I consider iBall as the most under-rated consumer tech manufacturer in India. While many would consider making tablets a risk, iBall has been successfully able to create a following for its Slide series. For most people, Slide is immediately associated with a mid-range tablet, then a smartphone, which is not an easy thing to achieve so full marks to iBall for that. The company, which even has a star brand ambassador doesn’t want to stop there, it wants to keep improving its tablet offering.
iBall Slide Gorgeo 4GL
iBall Slide Gorgeo 4GL is the latest tablet in the Slide series. Like the name, the device is weird too. It is a tablet, that wants to be a smartphone and I don’t understand any of that. Lenovo tried something similar with its Phab Plus, a smartphone with the DNA of a tablet and it failed. Is the fate of iBall Gorgeo 4GL set for failure too? We try to answer that in our review
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Specs: 7.0-inch 1024×600 pixels display | 1.0GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor | 1GB RAM | 8GB storage space (expandable to 32GB) | 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera | 3500 mAh battery | Android 5.1 Lollipop
Price: Rs 6,999
What is good?
First and the most important thing to bear in mind is that iBall Slide Gorgeo 4GL is a phone first, and that too a giant phone. You can do text and calls just like you would on any other Android smartphone. You can also do video calls thanks to added 4G ability. iBall has totally covered users here making it an ideal choice for communication.
I also want to appreciate iBall Slide’s design. It’s quite minimalistic and understated which is really nice for a tablet. iBall has also bundled a decent pouch that helps carrying this one around. If you find 9-inch tablets huge and unwieldy, this one will feel smaller and nice.
There are two more things to like in this giant smartphone — Camera and Battery Life. Even though it does not boast of the best optics, they produce nice usable pictures. iBall has added a front LED flash making it workable as a selfie camera at night.
The battery is not very beefy but for the kind of specs, the battery can easily last for two full days, between charge.
What is not good?
The quad-core processor is extremely decent for most needs and considering this one being primarily designed for communication, I found the multi-tasking to be relatively slower here. iBall Gorgeo 4GL takes significantly longer than usual to boot up. I feel there is something wrong with the bootloader. iBall should really look into it as an issue.
The device comes with just 3GB memory out of the box and I am firm believer that larger the internal memory, better is the performance. Once you update all the bundled apps, you are left with less than 2GB memory, which isn’t good news. I think iBall should have added at least 16GB internal storage to make the overall experience worth recommending.
Should you buy?
If you are looking for a giant tablet to make calls and watch movies on the go, this one could be a great choice. Otherwise, I really don’t see a reason for this product to even exist.
The camera is fine but at 7-inches, it is too big a shooter and also it looks very odd when you make calls from a 7-inch device. So a bluetooth accessory becomes a must have to really utilise this device.
At this moment, I don’t see any need for such a giant smartphone. Maybe we should wait for the experience and app ecosystem to mature and then this might make sense.