Telstra T-Hub 2 (preview)
Telstra's T-Hub 2 now runs the Android operating system
- Flexibility of Android platform
- Full-sized SD card slot
- Reasonably priced
- Requires Telstra broadband to operate
- Initially runs Gingerbread OS
Telstra's T-Hub 2 home phone system runs the full Android operating system and therefore acts like a standard Android tablet. However, you'll need a Telstra broadband account and a Telstra fixed line home phone account to use the device.
Price$ 360.00 (AUD)
Telstra has revamped its T-Hub home phone system by releasing the T-Hub 2, a home, fixed line product that consists of a cordless home phone and a portable tablet device. Where the original T-Hub product used a proprietary software platform to power Telstra's own apps and services, the T-Hub 2 runs the full Android OS and therefore acts like a standard Android tablet.
The Telstra T-Hub 2 consists of three devices, a cordless DECT phone, a 7in Android tablet and a docking station for the tablet that charges the device and amplifies the loudspeaker for hands-free phone calls. The T-Hub 2 requires both a Telstra fixed line home phone service and a BigPond broadband service to operate. Users can make calls from the tablet or via the cordless handset and can transfer calls to and from either device.
The Telstra T-Hub 2 features a new, curved design with an attractive black and white finish. In our brief hands-on with the device, it felt solid and relatively well constructed. There's a built-in kickstand on the back of the tablet for standing it up on a desk or table, while the ergonomics of the tablet make it comfortable to use single-handedly.
The tablet component of the T-Hub 2 is manufactured by OEM Technicolor, which has built Telstra BigPond Gateway products in the past. The T-Hub 2 is a relatively well specified device, but doesn't compete with top-end Android tablets. It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and has 2GB of internal memory. There's also dual-cameras and a full-sized SD card slot to expand the on-board memory.
The 7in capacitive touchscreen on the T-Hub 2 has a resolution of 1024x600. In our brief hands-on the screen was bright and clear, though it lacks the vivid colour and super crisp text of higher end tablets like Apple's new iPad. The T-Hub 2 felt fast and responsive during our initial test.
The T-Hub 2 comes preloaded with a range of Telstra apps and services including Yellow and White Pages apps, a T-Box remote control app and a T-Share app that can be used to stream content from the T-Hub 2 to any DLNA capable device such as TVs. Unlike the original T-Hub product, T-Hub 2 users can download most compatible third-party apps from the Google Play store, just as they would on any Android smartphone or tablet device.
The T-Hub 2 will initially run the 2.3 Gingerbread version of Google's Android platform, but the Telstra says the device will be upgraded to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the "coming months". The telco has promised to continue to evolve the T-Hub 2 software as the Android platform is updated.
The T-Hub 2 is available through Telstra stores and online on Tuesday 17 July. It will sell for $360 outright but can also be purchased through a Telstra T-Bundle and paid off over 24 months for $15 per month.
Existing T-Hub customers can upgrade to the T-Hub 2 for half price, though any existing T-Hub contract will still need to be honoured.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 HTC U11 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Gigabyte Aero 15 corporate gaming laptop review
- 3 Huawei P10 smartphone review
- 4 Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Motorola Moto G5 smartphone review
Latest News Articles
- Tech Timeline: The iPad first goes on sale
- New 9.7-inch iPad teardown reveals it's basically an original iPad Air with minor tweaks
- More iPad screen sizes unlikely to stop slump
- Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 is like a giant Note7
- Cisco's Spark Board looks like an iPad -- and acts like one
PCW Evaluation Team
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
- MSI GL62M 7RDX gaming laptop review
- Alcatel A3 XL phone: Full, in-depth review
- Sony X9300E 2017 TV: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSAP CRM Functional ConsultantsACT
- FTPeopleSoft Campus Solution ConsultantOther
- FTSoftware Tech Lead | C++ | Trading | Market ConnectivityOther
- FTNetwork Engineer - CISCOACT
- FTData Analyst/DeveloperNSW
- CCSolution ArchitectNSW
- FTSEO Specialist/ SEO ConsultantNSW
- FTPerl DeveloperACT
- FTSenior Applications Security ConsultantOther
- FTICT Support OfficerNSW
- FTEmail Marketing Specialist/ Campaign SpecialistOther
- TPSenior Infrastructure Specialist (Windows)QLD
- FTBusiness AnalystOther
- FTContract ManagerACT
- FTSalesforce Consultant - AdministrationQLD
- FTPython Fullstack Developer (Full Stack Environment)Other
- FTSiebel Design AnalystOther
- FTSenior Analyst Programmer - Equities or DerivativesOther
- FTSenior Agile ConsultantOther
- FTReporting AnalystSA
- FTBusiness AnalystOther
- TPICT Customer Support Officer - ArmidaleNSW
- FTService Centre ManagerQLD
- FTSenior .Net Full Stack DeveloperOther
- FTJava DeveloperWA