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Sprint Product Ambassadors: Sprint 8" Tablet First Impressions

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The Slate 8" Tablet from Sprint is a low to mid-level Tablet.  Some factors to consider when getting the Slate tablet will be Form Factor, Performance, Operating System, and Features.  Outlined below are the specifications related to these factors:

FORM FACTOR

The Slate 8 has an 8", 800x1280 IPS HD display.  The back of the tablet has a semi-rugged, rubberized coating, which helps with the handling of the tablet.  It weighs roughly 12 oz. with the 4500 mAh non-removable battery.

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                   (Image from Sprint.com)

PERFORMANCE

With a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor, the performance is slightly limited compared to higher-end tablets.  Nonetheless, for basic multi-tasking, mid-level apps & games, the tablet presents itself as a very reasonable product.  In addition to WiFi, its tri-band networking supports Sprint Spark and 4G LTE.  It should be noted that it does not support 3G.   Compared to other mid-level tablets, the memory storage for this device is nice!  It has 16 GB of internal storage capability along with 1 GB of RAM.  Although it does not come with a microSD card, it DOES have a microSD card slot which can support up to 128 GB of expandable storage. 

OPERATING SYSTEM

At the time of this blogpost, it came preinstalled with Android 5.1 - Lollipop.  The device is a pure Android experience, so it will not have the applications you may be accustomed to that are installed for other major OEMs.  For example, pictures saved by the Google Camera are saved internally and to Google Photos.  Outside of accessing your photos through the Google Photos gallery, you will need to view them though the file explorer.

FEATURES

This tablet come with a 5 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front-facing camera.  I was slightly disappointed with the camera slow response time and quality.  The charging port appears to be backwards, and located on the top of the tablet rather than the bottom or side.  It has a decent speaker, and connectivity with a bluetooth speaker works great as well. 

Overall, it is a nice tablet, has just enough weight to feel like a quality tablet, and is a very affordable option for anyone seeking a mid-level tablet.

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.