Huawei MediaPad M3 Android Tablet Review – 8.4 Inch iPad Mini Alternative
Taking a look today at the Huawei meteor pad m3. This is a 300 dollar 8.4 inch. Android tablet that, to me at least reminds me a lot of iOS just in its overall presentation of the apps on the homescreen. Here, even down to the settings screen where everything looks and feels almost identical to what you’d normally see on iOS, we saw the similar interface on one of their phones earlier in the year now we’re going to get into this, and maybe how it differs from the Ipad in just a second – but I do want to mention in the interest of full disclosure that this is on loan from Huawei, so we’re done with this, we send it back to them all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own. Nobody is paying for this review and no one is reviewing this content before it is posted, so let’s get into what makes this thing tick. We’Ve got an 8.4 inch IPS display running at 2560 by 1600. So this is a what you would call a Retina display in the Apple world, 359 pixels per inch. It is powered by Huawei’s own processor, it’s called the high silicon Kirin octa core processor it’s got two components to it: basically, four cores that run faster and consume more power, but are good for when you’re playing games and other high demanding tasks, and they have some Lower powered cores that are good for web browsing and other things that will give you extended battery life.
As a result, you don’t really notice this happening. It will decide which core to choose based on what you’re doing and the battery life on. This is a good eight to ten hours and it’s for me, at least on par with what I’ve seen with my wife’s iPad Mini 4, so good battery life on this one. It has four gigabytes of RAM, which is very good to see on a android tablet. These days, you can very quickly switch between apps 32 gigabytes of internal storage, but they do have a SD card slot at the bottom, so you can plug in a micro SD card card into it and go up to 128 gigabytes maximum without having to spend more On your initial purchase price on the iPad, of course, you’ve got to spend more to get more storage on this one. You can add it at the bottom. If that 32 gigs is not enough, it is powered by Android 6.0 marshmallow. I do not know if they plan on updating this to new gets a new version of it, but I will try to find out an update down in the video description when we see that now it’s 300, this might be a little pricey, given what we’re, seeing In in the Android world, there are less expensive tablets like the k1 from Nvidia that we’ve looked at in the past. This one’s actually a little faster, also because it’s geared towards gaming, but it only has two gigs of RAM and a lower resolution display and it’s.
Also got a plastic case that may not be as durable as the metal on this one, so you are paying a little bit for the display, the RAM and the overall industrial design, which might be a little more rugged for folks. That might need that. So again, an all metal design very much like an iPad in its look and somewhat in its feel there isn’t much for reports on it, though so you can see on this side. There is nothing to speak of on the top. You just have a headphone jack and a speaker on the side. You’Ve got your volume rocker and your power switch and then on the bottom, just a micro, USB port, no USB type c. Interestingly enough, this is how you charge it. You could also probably plug in an OTG cable to plug USB devices into it, but you’ll also see there’s another speaker on the bottom, so you get a stereo sound out of this and it actually sounds pretty good. I was surprised really how loud it is and how actually detailed the audio can be on it. I did find you lose a lot of that detail when you cranked the sound up and you’ve got a noisy movie going on, but I was really impressed with the stereo separation and the overall audio quality on it. On the front, you’ve got a fingerprint sensor which works very well and what’s neat about it is that it’s got kind of a multifunction effect to it.
So this is a capacitive button. It doesn’t push, but you can do different things. So if I tap the button, I’ll go back here, as you can see on my browser. If I hold it down, it will bring me back to the home screen and then I can swipe to the left or right and get my multitasking options up on there. So it has a number of different functions that it does. You know when you hit the home button portion of it, because it does give you a little bit of haptic feedback, a little vibration when you hold it down, otherwise it will function like a back button. So you don’t have the locked in Android controls at the bottom and then you have all the other things. You’D normally see on Android like the pull down settings screen and everything else and it’s got two cameras on it. One on the front one. On the back. There are eight megapixel cameras, nothing crazy, but I guess passable. If you need to take a picture or take a quick video, it will shoot 1080p at 30 frames per second, but nothing more than that so decent enough for what you might want in a tablet. But cameras really are not the main focus of this and again it really does very much replicate the iOS experience. Performance is also pretty good on and I’m finding no issues browsing the web and doing other things. Although what I have found, at least here in the United States is this – does not support 5 gigahertz AC Wi Fi people take a little bit of a performance hit on the maximum Wi Fi speed.
