One for the masses

twitter-logoNidhi Singal | Print Edition: December 2012

Datawind Ubislate 7CI
Price: Rs  4,299
Specs: Android 4.0; 7-inch capacitive display; 1GHz processor; 523MB RAM; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth; 4GB internal storage, expandable card slot

UbiSlate 7Ci is an entry-level tablet from DataWind, the makers of Aakash tablets. But despite its low price point, the tab packs in some good features. This 7-inch budget tablet looks very similar to the Zen UltraTab A100. The plastic body makes it light weight. There isn't any branding on the front with UbiSlate mentioned at the back.

Considering the sub-Rs  5,000 price tag, the UbiSlate 7Ci has a responsive capacitive display. With 800x480 pixel resolution, the screen feels decently bright. The sound is also adequate. Running Android Ice-Cream Sandwich, the 7Ci has a 1GHz processor paired with a 512 MB RAM. While we could easily browse the web, there were instances when the device failed to respond. This meant we had to forcefully restart the tablet.

Unlike other Android devices, the main menu doesn't offer an array of applications. The App launcher only offered basics like browser, calculator, calendar, camera, etc. Apart from PlayStore, Datawind hasn't bothered to add even basic apps here. While we could easily browse the web over Wi-Fi, we could not play YouTube videos on the browser. And Wi-Fi is the only connectivity options as the tab does not have a SIM card slot.

The battery backup of the tablet isn't impressive - it automatically turns off too when the battery level falls below 10 per cent.

Bag it or junk it? Average build quality, but what do you expect at this price point?

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