Tech2GeekUp Tablet Edition: 8 Tablets Reviewed!

12 Oct


Last week Kunal (co-writer on this blog) and me got an opportunity to play with all the major tablets thanks to Tech2.com’s Tech2 Geek up Meet. We even managed to win a Portable Hard Disk at the event (ours was one of the most RT’d tweet), cherry on the cake right? All that aside we are here to give you a different kind of a review. It will be rather short because we have to review 8 Tablets, and we will have two opinions over here. One by Kunal Pawar (amateur) and one by me (semi-pro). Yes we know we sound like EA Sports Fifa’s Difficulty levels, no need to point out.

For convenience sake, Kunal will be referred to as Noob( check his phone and you will know why) and me as Boss.

1) Beetel Magiq

Feel the Magiq!!

Boss : I wanted to play around with this ever since I covered it under a previous article. I was pretty sure about it on paper and hands-on  too, it did not disappoint. The Magiq feels comfortable to hold in your hands, the 7″ screen though dull is okay enough. The   Resistive screen is actually one of the better ones, and i was zipping through after the initial hiccups. Magiq has physical  clicking buttons for the stock Android buttons which feel plasticky bit still nice. The stand on the back which makes the phone  sit up on a desk is a charm. For the price it comes it gets a big thumbs up.

Rating : 7/10

Noob : I don’t understand crap about resistive and capacitve screens. So no jargon here. I quite liked the Maqic tab. It does not lag and the screen too is not that dull. Of course you need to press a bit harder than on other tabs but it is still not bad. The stand on the back is a nice addition but not a huge selling point for me. Don’t bother with taking pictures. For watching movies, playing games and for connectivity, this tab is a great buy.

Rating: 7/10

2) Reliance 3G Tablet

The 3G Tab

Boss : Another tablet which has impressed me. The price for which it comes and what is delivers is magnificent. Though the UI seemed

Boss playing with the Reliance 3G Tab

a little laggy, but the build is superb. It never seems you are holding a tablet worth under 13k. With 3G on board (which was surprisingly working given the network problems we were facing) and great hands-on feel, this ones a sure fire winner.

Rating : 7.5/10

Noob: I love the Reliance Tab. The UI is smooth, has all the connectivity options and has a nice design to it. If I was short of money I would buy the Maqic. But then again I would wait for some more time, make some money and buy the Reliance Tab.

Rating: 8.5/10


3) BlackBerry Playbook

BlackBerry Playbook!

Boss : I have experienced PlayBook before. Its disappointing for start off. There seems to be no visible difference in build quality of Reliance 3G Tab and the Playbook. Its difficult to get along with, the UI though new and has some nice swipe gestures does not do enough. It feels a little laggy too. And the fact that there is no built-in BBM and Mail Client. For around 35k this one is a complete No-No.

Rating : N.A./Disqualified

Noob: It lags like hells! I tried to sign into Twitter and even when I was done typing the letter were still coming up on the screen slowly. Very bulky too and unlike other tablets that have a very thin frame. The UI takes time to get used to but is smooth enough. But for the price (I think it’s 25k plus) I expected much more. Not worth it

Rating: 3/10


4) Motorola Xoom

Some Angry Birds on the Motorola Xoom!

Boss: The flagship Honeycomb Tablet by Motorola created quite a buzz when it was released. After a brief hands-on i can say the Honeycomb does look quite great on a tablet. The Multitasking and adjustable widgets add a new zing to it. But for some reason the Tablet was quite laggy when i was accessing the internet through it. Apparently couple of other people felt it too. Do not know if it was because of too many apps open, or it was just acting up. A little on the expensive side if you ask me. Nice enough camera though.

Rating : 6/10

Noob: The first thought that came to my mind on seeing the Xoom was it will be great to watch movies on it. Smooth UI ( I am obsessed with it) and having Android 3.0 on it is definitely a plus! A very solid tab to buy

Rating: 7.5/10

5) Asus EEE Pad Slider

The Slider in all its Glory!

Boss : I was so looking forward to using the keyboard on this one, you have no idea. I was ecstatic when i heard that Tech2 have managed to bring the Slider for the Meetup. People were throwing themselves around to get some sweet time with this baby. It slides open with some difficulty (maybe it was just acting pricy), but after it slid open, the keyboard is brilliant. Though a little cramped up for real smooth typing, but I am sure once you get to used to it, its a breeze. The screen is bright and clear enough, the UI lag free, and the build super sturdy. This one is curvy in the nice way.

Rating : 9/10

Noob: I think this is the best tablet for someone who will be using it for typing a lot. The slide in keyboard definitely adds a USP to the tab. I would buy this any day especially since I have trouble typing using a touch screen. The picture doesn’t do justice but the the tablet looks good. Plus it has a micro SD card reader and a USB port, something which the iPad lacks and something I really care about.

