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Micromax Canvas Tab P650 review

Micromax Canvas Tab P650 review

One of the vital outstanding developments within the Indian pill trade over the previous yr has been the rise of the price range section of tablets. Micromax is without doubt one of the main gamers on this section, and may take credit score for kick-starting the demand with its Funbook pill, which claimed to mix leisure with training.
Micromax’s Canvas Tab P650 is a pill with Eight-inch show, a section which has been dominated by Apple and Samsung for fairly a while now. However can the Micromax Canvas Tab, the corporate’s first Eight-inch pill and likewise the primary flagship pill within the Canvas sequence, repeat the success of the primary Funbook, and get forward of the competitors? We attempt to discover out in our overview.

Design/ Construct
The Micromax Canvas Tab is constructed alongside the traces of Micromax’s high-end smartphones, just like the Canvas Doodle 2. On first look, the Canvas Tab appears to be like like a stretched out or greater model of the Funbook pill. Nonetheless, that’s solely the case for the entrance panel of the pill.

The entrance of the Canvas Tab contains a broad bezel across the display, just like Funbook tablets, though this makes the show look lots smaller than it really is. It comes with a shiny display and subsequently attracts greater than a justifiable share of fingerprints; we might suggest carrying a material to maintain cleansing it. Aside from the display, the pill’s entrance homes a 2-megapixel digicam positioned in a single nook alongside the earpiece that sits within the centre.

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The again of the Canvas Tab has a brushed aluminium end which supplies it stylish appears to be like, with a bit on the high which appears to be like detachable (The again panel can’t be indifferent because it has been screwed on), although is just not. Micromax has removed a budget plastic physique and equips an aluminium physique on the again, which does really feel higher to carry than the Funbook tablets. Lodged within the again is a 5-megapixel autofocus digicam on the high left nook and the speaker grill.

The pill’s rear additionally homes Micromax brand branding embossed within the centre with the mannequin title – ‘Canvas Tab’ together with inbuilt storage capability printed on the backside, one thing we’ve got seen on Apple’s iPad fashions.

At barely over 10mm, the Canvas Tab is just not the thinnest pill we’ve got seen however is snug sufficient to carry with each arms. When it comes to weight, the pill stands on the heavier facet which is because of the aluminium again panel.

We tried to make use of the pill with one hand however failed due to the squarer form-factor of the Micromax Canvas Tab, whereas we expect utilizing the extra rectangular Samsung Galaxy Tab three 311 (Eight-inch mannequin) with one hand was a lot simpler job than the Canvas Tab.

The Micromax Canvas Tab is accessible in two color variants – Marine Blue and Pristine White, we acquired the previous one. Bodily keys on this tab comprise simply the amount and energy buttons – the remainder of the controls are on the Eight-inch pill.

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We now have been utilizing the Canvas Tab for fairly a while now, however nonetheless haven’t been used to the odd positioning of the facility button on the highest, and the awkwardly small quantity toggle on the best facet. Typically, we ended up urgent the amount rocker keys to unlock the pill and at occasions whereas watching movies we struggled to regulate the volumes. The facility key’s on the highest panel of the pill virtually above the earpiece grill, which we really feel was very inconvenient for right-handed people. The Eight-inch kind issue typically feels too huge for reaching out to the facility button.

There’s three.5mm audio jack and Micro-USB port sitting on the high of the Canvas Tab, whereas the left facet is naked. Just under the amount rocker buttons is a flap which is detachable and divulges the SIM card and microSD card slot.

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The flap overlaying the 2 slots is linked by a rubber materials which does not look sturdy to outlive in long term. The corporate has chosen common SIM for the Canvas Tab, as an alternative of the smaller kinds (micro-SIM / mini-SIM). We additionally felt the Canvas Tab to be a bit too heavy, with a weight of 425 grams on this kind issue, greater than 100 grams heavier than iPad mini and Galaxy Tab three 211.

Show

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The Micromax Canvas Tab comes with an Eight-inch IPS show with a decision of 1024×768 pixels, which interprets to a pixel density of 160ppi (pixels per inch). The show decision of the Canvas Tab is corresponding to Apple iPad mini (1024×768) however decrease than a number of the 7-inch tablets which can be found at decrease costs, such because the Nexus 7 (2012) and Kindle Fireplace HD, which have a decision of 1280×800 pixels.

The Micromax Canvas Tab’s show is crisp sufficient to make studying snug and we loved watching video on the brilliant show due to the correct color copy, and deep blacks.

The Canvas Tab helps wide-viewing angles which imply customers should not required to carry it in a precise candy spot for the very best viewing expertise. This additionally means taking part in video games that make the most of the accelerometer will not get spoiled by occluded views and distorted colors. Nonetheless, we seen that the display may be very reflective and this hampers visibility underneath the daylight.

