Youthful and really useful

2015-04-11 00:00

IF your son or daughter is too old for a Leap Pad or toy tablet, but too young for their own “mummy or daddy one”, Huawei may have the solution.

The Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth is a device perfect for pupils or students. The device is also affordable for both markets.

The MediaPad is the tablet for playback of videos, music, social networking, Candy Crush and whatever else is the latest “in” app.

Running off the Android Jelly Bean operating system, the MediaPad is the device you pick to do a quick Google search of a research topic or, with some measure of patience, a fun way to complete an assignment.

With a 1,2 GHz processor, the tablet can perform basic tasks with ease and its seven-inch size also makes it portable and easy to stash away in a small bag or handbag.

Rest assured, the MediaPad is a reliable device, but it does have its downfalls. From its appearance, and interface, it is clear that the tablet was designed with the younger generation in mind. With that being said, the device offers a very standard facing VGA camera for taking selfies and video-calling, which in this day and age is a must for teens wanting to capture their own Kodak moments.

The rear camera doesn’t compensate much for the tablet’s capture quality either with a 3,51-megapixel camera.

Sporting a very pure form of the operating system, the device doesn’t offer many stunning features but works great as a first tablet.

But if looks aren’t your thing, and you often shy away from the camera, the MediaPad is the perfect companion, with a set-up very similar to that of a smartphone.

The tablet won’t do very well as a device for business, but checking, composing and sending e-mails can be done without hassle; the preloaded Kingsoft Office is also a bonus.

Don’t expect vivid quality viewing on the device, but at an attractive price the MediaPad 7 Youth is well worth it, despite lacking a few of the bells and whistles.

Let me know what you think, @KyleVenktess on Twitter.

• kyle.venktess@witness.co.za

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