Beetel Magiq Glide Review

By Vishal Mathur | Updated Jan 03 2012
Beetel Magiq Glide  Review
DIGIT RATING
70 /100
  • design

    60

  • performance

    70

  • value for money

    70

  • features

    70

User Rating : 4/5 Out of 1 Reviews
  • PROS
  • Solid build
  • Decent performance
  • Resistive touchscreen makes way for a capacitive one
  • CONS
  • Feels quite heavy

Verdict

With the Magiq Glide, Beetel have a tablet that will take on the likes of the Reliance 3G Tab and ViewSonicViewPad 7e. Performance seems on par with the predecessor, but the upgrade to a capacitive touchscreen is the best thing that could have happened. However, you are paying extra for something that should�ve been there in the first place.

Beetel Magiq Glide detailed review

Now this is one update that we are sure most people wont mind paying extra money for. When we had reviewed the Beetel Magiq tablet sometime back, the resistive touchscreen had been the really annoying factor. However, that has changed, for the better. The capacitive touchscreen glides in!


Look & Feel
Undeniable, but true - The Glide looks exactly like its predecessor. The outer shell has been retained as it is, for what is for all means and purposes a new product. However, the freshness is limited. In the scenario where it is competing against the likes of the Reliance 3G Tab and the ViewSonicViewPad 7e, the Glide comes across as a bulky tablet. There is no doubting the fact that it is solidly built, and feels a lot better to use than those unbelievably plasticky tablets circulating the market, particularly the unbranded ones. The use of metal, particularly gives it a solid feel. The integrated kickstand is a unique feature we have not seen on any tablets, unless you buy the separate after market accessories for that.

Features & Performance
A 1GHz single core processor, coupled with 512MB of RAM, powers the Glide. The OS version - Android 2.2 remains unchanged. We expected to see at least Android 2.3 that the Reliance 3G Tab and the ViewPad 7e come with. However, the performance of the Glide seems to be slightly better than the Magiq. Apps seem to open slightly quicker, and the menu is a tad smoother to flick as well. Maybe there have been some tweaks to the OS bit as well, in terms of optimization.

The UI carries forward the same brilliance as the previous tablet. The desktop-ish idea works very well. You have multiple home screens - home, web, entertainment, communications and favorites. This allows for better sorting of widgets and app shortcuts, without having to go into the main app list.

The 7-inch touchscreen retains the same 480 x 800 pixel resolution as before, but the single biggest change is that now the touchscreen is the capacitive type. We had criticized the Magiq for having a resistive touchscreen that spoiled the entire tablet experience. Am happy to report that the capacitive touchscreen responds well. Flicking gestures are smooth and have a sureity of response. The biggest contrast is on the lock screen. Slide up to unlock on the resistive screen of the Magiq, and you will surely need to have another go, and possibly another, before the display unlocks. With the Glide however, things are as they should be - smooth and responsive. We had appreciated the video playback quality of the Magiq’s display, and we have to say that this one seems slightly better than that. You will definitely need a third party app to view most video formats, but the playback is smooth even for 720p HD videos, as long as you don’t skip huge parts of it at one time.

While the display specs remain the same otherwise, the Glide’s display seems to be a lot crisper. Text reads better, and images don’t seem bereft of sharpness.

The Glide comes with 8GB internal storage, and a microSD slot for 16GB more.

The disappointing 2MP cameras are carried forward from the earlier tablet version. The rear camera will take okay pictures, but not something that will look good when blown up even one bit. The video call camera is heavily dependent on good lighting conditions.

Battery life is isn't as good as the likes of the Reliance 3G Tab. A bit of video viewing, web browsing and half an hour of music in the background meant the Beetel MAGIQ ran out of battery in about 4 hours. This was when the brightness was turned down to about 20%.

Our Take
You are essentially paying extra for the capacitive touchscreen, something that the Magiq should have had in the first place. While the Reliance 3G Tab does offer a sleeker package, it does surprisingly badly in our benchmark tests. We say surprising because when you are using the tablet normally, it feels faster than the Magiq Glide. If we were to buy one of these three - the Beetel Magiq Glide, the Reliance 3G Tab and the ViewSonicViewPad 7e, we would ideally decide between the Glide and the Reliance 3G Tab (read out review of it here).

To make it easier for you, we have the table below comparing the Magiq Glide to the predecessor (Magiq), the Reliance 3G Tab and the ViewPad 7e.