The contact sensitivity of the Micromax Canvas Tab is respectable and we didn’t encounter any points whereas utilizing the pill. However contemplating the worth of the brand new Micromax’s pill, we anticipated that firm may have gone for a greater show panel with increased decision.

Digital camera

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The Micromax Canvas Tab comes with twin cameras – 5-megapixel rear autofocus digicam and a 2-megapixel front-facing digicam.

The rear digicam takes respectable photos in well-lit situations. We examined the Canvas Tab’s rear digicam in out of doors, dim and indoor environments and located that photos had been a bit washed out and grainy at edges. There’s a little little bit of lag between urgent the button and the precise shutter launch, making it arduous take photos in a pinch.

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Nonetheless, we should confess that Canvas Tab’s rear digicam is a bit of above the common pill digicam and will get a big enhance from a superb digicam app, which is one other component that’s acquainted to Micromax’s Canvas sequence smartphones. The pill’s digicam app comes with similar structure and far of the identical performance as seen already on the Micromax Canvas four smartphone and Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 phablet. Notably, there is no flash on the Canvas Tab.

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With the Micromax Canvas Tab’s digicam app, customers can select from a bunch of digicam settings like Regular, HDR, Face Magnificence, Smile detection, Publicity compensation, Panorama, Photosphere (multi-angle view) modes. It additionally gives a burst mode, letting customers click on 40 to 99 pictures directly; customers simply have to long-press the digicam gentle key on the show to take burst shot.

The Canvas Tab is able to recording video at 768×1024 pixels and the preloaded digicam app additionally has the choice of including filters to the clicked photographs as properly. The entrance dealing with 2-megapixel digicam is fairly common and can be utilized for video calls over Skype or self-portrait pictures.

Software program/ Interface
The Micromax Canvas Tab runs Android four.2.1 Jelly Bean, which is a really current model of the OS and comes with some minor software program tweaks just like the app icons.

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Likewise, Micromax has skinned some UI components of the working system on the Canvas Tab and gives 4 themes that include totally different icon units. Even the default theme on the pill that gives inventory icons has undergone some minor tweaks with Micromax selecting a squared icon look as an alternative of the plain that’s being provided on inventory Android. Nonetheless, we should confess that the modifications should not as radical as HTC’s Sense UI or Samsung’s TouchWiz however provides just a few neat touches to the OS with out intruding an excessive amount of on its essence.

Some would possibly contemplate that with Android four.four KitKat across the nook, the truth that the Canvas Tab nonetheless runs Android four.2.1 is a let-down. Nonetheless, we actually don’t thoughts a easily operating Android four.2 pill and the Canvas Tab is that. One other truth is that in India it’d take some time for smartphones and tablets primarily based on Android platform begin operating on the most recent launched OS model, besides the Nexus vary of units. The OS replace will take a while to achieve home OEMs.

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One can get lock-screen widgets on the Canvas Tab, which is an Android four.2 characteristic. For unlocking the system one can select from the clock, digicam, Gmail, Google Now, messaging and moreover widgets provided by third-party apps put in on the pill. This Android four.2 Jelly Bean characteristic allows customers to carry out sure app actions even when the system is locked. One may launch the digicam direct from the lock display by urgent the facility button after which swiping display on the best.

Very like Micromax’s Canvas four and Canvas Doodle 2, the Canvas Tab additionally comes with FOTA (firmware over the air ) characteristic that permits to wirelessly downloading firmware updates on to the system. There are 5 customizable homescreens – a really commonplace Android affair.

There are shortcuts for calculator, native browser, gallery, menu, dialler, messages and calendar on the homescreen of the Canvas Tab. Just like different Android four.2 Jelly Bean-based units, the notifications tray on the pill options settings shortcut and a transparent all button. Nonetheless, the Canvas Tab very like different Android four.2 tablets include two separate notification trays – one with Fast settings and different with e mail, messages, and different alerts.

On increasing the Fast Settings notification tray one can discover choices for fast entry to the profile, battery standing, settings shortcut, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, knowledge connectivity, knowledge utilization standing, airplane mode, brightness, display timeout, auto rotate and audio profiles (for alerts and different notifications).

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The Micromax Canvas Tab additionally options Google Now, an Android four.2 characteristic which is a voice-based info assistant and an extension of Google search. It makes use of playing cards that are basically small containers that supply totally different units of knowledge like climate forecast, instructions, visitors info, scores, appointments and foreign money conversion and many others.

The Micromax Canvas Tab comes preloaded with quite a lot of apps akin to Spuul, which may stream motion pictures and tv exhibits; Kingsoft Workplace Suite, for creating and enhancing Workplace information, and M! Safety, which is powered by NQ Cellular for heading off virus and malware assaults. Nonetheless, the M! Safety app is just not utterly free and customers have to pay for utilizing the premium options of the app. Additionally on board within the pill is M! Dwell that provides entry to obtain music, movies, video games and apps from M! Dwell retailer GPS Personal Locator.

