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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.

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