Tuesday, 3 July 2012

HCL ME U1 Vs Karbonn Smart Tab 1: Budget Android Tablets in Comparison

Yes, the Galaxy Tabs and the iPads are great but it is also true that there is life beyond these giant tablets. And in a year or so the growing tablet market in India has corroborated the statement just made. Today what we call budget tablets is flooding the domestic market. And from that plethora of gadgets I have picked two very fine, and cost effective tablets, and am going to compare them one against another, in order to help the readers make a better suited choice for themselves. Let us start.
The Price List
HCL ME will cost the users 8000 INR whereas the Karbonn Smart Tab will come for around thousand bucks less. Thousand bucks is not a meager sum as far as the budget is in five digits; the other half of this article will inform you that the additional 1000 bucks are worth spending or not.

Hardware Comparison
In the processor and RAM segment the HCL ME has a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, which is well complimented by a DDR3 512 MB. The Other tablet in question the Karbonn Smart Tab has a 1.2 GHz processor and the RAM here is 512 MB. The Karbonn device has a slight edge here. If we talk about the battery spec of the devices the HCL ME has a Li-Ion 3600 mAh battery, in reply the Karbonn Smart Tab 1 has 3700 mAh battery. Here too the Karbonn emerges victor.

In the camera section, on one hand the HCL ME U1 has a VGA camera on the front side of the body, and on the other hand the Karbonn Smart Tab 1 has a 2 MP camera to show off it picture proficiencies.
In the display arena there in nothing much to choose between the two devices as both of them sport a 7 inch screen with somewhat similar resolution and features. The same goes true in the connectivity and storage segment as both the devices have HDMI, USB, and Wi-Fi connectivity and 32 GB of expandable memory. Both of them support 3G with the help of USB modem.
Operating System
The tablets stand on the same platform as far as the OS is concerned; as either of them have Android ICS on board. But neither comes with Google Play on board you will have to jail break for being able to avail full version of the Google play.
The Verdict
With better features and lesser price tag the Karbonn Smart Tab 1 gets the green signal. I recommend it over the HCL ME U1. Go grab your tab. 
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