HCL ME U1

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

The lat­est HCL Me U1 tablet too sports the new An­droid Ice-Cream Sand­wich on­board. But does this seven-incher score over the com­pe­ti­tion?

HORSE­POWER AND CON­NEC­TIV­ITY

The HCL ME U1 isn’t low on specs as it has a 1Ghz sin­glecore pro­ces­sor along with 512MB RAM. While it man­ages to han­dle the mun­dane tasks eas­ily, it did freeze a cou­ple of times. Con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions in­clude USB port, mini USB and Wi-Fi.

HIC­CUPS

The big­gest draw­back of the HCL Me U1 is the lack of Google ser­vices like Google Play for down­load­ing ap­pli­ca­tions. To make up for this, the com­pany has al­lowed ac­cess to Me Apps, but that store, we know, doesn’t have most of the pop­u­lar apps that Play has.

PLAT­FORM

Like its ri­vals, the U1 also runs An­droid v4.0. The Google search icon dom­i­nates the top left while the main app launcher tray is on the top right. There are three touch keys for home, back and mul­ti­task­ing at the bot­tom left. The ap­pli­ca­tion icons in the launcher look huge.

HARD­WARE

We were ini­tially happy with the HCL Me U1. But that was be­fore we com­pared it with the Zync 990 and the Mi­cro­max Fun­book. With a white plas­tic body, the build qual­ity of the U1 felt cheap and flimsy. Although it weighs 350 grams, the same as the Fun­book, it still feels heav­ier to hold.

POR­TRAIT OR LAND­SCAPE?

The lack of phys­i­cal keys makes the tablet hard to use. But, the place­ment of the vol­ume and power keys makes it com­fort­able to use in por­trait as well as land­scape mode. How­ever, even with au­toro­ta­tion on, the home­screen can only be used in land­scape.

HCL ME U1 Price:

` 7,999

Specs:

An­droid V4.0; 7-inch tablet; front VGA cam­era; 4GB mem­ory, ex­pand­able up to 32GB; Wi-Fi, USB Port, miniUSB port; 350 gm; 3600mAh bat­tery.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Not the best op­tion around.

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