Telstra T-Touch Tab Android tablet

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

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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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Telstra has customised the T-Touch Tab interface. The home screen is split into five tabs at the bottom of the screen — home, Web, entertainment, communications and favourites. Each of these tabs has two home screens, making for a whopping 10 home screens in total. You can customise each screen as you wish, including removing any Telstra widgets or shortcuts from the home screens. Surprisingly, you can also uninstall most Telstra apps from the T-Touch Tab — the only Telstra shortcuts and services that can't be removed are Foxtel, Email, MySync, WhereIs Navigator, Scan Code and TelstraOne.

The Android notifications toolbar has also been modified — tapping the "i" button in the top-right corner brings down a split screen with notifications on the left and open tasks on the right. You can quickly close open applications by pressing the "x" button next to the name of the app. The toolbar displays icons for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, screen brightness, 3G, mobile coverage and battery. Tapping on the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or screen brightness icons allows you to quickly adjust the settings, which is very handy.

Telstra T-Touch Tab

The Telstra T-Touch Tab features a modified home screen interface that is split into five tabs at the bottom of the screen, effectively creating 10 customisable home screens.

The Telstra T-Touch Tab's performance is adequate, but not outstanding. Swiping through home screens often results in slight lag and the transitions between screens isn't as slick or smooth as higher priced alternatives. The T-Touch Tab also lacks multitouch zooming, which is particularly annoying when using the browser or Google Maps. It doesn't support Flash video, and it doesn't have haptic vibration feedback.

The Telstra T-Touch Tab doubles as a fully functioning smartphone, though there is no earpiece on the device so you can't hold it up to your ear like a regular phone (this is a good thing as you will look like a complete idiot doing so). Instead, you can use the built in speakerphone, which possesses surprisingly good audio quality, or pair the device with a Bluetooth headset. The T-Touch Tab also possesses dual cameras: a front-facing camera for video calls, and a 2-megapixel camera on the rear for taking photos and recording video.

Unfortunately, the Telstra T-Touch Tab has mediocre battery life. Even with moderate use, it rarely lasted three hours, and struggled to even last this long when used regularly. We watched 20 minutes of an AVI video file, listened to music, and periodically used the browser and a few Web-centric apps like Facebook and Twitter and the T-Touch Tab needed a recharge before the two hour mark. On a device that’s been tailored for Internet and multimedia use, this is a real black mark.

Despite its obvious shortcomings, the Telstra T-Touch Tab is a reasonable multimedia device and Android is far less restrictive than Apple's iPad/iPhone platform. While the Dell Streak and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab could be considered competitors, their higher price means 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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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
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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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