These days market is booming with 7 inch tablets and one of them is Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite. The tablet is available in India at a best buy price of Rs 13,000. One of the major advantage of using a 7 inch tablet is that it can easily fit in one hand. MediaPad 7 Lite is an entry level Android tablet and would be competing against the Nexus 7 which has been recently listed on Google PlayStore India.
So is the MediaPad 7 Lite worth buying? Does it give a tough competition to other 7 inch tablets available in the market? Your all questions would get answered once you read our review of the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite.
Display & Design
The first thing which you would notice about the device is its unibody design and premium build quality. It comes with a aluminium finish at the back and feels quite solid in hand. The device has strong build quality but it is not light at all, it weights around 370 grams which is bit higher than the other 7 inch tablets available in the market.
It measures around 193 x 120 x 11 mm and at 11 mm in thickness it isn’t very thin but still we liked the build quality of the device. On the front side you have a 7inch IPS LCD display with no physical buttons. At the top right corner in the front you have a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calling.
At the back you have a 3.15 megapixel camera, a loudspeaker, Google Logo in the center and Huawei branding at the bottom. You would notice that there are plastic panels present on top and bottom o the back side of the device and rest area has a aluminium finish.
On the right side you have a volume rocker and a power key at the top. The button which is closer to the power button is used to decrease the volume. We are mentioning this because in case of other tablets and smartphones it is usually the reverse.
On the lower right side you have a slot to inert the SIM card and microSD card. Both the slots are protected by flaps to prevent dust from entering these ports.
There are no ports or buttons present on the left side of the device. At the bottom of the tablet you have a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB port to charge your device and for transferring data between your tablet and the PC/Laptop.
Overall, the device is bit bulky but has a great build quality. The company has tried their best in providing a premium feel to the device.
Hardware & Performance
The device is powered by a single core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A8 processor along with 1GB of RAM. The device comes with 8Gb internal storage which can be expanded using a microSD card slot.
Once you start operating the device you would find it bit laggy and there are some delay/lag while navigating through the interface of the device. There was also a lag while playing some high end games like Dead trigger and Asphalt 5.
Talking about the connectivity features of the device, it supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and DLNA.
MediaPad 7 Lite runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This is another drawback of this tablet since these days anyone would expect Android 4.1 Jell Bean OS to power their devices instead of ICS.
On the lock screen you can drag the central circle to the right to unlock the device. You can even launch camera app, message app or the call log directly from the lock screen.
On the home screen at the top right corner you would find an option to open the apps drawer. Since the device does not have any physical buttons there are 3 onscreen buttons, back, home and recently used apps on the lower left corner of the screen.
On the lower right corner of the screen you have a notification bar which can be opened by simply tapping on it. You can access settings menu from here and you can even control the music player when you are playing music on the device.
The app drawer has 28 icons per page and you can navigate easily between the widgets and the apps using the top menu. There is also a link to Google PlayStore on the right corner of the screen. One thing which some users might find annoying is the lack of infinite scrolling that is you need to scroll back in case you reach the last page of the app drawer.
Huawei has installed a custom keyboard on the device and we didn’t find it better than the stock Android keyboard so we shifted back to Default Android keyboard. Default Android keyboard has much better keyboard layout and the keys are well spaced as compared to the Huawei Keyboard.
One thing which we liked about the tablet was the nice collection of wallpapers and live wallpapers present on the device.
Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite comes with a 3.15 megapixel back camera and a 0.3 megapixel font facing camera for video calling.
The camera interface is quite interesting where you get a sophisticated looking control on the right side. It can be used to access the camera settings, zoom in or out of the image, switch between front and the back camera and last but not the least switch between image and video capturing modes.
Here are few sample images taken with the 3.15 megapixel camera present on the device :
Quality of captured images is better in good light conditions but in low light conditions like indoors the images were quite noisy and dark.
Overall, the device has a average camera which can be used to capture images occasionally.
The tablet comes with a 4,100 mAh battery. The battery life is not so good and with heavy usage the battery just lasted for around 3.5 hours.
With normal usage it should last for around 6-7 hours and for casual users you may be able to use the tablet for an entire day.
Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite is an entry level Android tablet and it is available in India at a best buy price of Rs 13,000. The tablet has a good build quality and design but it is bit laggy and you would face lag in high end games and heavy apps. The display is good for watching videos and movies but the battery life is disappointing and won’t last much longer. So if you prefer build quality & display over anything else you could definitely opt for this tablet.
- Good build quality
- Decent display
- Low Performance
- Average Camera
- Poor Battery life