Huawei Matepad 11 - should I buy it?

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  1. 386SX

    386SX Ancient Guru

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    Hi all.

    I found out Huawei recently reduced their Matepad 11. You could get it for about 300 to 320 Euros before (lowest price, not huawei.com), now it is 250 Euros.
    Octacore Snapdragon with Adreno 650 GPU, good features otherwise....

    What do you guys think? For that price this could be an xmas present for my wife. Worth it?

    https://consumer.huawei.com/de/tabl...5758674d100abbb045&utm_content=Geizhals+DEtdb
     
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    No google play store, no google services. You can probably hack those in, but if it's for the wife not exactly a great idea.
     
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    I seems pretty hard to unlock the bootloader and install Lineage OS on it.
     
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    The tablet will be used to watch Netflix or other videos mostly.
    Regarding games ... she doesn't play this much. And if she does, it's stuff like Candy Crush or Angry Birds. I am sure I can get those somewhere.

    Reviews I read said the OS is snappy and clean and overall it is a nice and useful tablet. So there is no need for a custom OS.
    Others with that GPU cost 400+ Euros and the tablet has a microsd slot.

    I hate Google, so Harmony OS without Google Services is a big plus for me.
     

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    Picking your poison there, Google vs Huawei, but fair enough. And it seems a heck of allot nicer than a Amazon tablet.
     
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    Running from Google in Huawei arms ?
    That's why I suggested LOS from the get go, a more leaner OS, with possibility of microG but sans the telemetry, spying and prying eyes of BigTech.
    Oh, and the device is snappier, longer battery life and longer OS support.
    But hey, that's me, sorry for the digression.

    PS Picked Samsung Galaxy Tab 6Lite for around 250€ year ago and flashed LOS on it. Best thing ever.
     
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    @anticupidon It isn't possible anymore to flash LOS on Huawei devices. I googled, Huawei blocked the modification of their bootloader at some point, and every model produced after that date has the lock, this MatePad, too.
    AFAI read nobody has a solution for that and LOS support already got dropped for all Huawei devices.

    Seems I have to look further .... :)
     
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    HarmonyOS is even worst than Google's. Don't get me started.
    Almost all manufacturers has the decency to let people unlock bootloaders and install the ROM of your choice.
    You own the device, you decide what OS or version your device should run.
     
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