Good in Parts

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nidhi Sin­gal

THE NEW 7INCH TABLET from Asus con­tin­ues to be called the Asus Fonepad. At first sight, the 7 inch tablet looks sim­i­lar to its pre­de­ces­sor. But when ex­am­ined closely, one finds there is a dual front speaker grill on the top and the bot­tom of the screen. It has a non-re­mov­able back. As the tablet sup­ports 3G call­ing, the SIM slot placed on the side panel is ac­ces­si­ble with the pin (added in the box). The SIM tray feels plas­ti­cally and flimsy. The power key, vol­ume con­trols are placed on the right edge. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing these con­trols is a mem­ory card slot, which isn’t cov­ered. So there are chances that by mis­take you will end up los­ing your mem­ory card. The screen res­o­lu­tion at 1280 x 800p res­o­lu­tion that lacks clar­ity. On the soft­ware front, this FonePad runs on An­droid v4.2 and of­fers a neat in­ter­face. This is pow­ered by an In­tel Chipset – In­tel Atom Z2560 dual core pro­ces­sor clocked at 1.6GHz and paired with 1GB RAM. The per­for­mance of the tablet was im­pres­sive – there wasn’t any lag in the heavy graph­ics games. The tablet worked smoothly over Wi-Fi as well as 3G con­nec­tiv­ity. Un­like the ear­lier vari­ant th­dat had a 3MP rear cam­era, this one comes with a 5MP cam­era that cap­tures de­cent im­ages. The bat­tery backup is good.

looks sim­ila pre­dec rtoits es­sor

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