THE MU­SIC PILL

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

EAFT Tech­nolo­gies has packed into their tablet some­thing that touches a chord with a lot of peo­ple. Its D90T tablet is the only mo­bile de­vice that comes pre­loaded with a WorldSpace ra­dio ap­pli­ca­tion which will let users ac­cess the pop­u­lar mu­sic ser­vice that stopped beam­ing to In­dian homes a few years back.

The most strik­ing thing about this 9.7inch tablet, how­ever, is its dis­play. The 1024x768p ca­pac­i­tive touch IPS panel is very crisp and the im­ages on it crys­tal clear. A dis­play this good is clearly a rar­ity for a tablet in this price bracket. The de­vice has a pla­s­ticky back with just a cam­era and flash. The power but­ton is on the top, while the left panel is pep­pered with mi­cro-HDMI and USB ports as well as the vol­ume con­trols.

The tablet runs An­droid Ice-Cream Sand­wich and is pow­ered by a 1.6 GHz Dual Core Cor­tex A9 pro­ces­sor which is de­cently pow­er­ful. We had no is­sues with the tablet ex­cept that the 8000 mAH bat­tery, which is pretty good for this price bracket, seems to drain while on standby. If you power off the de­vice it can last up to eight hours.

You can down­load apps that give you WorldSpace con­tent and there are some ser­vice providers who have also tied up with the com­pany, but this is the only de­vice on which you can hear the ser­vice off­line too. As is ob­vi­ous, this means the ser­vice is not live. Users can se­lect chan­nels of their choice and down­load en­tire con­tent seg­ments. There seg­ments are up­dated fre­quently and at any given time there is about 72 hours of free con­tent avail­able. The app is easy to use too with a ra­dio-like vol­ume dial and flip through chan­nel list. But we are not sure, this is enough. The ser­vice is free for a few months.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

De­cent tablet, WorldSpace is USP.

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