There are myriad of cheap Android tablets around but very few are actually capable of doing something useful. Fortunately, Identity Tab is one of them and it retails for just 300 dollars. It has an aluminum body, just like an iPad but has size similar to the Galaxy Tab. It runs on a Samsung 1GHz Hummingbird processor and comes with same amount of RAM as well – 512MB which good enough for running a lot of apps in the background.
On the front of the Identity Tab, you will find three buttons which are not backlit. I was disappointed to see that there was no search button on this tablet! There is a micro USB port at the bottom for syncing and charging the tablet and on the top, you will find the 3.5 mm jacks for headphones. This machines also has mini HDMI port as-well-as a SD card slot which means it is perfect for showing the photos taken by your camera on a bigger display / HDTV.
The Identity Tab ships with a 7 inch WVGA display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution which is less than the similar sized Galaxy Tab packing 1024 x 600 into its 7 inch screen. This means you will be able to see less at a time on the Identity Tab compared to the Galaxy Tab. Camera is 3 mega pixel and has no flash. Other than that, it is almost as powerful as other tablets out there. Like Galaxy Tab, it run Android 2.2 operating system which is not exactly optimized for tablets.
Another feature that makes the Identity Tab different from rest of the cheap Chinese tablets is the presence of Google Android Market which means you will have no problem finding an app to suit your needs. Battery life is very good, thanks to the huge 4100mAh battery and aggressive power management by Android OS.
Verdict – A nice tablet for somebody who prefers Android OS over iOS.
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April 6, 2011