Olive Pad review

Reviews Amit Shrivastava 19:34, 13 May 2011

We review India's first indigenous Froyo-packed 3G tablet device - the Olive Pad

There are many tablet devices now available in India - be it Samsung Galaxy Tab, Apple iPad the Dell Streak and others to join soon - it was Olive Pad that caught the attention of geeks when it was first announced last year. The Olive Telecom made an early mark into the tablet domain in the Indian market with their sleek and smart Olive Pad.

Before we analyze the features of the device in details, let's walk through the basic specs of this device first. The OlivePad VT-100 is the first 3.5G tablet that comes loaded with Android 2.2 Froyo operating system.

Powered with Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset and 600MHz processor, this attractive device sports a front-facing VGA camera and a 3-megapixels back camera. The Olive Pad features a 7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with WVGA 800x400 resolution.

For connectivity, it provides Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, 3G and GPS. It offers mini USB port and flash support. The tablet device gives access to mobile TV, e-book reader, and GPS for maps and turn-by-turn navigation. You can enjoy Kindle for Android on this device. The Olive pad provides access to Android Market to the users to access thousands of apps of their likings.

You can synchronize upto 4 email accounts on move, watch your favorite shows live on OlivePad powered by ZENGA TV and stay connected everywhere with social networking apps. The device comes equipped with built-in GPS powered by MapmyIndia.com along with 3G and video calling features.

For data storage, it has inbuilt 512MB NAND Flash and microSD support up to 32GB. With a 3240mAh battery, you can avail up to 26 hours of talk time and up to 600 hours of standby time on GSM network. Additionally, there are G-sensor, E-compass sensor and ambient light sensor preloaded on the device.

The OlivePad is currently available at a price below Rs. 20,000 in India. You can avail bonus 16GB memory card, free lifetime subscription to MapmyIndia worth Rs 2,500, free 6 months subscription to Zenga TV, a free leather case worth Rs. 1,500 and more on purchase of this device.

Now let's see what all these tech jargons really mean to a basic user or how these specs translate to in the practical work. We must say that look matters and we found this device extremely spectacular when taken out of the box. It's sleek, small, lightweight, elegant and easy to carry.

The Olive Pad comes in the dimensions of 179.4 x 110 x 11.5 mm, 375g. There may be many who would prefer a tablet with larger dimensions or bigger screen, but we found the Olive Pad extremely handy to carry around and work on the move. In fact, it resembles a diary in flap and there will be many who'll mistake it for a regular diary than a digital tablet in public.

The front right side of the display screen offers four keys - Back, Search, Home and Menu. On the right side panel is the speaker placed. The bottom panel has four slots for Microphone, Reset, Audio Jack and USB port. The left side of the screen has camera and light sensor. Also, on the left side panel, there are speaker and power key integrated with the device. Finally, the frontal top panel has two slots for Flash card and SIM card and two keys for Volume down and up control.

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