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Huawei SpringBoard review

7.1/10 AVG.
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7.1/10
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The Huawei SpringBoard currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

Good looking and portable, the Huawei MediaPad offers the kind of all-round experience that even some of the big players on the field would find hard to match. With some aggressive pricing, the MediaPad will be an easily justifiable purchase. We loved the build quality and the tablet seemingly packs...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
TabletPCReview

If tiny faults from which the Huawei MediaPad suffers from are neglected, concerning the camera and speaker quality (as well as short battery life), this is one of the most attractive 7-inch tablets on the market. The display has a dazzling resolution, which combined with exceptional hardware, makes...

- Dragan Petric, TabletPCReview
PhoneArena

For the current price of $179.99 after rebate, there’s a lot to like about the T-Mobile SpringBoard. Its Android Honeycomb experience is easy to use, and feels quick with the 1.2GHz dual-processor and 1GB of RAM. We also appreciate the 4G data speeds, which provide for fast web page downloads,...

- FAUguy, PhoneArena
PC Magazine

The T-Mobile Springboard 4G offers a great 7-inch tablet experience in a high-quality design, as long as you're willing to write off the camera. The aluminum construction and excellent display outclass the Acer Iconia Tab A100. But at $430 without a contract, the Springboard is pricier than most oth...

- Eugene Kim, PC Magazine
Android Community

What tablet would I choose? For me personally the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the clear winner here. While the Springboard’s amazingly durable design and build quality is nice the aluminum is extra heavy and the squared edges makes it feel fatter then it really is. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus feels bet...

- Cory Gunther, Android Community


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Screen Size
7"

The Huawei SpringBoard's screen size is 7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Snapdragon MSM8260 Dual-Core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4100mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4100 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 12 days standby time, 6 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Huawei SpringBoard Specs

Overview
Release date November 22, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
1700/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
HSPA+
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Snapdragon MSM8260 Dual-Core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 6 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 6 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Unknown
Colors
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.0 x 12.9 x 1.0 cm (7.5 x 5.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 400 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP4, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): T-Mobile SpringBoard, Huawei MediaPad, Huawei MediaPad 4G

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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

It's hard to beat the Huawei MediaPad on quality - you're getting some of the best hardware on the market right now

Good looking and portable, the Huawei MediaPad offers the kind of all-round experience that even some of the big players on the field would find hard to match. With some aggressive pricing, the MediaPad will be an easily justifiable purchase. We loved the build quality and the tablet seemingly pa...More

Good looking and portable, the Huawei MediaPad offers the kind of all-round experience that even some of the big players on the field would find hard to match. With some aggressive pricing, the MediaPad will be an easily justifiable purchase. We loved the build quality and the tablet seemingly packs all the features you can wish for - a high-res screen, microHDMI pot and plenty of processing power encased in an aluminum unibody. Okay, the camera could have been better (and that's putting it lightly), but we were never big fans of tablet photography anyway. The real problem is that the market for 7" Android tablet is currently ruled by $200-$250 slates. The MediaPad is hands-down better than most of those, but people are looking to spend as little as possible.

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TabletPCReview

A solid tablet with an excellent display

from TabletPCReview

If tiny faults from which the Huawei MediaPad suffers from are neglected, concerning the camera and speaker quality (as well as short battery life), this is one of the most attractive 7-inch tablets on the market. The display has a dazzling resolution, which combined with exceptional hardware, makes for a powerful multimedia platform. Many users will see the fact that the tablet comes with pure Android OS as an advantage, with just a few added games installed on the device. Furthermore, Huawei's promise of the upcoming upgrade to ICS also leaves a good impression. As the MediaPad is relatively slim and light, it stands out from the crowd of 7-inch tablet competitors. True, some of the Samsung Galaxy Tab models are thinner, but the MediaPad has a more durable build....

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If tiny faults from which the Huawei MediaPad suffers from are neglected, concerning the camera and speaker quality (as well as short battery life), this is one of the most attractive 7-inch tablets on the market. The display has a dazzling resolution, which combined with exceptional hardware, makes for a powerful multimedia platform. Many users will see the fact that the tablet comes with pure Android OS as an advantage, with just a few added games installed on the device. Furthermore, Huawei's promise of the upcoming upgrade to ICS also leaves a good impression. As the MediaPad is relatively slim and light, it stands out from the crowd of 7-inch tablet competitors. True, some of the Samsung Galaxy Tab models are thinner, but the MediaPad has a more durable build.

 

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PhoneArena

Construction feels well made and solid overall

from PhoneArena

For the current price of $179.99 after rebate, there’s a lot to like about the T-Mobile SpringBoard. Its Android Honeycomb experience is easy to use, and feels quick with the 1.2GHz dual-processor and 1GB of RAM. We also appreciate the 4G data speeds, which provide for fast web page downloa...More

For the current price of $179.99 after rebate, there’s a lot to like about the T-Mobile SpringBoard. Its Android Honeycomb experience is easy to use, and feels quick with the 1.2GHz dual-processor and 1GB of RAM. We also appreciate the 4G data speeds, which provide for fast web page downloads, and the 16GB of on-board storage gives ample room for your files. The 7” HD display also does a nice job with images and text, and viewing angles are good, though it can be tough to see in sunlight. The only downfall we find on the SpringBoard is with its camera, as images and videos look bad enough that it’s not even worth using. Alternatives are the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus ($70 more with a contract) or the budget Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet.

