A new tablet has emerged in the budget tablet scene. The new kid on the block is named Slide by iBall. This is the second type of mobile computing device the company has released and is a different model than what they released in September of 2011.
The iBall Slide features a 7 inch capacitive display and has cool curved sides that make it look somewhat like the discontinued Dell Streak 7. Things tend to speed along fine with the 1GHz processor and it runs on Google Android 2.3. The processor is a little disappointing when compared to several new entrants, such as the Ainol Paladin 7 or the Micromax Funbook. These two tablets also run an updated version of Android ICS, in spite of being much cheaper than the Slide.
Regardless, the Slide i7218 boasts of 8 GB of on-board storage, which is further expandable to 32 GB via micro SD card slot. As for connectivity, the new Slide is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, and the 3G network can be reached via an USB dongle. Also, among the apps that come pre-loaded with the Slide, it has Money Control, Facebook, Gmail, Skype, and so on.
Coming to the price, a nice aspect with the new Slide is that the tablet is now cheaper at INR 11,999 (MRP is INR 12,499), which is a downward revision from the erstwhile price of INR. 13,995.
Among the new key features of this iBall Slide i7218 are Dual Camera with a 2 MP camera on the back and a VGA camera in the front to make video interactions a smooth ride.
The new Slide improves tremendously with Dual stereo speakers for powerful sound functions to make watching video and movies as well as music a thrilling experience.
iBall Slide i7218 is perhaps the only Tablet PC in India to offer a direct USB port for easy usage of USB devices like pen drive, data card and other USB devices like keyboard, mouse etc. Others don’t either provide this USB port or is through a cable which makes usage uncomfortable.
The tablet weighs just 450 grams despite its 210 x 120 dimensions with most appealing look in the Indian market. Not to forget, its TFT, multi-touch capacitive 7-inch touch screen and 800 x 480 screen resolution make anything a delight to view – whether images (JPEG/PNG/BMP/GIF) or videos. With an enhanced performance ARM Cortex A8, 1 Ghz processor at its heart, the i7218 stays true to its performance and compatibility promise.
The product is with an 8 GB built-in storage capacity (extendable upto 32 GB) to let its young, entertainment-loving users relish their clips and songs to the fullest.
That said, this improved version of the Slide, promoted aptly by the dashing performer Hrithik Roshan has the old version’s trust and functionality. So besides the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G support on dongle, it has HDMI out port for easy connectivity to TV or the projector.
And being an Android playground, the i7218 comes in-built with applications for both fun and business – such as Money Control, Facebook, Gmail, Skype, News and Weather, Android Market, Nimbuzz and more.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email