Lava is now an old player when it comes to smartphones. So far, the NCR based tech vendor, is primarily surrounded by low-to-mid-high end devices. The company's tablet portfolio is not as vast as its smartphones, but a good look at them is needed at this hour.
Recently, Lava announced their E-TAB Xtron, powered by Dual Core processor with a 7-inch IPS display. The device sells for Rs. 6,499 in the Indian market. GizBot has done a detailed review of the Lava E-Tab Xtron. Let's get into the feature.
What's inside the box?
- Lava E-Tab Xtron ( Device)
- USB2.0 cable
- Standard earphones
- Wall charger
- USB OTG convertor
- User Manual
The folks over Lava have gone for rather conventional looking tablet design. The edges are clean, and it's comfortable to carry around. Why Lava has not gone for an industrial design over conventional design is not the question.
What matters is how you feel when you hold a tablet in your hands, which is more important. The device is made from complete plastic-no complaints as such. The positioning of power button along with volume button is appropriate. In our review, it was found that buttons were bit cranky. Otherwise, the device has no other major flaunts. Overall, it is way comfortable to hold, and feels sturdy.
The device has a very responsive display. It houses a 7-inch IPS multi-touch capacitive display with resolution of 1024 X 600 pixels. There were no defaults found while reviewing the device. The tablet is fully capable of showing crisp and vivid colours.
In the outdoors also, the display performed better. Of course, the quality do varies, if you watch a video outside. It is the best display seen on mobile device that too at this price range.
Processor, RAM and internal storage
The Lava E-TAB Xtron is a capable device that can run heavy games such as Temple Run 2 with ease. The device has 1.5-GHz Dual Core processor (Rockchip 3066) with Mali - 400 Quad Core GPU and 1GB of RAM embedded inside.
When tested the internet browsing speed, it is at par with some of the high-end Android tablets. Apps such as Gaana.com, who requires mushroomed RAM, performed without any hiccups. The tablet device has a built in 8GB of internal memory which can be expanded with microSD card (up to 32GB). In reality, you get 5.24GB internal space and 0.98GB for running apps.
After testing hardware, it was utmost important to test the software side. The device runs on Google Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. The experience must be fantastic as the device is built around an ecosystem.
You have an option to download tons of apps from Google Play store. Apart from Play store support, there are some other apps also which comes bundled in the package. Lava has tied with some big players in the field of entertainment and education services. Some of the prominent names include: Big Flix, Hungama, EduKart, and Merination.com. The coupon along with membership options has been packaged inside the box.
The device comes with a 2-mega pixels front facing camera. Well, the device doesn't have a rear camera. But at this price range expect this much only. Basically with a front facing camera you can chat you're your friends over Skype.
The Lava E-Tab Xtron can also record video as well. In our tests, the camera performed average. You can change the tone (White Balance as well. You can change the image resolution too; it ranges from VGA to 2-mega pixels. This is much about camera functionality.
Like every tablet, the Lava E-Tab Xtron can also play 1080p HD videos. In our tests, VLC player was used. Even the native video player worked fine without any glitches. It can play almost all video formats.
When it comes to music player, it also gave the same sane results. The speakers on the back aren't impressive neither bundled earphones. Both lack clarity and crisp sound.
In terms of connectivity, the device can work with USB powered dongles. In our tests, Tata Photon was used. Lava has provided USB OTG cable in the package that let you connect dongle with the device. One can always connect the tablet with Wi-Fi.
Unfortunately, the tablet doesn't have Bluetooth connectivity. Even GPS is not there.
The last test was primarily to check whether the device can run for a longer duration or not. The device comes fitted with 3,500mAh battery. The battery performed poorly in our tests. And most importantly, it took ages to charge the tablet fully. Lava should have opted for high capacity battery as the hardware demands relatively charged battery.
Lava has once again proved that the so -called affordable tablets are sellable in nature. And to be frank the Lava E-Tab Xtron is one such gem. It offers dual core processor speed at just Rs.6, 499. Going by the standards, it can beat some of the well recognized tablets available in the market. But last but not the least, the battery fitted inside is the real culprit. Lava should have opted for bigger capacity battery. The transition from Notebook to Tablets is possible only when these ‘connected devices' have a long lasting battery.
- Build quality
- Dual Core processor
- Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
- Battery life
- Speakers (even earphones)
- No Rear camera
- No Bluetooth