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Review: HTC Flyer tablet mates with slippery pen

Review: HTC Flyer tablet mates with slippery pen

Is it better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all? That’s the question posed by a new tablet computer that takes aim at one of the deficiencies of the iPad: that it’s difficult to write on it with a stylus or pen.
The HTC Flyer is a $500 tablet with a 7-inch screen. At a glance, it’s not much different from the other tablets that are scrambling to compete with Apple Inc.’s iPad.
The iPad and all its copycats are designed to sense the touch of a finger. The screen layer that does this looks for big, blunt, electrically conductive objects such as fingers. It doesn’t sense small, sharp ones like pens.


That’s why third-party styluses for the iPad are blunt rubbery sticks. They’re essentially imitation fingers. They’re not very good for drawing, but some people find them better than nothing.
The Flyer has the same finger-sensing screen layer. But it backs this up with a second one, which looks for the movement of a specially designed, battery-powered pen.
The pen moves fluidly over the screen, with a relatively sharp (but non-scratchy) point. The pen even senses how hard it’s being pressed on the screen. The tablet responds by making the line thicker or thinner.
The pen makes the Flyer a great notepad and a decent sketchpad — at least one that’s better than the iPad. The Flyer includes a note-taking application that’s compatible with the Evernote online storage service.


You can jot off a note and send it by email. The recipient will see your handwriting in an image attachment. You can also snap a picture with one of the Flyer’s two cameras and color over the image with the pen. In the e-book reading application, you can scribble notes in the margins and underline with the pen.
Unfortunately, the Flyer lacks the broad range of sketching and doodling apps that exist for the iPad. You can’t dispense with finger-typing on the on-screen keyboard because the tablet doesn’t understand what you’re writing. Because no other tablets work with this type of pen, only apps from manufacturer HTC Corp. are compatible.


The other sad thing about the Flyer is that HTC has chosen to treat the pen as an optional accessory. For the $500 you plunk down at Best Buy — the same price as the larger, more capable entry-level iPad — you don’t get the pen. It’s $80 extra. Yet it’s a mystery why anyone would buy a Flyer without it.
Worse, HTC makes zero effort at keeping pen and owner united. There is no slot on the tablet to hold the pen when not in use. There’s no case for the Flyer that will hold the pen. The pen doesn’t even have a little loop that would let you tie it to the tablet or something else that won’t get lost.
In two weeks of use, I dropped the pen a dozen times. I’m proud that I managed not to lose it, but I doubt I could go another two weeks. I would then have the privilege of buying a replacement for $80, a price for which I could get about 300 Bic pens.
In that context, “never to have loved at all” looks like the cheaper option. Paper pads and ballpoint pens, too.


Sprint Nextel Corp. will sell a version of the Flyer it will call EVO View 4G, starting June 24. It will have 32 gigabytes of memory, double the storage in Best Buy’s version, and it will have access to Sprint’s data network. In a smart move, Sprint is including the pen, but only “for a limited time.” However, buyers will need to sign up for two years of wireless data service from Sprint, so the final price will be considerably higher.
Some other things to consider: The Flyer runs Google Inc.’s Android 2.3 software, which in plain English means that it uses the same software as a lot of smartphones, but not other recent iPad rivals. They use a more recent package, “Honeycomb,” that’s designed for tablets. HTC promises to upgrade the Flyer’s software to Honeycomb soon, helping it stay compatible with tablet-specific apps.
In my video-playing test, I got 7.5 hours of play time out of the Flyer, which isn’t very good for a tablet. The iPad 2 gets ten hours; the Asus Eee Pad Transformer gets nine.
The Transformer is a better example of a tablet that tries to compete with the iPad by doing something new — in that case, by doubling as a small, elegant laptop thanks to a clever accessory keyboard.


The pen-sensing layer of the Flyer could be a great addition to the world of tablets, but someone really needs to figure out how to make the pen cheaper or easier to keep track of. To end on another corny quote, “If you love something, set it free; if it comes back it’s yours, if it doesn’t, it never was” is not a phrase to live by when it comes to $80 pens.

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Global 7 sell Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series

Global 7

Samsung is again within the pill market with its subsequent era Galaxy Tab vary, Galaxy Tab Three. The South Korean large unveiled the Galaxy Tab Three sequence with three tablets the Galaxy Tab Three 211 7.Zero-inch pill(3G+Wi-FI), the Galaxy Tab Three 310 eight.Zero-inch pill (Wi-Fi solely) and the Galaxy Tab Three 311 eight.Zero-inch(3G+Wi-FI), buy in Global 7.

