Micromax Canvas Tab P480
The Micromax after facing success in their budget smartphone categories and facing stiff completion from Chinese smartphone manufacturers is now trying to gain momentum with budget Tablets. The brand has recently launched a new tablet in the market, the ‘Micromax Canvas Tab P480’.
This is voice calling enabled dual SIM tablet priced attractively at Rs. 6,999. With a 7 inch display and 3G connectivity the table promises to provide an entertainment device at an attractive price.
In the Magic Box
- Tablet with built-in battery
- USB Cable
- OTG Cable
The Canvas Tab P480 is available in two color options, namely blue and white. The built is completely plastic with a grain texture on the back. It is also easy to hold in hand as it is not too big or bulky. In terms of design, it looks regular adding power and volume rocker on the right side, while the mini-USB and 3.5 mm headphone jack are located on the top. The back houses a latch cover for SIM card slots and micro SD card slot. The Back cover is non-removable.
The tablet includes a 7 inch IPS screen with a 1024×600 pixel resolution. Pixel density of 170 PPI helps saving battery, but disowns quality that results in dull appearance of icons and fonts on the display. Here, color reproduction is sharp and it offers a bright display, but a missing HD resolution is a real letdown as that would have really brought out great viewing experience with the large screen.
The Canvas Tab P480 is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core MT8382W/M processor along with 1GB of RAM. It comes along with 8GB of built in storage, of which 5.03GB is available to the user and it is expandable upto 32GB via a micro-SD card.
The hardware is pretty basic and will enable user to enjoy movies, videos and general app usage without any significant lag. Do not go expecting smooth run for HD games, in our tests we found that the hardware was unable to support Asphalt 8, which one of the most popular HD racing game on Play-store.
Connectivity options in the Tab include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth V4.0, GPS and Micro-USB with OTG support. Sensors include ambient light sensor, accelerometer, and proximity sensor.
The operating system on the tablet is Android KitKat 4.4.2, but do not worry as Micromax is offering an over-the-air (OTA) upgrade to Android Lollipop 5.0.
Micromax is also providing various extensions to make the UI experience better and to increase user functionality including,
- Quicklook– which is Micromax’s answer to Blinkfeed/Flipboard
- Camera widget-a widget with various camera options such as stable (enhance stability while clicking images), front back (allowing users to click front and back Selfies at the same time) and various other quick access camera features
- Multi-Tasking- a split screen feature to ensure user’s attain the most out of the big screen display
Along with these, Micromax has also tied up with various software developers to provide users the option to used free trials of paid/pro software’s such as ‘Saavn’ and ‘TrueCaller’.
The tablet includes a 5MP auto-focus rear camera with flash as well as a 2MP fixed focus front facing camera for clicking Selfies and video calling. It also supports a 720p HD video recording. The camera delivers good images in well light condition, but may seem to include noise in dull light environments. The camera app has been left untouched and is the stock you find on KitKat devices.
The Canvas Tab P480 includes a 3000mAh battery, which the company claims can give you up to 9 hours of talk time and 169 hours of standby time. That basically means the battery should be able to give user enough juice for a day with moderate usage.
- Dual SIM Support in regular size
- 7 inches 600P display
- 5 MP camera with auto focus and FHD recording
- 3000 mAh lithium polymer battery
- FM Radio
- Stylish look and attractive design
- 8GB internal memory and USB OTG
- From Android Kitkat 4.4.2 to Android Lollipop 5.0.1 upgradable
- 1GB RAM is disappointment
I for one always feel like tablets should bridge the gap between Smartphones and PC’s. While many companies have been trying to do so by bringing out powerful tablets that can get all your important work done on the go, others have just made them into big screen smartphones. This is exactly what this tablet is.
With a non-HD display and average hardware, the tablet fails to amaze us. It might please a segment of audiences who wish to enjoy movies or videos on the go with large screens and do not want to spend much on a powerful tablet. With a large screen, OTG support, voice calling and 3G networks browsing the Canvas Tab P480 is decent choice at the budget friendly price of 6999 rupees.
