EE Eagle reviews | Expert review

by Kelvin

The EE eagle is not really from EE; actually renamed Mediapad M1 8.0 from Huawei To be fair, this isn't even something EE has meticulously hidden; The USB cable provided in the box is still Huawei branded and connects the tablet to the PC Windows recognize the tablet as your true identity. Eagle stands out among other Android tablets for being a 4G tablet at a reasonable price.

In addition to hitting the EE logo on the back of the case, little has changed. Eagle uses a quad-core 1 Hisilicon Kirin 910 .6 GHz system on a chip (SoC) combined with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.


In our performance test, Eagle managed to score 4,128 in 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme, and 4,831 in Ice Storm Unlimited. This is not a terrible performance and better than some other tablets at the same price, but it lags behind Google Nexus 7. An eagle will be in a better condition for Candy Crush, but it can fight with anything heavier. This tablet completes the Sunspider JavaScript benchmark within 1,259 ms, which is a fair score. Browsing web tablets is quite smooth with only occasional stutters, and is similar to Vodafone Smart Tab 4 which has 3G.

The screen is an 8-inch 1280 × 800 IPS panel. With a pixel density of 188ppi, this is a small resolution by modern standards. Relatively low resolution is not a good reading experience. Activate pre-installed Amazon Kindle application, the text is not too sharp, and the same can be said in a web browser. However, this display performed well in our calibration test, with a fairly good contrast ratio of 942: 1 and a reasonable color accuracy of 75.8%.

Eagles are tablets that look reasonable and are so thick 7.9mm is quite thin. With two front speakers at the top and bottom of the tablet, it looks very similar to the HTC One smartphone. This location means it has stereo speakers when the tablet is held in landscape mode while watching a movie. The speakers are very loud for tablets, which will come in handy if you don't want to always wear headphones or want to watch something in a group. You'll find a Micro SIM and microSD port hidden behind a removable back plate at the bottom of the tablet, and this tablet supports up to 32GB of a microSD card to increase its 16GB capacity.

Eagle Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system uses the Huawei Emotion user interface. There are some visual tweaks to the Android stock, with EE already coated in pastel colors and using white and gray tones for menus in the default theme. There are other theme options too if this doesn't appeal to you, and it has a menu transition effects option.

EE also removes the app drawer; instead, all of their apps are available by swiping from the home screen similar to iOS. This can be frustrating for those who like to save the most used apps on the home screen with their widgets, and most apps move to the app drawer; For Elang, everyone must share the same room. This tablet has also been installed with all the applications of Amazon included Kindle electronic book reader.

Elang is also equipped with multiple power packs, including Smart, Endurance, and Normal, which adjust CPU and network usage to save power. You can also view a list of energy intensive apps in the background to find out what causes the most discharged batteries. Elang will also recommend various optimizations to maximize battery power, such as turning off vibrations or turning automatically, and all of these options are listed in one place.

Battery life is actually one of Eagle's strengths; In our video playback test, this video lasted 12 hours and 25 minutes when using the Normal power mode, which is impressive and makes Eagle one of the longest Android compact tablets we've tested.

Eagle's true selling point is that it comes with a 4G SIM, giving you high-speed mobile Internet access. Like buying a new smartphone, buying Eagle is a multi-fare minefield with various upfront costs and duration contracts. This tablet is available in a more direct prepaid option for £ 210, which includes 2GB of data to get you started, even though the data is only valid for 30 days. This tablet has a Wi-Fi hotspot switch in the notification area, making it easy to connect a laptop or other 4G Eagle Internet sharing device.

Hawk has a 5 megapixel rear camera and a front megapixel camera. Because the tablet's default mobile internet makes it easy to load into social media apps wherever you are, we want Eagle to have a decent camera. What is disappointing, this is not the case. The photo lacks sharpness and there is a lot of noise in the shadows. We also find that the color temperature is too cold. However, the camera app is equipped with several useful features, which track the subject to help keep moving objects in focus, along with moving target graticules. There's also a Smile Capture mode, which activates the shutter automatically when a smile is detected, but we found that this works inconsistently.

Eagle is very affordable for LTE compatible tablets, but its performance is lower compared to Google Nexus 7 and the screen is much worse. However, battery life is very good, so if all-day battery life and LTE connectivity are important to you, it's still a good option. If you just want a compact tablet, Nexus 7 is still the king at this price, while those who want to consider slower 3G cellular data should look at Vodafone Smart Tab 4 which is much cheaper.

Hardwarethe characteristicsBuy information
ProcessorQuad-core 1.6GHz Hisilicon Kirin 910
Screen size8in
Screen resolution1280 × 800
Screen typeSocial studies
Frontal camera1 megapixel camera
Rear camera5 megapixel camera
FlashDo not
GPSYes this
KompasYes this
Storage16 GB
Memory card slot (supplied)Micro SD
NFCDo not
Wireless data4G
Size2144 × 120.7 × 7.9mm
The weight329g
OSAndroid 4.2
Battery size4800 mAh
WarrantyRTB one year
Price210 pounds
Section codeS8 – 301L

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