Introduction And Physique
The 7-inch Sharing Machine
The Huawei MediaPad was one of the latest Android tablets to be released locally in 2011. Let’s see if this 7-inch offering from the China-based communications device-maker can catch up in a fast-growing market.
Design-wise, the MediaPad impresses right away with an aluminum unibody construction (save for the detachable flap that covers the SIM and microSD card slots). For a mobile device of its size, it has just the right heft to keep it from feeling cheap, while not being too uncomfortable to hold with one hand. With a clean overall design, the only physical buttons you’ll find on the MediaPad are the power button and volume rocker, located on the top side (if held in landscape orientation) of the unit.
The MediaPad provides for connectivity by means of micro ports for HDMI and USB. The USB port, sadly, doesn’t support charging functions though, which would have been a handy touch for such a portable device. We would also have preferred having the SIM and microSD card slots placed on the sides, so as to avoid having to deal with a flimsy, hard to remove plastic back cover.