HCL ME Tablet U1 Review



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It is the time for budget tablets which are handy, work great and do your daily business without worries. HCL has created the HCL ME Tablet U1 just for that purpose. It is a Wi-Fi tablet and also uses a sim card and supports 3G. Browsing is not a problem but overall performance is.


Design

It has a pretty different design, it is flat from the front (obviously) but at the edge their cuts till the very end. The back is crucial always. It is rightly curved around the edges at the back so it fits perfectly in your hands and the edges to cause any troubles while you hold them. The speakers are really badly placed, they are at the back and concentrated at an area instead being spread out. If you want to watch something while tablet is placed on its back on the tablet you won’t be able to hear anything. Hence you will be forced to use headphones.

Display

The display is an LED backlight display, something you find on relatively higher end tablets like the Tab 3 or iPad Mini. It has a 7 inch display which looks great on the HCL ME Tablet U1. It supports multitouch. The resolution of the display is about 800×480 pixels. I hope you did not expect an HD display on such a budget tablet. Viewing angles are terrible and there is no focus on the detailing. It is simply made to just read, watch videos with a non critical eye and just let be.

Camera

No secondary camera (front facing), kill me. The primary rear camera which is not actually needed is a stupid VGA camera that has no use on this tablet. Why would anyone put a camera just for the sake of it- HCL would! The photos are really noisy and there is nothing even the software apps can do about that.

Software

HCL ME Tablet U1 runs on the Android v4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. It gives a great deal of personalization and customization to your tablet. Use it freely and with no problems. Google play store will help you buy/get apps for free, the apps soley made for tablets. The user interface is quiet so-so but yeah true to Android UI’s on most of the devices. There are no features that stand out. Everything is really natural and simple.

Performance

To start with the tablet lags a lot, it lags here and it lags there. Even for reading when you are flipping form one page to another it really sucks the way it sticks. With 1GB RAM and 1GHz processor it should have been better optimized for better performance but it isn’t. It comes with internal memory of just 4GB whereas its rivals offer 8GB/16GB. You can expand the memory to up to 32GB via microSD cards. You get Bluetooth connectivity. SIM can be used for data which supports 3G and a Wi-Fi hub is available too.

Final Thoughts

For a multipurpose no high performance tablet too it is quiet a bring one. Display is terrible, the funcationality is laggy and it sucks me down into depression wanting to write good about it but I can’t. Don’t buy this tablet. If you want to buy this you rather not buy anything.

HCL ME Tablet U1 comes for Rs. 5000

GENERAL
BrandHCL
Model IDU1
ColorWhite
Processor1 GHz Cortex A8
In The BoxTablet, Battery, Charger, User Manual
PLATFORM
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
User InterfaceME Launcher User Interface
Inbuilt Keypad
SensorsInbuilt 3-axis Orientation, Motion Detection Sensor
MEMORY
RAM1 GB DDR3
STORAGE
Internal Storage4 GB
Expandable Storage CapacityUpto 32 GB
Memory Card Slot typeMicroSD Card
DISPLAY
Display Type7 inch LCD Capacitive Touchscreen with 800 x 480 pixels
Other Display FeaturesLED Backlight WXGA Display, Aspect Ratio: 16:9, Brightness: 300 cd / m2, Multi Touch Screen
CAMERA
Primary Camera0.3 megapixels
BUSINESS FEATURES
Mail FeaturesEmail
Document SupportDocument Viewer, Document Editor
BATTERY
Battery Type3600 mAh Lithium – Polymer
INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
Wi-FiYes, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
3GYes (Supported via External 3G USB Modem)
MULTIMEDIA
Video PlaybackYes , Full HD Playback
CONNECTIVITY
Other Connectivity Features3G USB Dongle, Compatible Dongle List: EVDO – Huawei EC 152,Huawei EC 156, Huawei EC 1261, Huawei EC 1262, Huawei EC 150, ZTE MF 190, ZTE AC 2766, ZTE AC 2737, ZTE AC 2746, ZTE AC 2726, WCDMA – Huawei E 1731, Huawei E 1732, Huawei E173, Huawei E169G, Huawei E176G, ZTE MF 190
USBYes, Mini USB
Audio Jack3.5 mm Headphone Jack
DIMENSIONS
Dimensions192.8 x 117.28 x 12.53 mm
Weight300 g
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Built-in Microphone, Inbuilt Mono Speaker System 1.0 Watts, Onboard Audio: In built on SoC, Download applications from HCL ME Smart Apps store



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Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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