Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci (Aakash 2) review: Slate in budget

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci (Aakash 2) review: Slate in budget

Introduction

Datawind is one of the most popular company since recent years and Aakash tablet makes the company’s goodwill more up in the market globally with the ‘cheapest tablet’ tag. However, the Aakash is still a dream of many students in India but Datawind’s recent UbiSlate tablets lineup adds a new choice for all the pocket-lovers in the tablets market. Budget-friendly devices always gain huge demand and if a device fits in low-budget with high feature, demand increases the most. Such a case is applicable with all the Datawind tablets, even being low-in-cost, the tablets easily gain huge share in the market with their value for money tag. Such value for money tablet we are having with us for review, the UbiSlate 7Ci which is also a sequel of the popular Aakash tablet. The UbiSlate 7Ci is one of the popular budget-friendly tablets in the market and it is the commercial version of well-known Aakash 2. Now without saying much about the tablet, let’s starts the action.

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci review

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci

What’s in the box

All new Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci comes in a dual-layer box. Although the box is not full of all the accessories, but of there are enough utilities inside the box. The box packed with the UbiSlate 7Ci tablet itself, under the neath, there is a standard AC charger and a microUSB to USB cable for data syncing and charging capabilities.

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci box with accessories

On the downside, there is no USB on-th-go (OTG) cable for connecting USB devices with the tablet, but of course, the USB OTG cable is easily available in the market. Overall the tablet packaging is fair enough to protect the UbiSlate 7Ci and also good in terms of marketing as well.

Its Design

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci is a budget-friendly tablet, as we said earlier, there is a 7-inch display packs in a minimalistic body. The UbiSlate 7Ci features a matte finish shell for the built construction which makes the tablet to look more tougher and strong as comparing with the competitors. The built-quality is fair enough to impress anyone with the featured price tag and the display glass come protective with a thin-film out of the box, however, we suggest to use a scratch-guard to protect the display. The UbiSlate 7Ci feature a minimal design and a thin body-design which helps in holding the tablet within any palm size. The tablet easily fits in any hand in the portrait form and the weight distribution makes the tablet easy to use even for long time in one hand.

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci thin body design

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci is running on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system and there is vanilla operating system (without any modifications) which enables touch controls right on the screen, so there is no key on the front of the tablet. Due to the absence of keys from front, the tablet look more impressive. The UbiSlate 7Ci feature 7-inch display on the front, the display is a TFT-LCD panel with fair bezels to hold the glass of the display. On the above of the display, there is a VGA camera at the middle-top of the display. The tablet feature thin curvy design on all the sides of the body-frame which makes the tablet more ergonomic and impressive.  The tablet is one of the most compact 7-inch tablet that are available in the present market.

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci with front VGA camera

Moving towards the horizontal-top of the tablet, there is a power/lock button, a DC-5V charging jack and a microUSB port for data syncing and charging capabilities. The UbiSlate 7Ci also feature a pin-hole microphone on the top-frame.

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci having power/lock key and ports on top

When positioning the UbiSlate 7Ci in horizontal form, on the top-right side of the frame, there is a 3.5mm jack for audio out and below the jack there is a volume rocker, the rocker is fairly sized and easy to use. Below the volume rocker, there is a hot-swappable microSD card slot for expanding the in-built storage.

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci feature audio jack, volume rocker and microSD card slot

Moving towards the back of the UbiSlate 7Ci, there is a number of silk-screened labels printed by Datawind and for ease in operations the buttons and ports are also labelled on the rear. The Aakash 2 subsidised version feature a label as ‘Aakash’ on the rear.  A sticker of serial number also pasted on the back and a speaker grill too placed on the bottom-left rear. Due to flatter speaker grill, sound muffle when placing the tablet on a mattress, however, the grill is enough to produce fair audio.

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci review

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci rear view

The bottom and left of the frame of the UbiStale 7Ci is bare with no controls. Overall, the designing of the UbiSlate 7Ci is impressive with solid built-quality and matte finish construction. The minimalist designing helps in holding the tablet in the hands of any user. The UbiSlate 7Ci measures 190.5 x 118.5 x 15.7 mm and weighs 320g. Now lets move towards the in-depth study of the UbiSlate 7Ci in the next page.

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Categories: Tablet PCs
  • Armster

    Wow.. Now you guys are review Aakash 2, good.

