Purchasing a back-to-school computer or television is a significant investment that not many families can make right now. Therefore, the Huawei MatePad T8 tablet of $ 2,999 MXN might seem an attractive and, above all, affordable solution.
But before the parents open the wallet, we decided to do a little exercise and put it to the test to see if, even without Google services, the device could be a good solution.
Huawei MatePad T8: an 8-inch classroom
Let’s imagine that parents need a screen for their little one to watch the SEP videos that are broadcast on open television.
If they do not have a television available for each child, they could opt for the Huawei MatePad T8 with an 8-inch screen and access YouTube to see them through the official channel Learn in House II or on third-party channels that reproduce the transmissions that pass on TV.
As the newest Huawei equipment, including this tablet, does not have Google services, they must enter YouTube through the browser and look for the transmission of the day and grade of their interest: “September 27, 3rd grade.”
A tip to speed up the process of entering YouTube is to find the channel that you like the most and select the menu in the upper left corner of the browser to create a shortcut on the main screen from the tablet.
In our experience with the Huawei MatePad T8, third-party channels with streams might be a better option to view SEP material, as the official channel constantly invites viewers to click on links that are in the description, which can be tedious when not using the YouTube app.
Instead, alternate streams already have all the content (including league content) in a single video.
How to make video calls
The tablet Huawei MatePad T8 has a 2MP front camera which honestly doesn’t have the best image clarity so you need to use it in front of a light source. But it is enough to make video calls with the class or teachers.
If the school uses Google services, the student will be able to access calls from Google Meet when entering your Gmail account from the browser and click on the Google Meet link that the class shares with you.
Likewise, it is possible to create a shortcut to Google mail on the main screen.
In case they use Zoom, they can download the store / platform APKPure since AppGallery and thus download the Zoom application and install it.
The Sound quality of the Huawei MatePad T8 is decent considering that the tablet has a single speaker located at the bottom of the tablet. To make calls, it is best to get a few headphones with microphone and plug them into the 3.5mm jack from the top to avoid distractions and interruptions if there is a lot of noise at home.
When testing calls through the tablet, there were a couple of occasions when the screen briefly froze, and that is that the computer has only 2GB de RAM. The best thing to do in such cases is to close all apps before starting a call.
Finally, it is important to highlight the 5,100 mAh battery of the Huawei MatePad T8. From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., we put broadcasts of the Learn At Home II of the SEP at maximum brightness and the battery only dropped to 63%.
During the rest of the day we use it to make a couple of video calls from 15 minutes and to enter social networks, and at 6:00 PM we still had 24% of the battery.
An important recommendation is to charge it for a long time to start the day well, since with a battery at 5%, we need approximately 3 hours to reach 90%.
For parents with young children, the Huawei tablet kid’s zone, which is actually an application that opens a special interface with games and materials for young children, and that prevents them from accessing other tools on the MatePad T8.
If the child wants to get out of the “designated play area,” the adult must enter a numeric password, otherwise you will not be able to go to the main desktop.
And if the little one is very smart and thinks that he learned the pattern of the key, he is very wrong, well the app modifies the order of the numbers so that it is never the same movement of the fingers (yes, if the child already knows the numbers, then the parents should be more careful)
Price and availability
The Huawei MatePad T8 tablet costs $2,999.00 MXN and it is available in the official Huawei stores and in technology stores.