Tomato T2: Worldwide 3G & GPS


In an advertorial post at IMP3Net, Tomato touts the worldwide 3G compatibility of its T2 tablet [Google English].


The focus is on China Unicom service, so it’s still unclear to me if this will actually work with local carriers outside of China. Cellphone frequencies might as well be in Greek for all I can understand them. (If I ever need 3G, I’ll have a hard enough time picking a 3G iPad…) Remember, 3G is provided via the Huawei UltraStick, which might need to be purchased separately. Same-day update: The UltraStick is included, already inside the tablet’s slot. And then a SIM card has to be inserted into the UltraStick for service.

Based on the spec sheets alone, I’d recommend the Tomato T2 over the upcoming Pipo U8T. The octa-core Exynos 5410 is faster than the quad-core Rockchip 3188. It’s also still unknown how much RAM the Pipo U8T will contain. The Tomato T2 has 2GBs of RAM. And there is no word yet on what 3G will be available with the U8T — or if it will use the Huawei UltraStick.

The Tomato T2 hasn’t been widely reviewed yet, and no buyers have reported getting it (it’s very inexpensive to the local Chinese). The actual quality of it is still unknown. The Pipo U8T hasn’t even been released yet.

With the new Retina iPad Mini available soon, is anyone still interested in a Chinese iPad Mini clone for 3G? Why take that risk? And why settle for a less-than-Retina screen? I suppose for those who want Android over iOS, there will still be interest. Let me know in the Comments if that’s so.

For more information about the Tomato T2’s 3G capability, see the original post.

Previously here:

Videos: Tomato T2 Unboxed, Evades AnTuTu
Tomato T2 Benchmarks
Video: Tomato T2 Tablet Playing Games
Pricey Tomato T2: October 22
Tomato T2 Video Playback Hype
Chinese iPad Mini Clone Notes: Final Edition
Tomato T2 Tablet Evaluation
Tomato T2: A Samsung Galaxy Tab iPad Mini Mashup Tablet
Two Tomato Tablets



Filed under iPad Mini Clones

4 responses to “Tomato T2: Worldwide 3G & GPS

  1. E.T.

    I prefer to avoid the apple ecosystem. Still not sure if I prefer Android with the large offering of apps for reading and browsing or Windows 8.1 which will give be access to Word, etc,
    I’m still considering Chinese tablets as a rather cheap option for a first tablet since it’s difficult for me to predict how will I eventually use it. Also, if I upgrade I could pass it on to my kids. On the other hand, I have yet to see a Chinese tablet without some weaknesses. Even when the specs are fine, there are often issues with build quality, QC or WiFi range.

    • mikecane

      >>>I’m still considering Chinese tablets as a rather cheap option for a first tablet

      I recommend going domestic with either the new Dell Venues or the upcoming HP Slates. You won’t have the hassle of service or returns if defective. The Dells are on par price-wise with any Chinese tablet now but beware of games incompatibility with the Atom CPU. I don’t know what HP will do for pricing yet.

      >>>Also, if I upgrade I could pass it on to my kids.

      That’s if the Chinese tablet lasts that long. Sudden Chinese Tablet Death Syndrome is still a possibility. I’ve seen past tablets of several years ago drop dead within a month or two.

      • E.T.

        I agree that if prices are similar Dell, HP, LG or Asus are better than any Chinese manufacturer. Unfortunately, I don’t live in the US and that complicates things.
        Locally tablets are ridiculously more expensive than in the US (e.g., $370/$440 for 16GB/32GB 2013 nexus 7). The cheaper option is to order from the US and then either add at least $80 for shipping and taxes or find someone who’s traveling that can bring it with him. In both cases local service is not guaranteed and depends on whether the manufacturer warranty is respected locally.

      • mikecane

        Yow. I see you have special circumstances.

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