Optus My Tab

The Optus My Tab offers a far cheaper option for tablet lovers without too great a hit to its usability. Those who understand what it can and can't do will get great use out of this device.


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With Christmas looming, tablet PCs are coming out of the woodwork. Though Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab seem like the reputable tablet options, budget entries from Telstra and Optus offer food for thought, if nothing else. The Optus My Tab is specced like the T-Touch Tab, but we knew it was a different, better budget Android tablet as soon as we stabbed at it with our fingers.

Design

Perhaps the best compliment we can give the ZTE-manufactured device is that it looks the part of a cheapish Android tablet. Its 7-inch screen sits within a piano-black bezel, which gives way to a plastic silver covering around the back. Emblazoned across the back of the My Tab is a large, friendly-looking Android as well as a second opportunity for Optus and ZTE to co-brand the handset.

The 7-inch centrepiece of the My Tab is a rather dull-looking TFT display which uses resistive touch technology for user input. For those in the know, this isn't a very appealing-sounding combination, though we have to say, this screen certainly serves its purpose. The touchscreen is surprisingly usable, requiring very little pressure to register a response. Its WVGA resolution adds to the underwhelming appearance of the images on the screen, but at the end of the day, it does its job of delivering information.

The tablet isn't too heavy either, in fact, at 350 grams the My Tab is the lightest of the 7-inch tablets we've come across to date. This is an important metric for comparing devices whose weight you'll likely support for long periods of time. The tablet also has a 3.5mm headphone socket, a micro-USB port and a microSD card slot fitted with 2GB of memory.

Features

Like most of the prepaid Android handsets we've encountered in 2010, the My Tab is a fairly bare-bones Android experience. It ships with Android version 2.1 (Eclair), so it comes with a decent suite of productivity tools, like Gmail, calendar and Google Maps. There's also the stock Android music player, stock video player and WebKit web browser.

The My Tab supports the basic range of connectivity options with HSDPA wireless compatible with the 900 and 2100MHz frequencies, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB. We've been testing the unit with an Optus prepaid SIM card installed and the service has been good in the Sydney CBD (as you might expect), delivering 2-3Mbps downloads and a respectable 60- to 70-millisecond latency.

Performance

Even though the My Tab runs on a comparatively slower 600MHz Qualcomm processor, it manages to deliver a pleasant user experience. We're not going to go further than that and say we were blown away with the performance, we encountered a fair amount of animation jitter across the menus and home screens, but next to the Telstra T-Touch Tab, the My Tab is like a cheetah chasing an elephant. We ran the standard Android benchmarks and saw a decent 26 frames per second in Neocore and other processing benchmarks in line with older devices like the Xperia X10 and Motorola Milestone.

This performance is evident across the range of different apps available to users of Android 2.1. The web browser is snappy, though the resistive screen does mean there is no multi-touch gestures, like pinch-to-zoom, and there's no Flash support. We installed Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds to test gaming on the My Tab, which worked as you would expect them to, though Fruit Ninja did show some lag after longer sessions of play. There are some apps that really struggle too: RockPlayer is our "go-to" DivX and XviD video player and it was basically unusable on the My Tab. RockPlayer uses a software decoder to play files that the stock Android video player doesn't support and, unfortunately, the My Tab simply doesn't have the grunt to handle these sort of tasks.

The 2-megapixel camera is definitely a dud, taking terrible images time and again, but then we can't say we expected too much in this department. Even when we tested this camera under optimal lighting situations, the lens would find the hottest part of the image and create a photo-destroying lens flare.

Battery life was serviceable without being amazing, with up to a day and a half between charges when used for long sessions of web browsing and social network updates. However, My Tab did have impressive standby power, even with the 3G radios connected. Though the battery drain meets our expectation, charging the battery takes forever, with up to four hours or more to charge the 3400mAh battery pack. You'll definitely be keeping the travel adapter next to your bedside table to accommodate the long charge time overnight.

Overall

For AU$279 there are going to be some major sacrifices made in delivering a device like the Galaxy Tab, but for nearly a quarter of the price. Thankfully, these sacrifices don't impact too greatly on the user experience, and though in many ways the My Tab isn't a pretty machine, it certainly works as advertised. There's no one part of this device that truly blows us away, but if you're looking for a tablet for web surfing, gaming and music playback, the My Tab is an absolute bargain compared with the alternatives.

But be aware of its limitations too. The My Tab doesn't support Flash in the web browser, doesn't love to multitask (though it's technically capable of it) and isn't powerful enough to playback any of the HD video files you have lying around on your PC. We also wouldn't recommend it for phone calls unless you use a Bluetooth headset. Those who understand what this tablet can and can't do will get some very good use out of it.

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monroe56
7
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"good price and quality"

monroe56 posted a review   
Argentina

The Good:clear definition , space and of course the price!

