XOLO Play tab 7 is still one of the best low cost tablet

Cheap tablet with decent configuration

Somewhere around the same time last year XOLO had launched it’s popular Play tab 7.0. This one caught people’s attention as it had specifications slightly better than the Google’s Nexus 7 (2012 model). The configuration of this tab was so good that it is still relevant in today’s market.

Micromax Canvas A1 with Android One (Magnetic Black)

Read on if you are looking to buy a new tablet for your kids or for your parents/grand parents. This tab is ideal for gaming, watching videos and surfing web. Have a look at it’s specifications.
Cheap tablet with decent configuration

It comes with a 1.2GHz quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and 12 core NVIDIA ULP GeForce GPU. Impressed? There is more. 1 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM out of which 5.5 GB is available as internal storage. Memory can be expanded up to 32 GB using micro SD card. It also supports USB OTG which means you can directly connect your pen drive to this tablet and see files. Pre-loaded with Android 4.1 (4.4 ROM is available on XDA in case you are really concerned 😉 ). 4000 mAh  battery which will easily last for a day with normal usage, 2 MP front camera, 7 inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 pixels and what not.

Benchmark Scores

  • Quadrant Standard – 4042.
  • AnTuTu – 13705
  • Nenamark 2 – 55 fps
  • Multi touch : 5 points.

This is a WiFi only tab, there is no slot for sim card. So if you are looking to buy a new tablet with decent configuration for gaming or for your kids educational use then this one is for you, just go for it.

You can get this tablet from Flipkart (India) for 5999 or from Amazon India Xolo Play Tab 7 Tablet (WiFi), Black

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Integrated Graphics vs Dedicated Graphics : Which one to buy?

If you have recently purchased a laptop or a desktop computer it mostly would have come with Integrated Graphics if not dedicated graphics. Many branded laptops/desktops now days come with Integrated Graphics Processors such as “Intel HD Garphics 3000” or “AMD’s Fusion IGPs”.

Dedicated graphics makes use of dedicated graphics card installed in your machine. This graphics card can be “on board” or might be removable. There will be a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) solely used for rendering HD videos and processing other graphics operations on your machine which in turn decreases load on your main processor. This is most suitable if you are looking to play high-end games such as battlefield 3, Crysis 2, COD or Dirt 2 and also want to use your system for multitasking.

Where as integrated graphics makes use of your system’s RAM . So if you have 8 GB of RAM installed in your machine and out of which 2 GB is used for graphics then only 6 GB of RAM will be available for other work and 2 GB of it will be solely used for graphical operations and will be locked down. And again it uses your main processor for processing the graphics and placing it in the RAM. So there will be extra load on your main processor as well. But if you have a powerful processor with good frequency which is underutilized then you can definitely go for integrated graphics. Other advantages are the cost and flexibility. A 2GB dedicated graphics card will cost you 6-8 times more than a 2GB RAM. Though the performance will be much better in case of dedicated graphics. Integrated graphics allows the user to define the amount of memory to be used and based on the reuqirement user can easily increase or decrease the amount of integrated memory. This memory is shown under shared system memory in Windows. See the screenshot below. To view this on your PC right click on your desktop. Select Screen Resolution -> Advanced Settings -> Adapter.

Meaning of integrated graphics

Now the question is whether you should go for Integrated graphics or dedicated graphics? Well the answer totally depends on what kind of processor you are going for and what you are going to use it for. If you are a gamer and looking to play high end games most of the time then you should go for dedicated graphics. Or else if you are going to use it mostly for rendering HD videos and a little gaming then you can opt for Integrated Graphics and save some money.

Dedicated Graphics –

Pros:

  • Faster.
  • Better FPS while playing.

Cons:

  • Produces more heat.
  • Costly.

 Integrated Graphics –

Pros:

  • Cheaper than dedicated graphics.
  • Produces less heat.
  • Flexible. You can change its size anytime you want.

Cons:

  • Much slower compared to dedicated graphics.
  • Low FPS.
  • Higher CPU usage.

 

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