RELIANCE 3G TABLET
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.