Nexus 7: Is It Here to Stay?

 For all those techies out there working around an unforgiving budget, there may yet be reason to rejoice. If you are on the lookout for a budget tablet PC, the newest entrant in the segment promises to liven up your options. Nexus 7 is the result of collaboration between Google and Asus. It is a 7 inch tablet running on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly bean and should prove to be stiff competition to budget tablets such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire or Barnes and Noble’s Nook.

To start off with, the display beats the likes of Kindle Fire and Nook hands down. It has an impressive 1280*800 resolution IPS display. It’s not quite up there with Apple’s new Ipad’s retina display but then again, it doesn’t quite empty your pockets the way that the Ipad does as well. It’s design is spiffy and it has a reassuringly solid built.

The Nexus 7 is light in more ways than one. It’s light on your pockets of course, but at .74 pounds, it is hardly going to be any physical burden either. For those with a penchant for light, sleek and compact tablets, the Nexus 7, with a thickness of 10.45 mm and 7” size hits just the right spot.

The Nexus 7 disappoints on the count of being versatile. Only WiFi models are available with no option of a 3G or 4G model yet. The lack of a back end camera is also a major dampener. There is however, a front facing camera which can be used only for video chatting, which is disappointing in the least for the grainy picture quality it displays.

The internal hardware happens to be of sublime quality, as would be expected with an ASUS collaborated product. The tablet is powered by a quad core Nvidea Tegra 3 processor and a 1 GB ram. For the uninitiated, that makes for a seriously fast tablet!

The tablet comes in the standard 8 GB and 16 GB variants with the former priced at $200 and the latter being priced at $250.

The Android 4.1 Jelly bean experience is quick and enjoyable as it ensures that the apps open fast and even the browsing on the Chrome browser is speedier as compared to all the other Android based tablets in the market.

Perhaps the most anticipated feature of the new Android 4.1 Jelly bean is the introduction of Google Now, a voice enabled search option which is sure to be Google’s answer to Apple’s Siri. So what improvements does Google Now have over Siri?  For starters, Google Now employs the usage of what is widely being recognised as a sexier voice.  On a more technical note, Google Now gives you more accurate results and gets acclimatised to your frequent queries and refines its responses accordingly.

Google continues to throw sizeable punches at its competitors with the updation of the Google Play store. There has been a manifold increase in the content available at Google Play so as to enable it to compete with Apple’s iTunes or Amazon’s multimedia content. Yet, despite the improvements, it is still a far cry from the standards being set by iTunes.

Overall, a smart buy for techies on a budget. Nexus 7 may prove to be the best $200 you ever invest.

 

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Buy Google Nexus 7 in India from online stores at Rs. 16,952

Now that Google Nexus 7 tablet has been launched in the US, it is becoming difficult for tech fans in India to hold their desire to grab this one. For those who can wait till Nexus 7 tablet is launched in India, their patience will be appreciated, but for those who cannot, have the option of buying the gadget online from a number of websites that offer Google’s flagship.

Statutory Warning: you will have to pay extra bugs to price this possession. The device is available in US for $200 (approx. Rs.11,000), but if you wish to buy it in India from Online stores then you will have to pay anything from Rs 16,900 to 17, 700 (approx.).

There are number of online stores that are offering Google Nexus 7 tablet. First one on our list is Indiatimes online shopping website. Here you can buy the 8GB version for Rs. 16,952.  For those who cannot shed the complete amount at one time, the website also offers them EMI facility, where you can pay the amount in intervals of 3 or 6 months.  If you choose to opt for 3 month instalment the cost will come around to Rs. 5,652 per month and in 6 month instalment you will have to pay Rs. 2,825 per month. At present, the status of Nexus 7 on the website is in stock and the website promises to deliver it in 15 working days with shipping free. Furthermore, you will also get one-year manufacturer warranty.

Ebay.in is the second website offering the device. Here the Nexus 7 is listed at a slightly higher price of Rs. 17,690. The reason behind the hiked price is believed to be website’s good position in the eye’s of buyers. If you order your device from this site it is guaranteed to reach your door step within 15 days. eBay also offers an EMI option for 3 months or 6 months, where you have to pay instalments of Rs. 5,896.67 or Rs. 2,948.33, simultaneously.

