Medion LifeTab P9514 Android tablet

Medion LifeTab P9514 review: A run-of-the mill Android tablet that's competitively priced

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  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5
  • User Rating

    3.50 / 5 (of 8 Reviews)


  • Competitive price
  • 3G connectivity
  • Decent display


  • Hefty weight
  • Average performance
  • Below average battery life

Bottom Line

There is nothing remarkable about the Medion LifeTab P9514 Android tablet aside from its price, but that's something most of its competitors can't match. For $499, this is a 32GB Android tablet with 3G connectivity, and that's its main selling point. All in all, an average tablet at a competitive asking price.

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Here at PC World, we think most Android tablets have one thing in common: they're all overpriced. So when a tablet lands on our desk that retails for under $500 and has 3G connectivity, 32GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot, we will sit up and take notice. This is essentially Medion's sale pitch for its LifeTab P9514 — a tablet that will sell exclusively through Aldi stores in Australia. The Medion LifeTab is a good all-round tablet at a reasonable price, but its a little too heavy for our liking.

Medion LifeTab P9514: Design and display

The Medion LifeTab P9514 looks like a pretty regular Android tablet. There's nothing remotely remarkable about its design, nor is there a single design feature that makes it stand out amongst the competition. However, its reasonably well constructed — it has soft feeling grey plastic on the back and a gloss black finish on the front. The LifeTab's 10.1 in screen is also bright, clear and responsive. The TFT panel has good viewing angles and feels smooth to touch. The LifeTab's screen does have one annoying aspect, however. It has small, visible dots all over the display. This imprint appears to be on the layer directly below the outside of the screen and is very noticeable at certain angles, particularly if there is light shining on the screen.

We like the etched silver strip below the display, but the LifeTab branding on our review unit was noticeably wearing off. Our model was a German pre-production unit though, so hopefully the same issues aren't a concern in the final Australian model that will sell through Aldi in Australia.

There are a couple of things we don't like about the Medion LifeTab: it creaks when the case is pressed towards the edges, the power and volume buttons are sunken and therefore require a really firm press to activate, and the unit charges through a proprietary pin connector rather than its standard micro-USB port. The gloss black bezel also reflects too much light, while the screen is hard to see in direct sunlight. Perhaps the biggest issue is weight: at 720g it's one of the heavier Android tablets on the market and this makes it tough to hold with one hand for a long period of time.

The Medion LifeTab P9514 doesn't have a full-sized USB port but on the left side you'll find microSD and SIM card slots (both covered by a plastic flap), a regular 3.5mm headphone jack and a standard micro-USB port. At the bottom is the proprietary dock connector that charges the unit. Included in the box is a HDMI-out adapter that uses the connector to enable the LifeTab to hook up to a high-definition TV via HDMI.

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Thomas George


Does it use a regular sim-card or does it use a micro-sim?



It uses a regular sim-card



I have a question. If possible, to have one lifetab which would have more users, which have their own passwords. For example: father, mother, ...

Thank you, for your time.



where do you buy a new charger for it



Hi there.... I have no sound... Tried restoring, resetting.... Still no good can anyone help....

Heather Kelly


I have a question?
Where can I buy a new charger ?

Sue McCarthy


Mine keeps freezing and we can't use it until the battery runs out and we put it on to charge again. Very frustrating, especially when travelling and boarding passes etc are on it! Does anyone have a solution?



Try resetting, next to the power socket there is a tiny hole with a reset button.

Amanpreet Kaur


What do you doif a member of your family has entered the password too many times, it then tell you to log in to your google account to reset the password but as you type in the password it doesn't work and tells you to try again.
really confused



Does anyone know where to buy a new charger from



Hi I'm having trouble getting on net with sim card. Wifi works fine. Active sin OK and credit on sim ???



Mine is not charging and the bathery is drained,I don't know if its from the charging spot....its so annoying



can you make phone calls on this thing ,I mean using my t mobile sim

Daun m


Mine keeps saying authentication problem? Why?



mine lifetab medion cant charge ooooo,what could be wrong,need help please??



I have had mine for 2 days, it keeps turning off with a fully battery and cannot get it back on for about 20 mins yesterday it turned off and haven't gotten it back on since. Its insane, just hear a very faint clicking noise...short circuit possibly??? no clue...not fair to a single mother of 3 UGH!!



How do I print from it?

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I bought one of these in Dec 2011. After a few months it had a problem, it would not boot up. Phoned support, which is in the UK, and they advised they would send me a retrieval bag. It never arrived, but I kept trying teh reset and eventually it worked. Last month, I accepted the Android Update to ice cream sandwich, and it started freezing up every few minutes. I emailed support, they advised me to phone. I phoned today and was told they would send a retrieval bag. When I told them the last one didn't come, they advised they were awaiting my proof of purchase, which I would gladly have sent them, except they never asked!!! I enquired as to how long I could expect to be without the machine. When I was told 10 days - I said "Holy s**t!" to which the operator responded by saying goodbye and hanging up on me.




nothing is working
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I put a virgin sim card in not compatable,did the same with a telstra sim card same result, was told from the vergin sales people to put a micro sim card in only to end up, paying Medion 180-dollar,s on top the original Price,have heard that this happen to other customers,I will take legal action against Medion Australia,plus written a letter to Germany Head office, because Medion Australia failed to inform customers here,that only vodavone simcards are working and that is the same as being locked in with a provider and that is an illigal act here in Australia if there are more people with the same problem, I would like to start a class action,please contact me on my




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THe silver band with the logo is just a sticker.scratch it off

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