The user interface on the BE 200 is the stock tablet launcher, which is very smooth and intuitive. What is a bit disturbing is the initial Mitashi wallpaper that blends with the default widgets – but that can be changed anyways. The UI and the icons are pretty large and clear, but the display resolution being on the lower side clearly highlights the tiny pixels, which are more prominent when using a lighter background. Overall, there is no lag whilst using the tablet and at any given point, you will not feel the user interface going sluggish on you.
Android ICS with stock tablet launcher
Display and media
The tablet runs the usual media formats that all Android-based tablets are compatible with. High definition 1080p videos are smooth and do not judder or lag. The brightness levels of the display are good and the quality of the videos is pleasant. However, as we mentioned earlier, the low resolution of the display brings forward the tiny pixels that are a bit disturbing while watching a video or checking out some photos. If the resolution of the display were higher, it would have added more value to the product.
The audio volume of the built-in speaker is about average, but not as high as one would expect. The audio quality is a bit shrill and lacks a bit of bass. Using a pair of headphones is definitely recommended. However, Mitashi has not bundled any headphones along with the product and you would have to buy one yourself or use an existing pair if you have one.
Few free apps thrown in for entertainment and productivity
We did test the battery of the BE 200, and we were impressed. Comparing the product with the 10-incher Micromax Funbook Pro, which gave us an average battery life of around 2 hours and 47 minutes, this one went on for almost 6 hours and 10 minutes in the continuous video loop test. Casual usage with audio and video streaming, productivity apps, mild gaming and Internet browsing during the day gave us around 7.5 hours of battery life. This would definitely vary depending on your usage. The battery supplied for the BE 200 is a 3500 mAh lithium polymer battery.
Verdict and Price in India
The Mitashi Play BE 200 is a good 9-inch Android tablet for cheap priced at Rs 7,999. A long battery life and the good looks are its plus points, but the weaknesses are the display quality and missing HDMI interface. Comparing this product with the Micromax Funbook Pro, we would recommend this one only because of the price and battery life. The difference in the display size by 1 inch might not matter much as the product is available for almost Rs 2,000 cheaper than the Funbook Pro. If you are looking for a large display-based Android tablet on a tight budget, this is the one we can recommend at this point of time. However, the market is yet to see a lot more of 9-inch and 10-inch budget Android tablets in the near future. If you are not in a hurry, we would suggest you hold your horses for a while longer.
Updated 20 Jun, 2013, 1:21 pm IST
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