Product Review: MTN P@d T680

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For the past 15 years, MTN Uganda has proved to be indispensable when it comes to technology advancements. In fact, one of my friends refers to MTN Uganda as the mother of innovations.

 I definitely buy into his description. We are talking about real game changers such as MTN Kabiriti; (a phone that became extreme popular due to its affordability and of course Bobi Wine’s massive endorsement. No phone has even got half the popularity that Kabiriti got), MTN Zone,MTN Mobile Money and MTN Broadband Internet.

At the end of January, MTN unveiled a specially branded, superior yet affordable tablet; MTN P@d T680 that retails at UShs 349,000/-  (less than 140 dollars) and is fully connected with 1GB Free Data and includes a protective cover.

This is currently the cheapest tablet on the market with one close to it going for Shs 599,000 (about 230 dollars) while the rest are over and above these prices.

In price terms, the MTN P@d T680 is the preferred choice yet its strength is not price. Rather, it’s the functionality and usability of this new device that is wooing those that have already purchased one.

Recently, I had a chat with a Kenyan friend currently studying in Uganda and she told me; “Hi, are the tabs still the same price. They are so cheap yet if you have one, u get the real tablet experience.”

I recently got a chance to have the MTN P@d T680 for a day,  I discovered that it has an Android 4.1 operating system, single SIM, 7 inches (1024*600) screen size, 3000mAh Li  Polymer battery, and has a 512MB+4GB internal memory among others.

Here is a complete summary of the items and specifications that come with the MTN P@D T680.

Hardware Platform

MT6577 1.0GHz Dual Core

Type

PAD

operating System

Android 4.1 

Frequency band

GSM900/1800/850/1900;WCDMA900/2100 MHZ

SIM

Single  SIM

Announced

2012,Sep

Dimensions

197*124*11.3mm

Weight

TBD

Type

TFT 1024*600

Size

7 inches 1024*600

TouchScreen

YES (Capacitive Touch Panel )

Internal

512MB+4GB

Card slot

TF, Up to 32 GB

WLAN(Wi-Fi® )

Yes

Bluetooth

Yes

USB

Micro 5PIN

Headsets

3.5mm  standard earphone interface

Front Camera

Yes(0.3M)

Back Camera

Yes(5.0M)

Web Camera

Yes

Video

Yes

Games

Yes

ATV

No

FM

Yes

G-sensor

Yes

GPS

Yes

Messaging

SMS、MMS

Battery

3000mAh Li  Polymer

The bad: Its screen is 7.0 inches, a little smaller than competitors’ screen sizes. Maybe it would have been bigger.

Verdict: With a friendly price and superior functionality, I strongly believe that just like MTN Kabiriti redefined mobile phones ownership, MTN P@D T680 has the ability to spearhead the move towards mass market ownership of Tablets.