Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

There are many af­ford­able tablets un­der

15,000, but none with the lat­est ver­sion of An­droid OS. At least till now. The Zync 990 has taken care of this and claims to be In­dia’s first Ice-cream Sand­wich tablet.

This seven-inch tablet has a ca­pac­i­tive touch dis­play on a black plas­tic body that feels flimsy and heavy. Not much of a looker, its has reg­u­lar de­sign­ing with the top panel hold­ing phys­i­cal keys for power, menu and es­cape. All con­nec­tiv­ity ports—usb, mini USB, HDMI port, 3.5-mm jack and mem­ory card slot— are lined up on the right panel.

The user in­ter­face isn’t any­thing new. Un­like other tablets, the ap­pli­ca­tion launcher doesn’t set up many apps. Though ba­sic apps like cal­en­dar, clock, gallery, cam­era and browser are in­cluded, it doesn’t have de­faults for Gmail and Gtalk. We tried watch­ing HD videos us­ing the USB drive and found the sound and im­age qual­ity good. But we missed the vol­ume con­trols.

The over­all per­for­mance of the Zync Z990 was much bet­ter than that of other af­ford­able tablets, per­haps be­cause it has a 1.2 GHZ pro­ces­sor and 1GB RAM.THE Zync 990 also has Wi-fi and sup­ports a 3G USB don­gle (we did not test the lat­ter though). With video play­back and brows­ing, the bat­tery lasted close to four hours.

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