So do keep that in mind. It was not able to get it on to my AC network here at the house, and there was an indication on their product specification page that this does not support 5 gigahertz in areas where FCC certification is required. But, as you can see here, web browsing on here does feel pretty good and responsive. Now. Multimedia is a big focus of this device. So this is something that, if you are a movie watcher, you might be quite pleased with the display. Here really looks nice, especially in darker seems like I’m getting here on this Star Wars movie. I have Plex running right now, so this is from my personal library running with a blu ray MKV, but it also works very well with Netflix and Amazon and other services and, as you know, Netflix and Amazon now allow you to download movies offline to your device When you’re on a plane or something and Amazon takes it a step further and lets you download to the SD card, it did a video on that not too long ago, and you can do that on Android and on an iOS of course, because iOS doesn’t support Sd cards, if you are an Amazon Prime viewer, this is a good choice, perhaps because you do get a really nice display and does playback movies quite well and they sound good both out of the headphones and out of the speakers. I did find, though, in apps like YouTube here when I’m running video at 1080p at 60 frames per second, it isn’t lagging, but you are going to see some dropped frames it’s not as smooth as 60 frames per second 1080p, as I would expect it to be.
Looking so this scene should my eyes look a little smoother than I am currently seeing it look, so I know it’s dropping some frames along the way there. So I think it might just be a function of YouTube’s, optimization or lack thereof for lower powered devices at 60 frames per second, but I just know that it won’t be perfect if you are watching a lot of gameplay footage and want really good 6 DP playback At least at the moment, this one won’t deliver that and of course you are hindered a bit especially here in the US. If the wireless AC doesn’t work all right so let’s just ears here and take a look at some gaming, so we’ve got the Minecraft Pocket Edition here running just fine on the tablet. So a good performance for that we can take a look at perhaps grand theft, auto vice city now, you’ll see just how quickly I could switch between them and that’s, because we have so much RAM on this device and you have a lot of ran. It makes it very easy to keep things loaded and running in the background and not have to wait to reload them in between. So you can begin very easily switch back and forth when you’ve got more RAM on your device like this, but things like grand theft auto here this is the vice city. Edition run great minecraft, as you saw there also work pretty well too, and on the 3dmark sling shot test.
We got a score of 1222, which does put it below the iPad Mini 4. But if you look over on the physics portion of the test, the huawei does a little better, because it’s CPU is more powerful. So I think that will benefit you when you’re browsing the web or doing other things that are more CPU intensive. But the iPad is a little faster graphically and, of course, the Nvidia shield k1 blows both of them out of the water. But that is really a gaming centric device. But the nice CPU in here does give us the ability to run things like the Ray cache. Dreamcast emulator at close to 60 frames per second it’s, just kind of pegged at 59 right now, but I would suspect, we’re, probably really getting a good full speed performance out of this emulator on here. I would not suggest this as a way of running the dolphin emulator which emulates the Gamecube, but you can do the Dreamcast very well, the PlayStation and all the way back through systems of the 90s 80s and 70. So the n64 should do well, as will all the 16 bit consoles and everything else, so these are performance out of here not as fast as the k1, obviously but good enough for a mid range tablet. So by and large this is a very good alternative to an iPad if you’re looking to spend a little less money, but I want to display quality and want comparable performance.
It definitely delivers that I think pretty well. There are some little touches here and there that you’ll notice, if you are very used to an iPad so, for example, as I’m scrolling through this page here. If my finger starts resting on the side of the screen or my maybe my wrist gets in there you’ll see that it thinks I want to zoom the screen in versus scroll and that’s. The one thing the iPads been a little bit better at is guessing what your intent is, because they certainly have very thinning bezels on these devices and it’s not hard to get your hand resting on the side of the screen. It advertently and it doesn’t always detect what you’re trying to do so it’s a little annoying, occasionally to be holding the device and then having to readjust the screen or adjust my hand to get it to stop zooming and go back to scrolling. So a couple little things here or there that you might notice that you’re very used to using an iPad. But overall I think Huawei has done another nice job on making a device that is very well built, performs well and cost less than something that feels very similar to this from another manufacturer, so very nice there now you can of course buy something that performs better Or the same for less money, but this comes back to our usual discussion of build quality and display quality, and perhaps in some cases like this one having a little bit more RAM might be helpful.
So you are paying for this industrial design you’re paying for this display, but you can get in for even 100 less than this one with something like the k1 tablet that we looked at not that long ago. That will give you better performance. So performance is what you’re after you can certainly go cheaper, but if you’re looking for something nicer in its feel and build quality and display that’s, why you might want to spend 100 more on this, and you can do that without having to spend another 100 more On an iPad, this is on Zeidman thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by my patreon supporters. If you want to help the channel you can, by contributing as little as 1 a month head over to londo TV, slash, patreon, to learn more and don’t.