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Karbonn Smart Tab1 vs Micromax Funbook vs HCL ME U1 vs Huawei Ideos S7 – The Tablet War
The Tablet PC market is growing each day. And the varieties of tablets in the markets are also rising. Earlier tablets were a rich man’s thing. But now anyone with Rs.10000 (200$) can buy a tablet. All the tablets under the Rs.10000 bracket are performers, but when it comes to the brand name, they are all new brands with a very small reputation. And people have a great deal of difficulty in trusting them completely. My job is to convince you people here, so here is the comparison between the new tablets out there in the market.
The war is between HCL ME U1, Micromax Funbook, Karbonn Smarttab1 and Huawei Ideos S7. The choices given below are made entirely by me. It was decided based on my thought processes. So anyone having a different opinion can give in their valuble feedback.
HCL ME U1, Micromax Funbook and Smarttab1 runs on the latest operating system of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. Huawei Ideos S7 runs on Android 2.2 Froyo which is kind of outdated now.
HCL ME U1 has a processor clocked to 1 GHz. Micromax Funbook has a Cortex A8 processor clocked to 1.2 GHz and Dual Mali 2D/3D GPU for 3D games. Smarttab1 has an Xburst processor clocked to 1.2 GHz. Ideos S7 has a Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon processor clocked to 1 GHz and an Adreno 200 GPU for 3D games. In the processor category Ideos S7 has the best processor and GPU.
Screen and Display
All the tablets have a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 800x480 pixels. But the Ideos S7 has a resistive touchscreen while the other tabs all have capacitative touchscreens.
Memory and RAM
HCL ME U1 and Funbook have 4 GB of internal memory and 512 MB of RAM. The memory can be expanded to 32 GB in all the tablets. Smartab1 has 512 MB of RAM and an internal memory of 8 GB. Ideos S7 has 8 GB of internal memory and just 256 MB of RAM.
All the tablets are provided with accelerometer. The Funbook has an additional gravity sensor. Smarttab1 has a 3D-G sensor for better gaming experience.
In terms of camera Micromax Funbook and HCL ME U1 have a VGA camera at the front which is mainly for video calling. Smarttab1 has a 2 megapixel front camera whereas the Ideos S7 has a 2 megapixel back camera.
All the tablets support 3G networks via a USB dongle. So you don’t have to worry about internet experience. It’ll be fast and easy. Also Micromax Funbook comes bundled with Tata Photon+.
Only the HCL ME U1 and the Ideos S7 have Bluetooth support. The Ideos S7 has GPRS as well as EDGE support too, which the other tablets don’t have. All the tablets are Wi-Fi enabled.
HCL ME U1 – 3600 mAh
Micromax Funbook – 2800 mAh
Smarttab1 – 3700 mAh
Ideos S7 – 2200 mAh
You can see the results right here. Karbonn Smarttab1 has the best battery and will last the longest among the other tablets. The Ideos S7 has the worst battery life and will last you for just about 4 hours.
All the tablets are similarly priced.
HCL ME U1 - Rs.7999
Micromax Funbook – Rs. 6400
Karbonn Smarttab1 – Rs.6990
Huawei Ideos S7 – Rs.8999
Overall, I think you should go for the Karbonn Smarttab1. It has a good processor and all the features of a normal tablet. It supports full HD video playback at 30 frames per second. And it has a very good battery life too.