iBall had launched a tablet device in September 2011 and now the company
has launched a revamped version of its Slide with i7218. The newer
version of the device runs on Android 2.3 though the user interface is
similar to Honeycomb.
The i7218 is cheaper than its predecessor, as it
comes with the price tag of Rs. 11,999 and will be competing with the
likes of Reliance Tab 3G. When switched on, the device greets you with
"Get ready to enjoy the ride", so let's try and find out how is the ride
of the new iBall Slide i7218.
In terms of
design, the 7-inch tablet is made primarily of plastic and has a
metal-based side casing. Unlike the previous model's box like design,
this one has a curved and lighter body. At the back is a 2.0 MP camera,
with the speakers. The front has a VGA camera on the top and three
capacitive touch control buttons on the right.
On the right side,
is a Micro-USB port, a mini HDMI port, a USB port, 3.5 mm headphone
jack and an external slot for a microSD card. The top panel also houses a
power button, volume control and a reset button. The device is loaded
with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex Processor. The USB port can be used to connect
dongle or an external flash drive. Overall the design and hardware is
apt for the purpose, price and usage of this tablet.
7-inch TFT display claims to have a resolution of 800 X 480 pixels. In
terms of brightness levels, it's a little dim. The dim levels turn out
to be a little troublesome while using this tablet in sunlight. But
indoors the tablet provides a comfortable display.
has a user interface similar to that in Honeycomb. Several elements of
both Gingerbread and Honeycomb have been combined to bring about the UI
skin for the tablet. However, it uses a stock animation while switching
Moving on to preloaded apps, the device has few to
offer.First up, is an app called the iReader. It is not just similar to
Apple's iBook app in terms of names but even in interface. The app helps
ones in reading eBooks and it offers support to TXT and PSB files. The
interface is smooth and replicates iBook's page turn animation. But on
downside, it does not support PDF files.
Another app that comes
pre-installed is ApkInstall, which reads all APK files in the memory and
gives you the option to install the applications. Other apps include
Google Maps, File Manager and UT Player. The device also has the option
of accessing portable Internet, by connecting a dongle via the USB port.
device offers a 2MP primary camera at the back and a VGA camera in the
front. The camera does not offer zoom and the quality of the images
produced is nothing to rave about. On the video front, the video output
turns out to be just about average.
Performance/ Battery life
terms of performance, this tablet will surely test of patience and it
would not be wrong to say that this iBall slide offers a rather
troublesome ride. It took about 35 seconds for this tablet to boot up
and about 5 seconds to wake from its sleep.
There is a persistent
lag on the touch front and the processor takes its own time to process
any and every request. When we tried watching a movie, the application
crashed mid-way. And in the time that we spent with this tablet during
the course of this review, there were several such crashes.
is cramped in horizontal view as the keys are small in height and extra
wide. When kept vertical, the dimensions of the keyboard keys might be
comfortable but the size and the weight of the device make it difficult
to type. Thus, typing in any form is a bit difficult with this device.
first time use, the only way to purchase applications is through a tiny
icon in the top right corner for the Android Market. It is only later
on, that it updates the application and upgrades it to the Play Store.
Thankfully, Play Store finds a spot amongst the regular Android
Applications apart from the tiny icon on the top.
browsing is smooth over Wi-Fi. The screen size is comfortable for the
same. Sound output is decent. However the battery backup could have
been better though. 15 minutes spent on YouTube drained the battery to
almost half. Once the battery is completely discharged, you require at
least 6 hours for bringing it back to its full capacity.
budget Android tablets market is currently exploding in India and there
seems to be a new tablet being announced almost every month. In such a
scenario, it will be difficult for iBall to create a market for itself
with Slide i7218. The strengths of this tablet are that it has a
well-rounded design and comes with a Honeycomb like UI on board, unlike
the other Android tablets in this price range that are purely
Gingerbread. However, with the performance lags and poor touch response
this is not the tablet that you would want to lay your hands on.
Price: Rs. 11,999
- Poor touch screen response
- Persistent lag
- Cramped keyboard
Ratings (out of 5)
Battery Life: 2
Value for Money: 2.5