The Canvas Tab’s native music participant and the video participant are the identical as seen on the Canvas four and Canvas Doodle 2. The music participant UI is a whole revamp with entry to firm’s on-line music retailer, whereas the video participant comes with the ‘Pause on Look away’ characteristic that detects when you find yourself trying on the display and stops the video when it doesn’t detect person’s face.

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The Canvas Tab additionally comes preloaded with host of Google apps akin to Gmail, Google Search, Google+, Hangouts, Google Maps, Play Books, Play Films and TV, Play Retailer and YouTube. There’s FM radio help on the pill as properly.

Efficiency/ Battery Life
The Micromax Canvas Tab is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek 8389 processor. It has 1GB of RAM onboard, and comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, out of which solely 11.07GB is user-accessible and likewise helps expandable storage as much as 32GB through microSD card.

Contemplating there’s a pretty respectable quad-core processor operating underneath the hood, the Micromax Canvas Tab manages to chug alongside simply nice. In day-to-day actions the pill feels easy sufficient and you aren’t actually left wanting for extra energy. Nonetheless, we did discover some minor lag particularly whereas switching from portrait to panorama mode however apart from that we had been capable of play tablet-optimised video games and HD video clips, with out barely any hiccups.

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The Eight-inch IPS show is sweet for viewing motion pictures and movies. The Canvas Tab was capable of play full-HD movies and supported common video codecs like .AVI, .MOV, .MKV and .MP4. The audio system on the Canvas Tab ship common sound that distorts a bit at excessive quantity ranges and general the output by means of the speaker grill was not very loud as properly.

The Micromax Canvas Tab comes with single-SIM help (as we talked about earlier, utilizing the common SIM measurement) and likewise gives voice-calling skills, aside from 3G knowledge connectivity. Nonetheless, we felt that the Canvas Tab was too huge to make cellphone calls with and was virtually unattainable to make use of as a smartphone whereas making calls. We most popular to not put the pill subsequent to our face, however as an alternative used provided earphones. We confess that the calling skills within the pill do give it a bonus in comparison with different tablets in the identical worth section with out the characteristic.

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The Canvas Tab is easy and speedy when opening apps, swiping across the interface, and taking part in video games like Temple Run 2 with wealthy graphics high quality. The onscreen keyboard’s keys should not cramped and customers can hit them simply.

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The Micromax Canvas Tab ships with a 4800mAh battery that in line with the corporate can ship as much as 10 hours of talktime and as much as 400 hours of standby time. Based mostly on our utilization, we see the pill does delivers satisfying battery efficiency.

With medium to heavy utilization (leaving brightness on Auto) on the Micromax Canvas Tab, we had been capable of get greater than a day earlier than needing to cost the system. The 4800mAh battery lasted round 6 hours watching HD movies earlier than getting down underneath 20 % with the brightness set to auto.

With Wi-Fi turned on all the time and utilizing the pill for Net searching for an hour, just a few calls lasting for no more than an hour, show set on auto-brightness and with the standard notifications for messages, emails, Fb, and WhatsApp, the system lasted for about 16 to 18 hours which is respectable time for a pill of this measurement. One would possibly get extra battery backup relying on the utilization, and likewise by adjusting settings (brightness, Wi-Fi, knowledge).

Verdict
The Micromax Canvas Tab has been launched at Rs. 16,500 which is a bit dear. Nonetheless, we admit that the Canvas Tab is certainly a step up when it comes to construct high quality, efficiency and connectivity, if in comparison with Funbook pill fashions.

At this worth, the 3G-enabled Canvas Tab squares off in opposition to the Samsung Galaxy tablets – the Galaxy Tab three 211 priced at Rs. 17,100, which comes with 7-inch show and voice-calling options, and the Galaxy Tab three 310 priced at Rs. 21,000, which is a Wi-Fi variant and comes with Eight-inch show, and misses out on the calling skills.

The bigger show would not actually give the Canvas Tab a lot of a bonus over the Galaxy Tab three 211, and single-handed working is just not too simple with the sq. kind issue. There sadly aren’t too many choices accessible so that you can select from available in the market, with older-generation choices just like the iberry Auxus Core X4 3G, which options dated Android model, or lower-specced units like Galaxy Tab three 211.

If you’re snug with the load and the shape issue, and need the quad-core efficiency and up to date OS iteration, the Canvas Tab P650 is just not a nasty possibility.

