My new T-Mobile SpringBoard Tablet handles four live feed streams beautifully!

My new T-Mobile SpringBoard Tablet handles four HD live feed streams beautifully!

T-Mobile SpringBoard with Google 7″ Tablet – First Impressions

I recently won a T-Mobile SpringBoard Tablet in a giveaway on one of my favorite blogger’s website.  When Jenny aka JennyontheSpot.com notified me I’d won, I was beyond excited. But then reality took over and I realized I already own a tablet PC (HP Touchpad), an iPod Touch (4th Gen), a laptop, and a desktop; I really didn’t need another device. But when the Springboard arrived curiosity got the best of me so I decided to try it out and if I didn’t like it I could give it to one of my sons.

Size comparison - HP Touchpad, T-Mobile SpringPad, and Apple iPod Touch 4G

Size comparison – HP Touchpad, T-Mobile SpringPad, and Apple iPod Touch 4G

Needless to say, my son got the HP Touchpad and the SpringBoard has become my new favorite. I really don’t need a 4G tablet pc, but on those occasions when I go on a press trip, the Springboard will now be my go-to computer. Why? Because it has a data plan that can be purchased by the week – that makes this the most affordable way to travel with 4G data. I’ll buy it only when I need it and the rest of the time the SpringBoard Tablet works on Wi-Fi. I think that’s brilliant! And it works beautifully.

My ONLY complaints so far is the location of the power button, I’m constantly hitting in on accident. Plus I can’t use my Hulu Plus account or my Amazon Streaming accounts. Those are small prices to pay and I’m working on a way to hold it without hitting the power button and I have other devices for Hulu Plus and Amazon. So far I haven’t found a mobile device that does them all – someday maybe.  For now I can access the internet, email, my calendars, Netflix, the Google Apps store, and more.

The SpringBoard is smaller than the Touchpad and comfortable for me and easy to use. The Touchpad has very few apps available as it’s discontinuted – I wouldn’t recommend purchasing one now. The Springboard runs on the popular Android system and with the exception of Flash, I’ve found very few limitations. There are plenty of free apps available and I’ve not purchased any so far. My first app was a virus checker and another app where I can remotely wipe the SprinBoard clean should it get stolen.

My only complaint so far - the SpringBoard power button is located on the edge where I'm continually pressing it in error.

My only complaint so far – the SpringBoard power button is located on the edge where I’m continually pressing it in error.

I have purchased a case that’ll be here tomorrow directly from T-Mobile (there are very few available from other sources) that will also act as a stand so I can watch shows without propping it up on something or holding it (perfect when I’m streaming the Big Brother live feeds). The entire set-up and use of the Springboard is very intuitive. I’ve not looked at the instruction booklet that came with it yet – downloading apps and rearranging them is easy and self-explanatory even for my non-techy husband.

Will the T-Mobile SpringBoard Tablet replace my laptop? Of course not, but with a keyboard and mouse it will be the technology I bring on my next press trip – the built in camera and camcorder take perfectly great pictures with the right light and the audio recording is as good as my stand-alone voice recorder. Getting through airport security will be a little easier next time as I’ll be leaving my iPod Touch, voice recorder, and HP Touchpad at home.

I’ll try to do a follow up in a few weeks but for now I love the T-Mobile SpringBoard Tablet and I’ve not even connected it to my T-Mobile account yet. I love that it’s Wi-fi (aka free) until I choose to add it on a monthly data plan or on the weekly as-I-need it plan. I love the versatility and that you don’t have to be a T-Mobile customer to enjoy it.

Someday I'll have a computer that can do everything my laptop, desktop, notebook, and iPod Touch can do - at least I hope so!

Someday I’ll have a computer that can do everything my laptop, desktop, notebook, and iPod Touch can do – at least I hope so!

T-Mobile SpringBoard Tablet Specs:

  • 16 GB of built-in memory, expandable up to an additional 32 GB with a Micro SD card
  • Expected battery life is 7 hours – my time is significantly shorter when streaming video which is to be expected.
  • Can be purchased without a plan for about $400; significantly lower with a 2-year plan.