The price is right but is it any good?

The Ematic EGQ307 comes with a 7 inch capacitive multitouch display that has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels (169ppi), the tablet features a quad core 1.5GHz chipset and comes with 1GB of RAM.

Other specifications on this budget 7 inch Android tablet include Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the slate comes with 8GB of built in storage and also features a microSD card slot.

The Ematic EGQ307 also comes with a front facing VGA camera, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, mini HDMI port and it will be available in a range of colors which include, blue, black, yellow and red. The new company product has the following dimensions: 7.58 x 0.45 x 4.6 inches and weighs equal to 0.71 pounds.








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This information goes with the Nov 11 post.


2013 Google Nexus 7 vs XOLO Play Tegra Note: Which is the best buy?

<label title="20 Dec, 2013, 11:31 am IST">20 Dec, 2013</label> | by Roydon Cerejo


With a price difference of just Rs 3,000, which one do you pick?

2013 Google Nexus 7 vs XOLO Play Tegra Note: Which is the best buy?

Tablets make great additions to your ever increasing digital life. But till today, it’s still more of a want than an absolute need. Because of this, the 10-inch tablet space has pretty much stagnated with just the iPad ruling the roost. Coming down the scale, we find the 7-inch tablet space in a constant state of flux as no device holds on to first place for long. Google’ Nexus 7 has enjoyed pole position for a long time, until Apple launched the iPad mini. We’re talking mostly of tablets priced around the Rs 20,000 mark as this seems to be the sweet spot for many prospective buyers. Currently, there are just two tablets worth looking at here – the XOLO Play Tegra Note and the 2013 Nexus 7. You also have the old iPad mini but we’d recommend if you’re going to buy in to Apple’s ecosystem then fork out a bit more and just get the newer Retina mini.

So, with a price difference of just Rs 3,000 between the Nexus and the XOLO, do you buy the faster, cheaper tablet or the one that has a better display for a little more? We try to find a conclusive answer to this.

Build and aesthetic appeal
Both tablets have good looks and fit well with today’s active lifestyle. They both have rubberised backs for better grip and are quite easy to maintain with a quick wipe on your sleeve. The XOLO Play is slightly heavier but not by much and you won’t really notice this. Both tablets have an equal amount of extra bezel on the top and bottom but XOLO makes good use of this by fitting the stereo speakers upfront.

XOLO Play tegra note vs nexus 7 2013

The XOLO Play tends to get scuffed pretty easily


Coming to build quality, the Nexus 7 easily wins this one as it’s built by Asus and there’s really no competition here. The Nexus 7 is very well put together and doesn’t flex or creak when you try to twist it. The XOLO Play on the other hand flexes quite a bit when stressed and the plastic bits that aren’t rubberised get scuffed very easily. Overall, we’d give this round to the Nexus 7 for being a lighter, slimmer and better built product.

Like any touchscreen device, the display is the most crucial part of the experience. Both tablets feature an IPS display, capable of supporting up to 16 million colours. The big difference lies in the resolution. The XOLO Play has half the resolution as compared to the Full HD resolution on the Nexus 7. It’s only when you place them side-by-side, can you spot the difference. The Nexus 7 has visibly sharper icons and the colours are punchier. You can also read fine text in websites without having to zoom in. Doing this same task on the XOLO Play is a fast track to prescription glasses. The latter also has a yellowish ting throughout, unlike the Nexus 7 which exhibits crisp whites.

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Clearly, the Nexus 7 has the superior display


Another important thing to note is that the XOLO Play doesn’t have any scratch protection for the display while the Nexus 7 has Corning Gorilla Glass and an oleophobic coating. The results speak for themselves in the picture below.

Coming to connectivity, both sides have features that are missing from the other. Starting with some of the common ones, there’s Wi-Fi ‘n’, GPS, Miracast, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 onboard. The XOLO Play has the advantage of a microHDMI port, which lets you easily connect it to a HDTV, in case your TV doesn’t support Miracast. The Nexus 7 on the other hand has NFC. It also has dual-band Wi-Fi, which the XOLO doesn’t. Also missing is a notification LED in the Xolo tablet.

