HCL-ME-U1-Review

The new entrants in Entry level tablet market HCL launches its HCL Tablet Me U1 and it seems like Android war will last long and we can expect few more eye catching computing devices at low cost. This is first Android 4.0(Ice Cream Sandwich tablet) in India from a big brand under Rs 8,000. There are a few more tablet like Zync ICS tab but they all suffers a performance setback so can’t make an impact on Indian market. HCL has followed the same pattern as others and has tried to lured students though it ME U1 tablet and is also planning to bid for Aakash tablet 2. The tablet comes with pre-installed apps and educational content for students and is priced at Rs 7,999. The tablet was launched by HCL VP Gautam Advani and HCL Brand Ambassador Nargis Fakhri. HCL tablet will be loaded with 17 apps including Games, Social Networking, Jobs, Music and Videos and with goodies worth Rs 3,000.

2 More tablets from HCL were launched named ‘MyEdu Tab K12’ and ‘MyEdu Tab’ the first one is for students from kindergarten to class XII and cost around Rs 11,499, the second MyEdu Tab is based on blending of educational and media rich content. MyEdu tab will cost you around Rs 9,999.

HCL Tablet Me U1 Review

Hardware and Design

HCL ME tablet ships with milky white color with ME logo on top front. The tablet is made up of polycarbonate cover which feels like plastic to prevent the tablet from damage during accidental falls. This 7” inch display tablet has a thickness of 12.53 mm. There is no physical button on front of HCL tab but so it’s completely touch interface however for easier use Volume control and Power buttons and Display On Off button for power saving when you are listening any song is provided at the side of the HCL tablet.

HCL tablet ME U1 comes with 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor a little less than its nearest rival Micromax Funbook (1.2 GHz) but still enough for your most of your computing needs. Random Access Memory (RAM) is 512 MB DDR3 and works fine for multitasking at this price range. Internal memory of  tab is 4GB which can be extended to 32 GB using a Micro SD flash card.

Accelerometer sensor is also present in the tablet for changing the view angles to portrait and landscape depending upon the position in which the user is holding the tablet.

A reset button is also provided to reset the device when it hangs up. Video capacity of 30fps Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) is also present in HCL tablet which ensures you to get high quality HD visuals while watching any movie or playing any game.
Display, Sound and Camera

HCL tablet features 7”inch LCD capacitive touch screen with 16 Million Colors. The touch response is quite good and we can see some accurate precision in touch. The screen resolution is 800 X 480p and pixel density is 133 which displays a good picture on board.

HCL tablets has inbuilt Mono speakers of 1 Watt enough for small range. A 3.5 mm jack Audio port is provided for using it with your Headphones, Earphones and external speakers.

A Front VGA camera (0.3MP) is mounted at the top front of HCL tab to enable the video calling facility via Skype and other Android Apps. No rear camera is provided and no flash is present in tablet. Low resolutions of front camera make it hard for any photography so you can use it just for video conferencing.
Battery life and Connectivity of HCL tablet A strong battery support is provided with HCL tab and you can run the tablet for around 4 hours without any charging. A 3600mAh Li-ion Battery ensures that you never run out of power when needed. This is the longest battery life you will see in any tablet at this price range.

HCL tab ME U1 does not have any SIM card slot so you can’t use it as phone. An external 3G USB modem can be used with this tab to connect with internet in can you are not in a Wi-Fi hotspot. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support is present in HCL tab for internet connectivity. No GPS or Radio connectivity is provided with this tab which is what we can expect at this price range. No HDMI port is present in HCL tab but 1 full USB 2.0 and 1 mini USB 2.0 port is provided with the tablet for external device connectivity.
Operating System

HCL ME U1 tab is fully compatible and runs Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) which is the latest android version in the market so you don’t have to worry about outdated OS or upgrading your Android. ICS is much faster than Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is less buggy and almost all your apps works smoothly on this tablet. But the Google Android Marketplace is not supported with the tablet and to get the new apps you have to go to HCL own App store where you can get apps optimized for HCL tablet but this
restriction is something you don’t want as Android flourishes due to its open source and large app market.
Multimedia and Edutainment

The tablet features educational content along with NCERT eBooks for students, media rich content and apps for youth. Think Free Office, Google Maps, Mail, Youtube, Gtalk and Skype are few of the apps that come preloaded with HCL ME tablet. It also supports Adobe flash content and Input prediction feature is also a thing to be looked for.

