 Youth runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system with Huawei's unique Emotion UI, more than 5GB of free memory. Unlike many other Android tablets and phones, MediaPad 7 Youth has a small notification bar located at the bottom right instead of the top, on the left corner are 3 familiar touch keys. Such arrangement on a tablet, when used, I found it more convenient to use because it is very close to the thumb on either side.
Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth is configured with a dual-core 1.6 GHz processor, PowerVR SGX 540 graphics and 1 GB RAM. With this configuration, it can watch HD movies well, play heavy 3D games like Asphalt 8, Riptide GP. However, when playing continuously for about 15 minutes, the machine heats up quite a lot, especially the area under the back speaker.
When measured by software with AnTuTu X, the machine achieved a score of 15091, while the Quadrant was 4316. These are pretty good scores.
Like its predecessor, Youth also uses a 4,100 mAh battery, and gives unimpressive battery life. Specifically, the time to watch movies continuously is nearly 6 hours, fully charged time is 3 hours 15p. During normal use, the total time I surfed the web was about 1 hour, playing the game for 30 minutes, calling for 30 minutes, watching the movie for 30 minutes, the battery was still over 20% by the end of the working day.
So Youth has an unimaginable battery life, less than 8 hours 41 minutes of Asus MeMO Pad HD 7, Asus Fonepad (7 hours), Asus Memo Pad (5 hours 36 minutes) and predecessor Vogue ( 6 hours 40
minute). However, the device is still enough to meet your needs for a day.
Currently, on the tablet market price range of about 4 million, MediaPad 7 Youth rival is Asus FonePad 7 2 (price 4.99 million), Lenovo Idea Tab A3000 (price 4.69 million), Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 (priced at VND 3.29 million), Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (priced at VND 4.99 million), HP Slate 7 (costing VND 3.49 million), …
Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth has a plus point: the ability to call, text and integrate 3G connectivity – a factor that is very interested in Vietnam. It also has a beautiful design, moderate configuration, besides there are some weaknesses such as limited visibility when using outdoors or unimpressive battery life. However, to find a tablet capable of calling, currently users only have options with prices above 4.5 million, so the price of 3.99 million of Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth can be a benefit. so.