It has been over four years since the first iPad made its appearance. We are past the ďI must have a tablet!Ē phase and into the ďDo I really need a tablet?Ē phase. If you have limited uses for a slate, then you should spend as little as possible for a good enough experience. And thatís what Flipkart is offering with the Digiflip Pro XT 712.
Specs: 7-inch IPS screen (1280◊800 pixels, 216 ppi) | 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex A7 CPU | 1GB RAM | 16GB internal memory, microSD slot (up to 32GB) | 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera | 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB | 3000mAh battery | Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Price: Rs. 9,999
Specifications only tell one part of the story though, and tablets are extensively used only in a few scenarios. So with that in mind, letís see how the XT 712 does in common tablet uses:
Reading Articles, Books and Comics
The XT 712 is heavier than other 7-inch tablets I have used. Although itís still not uncomfortable to hold for a long period, youíll be happier if you rest it somewhere. The screen is dull, so reading comics or colourful articles lacks the punch you would want. Still, itís good enough for e-books.
Watching Movies and Photos
Like comics, videos and photos also suffer from the dull screen. Add to this, the speaker volume is too low to drown out noises around you. Youíll need to wear a good pair of earphones. The bigger problem is 1080p MKV videos. If you are skipping forward or rewinding, or if there is a fast-paced high-action scene, the XT 712 canít handle it. This is not how we wanted to watch The Avengers. Still, itís not a 1080p screen, so if you are running 720p videos (like you should be), then itís perfectly fine.
Most websites work fine in portrait mode, and the XT 712 is a solid experience. You can also add two SIM cards to browse the Internet on-the-go, although this guzzles the battery too.
Writing Emails and Documents
A 7-inch tablet almost forces you to use it in portrait mode rather than landscape, because in landscape mode, the keyboard takes up most of the screen. So itís essentially a slightly larger version of the keyboard you find on your phone. I donít know about you, but that has never been a big enough difference for me to recommend writing 500 words or more