Another website from where you can buy Google Nexus 7 tablet is tradus.com. The website offers both, 8GB and 16 GB, versions of the tablet. These are priced at Rs. 16,990 and Rs. 22,500, consecutively. Here also the website gives you an option of buying the device by making payments through EMI.

Nexus 7 from Google runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the newest OS in the market. It has a 7-inch screen with 1280×800 HD IPS display (216 ppi). Other features include quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1.2MP front-facing camera, 8 or 16GB built-in storage, 1GB of RAM, a 4325 mAh battery, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.… Read the rest

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What’s the New Google Tablet Got?

Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is 7 inches and it runs on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The display beats the likes of Kindle Fire and Nook. It also has an impressive 1280×800 resolution IPS display.

For all those techies out there working around an unforgiving budget, there may yet be reason to rejoice. If you are on the lookout for a budget tablet PC, the newest entrant in the segment promises to liven up your options. Nexus 7 is the result of a collaboration between Google and Asus. It is a 7 inch tablet running on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and should prove to be stiff competition to budget tablets such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire or Barnes and Noble’s Nook.

To start off with, the display beats the likes of Kindle Fire and Nook hands down. It has an impressive 1280×800 resolution IPS display. It’s not quite up there with Apple’s new iPad retina display but then again, it doesn’t quite empty your pockets the way that the iPad does. The design is spiffy and it has a reassuringly solid built.

The Nexus 7 is light in more ways than one. It’s light on your pockets of course, but at .74 pounds, it’s hardly going to be any physical burden either. For those with a penchant for light, sleek and compact tablets, the Nexus 7, with a thickness of 10.45 mm and 7” size hits just the right spot.

The Nexus 7 disappoints on the count of being versatile. Only Wi-Fi models are available with no option of a 3G or 4G model yet. The lack of a backend camera is also a major dampener. There is, however, a front facing camera which can be used only for video chatting, which is disappointing in the least for the grainy picture quality it displays.

The internal hardware happens to be of sublime quality, as would be expected with an ASUS collaborated product. The tablet is powered by a quad core Nvidea Tegra 3 processor and a 1 GB ram. For the uninitiated, that makes for a seriously fast tablet.

The tablet comes in the standard 8 GB and 16 GB variants with the former priced at $200 and the latter being priced at $250.

The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience is quick and enjoyable as it ensures that the apps open fast and even the browsing on the Chrome browser is speedier as compared to all the other Android based tablets in the market.

Perhaps the most anticipated feature of the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the introduction of Google Now, a voice enabled search option which is sure to be Google’s answer to Apple’s Siri. So what improvements does Google Now have over Siri?  For starters, Google Now employs the usage of what is widely being recognised as a sexier voice.  On a more technical note, Google Now gives you more accurate results and gets acclimatised to your frequent queries and refines its responses accordingly.

Google continues to throw sizeable punches at its competitors with the updation of the Google Play store. There has been a manifold increase in the content available at Google Play so as to enable it to compete with Apple’s iTunes or Amazon’s multimedia content. Yet, despite the improvements, it is still a far cry from the standards being set by iTunes.

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It’s like the Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest!”

After Aakash literally disappeared in ‘thin air’, please welcome the new brothers: 7+ and 7C!

The hoopla of the cheapest ever tablet made in India began about a year ago. God forgive me for being so naïve that I believed that this 7” Android 2.3 will change the way technology is accepted in my country when it was all a little dirty prank. The technology is marvelous for having produced this technical gem in less than Rs. 3000. But in India, every research in brilliant and its only when it is applied that it leads to a fiasco. Aakash, or the Ubislate as it is commercially known, has lost its shine in all the controversies and blame games played by the government, IIT Rajasthan, Datawind and Quad Electronic. Amongst the 1000 tablets that were to be distributed by the government to students, less than 400 have reached their fate and consumers who had placed their orders with a full advance in December 2011 and January 2012 are yet to receive their devices – both Ubislate and Ubislate 7+. Datawind doesn’t seem satisfied with all the public criticism about lack of transparency in their systems. So, they’re now coming up with the new 7C series.

