Huawei MediaPad review, 7″ Dual-core 3G Tablet S7-301u

The MediaPad was launched by the local Telco’s.  However Huawei’s past record with the S7 and S7 slim had been poor, and many still think MediaPad is the same device.  The MediaPad in contrast seems to evolution of the S7 Pro devices with similar hardware but with HoneyComb 3.2 rather than Gingerbread as the base OS.

The MediaPad however has been available in the US much earlier, though with some slight changes to the design as the T-Mobile Springboard.

I had been waiting for the Asus Prime to be launched, but the device had been delayed once again, and decided I will try out a new device until the Prime was freely available in the market.

A device that caught my eye was the Galaxy Tab 7.7, however Samsung once again continues it long delay from launch to available in the retail market.  The MediaPad caught my eye because it had very similar specifications for less than half the price.

The decision was made easier when my Telco offered me a 15% discount for long term clients, and here is a brief review of the device that I currently have.

 The device

The device sadly has no unique design and looks like a shrunken IPad device in look and feel.

However the device is fairly light, and definitely much lighter than the long service Galaxy Tab 7 and slightly slimmer as well.

Unlike the Samsung devices the external cover is made using Aluminum that makes if look and feel more like an small IPad.

The main change is in the rear of the device, where there are two black plastic covers at the top and bottom.  The bottom one is removable and contains the SIM card slot and the MicroSD slot.  The top is purely for design, and my personal opinion is that they could have skipped the black on top as it ruins the design of the device.

Hardware

 Unlike the old Huawei Android tablet devices, this comes fully in line with what the current market has.  The key notes of the hardware are,

  • Dual-Core 1.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor
  • Adreno 220 Mobile graphics with 1080P video playback
  • 7” Capacitive Multi-touch IPS LED LCD touch screen with a very high resolution 1280×800, with a PPI of 216 making it very sharp (yes the pixel density is much higher than an IPad)
  • 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage
  • 5MP rear camera with auto focus and zoom (digital) feature and 720P HD video recording
  • 1.3MP front camera that will allow video calls
  • Large battery for a 7” (4100mAh) compared to devices such as the Acer A100
  • Sensors: Light (for auto brightness) and Accelerometer sensor
  • Built-in 2G/3G with HSUPA (5.76Mbps) and HSDPA (14.4Mbps) support
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Dual-speakers with SRS

The hardware definitely is in par with the latest crop of Android tablets.  While most are familiar with the Tegra based devices on tablets, the Snapdragon is more commonly seen on phone devices.  However with the Adreno 220GPU is more than capable for gaming, and has the advantage that it can play 1080P video natively.

Screen quality

For any tablet the screen is important, and specially for a 7”.  The screen on the MediaPad is pretty good, which very good sharpness and brightness.  For most times I have the brightness at 30%, as its more than good enough!  The light sensor also means you can set it to auto brightness.

The viewing angles are good, which is expected for an IPS type screen.  With a PPI of 216, the text is sharp and clear, and is very good for browsing and reading.  I had no problems reading PDF magazines with no zooming even for small fonts, something that was hard to do on the Galaxy 7” tab with the lesser resolution.

The device also strangely comes with a feature that says standard resolution and high resolution.  When I ran software to see if the resolution changed, I noticed  no difference but what seems to be done is the image, fonts are scaled down lower when set to high resolution.

In standard resolution the multi-touch is good, though I have noticed that you have to give the odd double touch once in a while, a problem with several Android devices I have used, something you never come across with the Apple IPad which definitely has a superior touch experience.  Hopefully Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream with its UI acceleration feature (a first time on Android) will resolve this problem.

In high resolution the icons are much smaller and can be problem for the chubby fingered folks (such as myself!).  However the screen is definitely sharper in the high resolution mode.  The captures below are scaled down, and the actual is much sharper.  I will try to attach a higher res capture at the end of the review.

A common question is how good is it to a Samsung Galaxy series which is fast becoming the most spoken of the Android tablets, though the sales figures may indicate that other devices are selling in equal share!

