4 AFFORDABLE TABLETS
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ZEN ULTRATAB A 100 Zen’s first tablet, the Ultra Tab A100, undoubtedly has the best design in the price bracket. The 10.5mm waist-line helps maintain the 295 gm weight that makes it comfortable to hold for long durations. The 7-inch capacitive display dominates the front with no space for any hardware keys. The textured back reminded us of the Acer’s Iconia Tab. While the tablet can be used in portrait and landscape orientations, the power/lock key and volume controls are more handy in the latter. Even the onscreen keyboard can be operated in both the modes.
Along with the smart looks, the tablet also features the latest Android 4.0 Ice-Cream Sandwich operating system. The performance is impressive and for that we have to thank the 1.2GHz processor paired with a 512MB RAM. The tablets can access the net over a Wi-Fi network or using an USB dongle. The tablet comes preloaded with apps like AstroSage Kundli, BSE/NSE, Documents to Go, iBrowser, Free Dictionary, India Newspaper, mig33, Traffic Wonder. On the downside, the tablet has no rear camera, the viewing angles are poor and there are no HDMI ports.
For R6,199, the Zen A100 is a steal.
` BSNL PENTA TPAD WS802C The Penta TPad WS802C from BSNL does not believe in blindly following the competition. For, unlike them, this has an 8-inch touch display that is responsive and fast. The white plastic body, however, doesn’t have a feelgood about it despite the sturdy build. The wide white border around the display add to the style quotient and does not hamper user experience. Meant to be used in the landscape mode, the front facing camera and a set of capacitive keys have been placed on the right side of the display. On the right panel are microSD, mic, OTG, HDMI, host ports and a 3.5-mm jack. Next to the power key on the top are the volume controls. There is also a SIM card slot at the bottom for using BSNL’s 3G network.
The overall user experience was better than some of the other tablets that we have used. Navigating through the homescreen and menu was quick with no lag in launching the apps. The default browser too was swift and we had no trouble downloading apps from Google Play. In fact, a host of apps are preloaded. Operating on Android v4.0, Ice-Cream Sandwich, this tab has a 1GHz processor onboard, paired with 512 MB RAM.
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A good tablet, but not worth the price.