The Tecno PhonePad 3 Review.

I never envisioned a day when I would write about an enormous 7-inch phone with a straight face, but here I am writing one with a face similar to Kanye’s:
So, what does the Tecno PhonePad 3 has to offer? Join me as we find out in this full review.


1. The PhonePad 3 certainly doesn’t have any issue commanding attention.

Primarily because of its sturdy aluminum body, slightly skinny profile, and relatively substantial build quality. For a 7-inch device, I’ve got to admit that they’ve trimmed off a lot to make it pretty compact, but for someone with the type of  my hands:

Interaction is best achieved with a two-handed operation — that’s because there’s just so much real-estate for my thumb to cover with the screen! Those with bigger hands won’t have any issue using it in a one-handed mode.

Out of everything, it’s the sheer size of the PhonePad 3 that’s so astonishing, especially to strangers who happen to glance at it briefly when using it for phone calls.

So, if you want a conversation starter, the PhonePad 3 will surely be it!

2. The display is O-K-A-Y.

For a 7-inch device, you should be expecting a full HD display, instead, the PhonePad 3 is stuck with an HD display resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, which means you get an okay display, but not great enough

As for sunlight visibility, the display looks a bit reflective but never really affected by visibility in the bright light provided the brightness slider is set to the maximum. The wide viewing angles are good too.

3. The interface is pretty much what you get with the HiOS UI plus more.

The Tecno PhonePad 3 comes with Tecno’s HiOS baked in Android’s Marshmallow, you get the usual interface which includes the brownish icons found on the Phantom 6 series.

You also get some minor additions like the eye care to protect the eye, this adds a dull tint to the screen. There are the ultra-power saving mode and the ability to capture screenshots from the notification panel which is not new.

4. The PhonePad 3 has a business side to it.

I am sure some of you must have come across the “business assistant” tagline for the PhonePad 3 online, that is because it comes with some inbuilt apps specifically made for business. Out of the box, you get a folder called “Biz Assistant” that contains a couple of third party apps such as the WPS Office, Xender, CamCard, CamSCanner,  Multi-account, TrustLook – which is an antivirus, then there’s Email, Calendar, Notebook and a Sound Recorder.

You also get a meeting mode app that allows you to change your sound profile to Do not disturb with just a touch.

5. The fingerprint can take some getting used to.

When I noticed the fingerprint sensor placement, I had a feeling the position might pose some problems and it sure did.  Thanks to the positioning, the accuracy of the fingerprint sensor has been reduced to 70%, if not 60%.

Asides from that, you can use the sensor to do a number of things like recording phone call conversations, to name a few.

6. The PhonePad 3’s cameras are not its forte, but the back camera still produces Good output.

The Tecno PhonePad 3 has a 5MP front camera with flash and a 13MP back camera with dual flash and although these seem average, the results are slightly above average. You can check out the Tecno PhonePad 3’s gallery and let me know what you think.


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By the way, you get the basic camera settings with the PhonePad 3.

7. Battery life is amazing

It comes with a 4100mAh battery, so this is not surprising. To put things into perspective, I watched a movie, started at 8:52 am today.

Played a couple of games for about 1 hour. Watched another set of movies (All through this period, the display was obviously turned on).
At the end of 3 movies, 1 hour of gameplay, my battery level was at 33%.

In other words, I consumed 77% in 4 hours 21 minutes. Which is not bad.

8. Charge Time? Err..

Don’t be scared,  I don’t have so much of a bad news, what I do have is this:
The PhonePad 3 does charge normally and by that, I mean, I got it to charge from 2% to 90% in 2 hours, 14 minutes.

However, getting it to charge from say 95% to 100% takes a lot more, usually more than 20 minutes.

8. Don’t expect to run more than 3 heavy apps at the same time.

I love seeing a phone’s limit when it comes to multitasking. As for the PhonePad 3’s 2GB RAM, I discovered that playing more than 3 heavy games won’t give you that multitasking experience. Although, anything below that is good to go!

The average users who use their device for basic activities won’t experience major lag while using the device.

9. You won’t need to sing Alicia Keys’s 👇🏾

That’s because the Tecno PhonePad 3 doesn’t heat up unnecessarily. It does get noticeably warm at the back when charging, but not over the top hot!

10. Scratches.

The PhonePad 3 comes with a film and free case, which means that you get extra protection from scratches. I, however, noticed that the film case can be prone to scratches if you are not careful.

If this does happen, don’t fret, just replace the film case with another one.

10. The Audio is quite loud.

No complaints from me here.

11. Yes! To the Connectivity.

One major USP of the PhonePad 3 is the fact that it comes with 4G LTE connectivity. No issues noticed here.

12. Benchmarks? You decide:

To aid with your decision here is an overall benchmark graph that shows the PhonePad 3 slightly below the Camon C7.

