Telstra T-Touch Tab Android tablet

Telstra T-Touch Tab review: The Telstra T-Touch Tab is a cheap Android tablet

Telstra T-Touch Tab
  • Telstra T-Touch Tab
  • Telstra T-Touch Tab
  • Telstra T-Touch Tab

Pros

  • Low price
  • Flexibility of Android platform
  • Integrated kickstand

Cons

  • Resistive touchscreen
  • No multitouch, Flash or haptic feedback
  • Mediocre battery life

Bottom Line

Despite its obvious shortcomings, the Telstra T-Touch Tab is a reasonable multimedia device and Google's Android operating system is far less restrictive than Apple's iPad/iPhone platform. The T-Touch Tab is effectively alone as an affordable, entry-level tablet that doesn't skimp on too many features.

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Retailing for just $299, Telstra's T-Touch Tab is one of the first Android tablets to launch in Australia. Its 7in resistive display isn't as impressive as the capacitive touchscreens used by the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Its performance also isn't as impressive as more expensive tablets, and its battery life is poor; however, the T-Touch Tab remains good value despite its quirks.

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How does the Telstra T-Touch Tab compare to the benchmark? Read our Apple iPad review.

The Telstra T-Touch Tab won't win any design awards, but the device feels sturdy enough and reasonably well constructed. The Huawei-built tablet is a lot heavier than it looks, but can be held comfortably with a single hand (unlike the larger iPad). We particularly liked the flip-out stand on the rear, which is great for watching videos, as well as the physical home, menu and back keys on the left side of the display. There is also an optical trackpad that is similar to the one found on the latest BlackBerry smartphones. It is perfectly positioned when you hold the T-Touch Tab with two hands.

Build quality is reasonable for a device at this price, aside from the rear battery cover, which doesn't always click into place correctly. The T-Touch Tab has a proprietary port at the bottom that Telstra says will allow future development of accessories, including docks, cases and chargers. One design annoyance is the fact the T-Touch Tab doesn't charge via a standard micro-USB port, instead using a separate power connection. We liked the microSD card slot at the bottom of the device; it is easy to swap cards and doesn't require the rear cover to be removed like with most smartphones. Telstra includes a 2GB card in the sales package.

Telstra T-Touch Tab

The Telstra T-Touch Tab has a built-in kickstand that makes it ideal for watching video content.

The weakest aspect of the Telstra T-Touch Tab is its 7in resistive touchscreen, which isn't as responsive as a capacitive screen. It is particularly annoying when scrolling through Web pages or menu lists, and selecting linked text in applications like Facebook is hit and miss. Once you get used to employing a bit more force than usual when tapping or swiping, the experience improves, though it still isn't as slick as its higher priced rivals. On a positive note, the resolution of 800x480 pixels makes text relatively crisp, although viewing angles are poor, as is legibility in sunlight — the screen is quite reflective and is hard to see if you are viewing it off centre.

The Telstra T-Touch Tab runs the 2.1 version of Google's Android operating system. Android 2.1 hasn't been designed for a tablet, so some apps do not display correctly on the larger-than-usual 7in screen. We tested the official Twitter app for Android, the DoubleTwist music app, PaperToss and Shazam, and none of them would display in landscape mode. The Facebook app also reverts to portrait mode when in the main menu, though your news feed and profile will display in both orientations. Telstra says the T-Touch Tab "should" be upgradeable to the latest 2.2 "Froyo" version of Android, but this version hasn't been designed with a larger screen in mind either. Despite this issue, most apps we tested displayed correctly and fitted the larger screen without any issues.

