The tablet market in India got enhanced by one more thanks to the launch of the new MagicTile Marathon tablet. A product of the Bangalore based EAFT that stands for Everything At Finger Tips, the tablet impresses with some pretty cools features on the one hand though disappoints with some outdated features on the other.
To start off with the good aspects, the MagicTile Marathon tablet will include 3G connectivity, 802.11b/g WiFi and Bluetooth along with a battery that EAFT claims is good enough for a full 8 hours with 14 hours standby power. The latter bit surely is good though this is one aspect with which, the more is perhaps always better. The tablet is powered by a 1 GHz Tegra 2 processor mated to a 512 MB of RAM while upfront, there is the 10.1 inch capacitive display having a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.
The Marathon also boasts of a USB port and a dock connector along with an HDMI port as well. The rest of the spec story for the Marathon include a 1.3 megapixel camera along the back of the device, 3.5 mm headphone jack, stereo speakers, Adobe Flash Player 10.1.
On the flip side though, the Marathon is still seen running Android 2.2 Froyo. This when the world is seen getting along with Android 3.2. Also, another interesting aspect of the Marathon tablet is the absence of its own internal storage which come entirely in the form of a 16 GB external SD card. Perhaps this has been done to reduce costs though the price announced is a bit on the higher side.
Online content can be availed of from EAFT’s own app store which though is still at its nascent stages with just 18 apps to offer. Access to the Android Market can help things here a lot as also the company’s tie-up with Hungama or Vikas Publications, and Cyber School for both entertainment and educational content respectively.
Those who pre-order the MagicTile Marathon will enjoy a price tab of Rs. 26,999 or about $607 while those do not like pre-ordering will have to shell out Rs. 29,990 or $675.
Also, the upgrade to Android Honeycomb seems imminent as all competitors are already on a dose of Android Honey. More so as the Marathon is already sporting the Tegra 2 chip that has become the standard of almost all Honeycomb tablets. The only point is when as the Marathon already boasts of a pretty solid hardware.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email