Despite the onslaught of the phablets ranging from 5 to 6.99 inches there are still tablets in the market that offer voice calling. The latest in this group is the iBall Slide 3G 7803Q-900, a 7.85-inch Android tablet with dual 3G SIM slots.
Specs: 7.85″ IPS touchscreen (1024×768 pixels) | 1.3GHz quad-core MT8312 processor | 1GB RAM | 16GB internal memory, expandable microSD slot up to 32GB | 5MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front camera | Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) | 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB 2.0 | 4000mAh battery | Android 4.2
Price: Rs. 11,490
The tablet has a unremarkable style that is more functional than stunning. It is not the slimmest tablet around, but cannot be called thick in any way. The size makes it relatively comfortable to use as a phone if needed. One-hand operation is impossible and you cannot adjust the volume with one hand. The camera, two SIMs and SD card slot are behind a removable flap on top.
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The 7.85-inch screen is one of the better features of this devices and is good for those who like to consume a lot of video content on the go. I guess that will be the strongest reason for people to buy a calling tablet with a screen that is almost 8 inches. Sadly, the audio is not as good as the screen.
The performance of this Slide tablet is as good as any mid-range smartphone. There is, however, a slight lag when you shift between apps or go from the home screen to the app drawer. The tablet also heats up a bit when you are playing video.
The front camera is good enough for that occasional skype call, but not for selfies. The rear camera is incapable of doing much in low light. But then you don’t buy a tab like this for its camera.
Out of the 16 GB, 12.5GB is available to the user. You can’t expect much more in a tablet that costs so much. You might need to spend on a SD card if you want to have videos at your beck and call.
The interface has been customised for a phone and not a tablet. There are no major teams except the app tray button, which carries the iBall logo. There is not much bloatware and that is a welcome change coming from an Indian manufacturer.
The 4000mAh battery is good enough to last over a day and that has to be one of the advantages of owning a phone this large.
The iBall Slide 3G 7803Q-900 is a decent tablet, especially given its price. I am not sure its size makes it a comfortable phone to use. But then look at the calling feature as an added advantage. I would not recommend this as a primary phone, but go ahead if you are looking for a second device.