Lava Ivory Plus
Since various Indian and Chinese smartphone manufacturers competing to come on top of each other in budget category, the consumer is definitely the true winner. Today, India’s smart consumers are having a wider choice of quality handsets that never seen before. And, to compete in the budget tablet category, Indian Smartphone manufacturer Lava has brought a new Tablet the ‘Lava Ivory Plus’. The 7 inch voice calling enabled tablet has been kept at a competitive price of Rs. 6,649 rupees.
In the Box
- USB Cable
The Lava Ivory plus has been designed to give a bold looks. The tablet is available in two color options, white and black. On the front you will find a very clean look with only the in-call speaker, front camera and some sensors visible on the top. On the top you shall find the mini-USB port and the 3.5mm Headphone jack. Volume rocker, power button and a reset Pin-hole slot are available on the right. The left and bottom of the device have been left bare.
The back seems to be really well designed with an aluminum bezel, which adds a nice and distinct look to the grand design. One can also find various labeling for all slots and ports as well as the Lava Monogram and some regulatory text on the back.
The device supports a 7 inch capacitive multi-touch LCD display, with a resolution of 1024×600 with a pixel density of just 170 PPI. These are really poor numbers for a budget tablet that attracts a lot of users with large and vibrant screen. With a non-HD resolution and poor pixel-per-inch ratio we are not exactly sure if this tablet will be able to provide its users with a good viewing experience.
The Lava Ivory Plus is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad core MediaTek processor along with 1GB RAM. In terms of memory, it is available with two internal storage option, 8GB and 16GB both expandable up to 32 GB via micro-SD card.
The tablet will provide user a lag free experience with video playbacks or general surfing. However, if you plan to play HD games on the big screen to please the gamer in you, then this tablet is not a choice.
This is a dual SIM table with 3G connectivity capabilities, but no 4G LTE support is there which a real letdown is. The tablet also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Tablet does not seem to support USB OTG, which is quite shocking as it has now become a standard feature. This means that the user will not be able to connect pen drives or external keyboards, which is what many users prefer to do to make full use of a tablet. This missing feature could be as serious deal breaker.
The tablet runs on Android Kitkat 4.4.2 and Lava has given no indication as to whether they wish to upgrade it too Android Lollipop 5.0.
The Lava Ivory Plus includes a 5MP auto-focus main camera and a 3.2MP fixed focus front camera. There is no flash on the main camera. You can pretty much forget about getting decent images in low light conditions due to the missing flash. Why the company would choose to remove flash is beyond our understanding as various manufactures are providing LED flash in the same price bracket.
The tablet includes a 3000mAh battery which will probably last whole day on the regular usages. Furthermore, Lava claims the battery can provide you enough juice for a talk time of 5hrs and standby time of 100hrs.
- Supports Voice Call
- 3G Connectivity
- Standard Look
- Affordable pricing
- 3000 mAh battery
- Low PPI in display
- Missing USB OTG Support
The tablet is designed well and the metal back cover definitely adds a nice look. That and the price is the only thing going for it. With an average display and hardware this gadget would have difficulty facing the stiff competition already in the market.
Lava’s decision to remove USB OTG support and flash-light is definitely going to backfire on them. Since these basic features are now expected even from budget smartphones or tablets.
We can imagine some user buying this to act as a primary phone due to its voice calling feature. However, we do suggest looking into buying a smartphone as there are better options available. Also, readers will agree that talking into a tablet feels and looks odd to everyone.
iBall Slide i701
When we got to know of the idea that a windows 8.1 tablet could be made available for a low, low price of Rs. 5000, we laughed and laughed a lot. But that is exactly what iBall has done bringing the ‘iBall Slide i701’ a windows 8.1 tablet for a price of Rs. 4999. We actually had to check the specs sheet and the price twice to make sure it is actually true.