As per information let out on their official website, both Ubislate 7+ and Ubislate 7C series will have similar features apart from display quality and internal storage. Priced at Rs. 2,999, the UbiSlate 7+ is powered by a Cortex A8 – 800MHz processor and runs smoothly on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. There’s a 7-inch resistive touch screen with a resolution of 800×400 pixels. The device also offers Wi-Fi and GPRS connectivity for anytime internet access and phone functionality. Elective 3G modems are also supported. In addition to a micro-SD card slot, a full sized USB port is also integrated into the UbiSlate 7+.

The UbiSlate 7C, priced at Rs. 3,999, comes with same set of applications as UbiSlate 7+ except for the capacitive four-point touch screen and 4GB internal storage that it features.

It’s time that it should be made known to all parties concerned that giving exciting new add-ons to Aakash will not increase hype for the product. The rage will only be intensified for customers who have made their payments in full and are yet to receive the older version of the tablet that they had booked. But it seems like only a matter of time now that the true fate of Aakash is known.… Read the rest

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Apple may roll out ‘Mini iPad’ in October 2012

Rumors are ripe that the half eaten apple cart may unload a ‘mini iPad’ soon. The Bloomberg reports claim that a 7.85 inch tablet would be rolled out from Apple’s cache by the end of this year. After Kindle Fire Tablet and Google Nexus 7 the small tablet market is already heating up and if Apple mini iPad joins the bandwagon then indeed the competition is going to get tougher.

It was in March that an official from Samsung revealed Apple’s game plan of a cheaper and smaller version of its tablet. A Bloomberg report, citing people “with knowledge of the plans”, added more steam to Apple’s plan of jumping into a different segment of the tablet market.

As per the report, the smaller tablet is targeted towards the masses. Evidently, it will be less expensive than the much popular 9.7-inch version currently in the market. Apple may do way with the high-resolution “retina display” which is the USP of its new iPad, iPhone 4S and latest Macbook Pro. The company “may announce” the tablet by October, the report said. This is also the time it is expected to roll out a new iPhone line.

There was a time when Apple could not fathom a tablet that’s small in size as it was late co-founder Steve Jobs’ belief that any touch screen device that was sized small was essentially too tiny to use.

However, analysts have pointed out that a smaller tablet could pay off Apple in two ways. Apple can bank on customers who have an affinity towards its iTunes store and iCloud. It can come up with a sort of large iPod which could be the hub of games, movie and music. There could not be a better way to get people addicted to iTunes and App stores if they can be plugged in even on the go.

Second, as IDC research manager Ian Song pointed out, when the new iPad hit shelves in March, it was a huge tablet… not something everyone in Asia would like to carry around. Smaller tablets have their appeal – they are light, small and powerful enough to meet computing needs. They slip easily into a purse or small bag and make it much easier to read or watch something almost anywhere.

After the success of Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble Nook tablet among book lovers, Google has already launched its Nexus 7. Now, if Apple joins the league of small neat tablets then the question is what would be its competitive strategy. Would it be the yummy price or would it be the formidable app store for which Apple would bet its bottom dollar on?… Read the rest

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Karbonn Smart Tab 1: New Tab on the Block, Priced at Rs. 6.990

Why would you want to pick up a tablet for yourself? To start with, they have larger screens and are far more versatile and convenient than your smartphones. Not as clunky as a laptop, and with a longer battery life, a tablet lets you access the internet, work on Office documents and presentations, play games, watch videos, make video calls, and do much more. Compact and lightweight, it fits easily into your purse or backpack and lasts almost a day on a single charge, depending on your usage patterns.

The tablet war is heating up with newer models appearing on the scene every few days. The latest company to jump on to the tablet bandwagon is Karbonn mobiles with the launch of the Karbonn Smart Tab 1. The Smart Tab 1 promises an enhanced video and gaming experience and is ideal for those who want entertainment on the move. But will it cast a spell on the consumers?

