REVIEW – HUAWEI MatePad T8 Kids Edition

REVIEW – HUAWEI MatePad T8 Kids Edition

The launch of HUAWEI’s gadgets for kids is a refreshing break from all the high-end and flagship phones, tablets, and wearables they are releasing. The HUAWEI MatePad T8 Kids Edition and the HUAWEI Watch Kids Pro are really something to consider for your kids especially if you are cautious of your kid’s digital well-being.

The HUAWEI MatePad T8 Kids Edition is an 8-inch tablet with an 8-core MediaTek MT8768 processor and IMG GE8320 650 MHz GPU. It’s paired up with 2GB RAM, and 16GB storage. If you think about it, it’s actually more than enough for its purpose – Kids Education and Entertainment.

Speaking of kids, HUAWE made sure that the tablet is secured and protected with an anti-shock silicone case wrapping around the whole tablet with a built-in handle that doubles as a stand. The case also has a pen that secures at the back of the tablet so that your kids won’t lose them. Another cool fact is that the case is made of edible safe silicone, so if your kids love to nibble on things, it’s safe. But of course, don’t let them do it. It’s still silicone.

The case’s texture is designed so that it does not slip, the handle also has a sturdy and soft grip for comfort and durability. All ports are still easily accessed thru the case and the speaker can still speak freely (yay for democracy!). If they want to focus on lessons or wants a bit of privacy, there is a headphone jack they can use or a bluetooth headphone.

At the back is a 5MP camera which is understandable given its purpose. It’s not for those photo enthusiasts but for kids who want to explore and most probably take photos of flowers, their puppies, their handsome dad, or a toy. So it isn’t much of a factor for me.

The tablet runs on EMUI 10 based on Android 10 and relies on AppGallery for apps, there are no Google apps here which I believe is an advantage for a device that’s made for kids because there’s no Youtube. You know how kids nowadays adapt to whatever they see online.

Speaking of child safety, HUAWEI has a lot of child-safety features embedded in its software:

Kid’s Corner – is a safe haven for kids to play around with. It’s like their digital playground where they can explore and be creative. It is where they can play games and what child-friendly videos thru Azoomee and BabyBus, two of the leading educational developers creating apps for children. If you’re wondering what games or apps are there here’s the list:

  • BabyBus apps: Baby Panda Care, Daily Habits, Baby Panda’s Hospital, Magic Numbers, Little Panda’s Dream Castle, Where Do Babies Come From?, Ice Cream Bar Factory, Healthy Eater, Talking Baby Panda, Earthquake Safety, Little Panda: Pony Care Club, and more.
  • Talking Tom apps: My Talking Tom, My Talking Tom 2, My Talking Angela, My Talking Angela 2, My Talking Tom Friends, Talking Tom Gold Run, and more.
  • GoKids! apps: Truck games for kids – build a house, car wash, Colors for Kids, Toddlers, Babies – Learning Game, Learn colors and shapes, 123 numbers for kids, and more.
  • Other apps your kids will love: Kidoodle.TV – Safe Streaming, Coco-Melons Videos Collections, Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus, Kahoot! Play & Create Quizzes, Learn Korean, Learn Japanese, Chinese – LingoDeer, Lingokids – English for Kids, and more.

Multi-layered Eye Protection – If you notice the screen display warmer colors when I was in Kids Corner and used a flash because of the ambient light sensor, the tablet turned the cold tones into warm color tones to help protect the eyes from myopia. Another eye protection feature is that it alerts your kids to either change their posture when they’re using it while lying down or use it later on in a stable state when the tablet detects that it’s being used in an unstable state like when riding a car. This encourages your kids to develop better eye habits. It also has an ebook mode that adjusts contrast, brightness, sharpness, saturation, color temperature, grayscale, and other parameters on the display to offer a quality reading experience that closely resembles that of reading a physical book.

For parental controls, HUAWEI made sure that the parents have full control of when and how their kids use the tablet. The apps they can access, the content they can view, and the time spent on the tablet. It is password protected so that they can’t change the settings and they can’t also exit Kids Corner and do other things.

A full charge can last them for around 7-8 hours of usage, there isn’t much heavy processing or power-heavy apps so expect the tablet to last longer. As a safety feature, the table locks when charging so that it can’t be used to avoid electrical-related accidents.

In summary, HUAWEI MatePad T8 Kids Edition serves its purpose and serves it well. As a parent, you are assured that your child is safe from harmful digital content and that their vision/eyesight is protected. You don’t have to worry about telling them “kaka-tablet mo yan” when they vision concerns in the future. The tablet is recommended for kids 3-8 years old which is the age when kids are prone to gadget addiction, with this tablet you can have control over how they use it and for how long. So more than the tablet itself, it’s the protection it gives to its user and the peace of mind that it gives to the parents is highly recommended. Don’t look at the specs, it’s for kids anyways.

The Huawei MatePad T8 Kids Edition retails for Php 8,999 via the HUAWEI Concept Stores, Huawei Online Store, and its official Shopee and Lazada stores.