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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been getting a lot of slack on social media for making some wild claims one after the other. After the 'Cloud theory' that went viral across social media platforms yesterday, our PM is back under the radar for saying he was one of the first people in the country to use a digital camera and some other tech gadgets. Yes, a clip from his recent interview with News Nation has now gone viral. In that video, PM Modi is seen claiming that he was among the first people in India to use a digital camera in 1988. He said he used the camera to click a photograph of LK Advani. Adding on to that, PM Modi also claimed that he was one of the early adopters of e-mail, back in 1988, and used an iPad-like tablet with a stylus in the early 90s. Well, you don't have to be a genius to find out that neither the digital camera nor e-mail services existed in the timelines he mentioned. So, people were obviously not going to keep quiet. A lot of people decided to call our PM out on social media. Economist Rupa Subramanya, for instance, pointed out that e-mail was available only to a select few in West in 1988. Well, can't really argue with that. In 1988, even in the developed west, email was available to a few academics and scientists but Modi somehow used it in 1988 in India before it was officially introduced to the rest of us in 1995. ð³ https://t.co/cq3nhRLEQJ — Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) May 12, 2019 A lot of others decided to pitch in too. @PMOIndia ke paas batwa nahi tha (kyunki paise nahi the!) lekin 1988 mein digital camera aur email tha? All of this would be really funny if it weren't so embarrassing. A PM who'll literally say ANYTHING that comes to his mind can't possibly be trusted with our national security https://t.co/pmoGNQQtHi — Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) May 12, 2019 Ahem... iPad in 1990, a digital camera in 1987. Does Modi live in the same dimension as us? — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) May 13, 2019 I went to the US in 1993. AOL was the dominant player. It started as an internet service provider in early 90s. We used to go to university to use email (DOS based). 1988? This is so embarrassing for India. #Feku https://t.co/KQfdYGGmmG — Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) May 12, 2019 Internet in India in 1995 and digital camera in 1990 but Modi hai to 1988 mein bhi email pe digital photo transfer mumkin hai. https://t.co/C1BV00VLzp — Panini Anand (@paninianand) May 12, 2019 “The first commercial production digital camera went on sale in 1990.” The first commercial production digital camera went on sale in 1990. In 1987, Modi had a digital camera. Surely must have been this prototype. pic.twitter.com/H7b8FMclha — Divider Preð¤ Verde â (@PresidentVerde) May 13, 2019
We keep reviewing smartphones almost every week but sometimes, a new tablet comes along that gets us excited. The iPad Pro is one of our favourite gadgets of 2018 and in fact, we typed this very review on it. Having said that, not everyone needs such a powerful and big screened tablet; especially in India where more than half the urban population is on the move. Apple recently launched the new iPad Mini 5 and we got our hands on the small tablet to see what all it can do. We've used Android tablets in the past but none of them even come to close Apple's offering when it comes to performance. Our experience has largely been “meh.” Android tablets are often powered by less powerful chipsets or do not offer a great screen for content viewing. Some of them lack proper software updates or outright don't work as intended. Having said that, there are a few Samsung tablets we love but Apple's iPad series is where the buck stops. So, here's our review of the new iPad Mini and what we think about the new tablet. Design & Display © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The New iPad Mini 5 doesn't look too different from its predecessor as it looks nearly identical from the iPad 4 from 2015. It's got the same massive bezels, a 7.9-inch Retina screen and a new back design similar to the iPad Pro from 2017. We would have loved to see an almost all-screen design like on the iPad Pro from last year and give it the modern aesthetic we all expected. The display, on the other hand, has slight upgrades as it now supports True Tone technology, has a 25 per cent higher colour gamut and is 25 per cent brighter. The iPad Mini has a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels but does not have ProMotion features like the iPad Pro where it can adjust the refresh rate automatically depending on what you are doing. