OlivePad hits shelves with Android 2.2 Froyo; price Rs 26,000

Thursday, October 28, 2010, 19:08 by Tech Correspondent

OlivePad V-T100, Olive Telecom’s 3.5G tablet is now available with the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. Olive Telecom was the first to unveil an  Android 3G tablet in India. The OlivePad V-T100 costs about Rs 26,000.

The device comes with a 16 GB memory card, free subscription to MapmyIndia which would be worth Rs 2,500; six months free subscription to Zenga TV, and a leather case that would otherwise cost about Rs 1,500. OlivePad will be shipped free of cost if it is bought from Olive Telecom’s new online store, but it is also available at retail electronics outlets. Read more about Android tablets in India

Olive Telecom’s tablet is powered by a 600 MHz ARM processor. It has a 7-inch TFT touchscreen that displays a resolution of 800 x 400 pixels.

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Photo: OlivePad VT10 Android 2.2 Froyo touchscreen tablet

OlivePad V-T100 has a 3 mega pixel camera at the back for taking pictures and video, and a relatively low resolution VGA camera on the front for video conferencing.

The tablet supports Bluetooth, 3.5 G HSUPA and WiFi networks. It has a mini USB port as well.

OlivePad can be used to access apps from Google’s App Market and books on Amazon that are made for Android-based readers. Though there may not be very many books at the moment.

The tablet from Olive Telecom is GPS-enabled and provides turn by turn navigation and runs maps from MapmyIndia.com. The device can be synchronized to up to four email accounts and can also stream Zenga internet TV. OlivePad supports Flash, and comes with social networking apps of popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The device runs on a 3,240 mAh battery that supports the OlivePad for up to 13 hours when in standby mode, or for up to 7 hours when it is running.

olivepad vt100 touchscreen tablet photo

Android 2.2 7-inch touchscreen Olivepad tablet

OlivePad was first announced in August but has only been launched now. Arun Khanna, the chairman of Olive Telecom said that the product was released only now though it was ready for release earlier because both Google and Olive Telecom wanted it to run the latest version of Android. The other option would have been to release it with Android 2.1 and provide the option of updating the device to version 2.2 later, which would have been a complicated process for  users, the company said.

Incidentally, the ViewPad tablet that was released by Viewsonic, a company that was known for its monitors, during the IFA in Berlin in August, was actually an older version of the OlivePad VT100, according to Engadget.

The OlivePad has voice functionality and can be used to make phone calls. Just don’t try holding the tablet up to your ear! For that, there are other Froyo-running products meant to be phones like HTC’s Desire, available for about Rs 27,000.

There are tablets that are a lot cheaper as well. For instance, there is Binatone’s Home Surf Touch, which costs about Rs 9,000 and also runs on Android Froyo. Binatone is a UK device maker. And there is also the @Pad from Accord, an Indian manufacturing firm that sells these tablets for about Rs 10,000.

Yet, all these tablets still lack the allure of the Apple iPad. It’s still the most popular tablet and was also the first device to really break this market – though it costs more than Rs 35,000. In the same price range is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which too is said to be a rather spectacular product.