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AGM PAD P1 review – Water and dust no problem?

We received the Pad P1 from the manufacturer AGM for an extensive test. The Chinese manufacturer AGM has so far been known more for smartphones for sports and outdoor use. For example, phones with a thermal imaging camera or quite powerful speakers for the party in the garden or at the beach.

Now AGM is entering the outdoor tablet product area with the Pad P1. Furthermore, AGM advertises the Pad P1 with an IP68/69K protection class (dust and water). I will find out what the AGM Pad P1 does in the test and prepare it for you.

AGM PAD P1 test: technical data

Processor MT8781 (Helio G99) octa-core processor
2x ARM Cortex-A76 2.2 GHz + 6 ARM Cortex-A55 2.0 GHz
Graphics unit Mali-G57 MC2
Dimensions (W x D x H) 250.3×160.0x9.0 (mm)
Weight 470 grams
Storage 256 GB (expandable via microSD card up to 2TB)
Memory 8 GB RAM
Display Panel type: LCD
Resolution: FHD 1200*2000 pixels
Screen diagonal: 10.36 inch
PPI: 300
Camera Front camera: 5 MP
Rear camera: 8 MP AF
Operating system Android 13
Connectivity WLAN:802.11a/b/g/n/ac(2.4GHz/5GHz)
Bluetooth:Bluetooth 5.2
Network Band:EU
GSM(B2/3/5/8) WCDMA(B1/2/4/5/8) FDD(B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/26/28a&b/66) TDD(B34/38/39/40/41)
Connectors USB type C, 3.5mm jack connector, Sim card type: 2x nano SIM card slots
Battery 7000 mAh, fast charging 18Watt
Multimedia Video: mp4/3Gp/mov/mkv
Audio: flac/ape/ac/mp3
Image: jpeg/png/gif/bmp
Features Navigation: GPS+beidou+GLONASS+Galileo
Gyroscope: no
G-sensor: yes
Proximity sensor: yes
Ambient light sensor: yes
Hall: yes
Compass: yes
NFC: no
Wireless charging: no
Certifications: IP 68 / IP 69K
Price: € 331.00 *

AGM PAD P1 Review: Scope of Delivery

  • Comprehensive scope of delivery
  • Free protective cover included

The AGM PAD P1 is delivered in a plain orange cardboard box. On the carton are already some relevant information about the AGM PAD P1. On the front of the box, we as customers can continue to get a first impression of the size of the PAD1, in addition to the logo of AGM.

The box itself contains the AGM PAD P1, which is also delivered with a transparent protective plastic cover. This protects the display of the PAD 1 as well as the back of the PAD.

Furthermore, a 10W USB Type A power adapter, 1x USB Type A to USB Type C cable, a sim card tool, and various stickers are included in the scope of delivery. The complete package is rounded off by a quickstart guide as well as a replacement cover for the headphone/charging port.

AGM PAD P1 review: design and workmanship

  • noble design
  • High-quality case
  • thought-out overall concept

First of all, I would like to talk about the design and workmanship from the PAD. The AGM PAD P1 has an aluminum case, which feels very high-quality. The edges of the case are chamfered to the sides or the display at the top and the back of the PAD, which makes the PAD 1 feel very good in the hand even without a case. The display itself is enclosed in its own plastic frame, which also protrudes about 1-2 mm above the display in height at the corners.

Personally, I find this trick very successful, because there is a small margin before the display has to experience direct contact with the ground when falling onto the corners of the AGM PAD P1. The camera module protrudes about 3 mm from the case and is thus no longer secured against contact with the ground in case of a fall onto the back without the protective cover.

A deeper look at the case reveals that the corners have also been reinforced here and should thus protect the AGM PAD P1 even more against bumps. The case can also be used as a stand for the AGM PAD P1 and in combination with the Bluetooth keyboard, which can be purchased additionally, even more extensive drafting of texts as well as drafting/answering mails from the camping vacation is possible. However, I was not able to test this function for you, because the keyboard was not provided for the test.

On the left side of the AGM PAD P1 is the volume rocker as well as the power button. On the right is the USB charging port covered with a plastic flap as well as the 3.5 mm jack connector. The SIM card slot is on the PAD P1’s upper side. This offers space for 2 SIM cards or one SIM card and one micro-SD card.

The colors of the AGM PAD P1 are to my eye very well met and harmoniously matched. From the case in aluminum gray, to single black elements on the upper part of the case, to the silver elements on the camera. Consequently, the PAD P1 looks classy and at first glance it looks more like a business tablet than an outdoor tablet.

The workmanship of the tablet is solid and of high quality. The plastic case fits the AGM PAD P1 perfectly and the left buttons are also very easy to use. Only opening the tabs above the jack plug and the charging port requires a bit of dexterity, at least at the moment.

The speakers of the AGM PAD P1 are positioned on the sides of the case. If I hold the tablet in landscape mode when navigating in the wilderness, for example, I cover the speakers with my hands. As a result, the sound cannot be output cleanly. Instead, I would have liked to see them positioned on the top or bottom of the frame.

