The budget segment of the Indian tablet market has seen a slew of new releases of late, with a number of new players coming into the tab territory with their affordable devices. Swipe Telecom is the latest to have thrown its hat into the bud- get tablet ring, with its Swipe Tab x74, which claims to deliver a 3D experience for less than Rs 6,000. But how well does it fare?
The Swipe Tab x74 has relatively standard budget tablet looks. It has a matte finish plastic body which tends to pick up fingerprints, and has keys placed on the top for power and volume control. The back has the names of the slot and buttons printed for user’s convenience. The front has a 7.0 inch display with 800 x 40 x 480 resolution with a 2.0 megapixel camera and three touch keys for options, home and back. The right side has ports that include audio jack, charging and USB slots while the speakers are on the back. All in all, the Swipe Tab x74 looks average and will not turn heads, but then one would not really expect that in an entry level tablet.
The 3D tab runs on a 1.5 GHz Boxchip A13 processor. The touch experience of the device is good, allowing us to navigate apps and browse the Web easily. The device has an internal memory of 4 GB that can be expanded up to 32 GB through microSD card. The back panel is non-detachable. Users can also use a USB 2G/3G dongle for Internet connectivity with the help of a USB cord available with the box. Overall, it has a decent set of specs for its price range. Sadly, there is no Bluetooth in the device.
The tab runs on Android 4.0.3 or Ice Cream Sandwich. The interface is user friendly, with the locked screen offering options to both launch the camera as well as unlock the screen. You will get five home screens, which can be customized with shortcuts and widgets. There are soft buttons for back, home, recent apps, volume control and the system bar on the bottom left of the screen. On the right side are day, date and time, Wi-Fi connectivity, battery status and settings. You can close any app with a single swipe by the recent app function. An easy swipe in the menu takes you to both application and widgets. The tab comes with plethora of apps and games preloaded like the Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. Apart from usual applications such as Facebook, YouTube and Gmail users get some Indian applications as well. You can of course also download more apps and games from the Android market, Google Play. We downloaded couple of our favorite games on the Swipe tab and while the games loaded fast, the screen response was not that great for graphic-rich games. The good thing about the tab was the browser comes with full Flash support.
On the multimedia front, the tablet does not have a FM radio but has a decent music player, although with no exceptional features. The sound quality of the tablet is good but breaks a bit on higher volumes. The video player in the device supports almost all popular formats. On the 3D front, the tab comes with many options like 3D pictures, videos, apps and even games. The 3D experience is not that great if you are a hardcore 3D fan, but can be counted as a huge bonus for those on a tight budget.
The Swipe Tab x74 is the first 3D tablet avail-able in the Indian market. But we are not impressed with its 3D offerings, which were on the ordinary side. We also encountered problems like the tablet hanging while playing games and heating up. But that apart, we had no major com-plaints. The 3,400 mAh battery gave us about three to four hours of usage which was a tad on the low side, but usual in this segment.
It is indeed one of its kind, if you factor in its 3D performance, although we need to stress that the 3D factor is less than impressive in terms of performance. But in any case it is the first tablet to offer 3D view. If you are looking for a normal tablet in a similar price range, then the Zen Ultratab A100 is perhaps your best option.