Pocketbook Surfpad 4M Test

Closing with quite pabulum: pocketbook has refreshed its Surfpad 4 M with bright yellow applications. Can the pop Android tablet at the second glance interest?

Pocketbook is unknown in this country. In the in the beautiful Lugano in the Swiss-based company supplies world 32 countries with E-book readers and Android tablets.

The 8-inch Surfpad 4M from the large portfolio of Swiss rips into the connect test, however the first lath with a poor endurance: the consumption in the individual modes is high, the 4000 mAh battery to scarce. In standby mode, the Surfpad fries 4M unusually much energy: so it lasted just three days without use after full charge, then the battery was empty. Already the Surfpad nearly four and a half hours after the Socket 4 M required after uninterrupted endurance test. This reduces also the arguments for mobile use, namely GPS and UMTS modem.

Anyway: With a car charging cable (not included in delivery), these on the road allow route planning taking into account current traffic information. Modem, GPS and an FM tuner also owes the Surfpad 4M the OCTA-core-system chip MT8392 from Mediatek. He also delivers a respectable performance for its price range.

Suitable for media

For mobile use is advisable also to fix the screen on maximum brightness from 335 cd/m2. When changing between indoors and outdoors you must adjust the display brightness manually. Resolution and pixel density are as high as at the higher HP Pro slate 8 2048 x 1536 pixels with 324 dpi.

With full HD Wiedergabe and stereo sound in landscape mode also pocketbook switched to the favour of the scenario writers; However, she will remain may be denied in the face of the sound quality of the speakers. Like the HP Tablet lacks an HDMI output; for the Surfpad 4 M reads files from a USB stick (adapter not included in delivery) and accept SDXC memory cards. The compartments for storage and SIM card on the body are open and unprotected.

Software: minimalist

Yet Android 4.4 is installed on the Surfpad 4M. A small adjustment to the material design of Android 5 offers the alternative Launcher. Favorite apps, you can collect in a drop-down menu at the bottom of the screen and open from there as pop up over the current background.

These useful additions, are played on only a few tools, such as a file manager. If you need a PDF Viewer or an Office suite, must go even on the search – what is dear to some when they are forced to accept as the decision for a particular product by the manufacturer.

Optics: refreshingly different

Visually the Surfpad 4 M with a few fine stands out: cheaper plastic connects to the noble, Matt black anodized back not as so often in the antenna area. Instead, pocketbook naughty flirts with two bright yellow, shapely in the back wall of plastic piping. The splash of colour in the buttons continues, which are also specially shaped to suit individual design: plus and minus for the volume control, an open circuit for power.


So, the pocketbook Surfpad presents 4 M as a tablet with a fun factor, in which even the price of 219 Euro spoils not the mood. That could happen, however, if the tablet on the way to early deletes the sailing…