Small wonder

Sep 02, 2013, 09:00 IST | Hassan M Kamal

For those looking for a budget quad core tablet without calling facility within 10K, the latest entry in 8-inch tabs, the XPAD Mini, makes for an impressive choice

If you intend to use your tablet only over WiFi, and are willing to spend a few bucks extra on a USB dongle, the XPAD Mini from Simmtronics could be the best choice within 10K.

Style: The tablet is currently available only through online portals. It’s got a stylish and strong-built Aluminium body finish.

And the protective layer on the screen seems sturdy enough to get you through the arcade action games.

Advantage hardware: The screen is decent 7.8-inch at 1024x768 with pixel density almost the same as the Lenovo A1000 model.

It comes with 8GB internal storage, 1GB DDR3 RAM and runs on a 1GHZ quad core processor, offering double the aggression of the dual core processor in A1000. No Bluetooth, though!

Camera: Unlike the A1000, which has just one 0.3MP front camera, the XPAD Mini comes with both back camera (5MP) as well as front (2MP). It runs on an updated Jelly Bean 4.2.2 Android OS, which means you get access to camera features like HDR.

Multimedia and gaming: Although, the speaker is relatively less powerful than the A1000 (our second and last grudge with the XPAD Mini), the video playback in the XPAD Mini is satisfactory and supports a larger number of formats including full HD playback and 3D vision.

We tested the tablet using some high-end games, and while it took us some time to adjust to the screen resolution density (very less as compared to the recent smart phones), it didn’t lag behind in performance.

Also, the XPAD Mini uses an updated Jelly Bean (4.2.2) as compared to the A1000, which is still running on Jelly Bean 4.1. The XPAD Mini gives a smooth 8-10 hours of Internet browsing time on WiFi.

It lost points because for some reason, it resembles the Lenovo A1000 in appearance, and perhaps, might be its closest competitor in this particular price range.

But if you don’t mind the absence of calling facility (2G) and paying a thousand more than the A1000, the XPAD Mini is far superior a tablet in comparison.

Go for it only if you want an 8-inch WiFi tab under 10K.

Available at Price Rs 9,999

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