Do tablets still have a place in the world they are not the trend they once were and even apple the one company making tablets that sell in any quantity has dropped the price on its 2017 entry level iPad model to encourage people to buy or upgrade. At $330 the iPad is an around affordable option but you all have to search for an android tablet if you want something cheaper. Xiaomi has released a new verions of its MI Pad called the MI Pad 3. Its an iPad Mini sized device with Xiaomis MIUI user interface over the top of googles operating system. Its cheaper than the iPad Mini 4 and the new iPad at around $270 but you all have to import one if you want it in the U.S.
Is it worth the import no while there nothing horribly wrong with the Mi Pad 3 its small quirks and issues do not justify the $270 price tag especially when the new iPad is just $60 more. Lets take a closer look. what does the Mi Pad 3 look like well picture an iPad Mini 4 without the apple branding and you are pretty much there. The two are shockingly similar. The 6.9mm thick aluminum body has a flat back with a camera lens in the top right the corners are smooth and rounded and the overall dimensions are almost identical. The screen is the same size at 7.9 inches as is the 2048 x 1536 pixel resoultion.
There are some differences the dual speakers are mounted on the back of the tablet facing away from you when looking at the screen and the slep wake button is on the side of the body not the top. It dosnt have a fingerprint sensor or any physical home button instead the Mi Pad 3 uses capacitive navigational icons below the screen. We miss the tactility of a physical home button largely because the android keys arent especially responsive and do require very precise taps to operate. Its a comfortable device to hold and those with average or larger hands will have no problem holding it in one hand thanks to its low weight. The texture on the back is pleasant to touch but although the Mi Pad 3 is slight flex in the center of the auminium back panel. ITs not enough to cause concern but enough to noticewhen its pressed.
There little to fault the way the Mi Pad 3 looks mainly becasue its very close to the established and attractive style of the iPad Mini. Its not something that overly concerns us styling it after something hideous would do that and we fidn the smaller 7.9 inch tablet size to be conventient while still being suitably larger than our phone to make using it worthwhile.