Professionals

  • Stable construct
  • Good show
  • Voice-calling
  • Respectable battery backup

Cons

  • A bit heavy for each day use
  • Audio system not very loud
  • Just a little dear

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 review

Samsung is probably trying to apply its smartphones strategy on tablets, as the company is launching Android tablets of varied specification in the Indian market. Starting from 7-inch, the Korean manufacture has a tablet for you in almost every possible size – 7.7-inch, 8.9-inch, and 10.1-inch.

The recently launched Galaxy Tab 2 310 is company’s first Ice Cream Sandwich tablet to reach India and it is also a device that marks a big shift in company’s target market. Instead of going after the iPad buyers, Samsung has realised that it is better to target buyers that don’t have the budget to opt for iPad and can compromise a bit on features.

The Galaxy Tab 2 310 comes at almost half the price at which original Galaxy Tab was launched in India and has similar features, but has the reduction in price impacted the overall performance of the device? We find out in this review.

Hardware
Apart from the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab, all the Samsung tablets look identical, with just a few aesthetic differences, but that in itself is not essentially a bad thing. The new Galaxy 2 310 looks nice and fits firmly in hand.

The tablet back is made of matte plastic and is resistant to fingerprints unlike the front, which just loves them.

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The tablet comes with microSD card and regular SIM card slot on the left, while volume rocker and power button are present on the right. The illustration on the SIM slot is, strangely, not indicative of the way the SIM is supposed to be inserted – we wasted quite a bit of time with that!

There is no Micro-USB port on the device and company has included a proprietary data cum charging port on the bottom that is joined by the stereo speakers and primary mic. The top houses the 3.5mm audio jack and secondary mic.

Overall, Tab 2 310 has been put together very well and the sturdy build is certainly a positive for it.

Display
In order to reduce the pricing of Tab 2, Samsung has opted for 1024x600p PLS display instead of much fancier AMOLED displays. PLS display are said to be brighter than normal LCD and offer better viewing angles, which is true for Tab 2 310 apart from the glare, but make no mistake – it is just your average display.

If you have seen the Retina display on the new iPad or even the Super AMOLED Plus on Galaxy Tab 680, you won’t be too happy with PLS on the P3100. The whites are a little yellowish and blacks are also on the grey side.

The touchscreen on the tablet is also prone to smudges and fingerprints.

 

Software/ User Interface
The handset-makers have have been slow in bringing Android 4.0 smartphones in India but for tablets it has been a totally different story. Manufacturers ranging from Micromax to Zync to Milagrow, all have released multiple ICS tablets in the country. In that respect, Samsung is actually quite late in releasing its ICS tablet, while the relatively unknown makers have flooded the market with their latest ICS offerings.

 

Coming back to Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310, this tablet runs on Android 4.0.3 with Touchwiz UX on top. Similar to what we have seen on the smartphone, Ice Cream Sandwich is also a big improvement over Honeycomb on tablets.

The whole experience of using the ICS is pleasant and there is no lag, but surprisingly we saw a lot of shutter on the home-screen.

Another positive of having ICS on the device is the ability to install Chrome browser, which has just come out of beta and certainly is a must-have for every user.

One of the major issues that keep plaguing every Android tablet is the lack of optimised apps, and the story is same with Galaxy Tab 2 310. The number of tablet optimised apps is increasing but it is still quite low when compared to iOS.

On the pre-installed apps front, Samsung has included its own set of mini-apps (such as alarm, calculator, e-mail, music player, etc.) that do not take full screen space and can be overlaid on any running apps.

These mini-apps are very useful at times and can be opened from anywhere on the tablet by simply tapping on the arrow present on the bottom panel.

Other pre-loaded apps include ChatON, Photo Editor, Polaris Office, Readers Hub, World Clock and Video maker.

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Camera
Samsung has included a 3MP rear camera and VGA front camera on Tab 2 310. While, you won’t be using this tablet as your primary imaging device, but still the rear camera leaves a lot to be desired. The quality of images is average and as there is no flash, you will hardly be able to take any decent shots in low-light conditions.

The front camera is usable and you won’t have any issues video chats on the tablet.

Performance/ Battery Life

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The Galaxy Tab 2 comes with 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, which is more than enough to give decent performance and it succeeds in that. Apart from the occasional hiccups and shutters, the tablet is pretty smooth.

Tab 2 310 also comes with 3G connectivity with voice calling support and it works as anticipated. You can make voice calls, sent text messages and get 3G data, when you have no Wi-Fi access. In a country like India, where you don’t find Wi-Fi hotspot that commonly, having 3G on the tablet is certainly a big value addition.

The game playback is decent and games like Temple Run, BackStab, Asphalt 6 and Shadowgun worked perfectly.

The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work just fine, however the Wi-Fi range is less than other tablets in the market.

The tablet comes with 4000 mAh battery, which is same as found in Galaxy Tab 620, and you will get almost two days of battery backup on regular use. However, if you are a 3G network hog, don’t expect it to last more than a day on heavy use.

