BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

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.

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