Your thoughts?


51 comments on “The Tecno PhonePad 3 Review.

  1. Abdul Abdul says:

    Welcome back misstechy,How health? Hope you better now 💪 …. Nice review as usual 👊.

    1. Tobi Ayeni says:

      Still on bed rest, but I can use my Phones and laptop at least 🙌🙏

      1. Abdul Abdul says:

        Eyya “ekpele” Sending you well wishes for your quick recovery and good health…..Too smart and beautiful to be ill 😏

  2. KingAbsolute says:

    Welcome back! That’s more like it.
    The tecno phone pad is the best pad I’ve seen in a while. The design and specs are above average.
    Pads never have that top notch camera and display. Don’t know why this is a trend tho.
    This phone would be so cool to operate, especially for those heavy apps and games. Kudos tecno.

    1. Manymen says:

      Of a truth, the PhonePad 3 is great

    2. Maye says:

      This device is superb no be lie

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m liking this phonepad

    1. Koskilala says:

      It’s a good device na

    2. Manymen says:

      It’s a good product who wouldn’t like it

      1. Maye says:

        The PhonePad 3 make sense well well

  4. pwilliams says:

    I’m liking this phonepad

    1. Manymen says:

      It a device to be liked by many

      1. Maye says:

        I concur with you

    2. Ivvy says:

      hehe, TECNO leaves us no choice, we have to like em

  5. Techgasm247 says:

    That display is not really great but for the size and battery, might go for it to aid my fiverr freelancer jobs whenever my PC decides to behave like the naira

    1. Koskilala says:

      Wats wrong with the PhonePad 3 display

      1. Maye says:

        For me I find nothing wrong with the display o, it looks good to me

    2. Manymen says:

      Don’t you like the display? It looks great to me

    3. princessx says:

      aside the specs you need to see the disply, watch wat the interphase looks like, u will love it

  6. fk says:

    nice to have u back!, nice review!, Not like a guy with a crappy one @nairaland forum, claiming d device was d first to feature a side mounted fingerprint sensor!, I was like WTF!.

    1. Koskilala says:

      Lol, but truly the PhonePad 3 I think it’s great

      1. Maye says:

        It’s a good device , the PhonePad 3 is very well designed and equipped with feature both for business and everyday life

    2. Manymen says:

      I think this device was the first to have that by the side

  7. fk says:

    d gurl on fire gif, also got me laughing!, chop knuckle abeg!

    1. Manymen says:

      Yeah, I can relate!!

    2. Maye says:

      Hahaha me too….

  8. Matto_xo says:

    I love your review,its an interesting one.
    Made me love the PhonePad 3 more

    1. Koskilala says:

      The PhonePad 3 is meant to be loved

    2. Manymen says:

      The PhonePad 3 is the well made product

      1. Maye says:

        Its really wonderfully made

  9. Danmola Ahmodu-Rufai says:

    Welcome back Which game is that, with gun on the screen.

    1. Abdul Abdul says:


  10. Damilola says:

    This phonepad gonna be a bomb. Would like to get one. @Danmola. The game should be resident evil

    1. Koskilala says:

      This PhonePad 3 is a must get na

    2. Maye says:

      Let’s pray for God’s provision so we can all get to own a PhonePad 3

  11. Kolexepana says:

    Top notch camera, It Produces True to life images .

    1. Manymen says:

      The picture quality I something else

    2. Maye says:

      Very true, the images are great

    3. burmese says:

      still learning work around the camon cx

  12. Odira says:

    Not a bad device.

    1. Manymen says:

      No not bad at all

    2. Maye says:

      The PhonePad 3 is not bad atall

  13. Brownshawty says:

    Big screen is my

    1. Maye says:

      Ur head dey ther jare bigger screen bigger enjoyment and it’s helpful for business purposes too, thumps up PhonePad 3!!

  14. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:


    1. Maye says:

      Lol, why won’t you buy the phone? Don’t you like the PhonePad 3?

  15. Ivvy says:

    TECNO i just killing their users with enjoyment

  16. fedy-k says:

    My favorite phone….phone pad 3!!! its great in everything…liking it

  17. Gabbie says:

    Hi, im in the market for a 7inch device..really considering getting the device..does anyone own one..if yes..kindly share first hand experience ..pros & cons if possible. Thanks
    @MissTecchy lovely review..keep doing whatchu do..

  18. cathy says:

    Finding it difficult to swap from front camera to back the function doesn’t work what should I do

  19. Gabe says:

    Performance on these class of phones (Tecno, Huawei, goddamn Infinix, Boom, Gionee, Blue, etc) never seem to last months after buying – crashing, freezing/hanging, apps lagging, takes forever to boot, etc.
    Why would the PhonePad 3 be any different?

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