UPS AND DOWNS: HUAWEI MATE PAD T10S

BEST FOR THE YOUNG ONES AND YOUNG ONCE

Besides my iPad, most of the tablets I’ve had were made by Huawei as I always liked their design, versatility and loud speakers. And since Huawei also made sure to offer a tablet for almost every price point, it was really an easy recommendation.

That aggressiveness didn’t stop despite the COVID-19 pandemic, as Huawei released the MatePad Pro—their answer to the iPad Pro followed by the MatePad for those looking for a more affordable alternative. 

During the last quarter of the year, the company again followed it up with even more budget friendly alternatives—the MatePad T10s and its smaller sibling the MatePad T10.

If you want the features of Huawei’s top-tier MatePad tablet but isn’t keen on spending Php 20K, the MatePad T 10S might be the one you need. 

Here’s our Ups and Downs Review of the Huawei MatePad T10S 

Huawei MatePad T10s specs:

  • 10.1-inch FHD 1920 x 1200 display
  • 2GHz octa-core Kirin 710A + Mali G51 GPU
  • 3GB RAM + 64GB storage with MicroSD storage for up to 512GB
  • Camera: 5MP f/2.2 rear camera 2MP f/2.4 front camera
  • Dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS
  • 3.5mm audio jack, USB 2.0 Type-C
  • Harman Kardon loudspeakers
  • 5,100mAh battery
  • EMUI 10.1 (Based on Android 10)

UNBOXING :  The Huawei Matepad T10 comes in the usual white box with a photo of the tablet and Huawei branding. The package includes tablet, a sim tray ejector tool, USB charging cable, and the wall adapter. Pretty standard but you get everything you need, and if you wait for a promo you might even get a tablet cover as a freebie.

BUILD AND DESIGN:  The design of the Huawei MatePad T10s is fabu, UP. You get a mostly metal body with some small plastic part for the antennas. The color, which they call “Deepsea Blue,” is a good choice. Its distinguishable from all the black slabs—its shines but isn’t glossy and looks quite premium. The finish does leave some fingerprints and smudges, but can be easily wiped off. It has quite a solid build and you won’t get any creaking sounds if you try and twist it a bit—unlike some other tablets I’ve tested. This is important as the market of the Huawei MatePad T10s are also children. It measures 7.85mm, and weighs 450g.

On the back is the 5MP camera in one corner, then the Huawei branding logo in the middle. On one of the long sides you’ll find microphone holes, the power/lock button, and the volume rocker. They give you just the right clicky feel when you press on it. 

On the short side there’s the loudspeaker grilles, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port, and the SIM card tray.

The tablet has a sleek profile, and it’s easy to hold it with two hands in both orientations. The curved sides give you a bit of extra grip and its not too heavy so you or your kid wouldn’t have a problem holding it for a long while. But as always I suggest you get a cover case to give it an extra protection not only from bumps and drops but in case you accidentaly place something heavy on top of it. 

I also give its DISPLAY an UP because for someone like me who uses it mainly to read comics and books and watch videos the 10.1 1920 x 1200  Full HD display (224 PPI) resolution is great. It has well-saturated colors even when viewed in different angles, decent contrast, and sharpness. Brightness level is very comfortable when watching downloaded movies, or from streaming sites like VIU or Netflix.

The audio is also great UP. Now I kind of expected this as I’ve always loved the speakers on a Huawei tablet. You get Harman Kardon-tuned stereo speakers—that give you loud and clear audio—making your viewing experience even more inmersive. You also get some bass and for its price point you won’t get anything better when it comes to speaker quality. Maybe that’s also the reason why they don’t include earphones so you’d use the loudspeaker more often.

PERFORMANCE: The MatePad T 10S has a HUAWEI Kirin 710A with 4 x Cortex-A73 2.0 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 1.7 GHz, Mali G51 and a 3GB RAM which makes it a fairly capable device. UP.

You get Android 10 out of the box with EMUI 10, and is mainly supported by Huawei’s own Huawei Mobile Services core and you can get the apps you need via AppGallery. UP? We’ll talk about it in a bit.

Productivity is decent with the tablet, and for average users, they wouldn’t notice any lag or slowdown with daily use. 

Like I said in the beginning this tablet is more for the younger kids who play casual games and best for older people who just like to browse the web check their social media feeds and use a few apps and play the usual puzzle games. You can also do some productivity stuff, but that mostly is answering emails, and sharing feed updates. Connectivity works fine and it can easily connect to your home WiFi, and pair with other devices like the Huawei watch, Huawei fitness bands and earphones quickly.

Now for THE HUAWEI AppGallery

While its easy to give the lack of Google Play an automatic DOWN, Huawei’s APP Gallery has actually become a quite capable alternative for sourcing the apps you need. As the third largest app distributor in the world you’ll find most of the apps in the APP Gallery. With the addition of the Petal Search widget—which I think is still the best thing to happen to the APP Gallery, you don’t Now need to download other app markets like APTOIDE, APK MONK etc as Petal Search will give you direct links as to where you can download the app you need.  You can search for any app even if it’s unavailable in Huawei’s App Gallery like Google Classroom or Quipper. 

For GMAIL, YouTube and other Google Apps you can use your browser to access them and with a little bit of patience you can find other workarounds.  Can you use the MAtePad T10s for E-learning? Yes, but it will still depend on the apps you need to work with.

There’s also lot of apps here that are very educational, especially designed for kids like Azoomee, ABC Spelling, Math Kids Learning, Baby Panda’s School Bus and so much more. You and the family can bond over these apps to explore, play and learn at home together just in time for the Christmas season.

If you are getting the MatePad T10S for a toddler or preschooler, Kids Corner – a dedicated area with preinstalled recorder, camera, multimedia and painting apps will allow them to explore their creativity while being safe online. You can easily manage time, apps, and other content here allowing multiple designated time limit intervals throughout the day giving them the right balance of play and study. 

Another feature that gets an UP from us Eye Comfort mode. Certified by TÜV Rheinland for low blue light emissions.  Eye Comfort mode can effectively reduce blue light and adjust the screen to show warmer colours, relieving eye fatigue and protecting user eyesight. This is perfect for your kids to avoid eye strain during their online class sessions. The eBook mode on the other hand, adjusts the colours on display to offer a paper-like reading giving users the ultimate comfortable experience.

The last UP goes to its 5000mAh battery, which again does the job for moderate users. It can easily last up to 18 hours using it for a variety of tasks including social media browsing, video playback, and gaming. 

NOW FOR THE DOWNS;

Actually there are only a few DOWNS for the MatePad T10s, the first of which is the Camera.  Its not bad, but you can only expect so much from a single 5MP f/2.2 rear camera and

2MP f/2.4 front camera. It works for those video calls and zoom meetings or for taking quick photos of documents or stuff you need to immediately send. Afterall, no one buys a tablet primarily for its camera anyway. Photos taken in good lighting are decent for social media upload or sharing as long as you don’t need very detailed shots.

The other thing letdown is its charging speed. While the MatePad T10s does have USB Type C it doesn’t support fast charging so fully charging it takes a while.

FINAL WORD: If you are looking for a tablet to give your kid, a nephew or your parents, the Huawei MatePad T10 S is a pretty good choice. It has a nice display, loud clear speakers, good battery life and a very capable entertainment and casual gaming device. Its also good for ELearning just check the apps you need first. 

The MatePad T 10S is priced at Php 12,999.

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