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PLDT Telpad (Huawei S7 Slim) | Review

I’ve always wondered if it’s worth it to have an Android tablet even though I already have an Android phone. I’ve actually gone through three Android phones already: a T-Mobile G1, a Netphone 701 and now an HTC Desire. I’m saving up for a Galaxy Nexus. But the call for a tablet is really tempting. So do I really need one?

By coincidence, I was asked if I’d like to try out the PLDT Telpad. Why not? And before I knew it,  I was picking up their Huawei S7 Slim model.

Before anything else, here are some of the basic specs of the tablet:

Dimensions200 x 109.5 x 12.5 mm
System SoftwareAndroid 2.2 (Frozen Yogurt)
Internal Memory8 GB built-in
512 MB RAM
External Memoryupto 32GB Micro SD
Weight440 g
DisplayTFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
480 x 800 pixels, 7.0 inches
DataWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
USBmicroUSB v2.0 Slave
CameraPrimary camera: 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
Secondary camera: 2 MP SVGA 800×600 pixels
Digital TV-OUTHDMI 1.3 with HDCP
SensorsLight sensor
Tilt sensor
Audio-outStandard 3.5mm headphone jack
BatteryLi-Ion 3250 mAh
GPSYes, with A-GPS support

The Setup

The device consists of two parts: the tablet itself and a handset base unit for making your phone calls with.

Setting up the phone was a no-brainer. Just don’t forget to put in the batteries for the handset and tablet. Hook up your phone line to the handset and you’re ready to go. The PLDT Telpad handset has a socket to plug in the DSL line, and it also serves as the tablet’s dock.

Immediately, I realized that the handset unit doesn’t actually have WiFi built in. So unless you have a WiFi router, you’ll end up having to dock the tablet just to be able to do any surfing. This was a bit of a downer for me.

Can this be used while you’re on the go? Definitely! Just one problem though. While officially the Huawei S7 Slim can accept SIM cards, PLDT decided to plug that up. Sorry, folks! No 3G goodness for this tablet. If you want to access the net, you’ll need access to a WiFi connection. Turn your phone into a hotspot or get yourself a MiFi modem.

Battery matters

So how’s the battery life on this thing? The tablet comes with Angry Birds installed but I needed something that I’d play with for hours. So I downloaded Jewels Maniac.

Total play time before the battery died: between four to five hours. But if you’re a moderate user doing nothing but email and browsing, well I can’t really say. I wasn’t really able to test how long the battery lasted under moderate use. When I hardly used it off the dock, the battery life was at 65% after 48 hours. So give it around 144 hours or six days. The official specifications rates it at 300 hours (12.5 days) though. Not bad! To charge the tablet, just place it back on the handset dock and give it up to 4 hours to fully charge.

Speaking of charging, you actually have two choices. You can either place it on the handset dock or you use the power adapter that came with the package. Here’s the thing. That power adapter is the same thing you use to charge the battery on the handset. No, you can’t charge the tablet via the USB port.

BOTTOM LINERS

Would I recommend this? If you don’t mind not having 3G access when you take it out on the road, I would say yes. Note the weight of the tablet though. Not as heavy as an iPad, but still quite heavy for its size.

Would it be helpful once it’s docked? I have mixed feelings about that. At least I don’t have to scrounge around for a pen and piece of paper when I’m on the phone. But I would have loved it if they took the time to integrate stuff even more. Like going to a site, clicking on a number and it would immediately dial it for you. I also wish PLDT had native apps instead of just links to their website.

But I digress. The PLDT Telpad is nice. At least, the Huawei S7 Slim is. Go get it if you want it.

LIKES:
  • Very long battery life
  • Large internal storage
  • You can bring the Telpad tablet with you if you want to.
DISLIKES:
  • A tad heavy for my taste
  • They removed the SIM slot, so no 3G goodness when you take the tablet out on the road.
Charo

Charo

Charo is a well-known consultant and trainer in Java and Android technologies. She is also a founder of Mobile Monday Manila, and the Philippine Android Community. Her favorite noodles: Pad thai.

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      This review is a bit old now, I do have a PLDT Telpad, now its a Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite running ICS 4.0.3 sporting a 1GHz single core 1GB RAM with 8GB Storage and optional microSD slot for expansion. Battery life is now average but I managed to root this device.


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