Audio performance
No multimedia experience is complete without good audio. The Nexus 7 and the XOLO Play Tegra Note pride themselves with superior audio through the speakers. The Nexus 7 packs in speakers from Fraunhofer while the XOLO Play features Nvidia’s patented PureAudio technology. We conducted a simple test to check which one offered a louder sound by using a free decibel meter app from the Play Store. We played back a FLAC file using the stock media player with all the equalizers turned off. Here, the XOLO Play maxed out at around 75db while the Nexus 7 only managed to hit 70db.

The difference is not much in the real world but is noticeable side by side. Both tablets produce good audio quality however. The highs are crisp and mid-range has good definition as well. XOLO’s offering doe sound a bit more wholesome and that’s probably because of the front-firing speakers and the thicker chassis, which gives the drivers more breathing room.

Gaming performance
Gaming is one thing most people tend to do with tablets due to the larger screen real-estate and of course, better battery life. Nvidia’s Tegra Note platform is specifically designed for gaming, which gives it an edge, at least on paper. In synthetic tests like 3DMark, the Nexus 7 lags behind the XOLO Play. But how does it fare in real world games? For this test, we went straight to Grand Theft Auto III: 10 year anniversary edition, as it’s easily one of the most demanding games on the Play Store. Both tablets were freshly booted after the install so there weren’t any unnecessary background tasks. Here’s what happened.

Despite having only 1GB of RAM, the XOLO Play manages to load the game about a second faster. Gameplay is also noticeably smoother with no trace of framing. The Nexus 7 struggles quite a bit here as there are glaring frame rate issues. Even when we drop the resolution in the game to half, the frame rate is still choppy and the game looks worse as it’s no longer rendering at the native resolution.

Which do you pick?
I think the choice is pretty clear as both tablets cater to two different use cases but just happen to be priced similarly. Let’s start with theXOLO Play Tegra Note. It’s much better for hardcore games, has slightly better (and louder) sound, microHDMI-out, expandable memory and of course the S Pen-like stylus – all this for pretty neat price of Rs 17,999. In order to achieve this aggressive price though, XOLO has compromised on the build and display.

Xolo is just another brand selling the Tegra 4 Note 7.  It is also the HP Slate 7 Extreme and the EGVA Note 7 and who knows what else.  It has the same resolution as the old Nexus 7-2012 which I thought was great for as long as it worked.


I think these tablets are getting near the diminishing returns point.  They will improve but the improvements will be polishing the apple not making it taste much better.  Durability and reliability are still open questions, but improving that will probably increase construction costs and the manufacturers are beating each other to death on price.


Here is a video with a fast talking Indian.


The Antutu benchmark result is triple what I got on my Nexus 7-2012 and I was not complaining about its processing power.



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The next level of overkill has been announced and is in the hands of developers.  It is the Tegra K1.  They decided not to call it the Tegra 5.


I can't even find a Tegra 4 Note to buy one yet.  This is just FYI, I really don't care about gaming.  I was impressed by the Tegra 3 graphics.  LOL



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  I tried listening to the link.  Honestly I did my brotha.  But that man's was soooooooo irritating and annoying.  That's why we need YOUR expertise.  Cuz you're on the same page and can understand what the hell  he is talking about.   I got lost in my train of thought while watching him push that time thang back and forth on the screen. You are soooo appreciated, my friend.  But!

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Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

  I tried listening to the link.   But that man's was soooooooo irritating and annoying.



OK, I didn't have a problem with him other than being a little long winded but it is not like he could tune the review to what I was interested in.


The Google Nexus 7-2013 has a higher resolution display and may have somewhat better build quality with Gorilla Galss.  But for CPU power there is hardly anything that beats the Tegra 4.  I just learned about the low quality front camera.  But it seems to have pretty sophisticated software for the rear camera.  The Tegra 4 Note 7 has louder sound too.  That was annoying with my Nexus 7 having the speaker on the back.



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EVGA Nvidia Tegra Note 7 - Tegra 4 Tablet Benchmarks


I called Best Buy again yesterday.  They do not have that device in stock or on display in any store.  But you can order it or the HP 7 Extreme which is the same device. 


What do most people know about evaluating tablets?  They won't see this one as an option to buy.



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OK, the ante has been upped again:

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 - First Look and Hands On!


The new devices double down on how a lot of people are using tablets: for watching online videos and reading magazines. Samsung called the gadgets -- which it touts as its new flagship tablets -- "personal visual devices." To pump up the picture quality, the company brought a wider color range to the screen than its previous devices, and announced HD quality for Netflix and YouTube.

