Many tablets have been released since last year. Smartphones, as well. And they have all been more or less successful. Fujitsu joins the ranks of manufacturers who produce such gadgets by unveiling its own tablet, the £470 Stylistic M532. And it’s a really good effort from their part. It did not go unnoticed by us and so we reviewed it. Here is what resulted from that.
Because it is meant to be used by all kinds of categories of consumers, the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 boasts a series of diverse specs. Such as a 10.1″ touchscreen, 1280 x 800 pixels, 149 ppi, a 3170 mAh battery, an Android 4.0 OS, a quad-core 1.4GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 T30S CPU, supported by 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and stereo speakers. On the list of features we found 2 cams (one of 2MP and the other of 8MP), GPS, an organizer and all the standard options. You are also offered 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 1 microUSB, 1 USB 2.0, 1 SIM card slot and 1 microSD card slot. As you can see, this tablet is poor when it comes to connectivity options. But there is a dock that can work with both HDMI and Ethernet ports.
The Stylistic M532 measures 262.6 mm x 175.4 mm x 8.6 mm and weighs 560 g. The finish that Fujitsu uses on this gadget is made of rubber. The chassis uses a plastic material. The build is nice, because the tablet is very easy to hold for more than half an hour. There is a red edge strip included in the build. It makes sure that the tablet is offered protection against water. Even if you can easily bow it.
We had no problems when using the display in the tests we did on this device. Feedback was very good. The onscreen keyboard was also very nice and we could type this article on it without having bouts of annoyance.
The speed of the processor was more than what we expected. Navigation did not lag at all. Videos loaded quickly and played very well. And the memory on board was a very good addition. We also spotted support for all DLNA-related activities.
Improved battery life
If the Japanese manufacturer would have added the possibility to attach both an external keyboard and USB mouse, we would have been even more content. But since there was no such thing, we can’t give this tablet a 10. Add to that the inability to employ USB sticks and you totally get our frustration caused by this major con.
We could in no way charge the Stylistic M532 by using a USB option. Instead, the company makes you employ a proprietary dock connector. And this means that the user needs to have a special charge cable at all times wherever you may roam. Which is so annoying in these modern times.
The 3,170mAh battery the tablet packs is not the kind you can remove in an instant. Nope. But it still is a pretty good one. In our benchmarks it lasted 8 hours. If you are prone to performing a few activities in a day, the battery will last almost 24 hours. So in the end it all depends on how much work you want to do with it daily.
The 8MP cam on the tablet’s rear features flash. The 2MP one on the front is used for making video calls. Neither of them is brilliant, but in the absence of something else they work quite well.
Fujitsu’s Stylistic M532 is a tablet that feels equally appropriate both in your apartment and at work.