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The iPad Mini comes with stereo speakers at the bottom which are loud enough for watching movies or TV shows. Having said that, if you want more privacy or don't want to disturb the people around you, the iPad Mini 5 comes with a 3.55 mm headphone jack. You can even pair the new iPad Mini with AirPods seamlessly which is a first for the iPad Mini. The smaller iPad design is probably the star attraction here as it fits in the palm of your hand perfectly. The iPad Mini's size is probably the one feature that makes it the most versatile gadget from Apple's entire portfolio. The screen is large enough to enjoy video content, gaming and is perfect to even use it as an e-book reader. The small sizes iPad Mini is a favourite amongst users for these various reasons. However, with new services like Apple Arcade and Apple TV Plus on the horizon, you really want to invest in an iPad that can handle everything you throw at it. We shall talk about it more in the performance section in detail and what a powerful chipset can imply for the future of iPads. Performance The iPad Mini 5 is powered by an A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine that amps up the performance with faster computing power and graphics processing over the A8 chip. This means that the iPad Mini 5 also supports augmented reality features which come in handy when you want to do something educational or measure objects. You can even play AR games such as Angry Birds with other iOS devices that support AR. The iPad Mini comes in two models with 64GB or 256 GB of internal storage. Depending on your needs, you can get the appropriate storage variant. The battery life on the iPad Mini 5 also works as advertised. During our testing, the iPad Mini 5 managed to last over 10 hours with constant use. We used the iPad mini to watch TV shows, play games like Fortnite and a lot of internet browsing. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The iPad Mini 5 comes with iOS 12 out of the box and some new features that were missing in the previous generation. For starters, you can now run two apps at once in either the Slide Over or Split View. IOS 12 also works in tandem with the A12 Bionic processor to offer optimum performance which was quite evident when we were gaming. The iPad Mini 5 also now supports the first generation Apple Pencil which is a great new addition for people who like to take notes, sign documents or draw the go. The iPad Mini 5 is now officially a full-fledged tablet that has a place of its own in Apple's portfolio. The A12 Bionic Processor is already a powerful processor that also powers the iPhone XS and XS Max. The A12 is the fastest processor in the market right now and has some major advantages when it comes to the device's future. The A12 Bionic processor is also very powerful when it comes to running games and the iPad Mini 5 will be vital for Apple Arcade when it launches. For example, the A12 Bionic chip can give consoles like the Nintendo Switch a run for its money. Being a highly portable device, the iPad Mini is essential for capturing those markets. The A12 can already run some console level games; at least the ones you see on Nintendo Switch. The sheer size on the iPad Mini will offer a better gaming experience than any smartphone or even the Nintendo Switch. The display quality, a powerful chipset and a massive library of games all work in favour of the iPad Mini. Cameras The iPad Mini does come with cameras on both the front and the back but we wouldn't use them for taking proper images. We would recommend you use the smartphone in your pocket as it would be able to deliver a better image. Having said that, the iPad Mini does have an 8-megapixel, f/2.4 camera at the back that can take good enough pictures. You can use the iPad Mini 5 to scan documents, take pictures of daily objects etc. The iPad Mini 5 has a 7-megapixel selfie camera but does not have support for portrait selfies, unlike the iPad Pro. However, the front camera is awesome for making video FaceTime calls and take general selfies. The Final Say © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The iPad Mini 5 is probably the only tablet that caters for people who are looking for performance and portability. The small tablet market right now is not up to the mark as Android-based tablets are often outfitted with weak processors and mediocre screens. The iPad Mini 5 easily fills that gap and offers the full iOS experience you've come to expect from Apple devices. The iPad Mini 5 has a great display and offers new augmented reality features never seen on an iPad Mini before. With services like Apple Arcade on the horizon, the iPad Mini 5 is the right investment right now. It's Apple's most versatile device that offers everything from productivity to entertainment. The iPad Mini 5 retails in India for Rs 34,900 (Cellular) and Rs 45,900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular) which could be considered expensive for India but the advantages it offers offsets the cost entirely.
