Budget tablets are all the rage these days especially if they run the latest OS. We have seen a slew of budget tablets launch that not only pack in decent hardware under the hood but run Google’s latest OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The older generation budget tablets launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread felt a little incomplete. But today we have with us a device that falls right in the middle of the above two mentioned OS’.
The Mercury mTab Neo2 has a dual-core processor and runs on Google’s originally unveiled tablet specific OS, Android 3.0 Honeycomb. We haven’t seen Honeycomb budget tablet hit store shelves in India and this is a first. Thankfully, Mercury says that the device will be upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Another factor that needs to be considered is that besides being dual core, the tablet is also priced at the higher spectrum of the budget tablet price range, i.e., at Rs. 14,999. Is it enough bang for your buck?
Look and feel
At first glance, the tablet looks like the 100 other homogenous 7-inchers out there. There is nothing on the surface that distinguishes the device from its brethren in terms of its look and design. Pick the device in your hands however, and you do get a premium feel from the device. It has quite a solid build but the finish is glossy making the device a fingerprint magnet.
The front of the device houses the 7-inch display that boasts of a resolution of 480×800. The front also has the 0.3MP camera and a back button. The rear-facing snapper is 2MP. In terms of connectivity, all the ports are at the bottom of the device (when held in portrait mode). The device has a headphones jack, two Mini USB port, HDMI out, DC IN and Micro SD card slot.
On the right, the device has the home menu and power button. These 3 buttons feel really small and at times inconvenient to use. It would have been nice if the home button were on the face of the device along with the back button. The absence of a physical volume rocker too is dearly missed.