Micromax Canvas Tab P690 Review: Affordable But A Non-Performer
Affordable Android tablets from Indian and international manufacturers have swamped the market, but they not manage to impress. The typical drawbacks revolve around slothful performance, inadequate specifications, poor display or simply inferior build quality. Indian smartphone maker Micromax has launched a new Android tablet, the Canvas Tab P690, at Rs.8,999, so let’s have a look what does it have to offer.
The Canvas Tab P690 looks classy with its grey metal back-panel finish, smooth form factor and thin bezel. Though the P690 has an 8-inch screen, it feels as compressed as a 7-inch tablet. The metal on the back covers to the side panel, with a slight curve in between. The SIM and microSD slots are tucked away side by side on the side panel.
The 8-inch, in-plane switching LCD display is at par with what one expects from an Android tablet that costs less than Rs.10,000. The display is attractive, the colors look genuine and it is perfect for reading e-books, perhaps even for watching movies. The only grumble is that it is a little reflective. This affects visibility if you are using the tablet outside.
Driven by Intel’s quad-core 64-bit processor, paired with 1 GB RAM, the P690 can handle basic undertakings without a snag. It is not very fast with games such as FIFA 15, but you can play without any glitch. However, the minute you open four-five apps, the phone freezes.
Like most tablets in this price point, the P690 also runs on Android 4.4.4, which is now an older version of the operating system. But it is scheduled to get the Android 5.0 update soon, though not sure when. It has chosen for minor alterations to the standard Android interface rather than wholesale changes to icons.
There are two distinct drop-down panels from the notification bar—sliding the finger down from the left shows the new notifications, while sliding down from the right side takes the user into quick settings. It is stimulating to note that Micromax is offering some perks with the tablet. While these should not be the primary reasons for buying this tablet, they are certainly value add-ons.
The tablet is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery that barely allows you reading, Web browsing, watching videos and 15 minutes of gaming. It also takes a long time to charge.
It is sure that the Canvas Tab P690 looks good and has a rather exciting set of features. But it is valuable only for those who want a basic computing device, not those who will open multiple apps consequently and expect smooth switching between them.
Picture courtesy- gsmarena.com
by techtalks @TechTalks September 7, 2015 12:34 PM UTC