The latest PLDT TelPad’s tablet is a Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite. It’s lower in specs than Globe’s Tattoo MediaPad. The latter has a 1GHz dual-core processor while the TelPad has the single-core ARMv7 1 GHz processor. But it’s better in some specs against Sun Cellular’s Alcatel One-touch T10 tablet offering.
In one of my previous posts about TelPad, i was toying the word “telepadpad” which i meant to mean long-time use of the tablet as in “telebabad”–referring to the longer use of a phone. The TelPad tablet is just one of the many 7-inch tablets now available in the market. The big difference with the TelPad from the rest of the 7-inch tablet category is it’s FREE for all PLDT subscribers for a limited time.
I didn’t subscribe to TelPad two years ago because i was waiting for some better specs of the tablet that comes with it. Now is the time because the unit is an ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) and i don’t have to pay the monthly amortization for the unit. My subscription was at P1,299 with 1.0Mbps (upgraded) and is now further upgraded to P1,849 with 1.5Mbps internet speed. Plus the unit comes with a free Wifi router-modem purposely to complement the tablet.
The TelPad tablet is no different in size and shape with the rest of the 7-incher except that it comes with a docking port for the home phone device. Thus, the TelPad tablet is used frequently as a tablet per se than a touchscreen monitor whiled docked at the home phone. The overall design doesn’t look cheap because of its aluminum material of its casing.
Specification: (source: PLDT)
The TelPad’s display is 1024 X 552 and is only a 4-point multi-touch device, far from the 10-point multi-touch screens of some high-end tablets. Though the screen is clear and crisp but i have some lag experiences in its touch interface. Viewing videos at few meters while the tablet is docked is pleasurable and enjoyable.
I got some benchmarking figures here using Quadrant Standard Edition and Antutu Benchmarking tools to test the CPU performance, memory and the graphics. On the Quadrant test (left image) TelPad’s MediaPad is at the bottom of the chart.Though its memory test result is better than the other devices compared in the chart.
The 3.2MP rear camera is no longer impressive today hence most tablets and mobile phones are carrying a minimum 5MP cameras. Also, the TelPad’s tablet has no flash. Here are some shots in various lighting conditions taken by the TelPad tablet.
I’ve tried the .3MP VGA front using Skype video call and the performance is quite satisfactory. Normally in a video call, the quality also depends on the lighting of the subject.
The video playback is good. In fact, the TelPad’s video is crisp and clear and the display screen has somewhat controls the glare when viewing outdoor. You can still have a decent view of the image even if it’s viewed at the sides. I only have some lag experiences during video streaming, especially if it’s on HQ video mode. But streaming is also dependent on the quality of the internet connection.
Audio is somewhat tinny and thin and lack the required bass. However, the sound is loud enough for us to hear it.
As a home phone, the PLDT TelPad tablet is convenient to use and adds a style to modern living. The screen dial is easy to use and your list of contacts are just at your finger tips. You can perk up your contacts by adding a call picture to easily identify who’s calling.
What i LIKED
- The ICS interface is intuitive
- Relatively fast CPU
- Video quality is high
- Good for gaming
- Works well with the PLDT home phone dock
- Design doesn’t look cheap
What i DON’T liked
- Video streaming is sluggish
- Camera has no built-in flash
- Touchscreen response is not so smooth