  • The screen is much bright than the older 7″ Samsung Galaxy tab, and with the higher resolution much sharper
  • Compared to the new 10″ Galaxy tab, this screen is not as good, and lacking in the color vibrancy.  However to be fair the Galaxy 10″ and 8.9″ screens are considered the best in the market, beating even the Apple IPad screen.  Hence the screen in the new Galaxy 7″ Plus will definitely be more vibrant, though it may not be as sharp due to the lower resolution.   The Galaxy 7.7″ due soon however may be the reference model with its super AMOLED screen, but with a price that is over 2 times this device its market placing is very different
  • Compared to the Acer device i tested which was  TN based LCD, this screen is on par or better.

Build Quality

The device build quality is quite good and feels very solid with no noticeable squeaks.  However the metal cover means it is easily prone to dents and scratches and hence a case is compulsory.

I would have preferred if Huawei had stuck to the T-mobile Springboard scheme of white covers at the back, and avoided the plastic at the rear top.

Software and Updates

The device comes pre-installed with Honeycomb 3.2 and has the over the air update feature.  Interestingly it has two options update via Google server and Huawei server.  I am a bit curious why the Google update feature is there, since Huawei has dome some minor customizations on top of the standard Honeycomb.

The device also comes with Huawei’s HiSuite Software, which does provide some decent features though the user interface is rather old-fashioned!

Features include,

  • Ability to install software by dragging and dropping into the interface
  • Backup contents and restore
  • Take images of the screen being shown of the tab onto your PC (screen captures)

I also found on the net that the device has been rooted, which should make things a lot more flexible.  .

Bundled Software

Unlike many tabs, this does come bundled with a file manager that is very good news, though you will definitely replace that with File Manager such as File Expert or Astro.

The device also ships with Google Market, so you have access to all the Google software, that definitely makes it a better proposition than generic tablets.

Complementary you also get the following softare,

  • Games: Angry Birds, Asphalt 6 and Let’s Go Golf
  • Yoko Office

Video Multimedia formats and Playback

[Under testing].

Camera

Consider the device has a back camera and front camera, but don’t expect too much from the back facing 5MP camera. The camera is rather low end in nature and the picture quality is noisy.  No LCD means that it will not be very useful in low light situations.

The video quality is acceptable, but just like the stills it is noisy.

Audio Quality

The dual speakers are decent, and quite loud, an issue I had with the Galaxy Tab 7”.  The sound is a match in volume to my IPad2 in sheer loudness.

Music playback is pretty good, though the speakers are definitely not very good on bass.  While it does not distort, it can be bit shrilly.

Being a 7” if you were to hold the device with your hands in landscape mode, you could end up blocking one of the speakers, which is a problem for such speaker placement. However there is very little option for such devices to locate it elsewhere.

Connectivity Ports

For a 7” this device comes with a rich set of connectivity options, which include,

  • Micro USB, you can connect a micro USB to USB connector and then connect a flash drive if require as the device does support USB on the go
  • Micro HDMI
  • 3.5” headphone jack
  • MicroSD card slot

Hence compared to the very popular Galaxy Tab devices the presence of the Micro USB and MicroSD provides greater flexibility.

The MicroSD is definitely needed since the tab only has 8GB of internal storage.  However while you can hot swap the Micro SD, you need to pop the rear cover.

One weak point similar to the Galaxy tab is that the device cannot charge over the micro USB.  You have to carry the bulky adapter that is given.  However unlike a Galaxy Tab, adapter is a 6V, which means Huawei could have made this charge of the Micro USB.

Storage

An area for controversy for me at least.  According to official Telco banner and many sites the device was supposed to have 8GB internal storage.  However I found it only has 5.8GB, and popular mobile review sites have varying configurations on this area.  Huawei in their official site DO NOT MENTION the size of the internal storage, which adds to the mystery.

