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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.