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Huawei MediaPad 10 review

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The Huawei MediaPad 10 currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

There are only a handful of 10-inch tablets with full HD screens available on the market today, and the Huawei MediaPad 10 is one of them. It comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed and 4G LTE connectivity. In other words, it is fully equipped to handle most any mobile computing task that might be thrown at it, from wherever. And it will handle all while looking sleek and feeling lightweight, to boot. Many big name brands have been in the mobile computing device game far longer than Huawei. And yet offerings from many of these same companies are lagging behind the MediaPad 10, whether in terms of hardware or software features. It not only comes with 4G LTE, but also HSPA+, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity. So you’re sure to have a mobile Internet connection whenever you like.

But perhaps the most interesting thing about this tablet is the fact that it houses a full HD resolution 10-inch screen in its 9mm thin casing. It also features a 6600 mAh battery, 8MP auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI and microUSB ports, as well as support for microSD cards. This is to augment the available storage space onboard, which can be 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB.

One of the few things that might look kind of bad is the default operating system, which is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. An update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean may be released before the end of 2012, but if you need to get your hands on the latest version of Android right now, then you may want to explore other options.

Need to Know: Huawei MediaPad 10

1. Full HD resolution (1920x1200 pixels) 10-inch screen. (The Good)

2. Available in a number of different models with support for various wireless networking technologies and amount of internal storage. (The Good)

3. Doesn’t come with the latest version of the Android software. (The Bad)

4. Lacks NFC wireless technology. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Pocket Gamer

So the game is reliant on the draw of challenges and online rankings for replay value. It kind of works. Although the strategy model is paper-thin, battling against the clock and the odds on the harder levels isn't easy. You need to adopt a more analytical, puzzle-like approach to succeed.There's no...

- Matt Thrower, Pocket Gamer
Notebookcheck

The design department does not take new approaches in looks. A silver back cover consisting of aluminum is not unusual among other manufacturers. It looks different with the hardware. All in all, the MediaPad makes a good impression. However, compromises have to be made. Huawei has more or les...

- Daniel Schuster, Notebookcheck
SlashGear

This device is a rather nice addition to the Android tablet universe, and certainly offers up a unique option where otherwise you’d be handling either a Samsung tablet or going over to Apple for an iPad. If you’re thinking about grabbing the highest quality Android tablet on the market t...

- Chris Burns, SlashGear
Engadget

When it was teased earlier this year, Huawei's MediaPad 10 was shaping up to be a screamer. But in the slow crawl to market, its cutting-edge specs became commonplace for the Android tablet space. Sure, the combination of a quad-core proprietary CPU, full HD 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display, Android 4.0, a...

- Joseph Volpe, Engadget
Phandroid

The Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD is a solid tablet that lives up to its name (and spec sheet). Video, games, and web browsing look great on the 1080p display and the quad-core CPU handles all with care. Users looking for the latest and greatest might be disappointed with the tablet’s Ice Cream Sandw...

- Kevin Krause, Phandroid


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Huawei MediaPad 10's screen size is 10.1 inches with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Cortex-A9 Quad-core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
8/16/32 GB

Internal memory is 8/16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
6600mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 6600 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 26 days standby time, 7 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

MediaPad 10 Specs

Overview
Release date September 30, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
LTE
Data:
HSDPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Secondary OS No
Processor Cortex-A9 Quad-core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 6600 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 5 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 26 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 25.7 x 17.6 x 0.9 cm (10.1 x 6.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 580 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels
Pixel density 224 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/e/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, White balance, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, ASF
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, Real Audio, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, ASF
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Yes
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD

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Pocket Gamer

Entertaining, amusing and great for quickfire RTS play

from Pocket Gamer

So the game is reliant on the draw of challenges and online rankings for replay value. It kind of works. Although the strategy model is paper-thin, battling against the clock and the odds on the harder levels isn't easy. You need to adopt a more analytical, puzzle-like approach to succeed.

There's no online multiplayer, and that's a shame. You can finish most levels in just a few minutes. So it's great for bite-sized strategy gaming, and that would have been just as true multiplayer as it is solitaire...

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So the game is reliant on the draw of challenges and online rankings for replay value. It kind of works. Although the strategy model is paper-thin, battling against the clock and the odds on the harder levels isn't easy. You need to adopt a more analytical, puzzle-like approach to succeed.

There's no online multiplayer, and that's a shame. You can finish most levels in just a few minutes. So it's great for bite-sized strategy gaming, and that would have been just as true multiplayer as it is solitaire.

This sort of stripped down real-time tactics is great fun with some human intelligence at the helm of the opposition

Graphically it fills the now-common retro-gaming brief well enough. But the sound design deserves a special mention. The music is a squeaky, perverted cover of the TV show theme tune.

And the way soldiers and characters warble bizarre high-pitched threats at one another is a treat.

Twitchy Thrones is fun and funny and well suited to the mobile platform. But unless you like the idea of replaying levels under virtual cheat conditions, trying to eke out a win, it's not going to be a keeper.

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Notebookcheck

All in all, the MediaPad makes a good impression

from Notebookcheck

The design department does not take new approaches in looks. A silver back cover consisting of aluminum is not unusual among other manufacturers. It looks different with the hardware. All in all, the MediaPad makes a good impression. However, compromises have to be made.

Huawei has m...More

The design department does not take new approaches in looks. A silver back cover consisting of aluminum is not unusual among other manufacturers. It looks different with the hardware. All in all, the MediaPad makes a good impression. However, compromises have to be made.

Huawei has more or less successfully entered the 10-inch high-end sector. There certainly is room for improvement and it is quite possible that a software update might provide a performance boost. We would hope so anyway. Particularly since the price, which currently starts at approximately 420 Euros (~$553) with a high-res screen, is very attractive for a tablet.

