Optus My Tab review: Optus My Tab

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Typical Price: $279.00
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Very cheap. Good user experience. Android 2.1. Decent battery life.

The Bad Cheap, plastic build. Some performance limitations. Camera is rubbish. Recharging the battery takes hours.

The Bottom Line The Optus My Tab offers a far cheaper option for tablet lovers without too great a hit to its usability. Those who understand what it can and can't do will get great use out of this device.

7.4 Overall

With Christmas looming, tablet PCs are coming out of the woodwork. Though Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab seem like the reputable tablet options, budget entries from Telstra and Optus offer food for thought, if nothing else. The Optus My Tab is specced like the T-Touch Tab , but we knew it was a different, better budget Android tablet as soon as we stabbed at it with our fingers.

Design

Perhaps the best compliment we can give the ZTE-manufactured device is that it looks the part of a cheapish Android tablet. Its 7-inch screen sits within a piano-black bezel, which gives way to a plastic silver covering around the back. Emblazoned across the back of the My Tab is a large, friendly-looking Android as well as a second opportunity for Optus and ZTE to co-brand the handset.

The 7-inch centrepiece of the My Tab is a rather dull-looking TFT display which uses resistive touch technology for user input. For those in the know, this isn't a very appealing-sounding combination, though we have to say, this screen certainly serves its purpose. The touchscreen is surprisingly usable, requiring very little pressure to register a response. Its WVGA resolution adds to the underwhelming appearance of the images on the screen, but at the end of the day, it does its job of delivering information.

The tablet isn't too heavy either, in fact, at 350 grams the My Tab is the lightest of the 7-inch tablets we've come across to date. This is an important metric for comparing devices whose weight you'll likely support for long periods of time. The tablet also has a 3.5mm headphone socket, a micro-USB port and a microSD card slot fitted with 2GB of memory.

Features

Like most of the prepaid Android handsets we've encountered in 2010, the My Tab is a fairly bare-bones Android experience. It ships with Android version 2.1 (Eclair), so it comes with a decent suite of productivity tools, like Gmail, calendar and Google Maps. There's also the stock Android music player, stock video player and WebKit web browser.

The My Tab supports the basic range of connectivity options with HSDPA wireless compatible with the 900 and 2100MHz frequencies, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB. We've been testing the unit with an Optus prepaid SIM card installed and the service has been good in the Sydney CBD (as you might expect), delivering 2-3Mbps downloads and a respectable 60- to 70-millisecond latency.

Editors' Top PicksSee All

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    Starting at: $598.07
    4.5 stars

    The Galaxy S5 has once again proven Samsung’s ability to make an attractive high-end smartphone....

  • HTC One M8

    4.5 stars

    The HTC One has a successor in the form of the One M8. It's a 5-inch, quad-core Android...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    Starting at: $519.00
    5 stars

    Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is a beautifully designed, powerful smartphone that is positively...

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    Starting at: $348.00
    4.5 stars

    The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact takes the supercharged processor and 20-megapixel camera of...

 

Discuss Optus My Tab

Conversation powered by Livefyre