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.
TECNO PHONEPAD 3 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.
TECNO PHONEPAD 3 CAMERA TEST
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!
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.