Verdict
Samsung has released a very potent tablet in the form of Galaxy Tab 2 310. At the maximum retail price of Rs. 23,250 (street price is lower), it certainly has quite a few aces up its sleeve like 3G connectivity, voice calling, and Ice Cream Sandwich. However, the app (reparações de telemóveis in Portuguese) problem is still present and if you want more app choice, bigger display and have no love for 3G, iPad 2 is still a great buy at INR 24,500.

Pros

  • Pre-loaded Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 3G/Voice calling

Cons

  • Camera
  • Limited Wi-Fi range

Ratings (out of 5)
Design: 3
Display: 2.5
Performance: 4
Software: 4
Battery Life: 3.5
Value for Money: 4
Camera: 2.5
Ecosystem: 3.5
Overall: 3.5

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Acer C720P

Acer C720P

Acer C720P – The Chromebook fits between AN iPad or golem pill and a full-fledged laptop computer. whereas approximately as moveable as a pill, since it actually can’t be used one handed , or while not a table or a minimum of a lap to rest it on, it will supply the potential for additional practicality since it’s a inbuilt keyboard. One will after all argue that it’s easy enough to use a Bluetooth keyboard with a pill, however the Chromebook still offers a bigger, higher screen, ANd higher property than AN iPad attributable to inbuilt USB ports and an South Dakota card slot. whether or not or not a Chromebook normally or the genus Acer C720P specifically is correct for your wants can rely upon careful thought.
Context

Just to supply a bit context, I accustomed be a laptop-only reasonably woman, relying heavily on a Fujitsu Lifebook and so on a Sony Vaio Z moreover as a Macbook Air. As a manager by day and a author by night, I chiefly used a laptop computer to crunch numbers, write proposals, and edit photos for my computing machine. All of that modified once the iPad came around; i take advantage of one nearly solely for my daily computing, apart from once my job demands that i take advantage of the holler Lattitude E5530 issued by my company so as to create displays or show DVDs to my customers.
Technical Highlights

Size: 11.34” x 8.03” x 0.78”
Weight: 3.00 pounds
Display: eleven.6” widescreen Touchscreen show with Intel HD graphics
Resolution: 1366 x 768
CPU: Intel Celeron 2955U at. 1.4 GHz
Storage: 32GB
RAM: 2GB
Ports: one USB two.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI
Battery: 3950 mAh, rated for up to seven.5 hours of battery life
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth
intrinsical HD digital camera
MSRP: $299.99

External style

The genus Acer C720P is sort of sleek and minimal in style. the outside is totally white, apart from the genus Acer and Google Chrome logos on the highest left corner of the open show. The end is swish to the bit on the highest, and slightly rough-textured on very cheap. You’ll conjointly notice four giant rubberized feet on very cheap to assist forestall slippy on slick surfaces, that is important since the device is therefore light-weight. There are ample ventilation holes on very cheap that forestall the device from warming.

The sides of the genus Acer 720P ar straight nearer the rear of the device, to accommodate all of the ports. On the left aspect you’ll notice the AC power port, AN HDMI port, a USB port, and also the electro-acoustic transducer jack. On the correct aspect you’ll see the Kensington lock slot, another USB port, and also the South Dakota card slot. Nearer the front of the device the perimeters ar nicely tapered and rounded, providing a cushty grip surface once carrying the Chromebook one handed . the ability button is within, on the higher right corner of the keyboard.

The keyboard is massive, with well labelled, simple to scan keys, and lots of house between all. it’s slightly completely different than a typical portable computer keyboard tho’, therefore it should need some adjustment for brand spanking new users. It took many hours of use before I might sort at anyplace close to my usual speed (which is considerable) and with an equivalent degree of accuracy to that i’m accustomed. My solely real disappointment with the keyboard is that the comparatively short key travel–even with quite little bit of follow, whereas my speed and accuracy improved quickly, the keyboard ne’er very “felt” quite right.

There are not any operate keys on the highest row, however rather a series of keys labelled with icons for things like forward and back, reload, full screen mode, window, brightness up and down, mute, volume down and up. the ability button is within the prime right corner, and therefore the power indicator standing lights ar on the front right fringe of the device, that could be a nice improvement over the Samsung Chromebook two that has no outwardly visible power or charge indicator. that enables Pine Tree State to envision with a fast look whether or not the device remains charging, absolutely charged, dormant, etc.

The trackpad is extremely massive and simple to use for basic functions, however you won’t have to be compelled to use it an excessive amount of since the magnoliopsid genus C720P contains a full touchscreen show. If you are doing like the trackpad, you’ll realize that it functions specifically obviously, tho’ just like the Samsung Chromebook two I found the “click” to be rather louder than it ought to be.