The look and feel: We love the overall design of the Smart Tab 1. The front screen of the tablet has a glossy black edge with a silver rim, giving it an expensive appearance. The back of the tablet has an all metallic finish which adds to its appeal. The Smart Tab 1 has a 7 inch 5-point multi-touch screen so that you can pinch to zoom when viewing text or images on it. The screen size is similar to most other tablets in the similar price range, and the external design while interesting, still does not set it apart from its competition. So why then, you ask, should we consider the Smart Tab 1? Read on to know more.

What does it have? The most striking and coolest feature of the Karbonn Smart Tab 1 is a 3D user interface and a gravity sensor to give you an ultimate gaming experience. It also supports full HD video playback, and comes with a mini HDMI port you can use to connect it to your TV directly for better viewing. The Smart Tab 1 is equipped with a powerful 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 512 MB RAM to let you multitask and run many applications at once without dragging down the performance. Did we mention that it is already on top of the game with the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? Connect the Smart Tab 1 to internet through Wi-Fi or an external 3G USB dongle. However, we do miss the absence of Bluetooth on this tablet.

What can you do with it: The Karbonn Smart Tab 1 is undoubtedly one of the best tablets you could choose if you are an avid gamer or love to watch lots of videos. It surely is built for this! In addition, you can use it to browse the internet, view and edit Office documents and PDFs, and make video calls using the 2MP front camera. Its powerful 3700 mAh battery lets you browse the internet on your tablet continuously for 6-7 hours, or watch videos for up to 8 hours using your earphones, or even just listen to music continuously for up to 25 hours.

Competitor faceoff: Priced at Rs. 6,990, it offers direct competition to the Micromax Funbook, Intex iTab, and the slightly older HCL ME U1 in the sub-10k range. In terms of features, we have to say it’s almost identical to the Micromax Funbook, the only exception being the 3D G-sensor which gives it an upper hand as a gaming device. Priced slightly higher than the Funbook, the Smart Tab 1 comes with a much better camera in comparison to the Funbook’s VGA camera, as well a far more powerful battery that gives it a longer life on each charge.

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It’s Like the Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest: After Aakash Literally Disappeared in ‘Thin Air’, Please Welcome the New Brothers: 7+ and 7c for just Rs. 2,999

The hoopla of the cheapest ever tablet made in India began about a year ago. God forgive me for being so naïve that I believed that this 7” Android 2.3 will change the way technology is accepted in my country when it was all a little dirty prank. The technology is marvelous for having produced this technical gem in less than Rs. 3000. But in India, every research in brilliant and its only when it is applied that it leads to a fiasco. Aakash, or the Ubislate as it is commercially known, has lost its shine in all the controversies and blame games played by the government, IIT Rajasthan, Datawind and Quad Electronic. Amongst the 1000 tablets that were to be distributed by the government to students, less than 400 have reached their fate and consumers who had placed their orders with a full advance in December 2011 and January 2012 are yet to receive their devices – both Ubislate and Ubislate 7+. Datawind doesn’t seem satisfied with all the public criticism about lack of transparency in their systems. So, they’re now coming up with the new 7C series.

As per information let out on their official website, both Ubislate 7+ and Ubislate 7C series will have similar features apart from display quality and internal storage. Priced at Rs. 2,999, the UbiSlate 7+ is powered by a Cortex A8 – 800MHz processor and runs smoothly on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. There’s a 7-inch resistive touch screen with a resolution of 800×400 pixels. The device also offers Wi-Fi and GPRS connectivity for anytime internet access and phone functionality. Elective 3G modems are also supported. In addition to a micro-SD card slot, a full sized USB port is also integrated into the UbiSlate 7+.

The UbiSlate 7C, priced at Rs. 3,999, comes with same set of applications as UbiSlate 7+ except for the capacitive four-point touch screen and 4GB internal storage that it features.

It’s time that it should be made known to all parties concerned that giving exciting new add-ons to Aakash will not increase hype for the product. The rage will only be intensified for customers who have made their payments in full and are yet to receive the older version of the tablet that they had booked. But it seems like only a matter of time now that the true fate of Aakash is known.… Read the rest

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iBerry Auxus AX02: New Tab on the Block!

