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When the well-known Huawei MediaPad was surprisingly presented in June, it definitely was remarkable for becoming the first tablet we had heard about that runs Android 3.2. After that Acer Iconia Tab A100 along with the others have struck the market, but it is coming to the US customers is timely nonetheless: it has joined the awesome tablet party along with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and also forthcoming Toshiba Thrive 7-inch, and this is just a few of them.

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It is not as big surprise as it may seem that MediaPad appeared here in the USA under the name of T-Mobile Springboard, and the carrier simply proclaimed some key things about pricing and gadget’s availability: it will go at a reduced price starting from November 16th of this year for $430 off contract, or for $180 along with two-year contract and $50 mail-in discount – no wonder, given that we heard that it would cost you no more than $200 on contract.

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Springboard is running on 14.4Mbps network (T-Mobile’s HSPA+), it has GPS and Wi-Fi radios, dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm chip, IPS display (227 pixels per inch), rear-facing cam (5 megapixel), 1.3 front shooter, 8Gb storage, slot for microSD and 1080p video playback. We will return to those specs thoroughly after the short break, but in any way, it is significant to get them out of our way from the early get-go. Besides, there is soon to be surplus of tablets with Android 3.2, and it is worth asking about this one if it is worth a little bit high cost – or perhaps a solid two-year marriage with Magenta.

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This may be the outstanding time to get the best selection of 7-inch tablets. Definitely, there are some chintzy variants like Iconia Tab A100 or Toshiba Thrive 7″, yet on the whole, the Springboard joins a brotherhood of great looking, solidly constructed tabs – among them you can find Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Kindle Fire, HTC Flyer and starkly discounted PlayBook.

 

What do you think about all those 7-inch tablets and Springboard in particular? Would you use it? Or you would rather use T-Mobile Springboard jammer to block it from being used in the public area? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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