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SlashGear

The speaker system is strong, the display is fairly nice

from SlashGear

This device is a rather nice addition to the Android tablet universe, and certainly offers up a unique option where otherwise you’d be handling either a Samsung tablet or going over to Apple for an iPad. If you’re thinking about grabbing the highest quality Android tablet on the marke...More

This device is a rather nice addition to the Android tablet universe, and certainly offers up a unique option where otherwise you’d be handling either a Samsung tablet or going over to Apple for an iPad. If you’re thinking about grabbing the highest quality Android tablet on the market today, I would still personally point you toward the Galaxy Note 10.1 simply due to its much more well-rounded ecosystem and matured device family.

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Engadget

This is an ICS slate that's best overlooked

from Engadget

When it was teased earlier this year, Huawei's MediaPad 10 was shaping up to be a screamer. But in the slow crawl to market, its cutting-edge specs became commonplace for the Android tablet space. Sure, the combination of a quad-core proprietary CPU, full HD 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display, Android 4.0...More

When it was teased earlier this year, Huawei's MediaPad 10 was shaping up to be a screamer. But in the slow crawl to market, its cutting-edge specs became commonplace for the Android tablet space. Sure, the combination of a quad-core proprietary CPU, full HD 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display, Android 4.0, a 6,600mAh battery and up to 32GB of storage means this has the makings of a stellar slate. Still, it's the pricing and limited regional availability that really kill it. With an exorbitant price tag that's over $100 more than its 32GB competition, the 8GB WiFi-only model's pretty much excluded from any savvy consumer's tech shopping list. Factor in the processor's uneven real-world performance and there's just no reason we'd ever recommend this device over cheaper, more dependable offerings.

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Phandroid

A solid tablet that lives up to its name

from Phandroid

The Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD is a solid tablet that lives up to its name (and spec sheet). Video, games, and web browsing look great on the 1080p display and the quad-core CPU handles all with care. Users looking for the latest and greatest might be disappointed with the tablet’s Ice Cream Sa...More

The Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD is a solid tablet that lives up to its name (and spec sheet). Video, games, and web browsing look great on the 1080p display and the quad-core CPU handles all with care. Users looking for the latest and greatest might be disappointed with the tablet’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS, but a lack of Jelly Bean is no reason to snub the MediaPad 10. The tablet makes a great dark horse candidate as an alternative to the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Transformer Pad series.

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What Mobile

Ultra-thin, compact, businesslike design, high-quality finish, stunningly-sharp screen

from What Mobile

At 10.5mm can just about be described as ultra-thin. It’s compact, with a businesslike design and high-quality finish comparable with similarly-priced rivals. Huawei vaguely hinted that it chose the 7in route (rather than the 10in) so the MediaPad would fit into handbags, and appeal to women. But there’s little to suggest this will be the case – unless a collaboration with Louboutin is in the offing....

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At 10.5mm can just about be described as ultra-thin. It’s compact, with a businesslike design and high-quality finish comparable with similarly-priced rivals. Huawei vaguely hinted that it chose the 7in route (rather than the 10in) so the MediaPad would fit into handbags, and appeal to women. But there’s little to suggest this will be the case – unless a collaboration with Louboutin is in the offing.

Picking the MediaPad up for the first time is a pleasant surprise. It’s light and the aluminium body is extremely comfortable to hold. And if the MediaPad does have a standout feature, it’s the screen. While many budget and mid-range tablets are blighted by a tragically-bad screen resolution, the MediaPad’s 7in LCD touchscreen offers an impressive 1280×800 pixels, outstripping the Galaxy Tab’s 1024×600 offering. Head to head, the MediaPad’s display is actually better than those found on some 10.1in tablets. What’s more, it features the same IPS technology found in the iPad 2 and Kindle Fire, ensuring an excellent viewing angle.

Sensibly, Huawei has realised that rather than invest a small fortune on laboured Android tweaks, it has pretty much left the standard Honeycomb 3.2 OS alone. Pre-installed apps include the standard (Facebook and Twitter) along with Let’s Golf and Huawei Office, which gives the device out-of-the-box compatibility with PDFs, Word and Excel documents. It’s pretty much the only OS flourish you’ll find. The 5MP rear camera is promising given that the 7in Galaxy Tab offers a 3MP. It’s fairly ponderous and there’s no flash, but it’s unlikely that consumers who want to take a great shot will reach for a tablet, this is a hardly a deal-breaker.

Connectivity is good. One of the plastic sections on the back of the MediaPad can be removed to insert a microSD card slot while on the side you’ll find a microHDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack and a microUSB port. Apple’s market share may have decreased to a ‘mere’ 80%, but the tablet market remains a tough nut to crack. While high-profile offerings from Motorola, BlackBerry and HP have been mercilessly snubbed by consumers, Huawei has watched, eager not to make the same mistakes.

The comparisons to Samsung’s excellent Galaxy Tab are well deserved, though if there is a drawback to the MediaPad, it’s that – initially, at least – it will be Wi-Fi only. Samsung, on the other hand, provides a choice of Galaxy Tab models: Wi-Fi only or 3G+Wi-Fi. Naturally, Huawei was never going to outshine Apple but neither did it intend it to. After all, what’s the point of going over the top with all guns blazing – only to beat a hasty, and very public, retreat. The MediaPad is a competent, Android Honeycomb tablet that, crucially, gets all the basics right from the start. If you can find the MediaPad for a sub £300 price, it’s one of the biggest tablet bargains around and, for this month at least, it’s a close call between the MediaPad and Xoom 2: Media Edition.

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