Generally, to keep price low companies compromise on accessories available with a product, but that does not seem to be the case with this 7 inch tablet. Its magic box includes a thin sleeve, THREE colorful plastic shells, a charger, a USB OTG cable and as well as a mini HDMI cable.
In the Sales Box
- Tablet with built-in battery
- USB Cable
The tab seems to be missing Windows branding or a capacitive “Start Button” that we have seen in earlier windows tablets.
On the front of the tablet is complete blank accept a camera lens located at the top. The top edge houses micro-USB port, mini-HDMI out port, 3.5mm headphone jack and a reset pin hole. Volume rocker and power button can be found on the right, while the left houses an exposed micro-SD card slot.
Its back has a soft-touch texture, which might get a bit slippery. The back seems to be quit cramped up, with labeling for ports, slots and buttons, a lot of branding and some regulatory texts.
The tablet supports a 7 inch screen with 1024×600 pixel resolution, which is really poor considering Microsoft’s own recommended minimum resolution is 1024×740 pixels. The display is where this tablet falls flat on its face. Viewing angles are really poor that ascertains the screen not being visible from several angles. You might encounter frequent black spots while trying to use this tab, if you keep on tilting your head even slightly.
This tablet is powered by an Intel Atom Z3735G, a quad core processor running at 1.83GHz though most of the time user might find it running at 1.33GHz base speeds. You might remember this processor from the various 2-in-1 laptops available at prices almost thrice of this tab.
In terms of memory it gets a 1GB RAM, with 16GB of storage, of which 4 to 5 GB will be available to the end user. User memory is really low here. You can expand storage upto 64GB via a micro-SD card or use external storage devices using USB OTG support.
Performance and multitasking is smooth and user will not encounter much lag.
For connectivity, there is also Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi b/g/n. You can also connect a 3G dongle to use internet services, which is a brilliant feature that not many tablets are able to offer.
The USP of this tablet- the Windows 8.1 complete desktop OS becomes the worst enemy here. With such a small screen size, due to the windows desktops in-ability to scale down, user faces usability and performance related issues. You might constantly feel the need of a stylus while trying to work on this 7 inch screen.
The iBall Slide i701 runs Windows 8.1. This is complete desktop operating system that you might find on laptops. For reader benefit, the running OS here is slightly different from Windows mobile version. This is definitely a brilliant move by windows to bridge gap between Tablets and PC’s OS. The tablet will enable user to enjoy apps both from Microsoft store as well as software made for windows PC OS.
The windows OS will enable to enjoy seamless multitasking in truest sense. But we advise user to stick to metro UI as the Windows Desktop might seem difficult to use with such a small screen size as it has not been optimized for touch.
In order to sweeten the pot Microsoft is also throwing in a free one year subscription to Microsoft Office 365.
There is a 2MP rear camera and a VGA front facing camera. Both fixed focus cameras are just there for the sake of it and are best left ignored.
The tablet is powered by a 3200mAh battery that shall last for 3 to 4 hours with a full charge on moderate to heavy usage. This seems really low, but we cannot complaint much considering price tag of the tablet.
- 3200 mAh power battery
- Windows tablet
- Budget friendly
- 3G Mobile Internet
- HDMI Support
- Decent display with 216 PPI pixel density
- 16GB internal storage
- No calling feature
I am a big fan of windows tablets as these do seem like a mini PC in one’s hand, which is essentially what tablets should be. However, windows experience seems like a task to use with small screen size and poor display. And, if you could manage to that the tablet runs out of battery and storage space before you began to enjoy it.
However, let us not forget that this tablet cost only Rs.5000 and many androids tab at this price range do not offer the performance power that this table is capable of. This is practically a miniature Windows 10 capable PC. And, if you have a spare display or HDMI TV at home, then this tablet could change entire game. Just attach a USB hub, an external Keyboard, Mouse and a flash storage device and you have got yourself a complete PC.
If you are looking for a tablet or a small PC, but do not want to spend much, then this is definitely worth a look.