The Hot & the not so Happening

Sam Abraham introduces new products to help you zero in on those that offer value for money
Print Edition: July 2013

Sam Abraham introduces new products to help you zero in on those that offer value for money

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>> 1920x1200 10.1 inch display, 8 MP camera

The TF700 is almost complete aluminum unibody with the exception of a portion of plastic on the back panel to improve GPS signal strength. The tablet slides easily into the optional keyboard dock, which with its metal body, is well-built. The TF700 is the second Asus tablet to come with Android 4.0.3, but still lags in app support. Nvidia's Tegra 3 quad-core CPU is very fast and is paired with 1GB RAM and either 32GB or 64GB storage. The Mobile keyboard dock includes an extra battery that, while connected, also feeds the TF700.

Rs 17,000
>> 12.2MP BSI CMOS Sensor, ISO 80-3200

The P330 is all about pricing. A biggish 15mm CMOS sensor, moderate pixel count and f1.8 lens is good for the cash. It's also compact and light weight. The maximum image size is 4000×3000 pixels while videos can be shot as full HD 1920×1080 pixels. And you can click a picture during recording without interrupting. The P330 also alows you to save in RAW and JPEG formats. Built in GPS also logs where shots are taken.

Rs 8,499 onwards*
>> Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, voice calling

HCL's successor to the first ME Connect is another low-budget option with decent specifications. The 7-inch tablet sports a 800x480 pixels display and is powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor alongside 1GB RAM. The device comes with a 2 MP rear camera and also has a secondary camera. The ME 2.0 comes with 4GB of internal storage and can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. All this hardware runs on a 3,800 mAh battery. It allows 2G connectivity with voice calling while 3G is supported through a USB dongle.

Up to Rs 81,900
>> 4GB RAM, HD Graphics 5000, Mountain Lion OS

The best improvement is battery life, promising a stellar 10 hours or over. Plus, the base option starts with 128GB SSD (up to 256GB in India) and new fourth-generation power efficient 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. It's still very compact and the most comfortable to use and also slightly less expensive than before when comparing specifications. However, the new CPU doesn't really boost performance over last year's Air. Plus, it still doesn't have an SD card slot, has fewer ports and the 11-inch display is not as high-resolution as what competitors are offering.

>> 4GB internal, MicroSD slot, Adreno 203 GPU

The S5 is more refined than its predecessor, the S1. It's thinner but the back panel is still plastic and unappealing. The 5-inch screen with a resolution of 540x960 pixels is average but overly reflective in sunlight. The S5 comes with Android 4.1.2 with the same interface carried over from the S1. The 8 MP camera is good for the price range, but don't expect great images. The 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, with 1GB RAM, makes it rather impressive for the price.

*The print version of this story had erroneously mentioned the device's price as Rs 32,999. It has now been corrected to Rs 8,499.

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