Of course Associate in Nursing appealing style and a pleasant show don’t mean something if the magnoliopsid genus C720P doesn’t perform well, however I found that it worked sort of a champ. No crashes, no slowdowns, it simply chugged away at no matter task I threw at it, from video playback to internet browsing with Associate in Nursing excessive range of tabs open in my browser, to easier tasks like data processing. I didn’t expertise any heat or noise problems either (aside from the loud click on the touchpad)–no howling ventilation fan.

The magnoliopsid genus C720P could be a very nice very little device–it contains a little footprint and atiny low tag, however performs all right and therefore the touchscreen show could be a joy to observe and to use. I appreciate the lowest style, the graceful surface with none fussy patterns or textures, the rounded corners and therefore the lightweight weight.

The only slight dings ar battery life, that fell alittle wanting the secure seven.5 hours, and therefore the keyboard, that didn’t supply quite the key trip that I’m accustomed. whereas it are often argued that it’s simply a matter of private preference, the keyboard is on balance the most reason that folk ar probably to decide on a Chromebook instead of a pill, and that i was slightly frustrated. The more durable question to answer is whether or not or not it’ll meet your mobile computing wants. tho’ a number of the apps ar offline-enabled, the overwhelming majority of the time you’ll have to be compelled to be connected to a LAN network so as to urge any real work done.

If you typically have access to LAN, whether or not in an exceedingly} eating house or in your house (or maybe you have got a mobile hotspot) you’ll realize that you just are often very productive, terribly diverted (or each at completely different times) with a Chromebook for a lot but you’d pay on a standard portable computer or maybe on a high finish pill. It’s conjointly alittle a lot of convenient to possess everything in one package. tho’ I’m happy to hold Associate in Nursing iPad and a wireless keyboard as a part of my day-after-day add order to avoid lugging round the large dingle portable computer my company issued, the magnoliopsid genus C720P is a fair sleeker different that may very save lots of area in my case.

The magnoliopsid genus C720P performs all right, and would be ideally fitted to students, parents, and grandparents — anyone UN agency primarily must surf the net and watch videos, write reports and crunch numbers with a programme, and is usually perpetually connected to LAN. it’s little, light, portable, and powerful enough to require on with reference to any general computing task you’ll throw at it, with A battery powerful enough to travel at least six hours (and probably a lot of at a lower brightness setting). And at but $300, it’s in fiscal matters accountable too.

Asus Fonepad review

Asus Fonepad review

The Fonepad, is the first tablet from Asus to offer voice calling. It’s also the first tablet to be powered by an Intel processor. At a price point of Rs. 15,999, we believe that Asus has got the pricing of the tablet right. Running the latest version of Android, and offering a screen comparable to the Nexus 7, we try to find out if it is a compelling buy in a market full of different options.


Build/ Design
The tablet sports a compact form factor. Design wise, it might not feel as premium as the iPad mini or the Nexus 7 but with its brushed aluminium finish at the back, it doesn’t feel cheap.
Its 7-inch screen dominates the front of the tablet and there are no hardware controls. A chrome earpiece grill and the 1.3-megapixel camera lens sit above the screen, while there’s some Asus branding below the screen.


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The back consists of two parts – a large non-removable metal part that sports a matte aluminium finish, and a small bronze coloured plastic strip on top that is removable. The power/ lock screen and volume rocker keys that are located at the left side (in portrait mode) are embedded within the metal part. We found the placement of the power key a bit odd as it’s placed on the right side on most devices. A small speaker outlet is also located at the back, towards the bottom, while the 3.2-megapixel-camera lens is located towards the top. The strip also houses a secondary microphone.
As we mentioned earlier, there’s a removable plastic strip at the back. It hides the Micro-SIM and microSD card slot. There’s a micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headset jack at the bottom of the tablet along with a microphone.


Display
The 7-inch display of the Asus Fonepad sports a resolution of 1280×800, the same as that of the Nexus 7. The display of the tablet offers good viewing angles and is ideal for use as an e-book or magazine reader as text appeared sharp and images vivid. Videos also looked decent.
However, we found the under sun visibility to be average even with the ‘Outdoor’ brightness mode turned on, as the screen is very reflective. Our other gripe with the screen was that it’s a smudge magnet and gets soiled within a few minutes of use.


Camera
The Asus Fonepad comes with a 3-megapixel-rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera.


asus-fonepad-camsample.jpgThe camera app offers a lot of options including Panorama mode, settings for exposure, white balance, and ISO, among others.
We found that the pictures taken with the rear camera were just about average. Pictures taken in less light and indoors were grainy. Video capture quality was good but frame rendering was not that smooth. Video captured through the camera is saved in .3GP format, which is an old format.


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The front camera is strictly functional and can be used for video chats using Skype.


