The best value for money? – MBReviews

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A couple of yr in the past, I examined the primary rugged pill developed by AGM, the PAD 1 and evidently it was effectively acquired contemplating that I’m now holding its successor, the AGM Pad P2.

Is {that a} signal that the pill market has recovered? No, it’s not doing effectively in any respect, but it surely does give the possibility to some budget-friendly tablets that may survive just a few drops on the bottom an opportunity to shine.

AGM PAD P2 pill.

However let’s get one factor straight, the Pad P1 was not likely a rugged pill in itself, it had a case which supplied the shock safety and sure, that can also be the state of affairs with the AGM PAD P2. It’s an everyday skinny pill with glass on the high and a metallic physique and body, counting on the shock-proof case to tackle the beating. That being mentioned, the P2 does include some enhancements during the last yr’s P1. We get 90Hz refresh fee on the marginally bigger show, however the decision is similar.

The rear digital camera is a lot better, though I’m not positive how many individuals use their pill as the primary shooter, but it surely’s nonetheless good to have, I suppose. The battery is bigger and the pill does include Android 14. Some issues stayed the identical, such because the CPU, the dual-SIM help and I’m not positive in regards to the RAM which seems as 8+8GB. Effectively, let’s put it to the take a look at and discover out if the PAD P2 is a worthy buy.

The Design and Construct High quality

Placing the AGM PAD P1 and the P2 facet by facet, we will see that from the highest, they appear very related, the latter being barely bigger, but when we take a look on the body, issues are very a lot completely different.

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Left: AGM PAD P1. Proper: AGM PAD P2.

The PAD P1 had a combo between plastic and metallic, however the P2 went with a correct aluminum case, being interrupted solely sometimes by very skinny items of plastic that enable the sign to cross by, in any other case we get a veritable Faraday cage. The amount rocker has been moved to the fitting facet and the Energy button is barely bigger and it continues to sit down on the high the body. The three.5mm jack and the USB-C port are actually each uncovered which means that the water safety is gone and they’re positioned otherwise than on the P1, however nonetheless on the underside body.

I additionally observed that we get double the speaker grills and sure, there are actually 4 BOX audio system as an alternative of two, so the sound needs to be louder and hopefully higher. The microSD card slot is hidden beneath a metallic piece accessible utilizing a pin and there are three slots accessible, two of them being designed to work with two SIM playing cards. There’s help for SIM sizzling swap if you happen to want such a function. I did speak in regards to the improve in dimension of the PAD P2, however I do want to say that the case of the pill is way thinner than on the PAD P1.

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The thinness of the pill.

Certainly, it went from 0.35 to 0.3 inches which is noticeable. Effectively, so long as you don’t use it with the protecting case, that’s, as a result of it is going to disguise all these refined particulars, as anticipated. The protecting case has additionally gone by some enhancements regardless that materials alternative remained comparatively the identical. The pill sits inside a silicone cowl and there are two further sides that cowl the underside and the highest of the PAD P2.

They’re additionally designed to permit the pill to sit down at an angle, making it simple to make use of when touring. There are some cutouts throughout for the buttons and slots, and there may be additionally a bigger gap for the 2 protruding spherical digital camera lenses. Effectively, it’s not two really, only one, the opposite being a flashlight that mimics the look of a digital camera. Oh, and I forgot to say that the protecting case does have a devoted place for a stylus.

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AGM PAD P2 case – place for stylus.

How rugged is the AGM Pad P2?

Seen how I didn’t say rugged pill within the title? Yeah, that’s as a result of AGM dropped the IP68 and the IP69K certifications of the P1, so the P2 shouldn’t be mud proof, nor will it survive being underneath water. There are not any silicone protections for the ports or slots, so it’s just about an everyday pill. I assume the producer did the mathematics and observed that the common consumer doesn’t look after it.

Then once more, at the least by way of mechanical shocks, we do get some for of safety, however that’s so long as the silicone case is added to the pill. The protecting case’s corners are rounded and pronounced and it’s thick sufficient to guard the digital camera lens as effectively, so it’s clever to place it on the pill just about at all times.

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The protecting case.

The Show

The AGM PAD P2 has a ten.95 inch LCD show that has a decision of 1,200 x 2,000 pixels, similar because the P1, however the important thing distinction is the help for the 90Hz refresh fee. By default, it’s set to auto, however I switched it to at all times keep at 90Hz, even when there might be an influence on the battery life. Hopefully not an excessive amount of.

I can say that the navigation feels smoother, however some apps, reminiscent of YouTube felt a bit uneven, so maybe some advantageous tuning continues to be wanted. Then, there’s the speak in regards to the brightness which appears to be improved from the P1, now reaching as much as 400 nits which is nice information for the folks that favor utilizing the pill outside. Effectively, nonetheless bear in mind that the show is reflective, so maybe the seashore shouldn’t be good until you will discover some shade.

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AGM PAD P2 outside.

As for the colour accuracy, it’s just about the identical as on the P1. Appropriate for films and video games, however not that nice for skilled use (reminiscent of picture modifying). Then once more, let’s not neglect that this can be a budget-friendly machine which already gives excess of I anticipated.

The Inside {Hardware} and Efficiency

Similar to the P1, the AGM PAD P2 is supplied with an octa-core MT8781 Helio G99 SOC (dual-core 2.2GHz ARM Cortex-A76 & six-core 2.0GHz ARM Cortex-A55 CPUs) which has confirmed to be first rate final yr, however the producer might have upped it slightly bit. As for the GPU, it’s the MALI-G57 MC2, once more and 256GB of storage. Now let’s speak a bit in regards to the RAM, what’s with the 8+8GB? Effectively, let’s see what the GeekBench 6 has to say about it.

