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When it comes to tablets and smartphones, there has always been a difference. Tablet comes with big screen and doesn't support voice calls, however smartphones are made to make calls and support all the features in the compact body.
Going by the lines that tech giants including Samsung, HTC, LG and others have started coming up with large sized smartphones categorized as phablets, the tablet manufacturers have to take up the fight with some difference.
Consequently, the tablet vendors have started adopting the technology of voice call and messaging service in their devices. But, this trend is not only with the global tablet manufacturers, as even the low cost India based companies are following the same strategy in order to eradicate the difference between smartphones and tablets.
There are a variety of voice calling tablets in India including the ones from Micromax, iBall, Huawei, Zync, Samsung, Swipe, Pantel, Celkon and more.
On Friday, another company - Byond has joined the club by launching a voice calling tablet with a 7 inch display dubbed as Mi-Book Mi7 with a price tag of Rs 11,499.
Lately, Celkon released a voice calling tablet - Celtab CT2 with similar specifications as the Byond's latest offering. However, the Celkon tablet is priced at Rs 7,499 and it comes with a plethora of freebies.
For those who are looking forward to buy a voice calling 7 inch tablet in order to avoid the necessity of carrying two devices - a smartphone and a tablet, here is a comparison between Byond Mi-Book Mi7 and Celkon Celtab CT2.
Display: Mi-Book Mi7 sports a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and Celtab CT2 has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.
Processor: When it comes to processor, Mi-Book Mi7 packs a better 1.2GHz dual core processor as compared to the slower 1GHz processor in Celtab CT2.
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 Byond tablet secures more points with 0.3MP front camera and 2MP rear camera, whereas, the 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, Bluetooth and USB port.
Battery: Speaking of power management, Byond tablet comes packed with a 3,200 mAh Li-ion battery and Celtab CT2 is loaded with a 3,000 mAh Li-ion battery.
Price: In term of pricing, the Byond Mi-Book Mi7 is priced at Rs 11,499 and Celkon Celtab CT2 is priced at Rs 7,499 respectively.
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 Byond offering, the tablet packs a 7 inch display with an increased resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, which is better than the low resolution screen in the opponent. Also, the devices comes with a faster dual core processor for faster execution and better multi-tasking capabilities.
Considering the Celkon tablet, the device comes pre-installed with applications and games and has features such as Live TV and Opera mini browser.
If the concern is on a better display, faster processor and a rear camera with better performance, the Byond offering should be a right option.
On the other hand, if the concern is on a relatively low priced tablet, the Celkon offering could be a better choice.