Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -


WHAT WE LIKED: The af­ford­abil­ity fac­tor of this one makes you sit up. Less than one-third the price of the 3G Big Boys—and less than half the price of the Wifi va­ri­ety—the Re­liance tab is an en­tic­ing of­fer­ing for the first time tablet buyer who isn’t sure what he/she is go­ing to do with a com­put­ing de­vice of this genre. This is per­haps one of the few tabs that won’t be hit once the $200 Kin­dle Fire makes its de­but. Apart from the usual clutch of Android apps that are in­stalled by de­fault, the ZTE Corp-man­u­fac­tured tablet also of­fers an FM ra­dio (which works with the head­set) and a Live TV fea­ture. Au­dio is clear and quite loud. The 3400 mah bat­tery lasts about 7 hours which in this case seems ac­cept­able, give the price of the de­vice—un­like the HTC Flyer. WHAT WE DIDN’T: Like it or leave it, this tab is locked to the Re­liance net­work. It runs Android 2.3.4 on an 800 MHZ Qual­comm pro­ces­sor. The over­all dis­play qual­ity is be­low oth­ers’. As is the re­spon­sive­ness of the touch­screen. The 2MP cam­era out­put is not any­thing to write home about. Video play­back at 720p is prone to oc­ca­sional stut­ter. Our test unit de­vel­oped some prob­lems with its ac­celerom­e­ter and in­sisted on func­tion­ing in por­trait mode when held in land­scape, and vice-versa. We take it this was pe­cu­liar to our much-used test unit. VER­DICT: The Re­liance 3G tablet costs 13K but doesn’t re­ally look it. So, as value for money goes, this one is hard to beat. For most peo­ple, what it of­fers in terms of func­tion­al­ity is more than ad­e­quate. In Delhi and NCR, the Re­liance 3G net­work de­liv­ers faster per­for­mance than the much-touted MTNL Dol­phin 3G does. The bun­dled rental data plan dis­counts are at­trac­tive.

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