Review of Zync Z-990 Android Tablet

Tuesday, March 27th 2012. | Gadget News

thumb.cmsThe Zync Z990 holds claim to being India’s first tablet with the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While that’s great, the one main thing that gives away the ‘budget tablet’ tag is the allplastic construction which makes it look rather cheap – clearly something that Zync needs to work on. As for hardware, it has a 1.2Ghz processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB flash storage expandable via a microSD card.

Thanks to the combination of specs and Android 4.0, it performs better than almost all other budget tablets we have used. The 1GB RAM makes a visible difference in multitasking and thanks to the 1.2Ghz processor, it can playback 1080p HD videos without a hitch. The 7-inch capacitive touchscreen (800 x 480 pixels) responds well, but the poor viewing angles are a bit of a letdown.

It has mini HDMI out, mini USB and a full-size USB 2.0 port on the side. Zync has preloaded a basic file manager and video player app on the tablet with stock Android interface. The Google Play store is present, though we were unable to download a number of apps as they were not compatible with Android 4.0.

Another issue is that the home screen has not been optimized for the display – when a new icon is added to the homescreen, half of it was not visible on the top row in landscape. In portrait orientation, some icons vanished completely of the screen! Multimedia performance is good both in terms of video and audio.

The lack of volume keys on the side is a drawback as adjusting volume from the touchscreen in between apps is irritating. The front VGA camera is good enough for a video call if there is enough ambient light. It has Wi-Fi and supports 3G USB dongles via the USB 2.0 port – but, there is no documentation included on how to set it up.

Battery Life came to just under 4 hours of continuous video playback – similar to what other budget tablets offer. Overall, Zync’s Z-990 has its share of flaws, but the performance-to-price ratio is fantastic. Android 4.0 is just icing on the cake. You can also consider Intex’s iTab (though it has Android 2.3). The tablet has an 8-inch capacitive display with 1Ghz processor, 512 MB RAM, 8GB storage as well as mini HDMI out an a full size USB port like the Zync.

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