Expert Review of HCL ME U2 Tablet
The tablet segment has become very popular in the recent times and that has taken a toll on companies whose sole competencies used to be producing desktop PC's and laptops. So for them to compete with the Smartphone manufacturing company, they had to jump in the same pool as well. This is exactly what HCL has done too and their product HCL ME U2 is a true reflection of the same. First of all, the device has a 7 inch screen which is the most common size for tablets although other credible companies do release them in slightly bigger sizes as well like Apple, Sony and Samsung. The screen resolution of 800 by 480 pixels which is not that great to be honest and the tag budget tablet is no excuse for such low pixels. The device is powered by the standard lithium ion battery of 3,100 mAh which is equivalent to what Samsung Galaxy Note 2 offers, a phablet. This just gives you an idea of how much technology has evolved over the years with a smartphone offering battery life as good as a tablet. The built-in memory is also decent with 4GB with a microSD card slot to back it up in case of need.
The data connectivity features are well looked after with the Wi-Fi facility that ensures that the user can connect with the web and open multiple tabs with minimum lag. The device also supports 3G technology through the external 3G USB Dongle facility. There is support for USB port and HDMI port where the latter is the more important part as it is not a feature that is common with all the budget tablets out there. The operating system is Android Ice cream Sandwich and not Jelly Bean, which is not a huge difference as the former is only the previous edition of the latter. The camera is made available althoug is only of VGA strength but can also be used to shoot videos. Multimedia features include a music player and a video player. Other significant features include a virtual QWERTY keypad to make the typing a whole lot easier and the Google Play store giving the user access to all the latest apps and games for entertainment purposes.
User Interface and UI functionality
HCL ME U2 has a 7 inch TFT capacitive touch screen that gives a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels which seems to be a common standard for budget tablets. The device can be interacted with through the touchscreen facility along with a virtual QWERTY keypad.
HCL ME U2 comes with a music player that allows the user to listen to all of their desired musical tracks that can be heard through the loudspeakers or through the earphones that can be attached to the device with the help of a 3.5mm jack. There is also a video player that ensures that the user can watch videos with great clarity and ease. Both the music player and the video player support multiple formats.
Pictures and Video quality
HCL ME U2 has a VGA camera that allows the user to click pictures and shoot videos but the lack of a secondary camera does mean that its competitors hold a edge over it in the same department. Now as the camera is of VGA quality, naturally the images produced are certainly not of the highest quality. The camera has the zoom facility, which allows the user to click pictures from a substantial distance with ease and comfort. More than that, the camera is not the evolved like we see in other high profile tablets including Samsung Galaxy Tab or Apple iPad.
HCL ME U2 is backed by the Wi-Fi facility which makes sure that the user can access the web and download data including music files, games, images and videos. The user can also visit the desired web sites including Facebook and Twitter or check mails for business or leisure purposes.
Internal and External Memory
HCL ME U2 has a internal memory of 4GB, which would allow the user to store loads of data including music files, games, images and videos. In case the memory is not enough the user can use the services of the microSD card slot to expand the external memory up to 32GB so as to store massive amount of data.
Applications and Gaming
HCL ME U2 is backed by the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system which naturally gives the user access to over 6,00,000 games and apps which should keep the user entertained and engaged.
HCL ME U2 runs on the standard lithium ion battery of 3,100 mAh, which is pretty formidable and allows the user to enjoy all the features of the device without his or her entertainment being cut short.
HCL ME U2 has loads of data connectivity features like the Bluetooth feature that allows the user to connect with other devices and exchange data with it where the data exchanged may include music files, games, images and videos. There is a Wi-Fi support, which makes sure that Internet can be accessed so that the user can download data including music files, games, images and videos. Compatibility with USB port and HDMI port is also provided.
HCL ME U2 when compared to Micromax Funbook Alpha has a similar screen size with 7 inches and both the devices offer the same screen resolution as well with 480 by 800 pixels. The battery strength is more with HCL ME U2 with a standard lithium ion battery of 3,100 mAh as compared to 2,800 mAh offered by Micromax Funbook Alpha. Both the devices have a internal memory of 4GB with a microSD card slot for a memory expansion up to 32GB.