Reviews of this tablet is not very much available on the Internet. Worst still, the website of the manufacturer also do not have information on this device. Something akin to a mystery surrounds this tab.
It has been wrongly referred to as DROIDPAD and H8 in many online references, coupled with incorrect product specifications.
While its product specifications can be considered decent, there is no surprises here. Product differentiation among recent android devices, especially those manufactured by Chinese companies, can be considered trivial and almost non existent.
However, the Droipad 8H manages to differentiate itself in 2 key departments. More on this later.
TECNO 8H KEY FEATURES
Detailed device specifications, images and video reviews can be viewed here.
A few things have changed since i penned my first thoughts on this product (read here);
- OTA updates now works, but not with a 64GB memory card. I was able to achieve the update with a 2GB card. The 64 GB card, however, works well for regularly usage.
- Though this tablet charges somewhat slowly, power inverters and generator effectively charges it. Not sure if this good fortune was a result of a bug fix from the systems update.
- Side loading apps is a tad faster but still generally slow.
- And I still do not know where Tecno hid the game data of the games that came bundled with the tablet. Gigabytes of space remains tied up.
DESIGN AND BUILD
The trend is for manufacturers to have their products encased in very beautiful and attractive retail packages. Unfortunately, It is also a fact that some of these packages are probably worth more than the device itself.
That is not the case with Tecno.
The black variant of the Tecno Droipad 8H that I chose came in an all black beautiful retail packaging, with gold lettering.
Unboxing the package, the Droipad is the first thing that stares you in the face.
Carefully thought out and put together, the mature and premium feel that the retail packaging exuded continues with the device itself. Predominantly black with gold trimmings at the top and bottom edges, the gold colour choice was also extended to the volume and power buttons.
Digging deeper into the packaging, you can not help but wonder why such a premium designed product would come with such austere accessories; Flip case, decent earpiece and the mandatory charger. That is all! Not even a memory card!
The flip case that comes with it fits snugly onto the tablet giving it a protective feel. For those familiar with Tecno products, their flip case design has become somewhat boring as it does not seem to have changed at all over the years.
The speakers on this device would blow your mind. Audio quality is rich, mature and loud enough. Playback via the 3.5mm jack is also very good. For the audiophiles out there, i recommend this. Do not look any further.
The stereo speakers are located on the face of the tablet on its top and lower edges.
After 12 hours of moderate mixed use; WiFi on all through, light video watching, music playback, a game of scrabble, etc, the battery stood at 49%. Shocking, but true. To think Tecno quoted only 9 hours battery life for this device.
With about 2,000 epub ebooks, a sprinkle of Pdf files and my choice ebook app, Mantano, reading has been a joy. Scrolling through my ebook collections is a breeze, with almost unnoticeable lag.
It is a highly saturated market for Android devices. The tablets, especially, have never fared as well as the phones. Moreso, manufacturers have intentional crippled the features of tablets for reasons best known to them.
I will definitely chose the Droipad over any other tablet in the market, mainly because it managed to find the sweet spot between quality and price.
Definitely not the best in the market, but the audio quality and battery life is definitely too hard to ignore.