I sometimes use the tablet to read, and there is a dedicated function for that. The Realme Pad has a reader mode that reduces the screen refresh rate. I found this feature useful, but only if I was alert enough to turn it on each time before I started reading. I think this is a habit that I would like to instill. The tablet screen also catches fingerprints a lot, so half the time I was wiping it off. While it’s not a big deal, the automatic brightness adjustment on the tablet isn’t very good. The brightness would fluctuate on its own for no reason.
There is one thing that I found out of date: the glasses. The tablet has thick edges around the screen. It seemed a bit backwards, but I think Realme is worth appreciating if you talk about the practicality. Due to the glasses, I was able to hold the tablet without obscuring the edges of the screen.
My uses of the tablet were mostly watching movies and browsing the internet. And the Realme Pad completed my experience. The Realme Pad’s four speakers are incredibly loud. There is support for Dolby Atmos, and it improves the experience. But I’m also concerned that the speakers can sometimes be too loud for the people around you. You can either pair a pair of truly wireless headphones for this. But if you don’t want to, you can always plug in headphones. Having said that, I’m not sure if the location of the 3.5mm port will allow for a seamless experience. While holding the tablet, the wire from my headphones got in the way.
Realme Pad Review: Good enough for online learning
With the Realme Pad, the company isn’t trying to tackle the iPad or Samsung’s Galaxy tablet. That’s why you can’t expect him to handle heavy tasks. The MediaTek Helio G80 processor inside the tablet won’t give you the fastest performance a tablet can offer, but it can surely be good enough for everyday tasks. I used the tablet to check my work emails, browse the internet, watch Netflix shows, and catch up with my friends via WhatsApp video calls, and was happy with my experience. The 4GB RAM option will definitely give you better performance than the 3GB RAM model.
Even though the processor is modest, the tablet can handle light games. I even tried playing Battlegrounds Mobile India on the tablet with the default settings (read below), and it worked fine. But I’m not sure if the game will be a pleasant experience on the Realme Pad. Besides games, the tablet is also not intended for office tasks. Unfortunately, there is no productivity mode on the tablet, but even if there was, the Realme Pad does not support a stylus or keyboard.
But if you don’t use the tablet for these things, let me tell you, the Realme Pad will be a great fit if you are a student. You can easily take online courses on the tablet. It is even suitable for grandparents who like to be in touch with their family from a distance. The 8-megapixel front-facing camera is good enough for video calls, but don’t expect too much in terms of selfie clicks. Likewise, the 8-megapixel camera on the back is also average. The photos came out a bit blurry, and it’s more visible on the big screen. The tablet’s two microphones make the video calling experience satisfying.
I have noticed a few lags in the navigation in the tablet interface, but they are not too intense. And I love the new flavor of Realme UI. Realme calls it Realme UI for Pad, but it’s basically just a slightly modified version of the stock Android. It’s good for people – including me – who want a bloatware-free experience. But, at the same time, I missed the tricks that the regular Realme UI can do. Having an Android version almost in stock has saved Realme some time for customization, but I hope it deserves regular and timely Android updates for this tablet as well.
There is Kids Space on the tablet, which you can configure with various personalization settings for your children. Parental controls are available, so it will be easy for you to prevent shady websites from finding their way to your kids. Also, you get regular security options on the tablet, including Face Unlock which works well in good light but isn’t very reliable otherwise. A fingerprint sensor would have been excellent.
My Realme Pad unit can also make calls. I’m still not comfortable with the idea of holding a tablet near my ear for calls, but it’s there if you need it. Support for a SIM card also means you can use mobile data on the tablet. The tablet supports both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and the former is what you’ll be using the most.
Realme Pad review: Long battery life
Usually tablets come with large batteries because their large size provides enough space. However, the Realme Pad has a 7,100mAh battery, and the company claims it can play videos for up to 12 hours. Well, I obviously didn’t get hooked on the tablet that long, but I can tell you that if you use the Realme Pad for about 4-5 hours with fair use, it’ll easily be two days. There is 18W fast charging on the tablet, but it takes over 2 hours to charge the battery.
Realme Pad review: should you buy it?
Realme’s first tablet is a good attempt to give people more options when they go to buy a tablet. For most of its features, the Realme Pad justifies the price. It has a big screen with a high resolution panel, and everything in it looks great. The speakers are quite loud, so you’ll love watching movies and shows on Netflix and YouTube. Its overall performance is fine for light and medium stuff as well, but I think students will like the tablet, and more because of the price tag.