Accessories

HCL tablet box contains Tablet, Battery, Charger, Headset, USB data cable, Quick Start Guide and Apps and Goodies worth Rs 3000.



132 comments:

  1. i bought one here in Dubai and no skype applications was uploaded in my HCL tab, please help me how to download skype in the tablet..;


    thanks

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  2. Click here to download Skype for your tab and install it manually.

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  3. skype video call not work

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  4. How to install google map and gtalk

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  5. Dosto maine bhi ye tab bought kiya h ye batao jab mai apne pendrive me software bharwa k lata hu aur hcl me u1 me lagata hu and software pe click krta hu toh ye kehna h installation is block
    plz help in this no..
    9729198802 my name is abhi..

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  6. it will work with inbuilt software

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  7. pavithra acharyaOctober 29, 2012

    does skype work in hcl me u1 & y2???? pls reply soon....

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  8. skype video not working....

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  9. connect with using 3G network if still not work let me know.

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  10. is yahoo video chat available on hcl me u1 tablet

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  11. yes yahoo video chat tested and working on hcl me u1

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  12. hi.. i hve been install skype on my hcl tab but couldnt able to make video call only i can make voice call what i hve to do... even i tried in yahoo msgr also bth same what i hve to do.. pls help me...

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  13. how can i do free video calling to my brother leaving abroad via this tablet connected to wifi.

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  14. Ankit download Adobe Flash player apk file and install it to your tablet then do the video calling.

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  15. to make video call on skype and yahoo you have to install flash player. search in google flash apk file and install it.

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  16. flash apk file also installed bt then also its not working.. so pls help what needs to do?......

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  17. i hve download the flash player bt stil the same cant do video call.. pls help me what i hve to do for making video cal....is there any other software is there for me to make video cal in hcl tab...

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  18. Anu. Kindly let me know the flash file version.

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  19. i hve instal flash player also in my hcl u1 tab as per u said then also its not working... stil i cant do the videocal... pls help what i hve to do....is there any other software which i can used to do videocal in that...pls help me....

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  20. uninstall the skype first install the flash apk then install the skype then restart your tab and use it. make sure that video call only works with 3G

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  21. can i use pendrive in hcl me u1 tablet?
    can i connect internet through hcl me u1 via my cell phone using pc suit?
    how can i move items one folder to another folder in hcl me u1?
    how can i copy, paste items in hcl me u1?

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  22. First I would appreciate for generating nice query Amit.
    For 1st query, you can not use pendrive in HCL ME U1
    for 2nd query, it not clear little confusing what you asking.
    For 3rd query, press menu button there you will get option for move, select the item then select the destination folder.
    For 4th query, do same as 3rd just only select copy option instead of move and rest of do same.

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  23. flash version is 11.. pls help me what i hve to do...is there any other software is there which i can use for videocal in that tab..

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  24. can i get the original firmware for it

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  25. can i get the original firmware for hcl tab me u1

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  26. so that means it wll not work with wifi.. till the time am trying with wifi...if i wll buy 3g it wll work...u can guranteee...

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  27. It can work on wifi also but first check the wifi data transfer rate. it should be high.

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  28. I tried to download apps from me apps in hcl tab U1 but it shows error on download please help me

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  29. can you please sent me the link

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  30. With me hcl me u1 tab. How to downlaod google play in ky tab

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  31. hcl me u1 model i have my brother only logo show any solution any body

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  32. hcl me u1 model i have my brother only logo show plz help me

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  33. what have you done before let me know for more help

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  34. how to update my hcl me u1 tablet 3 days before i bought this tablets still i m suffring from this tablet in my tablet pblm is sometime hanging and sometime shows only me logo not home screen is coming............

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  35. you might install lots of apps on your tab. first root your tab then you can manage your internal memory.

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  36. Can Mobile Hotspot be used to run internet in HCL tab U1

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  37. What's app is not working on my tablet can u plz help me

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  38. I can't excess skype ,viber &what's app on my tablet HCL U1 plz help me......

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  39. google play is not working for my tablet

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  40. how can i install apps on my tab?