Over 2.5GB of the internal storage is used at the start and the bundled software definitely is not that large.  Need to check with another Honeycomb device to see if the base OS actually takes such a large size!

Sensors

Here is a capture from Quadrant indicating the detected sensors.

Battery life and recharge time

Since my reviews are purely on feel, I don’t have measures to prove this but I am sure you can find reviews from sites on actual facts.

For a start any device with 3G enabled is going to drain battery, but what is important is how it performs with this feature disabled.

With 3G disabled the overnight loss in battery is around 2%.  The device definitely can last a few days without charging.

But as a user I feel the battery drain is much greater than an IPad on regular use such as browsing, video playback.  The recharging time is not slow as was the case with the Samsung Galaxy tab (that takes hours which is very painful), and is more akin to an IPad charging, which is bearable.

However the good news I that the battery recharge times are not as long as the Samsung process, and you can recharge the device in around 2-3hrs to full capacity.

I also found a charger on ebay that can be connected to your PC USB port, with the other end compatible with the Huawei Media Pad.

Benchmarks

Quadrant Standard – 1901

LinPack (Single/Multi) – 46.088MFLOPS / 53.224MFLOPS

NenMark1 – 52.2 FPS

AntTuTu (2.4.3) – 5362

Gaming

I tried out the some racing games including the bundled Asphalt, ROC, Drift Mania.  Seems my device has a hardware problem, as the steering using tilt does not work properly (refused to turn to the right).  I posted on the Huawei Facebook wall, and i got a response that i should get the device checked.  Will update if this is a problem with my unit or if this is an incompatibility with the device once i take it to the service center.

Firmware updates and ICS upgrade

The good news is that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is in the works for this device 🙂 and seems the next batch of the devices will be shipping straight with ICS, making this device among the first to be shipping with ICS after the ASUS Transformer Prime tablet.  The updates for existing devices has been scheduled for March 2012, hope it comes earlier!.

The device has two options one to update from Huawei and the other from Google server.   Each time i tried it says the version i have is the latest. However i went Huawei site and found  more newer version that what i had.  The direct link for downloads from Huawei is http://www.huaweidevice.com/worldwide/productFeatures.do?pinfoId=3135&treeId=3290&directoryId=5011&tab=0.

I noticed the following improvements with the HUAWEI_S7-301u_FIRMWARE_adroid3.2_C232B016_General_VersionForUser_05010SJR  (9-Jan-2012) update.

1. Fixed the issue where the device switched to 2G far to easily, now it works better.  However sadly it does not have the features that we find standard on the Gingerbread (GSM, GSM/3G, 3G only) which is far more simpler.

2. The update also has improved the touch implementation and i find the experience a lot more smoother.

3. Has updated versions of the bundled apps

4. Built-in file manager now detects the external SD card properly and seamlessly

5. Issue with games involving the tilt has been fixed.  Now i can play my racing games!

On the negative side i noticed the following,

1. WIFI connectivity does not work properly (big bummer, since some apps and games insist on using a wifi connection to download larger downloads)

However the update using the download had some quirks which one should watch out,

1.  Remember to back up your data and apps using the HSuite and also app backup, because if you update using the download it clears the local storage contents and the tablet is back to new state with the updated firmware. No such warning is mentioned in the Huawei guide for updating the firmware!

2. If you run the update and don’t remove the SD card, the device keeps updating on each re-boot.  So make sure you remove the SD card after the update, and then re-insert the card back.

3. Once the update is done and OK comes on your screen the tablet will reboot, but the update is not done yet.  It will then start the bundled app updates and then reboot again while showing the startup screen.  the messages come in an ugly yellow DOS-like font 🙂

Conclusion

The device is definitely well built, and also very competitive priced.  Currently its priced below even the older Galaxy Tab 7”, but is much higher configuration with faster 3G, higher resolution and brigher screen, better battery life, faster processor and graphics and greater flexibility in connectivity ports.

Another very important upgrade is that it is running Honeycomb and should be getting the much sought after Google Ice Cream update soon.

