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LAVA E-Tab: Dead Cheap and Worthy

Earlier this year LAVA tied up with Intel to design the worlds 1st Intel mobile which it claims to be the swift and efficient which it was, now LAVA took one step forward to gain good reputation. It has been raining 7” tablets this year and LAVA targeted this market to raise their profit this Quarter. With everyone mass producing these 7” tablets it will be a tough call for LAVA to reach the benchmark but LAVA managed to achieve it with a good configuration and cheap price. Well it isn’t a happy ending of the story there are some cons that you need to know so let’s get over to the specs for a brief Lava E-Tab review.

LAVA E-Tab Z7H Tech Analysis: Performance: The most attracting feature about the Tab is its 1.2GHz Single core Cortex A8 processor that you will find in tabs like Micromax Funbook pro and others which are priced 2K higher than this. The sweet part of the story is the Mali 400 and OpenGL VE v2.0 Dual GPU for processing Videos and to make the Graphics, transitions fluidic. This eases off the load on the processor so that you can multi-task well. To enhance this aspect LAVA is introducing ‘Flick Technology’ to switch between apps and games with ease. The 512MB DDR3 RAM is the cherry on the cake so the Tablet is pretty strong in terms of performance.

Memory: An Inbuilt 4GB memory is given which can be expanded up to 32GB with the MicroSD Slot provided. Operating System: The tablet comes loaded with Android OS v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box which is a good move as other tablets at this price range sport Gingerbread or the Honeycomb.

Battery: A mere 2800 mAh Li-Ion Battery is given which will easily run off in 15hrs.The makers should have put a 4000mAh battery instead. This means not a good travel companion.

Display: 7” TFT LCD capacitive touch screen is given with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. This might put you off as the display quality is poor and one could hardly discern it in out doors. No complaint about the sensitivity but the pixel density could have been better.

Design Specifications:The Tablet seems to be encased in polymer skin to give it extra protection from impacts which makes the tablet pretty bulky. It weighs 350 Gms with 11.9 mm thick,it feels good when held. The tab comes in black color and there are no sorts of keys on the front panel. The volume rocker, power button are given on the top while the ports are at the right side of the tab.

Camera: The VGA camera at the front for video calling is not enough as the quality is worst. Most of the Users complained about the pixelation problems even in abundant light levels. There is no primary camera nor the LED Flash.

Connectivity: The makers made a good move by giving 3G support through USB Dongle to the tab. The Wi-Fi support lets you hook up to the internet on the go and a microUSB port is given. No calling and texting facility in this variant from LAVA, we might see it in future. Google maps are given for navigation and all.

Multimedia: Everything is the same the Music player, Video player, gallery viewer, preloaded apps and games but the flick technology makes the whole experience totally refreshing.

Sensors: G-Sensor.

Final Verdict: The LAVA E-Tab Z7H is a good tablet in terms of configuration and performance but the small battery, poor display and poor looks might put the fate of the device in jeopardy. For those who need a tablet for rough use and doesn’t travel around much then this is the ideal one. For this price it’s the best we can get from a trustable manufacturer like LAVA so go for it.

Pros:

1.2GHz processor(Latest and swift).

Dual GPU.

512MB RAM.

3G Support through Dongle.

Wi-Fi.

Cons:

Poor looks.

Display quality isn’t appealing.

VGA camera (low quality).

Low battery backup.

Price and Availability: LAVA E-Tab Z7H is available in e-stores like flipkart and snapdeal for a price around Rs. 5,499/-.

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