A NEW STAR IN THE GAL­AXY?

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

As the world waits for the quad core tablets to be an­nounced at the Mo­bile World Congress 2012, Sam­sung has come out with a tablet fea­tur­ing a dualcore pro­ces­sor.

The Sam­sung Gal­axy Tab 620 is the best look­ing among the 7-inch­ers avail­able in the mar­ket, due mainly to its sleek 9.9mm body which has been ac­cen­tu­ated by curved and rounded edges. Plus, the tablet weighs just 345 gm and doesn’t be­come a pain if you hold it for long pe­ri­ods. Con­trols and con­nec­tors are evenly spread along the four edges. The left panel has the SIM card and the mem­ory card slots. Although the two are hot swap­pable, the tab still restarts when the SIM card is re­moved or in­serted.

Switched on, the tablet greeted us with the same old An­droid in­ter­face. The tab had a Google Search icon on the top left with the apps launcher on the right top. Be­ing a Hon­ey­comb tablet, there are no phys­i­cal keys. In­stead, the touch keys at the bot­tom are dom­i­nated by the back, home and mul­ti­task­ing keys. There was also an up ar­row which opened a tray with some apps like mes­sag­ing, task man­ager, pen memo, cal­en­dar, mu­sic player, cal­cu­la­tor and world clock. Un­like An­droid phones, the no­ti­fi­ca­tion icon here is at the bot­tom in­stead of the top.

There was a no­tice­able lag while launch­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion launcher. Along with the reg­u­lar Google Ser­vices like Gmail, Gtalk, Search, Mar­ket and the browser, Sam­sung has added a few apps of its own like So­cial Hub, Sam­sung Apps, Po­laris Of­fice, Photo ed­i­tor, Pulse, memo and Al­lshare.

It neatly han­dled our emails and was sprightly while surf­ing the net. Typ­ing was a breeze in the por­trait mode.

The Tab 620 per­forms well in the me­dia depart­ment as the on­board video player elim­i­nates the need of down­load­ing a third-party ap­pli­ca­tion. It can also play Full HD (1080p) videos. The tablet is not fully up there for still imag­ing though since it can cap­ture pho­tos at a max­i­mum of just 3.2 MP res­o­lu­tion.

Pow­ered us­ing 1.2 GHZ dual core pro­ces­sor the over­all per­for­mance wasn’t any­thing rev­o­lu­tion­ary. It per­formed de­cently with a bat­tery backup of close to a day with av­er­age In­ter­net us­age. The bat­tery drained much faster when the tablet was used for play­ing full HD videos.

SAM­SUNG GAL­AXY TAB 620 Price: ` 26,499

Specs:

7-inch ca­pac­i­tive dis­play; 3.2 MP

cam­era; 16GB on­board stor­age, ex­pand­able to

32 GB; 3G, Wi-fi, Blue­tooth; 345 gm; 4000

mah bat­tery.

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