Cherry Mobile MAIA Smart Tab Review
Cherry Mobile launched late last month the MAIA Smart Tab – an affordable 8-inch slate powered by an Intel Atom quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, and a 3,800mAh battery. Specs don’t sound much on paper but it offers something that you don’t see in other tablets – the capability to boot in Android and Windows. Find out if the Cherry MAIA Smart Tab is worth getting by reading our review below.
Design and Construction
As mentioned earlier, the MAIA Smart Tab is an affordable device aimed at consumers with a tight budget yet want to own a capable tablet that can run Android and Windows. Given the low price tag, the MAIA Smart Tab is modest and won’t impress you when it comes to build and design.
Up front, we have the 8-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution which equates to 189ppi with decent viewing angles and good colors. No mention of glass protection but it already has a plastic screen protector out of the box.
Found right above the screen is the 2 megapixel front camera and light sensor. Down below is the capacitive Windows home button. On the right are the power / lock and volume buttons, while the left side and bottom are devoid of any buttons or ports.
Found right up top are the headset jack and microUSB port. Situated on the rear are the 5 megapixel main camera, microSD cards slot, loudspeaker, and tablet’s branding.
When it comes to quality, the MAIA Smart Tab is plasticky, sounds hollow when you tap on its back, and far from premium which is understandable given its asking price.
It’s also chunky at 9.2mm but can be easily carried inside a small bag. On the bright side, it’s easy to grip thanks to the indentation found on the sides, while the matte finish at the back resists smudges and finger prints.