  • Rajan

    Tablet is good but no hope for Aakash 2 in India

  • Sameer

    really an in-depth review, thanks Jagmeet.. You are becoming India’s new Tech Guru :)

  • Sanmeet

    UbiSlate 7Ci is one of the best tablet in budget but very less number of sellers are in the Indian market.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gagan.sonalia Gagan Sonalia

      I HAVE UBISLATE 7CI NEW BRAND, NOT USED SINGLE DAY , CONTACT -9830214013

  • nagz

    very poor product. do not think of buying it…you will get defective piece as they are circulating defective pieces to come out from over orders then production

    • Datawind official response

      Dear Sir,
      Kindly share you contact details and booking id on this email Id offer2n@datawind.com and your matter will resolve ASAP.

      • Salil Kerkar

        your idiot C.C dint even respond properly……
        what your user should do file a case against you…..

      • Ajay

        Hello Sir,

        anyone there in this technical support………

        Cause i send 2 mails regarding that my product speaker was not working. But there was no response. I highly disappoint with this careless technical support team in DATAWIND. I have the problem in my ubislate 7C+ and now i need a solution for that. If any one see this mail just give a response for my problem.

  • ashishkummar

    Please do not buy this, I got the old defective piece. Have the color problem, not working in true color (it is running in 256 color mode). Video are running in verry poor color. Not color setting available.

  • laxmikanth reddy

    i have paid amt in oct’12 still not recieved the tab,this company cheating indian’s

  • nazar

    donot buy directly from datawind.

    they are cheaters promised to ship with in 72hrs of online payment.
    i paid it on 18/01/2013,till i am not getting shipping info.
    beware of ubislate.

    • Bhawan Jain

      dear please keep patience you paid recently. wait atleast 1 year. i had paid in february 2012 and still delivery is pending.

      • SURENDRA

        YOU ARE RIGHT BHAWAN….. SAME IS HERE

      • Abdurehiman P.A

        My dear I have paid Rs 2999/in the month of May 2012 against an offer of 72 hours period delivery still I am waiting.Now a days at least once in a month they are calling me and asking my payment details and email address . This is really cheating .I have recorded their message through telephone. I have to sue for cheating people.

    • Datawind official response

      Dear Sir,

      Kindly share you contact details and booking id on this email Id
      offer2n@datawind.com and your matter will resolve ASAP

  • Shahul

    I have received defective product only,

    and waited for almost 8 months after payments, worst ever.

    Decision you choice.

    • Poush

      I am also thinking to purchase it but want to know if you get your product delivered ?

  • Dinesh Patel

    i have paid in march 2012 but till this moment don’t get the gadget datawind and kapil sibble are cheater

    sudeeparth@yahoo.com

    • S K JAIN

      APPLY FOR REFUND

    • Datawind official response

      Dear Sir,

      Kindly share you contact details and booking id on this email Id
      offer2n@datawind.com and your matter will resolve ASAP

  • Dinesh Patel

    with the help of GOI Mr. tuli and Kapil Sibble have cheated the whole nations the total R & D amount reimburse by GOI to datawind and datawind has not deliver a single piece to the student in any part of the country

  • Guruprasad

    I received this tablet after a long wait since Feb2012. Except for unexpected blank screen sometimes while opening browsers or seeing internet through Idea 3G 1732 datacard,it works well playing any video file with excellent color contrast. The audio through headphones is very good. All android applications including the online TV applications like 2GLive TV works without any glitch and all online Radio works well.
    Built in camera and the speaker are worst.
    The battery life is poor for video and internet through dongle but charging is fast.

    Last point: I was never successful to charge the battery to 100%. Beyond 93%, it never charges and it starts discharging…

  • adarsha

    A complete cheat. They took money form thousands of unsuspecting customers like me for more than a year now but never cared to deliver the device inspite of many requets

  • J K Agarwal

    I have recieved 7CI on booking of Dec.2011. Product is not bad but unfortunatly I purchased leptop and now do not need this product. If any body want to purchase this can contact on my mail agarwal.jk1@gmail.com.

    • ankur agarwal

      wat price r u willing to sell

  • Surinder Pal Singh Dy SPD(SSA)

    im dy spd(ssa) punjab working in 34A chandigarh
    can u send me a datawind tablet
    also tell me about its price
    I cant buy it in 7-8th Feb 2013 techno summit at Chd
    email; dy.spdpb@gmail.com

  • pradeep

    hi i am pradeep
    i have booked datwind akash tablet in oct 2011 but delivered in feb 2013, that it’s of no use for me so i want to sell it if any one interested can contacct me
    pras1983@live.com(9401997526)

  • unknown

    dont listen to fake news about ubislate it is one of the best selling product in uk and they are giving undefected pieces in india also so if someone wants to buy u should buy 7C+.

  • Nizaam Sidaqui

    Aakash Tablet has brought up a revolution in the Tech Industry. Not only it’s price tag is amazing but as well Tablet is equipped with all latest features.

  • Tarun bedi

    Aakash launched new tablet in india which has Android ice cream sandwich.I got one which is working Awesome…..

