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my51 Hands-on, First Impressions: Up Close And Personal With The 2015 APEC Tablet

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Here’s a quick look at the APEC tablet that was given away to world leaders

A few weeks ago we gave you the lowdown on the tablet that was given to APEC leaders and VIPs – MyPhone’s yet unreleased my51. The specs and features of the tablet have been elusive, but we’ve finally managed to snag one for ourselves. The tablet that we based this review on is the same model given to other international delegates that attended the APEC Summit, sans the personalized rear engraving that Prime Ministers and Presidents supposedly got.

Instead of the presidential black and brown packaging in the earlier tweeted pictures, the other delegates received their tablets in white boxes. These were preloaded with the APEC2015 and APEC TV apps that allowed the recipients to be updated on, as well as monitor and watch, the different events that were simultaneously taking place in different venues during that week.

MyPhone my51 specs:

  • Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 7-inch WVGA IPS display
  • 32GB of storage, expandable via microSD
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 2-megapixel front camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth. TV out via mini HDMI port
  • Androd 5.1 Lollipop, Windows 10
  • 2800mAh battery

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Initial Impressions: not the fastest, but it’s the thought that counts

The package comes with a 2000mA charger, a USB charging cable, a USB to micro-USB OTG adapter, an in-ear headset, user manual and warranty card. The headset sounds like crap, but the OTG cable is a godsend, allowing the tablet to perform as a full laptop when connected to a keyboard, mouse and external HDD, especially when booted up in Windows 10 and with tablet-mode turned off. In Win10, the device had no problems working continuously with 1TB HDDs. With its relatively small battery capacity, however, you’re better off connecting your mouse and keyboard via Bluetooth instead, to leave the micro-USB port free for charging.

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The 32GB internal drive has been partitioned in two, with 8GB allotted to Android and 24GB for Windows. At fresh boot, approximately 3GB is free on Android while 12GB is free when on Windows. If you get your My51 outside of APEC, we suspect that you get just a teeny bit more space on Android.

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Switching between the two operating systems is easy as double tapping an icon or selecting the command from the notification shade. Android has both less allotted space and less bloatware, with just the APEC apps as additions to Google’s standard Lollipop offerings. Windows has more extra apps and more allotted space since it can actually function as a full on laptop given the proper accessories.

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Rather than being positioned as a showcase giveaway of what the Philippines has to offer in terms of produce and products, we suspect the MyPhone APEC my51 tablet is more of a practical token that sends the message to the international delegates that the Philippines can deliver on convenience and on very considerate coordination of potential requirements, despite the many challenges our governance and our economy continue to face.

If you have other opinions though (or if you agree but have something to add), write away in the comments section below!

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