The SpringBoard is a very good 7-inch tablet. The hardware is impressive and the screen is one of the best we?ve seen. It?s also one of the most stable Honeycomb tablets, provided it?s not running Netflix.
Two all-too-common flaws mar this Android tablet though: bloatware and lousy speakers. I?ll also add underwhelming battery performance and an Android Market that is still missing key apps. For many, the fact that the tablet is only available through a carrier is also an issue, and I think it?s a lost opportunity for Huawei, who could have made a real splash with a more competitively priced Wi-Fi only SpringBoard. At launch, its off-contract price of $430 roughly matches some devices and exceeds other Honeycomb tablets.
That said, those looking for a connected tablet experience should strongly consider the SpringBoard. T-Mobile’s network is speedy enough to support tablet activities, and the fact that it won’t charge extra to those that exceed their data cap is a plus for the cost conscience. On top of that, the SpringBoard is easily one of the best all-around Honeycomb tablets and marks an impressive debut for Huawei.