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The best tablet pc in India

Thursday, October 13, 2011
By Chandragupta Amritkar

OlivePad V-T100 web price at Rs. 15, 990/-
The OlivePad VT-100 from Olive Telecom is powered by Android 2.2 OS and is a 7” 3G tablet that’s also a quad-band 2G phone. Powered by an ARM11 600MHz processor it features 512MB RAM, 512MB inbuilt flash memory, and microSD expandability up to 32GB, aside from a CMOS 3MP camera and webcam. It also has full Flash support, as well as WiFi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR), and microUSB connectivity. It Weighs only 410 grams and has a Li-polymer battery that gives 7 hours of talk time. With inbuilt GPS, the OlivePad offers Google Maps and MapMyIndia navigation. It’s a Tablet PC with an Entertainment Device, a GPS Navigator, a Smartphone and an Ebook Reader all rolled in one.

Indian tablet PCs

The last few weeks have seen quite a few of Indian tablet PCs being launched. The launch of tablets by telecom companies such as Reliance and Bharti with a hope that more subscribers would sign up for their data plans. Until now, the key obstacle had been exorbitant gadget prices but we innovative Indians have brought the prices to around Rs.10,000/- making it affordable to middle class people also. Some of the prominent ones are:

Mercury mTab at Rs. 9,499/-

Mercury launched its 7” tablet PC, mTab, running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and having a 1.2 GHz Telechip 8803 Cortex-A8 processor with three cores. Though it has a capacitive touch screen with multi-touch support, its resolution is 800×480. It has 512 MB RAM, and 4 GB onboard storage memory plus up to 32 GB expandable memory via microSD card slot.

Connectivity options include an external 3G USB module within bundled packages for free Internet browsing and Wi-Fi. 3G is supported only via an external USB dongle.

It also has a 1.3-Megapixel front camera for video calls, playback support for Divx, MPG, and MP4 up to 1080p using the HDMI output, 4000 mAh battery of an estimated four hours video playback, USB 2.0, 3.5 mm stereo jack, and 3D gaming motion sensors.

Reliance 3G Tab at Rs 12,999/-

Reliance Communications has launched an Android tablet with 3G network support. The device is priced at Rs 12,999 and is available bundled with 3G tariff plans. The Reliance 3G Tab, manufactured by ZTE, is based on Android 2.3 featuring a 7” capacitive touchscreen. The tablet comes with 512 MB RAM and a microSD external storage, weighing just 389 gram. The tablet also has a 2.0 mega pixel rear camera and a VGA front camera. Other features include Video recorder, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth Voice calling, GPS, FM Radio, Alarm, speaker phone, MobileTV, SMS, MMS. The company is currently offering a free 4 GB SD card but customers can upgrade the memory up to 32 GB. The display is 800 X 480 pixels and battery is 3400mAH, Li-On.

Beetel Magiq at Rs. 9,999
The Magiq from Beetel (a part of Bharti Telecom who also own Airtel) is a 3G Google Android tablet, has a 7-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 800x480 pixels. The Magiq has Android 2.2 Froyo (although the Honeycomb 3.0 OS would have made it ideal for tablets PCs) and powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor which enables high-speed processing. It has a 2200mAh battery. It has a 2 mega pixel rear camera with HD video recording and image quality of 1600 x 1200 pixels and a front camera with VGA quality. It comes with 8 GB internal memory (expandable up to 16 Gb).

Zinglife at Rs 12,000/- (online)

Splash Telecom has also launched their latest range of Android Tablets - Zinglife. Their first model ZL101 to hit the market is a 10.1 inch Android 2.2 Tablet, has a 1.0 GHz ARM11 Processor with 512MB RAM & 4GB internal memory, Front Camera for Video Chat, and supports upto 32GB MicroSD Card. The tablet connects through WiFi and 3G that supports all 3G Data Cards. It is also the first tablet which supports Broadband Cable connectivity through a special RJ45 Port. Then it also has an HDMI Port for LCD connectivity and a USB 2.0 Port for supporting Pen Drives. They also plan to bring out two 7″slate as well.

LACS tablet from  Rs 6,250 to Rs 35,000
Another tablet that works on Google's Android 2.2 FroYo OS and features a resistive touchscreen was also launched by Bangalore-based company, Lakshmi Access Communications Systems (LACS). It comes with an 800MHz processor, 256MB RAM, 4GB built-in storage, wi-fi connectivity, 3G dongle connectivity, front camera, 3.5mm jack, a G-sensor, a USB port, and support for an external keyboard. They have four ranges of Android tablets - Pepper, Tamarind, Mirchi, and Paprika which come in 12 variants with screen sizes ranging from 4.3 to 11.8 inches. The tablets are 3G, WiFi and SIM-enabled depending on the model and top-end ones are loaded with both Windows and Android operating systems.

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