Rating: 9/10

6) HTC Flyer

HTC Flyer showing some love for the BLOG!


Boss : Long back when i first heard that HTC is coming out with a tablet of their own, i was hoping they shed their Sense UI or atleast revamp it completely. I am not saying its bad, but i am seriously getting a little tired of the same looking UI. But i was disappointed and HTC was disappointed by the market too. But the only tablet with a stylus, it has many Apps which play nice with it. The stylus does have its advantages for sure. The Tablet feels nice in your hand, sleek, and Sense UI is lagless. Yet it fails to shed the image of being anything other than a large phone which cant make calls.

Rating : 6.5/10

Noob: I wasn’t too impressed with this and frankly speaking I can’t even remember the tablet (see that’s how uninteresting it was). There is nothing to differentiate it from others tab, either price wise or specification wise. The stylus is a nice addition. But I wouldn’t buy the tablet just for that.

Rating: 5/10

7) iPad 2

The iPad 2

Boss : I dont think i can say anything which has already not been said about the iPad2. Yes, its slim as hell. The screen is fantastic, the UI is fluid. There is no apparent lag anywhere anytime. The Games play brilliantly and all the worthwhile apps i checked worked perfect. It’s fast. It’s furious. It’s Apple.

Rating : 8.5/10

Noob: *sigh sigh* It is that good. The main reason I always want to own the iPhone or the iPad is because it’s touch interface is the smoothest thing in the world. It is so fluid. My only problem. No slot for a micro SD card reader. And that’s a deal breaker.

Rating: 8/10

8) Samsung Galaxy Tab 750

Galaxy Tab 750!

Boss : We had to run around like mad people to hunt this tablet down and get some time with it. This 10.1″ monster is so thin and light you wont believe it. The first time  you pick it up, it seems like a dummy. The screen is so bright and the blacks are so deep. You get absolutely blown away. The Touchwiz UI though under a lot of fire from the lawsuits, still holds its own. The ability to move widgets by holding them and tilting the screen, the slick design and build quality, the Honeycomb App support make this one of the tablets you can gets your hands on. It’s utter brilliance. It’s the Galaxy S2 of the Tablet industry.

Rating : 9.5/10

Noob with the Galaxy Tab...

 

Noob: Super slim and super sexy! I would buy this one on any given. The UI is smooth, the design is impeccable and sports Android 3.1. The colours look awesome too. So which would I buy; the iPad 2 or the Galaxy 750? The latter for sure because you have a slot for extendable memory which allows you to buy the 16gb tablet at a price which is almost the same as the iPad but have the freedom to add more stuff. The winner for me.

Rating: 10/10

 

So here we are, you got a lowdown on about 8 Tablets in a short time. We cannot thank Tech2 enough for giving us an opportunity to play with these tablets. We hope such events are held more often to allow us and even you to experience technology in a more hands-on fashion. Hope this helped!!

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Tushar Chhajed can be reached at tusharchhajed@gmail.com or followed on twitter.

Kunal Pawar can be contacted at kunal.pawar@gmail.com and can also be stalked on twitter.

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7 Responses to “Tech2GeekUp Tablet Edition: 8 Tablets Reviewed!”

  1. Amey Kanse October 12, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    With 3G on board (which was surprisingly working given the network problems we were facing) //quote

    Did you try surfing YouTube or any other video streaming sites?

    I might buy this one but only after I see some reviews on the connection reliability and ‘actual’ 3G speed provided by Reliance.

    • Tushar Chhajed October 12, 2011 at 7:50 am #

      No we dint get time to try any video streaming sites, but did try skype and Gmail. They loaded pretty nicely, not blisteringly fast, but fast enough. You should get a hands-on experience in any of the Electronics Shops before buying, it will give you a a fair idea. Reliance even offers good data plans. So its worth it!

  2. Mihir Apte October 12, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Nice, Tushar. one would always find reviews like this one very useful. Cheers!

    • Tushar Chhajed October 12, 2011 at 9:22 am #

      Hey Thanks a lot Mihir!! : )

  3. An.i.ket (@an1k3t) October 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Ouch. Tough on RIM. But well, frankly they deserve it. Surprisingly, one pretty big gadgetry site had rated the Playbook as “THE” tablet to have. Wonder why!
    But frankly, there’s not one specific reason to buy a tablet yet! It’s still ‘that’ thing between a laptop/netbook & a smartphone.

    • Tushar Chhajed October 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

      Playbook was being thrown around like anything. People used it for 5 mins and they were done and even wanted to get rid off it. It even hung up twice in like 5 mins. Maybe it was a testing model or something, but still RIM really need to go back to the drawing board in every way.

  4. Jerrod Perrier November 1, 2011 at 9:55 am #

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