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Huawei MediaPad – The Mainstream Slate
By Jason Marges & Sidney Wong - 2 Jan 2012

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.

We definitely like the aluminum unibody frame of the Huawei MediaPad, along with its plus point of it being invulnerable to fingerprints and smudges, thanks to the matte finish.

Huawei keeps the front of the MediaPad clean. A 1.3-megapixel camera sits at the top left corner of the display (in landscape mode). Also, did you notice the nice rounded edges of the MediaPad? They provide a better grip when holding the device.

You will find the 3.5mm audio output jack and a pair of stereo speakers on the left side of the Huawei MediaPad. Be mindful of the location of the speakers as holding the device on your left hand may cover them if you are blasting music or watching movies without earphones.

Located at the top left corner of the Huawei MediaPad are the power button and volume controls. They are sufficiently raised for easy access and have a nice feel when pressed.

On the right side of the Huawei MediaPad are the charging, HDMI, and micro-USB ports. It is a pity that the micro-USB port can only be used for data transfer. This means you need to carry the charger along wherever you go instead of a lightweight micro-USB cable, which would have done the job in an ideal implementation.

To access the SIM and microSD card slots, you have to remove the back cover. Besides feeling fragile, we had a hard time removing the cover; it's recommended to have strong fingernails to dig into the highlighted area and pry out the back cover.

Huawei could have placed these slots at the side of the MediaPad for easier access. 

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