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Argos MyTablet Battery life and verdict

Michael Sawh

By Michael Sawh



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Argos MyTablet - Battery life

If you are taking the MyTablet on a road trip, the 3,000 mAh battery should get you through at least the first part of the journey. If you are planning to take it on a long-haul flight, prepare to be disappointed. Argos claims you should get up to five hours of power and in general use web browsing, streaming video and playing games but we found it to be closer to four.

In more extreme tests, looping the film Ice Age pinned (downloaded) to the Google Play Movies and TV app it lasted less than 3 and half hours. If you have forgotten to charge the MyTablet the night before and need a quick burst of power, the Argos tablet manages to add 10-15% in a 30 minute charge from a critical battery level (below 10%) putting it on par with the Hudl. All in all it is a pretty poor battery for a 7-inch tablet.

Should I buy the Argos MyTablet?

When Tesco announced the Hudl, we feared the worst. What we actually got was a very solid and well-made device. The Argos MyTablet on the other hand is a sub-standard, forgettable, Android device trying to cash in on the flurry of cheap Google-running slates already available.

From afar, it's a reasonably good-looking. However, the screen is average, the performance underwhelming and it represents the kind of bad tablets that the likes of Google has tried to eradicate over the past couple of years. There’s not a lot to tell the MyTablet apart from a host of much cheaper Android tablets that we wouldn't recommend either.

If you are looking for a good, cheap Android tablet, the Tesco Hudl at £119 is marginally more expensive but wipes the floor with the MyTablet. On top of that it can actually be purchased for the same price or even less with some clever use of vouchers or club card points.

The Argos website still lists the original 32GB Nexus 7 for £159, and if you can afford to spend a little more, that’s an even better purchase. There are so many routes to buying a solid Android tablet, but you might have to fork out a little more than £100. Trust us, it'll be worth it.

You can start by reading about the Best Android Tablets.


Keep the £99.99 in your pocket, if you need a cheap Android tablet, there’s plenty of better alternatives than the Argos MyTablet.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Battery Life 5
  • Design 5
  • Features 6
  • Performance 5
  • Screen Quality 3
  • Value 3


October 21, 2013, 5:39 pm

Never commented on your posts before as they are usually fantastic and don't bother leaving feedback. But this is very poorly written and hasn't seem to have been checked. So bad I have given up after the first few paragraphs. Not what I expect from Trusted Reviews.


October 21, 2013, 9:39 pm

Will you believe me if I said it was written on the Mytablet and some of the crappiness rubbed off?

You're absolutely right. For some reason the subbing changes did not save before it got published. Apologies and hopefully that's all fixed now.

Jane Bunter

October 24, 2013, 2:11 pm

Perhaps wish I'd read this before I purchased my 7" - however - what I did buy I'm pleased with. Same price as the mytablet but quad core with goodies included. Interesting because although the cameras are the same spec, I get very OK shots and video [heart] my midget gem!

Alison Williams Ollier

January 3, 2014, 2:20 am

Bought one of these for my 13 year old daughter for xmas and wish I hadn't bothered, she has never been as frustrated with something in her life as shes had nothing but problems with the internwt working so taking back to argos for a refund


July 14, 2014, 7:51 am

My Nexus 7 which was great, cracked and wouldn't function, so I just bought a MyTablet 2 for £69,99 from Argos and think it's pretty good so far and does the same job that the Nexus did, on an 8 inch screen. It feels solid and comfortable in the hands, the screen is good. It's a tad slower than the Nexus but not so that tit bothers. It was easy to set up and I'm getting 10 hours battery life. I'm surprised at all the negative reviews but I guess the 2 is a big improvement on the 1.


January 28, 2015, 11:16 am

Don't buy this tablet ! Mine was dropped and has a small crack in the screen. After calling number after number I discovered that the only sales support available was to send them the device, then they will repair it and send me the bill. I asked if they could give me a range of possible costs. The answer was no, I just had to have faith that the cost would be affordable or justifiable. I'm not even sure if this is legal within consumer rights. Effectively they could come back with a repair bill in excess of the cost of the tablet. If you buy this tablet just accept that if there is a problem with it not covered by guarantee then you are on your own.

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