Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

Price: Rs.16,899

WHAT WE LIKED: At first glace, the Ziio looks nice and sturdy. The pro­pri­etary user in­ter­face is neat. In true Creative tra­di­tion, the sound out­put is su­perb. The Froyo up­grade en­sures de­vice sup­ports Flash and brows­ing, de­spite the re­sis­tive touch­screen, is not too bad. Ziio of­fers wire­lessly mu­sic stream­ing to other wire­less de­vices over Blue­tooth and apt-x . Video out­put via the HDMI out is stan­dard. WHAT WE DIDN’T: Ziio has a re­sis­tive touch­screen and misses out on mul­ti­touch. Hence, the re­quire­ment for an ac­com­pa­ny­ing sty­lus. Dis­play qual­ity is just about pass­able. The screen im­age ap­pears slightly re­cessed be­low the sur­face and doesn’t of­fer great view­ing an­gles. While it runs Android 2.2, there’s no Android Mar­ket­place in­te­gra­tion. To down­load apps, you need to go to

the Creative site. Else get them from the wild by al­ter­ing a few set­tings to al­low in­stal­la­tion of non-android Mar­ket apps. Ziio also lacks 3G con­nec­tiv­ity. While it has a mail ap­pli­ca­tion which you can use over Wifi, there is not too much you can do with this tablet other than use it for lis­ten­ing to mu­sic and watch­ing video. It fea­tures only a front fac­ing cam­era. The bat­tery lasts be­tween 5 and 6 hours. VER­DICT: Launched over a year ago, the Ziio is a de­vice that is quite past its prime. Apart from a good, sturdy body and su­pe­rior build, there is lit­tle that it of­fers that ex­alts it enough to be rec­om­mended. It is also tough to ig­nore the fact that the price of the de­vice—though rang­ing from $200-230 in the Us—is set a lit­tle too high in In­dia. Too much for too lit­tle.

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