A tablet PC, or simply tablet, is a complete mobile computer, larger than a mobile phone or personal digital assistant, integrated into a flat touch screen and primarily operated by touching the screen. It often uses an onscreen virtual keyboard, a passive stylus pen, or a digital pen, rather than a physical keyboard and running a standard PC operating system like Windows, Android or Linux.
While doing the budget tablet shootout, we came across a number of handy tablets in the range of just 4-5k. At such a low price, those tablets had so much to offer. XPad X720 from Simmtronics Semiconductors is the latest addition to the the budget tablet PC segment. Price-wise, it is in the same league as Aakash 2, but quality-wise it is superior on several counts.
The devices 7-inch display with a similar screen resolution of 480p seems brighter. Speaker packs more power than the likes of Aakash 2 and BSNL Tpad IS709C and can be used as a portable music player. The 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor, Android 4.0 and 512 MB RAM, like in Aakash 2 provide for smooth browsing, typing, video playing and gaming experience.
The front camera, placed on the diagonal edge, is a VGA and is quite satisfactory for video chatting. It supports 3G but through a USB dongle, which means you will have to spend 2k more on it. But then Aakash 2 and BSNL Penta tab dont support 3G or 2G either, and the only way to surf internet on them is through Wi-Fi. The tab has a better battery, which gives more than 4 hours of back-up on non-stop video playback. All the buttons and ports are placed neatly on one side of this sleek looking lightweight tablet.
Bottomline: It is a great tablet for entertainment. It can also be used by professionals too, whose requirements are limited to running simple apps, writing mails, Web browsing and staying connected. However, it cant compete with iPad or Samsung tablets, but with 3G, it adds great value to this segment.
* Display size: 320 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches
* Operating system: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
* Processor: CPU Cortex A9@ 1 GHz
* Camera: 3.2 MP camera
* Storage: 4 GB internal; expandable upto 32 GB
* Connectivity: Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 3.0/A-GPS
Estimated street price: Rs.4,900