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Cydney

1

the tablet looks great! But is an iPad better then a tab?

laszlo

2


Hi , i have bought one tablet , and it is great ,but i think it has 2 serious downfalls ,.1( the USB ports are on the bottom as it stands .
2( alongside the screen those liners dents easily .

frank

3

Sorry las, the usb port is on the side, the port on the bottom is docking, go back and read the article.
I'm a man and this device was designed with men ln mind. It is very practical, robust and well priced. I have an e71 phome but bought this to access wifi an have a better internet experience on the go. You have to touch the screen a little harder than others but on the stand it's heavy enough that it won't slide away. IMO the stand is its best feature as you work it looking directly into the screen. Battery goes a full 4 hours for me if I adjust brightness to 50% which is still very bright. All fuctions are quickly acessed and the main screens you can flick to hold all the apps you could ever need.

For the price it's a bargain and its size is a perfect balance between a too small iphone and a too large full tablet

Brendan

4

@frank, got one yesterday. I took me a while to realize that there is a pen that comes with the device as well (look at the back). this means you don't have to press as hard, also if you disable the wireless and blue-tooth, you should be to get more battery life.

Sue

5

I like to know where I can buy acessories for my t touch tablet. Like a protective cover and screen shields.

Eric

6

I bought this so that I can listen to financial radio programs while traveling. I'm deeply disapointed to find out that thus far the files I've been downloading to listen have been cut off at the 10 minute mark. Can someone answer me why this is so and how I can get around it?

For people who want this device for basic uses, checking my mail, facebook, banking etc I have no problem with it's functionality, interface or features.

cher

7

this is a good tablet but is ridiculus charging system , im finding it impossible to get another charger for it even telstra dont have them. I know its a 3.2mm tip but no one in nsw stocks them so far , i have tried the motorola tip that fits and it still doesnt charge . hopeless.

Paul

8

I am also finding it impossible to get another charger. Telstra are MOST unhelpful. It is so important to be able to replace a charger for your phone if needs be. Feeling quite angry about this product now.

Jim

9

Goto Radio Shack and get a cig lighter charger there, I have one, works great. They have multipule tips that will fit this unit.
Protective screen cover can be cut from any I pad screen kit. Just measure and cut. using a paper cutter works great. You will find the Tab much more functional with its cameras and ability to make phone calls too. This unit is nothing more that an Huawei s7 Smakit. Same animal. Great device for the money! Got Mine At Best Buy! I never thought I would trade my iphone for an android product but I have been converted, I hate Itunes!

Bob

10

Does anyone know if I can load and rename photos from my Dig. Camera via the mini SD card on to this device?

srahd

11

I don't know why it was accepted in the market.... it gives a big problem to the user.... I got one and I had trouble in charging this device.

christie

12

hi people i have just brought one of these seconhand and it doesnt have a wall charger im on the mornington peninsula frankston are of melbourne can anyone help me where i may be able to get one from many thanks

Narelle

13

Hi there lm after a Telstra TTab wall charger any ideas off where l can get one? Thanking you

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Pauline

2.5

1

Pros
Phone feature of Telsta t Tab
Cons
tablets
• • •

I have just got one of these...where do you put the sim card to use the phone feature...I got it 2nd hand and didn't get any manuals. Can anyone help plz.

Tab user

3.0

2

Pros
this tab
Cons
the cable
• • •

when you need to replace the charger for this tab it is likely that your tab is stuffed up and not the charger as the pin inside the charger slot can become unstable very easy! this is very annoying when trying to charge as you must put it in the right angle and yes i bought a new charger and same thing i had to put it at a certan angle

Emre

4.5

3

Pros
3G, talk quality, speed,
Cons
battery life, resolution
• • •

When I read smashing comments here I really surprised. This little monster is one of the best 7 inch + 3G tablets on the market. It is a phone. Considering the price and specifications together, it is maybe the best.. I am using S7 as my main phone now. Much better than iPhone imho..

Mine has Android 2.2, flash and everthing else work flawlessly. There is absolutely no lag between screens and not clunky during application usage at all. I am not sure people are having difficulties but mine works perfect although it is full of programs & games now (only 3.5mb space left on internal disk).

The main minus about this unit is the battery life. If you actively use internet, checking mails, playing games, etc. you are in trouble because battery drains in about 2 hours if you constanly use 3G and/or wireless connection. Also the screen resolution is 800x480.

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