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GeekBench 6 outcomes.

So, we’re undoubtedly coping with 8GB of RAM and from what I might collect from the net, it’s attainable to ‘borrow’ another 8GB of storage as paging file. Now, wanting on the rating, it’s the identical in single-core exams, whereas a bit decrease than the P1 on the multi-core exams. So, once more, it’s narrowing between entry-level and mid-range, though a lot nearer to the previous. The GPU outcomes present a rating of 1311 (OpenCL) which is a tiny bit higher than on the P1, but it surely’s nonetheless a worth typically discovered with entry-level tablets and telephones.

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GFXBench outcomes.

Shifting ahead to the subsequent artificial benchmark, I ran the GFXBench and the outcomes are roughly the identical as what I bought with the P1. What a shock. And sure, it’s nonetheless very near the NVIDIA Protect. The artificial exams are good and all, however the builders of cell video games have labored laborious to make their software program run extra environment friendly, so let’s take a look at just a few cell video games and see how effectively they carry out. I put in Fallout Shelter and NFS No Limits, and each ran with none points.

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Fallout cell recreation.

No stuttering or lags. What about one thing extra demanding, reminiscent of ARK Survival Advanced? It’s a bit uneven at occasions, however nonetheless ran pretty first rate. I neglected the Steam Hyperlink play this time because it’s just about display mirroring and doesn’t actually mirror the precise efficiency of the pill.

The Software program and Help

The AGM PAD P2 makes use of Android 14 and I’m pretty positive that is the one model of Android that this pill goes to ever see. I say that as a result of the P1 continues to be on the v13 and most different AGM telephones, together with the flagship ones are caught on one model of Android.

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The Android 14 structure.

The good information is that the Android 14 appears to be lastly developed with tablets in thoughts and never simply an over-scaled cellphone GUI. The tabs are simpler to entry, you get extra data on the bigger display and total, it does look and feel higher than another earlier Android model. Lastly, Google thought in regards to the pill market, even when it might be a bit too late. Or maybe they’re making ready for the foldable smartphones? We’ll see sooner or later. The navigation is clean, so the 8GB of RAM are sufficient and I might open a lot of tabs with out slowing down the pill.

As for bloatware, there’s nothing from AGM so far as I might inform, however there may be the standard set of instruments from Google. Oh sure, I’ve to additionally point out the darkish theme which is superior as at all times.

The Cameras

AGM has put much more emphasis on the cameras than earlier than, the entrance digital camera having an 8-megapixel sensor (Samsung 4H7 4P), whereas on the rear facet, we get a 50-megapixel digital camera (Samsung JN1 6P sensor). And sure, the secondary lens shouldn’t be actually a lens in any respect, however a flashlight.

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The rear digital camera and the flashlight.

I don’t see many individuals within the EU and US that use their pill as their principal shooter, however I’m pretty positive issues are very a lot completely different within the Asian market, so I assume this has been a clever alternative relying on the focused viewers. I did seize just a few photographs indoors and it’s as anticipated contemplating the value tag of the pill. It’s type of grainy and even the textual content shouldn’t be as crisp as what I noticed with dearer cameras. Outdoor, the place the lighting is nice, we do get a greater efficiency, and it does appear that the colour are a bit on the chilly facet.

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Images taken with the AGM PAD P2.

Once more, a great efficiency contemplating the value tag of the pill, but it surely doesn’t actually punch above it weight.

The Name High quality and Connectivity

Similar to the P1, the AGM PAD P2 can be utilized as a substitute for your smartphone. And there may be help for two/4/4G/LTE, in addition to WCDMA, VoLTE and VoNR. Do you have to use the pill as a cellphone? I wouldn’t because it’s not enjoyable to reply a name within the public and having the dialog within the public. Nevertheless it’s undoubtedly a legitimate various to the small smartphone. The audio system are pretty loud and clear, so that you shouldn’t have any bother listening to the individual on the opposite finish. As for the WiFi help, the usual is 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, so you’ll be able to join the pill to each a 2.4GHz and a 5GHz community.

The Battery Life

The AGM PAD P2 has a 7,850mAh battery which is greater than what we bought on the P1 and, if you happen to maintain the refresh fee at 60Hz, it’s best to get extra hours in regardless of the additional inch on the display.

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AGM PAD P2.

However, elevate the refresh fee to 90Hz and there might be an influence on the battery life. In my exams, whereas the display was set at 90Hz and with common use, so no gaming, just a few YouTube watching and ebook studying, I bought about 11 hours. I feel Android additionally has a say into the effectivity of the pill contemplating that it’s fairly the soar from the 8 hours of the PAD P1.

The Conclusion

Contemplating that it’s a successor to the PAD P1 and coming from the AGM model, I anticipated to get a rugged pill, however that’s not likely the case for the P2. As a substitute, we get a properly designed, skinny pill, however don’t fear, it’s nonetheless pretty shockproof so long as the protecting case stays on. The inner elements are just about the identical as final yr, however the 90Hz display, the larger battery and the structure of the Android 14 do make up for it. So, total, it’s an excellent pill for the cash, so if you happen to’re out there for such machine, it’s best to give it an opportunity.

AGM PAD P2

Professionals

  • The software program structure appears actually good
  • 90Hz refresh fee
  • Barely greater display (than the P1)
  • Help quick charging (20W)
  • The efficiency is first rate – can play most fashionable video games with out issues

Cons

  • No IP ranking
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Most definitely will stay on Android 14

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