Editor «Device-Boom» two weeks testing the flagship musical tablet Huawei MediaPad M2 and was convinced of the truth of the well-known folk wisdom about what the availability of options “shine” does not always mean Supplies segment to “gold”.
There are premium tablets: glazed, cool, powerful, beautiful. Metal and glass, smart displays, giant batteries, ergonomics, and the great price.
There are good tablets of an average price segment. Sturdy workhorses: the Internet and sit and play games. Stars from the sky are not enough, and spend their money but often even better than the flagship.
And there are a “state employees”: angular, entirely made up of compromises, braking and unsightly. But can afford them almost every.
Huawei MediaPad M2, the new tablet from Huawei, aiming in the first category, but hardly falls into the second, falling to his knees in the third.
Huawei MediaPad M2: Design screen
Striving to be the flagship of the Huawei MediaPad M2 emphasizes its design. The full metal housing of the tablet, and even gold. Huawei MediaPad M2 is really great looks and looks a bit like an enlarged HTC One. Collected, though not perfectionists: something funny and then squeaks.
When the display Huawei MediaPad M2 is turned off, it seems that he has no framework at all. This impression disappears, you only press the power button: it turns out that the scope still exists and, unfortunately, quite thick. Besides image appears to be recessed into the plate, which further enhances the feeling that you peer into the aquarium.
The screen is generally good: FullHD-resolution, deep blacks, no glare in the sun. There is, however, one big “but”, which negates all the advantages of the display. It’s a strange automatic adjustment of color. Depending on what is not entirely clear factors in different applications the same colors look different. Moreover, the similar effect was observed even within one application. The main color of the application “FB” for Android, light blue, in the blink of an eye is dark blue, you only move the shutter selecting a category on the left side of the screen. Color correction can not be disabled, and very curious to see what it was all invented.
Huawei MediaPad M2: Sound
Huawei MediaPad M2 positioned as a music Pad: two stereo speakers and high-quality audio chip – all created and configured in collaboration with Harman Kardon, one of the leaders in the audio industry.
As a result, we have really loud speakers through which you can listen to music. Do not wait on the Huawei MediaPad M2 level audio system, but it sounds a tablet better than almost all existing analogs.
But the sound of the headphones a little disappointed. When both the producer and the other reviewers say that musical table Huawei MediaPad M2, wait for the sound level of Bang & Olufsen. And here … Very good, better than most Android-plates, but no more.
However, to understand that all the “bad”, you need to disable the settings “automatic” better “sound” (why, Huawei?). I do not even remember what was its original name because for me he is still “Bochkarev” – according to the sound, which he drives to the headphones. And another thing: never, never run “native” music player – no EQ, presence applications, which ignores the tags, sorting songs alphabetically and curve interface unlikely to make your life better.
Huawei MediaPad M2: Performance
But a little disappointed by the sound of nothing compared to the disappointment of the performance. Mediapad M2 slows down while scrolling icons in a horizontal orientation, not to mention the 3D-games, which then their frame rates resemble a storyboard of a film. If you are looking for a game pad, a few additional payments and buy an NVidia Shield. In general, buy it instead of Huawei MediaPad M2, even if the look and gameplay.
Another scare some applications in Chinese (and this despite the fact that the main language of the firmware – Russian), not optimized for large diagonal icons, strange notice from the built-in programs (sometimes all in the same Chinese). The same shell, EMUI, which is on the Smartphone Huawei really looks good, there seems to be some terribly crooked port with a deliberate device. In Android, and so there are problems with optimized for large screen tablet applications, and Huawei MediaPad M2 are illustrated this defect is incredibly clear.
It’s funny that while in the tablet preferences openly proudly calls himself a “phone”. For software, the difference between the tablet and the phone did not, but for the user – even what. The tablet – is not just an enlarged smartphone, and it’s a pity that Huawei does not understand. Like, do not realize that the Chinese leave the application on the device.
What is the main difference between a good and bad Tablet? Going at it with a top-class device, you do not feel deprived. Yes, you notice a compromise, something that can cause irritation, sometimes, a little miss some of the features of your favorite tablet, but overall there is a burning desire to return. This was the case with Honor 6 Plus, a beautiful smartphone from the same Huawei. And this is not the Huawei MediaPad M2.
Huawei MediaPad M2: Price
Much can justify the price: to ask from some the Nexus 7 performance iPad Air 2 silly, but it works off the money with interest. But that’s low MediaPad M2 called something and can not. If you are principled support for LTE or 3G in the plate, with the money you’re adding quite a bit, buy iPad mini 2, which is better in every way. Or Nexus 9, which is better in almost everything. However, the 16-gigabyte version, but I would have done so. And buy a tablet that will slow down as you scroll through the menu, and you can not at the 350$. And believe me, in this case, support for LTE does not solve anything.
Huawei MediaPad M2 Pros:
- Beautiful design, aluminum housing
- Loudspeakers and good sound in the headphones
- Support for LTE
Huawei MediaPad M2 Cons:
- Poor performance
- Unoptimized software
- Strange auto-tuning color
- “The phone”? Are you seriously?