Tablets are yet to replace laptops fully, but they have come quite close. Browsing the web, reading books, watching movies, playing games, etc becomes easy and fun on a portable yet big-screen tablet. Plus, the battery life of a tablet makes it ideal for productivity too. Over the period of last few years, the average cost of a tablet has dropped considerably, here's our list of the best tablets under Rs 20,000 available in India: 1. Samsung Galaxy Tab A © Amazon India This tablet has an 8-inch display along with a Snapdragon 435 processor and 2GB of RAM. The 5,000 mAh battery is more than sufficient to give you at least 7-8 hours of screen time. The tablet is perfect for those who are looking to get a big screen for reading and browsing the internet as well as documents on the go. The Galaxy Tab A 8.0 also features a multi-window function. For a pretty basic tablet, it smoothly handles running two apps are once. While the design is very ergonomic, it is built out of plastic. The cameras are average and get the job done perfectly. This tablet is a perfect alternative to an iPad and does not disappoint. Click here to buy 2. Lenovo Tab4 © Amazon India It sports a 10.1-inch display along with a Snapdragon quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Lenovo claims the tablet can provide up to twenty hours of battery life on average usage. Overall, it is a very good tablet if one wants a larger screen tablet at a reasonable price. The build quality is fine and the large widescreen display is a big pro for gaming or watching movies. It has a relatively lower resolution display which is also slightly dull but details are fine. The 5MP camera is mediocre for daylight photos while low-light pictures are simply bad. Click here to buy 3. iBall Slide Brace X1 © Amazon India The iBall Slide Brace X1 4G is a 10.1-inch tablet with capacitive multi-touch IPS HD display which renders images at a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. This tablet comes with a kickstand just like its predecessor for propping it up on a table anywhere. The kickstand is flexible, ergonomically designed and the tablet looks classy in bronze gold colour. Under the hood is a 1.3 GHz Cortex A-53 Quad-core processor clubbed with Mali-T720 GPU. This tablet runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. It is backed by a big 7,800 mAh Li-ion battery which offers an excellent play time. Overall, it is a good tablet from iBall at this price point with a different design and good specs. Click here to buy 4. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 © Amazon India The Yoga series of Lenovo is quite popular, mainly known for its rotatable screen in different angles based on the user's requirement and unique design as well. The tablet comes with a 10.1-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with HD resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 224 PPI. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The tablet also features the company's own AnyPen technology that lets users use anything, from a pencil to a fork, as a stylus for the display. Adding to the creativity, the camera holds its place at various other angles in between as well. Though the rotatable camera is a very nice addition, don't expect it to be better than your smartphone camera. Audio is an area where Lenovo continues to excel, and this tablet features a dual front-facing speaker setup, with Dolby Atmos enhancements. It is powered by a big 8,400 mAh Li-ion battery which offers talk time of up to 18 hours and standby time of as long as up to 3000 hours. Click here to buy 5. Samsung Galaxy Tab E © Amazon India With a 1.3Ghz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM, you're looking at a device should be able to easily cope with everyday tasks, from running games and playing films to browsing the internet and opening documents. With just 8GB of internal storage, if you don't want to invest in a memory card you'll have to be choosy about which apps you have on the device, especially when the average film will take up about 2GB. The 9.6-inch, 1280 x 800-resolution display is big enough and clear enough for watching films and playing games with a clear picture. There's a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel snapper the front, although if you've got a half-decent phone camera you won't be taking many pictures with your tablet. Click here to buy 6. Honor MediaPad T3 © Flipkart With 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of working memory, the MediaPad T3 10 is on the standard level for this price class, it is powered by a Snapdragon processor along with 3GB of RAM. It has a 9.6-inch display along with 32GB of internal storage. The battery is a tad bit smaller at 4,800 mAh but is sufficient enough to get you through 8-9 hours of screen-on-time. It is a solid tablet with a good build quality and decent performance. It is very enjoyable for watching videos. One downside can be the lack of HD resolution for many users out there. Click here to buy