BAG IT OR JUNK IT?
If you discount the government-issued Aakash tablet, then the cheapest tablet around would perhaps be the 7-incher from Beetel. The Magiq comes with a price tag of 9,999.
The Magiq looks like it is designed to be used in landscape mode. A stand at the back allows it to be placed upright for watching images and videos. The touch interface is not flawless. The resistive touch display aggravates this drawback. The controls are scattered all over—the 3.5 mm jack and power on the top, volume on left, charging port and microusb port on right and microsd port at the bottom. The SIM card slot is placed next to the battery.
Specs include a 1GHZ processor, 512 MB RAM and Android v2.2. However, the interface doesn’t give an Android feel. One can swipe through 10 windows on the homescreen. The notification bar has been replaced with a set of icons on the top right for Bluetooth, WiFi, brightness, network, battery and notification. The Notification icon divides the display into two with the pending notifications appearing on the left and the running tasks on the right.
Although apps can be added to the homescreen, they can also be launched from the main menu. Documents to Go, task manager and a few social networking apps are pre-installed. The 2200mah battery was disappointing as it hardly lasted four hours of usage when connected to a Wi-fi along with access to web, music and a few apps. Invest a little more and get the Reliance 3G Tab.