We received an opportunity to play with the brand new Galaxy Tab Three sequence on the launch and we attempt to sum up our first impressions on this put up.

Global 7 Sell Samsung Galaxy Tab3

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Three sequence marks a comeback for the corporate within the pill section, after it unveiled the Notice 510 within the Indian market, just a few months again.

The Galaxy Tab Three tablets nonetheless make use of the usage of plastic, however sport clean, rounded corners and well-placed keys that do not really feel low cost in any respect. One factor that we famous right here is that every one merchandise beneath the Galaxy vary have began to look comparable in design and the one distinction is the form-factor and the sheer measurement of the show.

All of the tablets within the Galaxy Tab Three vary share the identical design. All of them run Android Jelly Bean, and every pill encompasses a bodily residence button accompanied by two capacitive Menu and Again keys on both facet.

The identical structure is featured on Samsung’s high-end and even low-end gadgets, and it seems to be just like the Korean large is adopting it as its common design idea. Nonetheless, we weren’t disillusioned as we really feel the bodily Residence key may be very helpful at instances. The Galaxy Tab Three 211 in global 7 with a 7.Zero-inch show can simply be used with one hand due to the slim design and fewer weight.

Although, all of the tablets within the Galaxy Tab Three vary have comparable specs besides just a few adjustments right here and there, a serious distinction within the eight.Zero-inch Tab Three variant is that it runs the most recent Android four.2 Jelly Bean whereas the smallest member of the household, the 7.Zero-inch Tab Three, nonetheless sticks to Android four.1. This was a little bit of a shock to us. In our restricted time with the tablets, we discovered that the Galaxy Tab Three vary of tablets have been clean operators whereas opening apps, switching between apps and likewise whereas navigating the user-interface.

On the software program entrance, we discovered the Galaxy Tab Three sequence to be properly stocked on the subject of preloaded apps and options together with Sensible Keep which places the pill to sleep mode if not used, utilizing the entrance digicam because it detects the eyes of the customers, Multi Window that permits customers to work on two apps by splitting the display screen in two, Studying mode that optimizes the show for paper like readability and Group Play that lets customers share information with different Samsung gadgets utilizing the identical Wi-Fi community. All of the apps have already been seen on earlier Samsung gadgets such because the Galaxy S4.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Three 311 comes outfitted with a 1.5GHz twin core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. It runs the Android four.2 Jelly Bean. The gadget options an eight.Zero-inch WXGA show with a pixel density of 189 PPI and boasts a display screen decision of 1280×800. The Galaxy Tab Three 311 sports activities a 5.Zero-megapixel rear digicam and a 1.9-megapixel entrance digicam. It comes with 15GB inner storage which may be expanded as much as 64GB with microSD card. It additionally packs a four,450mAh battery.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab Three eight.Zero-inch is out there in two variants. The Galaxy Tab Three 311 which has 3G (voice and information) assist whereas the Galaxy Tab Three 310 is available in a Wi-Fi model solely.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Three 211 is the smallest of the Tab Three sequence and comes with 7.Zero-inch WSVGA show with 168 PPI. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz twin core processor with 1GB of RAM. It additionally packs an 8GB inner storage that may be expanded as much as 32GB. Backing the gadget is a four,000mAh battery. On digicam entrance, the Galaxy Tab Three 211 comes loaded with Three.Zero-megapixel rear digicam and a 1.Three-megapixel entrance digicam. The pill runs on the Android four.1 Jelly Bean, red more in Global 7.

We’ll have extra with our overview of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Three sequence, very quickly.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Three tablets: First look

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Penta T-Pad WS707C review

Penta T-Pad WS707C

The Indian tablet market seems to be growing at a rapid pace. As per a recent report by Cyber Media Research, there were about 3.11 million tablets sold in India in the year 2012 and the research company is quite bullish about expectations for this year.

The category that is seeing the maximum number of launches in the recent past is the Android Jelly Bean tablets under Rs. 10,000. Pantel Technologies, which manufactures tablets under the Penta T-Pad branding, have also launched their T-Pad WS707C in the Indian market for Rs. 7,999. So will this tablet stand out from the clutter? We find out in this review.