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  41. I purchased 2 days back hcl u1 tablet but the charging only coming up to 15 min,and when i connect internet with airtel 3g dongle its not connecting i trie but no use please tell me how to overcome these pblms

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  42. you might not set the proper APN settings.

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  43. ho can i get the google Play store in my HCL U1?

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  44. can you please send me the link for GTalk in HCL ME U1

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  45. download google play apk and install it manually on your tab.

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  46. Is there any chance to get fring in laptop please help me

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  47. currently not available, will update as soon as available.

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  48. i have hcl u1 tablet, today i am using tablet. but suddenly restarted and continusily appear only hcl logo. does not start os.

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  49. update your tablet immediately.

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  50. Will you please sent me the link for yahoo messenger video chat for HCL ME U1 already I installed one but its not working

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  51. do not un-install the yahoo messenger, just search for flash player and install it on your tab. thats it.

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  52. i installed few softwares like bittorrent, cache cleaner etc now when am uninstalling it from my hcl u1 tablet its coming back when i restart it.. i also tried "factory reset" before few days factroy rest would delete every software but now its just restarting can you help me rooting it..

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  53. Which are the free video chat soft wares available for HCL ME U1 other than skype and fring
    Please help me with a link to that software

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  54. i have hcl me u1 tablet ,i installed google play store in my tab manually ,i done it but i lost my 1gb ram into 256mb and internal storage 4gb reduced to 2gb ,how to recover my old data ,please help me ,now i dont want google play store ,please give me suggestions ,my number is 8885474255

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  55. I'm hvn problem wit downloading d games Mc3,Nfs and more other itz showing downloadin fail all d time does dz tab support dz games or not can anyone help me.....???

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  56. hi plz i want to browse internet in hcl u1 tab using tata docomo 3g dongle not photon + but i dont know the setting p;z send me setting plzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  57. Hi Sanket
    where to get stock rom for HCL Me U1?thanks.moorie

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  58. my battery back up is only 15 to 20 mins during usage. It may be half an hour if switched off. Battery drains very fast. Tab is very new-one month old-this is like this since bigining

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  59. Dear Sanket Pen drive is Accessible in hcl me u1 and amit for second query no because pc suit only runs in windows or mac

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  60. please give me knowledge on what is rooting a tablet? how internal memory can be accessed after rooting tablet? and i want to re install ics for hcl me u1 is it possible (kindly answer for reinstall and not rebooting)?

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  61. My problem is I can't sign in to Skype on my hcl me u1 tab. It still showing signing in only. What should I do to sign in properly? Please help

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  62. rooting means it give your full control on your device to change any file on the device like you can also change the start-up picture on your device. after rooting you can also access the internal memory.

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  63. check the background running apps if you have go launcher or any other app which required background running it will drain you battery,

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  64. i will update for rooting with stock rom.

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  65. do you have unlocked modem or want to tata docomo 3g dongle with default sim?

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  66. uninstall the google play and restart your device

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  67. you can install the yahoo messenger.

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  68. what was your last OS running on your device and which country you are from?

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  69. hello, i wanna know smthing abt it. i.e. - does office work like word, excel, powerpoint, can b used easily in this tab?

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  70. i have destroyed the software of my hcl me tab U1...please provide a procedure to install the original stock rom.....please sir...

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  71. Hello, how to connect iball dongle with reliance gsm sim to hcl me u1 tablet?

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  72. hai sanket i have hcl me u1 i installed google play but i got trouble in wifi it is malfunctioning can u suggest any sol pls

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  73. Hi ,
    Plz, tell me how to connect iball dongle with reliance sim to hcl me u1 tablet????????

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  74. google play does not cause any malfunctioning to the device, you might get something wrong with your device.

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  75. Sure I will update about this to you.

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  76. Can i Install Window 7 or 8 in HCL U1 Tablet ???

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  77. i have hcl u1. my prblm is me pasward laga k bhul chuka hon ! so friends tel me how to unlocked my tab?

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  78. Hi i have hcl tab u1. my problem is me pasward lga ke bhul chuka hon. so plz tell me how to unlocked my tab ????????

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  79. hi, i have Huawei E303c modem.. is it possible to use in HCL ME u1 !!!

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  80. have you install the driver to your pc?

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  81. My tab is hanging to much .how could I fix it?

