In recent months, brands have launched tablets that cater to the needs of the budget-minded consumer. We have seen the Reliance Tab, and close on its heels came the Beetel Magiq tablet. Fly is a fairly popular brand in India, best known for their entry-level mobile phones. The company has recently launched one of the most economical tablets available in the market, second only to the Akaash tablet. But money isn’t the only consideration of course, so read on to find out if the value of the Fly Vision meets its price tag.
Vast number of ports
Design and Build Quality
The design of tablets, these days are pretty much standard. With nothing exciting really to talk about. Fly has stuck to a tried and tested form factor making the Vision similar in appearance to other tablets. It’s equipped with a 7-inch resistive touchscreen, which has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 800 x 480. This means that one can use a stylus or fingers (but will need to tap the display with a little more effort) to access the various onscreen options. However, if a little more too much pressure is exerted on the display it causes several anomalies to appear. One side of the bezel has a brushed metal finish and on it is a singular ‘Home’ button.
This tablet is basically in landscape mode and the top is where the buttons such as on/off, menu and return keys are placed. On the bottom of the slate are where all the ports are located. These include a full-size USB port, a mini-USB port, DC-in for charging, a 3.5mm audio jack, as well as a MicroSD card slot. There is a 2GB memory card that comes along with it and the storage capacity can be expanded to 16GB. The rear features a built-in speaker. The one thing that this tablet misses out on are dedicated volume buttons, and to adjust the volume one has to be in the media player.
Simple yet stylish rear
Overall, the design is pretty neat and the brushed metal strip on the face adds to the style factor. It is pretty slim as well and can easily fit in the back pocket of a pair of jeans or a handbag. The tablet is not really heavy as well and carrying it around does not pose a problem.
Features and Performance
The Fly Vision tablet runs on a stock version of Android 2.2 Froyo. On the home page and the main menu, there are no enhancements present. However, the media players for audio and video do feature some enhancements. The home screen is pretty simple looking and it appears like Fly has just added Froyo on this tablet without any customization from their end. We don’t have much of a problem with this, except for the fact that we would like brands to set themselves apart from the rest.
The tablet runs on a 600MHz ARMv6 processor. In terms of power, this is obviously not the fastest, but you can’t expect too much from the price. This is evident while navigating through the interface and the lag that is noticeable onscreen. As compared to the Beetel Magiq, this tablet is pretty slow. The buttons on the top help in accessing the options such as settings, wallpaper, notifications, etc., right from the home page itself. So there is no need to go to the main menu, because this helps with just a single click. There is no camera on this slate.
The resistive touchscreen shows some bleeding
While running Linpack, the Fly Vision tablet gave us a score of 1.908 MFLOPS on multi thread, while we got a single thread reading of 2.157 MFLOPS. Not impressive, at all.
This tablet has a 16:9 aspect ratio, so watching HD movies in 720p is possible. The stock player can support video formats such as XviD, Dvix in MP4, H264, as well as WMV. These are fairly common video formats and having the ability to support them through the stock player is good, but there is a slight lag during video playback with HD files. During audio playback, the interface is pretty simple, but lacks any kind of enhancement option like EQ presets. The volume of the speaker is pretty loud. A strange thing we noticed was initially videos played smoothly, but later on the video player, as well as the audio player kept crashing and took us back to the home page. We tried playing the Angry Birds game downloaded from the Android Market and the performance was again not impressive, at all. The lag was just too heavy for comfortable play.
Audio player slightly different from the stock Android player
The Fly Vision tablet features Wi-Fi connectivity, and no other modes like 3G or Bluetooth. Another strange issue we found with this tablet is that in the ‘Wireless and Networks’ settings section there is a setting for mobile network, but there is no slot on this tablet for a SIM card. The tablet has a standard USB port on-the-go access to files stored on a pen drive. This is in addition to the 4GB of internal memory and the MicroSD card support. Fly has added Google Maps to the tablet, but for some reason failed to add YouTube which is pretty standard for Android handsets.
Simple yet stylish rear
This tablet is not pre-loaded with many additional apps, but it includes an eBook reader called ‘Shelves’ that allows you to download books from online stores from within the app itself. The selection of free books available is not that vast, but the ones that are available are quite interesting. Other than this there are applications such as a sound recorder, ApkInstaller, clock calculator and a calendar. The rest are pre-loaded Android apps like an instant messenger called Talk, Maps, etc. The Android Market is very vast, so one has no shortage while downloading apps, which they require from there.
During our Tech2 battery test, we ran an SD video file on repeat and though this tablet comes with a 4000mAh battery, the performance was sub par. The video playback time was just 4 hours 7 mins. This is probably the least amount of battery life we have seen on a tablet. The tablet takes extremely long to charge, as well. After charging it for nearly 6 and a half hours, only then did it achieve a 100 percent charge. During our Tech2 loop test, the video, as well as audio player crashed repeatedly and we were unable to complete this test and after persistently trying to play the video we managed two hours of video, two hours audio and two hours of audio streaming through the net using Wi-Fi. The battery was completely dead after that. In short, the battery of this tablet did not perform well, at all.
The brushed metal look at the side
The Fly Vision tablet is priced in India at an MOP of Rs. 7,300. The only plus point about the tablet is its appearance and the ability to read and play 720p HD files. The overall usability of the display is bad. The tablet crashes repeatedly and having just the stock Android Froyo built on it, doesn't make it special. If one wants a tablet for the sake of having a tablet, this tablet still should not be considered. Fair enough that it’s cheap, but is it worth it? Definitely not. One can pay a few thousands more and purchase a tablet like the Beetel Magiq and have a much better experience.
Published Date: Nov 07, 2011 12:52 pm | Updated Date: Nov 07, 2011 12:52 pm