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.