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  82. suddenly sound is not working in hcl tab me u1. no audio n video is working error msg showings not supported even in games no sound. and more worst usb dongle is not working plz anyone knw sol plz tell me

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  83. you might brick the speaker of your device.

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  84. my HCL y2 tab not working, only show me.. I already hard reseted, but not working,,pls give me software ....

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  85. I recently bought HCL V1 tablet and tried Skype video calling using wi-fi, but it's not working. Can somebody help me out with the steps needed to rectify the error.
    It will be more helpful if u could send me the link.

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  86. sir....I want to connect Intex 3g dongle with my hcl me u1 tab and in the list of supported dongles intex isnt available so plz give me any trick...plz help....thanx.

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  87. today i have boy a hcl u1 tab.how long i have to give charge?is there any signal when i connect the charger?pls suggest

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  88. Every new product need 8 hours charging as per company, but you must have to charge the device least 2 hours.

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  89. Nitesh, Intex is not supported but i am trying to find the solution to connect the dongle with device.

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  90. what actually problem you are facing?

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  91. How to connect to Me U1 with samsung galaxy y for 2g without dongle

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  92. Hi Sanket...I tried to play angry bird on this ME U1 but its not playing this game..please let me know which version works best on this tab.

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  93. hai sanket.. iam using hcl me tab, how i can use gps locator?

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  94. Hi can u suggest me to how to install torrent so that I can download movies???
    Whenever I install apps from me app it shows error. Kindly help me

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  95. hi sanket.... i wana connect internet to my hcl me u1 tablet by micromaxx usb modem but it is not supporting.... pls tell me how i can connect to internet on my tab..... leavin wi fi option

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  96. dear costumer service / device engineer please help me how can i open hcl tablet me u1 because when i trying to connect in computer showing no driver and only sowing me tablet logo more than till battery low. please advice ...

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  97. First install the pc compatibility software in you PC

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  98. make APN setting by going in settings >> data >> APN >> create new APN and then switch off and witch on your tablet.

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  99. dear brother is it possible to use a huawei E153 dongal for ME U2 tab please advice me

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  100. helloo sanket plz help me my hcl teblet is hang what to not the big problem but it is not working. it is hang and not starting, only red light is on what will i do, plz help me, and tell me haw to open back cover,

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  101. The back cover should not be open by yourself. it is little awkward. clear your cache and check your internal memory storage remaining space clear it with unnecessary apps.

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  102. hi , i have hcl me u2 ,i try to install yahoo messenger but i received
    this item is not compatible with your device

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  103. first install the Flash Player then install the Yahoo Messenger.

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  104. Is there a way to convert windows based app to tab based(I mean android compatible.) Actually I am using nokia pc suite to connect to internet through mobile in my desktop. I want to use mobile as modem and connect to internet using tab.

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  105. Os can be change but the device must meet the required specifications.

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  106. The Conversion processor is required technical knowledge. You can connect your internet via your mobile through creating WiFi hotspot.

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  107. I have got a device and I tried to charge it through Charger or Mini-USB none of them worked. Light not indicate.


    Any idea to get it done :)

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  108. hello Mr. Sanket i have install googly play store in hcl v1 tablet but its stoped every time and i have uplod angry bird by 1mobile market but its could not install i tried many times pls give the solutions
    thanks

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  109. i have installed successfully but when i open its close automatically in HCL v1 tablet pls give the solutions

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  110. dear sir, i have upload angy bird threw my hcl v1 tablet but when i install it who +application not installed whats the reason pls give the solution

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  111. I install driver for HCL Me V1 tablet on windows xp by watching following youtube video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHQKHJw-pK0

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  112. when i trying to open skype or just open video camera in my tab( hcl me v1) it is getting hanged...any solution for this...sir???

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  113. install older version of google play and angry birds apk file

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  114. first check the internal memory space, clean it up and install flash player version 10.1 of older version on your tablet.

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  115. helloo sanket plz help me my hcl v1 teblet is hang what to not the big problem but it is not working. it is hang and not starting, only red light is on what will i do, plz help me

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  116. hi sanket.. i could not download any application like facebook, viber in my hcl me u1.. it says Pending..what can i do to download?

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  117. Hi sankit I have purchase hcl u1me tablet and I have download google play on it but when I try to open it display unfortunatly google play has stoped

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  118. Así que buen post, me gusta mucho, gracias.

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