The TabTop doesn't come built with a SIM card slot but can use a 3G dongle to connect to the internet. 4G is also supported via a compatible dongle. There is of course, Wi-Fi 802.11n functionality built into the device, but no Bluetooth, which is disappointing as it rules out wireless input connectivity to the tablet. When it comes to connectivity for external storage devices, there is a USB 2.0 port using which you can connect a flash drive.
Connectivity options at the bottom
You can also connect external portable hard drives, provided you connect the tablet to a charging point using a DC power plug. The model reviewed had 4GB of internal storage and there is also space for an external microSD memory card, which can extend this space by another 32GB.
The plain home screen
One of the unique selling points that Milagrow highlights is its bundled set of apps. There are around 60 apps that span across a number of categories. There is the Skype app for voice and video conferencing as well as more specialised apps for professionals such as doctors and architects. This is useful for those who don’t wish to scan through the Google Play store for apps.
The TabTop 7.4 has only a 1.3 MP front-facing camera that’s positioned on one corner of the device. It’s particularly useful when you’re doing video conferencing, but not as a still camera. It's also got 720p video recording . Both image and video recording are pretty bad. The video records at 20fps at 1280 x 720, but it appears a bit warped and also blurry.
Battery life is an important component of any tablet and the TabTop 7.4 doesn't break any records.
The battery on the tablet has a capacity of 4,000mAh. With this capacity, its able to run a DVD quality movie for some three and a half hours, which is average and comparable to other tablets in its range. Without Wi-Fi on and less intensive, this time can be stretched further.
Verdict and Price in India
The Milagrow TabTop 7.4 has a few things going for it. The performance, for one, is pretty decent and the product itself is built really well, better than others in its price range. The form factor is compact, making it very easy to carry around. The screen is one of its big letdowns. Integrated 3G capability via a SIM card slot would’ve been an even compromise for the lacking screen, considering it's priced at Rs. 10,990 in India for the 4GB version.
An overall unique, strong product but with some letdowns
On one hand, with Google entering the market with its Nexus 7 tablet, and many online vendors offering the tablet in India, things only get more complicated as it offers a lot more, but at some Rs. 5,000 more. On the other hand, there are much cheaper options that are closer to half the price with most of the performance, but without the sturdy and compact build. So, if you have a budget of around Rs. 10,000 for a tablet and you want something sturdy with decent performance, then the TabTop 7.4 is a solution to consider.
Updated 26 May, 2013, 11:10 am IST
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