I am currently staring at the WinPad 2 and still believe that Tecno Mobile made a major step-up design-wise, but how well does it perform?
THE TECNO WINPAD 2 REVIEW
THE BOOT TIME IS QUITE IMPRESSIVE.
You won’t be disappointed when you need to quickly power on/off your device, this is because the WinPad 2 has a power-on time of 25 seconds and power-off time of 13 seconds
The WinPad 2 has an Intel HD graphic 400, an integrated graphics card in the low-end SoCs of the Braswell series (2016 Celeron models) — not so great, but for the general consumers, the display is above average. The screen’s 1280 x 800 resolution ensures that the text and icons consistently look sharp, plus you get more realistic-looking movies.
To the naked eye, the colors might seem a teeny weeny bit washed out, but that is okay. You can see exactly what I am talking about in the color test I ran below. The colors in the corner are the actual colors on the WinPad 2, while the real colors are in the middle.
Brightness is very good!
Although, when used in an outdoor environment, you will need to fully increase the brightness to see the screen clearly.
Tecno Mobile went ahead with an untouched version of Windows for its tablet, Competing products almost come loaded with some form of bloatware, but with the WinPad 2 you get the standard Microsoft apps. In addition, you get a one-month Microsoft Office package along with the Twitter, Netflix, Facebook, and Twitter apps.
The WinPad 2’s stereo speakers aren’t powerful enough to compete with a dedicated sound system or Bluetooth speaker. But, they are definitely good enough for a tablet or laptop.
Listening to Bethel Music “Have it all”, the WinPad 2’s speakers produced an above average sound, quite loud, but the audiophiles might still notice some quality drop.
DOES IT GET HOT?
Not at all, although the back of the tablet can sometimes get warm when it is put through heavy usage.
THE PERFORMANCE? GOOD ENOUGH TO MEET YOUR BASIC NEEDS BUT DON’T GO OVERBOARD.
I was ready to call the WinPad 2’s performance a deal-breaker because of the Cherry trail, but that’s not quite true. I spent some time web-browsing, playing YouTube videos and editing using Photoshop. Beyond eight or so tabs in the Chrome browser, performance begins to deteriorate. But as long as you consider the WinPad 2 to be a single-purpose machine, you can watch a video, use some of Microsoft’s Office Online apps, use or surf the Web just fine. Even Adobe’s Photoshop app ran surprisingly smooth provided I didn’t run so many apps in the background.
In standardized benchmarks, though, things differed. Here are the results.
HOW GOOD IS THE MULTITASKING?
The WinPad 2 comes with a 2GB RAM, a Cherry Trail chip which is about the slowest you’ll find in the market and a 32-bit version of Windows 10 Home, so you should expect a moderate multitasking capability. I was able to run more 5 normal apps (This includes my Chrome Browser, VLC Player, and others) at the same time without experiencing any lag, but after putting the Adobe photoshop app in the mix, I noticed a slight lag.
In other words, great for normal activities, but for heavy apps, you might need to run them individually.
HOW MUCH STORAGE DO YOU HAVE LEFT?
Although the WinPad 2 comes with a 64GB storage, you have about 57.6GB storage left, with the Microsoft OS and other apps taking about 11.5GB
CHARGING THE WINPAD 2 PLUS HOW GOOD IS THE 7000mAh BATTERY?
Inside the tablet, you get a 7000mAh battery, powered by a Micro-USB cord. However, unlike the latest smartphones, you don’t get a quick-charge option, so expect to charge WinPad 2 for several hours — about 7 hours.
Fortunately, the WinPad makes up for it with a long-lasting battery. I was able to get up to 8-hours of moderate use.
THE TABLET AND PC MODE
Immediately you remove the tablet, you get a prompt asking you to switch to tablet mode. Once this is activated. You get a bigger interface than that of the PC.
You can also enable the tablet mode while in the PC mode by selecting the message icon on the task bar and clicking on tablet mode.
TYPING ON THE WINPAD 2
If you are used to big laptops (P.S. The WinPad 2 is no Laptop), there is a big chance it might take a while to get used to typing on the WinPad 2 without making mistakes, but after a while, you’d get the hang of it.
Also, you would need to activate the keypad on the taskbar to type on the tablet alone.
HOW GOOD IS THE CAMERA?
Lol, let’s be frank, the cameras on a tablet aren’t for taking cute selfies or what not, but how does the WinPad 2 fare when you need to make a skype or a video call? It is just there, not so great and not so bad either.
Here are some picture samples, these were taken around 7pm.
The WinPad 2 does come with a Micro-SIM card slot, but you are only left with the 3G experience, no 4G. I noticed that you will need to manually enter your Internet APN to be able to connect to the Internet (In other words, it doesn’t latch onto a network automatically).
Once this is done, you can receive /send messages, make calls (You need a third-party app for this) and connect to the internet.
Other connectivity options include WiFi and Bluetooth.
As a side note, I love how fast the WinPad 2 transfers files from a flash drive.
The back of the tablet is prone to scratches so you will need to handle it with care
The WinPad 2 isn’t a perfect tablet, but it delivers good-enough computing at a slightly moderate price.
Now, over to you, what do you think of the Tecno latest baby?