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Verdict: Xolo Play Tegra Note is the best gaming tablet

December 31, 2013 12:12 IST

Verdict: Xolo Play Tegra Note is the best gaming tablet

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Tanima Banerjee

Most of us get a smartphone or tablet to play games anytime, anywhere. But truth be told, real gamers always desire more than what normal tablets or notes offer.

The Xolo Play Tegra Note seeks to fill this lacuna with a super-fast NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and high-speed 10-point capacitive touchscreen.

There is more than one feature that adds to the uniqueness of the Tegra Note and uplifts the gaming experience.

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Design and display

The Tegra Note is indeed designed for gamers. The gritty body facilitates a firm grip, similar to a joypad.

It ensures that the Note doesn't slip off the hand, especially when you are tapping or sliding your way out of a tricky game like Six Guns or Flick Soccer Legends.

The 7-inch HD IPS display powered by the 72 core NVIDIA GeForce GPU offers gorgeous frames one after another. The big screen is apt for HD games and movies.

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The best part of the design has to be the dual-sided stereo speakers. Due to its frontal position, the audio almost never gets buried, regardless of where the Note is placed.

This definitely is a clear edge over other hand-held devices. Add to that the acoustic clarity of NVIDIA PureAudio technology and you have yourself a winner.

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The NVIDIA DirectStylus with its double-sided tip makes for easy writing and drawing. The thinner tip is suited for writing, while the broader side is designed for drawing strokes and erasing, perfect for the artist in you.

It also helps you take and share a screenshot of any selected portion of the screen.

However, no scratch protection is provided for the display screen, unpardonable for a gaming tablet. The screen is exposed to countless taps, slides and rubs, which eventually leads to smudges and scratches on the screen.

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Features

NVIDIA has always been designing products keeping gamers in mind. Therefore, it's not a surprise the Tegra 4 1.8 Ghz Quad + 1 Cortex a15 processor runs games of the highest definitions with ease.

Thanks to the 72 core GPU, heavy games like Iron Man 3, Dead Trigger 2 or Fifa 14 never looked more stunning. 1 GB RAM and Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) delivers a blazing fast performance.

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A simple benchmark test clearly puts up impressive performance numbers, which enables the Tegra Note to soar past those of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

Battery and connectivity

Tegra Note packs in a powerful 4100 mAH battery. Once fully charged, which takes around 3 hours of time, the Note provides more than 8 hours of video playback time.

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The Note gets easily connected to PC through USB 2.0. Bluetooth 4.0 and micro HDMI facilitates the Note's connectivity.

Of 16 GB internal memory, 12.5 GB is available for personal storage. You can expand the memory via the Micro SD cards.

Tegra Note doesn't support SIM cards, so your only way to connect to the internet is through Wi-Fi hotspots.

In order to get games specially optimised for Tegra, you can access the TegraZone on your phone, which is a one stop shop for games designed and enhanced for Tegra gamers.

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Camera

The Tegra Note provides the usual bundle of a 5-MP HDR back camera with a VGA front cam. However, what makes the camera fun to use is the inbuilt app called Camera Awesome, especially designed for NVIDIA Tegra.

This helps every shutterbug turn his shot into a stunning photo. A bunch of HD filters, textures and frames 'awesomises' each photo, and is really easy to use.

The 720p slow motion video capture offers a fresh change to tablet cameras. However, lack of LED flash and no provision for changing photo and video resolutions are major setbacks.

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Verdict

The Xolo Play Tegra Note takes the experience of gaming to another level. The screen resolution and graphics surpass all the tablets and notes available, with enhanced audio quality.

All this is enough for the device to be added to the gamers' list of must-haves. A definite thumbs-up for this one.


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