On the device per say, the screen and multi-touch are good and making it ideal portable device for your internet and video playback.  The screen is very bright and the video is very crisp and clear.  The audio is sufficiently loud for such a small device.

The connectivity options are great and giving you several options to easily transfer files into and out of the device. The connectivity options are far better than the popular Samsung Galaxy tab series which is hell bent on following Apple strategies, though the new 7” devices are now offering more options.

The cameras may not be great, but they will do their job, and the front camera makes it ready for video calling.

The battery life is decent, and based on some professional reviews it can do over 6.5 hours of non-stop video, which put it above the older Galaxy 7” tab, and far better than the Acer A100 which has less than 3+ hours in similar tests.

The device is better than generic chinese tabs since the hardware is more standard.  My only hope is that Huawei who are now getting serious with their devices under their own name, will improve their software support services.

MediaPad and Google ICS update

Installed the near final ICS firmware, see my comments and benchmarks at https://rayazmuthalif.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/huawei-mediapad-ics-first-impression/

Where can I buy it in Sri Lanka and the experience when buying it

Currently only the Telcos are selling it, and the local supplier for Huawei (MiTech computers) is only getting shipment in January 2012. They have indicated they will bring down accessories for this device as well.

The local supplier also mentioned that the Telcos were getting these devices in bulk, and that pricing was much cheaper than the retail prices since they seem to be keen on pushing tablets to benefit from the eventual data usage!

Comparison with other popular 7″ tablets

Did a quick chart for the spec crazy group.  The prices of the tabs are very different, and also differ from market to market.  Selected them more with an Asian availability (devices from Motorola, Acer and Toshiba for example are hard to find here).

MediaPad vs other 7in tablets 2012

Accessory links

Finding accessories is something that is harder compared but that applies to most Android devices.  Sadly Huawei has not yet got into the full thick of things by selling original accessories as done by other tablet vendors.  The source hence is ebay, and the well known PDair case manufacturers.

I ordered some, will update the review once i get the goods.  But here are some that caught my eye.  I ordered a matt finish anti glare screen protector and microfiber case in addition to the USB charger.  While many don’t like the matt finish specially since impacts the gloss of the screen, i find it more easier to use and like the non-glare feel.

Microfiber case : http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sikai-MediaPad-MibroFiber-case-Huawei-IDEOS-MediaPad-leather-case-Black-/190616907526?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item2c61a72f06

Silicon case : http://www.ebay.com/itm/SiKai-MediaPad-Top-Sensation-Protector-cover-Silicone-Huawai-Media-Pad-case-/190610235740?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item2c6141615c

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49 thoughts on “Huawei MediaPad review, 7″ Dual-core 3G Tablet S7-301u”

  1. Hi.

    im using S7-301u ICS..bought a few years ago.

    the problem is, some point of screen is not responding to touches..
    to make it work, i have to rotate the mediapad to another angle to make that
    keypad work (it work because the touch point is change when rotated)
    so i need to rotate and rotate the pad until i get to the working point of touches everytime

    eg.-in potrait mode, upper ‘option’ key not work..so cannot insert picture in whatsapp.
    so i rotate the pad into landscape mode and the option key works.
    same as keypad, in qwerty, letter O and P not work..so i rotate into landscape mode and it works..

    so in sort, if i encounter a not responding touches, i will rotate and rotate until i found the position that makes the key works..

    so, what is the real problem? how to solve and how much the cost will be?

    thanks all

    1. i have the same problem as yours.the problem is no parts available hence i bought the tablet last 2012.

  2. Hi There,

    I bought a Huawei Mediapad S7-301u last April 2012 and just updated the Android OS from 3.2 to ICS.The firmware came from the official Huawei Website:
    http://www.huaweidevice.com/worldwide/downloadCenter.do?method=index&type=software
    HUAWEI MediaPad FIRMWARE(S7-302u,Android4.0,C232B001,General Channel)

    It displayed that that the tablet was successfully updated as shown on the Installation guide (PDF).
    The problem now is the touchscreen- it is not responding to a swipe. It’s not working anymore.
    Anyone who experienced the same issue after the OS update? any possible solution please?

