Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - GG CHOICE - BY NIDHI SINGAL

To give its new tablet a pre­mium feel, HP has opted for a good mix of glass and alu­minium. The 10.1-inch 1280x800 p dis­play is sealed be­hind a Go­rilla Glass 2 and alu­minium chas­sis. Ev­ery­thing is mil­i­tary grade and you have to just hold this de­vice to vouch for that.

At 680 grams, it isn’t the light­est tablet, but the 9.2-mm thick­ness and thin edges makes it con­ve­nient to hold. The power key, auto-ro­ta­tion lock, 3.5mm jack and vol­ume con­trols have all been placed where they are eas­i­est to ac­cess. There is also a cov­ered flap at the back that holds a slot for a SIM card for 3G con­nec­tiv­ity along with a mi­croSD card slot for ex­pand­able me­mory. Tak­ing a cue from Ap­ple, HP has added a pro­pri­etary con­nec­tor at the bot­tom for charg­ing the tablet and con­nect­ing with the long list of ac­ces­sories.

The ElitePad 900 runs on Win­dows 8 Pro and is pow­ered by 1.8GHz dual-core In­tel Atom pro­ces­sor with 2GB RAM. This takes care of all the reg­u­lar com­put­ing with­out any com­plaints. In ad­di­tion to the Win­dows 8 features are HP apps like Se­cu­rity Man­ager, Cre­den­tial Man­ager, Pass­word Man­ager, De­vice Ac­cess Man­ager with Just In Time Au­then­ti­ca­tion and Drive En­cryp­tion. The 1080p front fac­ing cam­era can be used for high-end video con­fer­enc­ing. There is also an 8MP rear cam­era but we doubt if that would be used of­ten. Im­ages cap­tured by this cam­era can be edited eas­ily us­ing the HP PageLift tech­nol­ogy on­board. The loud and clear au­dio out­put works well for video­con­fer­enc­ing and watch­ing videos. The bat­tery is good and lasted close to 10 hours on a sin­gle charge. That is good enough to sur­vive a day’s work un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances.

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