The Indian tablet market seems to be growing at a rapid pace. As per a
recent report by Cyber Media Research, there were about 3.11 million
tablets sold in India in the year 2012 and the research company is quite
bullish about expectations for this year.
The category that is seeing
the maximum number of launches in the recent past is the Android Jelly
Bean tablets under Rs. 10,000. Pantel Technologies, which manufactures
tablets under the Penta T-Pad branding, have also launched their T-Pad
WS707C in the Indian market for Rs. 7,999. So will this tablet stand out
from the clutter? We find out in this review.
Build and Design
Penta T-Pad WS707C sports a 7-inch (1024x600 pixels) capacitive touch
screen display. The screen with a broad black bezel takes up most of the
front. There is only an earpiece on the right bezel (while holding the
tablet in landscape mode), while the front camera is on the top left
corner. On the top panel are the volume rocker keys and the power/
The left panel has the power port, microphone,
HDMI port, 3.5mm audio jack, SIM slot, microSD card slot and a reset
slot. The back panel is silver in colour with a diamond shaped pattern.
This is unlike the recently launched Penta T-Pad WS708C, which has a
plain silver back panel. The addition of the pattern tones down the
silver colour a bit and makes it look less jazzy. Nevertheless, the dual
colour tone and especially the silver colour make the tablet look
The back panel houses a 2-megapixel camera on the top right
and speaker grill on top left while the BSNL and Penta branding sits
right in the middle of the tablet.
Much like the other tablets in
this category, such as those from Lava, Videocon or Acer, this tablet
too is made primarily of plastic and feels cheap. On the up side, the
build quality looks durable.
At 340 grams, the Penta T-Pad WS707C
feels a bit heavy especially when held for longer durations. The tablet
measures 10.5mm in thickness.
The tablet sports a
7-inch screen, which comes with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. The
display quality of the text, images and videos is just about average.
under sun visibility is bad. The screen is very reflective and is also a
finger print magnet. The viewing angles are also poor.
to the company, the Penta T-pad WS707C's display also supports 3D.
There are two 3D videos and 24 3D images pre-loaded on the tablet. The
experience of watching these videos and images with the 3D glasses that
come bundled with Penta T-Pad is average.
The touch response of the tablet is not very good.
you switch on the Penta T-Pad WS707C, you are greeted with a jarring
musical sound. It runs on Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), which is pretty
much the stock version of the operating system with no skin from the
Like most Android tablets, the bottom strip
houses the back, home and recent app button on the left and displays
time, signal strength and battery indicator on the right. While on the
top right, there is an icon with the alphabet 'P'(perhaps for connoting
Penta T-Pad), which acts as a menu button.
There are quite a few
pre-installed apps on the tablet including, Facebook, Skype (for video
calling), NexGtv, Documents To Go, Free Note, FX, FX TextEdit, Movie
Studio, Play Music, UAhoy, WeChat and WhatsApp.
FX is an app that
helps users edit Documents, images, audio and video files. While the Fx
Text Edit app helps is just editing text files.
During our use, we didn't notice much lag while navigating through menus.
device features a 2-megapixel rear camera. The tablet comes with a
custom camera app and the images clicked indoors with this camera are
quite grainy. However, the quality improves slightly when the images are
clicked in broad daylight.
Clicking images and video chatting through the VGA front camera is a standard affair.
Performance/ Battery Life
Penta T-Pad WS707C is powered by a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor with 1 GB
DDR3 RAM and a Mali 400 GPU. The tablet is able to do a decent bit of
With the help of the pre-installed apps you can
play all popular video and audio formats like MP3, MP4, AVI, MKV and
3GP. Furthermore, the tablet can also play 1080p full HD video files
The experience of playing games such as Angry Birds,
Fruit Ninja, Temple Run and Subway Surfers was decent. Though there are a
bit of lags while trying to play games such as Dead Trigger and Shadow
The sound quality through the earplugs or the speaker is
average and nothing really to rave about. The tablet does a reasonably
well job of making voice calls.
However, this tablet is not 3G
compliant and one can only make calls and browse data on the EDGE
network. Unlike most budget Jelly Bean Android tablets that we have
tested recently, Penta T-Pad WS707C does support Bluetooth connectivity.
The tablet comes with a custom Android browser and Chrome. They offer a pleasant browsing experience.
T-Pad WS707C comes with a 3,000mAh battery and you can squeeze out only
3 to 3.5 hours of video playback time through it. We wish the battery
of the tablet lasted slightly more.
Given the price
bracket, Penta T-Pad WS707C is an interesting option to consider. The
device comes with voice calling capabilities and runs on Android 4.1
(Jelly Bean). On the performance front though the device performs decent
enough, but the battery is a bit of a disappointment. However, the
biggest turn off for this tablet is the display and design.
you don't mind giving voice calling a skip, then you might like to
consider Lava Etab Xtron (Read review), which comes with a more appealing
design and a better display at a slightly lesser cost. Another option
you can look at is the Acer Iconia B1-A71 (Read review), which also
isn't a great in terms of its looks, but scores well on the performance
Price: Rs. 7,999
- Runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Decent performance
- Looks cheap
- Battery drains out quite soon
Ratings (Out of 5)
Battery Life: 2.5
Value for Money: 3