World’s Lightest Tablet Is Far From World’s Best [MWC 2013]



mwc2013bug-coaBARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS – The iPad mini weighs just 308 grams. The NEC Medias Tab weighs even less: 249 grams (forgive me for not converting to ounces, but this is 2013).

And yet despite this relatively big difference, the Tab doesn’t really feel much lighter.

And it’s not even that thin.

When you first pick up and iPad mini, it feels impossibly thin and light. And part of this is the fact that it’s made of metal, and that it is extremely stiff. NEC’s tablet might indeed be the world’s lightest seven-inch tablet, as the signage claims, and it does indeed feel feather-light. But the mini, somehow, still seems much lighter. It’s also bigger, with an appreciably larger 8-inch screen.

The 1280 x 800 screen is acceptable, and the haptic “feedback” is just as annoying as it is on any haptically hampered handset. But if what you want is a plastic tablet that’ll slide into your back pocket, and that you can forget about until you sit down on it, then the Medias Tab might be for you. If you don’t hate yourself though, buy a mini.


  • extra_medium

    Apple has done it again, reality has no power here..despite being measurably heavier, people still think the ipad mini somehow feels not only lighter, but MUCH lighter.

    Not that it being lighter than the iPad mini should make any difference to anyone. I’m sure this thing is just as terrible as all the other non Google/Samsung android tablets out there.

  • joewaylo

    Really? I thought it’s because imperial is for westerns. Spain is in the metric system (KMH, KiloGrams, Celcius, and Grams).

  • morgan3nelson

    The amount of time it took to write the snide comment about converting to ounces could have been used to convert it. Even without Siri it would have taken only a minute to google the conversions.

    Considering the fact that Charlie sits in his “gadget nerve-center” one would think this feat not beyond him.