    Where can I download a firmware that will revert the Android OS back to 3.2?

    Thanks for any help you can extend.

    1. me too.the touchscreen is not functioning.my tablet was only 1 and a half years from the date i buy and now is not functioning and the problem is no parts available .

  3. Hi, guys I have s7-301u huawei mediapad. the mediapad is locked, my child enter many time wrong password. now it displays logon with google account.which I dont have.The media pad is locked now. any body have solution to reset or hard start or any other solution please. Imran

    1. Hi Imran,

      have you tried the google account recovery process. http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=185710&topic=1669055&ctx=topic. this should allow you to get a new password assuming you had signed up with a google account and the tab has a 3G sim.

      If not, the next option is what you call a hard reset/master reset. this will erase everything in the device and bring it back to the start.

      Option 1:

      Easier way of doing it with the physical buttons combination. I have taken from a site see if that works. Source: http://www.askmefast.com/Factory_reset_huawey_s7301u_tablet-qna5015908.html#q764401

      1. Power the device down by holding the power and volume up buttons until the screen turns off. At this time also remove any SD card you might have inserted into the device.
      2. When the device is powered off, hold the power and the volume up and down buttons simultaneously. When the logo appears release the three buttons
      3. Immediately again press all three of the power and volume buttons until the logo appears again, then let go. The device then should display an image of a triangle with an Android robot and an exclamation point.
      4. Once the Android triangle image appears tap and release the power and volume up and down buttons.
      5. To navigate through the recovery use the volume down button until “Wipe data and cache” is highlighted.
      6. Tap the power button to select “Wipe data and cache”, you will then be asked to confirm you selection. Use the volume down button to highlight “Yes” then tap the power button to confirm.
      7. Once the system has wiped the cache and data you will be directed back to the main menu of recovery mode. “Reboot system now” should be highlighted, if not use the volume down button to highlight this option.
      8. Tap the power button to select “Reboot system now” once it has been highlighted.
      9. After a few moments the device will reboot. When it has fully powered up you will be directed to the device`s initial setup wizard. Please follow these prompts to reset your preferences.
      10. Once you have completed the setup wizard your device will be as good as new.

      One way i found on the web for your particular model is to download the latest firmware from the Huawei site, and then copy it and update it. Here is an extract from a site (http://www.androidtablets.net/forum/huawei-mediapad-10-fhd-7-lite/30755-uk-mediapad-user.html)

      OPTION 2:

      A bit more complex if Option 1 fails is to update it with the newer firmware downloaded from the Huawei web site, source: http://www.androidtablets.net/forum/huawei-mediapad-10-fhd-7-lite/30755-uk-mediapad-user.html

      Considering you want to hard reset your device I would download the latest firmware which has just been released from at this location.

      http://www.huaweidevice.com/tcpsdownload/downLoadCenter?category=&flay=software&downloadID=NDM3NTU=

      You will need to format your microsd card as fat32. Then copy the /dload folder (which is inside the zip download file) to your sdcard.
      Put the sdcard into the mediapad and turn it on. The mediapad will then upgrade. Do not touch the device until it says “please remove sdcard”.

      If you have any pictures these will be saved. You will lose the APN and WIFI settings but saved files should remain on there.

      Let me know if you get any problems

      1. salut
        le miens ne fonctionne pas j;ai essayé cette methode mais rien n’as fonctionner
        j’ai extrait le fichier dload que j’ai du placé dans la carte sd et j;ai procedé à un recovery le petit robot vert est apparu mais la mise à jour séest arreté en chemin svp aider moi

  4. Hi Rayaz,

    Thanks for your comprehensive review. I had my device for more than three months already but couldn’t find a proper screen protector. May I know where you ordered your matt finish anti glare screen protector?

