The Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite is only suited for basic web browsing and using light apps. For the price of €249, or $318 USD, at the time of review, there are tablets available such as the Nexus 7, which is noticeably more responsive when compared side-by-side and retails for $199 for the 16GB model. The Nexus 7 outperforms the MediaPad 7 Lite on many levels; specs, design, and performance.
For international travelers, the SIM card capabilities are very appealing. It’s easy to quickly turn this tablet into a full-fledged phone, which some might find to be a selling point with this device. It should be noted, it does not have an earpiece, so users will need to rely on headphones for private calls. Also, I cannot vouch for the functionality of its 3G capabilities since I was unable to test them.
Bottom line, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite is not a horrible tablet, but it’s far from the best in its class, which makes it hard to recommend to those in the market for an inexpensive 7-inch tablet. It may be nice looking, but it’s heavy, and the keyboard functionality drove me crazy. The most appealing aspect is the fact that it has Google Play, an undisturbed Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 OS, and can be used a phone. The Huawei is currently shipping to China, Taiwan, the Philippines, South Africa, Russia, and Germany for €249. There is no current news on the Mediapad 7 Lite’s availability in America at the time of review.