Build and Design
The Penta T-Pad WS707C sports a 7-inch (1024×600 pixels) capacitive touch screen display. The screen with a broad black bezel takes up most of the front. There is only an earpiece on the right bezel (while holding the tablet in landscape mode), while the front camera is on the top left corner. On the top panel are the volume rocker keys and the power/ standby button.

The left panel has the power port, microphone, HDMI port, 3.5mm audio jack, SIM slot, microSD card slot and a reset slot. The back panel is silver in colour with a diamond shaped pattern. This is unlike the recently launched Penta T-Pad WS708C, which has a plain silver back panel. The addition of the pattern tones down the silver colour a bit and makes it look less jazzy. Nevertheless, the dual colour tone and especially the silver colour make the tablet look tacky.

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The back panel houses a 2-megapixel camera on the top right and speaker grill on top left while the BSNL and Penta branding sits right in the middle of the tablet.

Much like the other tablets in this category, such as those from Lava, Videocon or Acer, this tablet too is made primarily of plastic and feels cheap. On the up side, the build quality looks durable.

At 340 grams, the Penta T-Pad WS707C feels a bit heavy especially when held for longer durations. The tablet measures 10.5mm in thickness.

Display
The tablet sports a 7-inch screen, which comes with a resolution of 1024×600 pixels. The display quality of the text, images and videos is just about average.

The under sun visibility is bad. The screen is very reflective and is also a finger print magnet. The viewing angles are also poor.

According to the company, the Penta T-pad WS707C’s display also supports 3D. There are two 3D videos and 24 3D images pre-loaded on the tablet. The experience of watching these videos and images with the 3D glasses that come bundled with Penta T-Pad is average.

The touch response of the tablet is not very good.

Software/ Interface
Once you switch on the Penta T-Pad WS707C, you are greeted with a jarring musical sound. It runs on Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), which is pretty much the stock version of the operating system with no skin from the company’s side.

Like most Android tablets, the bottom strip houses the back, home and recent app button on the left and displays time, signal strength and battery indicator on the right. While on the top right, there is an icon with the alphabet ‘P'(perhaps for connoting Penta T-Pad), which acts as a menu button.

Penta T-Pad WS707C

There are quite a few pre-installed apps on the tablet including, Facebook, Skype (for video calling), NexGtv, Documents To Go, Free Note, FX, FX TextEdit, Movie Studio, Play Music, UAhoy, WeChat and WhatsApp.

FX is an app that helps users edit Documents, images, audio and video files. While the Fx Text Edit app helps is just editing text files.

During our use, we didn’t notice much lag while navigating through menus.

Camera
The device features a 2-megapixel rear camera. The tablet comes with a custom camera app and the images clicked indoors with this camera are quite grainy. However, the quality improves slightly when the images are clicked in broad daylight.

Performance/ Battery Life
The Penta T-Pad WS707C is powered by a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor with 1 GB DDR3 RAM and a Mali 400 GPU. The tablet is able to do a decent bit of multi-tasking.

With the help of the pre-installed apps you can play all popular video and audio formats like MP3, MP4, AVI, MKV and 3GP. Furthermore, the tablet can also play 1080p full HD video files with ease.

The experience of playing games such as Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Temple Run and Subway Surfers was decent. Though there are a bit of lags while trying to play games such as Dead Trigger and Shadow Gun.

The sound quality through the earplugs or the speaker is average and nothing really to rave about. The tablet does a reasonably well job of making voice calls.

Penta T-Pad WS707C

However, this tablet is not 3G compliant and one can only make calls and browse data on the EDGE network. Unlike most budget Jelly Bean Android tablets that we have tested recently, Penta T-Pad WS707C does support Bluetooth connectivity.

The tablet comes with a custom Android browser and Chrome. They offer a pleasant browsing experience.

Penta T-Pad WS707C comes with a 3,000mAh battery and you can squeeze out only 3 to 3.5 hours of video playback time through it. We wish the battery of the tablet lasted slightly more.

Verdict
Given the price bracket, Penta T-Pad WS707C is an interesting option to consider. The device comes with voice calling capabilities and runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). On the performance front though the device performs decent enough, but the battery is a bit of a disappointment. However, the biggest turn off for this tablet is the display and design.

If you don’t mind giving voice calling a skip, then you might like to consider Lava Etab Xtron (Read review), which comes with a more appealing design and a better display at a slightly lesser cost. Another option you can look at is the Acer Iconia B1-A71 (Read review), which also isn’t a great in terms of its looks, but scores well on the performance front.

