Product Huawei MediaPad T1 10
Specifications 9.6in 1280x800 display, 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage expandable with microSD, 8MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, Android 4.4 KitKat, 4,800mAh battery, optional 4G, 249x150x8.3mm, 433g.
Price From £155.97 (as tested)
THE RISING technological capabilities of tablets have, perhaps inevitably, heralded rising prices as well. Take the new iPad Mini 4; it's a powerful piece of kit, but £319 for a teeny 7.9in slate is pretty hard to stomach.
Enter, stage Far East, the Huawei MediaPad T1 10. Like the Chinese firm's Honor 7 smartphone, the MediaPad T1 10 promises decent specs and all-round functionality at a considerably lower price than the big-name offerings at about £155 and upwards.
That seems to have been the plan, anyway. In reality, the MediaPad T1 10 doesn't demonstrate Honor 7-esque value as much as it does the limitations of budget hardware.
The MediaPad T1 10 is very reasonably proportioned. It measures 249x150x8.3mm and weighs 433g so, while it isn't astoundingly thin and light, it's easy enough to use one handed and barely registers when hauled around in a satchel.
However, build quality is mixed. We carried it with us for a week and even took it abroad without its developing any visible damage, but when we put it through a barehanded flex test, we could feel and hear components creaking under the stress.
We're also not fans of the cheap, ugly plastic strips that run up the back and sides of the device. Besides feeling worryingly brittle, they give away the MediaPad T1 10 as a lower-end device when the thin bezels and nice metallic trim might otherwise have passed it off as something more premium.
As for ports, our WiFi-only test model included a standard microUSB port and a microSD slot. A micro SIM port was also present, but filled in and unusable. Presumably it's open on the 4G model. In any case, even this limited number should be adequate for an entertainment-focused tablet like the Media T1 10.
1280x800 would be a decent resolution on a smartphone, but on a 9.6in tablet it looks quite aged and the pixel density of just 150ppi means that text, films and images can all lack definition. To be fair, we did get used to the resolution when watching videos, but small text, such as on certain webpages, is where the effect is most apparent.
Colours are much better, with plenty of vibrancy for a £155 device. Reds and oranges are particularly vivid, so at least the screen is bold even if it isn't very sharp.
The flipside is that it's difficult to appreciate those colours when using the tablet under any kind of bright light. The glass screen is incredibly reflective, to the point of being unusable in direct sunlight even on full brightness.
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