Realme Pad: 4 reasons to buy this affordable tablet (and 2 reasons you shouldn’t)

We take a look at why you should buy the affordable Android tablet from Realme and why you shouldn't, based on our review.

Realme Pad is the company’s first-ever tablet and it comes with a pretty aggressive price tag in India. The device packs in relatively decent hardware for the price and the brand is also offering a 4G LTE model for those who like to make calls on a tablet. We have already reviewed the Realme Pad and found it to be a pretty good offering for the asking price. This doesn’t necessarily mean it doesn’t come with its share of flaws. In this article, we will be discussing 4 very good reasons why you should buy the tablet and 2 reasons why you shouldn’t, based on our full review. Let’s get started.

Realme Pad: 4 reasons to buy

Premium build

When we say budget tablets that run on Android, there’s a general perception the build quality is not the focus for OMEs. However, proving that wrong, Realme Pad has an all aluminium body with iPad Pro like square-edges on all corners. The chassis is just 6.9mm thick, which makes it very comfortable to hold in hands despite having a large 10.4-inch display. Adding to that is 440 grams weight, which is quite light. The tablet has slim bezels around the screen, which enables more content to fit in. On a whole, Realme Pad sets a standard/benchmark for budget tablets with regards to its build quality. Good job, Realme.

Good display

Realme Pad

Though it’s not an AMOLED panel, the Realme Pad has an impressive display considering its price. The tablet sports a 10.4-inch WUXGA+ IPS LCD display with 2,000 X 1,200 pixels resolution. The panel is vivid and can produce punchy colours. It can get plenty bright, even for outdoor usage as well. There’s support for dark mode, night light, and a reader mode, which will come as bliss for those who read e-books. It supports HD video playback on OTT apps like Netflix, Prime and others.

Clean software experience

Realme Pad runs Android 11 OS with Realme UI 2.0 custom skin out of the box. To be fair, the UI is more stock than Realme’s UI. There’s literally no 3rd party application installed, nor the UI is any different from stock Android. This is a blessing in disguise considering you wouldn’t be intruded with any spammy advertisements or app suggestions. It supports running two apps together in split-screen mode and there’s Google Kids space feature preloaded. This allows you to set up different profiles for kids, taking advantage of Google’s parental controls and Family Link app. Once set up, the home screen interface changes and offers age-appropriate content.

Battery and audio quality

The Realme Pad packs a 7,100mAh battery, which is yet another positive feature of the tablet. The battery optimisation is very well done and you can easily expect it to last three or at least two days on a single charge. The 18W charger is yet another bonus point. It takes just 3 hours to juice up completely and there’s support for reverse charging as well.

The Realme Pad packs quad-speakers; two on top and two at the bottom. There’s support for Dolby Atmos as well. what all this means is that the audio quality is impressive. It’s a truly perfect companion for those who consume media on a tablet.

Realme Pad: 2 reasons you should not buy

Average performance

The Realme Pad is powered by the MediaTek Helio G80, the same chipset powered by the Narzo 10. Truth be told, the tablet is not cut out for high-end gaming or heavy-duty tasks. It can perform day-to-day tasks like watching videos, scrolling through social media, etc. There are noticeable lags and stutters in the UI, which hampers the experience of an otherwise good tablet. Casual games like Angry bird run fine, but graphics intense titles like COD (Call fo Duty) is limited to Medium graphics. So, if you’re planning on picking up the Realme Pad for gaming, we suggest you look elsewhere.

Setbacks of the display

While the Realme Pad display on whole is good, it has a couple of setbacks. For one the oleophobic coating is pretty average as the display catches fingerprint smudges quite easily. This makes the screen dirty all the time and requires one to clean it. The other issue is that the ambient light sensor is iffy as it doesn’t calibrate the lighting properly, both in bright and low-light conditions.