The Starmobile Engage 9 Tablet falls in the 9-inch category and personally I think the design here is done smart. The thickness, the subtle curved edges and the soft matte finish at the back makes it pleasant to hold. An Android with high 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS that give you a good gaming and functionality quality effect.
A minimalist design that looks premium on a size that you can easily store inside your coat’s pocket, I’m giving the Engage 9 an A+ for design.
The front is void of any buttons since navigation is done onscreen with the use of gestures. What you’ll see up front is the 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a LED indicator and the speakers on both sides. No physical buttons or touch panels means a symmetric look and for the untrained eye the Engage 9 resembles a digital picture frame.
There’s nothing at the left or right and at the bottom you’ll see a mini-HDMI port, microUSB port, Headset or Headphone input and a proprietary 3-pin port for docks and accessories. The standard USB port is used for charging and data connection. That is big because you can use any standard USB cable to connect to your PC unlike other tablets which requires you to have their proprietary cables. At the back is just the 3-megapixel camera and the Starmobile Engage 9 logo.
If you want a portable tablet where you could watch your HD videos and TV series, listen to your fave music, browse the web without any limitation then the Engage 9 is something I would strongly consider. It’s a very smooth and powerful tablet in a compact and quality package.
However, you most certainly want to do more with it. You can also want to check your Google calendar and my Yahoo! mail without having to launch the browser and visit the sites. Evreybody want a tablet-friendly app that would allow me to do those. Owning a Starmobile phone though will give you more mileage on the Engage 9. You can share your cheap 3G BIS connection when paired with your phone, and you will have access to your mail on a bigger display.
I would like to see the Starmobile Engage 9 succeed and I hope S.M would put in more effort into getting the much-needed functionalities to make their tablet compete with the Androids and iPads out there. I believe the Php7,290 price tag for the 8GB is just right for a WiFi tablet of this caliber.