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)

Pros

  • Competitive price
  • 3G connectivity
  • Decent display

Cons

  • 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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Medion LifeTab P9514: Software and performance

The Medion LifeTab P9514 offers all the features and functions of most other Honeycomb Android tablets. It runs the latest available version of Google's Android 'Honeycomb' software 3.2. Medion hasn't confirmed if the LifeTab will be upgraded to Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' when it becomes available, but we wouldn't hold our breath.

The Honeycomb version of Android isn't as slick or stable as the iOS platform that powers Apple's iPad 2, but it remains a decent package overall and it's a far more flexible platform than iOS. For $499, the Medion LifeTab will buy you features that you won't find on an iPad, including Flash Web browsing and the ability to manage files using a file explorer. Google's Honeycomb software doesn't include a file manager as standard, but Medion ships the LifeTab with the popular ES File Explorer app.

Speaking of included apps, Medion is very generous with its software. Out of the box the LifeTab comes with no less than eleven third-party apps, the most notable of which is the Documents to Go suite that allows you to edit and create Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. There's also two games — Galaxy on Fire 2 and Dungeon Defenders HD — along with an Medion app to handle media and a Drawing Pad app that will keep the kids happy.

The Medion LifeTab offers decent, but far from outstanding performance, but most of its issues are to do with Google's Android software rather than this particular tablet. The home screens remain sluggish to scroll through if there are a few widgets in use, there is notable lag and slowdown in the Web browser and scrolling in general across the board is no where near as smooth or effective as the iPad. That being said, the LifeTab handled most media with ease, and if the included media player didn't play a file type, there are plenty of apps in the Android Market that will.

The Medion LifeTab P9514 has two digital cameras on board, though neither takes notable photos. There's a front-facing 2-megapixel camera that acts as a webcam for video calling, and a 5-megapixel camera on the rear that takes still photos and records video. The LifeTab's camera is certainly better than the poor quality alternative on the iPad 2, but we found colours in most photos were washed out, and there was also plenty of image noise in most of our shots.

Medion claims the LifeTab's battery will last up to eight hours, but we managed just over five hours in most cases before the battery ran out. This isn't a great result when compared to some of the competition, so you'll more than likely need to carry the charger along with the tablet. Keep in mind the LifeTab charges through a dock connector, though this means it charges much faster than a standard micro-USB connection.

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Thomas George

1

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

Boppaluccio

2

It uses a regular sim-card

Domen

3

Hello
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.

sticksy

4

where do you buy a new charger for it

haydo

5

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

Heather Kelly

6

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

Sue McCarthy

7

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?

Hans

8

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

Amanpreet Kaur

9

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.
WHAT CAN I DO???
really confused

diana

10

Does anyone know where to buy a new charger from

shane

11

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

blessing

12

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

theclaw

13

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

Daun m

14

Mine keeps saying authentication problem? Why?

ebenezer

15

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

Tammi

16

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!!

dan

17

How do I print from it?

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Lorraine

2.5

1

Pros
Price
Cons
Support
• • •

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.

WOLFGANG

0.0

2

Pros
Nothing
Cons
nothing is working
• • •

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 email.wschlossus@optusnet.com.au

luc

4.5

3

Pros
tablet medion
Cons
.
• • •

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

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