Low-cost sleek tablets with exceptional features are afloating in the price-conscious Indian market since past couple of months, and they definitely pose a big challenge to global and expensive brands including Samsung, Apple and others.
As per several reports by tech experts and market researchers, the demand for such devices from the enterprise verticals has increased and many sectors including insurance and corporate companies have started using tablets. Even the educational sector has started utilizing tablets as they are smart competing devices that are fast and effective and are driven with seamless connectivity options and enhanced user experience.
Moreover, in a market like India, the budget tablets are gaining more and more popularity as they offer all the features bundled at an affordable price tag. However, those devices that offer distinguished and useful features will surely perform well and head against the others.
Hence, today, Gizbot has taken two such low cost tablets – Aakash 2 UbiSlate 7Ci and Pantel Penta T-Pad WS703C which are fighting against each other to snatch the Android tablet crown in the Indian market.
Aakash 2 has been launched by the Indian government earlier this week, after a long wait. The Datawind manufactured tablet has been offered at a price of Rs 2,263 to the government, which will be further distributed at a 50% subsidy to the students, that is Rs 1,130. For online purchase, the company has also released the commercial version of the same, namely, UbiSlate 7Ci priced at Rs 4,499.
On the other hand, the Pantel tablet is launched with a SIM card slot for voice calling and it comes bundled with BSNL voice and data plans including Rs. 125 (4GB of 2G data free in 60 days) and Rs. 150 (2GB of 3G data free in 60 days).
If you are interested in buying a budget tablet, below is a detailed spec comparison between the two tablets. Check it!
Display: Both UbiSlate 7Ci and Penta T-Pad WS703C house similar 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, however, the latter with 3D enabled display is better than UbiSlate 7Ci as it lets consumers enjoy watching 3D content on the 7 inch screen.
Processor: In this segment, UbiSlate 7Ci is powered with a 1GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor and Penta T-Pad WS703C is equipped with a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor, which is better as it can execute instructions faster.
OS: In terms of operating system, both the tablets fare well as they are based on Android 4.0 ICS operating system.
Camera: On the camera optics front, both the tablets have a 0.3MP VGA front camera for video calling purposes, but the Pantel offering scores an upper arm with a 0.3MP VGA rear camera, which is missing in Aakash 2.
Memory: When it comes to storage capacity, both the devices score equally with 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
Connectivity: In terms of data connectivity UbiSlate 7Ci is packed with features including Bluetooth, micro USB 2.0, Wi-Fi and 3G via dongle.
On the other hand, Penta T-Pad WS703C has Wi-Fi, SIM card slot for voice calling, 3G via dongle and mini USB and HDMI ports.
Battery: Both the tablets are powered with a 3,000 mAh Li-ion battery.
Price: On the pricing front, the commercial version of Aakash 2 – UbiSlate 7Ci is available for Rs 4,499 and the Pantel offering is priced at Rs 6,999 respectively.
Both Aakash and Pantel tablets are low cost offerings that are packed with almost similar specs.
Speaking of Aakash tablet, it is an educational device, which has been the dream of the Indian government to enhance the quality of education and to make use of technology in the sector effectively.
Detailing on the Pantel tablet, the 3D display that lets consumers enjoy multimedia 3D content on such a low cost device is a great advantage. Moreover, the HDMI port can be used to connect the tablet to any high definition 3D display or TV.
If the concern is on a lesser price tag and Bluetooth connectivity, the UbiSlate 7Ci could be the better option.
On the other hand, if the concern is a faster processor, HDMI port, voice calling feature and 3D support, Pantel offering should be the right choice.