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The Huawei Mate Pad 10.4 measures 26.5x15x.8cm and weights 453 grams. The viewable screen is 22.5x13.5cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial screen measurement of 10.4 inches. The screen resolution is 2000x1200 pixels.
By default it wants to use Gestures to navigate which may seem a little daunting to those used to Home, Back and Opened Apps.
The Home screen is clear and very easy to read with time, day and date to the left of Weather near the top, below this is a search bar and towards the bottom two well-spaced lines of six icons. Swipe from the right on a clear space on the Home Screen to see the rest of the Apps.
A drop down list of the most used settings is available if you swipe down from the top. It always boots up in Landscape mode but it can be used in both Landscape and Portrait mode and locked to either mode.
The screen is bright and I found that in normal lighting conditions I am using it at 10% of possible brightness.
A bit like an Apple device I am testing there are several sign ups required so very security conscious. Whereas on a normal Android you can get away with letting Gmail do it all.
Although this has Gmail I was unable to sign in with my own account however it was happy to let me make another account and then this could then get my emails, this could be because it tells me its beta software.
Among the Apps it supports is WPS Office which in my tests worked correctly.
Another is the TFL website “App” version that solves the fact that my favourite Bus Countdown App is not yet available.
You can tether to your phone which gives you mobile networking while out and about.
It has 32GB of storage of which under half is used; it comes with 3GB of RAM. It has a Kirin 810 processor.
Both the front and back cameras take decent images and there are a number of modes that my review period did not give me time to fully investigate.
Huawei have their own App Gallery which while it has a good number of the more popular Apps for those who use things like Tic Toc and a reasonable selection of kid’s games certain areas have yet to be filled.
If your use is web browsing or things like Twitter and Facebook then its fine.
There is probably a workaround for most things. This is a nice Tablet it feels sturdy and has plenty of brightness and contrast.
Please check that any third party Apps you use are supported by the Huawei App Gallery or that the third party company’s App designer has an alternative made for Huawei while is it is unable to use Google Play Store.
At the time of publication the Huawei Mate Pad 10.4 is available from Amazon priced at £229 including free delivery.