Price: Rs. 11,999

Specs:
Platform: Android 2.2.2; Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon @ 1GHz; RAM: 512 MB; Display: 7-inch (480 x 800 pixels); Storage: 8GB with microSD slot; Battery: 2200 mAh

Ratings
Features: 7
Performance: 7
Build: 6
Value: 6.5
Overall: 6.5

Contact: Beetel Teletech Limited
Email: customer.care@beetel.in
Phone: 01204823500

Magiq Glide vs. Magiq vs. Reliance 3G Tab vs. Viewsonic 7e
Brand
Beetel
Beetel
Reliance
Viewsonic
Tablet name/number
Magiq Glide
Magiq
3G Tab
ViewPad 7e
MRP (version we tested)
11,999
9,999
12,999
11,990
MRP (Different storage options)
None
None
None
None
Street Price
10000
8999
12990
N.A.
 
 
 
 
 
Specs
 
 
 
 
Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon S2

Qualcomm Snapdragon S2

ARM 11
ARM Cortex A8
Processor max clock speed
1 GHz
1 GHz
800 Mhz
1 GHz
Processor cores
1
1
1
1
SoC

Snapdragon with Adreno 200

N.A.

Snapdragon with Adreno 220

OMAP3621 with PowerVR SGX 540

RAM
512 MB
512 MB
512 MB
512 MB
Display size (in Inches)
7
7
7
7
Display resolution
480 x 800
480 x 800
800 x 480
800 x 600
Display type
TFT LCD
TFT LCD
TFT LCD
TFT LCD
Internal Storage space
8 GB
8 GB
1 GB
512 MB
Expandable Memory (Y/N)
Y
Y
Y
Y
Expandable Memory type
microSD
microSD
microSD
microSD
Wi-Fi (Y/N)
Y
Y
Y
Y
3G (Y/N)
Y
Y
Y
N
GPS
Y
Y
Y
Y
Battery rating (mAh)
2200
2200
3400
3300
Dimensions (in mm)

209 x 108 x 15.5

209 x 108 x 15.5

N.A.

192 x 137 x 14.1

Weight (in gms)
500
500
389
483
 
 
 
 
 
Features
 
 
 
 
Operating System (tested with)
Android 2.2.2
Android 2.2.2
Android 2.3.4
Android 2.3.1

Updates installed before benchmarks (Type of update- System/ OS/ etc.)

None available

None available

None available

Yes. Firmware update- 320MB

HDMI out (Y/N)
N
N
N
N
Front Camera resolution (MP)
2
2
0.3
0.3
Rear Camera resolution (MP)
2
2
2
3
Max image capture resolution
1600 x 1200
1600 x 1200
1600 x 1200
2048 x 1536
Max video recording resolution
320 x 240
320 x 240
320 x 240
320 x 240
Bluetooth (Y/N)
Y
Y
Y
Y
RF sensor
N
N
N
N
Customized application store
N
N
Rworld

1Mobile Market & ViewApps

 
 
 
 
 
Build Quality rating (out of 10)
 
 
 
 
Panel material used type (plastic, metal etc.)

Plastic and Metal

Plastic and Metal

Plastic
Plastic
Majority colour used

Black & Silver

Black & Silver

Silver
White
Finish type (glossy/matte)
Matte
Matte
Brushed
Matte
Quality of material used
6
6
6.5
6
Overall build quality
6.5
6.5
6
6
In-hand feel
5.5
5.5
7
6
 
 
 
 
 
Performance (out of 10)
 
 
 
 
On screen keypad layout/comfort of use
7
6
6
6
Display brightness
6.5
6.5
6.5
6
Display colour depth/even-ness
7
6.5
6.5
6
Display viewing angles
6
6
7
6.5
Video playback quality
6.5
6.5
6
6.5
Camera picture quality
5
5
6
5.5
Camera video quality
5
5
5
5
Speaker clarity
5
5
6.5
6
Speaker loudness
5.5
5.5
6.5
6
Usefulness of preloaded apps
6.5
6.5
6
4
 
 
 
 
 
Benchmarks/Real world tests
 
 
 
 

Startup time (switch on till lock screen - in Minutes)

00:32.53
00:39.5
00:31.8
00:28.3
Quadrant Benchmark
773
804
907
1369
AnTuTu Benchmark
2553
2524
1449
2703
LinPack Benchmark (single thread) MFLOPS
29.93
35.04
9.3
16.09
LinPack Benchmark (multi thread) MFLOPS
31.39
31.69
8.1
13.96
GLBenchmark Egypt Standard (Frames)
912
925
858
N.A.
GLBenchmark PRO Standard (Frames)
253
254
326
N.A.
PeaceKeeper
178
171
No Score
No Score
 
 
 
 
 
Ratings
 
 
 
 
Features
7
6.5
6.5
7
Performance
7
6.5
5.5
7
Build
6
6
6
6
Value for money
6.5
6.5
8
6.5
Overall
6.5
6.5
7.5
7

 

Beetel Magiq Glide Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹11999
Release Date: 03 Jan 2012
Market Status: Launched

Key Specs

  • OS OS
    NA
  • Screen Size (inch) Screen Size (inch)
    NA
  • Resolution Resolution
    NA
  • Memory Memory
    NA

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