  • amar

    if any problem, some time corrier problem, send your bookking id to techsupport@datawind.com

  • gsas

    before buy any tablet view techguru guide video

  • gsas

    7c+ is very very best device of datawind
    3g dongle support and 2g sim support, tample run game very easly, but battery is only 2 hours working.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kkhanna86 Kunal Dhingra

    It is one of the best aakash -2 tablet in india with budget friendly features and low lost price makes everyone willing to buy aakash tablet

  • http://www.facebook.com/kkhanna86 Kunal Dhingra

    I want everyone must buy this aakash tablet because its features are very impressive very nice touch screen with advance features makes a comman man has a reason to smile

  • http://www.facebook.com/kkhanna86 Kunal Dhingra

    I want not only a comman but everyone must book the order immediately…don’t waste ur time in search of other costly tablest so go and get now..!! ORDER ONLINE AAKASH TABLET NOW…..SO WHAT U R WAITING FOR ??

  • http://www.facebook.com/kkhanna86 Kunal Dhingra

    JUST BOOK AN ORDER IMMEDIATELY ON http://www.aakash3.com/ I HAVE TWO TABLETS OF AAKASH 7Ci and 7C+ BOTH ARE THE WONDERFUL TABLETS…LOW COST BUDGET FRIENDLY… great proceesing capacity .,..strong battery backup…thumbs up to AAKASH 2 AND AAKASH 3

  • http://www.facebook.com/kkhanna86 Kunal Dhingra

    Don’t lookout for for what other say just book an order and see the difference….

  • Deepak kumar

    Actually there is typing mistake in writing delivery within 72 hours. It should be read as 72 months.

  • Anand Singh

    I am using ubislate 7Ci. No battery backup. Switchoff within 5 min. Can’t check whole tablet in 6 months. Now trying to contact datawind company but no replyyyyyyyyyyy…….
    Check and buyyyyyyy gentle advice.

  • Daniel Meah

    This is simply a A13 tablet from china ( The one’s you get for about $50. Rebranded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sudheep.p.anand Sudheep P Anand

    I have received my UBISlate 7C+ tablet today. I don’t know, why techone3.in is mentioned cheap tablet in market ? May be price wise it will be cheap. But the product performance, its always hangs between application opening, and also its takes nearly 5-6 seconds to open applications too.

  • Bharat Trivedi

    Defective Ubislate7Ci device was supplied . On complain, the company went silent after asking various details for one month. It seems the company do not intend to replace the defective device! My booking id is PMC5A97.
    g

  • Sharmistha

    Datawind not delivered after taking payment
    My order ID is “PM86E31″, For “Ubislate7C+ Smartphone.

    As per our telephonic conversation to your Marketing teams in your Amritsar India Office.
    The officer Told me for 100% delivery with in 3 day but More then 3 days already past still I see in datawind website order received at last 6 days of booking and as usual Customer support phone number also not respond at all movement.
    I am deeply disturbing for my payment. I thing all my money went in to water if i found this then i have to take some legal action against Datawind.
    so better delivery my device with in 2 days in my address which i already provided sending through email in many time in your supporting email.

    Regards

  • DEEPAK PALI

    I BUY THIS 7C+ BUT IT DEFECTIVE NOW I REPLACE IT

  • http://www.facebook.com/prabhu84 Prabhu Mannu

    ordered on after recently..
    its been 12 days and no info yet..
    i starting to doubt this company is not gonna keep up with its ads and words on its website..
    72 hr delivery… ??? seems no one here have received it as per the offer……
    and Wikipedia says dont pay for the tablet up front… or u are gonna be disappointed..

    and i have to wait and see… how it goes..

  • Ambrish Kumar

    It is a good product but no service center in Lucknow. My Tablet’s charger get burnt, I am unable to get another charger since last month. I don’t know where is service center of Datawint. So please Help me.

  • JATINKUMAR

    online prise akash tablet is 3799/- & but on booing of akash they say prise 4399/- why i have paid more rs. 600/- they made delivary on 25/11/13. from delhi,so i want to conferm prise & company. akash table is new band or ok ?

  • Rajesh Kumar singh

    Respected Sir,
    I had purchased a datawind ubislate 7ci around 8 months ago,but now i am facing problems in its battery backup.The battery when fully charged lasts around 1 hour maximum.
    Therefore i request you to kindly see into this problem and suggest me what to do.

    Thanking You,
    Rajesh Kumar Singh
    9234341697

  • J. Bennett

    Very poor customer service. I received my tablet and after the first charge the screen messed up. I contacted them with my problem and they were prompt to respond and requested I send a picture of the screen. I did and have not heard anything since. Just recently reached out to them again and still no response. Very frustrating!