Software/ User Interface
The Asus Fonepad tablet runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It doesn’t run the stock version of the OS and Asus has customised the user interface skinning some elements such as the notification tray and adding another button with the Android onscreen navigation keys, in addition to including some additional apps, widgets and features.
There are five customisable home screens that can be filled with app shortcuts and widgets. The standard app-launcher and dock that allows users to place six of their preferred apps are omnipresent across all home-screens.


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The tablet’s onscreen controls (for Home, Back, App Switching and floating apps) are at the bottom, and the notification tray and quick access settings (for brightness, Wi-Fi, Mobile data, Smart Saving mode, Wi-Fi hotspot Screen rotation, Bluetooth, GPS, Sound and shortcut to Settings) are located at the top area in the notification tray, in a manner which is a bit different from the stock build of Android on the Nexus 7. The notification tray is not flat and bears a shiny blue texture.
The tablet comes preloaded with some apps including the Amazon Kindle app for e-books, App Backup to take backups of apps and their data, App Locker to password protect apps, Asus Story to create photo books, Asus Studio to browse, manage and edit pictures, Audio Wizard to select pre-defined sound playback modes, an app to block specific callers, BuddyBuzz to browse social networks like Twitter and Facebook, a File Manager app, MyBitCast for taking voice, image and text memos, MyLibrary Lite- another e-book reader app, MyPainter, Press Reader for reading newspapers, Sticky Memo, SuperNote Lite, To Do List and Zinio app for reading magazines. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to delete any of these bundled apps. We feel that a lot of these apps are just bloatware taking up space unnecessarily.
As we mentioned earlier, the Fonepad is a Jelly Bean tablet and as with other devices running this version of the OS, it also offers ‘Google Now’, which is a voice based information assistant. You can ask questions and the tool returns answers or search results. It uses ‘cards’ which are essentially small boxes that offer different sets of information ranging from weather forecast, directions, traffic information, scores, appointments, and currency conversion, among others. Google Now collects information based on the user’s behaviour, location and even email to offer information, automatically.


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Asus also offers 5GB of additional data storage space on its servers via its WebStorage service through which one can collaborate and sync documents, photos and videos across devices.
Just like Samsung’s multi windows apps and Sony’s small apps, Asus has also added floating apps for utilities like calculator, countdown timer, stick memo, stopwatch in addition to floating apps for browser and video player. One can simultaneously run these apps on top of other apps in order to multi-task.


Performance/ Battery Life
The tablet is powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor, coupled with 1GB RAM and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. The tablet performs decently when it comes to doing routine tasks. It offers 8GB of internal storage which is expandable to 32GB via microSD card. However, out of the 8GB memory we were able to only access 4.39GB.
With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the overall experience of navigation through the interface was extremely impressive, thanks largely to Project Butter. We did not experience a major lag while launching apps, scrolling web pages or switching between apps.
However, we did notice that games such as Temple Run2 and Subway Surfers took some time to load and there was a slight lag while playing them. We were also not able to play ShadowGun: Deadzone as it crashed continuously after loading initially. This is likely an app compatibility issue related to the tablet’s Intel processor.


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The tablet comes with the native Android browser and Chrome, and renders all webpages well. The speaker grill on the back of the tablet delivers average quality sound and we found the volume levels to be low. This is a big problem when you want to use the speakerphone for making phone calls. We also found that the tablet did not work with all headsets.
The tablet worked decently as a phone delivering good call quality and was able to latch on to the network in weak signal areas. We’re not sure if everyone would be comfortable using it as a phone without hooking up a Bluetooth headset as we found it to be a little large for one hand usage.
The Fonepad comes with a 4270mAH battery and we were satisfied with the backup that it offered. We were able to get around 7 hours of video playback, even with the display on full brightness levels. The tablet lasted about a day and a half with push notifications and e-mails on, 1-1.5 hours of phone calls, an hour of music and video playback, and half an hour of playing games. It’s worth pointing out that we had turned off Wi-Fi and auto-brightness, and the tablet was hooked to a 3G network with the screen brightness at the highest level. Altering these settings might help in running the tablet for a longer duration, depending on your usage pattern.
The tablet also offers a Power Saver mode to optimise and extend battery life. It can also be configured to behave differently during different usage scenarios like reading books, watching videos, browsing the Internet, among others.


Verdict
The Asus Fonepad is a good tablet that also offers voice functionality. If you’re looking for a device that lets you read books, browse the web, watch some videos, click casual shots and make occasional voice calls, look no further.
At a price of Rs. 15,999, the Fonepad is a great buy even if you want to use it as a 3G enabled tablet.
The Fonepad takes on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 that has been in the market for quite some time. The tablet has now been updated to Android Jelly Bean and is also available for Rs. 15,999.


