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Quick-Read Review: Simmtronics Xpad Turbo is all about the budget

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Simmtronics Xpad Turbo The 7-inch screen is good enough for you to play games, enjoy videos and photos clicked with this phone.
Written by Muhammad Zulqarnain Zulfi | New Delhi | Posted: February 5, 2014 9:41 am | Updated: February 6, 2014 10:05 am

The Simmtronics Xpad Turbo is a budget dual-SIM tablet with voice calling aimed that those who are always on the move, but don’t really want to spend much on brands or devices. Here is what I felt after using the Xpad for a week.

Quick Tech Specs: 7-inch capacitive multi-touch display (1024 x 600 pixels)  |1.2 GHz dual-core processor with Mali-400MP GPU | Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS | Dual SIM (2G + 3G) with dual standby | 8.5mm thick and weighs 273 grams | 2MP rear camera and front digital camera | 512MB DDR3 RAM, 4 GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with micro SD |3G (via SIM card slot,) WiFi, Bluetooth with A2DP, aGPS | 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio, Built-in Speaker | 2800 mAh battery with 140 hours standby.

Design: The Simmtronics Xpad Turbo looks exactly like its predecessor. The charging port, micro SD slot and the earphone jack are located on the top, while the volume and power keys find place at the top right of the tab. SIM card slots are on the either side of the tablet. There is no safety cover for any of the slots.

Screen: The 7-inch screen is good enough for you to play games, enjoy videos and photos clicked with this phone. The touch is good but volume keys and auto screen sensor can sometimes leave you frustrated.

Performance: Simmtronics Xpad Turbo is a budget tablet and hence should not be compared with the Apples or Samsungs. The Xpad Turbo might look like the Micromax Funbook, but is superior in performance. It is a good device for browsing, playing games and videos and we also liked the Skype experience. However, the volume and the power key are so closely together that you often end up switching off the tablet. Then, for a device that should be selling itself on its voice calling capabilities, this Xpad has very poor audio quality. I often had to switch to the speaker mode always to make hear anything.

Memory:  The 512MB DDR3 RAM might seems a bit outdated now and there is no point selling a tablet these days with just 4 GB of internal memory, even with an expandable memory slot.

Camera: The rear camera here is just 2MP and has issues with zoom, so the camera is not one of its strong points.

Battery: At 2800 mAh the battery gave us over 24 hours of usage. It however takes four hours to charge up.

Verdict: At Rs 8,999, the Xpad is for those who don’t want to spend much. It won’t take you long to realize which are the areas where corners have been cut to achieve this price point. But for those looking for a first tablet and can’t afford another smart device, this seems like a decent buy.

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