Apple has recently come out with its 7.9 inch tablet - iPad Mini, in order to place a strong foothold of the booming 7 inch tablet market across the world. However, that particular segment of the market is already haunted by several companies globally including Google, Amazon, Samsung and many local budget tech vendors.
When it comes to Indian market, the 7 inch tablet market is dominated by homegrown manufacturers including Micromax, who has surpassed the sales of Samsung in the Q2 of this year. However, Micromax is not the only player in the market and there are many other companies that are offering quality low cost products.
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Two such tablet manufacturers – Pantel and Celkon are constantly coming up with their Android ICS based tablets along with some attractive freebies and SIM card slot. Pantel's Penta T-Pad WS703C and Celkon's Celtab CT2 are the tablets Gizbot has taken today to compare and help those readers who are planning to upgrade to a voice calling tablet this festive season.
Display: Both the tablets sport similar 7 inch capacitive touchscreen displays with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, but, the Penta T-Pad WS703C has an added advantage with the 3D enabled display, which will allow users to enjoy unlimited 3D multimedia content on the tablet.
Processor: When it comes to processor, Penta T-Pad WS703C packs a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor, which can execute instructions faster than ARM 11 core processor.
In comparison, Celtab CT2 has a 1GHz processor, which is slower than the one in the opponent.
OS: Both the tablets are flavored with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS as most of the other budget tablets out there.
Camera: When it comes to camera optics, again Pantel tablet secures more points with 0.3MP front and rear cameras, while Celkon offering has only a 0.3MP front camera and lacks a rear camera.
Storage: Both the tablets fare the same in terms of storage, as they have 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM and a micro SD card for expandable memory support up to 32GB.
Connectivity: On the connectivity front, both the devices have SIM card slot for voice calling, Wi-Fi, 3G via dongle and mini USB port. Moreover, being Celkon offering has Bluetooth and Pantel tablet has HDMI port.
Battery: Speaking of power management, both the tablets are packed with a 3,000 mAh Li-ion battery of undisclosed backup.
Price: In term of pricing, the Pantel tablet is available for Rs 6,999 and the Celkon offering is priced at Rs 7,499 respectively.
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Both the tablets are packed with similar specifications as the other tablets in the same price points, however, they have their own pros and cons.
When it comes to the Pantel offering, the tablet has a major point of attraction – 3D display with such a low price tag. Consumers who like to watch uninterrupted 3D content on the multi-touch 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display can opt for this tablet with a rear camera (of lesser resolution), HDMI port to connect to high resolution televisions and monitors for viewing 3D content and a faster processor.
Considering the Celkon tablet, the device comes with Bluetooth connectivity that is missing in many of the budget devices in the current market. Further, CT2 comes pre-installed with applications and games and has features such as Live TV and Opera mini browser. If the Bluetooth and Live TV are the main deciding factors, then Celkon Celtab CT2 should be the right choice.
At the same time, it is to be noted that the Pantel tablet comes with bundled 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) pre-paid offerings that can be availed by consumers at the time of purchase.