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2013 has started with the launch of tablets that run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean straight out-of-the-box. We have seen the launch of quite a few budget tablets that run on the Jelly Bean OS and some of these devices such as the iberry Auxus Core X2 3G tablet and the Spice Stellar Pad have impressed us with their performance.
Today, we have with us the Videocon VT10 tablet. This is yet another Rs. 10k tablet with a 10.1-inch display running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Is it just another run-of-the-mill Jelly Bean tablet?
Design and Build
To start with, the Videocon VT10 is a really well-built device. It does feel slightly heavy in one’s hands, weighing in at 650 grams. The tablet is quite slim and has an attractive form factor. The back is plastic but has an aluminium finish giving it the feel of a premium device. The rear also houses the 2MP camera along with the speaker grill.
The Videocon VT10 has a 10.1-inch display and the front-facing camera. No physical buttons are there on the face of the device and that is a good thing. The front of the device has a white finish and it does have an attractive look to it. The front facing camera is in the centre of the border when held in landscape mode making it more convenient than the corner placement we have come to expect from other budget tablet.
The top left of the V10 (when held in landscape mode) has the volume rocker. The power button rests on the left of the device when held in the same landscape mode. All the ports are neatly laid along with the power button. Users have access to the microSD card slot, HDMI out, micro USB port and the headphones jack. The layout of the ports is standard, matching what we have come to expect from tablets in this price bracket.
Overall, the Videocon V10 is one of the better-built budget tablets that we have come across. The rear has a slightly curvy design that adds to the grip and comfort of holding the device.
Features and Specifications
Getting the specifications out of the way, the Videocon V10 boasts of a 10.1-inch IPS display with a 1280x800 pixel resolution (149.95 ppi). A 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor along with 1GB of RAM powers the device. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean straight out of the box. The tablet boasts of a 2MP front as well as a rear-facing camera. It comes with 8GB built-in storage expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. The V10 also sports a 6800mAh battery. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean straight out of the box. The tablet compromises on a SIM card slot.
The V10 comes preloaded with a bunch of apps such as Bubble Burst, Documents to Go, nexGTv, Nimbuzz, SaavnPhotoFunia, TOI, Zomato and more. Transferring data from your Mac or PC to the VT10 is possible via regular drag and drop.
The Android experience on the Videocon VT10 is fairly vanilla. From the lock screen, you have access to unlocking the device, Google Now and accessing the camera. Once unlocked, you have access to the standard five home screens to customize with apps and widgets. There are the back, home and multitasking buttons on the bottom left of the touchscreen along with the touch volume controls. These controls are there in addition to the physical volume rocker.
The build of the V10 is good, the specifications are standard with what we expect from a device in its price range and it runs on Jelly Bean straight out of the box. But does it have the performance to outshine the competition?
Let us start with the touchscreen of the Videocon VT10. It is relatively better than other touchscreens we have encountered, i.e., better than the EAFT Destiny tablet. Navigating and typing on the tablet felt quite smooth for a Rs. 10k tablet. The display’s resolution is good, translating well for reading text, browsing the Internet, playing games. The viewing angles of the screen are also good.
Being an IPS display, the Videocon VT10 has some good viewing angles and the representation of colours on it looks good as well. We saw a bunch of videos on it and they looked good. The audio output from the speaker is clear for multimedia as well as apps.
The overall performance of the Videocon VT10 is smooth. Sure it is plagued with the same slight hesitation and lag found on all budget Android devices, but its performance is above average. One thing we did notice was that the touch calibrations seemed a bit off, but if you don’t notice it, this flaw can be overlooked.
The hardware under the hood is good and Dead Trigger ran and loaded swiftly and smoothly. We did face the occasional frame rate drop when the action on screen got quite intense. But the overall performance of the game was good. We did face a bit of problem with the touchscreen calibration however.
Apart from Dead Trigger, all the other games we played on the device such as Angry Birds Star Wars, Subway Surf and more ran quite smoothly and we were really happy with the performance.
We compared the raw performance of the Videocon VT10 against the Spice Stellar Pad, another 10-inch tablet, and the iberry Auxus CoreX2 3G tablet, a 7-inch device that really impressed us.
As you can see from the above benchmark scores, all the tablets are nearly neck on neck when it comes to the scores. There are places where each has its own distinct advantage but not by a very large margin.
A whopping 6800mAh battery powers the Videocon VT10 and this is where the tablet is a performer. In the continuous video playback test, it lasted for over 6 hours and that is impressive. The location services were on, brightness was on full and so was the volume.
Bottom LineWe have seen the launch of quite a few Jelly Bean powered tablets in the past, and the Spice Stellar Pad was a 10.1-inch one that caught our eye with its performance. The specifications of the Videocon VT10 are quite similar to the Stellar Pad, and so is the performance, though the VT10's build is better. If a budget 10-inch tablet is on your horizon, you can definitely the VT10 should definitely be your consideration list. It has good power under the hood and the performance is acceptable with the only drawback being the official hiccup in the performance of the touchscreen.