    Also, where is the HiSuite and how did you do these wonderful screen captures? Power + Volume Down didn’t seem to work for me.

    Hope to hear from you soonest.

    Thanks!

    1. Except for the popular brands (cough** cough ** samsung, apple), getting good cases are hard in the local market, and even the below par cases are over priced. If you have a credit card, create a pay pal account (for added safety) and purchase it from ebay. The cases are delivered within 2-4 weeks depending on the nature of post, most of the sellers ship it from Hong Kong. You find really good cases on ebay.

  5. Hi all,
    Indeed the voice call and sms start perfectly working once you have installed the above mentioned apk. however can anyone tell me if i can make video calls if im hooked on to a 3G network…

  6. Hi gentleman..wonderful and fabulous review. I have just purchased the set. May you advise can the set read an external micro sd 64gb? Does the class of the card prove significant in this situation? Thanks and have a nice day.

    1. Support for 64GB among most android devices has been NOT official, and in case you have the opportunity to try and buy, do so, if not refrain is my advice. Yes the write speed in particular can be very relevant for the SD card. Don’t be fooled by the class, as the performance of cards for small files can be pretty bad, sadly its not very easy to find true performances of cards, though i have found the amazon.com user comments to be a pretty good place as someone would test the performance and comment.

    1. The microfiber case i got (also mentioned in by blog article) was very very good. Strangely though i ordered it a buyer on ebay residing in Hong Kong, the item shipped from UK!, surprising considering the shipping time and cost is low to send it from Hong Kong to where i am located.

      The case was very high quality and a superb fit with the tab, adding very little bulk but giving good protection and also looking extremely classy. I would recommend the case highly based on my use and quality of the product.

      I used to have a silicone case for my former tab the Galaxy 7″ and the IPad1. The key reason a silicon will be favored is for the lighter weight and it adds very little bulk. However most silicon cases don’t have a front case, and also makes the device look cheap. Considering the microfibre case i got was so light, i would not recommend the silicon case unless the device is going to be exposed to water and lot of dirt, in such situation the silicon case makes sense.

    1. if your settings has an auto brightness setting and it works, then you have a light sensor. Check setting the brightness to AUTO and then use the tab in say a dark place and a bright place and see if the sensor works.

  7. Nice review, much more comprehensive than mine. 🙂

    I didn’t bother with the HiSuite, the backup/restore functions didn’t work for me unfortunately.

    The HC UI is just too laggy compared to the iPad, ICS (at least in the beta form) doesn’t improve the experience significantly.

    So, I’m using iPad 3 much more than the Mediapad now. 🙂

    1. Thanks 🙂 Agree, frankly none of the Android i have used (Galaxy Tab 7/10.1, Acer A500, MediaPad) are fluid compared to an IPad, as the key selling point of the IPad is its ultra smooth UI interactions. It seems though the Droid tablets compete with the IPad, the user base is actually very different.

      I too have a IPad2 which currently has been taken ranson by my 3 year old. The quality of apps and ease of use remains key selling points in addition to the wonderfully smooth UI of Apple IPad devices.

      However the limitations imposed by ITunes specially in syncing, and the lack of any proper USB/MicrosD or BT file transfer to allow easy transfer of content is one area that the Droid devices shine.

      1. It’s definitely easier to transfer files on Android… but I only need to do this maybe less than 5% of the time. So that means 95% of the time, iPad is the winner!

    1. The widget is called Power Control Plus. The free edition is usually good enough, but has an annoying trait that it reminds you to buy the full version everyday. However its the nicest widget with the whole gammot that i came across. In my case the direct button to enable wireless or usb tethering, and to go to the to the 3G option was very useful.

  8. Hi Rayaz,

    Well, I’ll start by saying what a great review it is. Good work man. Keep it up.

    How well does the device work with MS Word and Excel? Will I be able to create, edit and save data on files I already have? I am about to buy one and these are essential requirements. Also need your help with contacting the dealer in SL.

    Again, Great review and really happy for you.