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PC Magazine

A solid small-screen tablet choice for those looking for cellular internet, but it is hard to justify the cost when compared with higher-end or budget

from PC Magazine

The T-Mobile Springboard 4G offers a great 7-inch tablet experience in a high-quality design, as long as you're willing to write off the camera. The aluminum construction and excellent display outclass the Acer Iconia Tab A100. But at $430 without a contract, the Springboard is pricier than most...More

The T-Mobile Springboard 4G offers a great 7-inch tablet experience in a high-quality design, as long as you're willing to write off the camera. The aluminum construction and excellent display outclass the Acer Iconia Tab A100. But at $430 without a contract, the Springboard is pricier than most other 7-inchers, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus at $400. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 is lighter, but it also has a lower-resolution 1,024-by-600-pixel display. Whether that's enough to justify the higher price tag will depend on consumers, but with the price of the Springboard approaching iPad levels, T-Mobile may have a hard time moving its newest tablet.

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Android Community

Amazingly durable design and build quality

from Android Community

What tablet would I choose? For me personally the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the clear winner here. While the Springboard’s amazingly durable design and build quality is nice the aluminum is extra heavy and the squared edges makes it feel fatter then it really is. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus feels...More

What tablet would I choose? For me personally the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the clear winner here. While the Springboard’s amazingly durable design and build quality is nice the aluminum is extra heavy and the squared edges makes it feel fatter then it really is. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus feels better, it’s more comfortable and is much lighter during daily usage. Pair that with the small but enjoyable changes with the Samsung TouchWiz UX the entire experience was just a tad better for me. The extra price you pay would definitely be worth it. Although, if you need the extra options such as a micro-USB port and micro-HDMI for accessories or video playback that is one area the Springboard has a clear advantage.

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PCWorld

This tablet stands apart with a crisp display and light weight design

from PCWorld

The T-Mobile SpringBoard provides a terrific high-resolution screen, and it's a good choice if you want a connected 7-inch Android tablet. That said, I could more easily recommend this product at its $380 (with rebate) all-in price if it didn't have a two-year commitment behind it, or a convolute...More

The T-Mobile SpringBoard provides a terrific high-resolution screen, and it's a good choice if you want a connected 7-inch Android tablet. That said, I could more easily recommend this product at its $380 (with rebate) all-in price if it didn't have a two-year commitment behind it, or a convoluted payment scheme (even if you can upgrade sooner, you'd have to finish paying the device's monthly installments). Regardless, in light of the Nook Tablet launch, the SpringBoard feels a bit expensive. And the contract-free $430 price for the SpringBoard is too high for this fast-moving tablet market.

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TabletPCReview

An excellent device for the price

from TabletPCReview

Those looking for a connected tablet experience should strongly consider the SpringBoard. T-Mobile's network is speedy enough to support tablet activities, and the fact that it won't charge extra to those that exceed their data cap is a plus for the cost conscience. On top of that, the SpringBoar...More

Those looking for a connected tablet experience should strongly consider the SpringBoard. T-Mobile's network is speedy enough to support tablet activities, and the fact that it won't charge extra to those that exceed their data cap is a plus for the cost conscience. On top of that, the SpringBoard is easily one of the best all-around Honeycomb tablets and marks an impressive debut for Huawei.

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Laptop Magazine

The Springboard offers solid performance, scores of apps, and Android Honeycomb in a slim, attractive package, but the battery life could be better

Laptop Magazine

The T-Mobile Springboard provides a full Android Honeycomb experience with tons of apps and speedy 4G data in a lightweight 7-inch package. Just don't be fooled by the $179 up-front price, which at first seems cheaper than the $199 Kindle Fire. Over time you'll be paying $379 for this tablet, plu...More

The T-Mobile Springboard provides a full Android Honeycomb experience with tons of apps and speedy 4G data in a lightweight 7-inch package. Just don't be fooled by the $179 up-front price, which at first seems cheaper than the $199 Kindle Fire. Over time you'll be paying $379 for this tablet, plus at least $19.99 per month for data. Another drawback is this tablet's less-than-stellar battery llife. Overall, the T-Mobile Springboard is a solid choice for shoppers who want an attractive and portable multimedia Android slate, but you'll want to make sure you really need 4G connectivity before signing up.

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Engadget

It's fast and long-lasting with a handsome design

from Engadget

The Huawei MediaPad -- make that the T-Mobile Springboard -- is a very nice tablet. Before unleashing the world's umpteenth Honeycomb tablet, Huawei made sure it was speedy, well-built and longevous, with a high-quality IPS display and halfway decent camera thrown in for good measure. T-Mobile's...More

The Huawei MediaPad -- make that the T-Mobile Springboard -- is a very nice tablet. Before unleashing the world's umpteenth Honeycomb tablet, Huawei made sure it was speedy, well-built and longevous, with a high-quality IPS display and halfway decent camera thrown in for good measure. T-Mobile's reliable HSPA+ network is also a pleasant surprise, though we probably would have liked this tab even without that added perk.

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Mobile Tech Review

Good materials and build quality, great specs, high resolution display

from Mobile Tech Review

We like Huawei's first higher end tablet offering in the US, and they're off to a good start. The tablet is well put together with quality materials and it has a very high resolution display that's sharp and bright. It's quite fast and is a champ at video playback. But the sometime truculent touc...More

We like Huawei's first higher end tablet offering in the US, and they're off to a good start. The tablet is well put together with quality materials and it has a very high resolution display that's sharp and bright. It's quite fast and is a champ at video playback. But the sometime truculent touch screen is a minor annoyance (we found ourselves pressing twice until we got in the habit of pressing harder). We would have liked to see faster HSPA+ speeds, and more stable speeds, but that's something a firmware update could probably fix. And lastly, T-Mobile's pricing methodology seems either cagey or designed to confuse customers. Just buy it outright if you can afford it for approximately $430; tablets evolve too quickly to be locked to a model for 2 years anyhow.

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