Xiaomi has been making all the right kind of noises in the world of technology. After creating ripples in the smart phone market, it is trying to make its presence felt in the tablet market. The Chinese company has been successful in rolling out excellent products given the price it charges. Recent launches did not generate the required excitement. However, things are expected to change with the arrival of Mi Pad Tablet. There are already a number Android tablets available in this price range. The company is trying to differentiate itself with high end features and qualities that its competitors do not deliver. The biggest concern for Xiaomi has been the strategy of hosting weekly online flash sales that is great for generating initial excitement but results in prolonged frustration for customers.
Mi Pad is very similar to iPad mini in terms of its overall size and dimension. However, there is no room for confusion as Mi Pad is all glossy plastic. As per the official word, magnesium alloy has been used in the construction but one cannot make it simply by looking at the device. The shell is not removable and hence the battery is sealed in. There is a micro SD card tray on the left side and the power and volume buttons are on the right side. The 3.5 mm headset socket is on top and the micro USB port is on bottom. MI logo is distractingly visible on the upper left corner above the screen. One can also see a camera cutout in the centre. Apart from that the face looks blank.
Capacitive touch button light up below the screen while using. One can also find a camera and microphone in the upper left corner of the rear and two speaker grills towards the bottom. The promotional materials have prominently shown the device in a variety of colors. However, it has been available only in white color. The rear side is glossy and extremely slick, unlike the Redmi 2’s mature texture and device has the chance of slipping once in a while. User interested in taking photos will find the 8 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera. One can also record 1080 pixel video but there is no flash. The battery capacity is an impressive 6700 mAh.
The tablet runs on top of Android 4.4.4. It looks very similar to Xiaomi’s other recent smart phones including the Redmi 2 and is scaled nicely for the screen size of the tablet. The device behaves like iOS in that there is no app drawer and one can only see app icons as soon as unlocking the device. One can scroll to the left of the default home screen to find a screen dedicated to widgets. On filling this one up, the new widget screens are created further to the left, while icons pile up on the right after installation of apps. For reasons unknown, icon sized widgets such as setting toggles and quick contacts can be placed on the icon screens, not the widget screens. Although the end results look clean, it is functionally confusing. The usual theme app is also missing. There are not many built in apps and even the present ones seem quite functionally limited.