Huawei's MediaPad 7in is a solid yet uninspiring tablet. Its sturdy aluminium body, 3G connectivity and pre-installed office software make it ideal for business use on the go. However, a lack of Ice Cream Sandwich combined with a mediocre battery may hamper its ability to shine.
Solid utilitarian design, dual-core processor, 3G connectivity
Terrible camera, mediocre battery, doesn't charge via USB
Processor: 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon
Display: 7in touchscreen with 1280x720 resolution
Storage: 8GB embedded Flash memory
Camera: 5-megapixel camera
Connectivity: GSM/HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1
Operating system: Android 3.2 Honeycomb
Huawei's handbag-size tablet is a snappy, semi-affordable device, but its allure is hampered by a slew of tiny flaws.
The appetiser to Huawei's forthcoming 10in model, the MediaPad 7in is a competent machine with office software that makes it ideal for business users on the go.
Unfortunately outside of this, a lack of Google's latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system, combined with the device's uninspiring screen and camera make it less useful for normal day to day use.
Design and build
While not breaking any new ground design-wise, and housed in a case incredibly similar to the Galaxy Tab, the Mediapad 7in has a solid, utilitarian feel.
A contributing factor to this is the unit's aluminium chassis, which imbues us with a reassuring feeling that the MediaPad can take a few bumps and accidental drops. The flipside of this is that while the Mediapad is small in terms of dimensions, measuring in at just 190x124x10.5mm, proportionately it's not all that light weighing in at 390g.
The utilitarian, streamlined feel of the MediaPad's design is also demonstrated in its choice of port and button placements. The device only has power and volume external buttons, both of which are housed on the top right-hand side of the device.
While the buttons stick out of the device's side, they feel incredibly sturdy and well built. In terms of ports, the unit is fairly well stocked with power, mini-HDMI and mini-USB inputs sitting at the bottom of the device, backed up by a headphone jack on top.
Placing the inputs at the bottom of the device is a nice touch, separating the unit from certain other Android tablets which for unknown reasons stick them at the side - making you more likely to accidentally pull on the cables or knock the inputs.