It's a season of tablets and there seems to be a new budget tablet being
launched every other day. However, even in the midst of all these
tablets, BSNL's Penta T-Pad WS802C looks like an interesting option for a
number of reasons.
Most tablets that have launched in India so far
are either 7-inch tablets or 10-inch options, with the only exception
being Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, which has 8.9-inch screen. BSNL's Penta
T-Pad WS802C is a bit different in this regards as it sports an 8-inch
screen. Also, this tablet comes at a very interesting price point.
Priced at Rs. 14,699 Penta T-Pad is placed exactly in between the entry
level tablets and high-end tablets. So let's explore whether this tablet
is a good buying option or yet another also-ran?
Penta T-Pad is an ivory white tablet 8-inch tablet, which looks an
interesting tablet on first glance. However, the moment you hold the
tablet in your hands, the first thing that one notices is its weight! It
is on heavier side, which means that you cannot hold it in your hands
for longer durations.
The front of the tablet consists of four
physical buttons and a camera to the right of the display (while holding
the tablet in landscape mode, which is the preferred mode, based on the
markings on the button). There is a mic on the right panel along with
the microSD card slot, HDMI, USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, reset
button and charging port. The USB port can be used to connect an
external hard drive or mouse/keyboard to the tablet.
rocker and the power button are placed on the top panel and the SIM slot
is on the bottom panel. The top buttons are quite small and unless you
have slender fingers, you may have to struggle a bit with these.
Overall, this tablet looks decent without being great. The build quality
seems sturdy. As mentioned earlier, the way keys are placed it seems
more apt for using in the landscape mode than a portrait mode.
of the other tablets in the same price are 7-inchers and the extra
one-inch was quite handy while watching movies/videos and even surfing
the net. The Penta T-Pad comes with a display of resolution 800x552
pixels and one of the brightest screens amongst budget tablets, as long
as you stay indoors. The viewing angels are average and so is the
under-sun visibility. We found e-books reading on the tablet to be an
enjoyable experience. On the downside, the screen is a fingerprint
BSNL's Penta T-Pad comes loaded
with Android Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0.3) and the tablet is quite
responsive and smooth. In the budget tablet category, this tablet is
able to provide best Android experience that we have had so far.
tablet comes pre-loaded with some interesting apps such as ES File
Explorer and Task Manager, Facebook, LinkedIn, FreeNote, Photo editor,
Yahoo messenger, Skype, Movie Studio, Polaris Office, Radee PDF Reader,
UTPlayer, VidTrim and MobiVision. These apps are handy for users who
would want productivity and entertainment from their tablet.
T-Pad comes with a 2MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front facing one. On the
face value, we were not expecting the camera too be anything to rave
about but this was the surprise element of this tablet. The image
quality of both the camera was good. Even for pictures clicked in low
light, the image quality was decent. However, on the downside the rear
camera does not have auto-focus.
As this tablet comes with Skype
pre-installed, one can use the front camera for video calls. The image
quality on the video calls was decent.
Performance/ Battery Life
moment you switch on the tablet, you are greeted by jarring opening
sound, which is really irritating and there was no option to turn it off
Powered by a 1GHz processor, this tablet feels quite
smooth in terms of performance. We did not encounter any crashes while
working on this tablet and multitasking was comfortable - perhaps the
first budget tablet we can make these statements about
comes with a native Android browser and Opera Mini browser. The
browsing experience on both was breezy but the Android browser had a
slight edge in terms of performance
This tablet scores high on
the entertainment as the quality of audio and video played is good.
However, the earplugs that come with the tablet can be uncomfortable if
used for a longer duration at a stretch.
One can make voice calls
with the help of this tablet too but it is locked only to BSNL and as
the SIM that was provided by the company did not work, we could not test
the voice calling feature or the 3G connectivity.
T-Pad WS802C comes with a 3000mAh battery but we had a disappointing
experience. Our unit struggled to hold charge for any considerable
duration of time. However, based on reports across the web, the problem
could be limited to just our unit, and users can expect around 6 hours
of backup with normal usage.
There are plenty of
affordable tablets that are currently available in the market but most
of them are unable to provide a good experience but BSNL's Penta T-Pad
is an exception in this regards. The only major disappointment for this
tablet is its weight. Other than that, it is good value purchase
especially for the early adopters in the tablet category!
Price: Rs. 14,699
- Runs on ICS
- Good display for a budget tablet
- Slightly heavy
- Battery issues (could be specific to our unit)
Battery Life: 3
Value for Money: 3.5
A tablet for every budget