Suppose you want to showcase visuals or a presentation, and carry your information in a memory card or a USB drive, but your budget is no more than ₹ 12,000. What sort of a device can you use? Read on.
Suppose you want to showcase visuals or a presentation, and carry your information in a memory card or a USB drive, but your budget is no more than ₹ 12,000. What sort of a device can you use?
A laptop, or even its cheaper cousin, the netbook, are priced out of your budget. Expensive tablets such as Apple's iPad are also ruled out (it does not accept a memory card anyway). Thanks to an explosion of digital devices, you can find lots of cheap look-alikes and act-alikes on gizmo websites and the grey market — but then, many of these gizmos (often sporting Chinese names and all-Chinese manuals) offer no guarantee or warranty, though at prices as low as ₹ 3,000, this absence should not come as a surprise.
Do these things work? I did spend good money on one of these to try and gauge quality, but it stubbornly refused to boot up when I took it home. Hindi-Chini is not bhai-bhai in this, I thought.
Jokes apart, though, there are indeed a few tablet devices that still figure in the above-mentioned budget range — and are known brands, at that. Let us look at three of these.
Zen Ultrabook - ₹ 6,199
Micromax Funbook ₹ 6,499
One of the more established players, and the first to bring a price-sensitive tablet to the market. Finished in silver and black, this tablet feels nice in the hand, and works efficiently. There are three hardware buttons (home, return, menu) on the front panel, and volume control buttons. Input slots are HDMI, micro-USB and TF card. Powering it is a 1.2 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM on board, and 4GB of in-built storage. The camera is only front-facing with 0.3 megapixels — just for video calls.
The connectivity is through WiFi and 3G, the latter using a dongle. Micromax has a bundled Tata Photon+ data card offer with the tablet, and also has a lot of content partnerships. The performance is reasonably fast.
Zync z999 ₹ 11,990
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