Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Tablets are not just the re­serve of the rich. Af­ter the Reliance Tab, many af­ford­able, sub-` 10,000 tablets have come into the In­dian mar­ket. The lat­est in this breed is the one from Dig­i­tal Waves.

The Tabplus Rio is an An­droid tablet fea­tur­ing a 7-inch ca­pac­i­tive LCD dis­play with HD video play­back. The user in­ter­face looks sim­i­lar to the one on phones, but has been slightly tweaked. The home icon has been moved to the top. Even the phys­i­cal keys for back and op­tions have been neatly re­placed by touch keys on the dis­play it­self.

How­ever, the tablet im­presses most with its con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions. Along with Blue­tooth and Wi-fi, the tab had an HDMI, mi­cro USB and USB ports at the bot­tom. As the tablet doesn’t have a SIM slot, the USB port can be used for plug­ging in a 3G don­gle.

We tried to play some HD videos via the USB port. At first, the de­vice froze. How­ever, when rein­serted, we were able to play the movie from the file browser on the main menu. The video clar­ity was good, but only when the screen was at its bright­est.

Un­like other tablets, this tablet only has a front-fac­ing cam­era that can­not be put to much use. With a 1GHZ pro­ces­sor and 512 MB RAM, it man­aged to score 1306 on the Quad­rant test, slightly above the Sam­sung Gal­axy S. Our only com­plaint was the 3000 mah bat­tery, which drained out in just four hours of con­tin­u­ous us­age.

TABPLUS RIO Price: 9,990



7.0 inch touch dis­play; front fac­ing

cam­era; Wi-fi, USB port, HDMI port, Mi­cro

USB, 1GHZ pro­ces­sor ; 4GB in­ter­nal mem­ory.

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