Hey Mum it’s a Telstra T-Touch Tab
I was fortunate enough for the Digital Mum Facebook page to choose me as their reviewer for Telstra’s new T-Touch Tab and I must say a big Thank You I must admit I am a bit of a gadget geek so was really keen to try it out
As soon as I opened the box I see that it looks like an oversized iphone – and so, of course, I put it to my ear and said “look a smart phone from the 80′s hehe”.
I was a little bit sceptical about the height, but it really is a great size for lugging around everywhere, even fits in my handbag! The screen is big enough to watch videos and to view the websites. It has a handy little stand at the back which makes it easy to watch videos and a stylus is hidden back there too. I usually just use the back of my fingernail.
I have yet to use the actual phone function but have downloaded the Skype app and have used that with no problems a few times now I have looked up recipes, addresses, eBay, news sites, and just generally surfed the net and found it to be quick loading and no fuss. We just have to wait for a “flash” app to be developed so we can play the games online then I will be a very happy choppy indeed.
I wasn’t really keen on the photos that it took. That is until I realised there was a little plastic protective sheet over the lens and now that it has been removed the photos are much better (hey, don’t judge: the plastic wasn’t visible from the outside, it wasn’t until the back was off that we saw it loll).
That brings me to hardy; it has already been dropped onto my kitchen tiled floor. I cringed as it hit, the front went that way ← and the back went that way → :O but all was good, I found the little plastic lens cover and took it off, put the back on again and held my breath as I turned it on – yay it still worked!
It comes with some pre-loaded apps which are pretty good. The YouTube app leaves a lot to be desired though, (it seems to just buffer, buffer, buffer) but I found if you use the browser and go to youtube.com then it works just fine I have downloaded lots of free apps directly to the T-Touch and have had lots of fun playing different games. I have actually had to delete some apps because I ran out of room, hehe, I must get myself a memory card.
There is something for the whole family: my 6 year old granddaughter loves playing with the colour in games and the flash cards, my 16 year old daughter just can’t seem to get off Facebook and YouTube, thank goodness it has Wi-Fi!
I took it with me to my cousins house to show her and now her kids come running to me when I go there “did you bring the Touch thingy, did you bring the Touch thingy?” so I guess it was a hit with them too lol.
I personally find this tablet to be most useful when I put the 10 month old to bed when he is clingy and won’t let me leave. I take it with us, pop in the earphones and then watch a video or play some games while he goes to sleep. The added bonus to this is that I don’t fall asleep with him!
Overall I am very happy with the T-Touch Tab and have recommended it as a Christmas gift for a couple of my relatives, with a price of $299 is definitely affordable for the average household.
Once again I must say Thank You Digital Mums and, of course, Telstra, for this wonderful device that will benefit me even if I never pick it up again – it gives me hours of peace from the kids when they are on it too!
I have a feeling this is going to be one of those things that this household very very quickly “cannot live without”.