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If you’re finicky about hardware and want nothing but the best, then we’d suggest you go for the Nexus 7 3G tablet that costs Rs. 21,999 but doesn’t offer voice calling. It’s still the best 7-inch Android tablet available in the market, and will be the first one to receive Android updates.
If you don’t mind looking at the other side of the arena, you can also consider the iPad mini (3G+Wi-Fi), which is a great tablet but costs a lot more.

Asus FonePad: In Pictures
Pros

  • Decent build
  • Good battery backup
  • Voice calling

Cons

  • Camera is underwhelming
  • Performance could have been better
  • Screen is prone to smudges

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Ratings (Out of 5)
Design: 3.5
Display: 3.5
Performance: 3
Software: 3.5
Battery Life: 4
Camera: 1.5
Ecosystem: 3.5
Value for Money: 3.5
Overall: 3.5

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Review: ViewPad 10 features Windows and Android

Review: ViewPad 10 features Windows and Android

Viewsonic’s new tablet has a unique solution for consumers who are still clinging to Microsoft’s Windows, even as Google’s Android operating system gains traction: It offers both.
The ViewPad 10 is a dual-boot unit. It can launch either Windows 7 or Android as you start the computer.


Out of the box, the specs are impressive. The ViewPad has a 10.1-inch display, which is larger than the iPad’s 9.7 inches. It weighs less than two pounds, has built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and is stuffed with a relatively fast Intel 1.66 GHz processor. It costs $599 for the 16-gigabyte version, and $679 for double the memory.
The ViewPad has a built-in camera. The resolution is just 1.3 megapixels, well short of what the iPhone and other smartphones offer. So, don’t expect great images.
The device also features a mini VGA port, a standard audio jack, two USB ports and a MicroSD card slot. It’s pretty full-featured for a tablet.
The computer comes with Windows 7 Home Premium installed, and I updated the test unit with version 2.2 of Android, also known as Froyo.
I spent some time with Android first, as I was already familiar with that environment as an owner of an Android-powered phone from HTC. The ViewPad didn’t present as rich an experience as the phone, primarily because the graphical interface that presents the shortcuts, widgets and navigation on the tablet isn’t as advanced as those on smartphones. HTC’s smooth “Sense” environment for phones, for example, is among the best-of-breed for presenting the Android tools and apps.


Moreover, the apps shortcut on the tablet didn’t present the full offering of apps available on Google’s Android Market. Instead, it took me to a much smaller selection at something called “AndAppStore.” A direct link to the full slate of those Market apps would have been better, but the device appears to be hamstrung.
Google does not allow the Android Market to be pre-installed on Android 2.2 tablets with screen sizes larger than seven inches. And Viewsonic has no current plans to update the ViewPad beyond that version of the operating system. So there’s an impasse that leaves the ViewPad wanting.
You could try to install a more recent version of Android, such as Honeycomb, on your own. But it requires advanced technological skills, and there’s no guarantee from the manufacturer or Google that the ViewPad will perform well.
Once apps are launched, they work as expected. They’re quick to start up and easy to use. But most apps for Android are designed for a smaller display, not something as large as the ViewPad. The 10.1-inch display size, in most cases for me, was wasted on the Android side of this dual-boot device.


The better half of the ViewPad is Windows 7.
It ran fast and was pretty intuitive about responding to the right icons, scroll bars and objects on the display that I was trying to touch. It was a new experience for me to navigate the Web in Firefox by swiping across the screen. It fared well – better than surfing for content on the Android side.
When it came to more intricate programs, interacting with the tablet was challenging.
You could try to edit photos with Adobe Photoshop for Windows, but you’d be making the task much harder than it would be in a traditional mouse and cursor environment. Trust me, I tried.
Every erroneous tap propelled me into a wrong window or menu that had to be backed out of and started over. The first thing that came to my mind was to undo an action with “CTRL+Z”, but the keyboard wasn’t there unless I swiped it onto the screen from its little hidden perch in a corner of the display.


I’ll leave Photoshop, and a few other detail oriented tasks, for traditional computers with real keyboards. Tablets, at this stage, are better for content consumption than content creation.
Despite my success with a variety of Windows experiences (movie watching, Gawker reading, Flickr photo browsing and Facebook time-crushing) the tablet experience begs for apps. Better apps. Finger-friendly apps.
Browsers work to deliver this content, but full-fledged apps brewed up especially for human digits work better. They’re designed with bigger touchable regions and fewer (if any) tiny scrolling controllers.
It’s swell of Microsoft to make Windows 7 touch-friendly, but the company needs to fashion a tablet-specific version of its operating system to compete with Android and iOS.
Is dual-boot for the tablet worth it? Not really at this point. Android is best left to phones. But with a few improvements or perhaps a dedicated tablet operating system, Windows will fit in quite nicely in this growing computer segment.

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