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ASUS FONEPAD 7

DUAL SIM

` 12,999

SPECS: 7-inch IPS dis­play; 5 MP cam­era; An­droid Jelly Bean; 1.2 GHz dual core pro­ces­sor; 1 GB

RAM; 8 GB on­board stor­age; dual SIM slot; WiFi, 3G, Blue­tooth

YOU MIGHT be think­ing why we re­view Asus Fonepad 7 so of­ten. Af­ter in­tro­duc­ing Fonepad 7 in In­dia last year, it was fol­lowed by an im­proved ver­sion of the tablet. The com­pany has now come up with the third Fonepad 7, which sup­ports dual SIM slot.

In terms of the de­sign, this one looks very sim­i­lar to its pre­de­ces­sors. The 7-inch IPS panel with 1280 x 800 pix­els is sur­rounded by a thick bezel, wast­ing a lot of space. The tablet has got cus­tom UI on­board. There is a no­ti­fi­ca­tion tray giv­ing ac­cess to tog­gles for Wi-Fi, mo­bile data, air­plane mode, among oth­ers, and these can be cus­tomised as well.

The tab is an aver­age per­former and there was a slight lag while switch­ing be­tween the run­ning apps. This is a dual SIM voice call­ing tablet with de­cent call clar­ity. How­ever, it is un­com­fort­able to hold it next to the face. The cam­era cap­tures de­cent im­ages in bright day­light.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT: For the price it comes, we can’t

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