ONE FOR THE MASSES

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

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-` 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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