Pros

  • Runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Decent performance

Cons

  • Looks cheap
  • Battery drains out quite soon

Ratings (Out of 5)

Design: 2.5
Display: 3
Performance: 3.5
Software: 4
Battery Life: 2.5
Camera: 2.5
Ecosystem: 3.5
Value for Money: 3
Overall: 2.5

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Lava Etab Xtron review

Lava Etab Xtron review

As more Indian brands explore the Android tablets segment, consumers are getting access to devices that sport decent specifications, and run the latest version of the OS, at attractive price points. We’ve recently seen Acer launching a 7-inch budget tablet running Jelly Bean, and now we have Lava launching its first Jelly Bean tablet, the Etab Xtron, in the Indian market, for Rs. 6,499. We take an in-depth look at the tablet.


Build
Unlike the Acer Iconia B1, the Etab Xtron exudes a feeling of durability, with its solid build. The 7-inch tablet looks compact yet sturdy. The front of the tablet features a 7-inch screen, which is surrounded by a large bezel. You’ll also spot a front shooter right at the middle.
The back of the tablet is made of polycarbonate but has been given a brushed aluminium finish. The frame extends to the front, and adds to the design of the tablet. A microSD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack sits on the top, while there are no ports on the bottom.


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The power button, a volume rocker, and a refresh/’return to home screen’ button, a micro-USB port and a microphone are located at the right hand side of the tablet. There are labels or markings for these ports and buttons at the back. There’s some Lava branding at the bottom left corner of the back and Xtron branding at the middle. The speaker grill is also placed at the top left corner of the back.


Display
The 7-inch TFT display comes with a resolution of 1024×600 pixels, which is decent compared to other 7-inch budget tablets in the segment. Images and videos looked good but text, specially with smaller font size was not very legible. The screen brightness is average, and although we found that it’s reflective to some extent, visibility under sunlight was not bad. The display has an IPS panel that facilitates wider viewing angles, which essentially means that more than one person can view content playing on the screen properly, even from different angles. We found that this holds true in the case of the Lava Etab Xtron, and we were able to view media playing on the screen from different angles. The touch sensitivity is good, and we didn’t encounter any issues while using the device.


Software/ Interface
The Lava Etab Xtron runs Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean, the latest iteration of the operating system, and doesn’t include any custom skin. It’s a stock build of the OS bundled with a few third party apps including music streaming app, Saavn, a file browser, an app for Video-on-demand service, BigFlix, education app EduKart, PingPong- a game, a video player and a local deals and search app, UAhoy. We like the fact that there’s no bloatware.


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The Etab Xtron is one of the few tablets that runs Jelly Bean. Unlike the Nexus 7, the tablet’s onscreen controls are on the bottom left instead of the centre, and the notification panel and quick access settings (for Wi-Fi, Screen rotation, brightness, sound and shortcut to settings) are located at the bottom right.
During our use, we didn’t notice much lag while navigating through menus, and Google’s much touted ‘Project Butter’ makes the overall experience more responsive than tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich.
The other major feature that Jelly Bean brings is ‘Google Now’, a voice based information assistant and an extension of Google search. 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.
We’re not sure if the tablet will get updated to Jelly Bean 4.2, but if it does, features like multi-user accounts (different profiles and access for different users) and lock-screen widgets would also come to the tablet.


Camera
The tablet comes with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Although, personally we’re no fans on using tablets for clicking needs, some may miss having a rear camera that can be used for taking casual shots or just for scanning some documents. The pictures that we clicked with the front camera, indoors, were decent. The camera does a decent job when used for making video calls over Skype or other video chat apps.


Performance/ Battery Life
The tablet is powered by a 1.5 GHz Cortex A9 dual-core processor, a Mali-400 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. We did not encounter any crashes while working on this tablet and multitasking was comfortable. We also did not notice much lag and were able to play tablet optimised games and HD video clips, without a hitch as the bundled video player supports all major video file formats. The tablet comes with the native Android browser and renders all webpages well. Adobe Flash is pre-installed allowing the browser to display Flash videos, banners and other elements. The speakers on the tablet deliver good quality sound at even high volume levels but the output through the speaker grill was not very loud. There’s no voice calling but the major omission is Bluetooth connectivity. We’re not sure why Lava had to exclude it since most major Android devices offer this functionality, and consumers might use it for wireless file transfers or for connecting a wireless input device. However, we see a lot of budget tablets these days ship without Bluetooth and we’re not convinced it’s a good trend.


