What is it?

A sleek and quirky tablet computer from Huawei.

It's likely you have used an Apple tablet at some point as the market has been saturated with these devices to the point where the words "tablet" and "iPad" seem interchangeable to many people.

If you have immersed yourself in an entire ecosystem of Apple products, it can be tricky to see beyond that.

Android-based variants can offer the same feature set at a fraction of the cost while opening up new ways of work and play. Case in point: the Huawei MatePad Pro.

Good points?

All the bells and whistles you would expect from a modern tablet are present, including a 10-point touchscreen, dual cameras, Harman Kardon speakers and 128GB storage with option of expansion through a memory card slot.

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Battery life is around 12 hours from a one-hour charge from either cabled or wireless power.

Bad points?

Chinese marketing in the West hasn’t been as good as the products they make, leaving them to be perceived as imitations to more well-known brands and as a result they have failed to gain a decent foothold.

Google Play Store access has been removed for Huawei, stripping the tablet of most third-party apps which users rely on out of the box.

There are ways round this with different app stores, but the downside is it adds another layer of complexity to an otherwise great gadget.

Best for ...

Those who prefer not to pay through the nose for a brand name.

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Avoid if ...

You have various Apple devices all linked as there is little point upsetting that particular cart.

Score: 8/10.

Huawei MatePad Pro, £499 (currys.co.uk)