The Bad:size and some storgae problems

owned it for a while now and impressed.
I think that if you are looking for a affordable tablet to get you by this will serve you well.
to combine the tablet as a phone is inconvenient in some ways such as the size and the loudspeaker when on phone calls. you can get head phones for but preferably should have an inbuilt voice output. besides from that its very good and an excellent bargain.

 

mounes posted a comment   
Australia

my optus ZTE locked because of too many pattern attempts. now what should i do to unlock it?

MarkA4 Facebook
10
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"Great for the price, a must have for everybody"

MarkA4 posted a review   

The Good:Everything (considering the price)

The Bad:Nothing (considering the price yet again :)

Ok, so I've owned this for about 2 months. I use it almost every day. I paid $200 AUD, with 2 GB (I think by memory) free data, and 3 months to use it. I have upgraded the device to android 2.2. It boots up painfully slowly, but once it's up and running it's OK. It lags a bit, and don't bother multitasking I'd say, but it replaces my GPS (there's a 300 dollar saving straight away, and it never needs new maps), it replaces my ipod in my car, it replaces a portable DVD/media player (not that I ever had one), it replaces an ebook reader, you can surf the net on it with both 3G and wifi, you can use it as a phone - I have a holder where I can have it hanging off my windscreen in my car in the perfect spot to use/see it - really the question is for $200 why don't you have one?!?!, and you can even get them for much less now!!. Yep, the ipad rules it in every way, and costs about 9 or 10 times as much, up to you to interpret that how you please ;)

markfieldconsulting
10
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"Best bang for buck, I bought two!"

markfieldconsulting posted a review   
Australia

Great! don't hesitate. For the $, you cannot beat this!

bestestimes Facebook
6
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"good with latest android update"

bestestimes posted a review   
Australia

i didn't like this full when i got it home. waited for the update and now i love it. it now does most of what i needed it to do. screen is ok resolution, now i can store apps to micro sd card. does live wallpapers. very good budget device. i suggest updating the device via optus website asap. via pc connection. cant be updated just using the phone. good for apps like ebuddy (chat) email is ok and with 3g is fast. facebook for android is very similar to the one on iphones and ipods. some times the screen isnt sensitive enough and takes a few taps to work. a good starter tablet

SandraS1 Facebook
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SandraS1 posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Design; ease of use; cheap; update to 2.2 helped with touch

The Bad:a bit slow at times; memory gets used easily, screen bubble

Debated about buying one, especially as they're hard to track down, but did finally find one and bought it. Updated it to Froyo 2.2 as soon as I could.

The resistive screen takes a bit of getting used to, especially as I had just got a SGS for my phone, but it's a good size to carry in my bag for using out and about.

My main complaint is where the screen is lifted slightly in the middle (screen bubble); I can feel it go down when I touch it, but it's still useable and will do me until I can afford to go for something more advanced.

 

teek posted a reply   
Australia

Hi , where can i get the Android 2.2 update for my ZTE Optus My Tab , and any other apps to help it go faster :-)

 

SisaleoT posted a comment   
Australia

ive been trying to get this but its sold out everywhere OMG lol

 

zahraali posted a comment   
Australia

hy can we use a yahoo massager and other massager in tab ??

 

bestestimes posted a reply   
Australia

yes u can, go to android market and search. i use it, i prefer ebuddy, it does fb chat and man and yahoo messenger. hope that helps

dj123456
9
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"You can get in the US!"

dj123456 posted a review   
United States

It's now on Walmart's website under a different brand name of "Filemate". I've been hearing a lot about this product in the US, but I've never been able to get it until now. I think they launch quietly a few days ago.

 

Mimiisawesomee posted a comment   
Australia

YIPPPEE!!!!!.....
I found out how to put music into the Optus My tab. It took me a while to finally figure out that you need Windows Media player to syn the music into the Optus My tab. It kinda works like an iphone excepts iphone uses itunes and Optus My Tab uses Windows Media Player

 

bestestimes posted a reply   
Australia

u can also just transfer songs to sd card (plug it in and set it to disk drive) or is u have micro sd to full sd adapter put it in pc with card slot and transfer that way

 

wallyp38 posted a reply   
Australia

Which folder do I put pics, clips and music into? The manual doesn't cover this at all.
Thanks.


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  • monroe56

    monroe56

    Rating7

    "owned it for a while now and impressed.
    I think that if you are looking for a affordable tablet to get you by this will serve you well.
    to combine the tablet as a phone is inconvenient ..."

  • mounes

    mounes

    "my optus ZTE locked because of too many pattern attempts. now what should i do to unlock it?"

  • MarkA4

    MarkA4

    Rating10

    "Ok, so I've owned this for about 2 months. I use it almost every day. I paid $200 AUD, with 2 GB (I think by memory) free data, and 3 months to use it. I have upgraded the device to android 2.2. It..."

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