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T-Mobile Springboard Tablet Review

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T-Mobile Springboard is another state of art, sophisticated tablet PC in foray 7” tab PCs arena. This is no new product line, since other devices such as Samsung Galaxy 7.0 Plus is already there to compete with. The distinguishing factor this device has is that it is available on contract with an upfront payment of $179 and comes with a High Speed data plan. The device is available without contract plans but in that cases its bit expensive.

Pros

  • Since device is small in size (7” display), it’s easier to hold and use it on the move.
  • Reading long texts and browsing net is swift and its compact size kind of permits holding it for long time.
  • Since device has faced the market (it was originally launched in June 2011 by the name of Media Pad), robustness is guaranteed.

Cons

  • If bought on the contract then one is bound to T-Mobile and cannot change the provider during that time.
  • Not mentioned otherwise, but a monthly bill of around $10 is also associated with device (apart from contract costs), which makes it a bit pricey due to recurring cost.
  • On the other hand if the device is bought without contract then it comes out in the range of $430, which is again on the higher side.

This device is a remodeled version of Huawei Media Pad launched in June this year. The device can support Speeds up to 14.4 Mbps (HSPA+) and also has WiFi connectivity option in case one needs. Running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz processor, the device is quite fast and energetic. With internal memory of 8GB, and display resolution of 1280 x 800, it’s quite a niche.

T-Mobile Springboard Technical Specifications

  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS
  • Snapdragon 1.2 GHz Processor (Dual Core)
  • GPS Support
  • 227 PPI Display
  • 8 GB internal Storage
  • Micro SD support (Memory Expansion)
  • 5 Mega Pixel Camera
  • WiFi
  • Blockbuster and Netflix preloaded for swift movie access
  • Weighing just 390 gms (0.86 pounds)

With the supported screen resolution, watching movies, taking pictures or for that matter checking emails on the move is quite remarkable and imposing. This definitely matters since the device supports 3G and the people buying it surely want it to be their reliable travel companion, unlike other tabs which does not supports 3G and only supports WiFi with limited connectivity and movement.

Stereo speakers on the top are quite audible, nevertheless the sound is bit sharp, not to mention the standard 3.5 mm jack it supports. Another aspect of the device, which is worth mention, is that it has its own proprietary charger, along with cable unlike some other devices, which support micro USB port charging as well. This small form factor tablet supporting mobile broadband bears remarkable resemblance to HTC Flyer, although handling it is much smoother, due to rationalized shape.

Price

Depends whether you are taking with contract of your service provider or not, otherwise the device costs a little bit more than $400. This device can be yours after a down payment of $179.99 and 2 year agreement with T-Mobile.

Checkout the details of T-Mobile Springboard here.

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  1. PythonSkynet

    November 14, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    nice detailed review of the new Tab

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