Hail another competitor in the sub-10k range of tablets out in the Indian market. While iBerry had initially launched a tablet with the Gingerbread OS, it quickly launched the Auxus 02 with an upgraded Android ICS. At Rs. 9, 990, it is pitted directly against offerings from Zync, Intex, iBall and the like. But will this be the game-changer in this segment?

The standouts: While at the first look, this 7-inch capacitive touch screen tablet has a familiar design, I love the circular button in the centre made from steel which renders the Auxus 02 a distinct, classier look over its counterparts. Its screen is responsive and the keyboard is easy to type on- making this tablet a lot more user friendly than other tablets in this price range.

The Auxus AX02 is even equipped with a 2MP camera in the rear using which you can click crisp images, while a 0.3MP front camera lets you make video calls to your friends and family. The 1GB RAM on board allows you to browse the web, watch videos, or play games without putting too much strain on the 1GHz CPU of the tablet. Speaking of videos, the Auxus 02 can play MP4 format files, so you can play HD videos easily on the Auxus AX02.

The pre-installed file manager app lets you transfer data from the PC onto the tablet conveniently and lets you manage various file types with considerable ease.

The so-so’s: Standard features like a mini USB port – along with a mini USB to a full USB adaptor in the package lets you connect to the internet using a 3G dongle, if you have no WiFi access. In addition, there’s a HDMI port so you can connect your tablet to a HD TV conveniently, and even a microSD card slot in case you wish to expand storage from the on-board 8GB memory.

A Li-Po 4000 mAh battery assures you continuous usage of up to 5 hours and 40 minutes, which is just about average in terms of battery life. Although with limited usage of apps, you could stretch the tablet to last you a day without the need to charge the battery.

The not so good: While we think this is a good contender in the sub-10k category of Android 4.0 tablets, we are bit unsatisfied about the absence of Bluetooth as we cannot connect the tablet to other devices for transferring data. Though in terms of screen quality, although the touchscreen of the Auxus AX02 is very responsive, we wish the screen was brighter and could reproduce images with better quality. It’s a pity that such an efficient touch screen capability has gone to waste on a screen that is unable to depict colors properly.

Another slightly irritating feature of the Auxus AX02 is the way the apps downloaded from the Google Play store directly, show up on the home screen. If you happen to have arranged your home screen perfectly to suit your requirements, this becomes quite a bother with unwanted apps turning up and taking up space on the screen too.… Read the rest

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Nikon Coolpix P510: The Perfect Successor to the P500

The Nikon Coolpix P510 is a great development to its successor with a 42X wide optical zoom, a 16.1 mega-pixel CMOS sensor as well as GPS capabilities that lets you geotag your images on the go.

We all loved, and still do love, the Nikon Coolpix P500 for being one of the pioneers and long-standing leaders among the bridge camera series. For the longest time, it was one of the best cameras you could pick up if you were looking for something that could perform far better than an ordinary point-and-shoot, but be easier to handle and cheaper than a DSLR.

I came across the concept of the bridge cameras when the Nikon L110 a couple of years ago, when I was looking to change my sturdy Canon camera, and wanted to invest in a camera which could do more for me than just sit tight in my purse. I came across the ad for the L110 and literally fell in love at first sight. It was the ideal kind of camera I had been looking for – with a super-zoom and a solid form factor, it felt perfect in my hands. I loved photography, but I was not too sure of just how much of an enthusiast I was. As a result, I did not want to waste precious money on a DSLR without being sure of how much I would be able to use it. The bridge camera has been the perfect option for a photography amateur like me who would use the camera sparingly, but whenever I use the camera, I love that I can click semi-pro photos with it.

The coolest features: Nikon recently launched the P510 as a suitable replacement to its extremely popular P500 bridge camera. You might find this piece a little biased, but once you learn more about the P510, you too can’t help but become a loyal fan of Nikon. The best thing about the P510 is its absolutely brilliant 42X wide optical zoom, a significant improvement from the P500’s 36X zoom which lets you get an even better view of your subjects from a distance. The P510 comes with a 16.1 mega-pixel CMOS sensor as well as GPS capabilities that lets you geotag your images on the go with the corresponding latitude and longitude of the location. The GPS system also allows you to record your route when the camera is not being used to take pictures.

