Zync Z990 Review
- ICS experience on a budget
- Real world performance better than what benchmarks show
- Decent battery life
- USB hub supports broadband dongles
- No Bluetooth
- Build quality isn't good
- Display not optimised
This is a budget tablet, and it clearly shows in the build quality, performance and even the display. But at this price, the real enticing factor is that it has ICS on-board. While there are a whole host of connectivity ports as well, but there is no getting away from the "budget" build quality.
The Zync Z990 is the first budget tablet with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to hit the Indian market. That space is currently occupied by the likes of Beetel, Reliance, HCL, iBerry and Mercury to name a few.
Straightaway, the build quality betrays the price tag of the tablet. We have reviewed a whole host of budget tablets in the past, but this one takes the cake for playing the part! The consumer, quite obviously, wants a product with a better finish than this. The Zync Z990 is plasticky all around, but that feels quite low quality. There is a matte finish to the front, while the rear panel has an enamel finish. No hardware buttons around the screen, but if you hold the tablet in landscape mode, the top spine does make up for it! Menu, Power and Return (called Esc) are all placed here, but since all three look the same, you will have to remember the position of each to use it without looking. To the right of the display is the video call camera, nicely camouflaged. The right spine has a USB hub, micro USB port, 3.5mm jack as well as mini HDMI out. No volume rocker anywhere, which means you will have to manage playback volume from within whatever app you are using at that time.
We understand that quality cuts need to happen to keep the budget tablets as a sensible business proposition, but Zync needs to take the quality up a notch on this tablet.
On the spec sheet, the Zync Z990 looks like an impressive package. The combination of a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.0 does make it quite enticing. Despite that, the benchmark scores and the usage experience clearly shows that the tablet isn't as quick as it could have been. At times, there is a distinct lag when flipping between the home screens, or even through the app list. At times, there is an annoying lag when you are typing a web address in the browser. Quite frankly, we expected a smoother ICS experience with such a decent spec sheet. However, the Z990 handles multi-tasking very smoothly. We had multiple apps running - web browser, YouTube app, media player in the background, and still the Z990 didn’t slow down. If Zync can optimise the Z990 a little better to iron out the sudden appearance of lag, the performance will surely be quite impressive.
The 7-inch display is a capacitive touchscreen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution. The brightness levels are quite good, even though the colour reproduction does seem a little less vivid than what the iBerry AUXUS AX02 offered. We kept the two tablets side by side, with the brightness turned to 100% and played the same video on both displays. The comparison showed that while the Zync Z990 has a brighter display, the AX02 offers better colour reproduction. In terms of video playback quality, both are the same. HD videos were smooth, and even jumping forward and back in playback was handled very smoothly. Speaking of which, the Z990’s speaker isn't very loud, and was a definite second place to the iBerry AX02 at full volume playing back the same video.
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