Things are not looking good for the poor old PC. If you walk into any of the shopping malls, take a ride in the metro or simply glance around, you’ll notice a good number of people hooked on to their tablets, either playing games or replying to urgent office-related email. And when they are playing a gripping game, they often throw a tantrum if their device either hangs midway or is too slow to respond to their moves. Fact is, when you’re playing games on the move, you want a device that’s powerful and versatile, with a great screen and access to a huge range of entertainment.
If you are looking to buy a tablet—that isn’t the iPad—that provides a good experience across a wide range of productivity and entertainment applications, then the XOLO Play Tegra Note can be a good option. Its maker, the XOLO smartphone brand from Lava International, has already
debuted a few good-performing mobile phones in the recent past; its latest 7-inch Android tablet, priced at Rs 17,999 will certainly impress users with its top-notch features and smooth performance.
The tablet (Tegra Note) is fairly light and comfortable to hold. It has a highly responsive stylus, good camera capabilities, rich stereo sound, powerful graphics capabilities and a good battery life. Switching between different apps quickly and scrolling through webpages is as smooth and zippy as I have ever seen on any tablet. Also, its screen is one of the brightest around.
First, a few words on the rapidly evolving world of games in the tablet space. Tablets games have matured significantly in the past few years, and some of my favourite, most addictive games are now available only on tablets. They are definitely different than hardcore console games and judging by what I have seen in the last few months, gaming on tablets is coming very much into its own.
Back to the Tegra Note. This Android Jelly Bean tablet sports a proven, sensible design, a bevy of useful features, and fast performance. The Nvidia DirectStylus technology is a unique addition. In tech parlance, the compute capabilities of Tegra 4 is used to analyse data from a standard touch sensor and recognise the difference between fine-tip stylus, finger, eraser and palm. From a technology perspective, you can use a fine-tip passive stylus to draw lines of different widths by simply varying the applied pressure. From an end user perspective, users