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The tablet comes with a 3,500 mAh battery and we were not very happy with the backup that it offered, specially when playing multimedia files. We were able to get around 3.5 hours of video playback, with the display on full brightness levels. The standby time with push notifications and emails on was decent, though. With intermediate usage during the day, we were able to get a day of backup.


Verdict
The Lava Etab Xtron is a decent tablet. At a price of Rs. 6,499, it offers a good package with decent hardware, compact form factor, a screen that supports wide angled viewing and the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean. It’s a good value for money proposition. It’s also interesting to look at if you’re looking for an e-reader or for a device for browsing the web.
Looking at competing devices, the Acer Iconia B1-A71 is also an interesting 7-incher, which also offers Bluetooth connectivity, but is inferior in terms of build quality and costs more. If you’re looking for a tablet that also offers voice calling, the Huawei Mediapad Lite is another good option available, but you’d need to shell out around Rs. 7,000 extra. The Wickedleak Wammy Desire is another 7-inch tablet running Jelly Bean, available at a price of Rs. 6,800.

Pros

  • Runs Jelly Bean
  • Good performance
  • Decent build quality

Cons

  • Battery life could have been better
  • No Bluetooth

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Ratings (Out of 5)
Design: 3.5
Display: 3
Performance: 3.5
Software: 4
Battery Life: 2.5
Camera: 2
Ecosystem: 3.5
Value for Money: 3.5
Overall: 3.5

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HP’s 7 Plus is a $100 Jelly Bean tablet

HP's 7 Plus

HP’s 7 Plus

Cheap Android tablets are a dime a dozen these days, but HP’s targeting the budget confirm following its own $100 slate. The 7 Plus, a low-fade away 7-inch tablet, isn’t going to blow you away also undertaking-court feat, but it should be perfectly ample for email, web browsing and basic apps.

There’s a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8 gigs of internal storage and expandability via a microSD slot. You next acquire a 1024 x 600 IPS display, low-res stomach and rear-facing cameras, WiFi and 25 gigs of lifetime cloud storage, courtesy of Box. It’s handy in the US now for $99.99, following pardon shipping to boot.

 

HP's 7 Plus

 

You want faster surfing, console quality gaming, access to Google Play, extended battery life and the option to multitask while you listen to your music or watch a video on your HD screen. Say hello to the HP Slate 7 Plus powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Get what you want.
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200US with WiFi 7″ Touchscreen Tablet PC:Technical Specifications:

  • 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 A9 Quad-Core processor
  • 1GB DDR3 of system memory
  • 7″ touchscreen, 1280 x 800 resolution, virtual keyboard
  • Built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth v3.0

Additional Features:

  • Back 5MP webcam and front 0.3MP HD webcam with microphone, auto-focus
  • microUSB 2.0 port, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 8GB on-board storage memory, additional memory via microSD card slot
  • Stereo speakers
  • e-Compass, GPS, accelerometer
  • Up to 7.5 hours of run time on a full charge
  • Weighs 0.75 lbs; 7.7″ x 4.8″ x 0.4″ dimensions

Software and Applications:

  • Android 4.2.2 OS (Jelly Bean)
  • NVIDIA TegraZone, Kingsoft Office
  • HP Connected Photo, Box, HP File Manager, Skype, HP ePrint
  • Google Search, Google VoiceSearch, Gmail, Google Sync, Google Talk, Chrome browser, Google+, Google Maps, Google Street View, YouTube and Google Play (for applications)
  • Music Player
  • Media Formats: Popular media formats

What’s in the Box:

  • Tablet and AC adapter
  • microUSB cable

 

What’s a Tablet PC?

Tablet PCs are compact, ultra-portable entertainment devices that permit you entre email, surf the Internet, response eBooks, view photos, outfit games, hear to music and watch video files. Most tablets are based concerning a smaller energetic system, which allows you to get sticking to of and download subsidiary applications from supported stores. Tablet PCs do not have a CD/DVD goal and will not manage Microsoft Windows or its applications. Tablet PCs play a portion as a subsidiary device for casual entertainment purposes, and are not intended to replace a computer. They are ideal for use something as soon as the ablaze and upon the go gone WiFi or 3-4G mobile broadband connections (pay as you go, concurrence may be required for relief).

 

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HP’s 7 Plus