One of the best affordable Android tablets

One of the best affordable Android tablets

Redmi has parted ways with Xiaomi to cater to the masses. That means their products are affordable but with as few compromises as possible. The latest in the series of such products is a new tablet. It’s called Redmi Pad. Think of it as a slightly toned down version of the Xiaomi Pad 5, which received rave reviews for being an overall value for money tablet. Well, Redmi Pad tries to be the same, for a lower price.

Launched at a bargain price of Rs 11,700, the red pad It was without a doubt one of the attractive options on the market for Android tablets. Although that price is no longer valid, the charm of the Redmi Pad should continue to take into account that the original price is also not high. It now costs Rs 14,999 and for that price it brings a big screen, premium design and the goodness of Xiaomi’s tablet-focused software. But is it a good tablet and should you spend on it? i have the answers

Redmi Pad review: Sleek and stylish

Right from the start, the Redmi Pad presents itself as a high-end tablet. That’s when you’re not sure about the specs and you’re just looking at it. Redmi’s first tablet uses an all-metal body with a flat design that I find appealing. Less expensive tablets can be attractive and the Redmi Pad proves it. What about the weight, you may ask, since the external parts are made of metal? Redmi has been smart here. Although the weight of the Redmi Pad is 465 grams, it feels lighter thanks to the good weight distribution. An advantage of this is that I was able to hold the tablet for a longer period.

The Redmi Pad wants to be your video calling device because online learning and working are the new norms. That’s why the front camera is on the longest side of the tablet, so you can use the tablet to its full potential in landscape mode. This is how video calls should be made, right? The bezels are thin too, giving the screen more room to breathe. I like how the company paid attention to detail by providing slightly thicker bezels on the shorter sides of the tablet, so that when you hold it in landscape mode, you don’t inadvertently hide any part of the screen.

The Redmi Pad comes in three colors: Graphite Gray, Moonlight Silver, and Mint Green. I checked out the first color scheme and while I liked it, I’m sure the other two options would look stylish too. Other design essentials include a slightly protruding camera island, which didn’t make the tablet wobble, four speakers (two on each shorter side), a power button on the top edge, a volume rocker on the right edge , a microSD card tray on the right and a USB-C port on the bottom.

Redmi Pad review: Good screen, good entertainment

For a tablet to be really good, its screen needs to be big and bright. The new Redmi tablet has both qualities on its screen. At 10.61 inches, the tablet’s screen is quite large, which is good if you like to watch movies and shows on tablets. And if not, a big screen makes room for more content when you’re surfing the web or on a video call. Even games are enjoyed on a big screen. I’ll talk about the tablet’s gaming capabilities a bit later, but for everything else, I can say that the screen is big enough. It also gets bright enough, so I didn’t have to squint to read the text on the screen in bright outdoors.

This is a 2K 90Hz screen, which means everything looks sharp, smooth and clear. I finished the entire first season of House of the Dragon on the Redmi Pad and I liked it. Redmi is Redmi Pad Widevine L1 certified, which means you can enjoy Full-HD content on OTT services like Netflix. Understandably, there is no support for HDR. While the colors are mostly accurate, there is a slight shift when you look at the screen at an angle. I’m picky here because it’s not a big deal. This is because the overall experience of watching a movie is good.

The speakers of the Redmi Pad are quite loud and give off a clear sound. After all, they are tuned by Dolby Atmos. But make no mistake, Dolby Atmos isn’t natively supported by many apps. For example, Redmi Pad does not support Dolby Atmos content from Netflix. However, it would let you activate it via a shortcut on the screen to amplify the sound. The Dolby Atmos shortcut works for all music and video apps, but think of it as a software booster for just those apps. The speakers are anyway loud.

However, I do have one complaint. The screen collects a lot of smudges, thanks to the lack of an oleophobic coating. Xiaomi has made sure that the oleophobic coating remains one of the mainstays of its devices. I guess he missed it this time.

Redmi Pad review: a decent performer

The Redmi Pad is not a high-end tablet, so you can’t expect it to go up against the iPad. However, for its price, it offers a lot. The Redmi Pad uses a MediaTek Helio G99 processor, which we have previously used in phones like the Motorola Moto G72. Tablet navigation and multitasking was fast. I had no problems with interface animations, opening heavy apps like Facebook, or even editing photos.

To push the envelope, I tried to play a few games. Now, Redmi claimed that the tablet can easily handle mid-level graphics in games like Call of Duty Mobile. I can tell he wasn’t lying. I did not notice any frame drops or lag during the two CODM matches played at medium quality. But when I played Genshin Impact, my experience was not the same, and rightfully so. That’s a high-graphics game, and expecting the Helio G99 to handle all of that would be unfair. During Asphalt, I did notice noticeable lags, but they were minor. The Redmi Pad is not a gaming-focused tablet, but you can throw some games at it from time to time.

Xiaomi has done a good job in terms of optimizing the entire software experience for tablets. That is also displayed on the Redmi Pad. MIUI 13 based on Android 12 for Redmi Pad is visually appealing. Leave a lot of white space so the interface looks clean. It also has no bloatware, but it does have some essential apps. Apps like Facebook and Instagram are preloaded. Basically, they stretch to fill the screen without affecting the aesthetics. There’s a panel at the bottom that shows default app icons and apps you’ve opened, but it hides when you open an app. Navigation is smooth, thanks to the high refresh rate on the screen.

If you are thinking of buying this tablet for work or study related purposes, you should know two things. The Redmi Pad cannot connect to a keyboard magnetically, but it can pair a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. That will do the work related to writing. Redmi Pad’s split screen works for some apps, but the company said it is working with developers to support more apps.

The Redmi Pad does not come with a fingerprint sensor, so your options are face unlock and conventional methods like PIN, pattern, and password. Face unlock is fast no matter how you hold the tablet. You cannot make cellular calls from the tablet because it does not have a SIM card slot. That also means you’ll have to rely on Wi-Fi to access the Internet.

For my use, which was pretty basic, the Redmi Pad lasted more than a day on a single charge. The tablet comes with a 8000 mAh battery, which can easily give you a day of operation. Since I was mainly checking emails, watching cat videos on Instagram, and at least two episodes on OTT every day, the battery lasted for more than a day. But this will change depending on how you use the tablet. Games, for example, would consume more battery power. If you change the refresh rate, you can also get a little more juice.

Redmi Pad cameras: Get the job done

You get two 8-megapixel cameras, at the front and rear, on the Redmi Pad. The rear camera clicks basic photos with a lack of detail, not to mention other aspects like dynamic range. And this is fine considering that you are unlikely to use the Redmi Pad to click photos. But for things like scanning documents, the camera gets the job done. The front camera is slightly better as it will be used primarily for video calls. But for selfies, the fact that the camera is located on the longer side can affect whether you end up looking at the photos.

Redmi pad verdict

The Redmi Pad packs a good mix of hardware and software. It has a large screen that can stream movies in good quality, a high refresh rate that makes animations look smooth, a decent processor that can handle multitasking and some gaming well, and a big battery that lasts more than a day for the general. The software is so well optimized that you won’t miss the lack of accessory support much. At Rs 14,999, it’s a good option if you’re looking for a tablet for online classes and light office work.

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