"It portrays the true colors that content creators intended," Michael Abary, a senior vice president at Samsung Electronics America, said at the event.

In the US, both tablets will be available in July, and will cost $399 for the smaller screen and $499 for the larger one. In other regions, the prices and launch dates will vary.


I confess I really don't care very much anymore.  They are more powerful than necessary and the user must decide how good the screen has to be.  It is all about what you do with it.


I want rugged, reliable, durable.  I thought the power and screen resolution were fine on my Nexus 7 2012.  IT DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE!!!  What good is thin and light that does not work at all?  But do you think that they want to make tablets that last 10 or 20 years?  They know they are going to have an IMPROVED model next year.



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The history of Android: The endless iterations of Google’s mobile OS

Android has been with us in one form or another for more than six years. During that time, we've seen an absolutely breathtaking rate of change unlike any other development cycle that has ever existed. When it came time for Google to dive in to the smartphone wars, the company took its rapid-iteration, Web-style update cycle and applied it to an operating system, and the result has been an onslaught of continual improvement. Lately, Android has even been running on a previously unheard of six-month development cycle, and that's slower than it used to be. For the first year of Android’s commercial existence, Google was putting out a new version every two-and-a-half months.


The rest of the industry, by comparison, moves at a snail's pace. Microsoft updates its desktop OS every three to five years, and Apple is on a yearly update cycle for OS X and iOS. Not every update is created equally, either. iOS has one major design revision in seven years, and the newest version of Windows Phone 8 looks very similar to Windows Phone 7. On Android, however, users are lucky if anything looks the same this year as it did last year. The Play Store, for instance, has had five major redesigns in five years. For Android, that's normal.


I think change eventually reaches diminishing return points.



Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads

Four years later, however, it's still unclear whether the iPad is the device best suited to the classroom. The market for educational technology is huge and competitive: During 2014, American K-12 schools will spend an estimated $9.94 billion on educational technology, an increase of 2.5 percent over last year, according to Joseph Morris, director of market intelligence at the Center for Digital Education. On average, he said, schools spend about a third of their technology budgets on computer hardware.


I never would have bought iPads, but I bet professional educators do not want any really good technology.  It is the classroom paradigm that is obsolete.


We could have had National Recommended Reading Lists decades ago but you don't hear teachers talking about that today.



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12 Unexpected Things That Exist Because Of Linux

"It runs air traffic control, it runs your bank, and it runs nuclear submarines. Your life, money, and death is in Linux's hands, so we can keep you alive, clean you out, or kill you. It's incredible how important it is.

"The world without Linux might be a very different place. It's one where computing is kind of crappy and homogeneous. You're still using Windows CE on your crappy Windows cell phone. That world is grim and dark and Linux is a reason why that world doesn't exist."

Originally Posted by Norland:

Genius that I am, I thought this was about medicinal tablets, pills.


Sorry, I don't know shit about that.



I know you don't Xumbrachist, I just assumed without checking out the post thoroughly.  I apologize.  Won't make that mistake again.  I recognize that you're extremely smart when it comes to computers and very much appreciate your posts.  Momentarily, it was the word "tablet" that did it, because the only tablets I own are the medicinal kind. 

Tablets Compared: Why You Shouldn’t Spend Money on Cheap Chinese Android Imports


Many of the tablets sold in Asia, particularly China and Southeast Asia, suffer from serious design and quality-control issues. On the other hand, some China-designed tablets actually compare quite well with well-known manufacturers. For example, the popular Hyundai (not Hyundai of Korea) T7 tablet pound-per-pound, beats the first generation Nexus 7 in specifications and in price. However, do the best tablets from China compare to the latest tablet, such as the 2013 Nexus 7 in terms of value?


In my experience, no. Plenty of excellent Chinese manufacturers exist, such as Pipo and Ramos. Unfortunately, the vast majority of China-only devices fall short of the standards set by multinational corporations in the United States and elsewhere.


This article delineates the hardware and firmware components of the Hyundai T7, and common issues with China-only tablets. At each point of analysis, I compare it against the 2013 Nexus 7. Ultimately, I determine whether Chinese tablets are worth importing.



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