Setup:

  • Quick easy setup
  • Android 13 (stock version)
  • no current security patches retrievable

The setup of the AGM PAD P1 turned out to be very simple. Due to the very slim Android 13, it is still child’s play to complete the setup and get the PAD up and running. All necessary steps are clearly communicated and structured via the display. The Android security patch from 05.05.2023 is installed on the PAD itself. My smartphone, on the other hand, has the current security patch from August 2023 installed. Thus, it remains to be seen when the manufacturer AGM will provide the patch.

The PAD 1 does not have any unnecessary additional apps preinstalled, which I very much welcome.

Start screen (out of the box)

AGM PAD P1 review: battery life

  • Good overall performance
  • long charging times

The 7000 mAH battery delivers what it promises. All test runs, benchmarks, video, photo, and YouTube sessions put a good strain on the battery but could not bring it to its knees. One battery charge lasts 2-3 days in normal use. In my daily routines, listening to music via Youtube, reading books about the AGM PAD P1 in the test and research on the web did not cause the battery charge to decrease by more than 30% percent per day.

I am really thrilled with the performance of the 7000 mAH battery. However, where there is light, there is also shadow.

Once the battery is used up due to daily use or even a long hike, a sufficient charging time has to be planned. A full charge cycle (0-100%) takes 3 hours and 45 minutes with the included charging plug. According to the manufacturer, the AGM PAD P1 has a fast charging function (18 watts), but this cannot be accessed. At this point, an 18 watt charging plug is consequently desirable.

Benchmarks:

  • sufficient performance
  • suitable for simple games

Even though the AGM PAD P1 is not a tablet for gaming, I still ran the 3D Mark Wildlife. You can find the results in the attached pictures. The PAD P1 ranks 294th with 1164 points. Thus, according to the database, the AGM PAD P1 is between the Vivo iQOO Z1 and the Xiomi Mi 10 Pro.

In Geekbench 6, the PAD scores 734 points in the single-core and 2046 points in the multi-core CPU test. According to the database, the PAD P1 ranks at the same level as the Realme 6 Pro and consequently the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 are in close proximity. The neighbors in the multi-core are the Huawei nova 5T and the Galaxy Note 10 5G.

In the GPU benchmark, 1289 points (OpenCL) are achieved and thus, in my opinion, sufficient rates for an outdoor tablet.

Daily use and a bath:

  • Good companion for on the go
  • fluent call of apps
  • ultra-fast brightness sensor
  • camera needs improvement

The AGM PAD P1 plays to its strengths in daily use. Especially the interaction of CPU, battery and RAM let all used apps start smoothly. There were no noticeable stutters or crashes of the used apps during my tests.

The AGM PAD P1 can display YouTube as well as streaming services well. However, only a DRM Widevine certification according to Level 3 is available. Thus, the tablet is only allowed to display the content in SD quality for some streaming services. However, I noticed that the display’s brightness sensor reacts very quickly when watching Netflix and the like, and the display darkens or brightens, which was very convenient for me in dark surroundings. I would have liked more contrast and brightness levels in direct sunlight.

However, I would personally describe the camera as an emergency solution for snapshots in between. By the way, I have attached some photos to this paragraph. What is still acceptable in optimal light conditions becomes an adventure at nightfall or in different exposure zones at the latest. The autofocus of the rear camera is constantly trying to keep the focus in video mode, which means resources and thus power consumption. In short, the camera can be overstrained in nature depending on the incidence of light and the object to be captured. From my point of view, either the camera on the back could have been omitted completely, or a better one should have been installed for a corresponding surcharge.

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Of course, the IP69K certification invites you to put the PAD under water once in a while. Even though it was an inner torment for me, I soaked the AGM PAD P1 for 5 minutes. The PAD survived this test and so I can at least confirm the water resistance for my test.

The PAD P1 in a water bath

AGM PAD P1 review: conclusion

The AGM PAD P1 is the manufacturer’s first tablet. However, if I as a user am still looking for the egg-laying willow sow, which has maximum reception at maximum resolution, maximum battery power and then still have the claim that at a price of 299 euros my experiences are also recorded in maximum sharpness and quality, then from my point of view I am in the wrong place with the AGM PAD P1.

If I go with the attitude to get a helper for my camping trip to be accessible and especially not only on a possibly 6-inch smartphone display to read important information. Moreover, for my laptop is no place, and in the wilderness still have the high-end smartphone for photo and video with me, then the AGM PAD P1 is quite a purchase option in my view.

AGM PAD P1

Workmanship
Hardware
Multimedia
Performance
Battery
Value for money

83/100

The AGM Pad P1 is a solid outdoor tablet with strengths in running apps and playing media. However, it has weaknesses in the camera and the long charging times.

Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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We received the Pad P1 from the manufacturer AGM for an extensive test. The Chinese manufacturer AGM has so far been known more for smartphones for sports and outdoor use. For example, phones with a thermal imaging camera or quite powerful speakers for the party in the garden or at the beach. Now AGM is entering the outdoor tablet product area with the Pad P1. Furthermore, AGM advertises the Pad P1 with an IP68/69K protection class (dust and water). I will find out what the AGM Pad P1 does in the test and prepare it for you. AGM PAD P1 … (Weiterlesen...)

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