The finer details for still clicks: For the novice, the P510 has 16 scene modes that automatically adjust camera settings appropriately so you can click the best possible pictures in any condition. For the more experienced photographer, the P510 comes with full manual exposure modes so that you can tweak the camera settings on your own for the perfect capture. Other modes include auto HDR, easy panorama 180°/360°, 3D shooting, high-speed continuous, manual focus and subject tracking autofocus. You can even edit your pictures as soon as you click them using the inbuilt retouch options which include a range of filter effects, selective color and cross screen.

Video capabilities: The P510 lets you record full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound using a dedicated video-record button to start filming. You can also use the optical zoom along with the autofocus feature while recording, and choose between slow or fast motion recording with speeds up to 120 frames per second. Record your movies in iFrame format and connect your camera directly to an HD TV using the built-in HDMI connector to view your videos.

The price: You can pick up a Nikon Coolpix P510 for a little over Rs. 23, 000 from camera stores around the country or leading online shopping websites. Not too steep a price for all the features it packs in!… Read the rest

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Intex iTab: Now Fabulously Suiting Your Pocket Too, Priced at Rs. 8,900!

It need not be contested that there are some completely drool-worthy, oh-so-expensive tablets in the market today. Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab are two of the popular ones. However, what if you’re not interested in shelling out that kind of an investment? Fortunately, for the majority, the Indian market has recently been flooded with a number of tablets that are under the Rs. 10,000 price bracket. There has been a slew of new entrants offering stiff competition to the big ones and we are now spoilt for choice, despite our budget limitations.

Intex is the latest to join the bandwagon and cast a spell on us with their newly launched groovilicious iTab. Although it was initially priced at Rs. 11,900, the company has recently offered a price-cut and you can now own the iTab at just Rs. 8,900.

So let’s pick up our magic wand and go into the world to Intex iTab to explore whether this new offer is bewitching enough or not:

  • The iTab manages to hold its own against fellow competitors such as Micromax, Karbonn and Zync. With an 8 inch screen, you can view content on the iTab far better than most of the tablets in this same price range which feature only a 7 inch screen.
  • An all-black plastic exterior with a matte steel finish on the front and a silver lining between the bezel and the screen make the iTab look urbane and chic than most other tablets in the same price range.
  • We wish the tablet had a matte finish on the back as well, because the present glossy finish does get messy with fingerprints at a mere touch.
  • The touchscreen is suitably bright and reproduces brilliant colors, but the highly reflective screen gets a little difficult to view the screen under daylight or other bright lights.
  • A 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor with an enviable 1GB RAM lets you browse the internet, play games and do your office work effortlessly on the iTab. Connect to the internet through Wi-Fi or use a 3G dongle with your iTab and browse away through an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) interface.
  • Not to forget, it comes preloaded with many basic apps you know you would need to work with, including Word, Excel, Power Point and Adobe Reader.
  • Games such as Angry Birds, Solitaire and Paper Toss come pre installed in iTab to cater to your entertainment needs. The 360 degree G-sensor on board the tablet gives you a unique magical experience when playing these and many more games.
  • The iTab scores over others with its powerful 5000 mAh battery that will last a cool 5-6 hours even with the Wi-Fi switched on. So when you are on the move, you never need to worry about your tablet giving up on you. Carry your iTab along on next road trip adventure, for the built-in GPS software is supported by Google Maps and it will ensure that you never lose your way.
  • The front facing camera on the iTab and the built-in mic lets you make video calls to near and dear ones. It also lets you store up to 8GB of data within it – so carry as many movies, music videos or songs as you like. Never worry about running out of space, for you can add up to 32GB of space using a microSD card, or connect an external hard drive directly to your tablet through the included USB port. Now that’s a huge advantage that the iTab has over many of its competitors – a direct USB port to let you transfer data without any hassles.

This is Intex iTab is affordable for all those gadget addicts there… take your pick!… Read the rest

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