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The OlivePad arrives on shelves with Android 2.2 in tow

4 Nov


Olive Telecom has finally launched the OlivePad, which it had announced July this year as India’s first Android Internet Tablet. The delay has not cost Olive Telecom much as it is still the first Android Internet Tablet to be available in India.


Between July and now, the Olivepad has been bumped from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2 and with it a bump of Rs 1,000. Announced for Rs 24,990, the OlivePad will now cost Rs 25,990.


On the features front, the OlivePad has a 800×480 pixel 7.0-inch display, a 600 MHz processor on a Qualcomm MSM 7227 chipset and 512 MB of RAM. The sales pack comes with a 16 GB microSD card. It is also HSDPA enabled and has a 3.0 MP rear camera and a VGA front camera for video calls.


The OlivePad comes pre-loaded with MapmyIndia’s navigation app as well as six months of Zenga TV – a mobile TV app.


The OlivePad is now available at Croma stores across India.

Olivepad – the first Android tablet to be launched in India

24 Jul

Olivepad Android TabletOlive Telecom, the company that had launched the first AAA battery powered phone is grabbing headlines again by announcing the first Android-based Internet tablet to be available in India. Priced at Rs 24,990, the Olivepad has a 7.0 inch TFT WVGA display and runs on Android 2.1 OS. (The official specification sheet claims that it will be upgradeable.)

On the specifications front, the Olivepad is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset with an ARM 11 processor clocked at 600 MHz. It has 512 MB of system memory and an equivalent capacity of flash memory that will be utilised for storing apps. It also has a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 32 GB. Considering that it runs on Android 2.1 that does not allow storing apps on external memory, Olivepad users might be crunched for space.

The Olivepad is well-connected with quad-bad GSM, tri-band UMTS (3G), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity options. In fact, one can even make voice calls from it (it has a built-in mic and speaker), though holding a 410 gram device that is almost 180 mm tall against your cheek might not be a wonderful sight.

It also has dual-cameras – a 3.0 MP camera on the front and a VGA camera on the rear. Normally, on a cellphone we find the better camera on the rear. But then it would certainly be awkward to hold the massive thing and click pictures. The cameras are purely for video calling, we reckon.

While we fancy the idea of having an Android-based Internet tablet, we feel a bit let down by the Olivepad. For the same price one can buy a 16 GB Wi-Fi-only version of the iPad, which on any given day would give a better bang for your buck. Also, we feel that it might be a bit under-powered with its 600 MHz processor. Has this thing been priced under Rs 20,000 along with a 3G data subscription plan from one of the carriers, we might have been tempted to pick one up.