HCL Me X1 is HCL Technologies latest tablet and is one of the cheapest tablets available in India priced at Rs. 10,490. HCL released the X1 on October 14th. This is HCLs third tablet in the Me Series after the AE7-A1 and AM7-A1. I ordered the tablet on 19th through the HCL Store and received it this Tuesday. The entire week I have been toying with the tablet and here are my initial impressions on the Me X1.
This is my first Android tablet (my first Android device in fact) and one of the main reasons I bought the tab was to put up with the Android craze and have my share of fun with the Android platform. So expect to see several posts on the Android platform and the HCL Me X1 on this blog :).
I have been researching Android budget tablets for quite some time and finally decided to get myself the Me X1 (The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 was another option but decided to go with Me X1 after Lenovo priced it at Rs. 15000). Before going deeper into the review let me start by saying that the HCL Me X1 is a good tablet from a price to performance perspective and does a decent job in gaming, music and movies.
As evident from the above specifications, the HCL Me X1 doesn't have a SIM card slot and so doesn't support 3G directly. However it does support 3G through a USB dongle. This wasn't much of an issue for me since I was planning to use my Nokia X6 as a WiFi hotspot (haven't tried this yet). The touch responsiveness of the device is good and Gingerbread performs well on the device thanks to the 1 GHz processor.
However the HCL Me X1 does have its shortcomings,
- A major drawback of the Me X1 is that it doesn't have the Android Market on it. Whatever HCL may say, its App Store is no match to the Android Market
- The device works for around 6-8 hours (usage + standby) with a single charge. I wasn't satisfied with this as my Nokia X6 gives me much more than this. However benchmarking a tablet to a phone isn't correct
- The display would have been better if it was a slightly brighter
The biggest weakness of HCL is their delivery service. When most online sites ship within 2-3 days, HCL as a policy takes a minimum of 7 to 10 days to ship the product. However they sent me the devices in 7 days when I pestered them a lot. In fact I would recommend people to buy the device at a local Sangeetha store where you can get it immediately. On the other hand their customer care was good, especially the Live Chat, they answered a lot of questions and followed up on phone as well.
I think the biggest technical improvement opportunities the Me X1 has are the integration of the Android Market and getting out an Ice Cream Sandwich as soon as possible. This should attract more customers towards the product.
Before I wrap up, here are some excellent reviews on the tablet which helped me take a decision on the purchase -
- Arpan Deb's review on the HCL Me X1
- iGyaan's video review on the HCL Me X1
- HCL Me X1 - To Buy or Not To Buy
After several discussions at arpandeb, we finally concluded that the actual Application Processor being used is the Telechips TCC 88xx. We also found striking similarities between HCL Me X1 and Coby Kyros MID7022.