    1. The bundled office application is pretty decent, and should be fine. The other apps just look nicer, but some don’t do things as well as this.

      Mitech computers in Unity Plaza are the retailer for direct purchase, I am not sure what the direct price is. I got it through dialog (mobitel also gives it) since Mitech at that time could not match the price the telcom vendors were giving it.

      1. Hi Rayaz,

        Thanks for the quick reply. I checked out Mitech Computers and the price is 61k SL Rupees approx. So, people are better off buying it off the service providers. So far, Dialog, Mobitel and Etisalat have this and the same price on all three.

  9. Very nice review. How can I specify the Mediapad from its cousin Mediapad S7-301w. Does it have a brand number mr any special identifier?? Pls I want to buy this by proxy. Thanks for ur help.

  10. Very nice review. How can I specify the Mediapad from its cousin Mediapad S7-301w. Does it have a brand number mr any special identifies?? Pls I want to buy this by proxy. Thanks for ur help.

  11. Great REViEW! Great job!

    When and where i can find ICS update? I bought HUWAEI today 😀

    Also, i downloaded that update from their site, 330mb, but i don know how to run that update? :/
    I have micro sd card 1gb 😀

    1. A great place to see how the ICS build is progressing is http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1395259. However if you are using the tab for daily use, i would say hold on in another 1-2 months the official update should roll out.

      Running the update. 1GB is fine!
      1. Back your applications using HSuite
      2. Back your contacts to your Google account and the SMS messages using the app SMS backup
      3. Copy the update file into your SD card (see instructions on the update on the folder you need to make)
      4. Restart your tablet after inserting the SD card
      5. Update will start automatically
      6. Once it ends it will ask to remove the card, PLEASE remove if not it goes into a never ending cycle of updating
      7. Once it restarts wait, as it will restart again (seems it updates the internal apps after the first boot)

    1. The tablet comes with an office application called Yozo office. While it was not one of the well known apps it does its job, and i found that it even supported review comments and looked like the desktop version than the better known products for Word documents! The app allows edits and creation as well as viewing.

      You can find an update to allow calls and text, and what i hear is that the most current honeycomb officially now has calls and messaging. I am waiting for ICS, so i did not try the most recent (Jan 21 build), but have the one just prior to that. In my version i can now do SMS messaging, though the Jan build should allow you calls as well.

  12. Can someone please post a link to the new B016 rooted rom dated 21/01/2012. I dont have linux on my pc for rooting. Thank you in advance.

  13. Thank you for your kind review…

    A few questions… How large is your extended SD Card? Is it microSD or a standard size? How about the SD card speed… would the tablet performance be better if we use faster SD card?

    TQvm

    1. Currently I use a 8gb class 4 patriot sdhc card. The i just got a 32gb sdhc will update once i test with da larger Faster card. The the device only supports microsd.

      Most of the cards seems to have very poor write performance for small files.

      1. Thanks for the link, and fortunately my 32GB card is a Class 4. However Sandisk cards tend to have better performance usually than the rated speeds, but as mentioned if there is a limit on the throughput until ICS rolls out for this device, i wont see much improvement. I am yet to stress the device by playing any 1080P media out of the card, 720p has worked fine for FLV and MP4 formats.

    1. Currently the device does not have this feature since Honeycomb does not support this. But with the upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) it will be able to do SMS and phone calls. I noticed in some forums people have been able to get the SMS working, but i have not tried it out.

      1. First of all, thanks for the review! I hadn’t even thought about HiSuite and its backup/restore capabilities before you pointed it out, and I have owned the device for a few weeks. 😀

        That’s incorrect actually. There is a Huwaei APK you can install to have phone/messaging on the Mediapad on Honeycomb. (I don’t remember if you had to be rooted or if it worked on the stock device.)

        You can find the APK on XDA for instance or use google and search for: “HuaweiMediaPadPhone.apk”

        Works really well for me both using it as a speakerphone, BT headset or corded headset.

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