FOR THE OTHER NETWORK
CDMA subscribers in India often don’t have the privilege of getting their teeth into the latest smartphones. When tablets came along, the situation wasn’t any different. More than 100 tablets were launched over the past couple of years, but none was meant for CDMA users. Now finally, the first tablet for a CDMA network has come via Reliance.
On paper, this seven-incher looks exactly like the Reliance Tab for GSM subscribers. But once you use it, the differences are apparent. The allblack CDMA Tab feels sturdy with a top panel dominated by the volume control and power key. The left panel has a proprietary charging jack along with a hot swappable SIM card slot. The bottom has a 3.5-mm jack and memory card slot. This tablet is meant to be used in the landscape mode (with touch controls including home, option and back on the right) as the physical controls can be easily operated. The automatic screen orientation works in portrait mode but then it isn’t as easy to use the tablet in this mode. We would have preferred a blend of the two as we enjoyed typing more in the portrait mode than landscape.
Running Android v2.3, the Tab comes loaded with Google services. While you can download applications from Google Play, there is also a Reliance Online store for the same. The overall performance was above average, but not wonderful. This tablet doesn’t boast the best specs sheet in the market, but then CDMA users don’t have any other option. However, the CDMA network was good and the tablet worked even in basements where most GSM networks fail to reach. Also, the sound output and video clarity were above average. The 4000 mah battery lasted close to four-and-a-half hours while browsing the web. Watching movies and videos drained it much earlier.
BAG IT OR JUNK IT?
Only option for CDMA customers.