Aakash tablet brought all the controversies for Datawind Technologies, the makers of Aakash tablets.But Datawind started rolling their very own commercial version of the device, known as Ubislate 7C+.The 7C+ is priced for Rs 4,999 but Datawind plans to supply it to the government for Rs 2,500 per unit (excluding sales tax and other taxes) on a bulk order for more than 10 lakhs units if the government approves it as the next variant of Aakash and gives the tender to Datawind.
We got our hands on the commercial version of the tablet UbiSlate 7C+, which also happens to be the recommended specifications for the Aakash 3. Here are our impressions of the tablet.
Datawind has tried to launch the best they could at a great budget price and it will be too much to ask for a premium quality.The tablet looks ordinary with plastic chasis at the back though it felt sturdy and tough.The device is only 13mm thick and only 320 gms makes it easy to hold.
All the buttons are placed on the edge near the home button. There is a 2.5 mm charging port, followed by the power button and volume rocker, a port for USB on the Go, a microSD card slot and a 3.5 mm headphone jack slot.its kind of weird why the company placed everything in one place, atleast we expect power toggle button and volume rockers to be at different places.
The 7-inch display on the front has a thick bezel around the screen, with earphone grill on one side and VGA camera on the other.The back of tablet has textured pattern which makes gripping better and it is easy to hold.There is whole lot of branding at the back with no rear camera of course.The branding could been avoided to the extent it has been done.There is a speaker grille and a reset button at the rear.If the tablet is kept on a thick surface the speakers will be almost inaudible, so its useful only for personal purpose.In noisy environs of an open space or with people around, it will leave you struggling to even figure out the track playing on it.
Ubislate 7C+ has a 7-inch capacitive touch with a screen resolution of 800×480 pixels. The touch interface works fairly well when compared with other devices, though there are frequent lags, also most of our swipe were considered as clicks most of the times, although we are pretty happy with the touch interface.The screen is multi-touch and quite responsive and pinch to zoom worked almost flawlessly.Watching movies or even playing HD youtube videos were smooth too without any problems.
The tablet runs on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. We really don’t expect this tablet to get any updates so you are stuck with what comes in the box.There are 5 home-screens and also has various Workspace effect settings to change the animation of the movement between home screens, a good addition for the tablet. The tablet also has full support for widgets and creation of folders on the home screen.The icons on the homescreen looks okay but oversized in the menu.
Google Play is pre-loaded with the tablet so you can download all your favourite apps, games, books and music.The tablet comes with some apps preloaded like App Killer, File Manager, Mango CBSE, a few dictionaries and games like Solitaire Plus, Tic Tac Toe and Minesweeper. It comes with a modified version of the browser and all Google Apps present on other ICS tablets.
The keyboard was stock android one but pretty responsive, worked like a charm.
The tablet is powered up with Cortex A8 1GHz processor with 512 MB RAM, which makes it easy to flip through menus, switch between windows.Although switching from landscape to portrait mode will see major screen lags and many a times it stuck for a second.
Music & Video playbacks were great , only the sound of the device is very low but we were suprised to see that it can play most of the popular file formats.The inbuilt File Manager is great in searching and sorting the files based on type.
Keeping a few apps open did not cause any issues, but more than 4 apps open and the tablet became almost unusable and we had to restart the tablet a few times.
The Ubislate 7C+ comes with a 3200 mAh battery and can through a day with average use.Music and videos along with WiFi does affect it badly though.Playing movies it lasted for around 2 hours and 30 minutes, music gave us even more for beyond 3hours+.
Standby is great on the device and we kept it for three days with just 40% battery drain.The tablet does seems to get hot when using it heavily on WiFi but it doesnt gets hot on an average use.
With the price being offered the Ubislate comes really handy, specially with 1Ghz processor and add to that Android 4.0 Ice-cream sandwich makes it real gem.We were disappointed by the sound and camera quality, the screen resolution could have been better although we strongly believe Datawind is going to make changes soon.We also loved the USB on the Go feature. 3G Connectivity addition and WiFi speeds fared well with the device.
If you are on budget and need a taste of tablet this one really seems to be the one, although if you are looking for powerful performance great features, great screens you need to move on to something else.
We loved the tablet considering the main factor of pricing ! Great For students and average user !