The Datawind Ubislate 7ci tablet is a low priced tablet with rather low end specs. As this tablet is very reasonably priced, many are happy with the performance. However, this is not the best tablet on the market for this price.
Read on for our full product review…
Ubislate 7ci Tablet
|Overall Rating||(2.0 / 5)|
Review By: Adriana
Datawind Ubislate 7ci – $38 value 7.2 inch tablet
Something like this has been bound to come out for awhile now, a uber cheap tablet made from yesterday’s hardware. So what do you get for $38? Well… not a whole lot. It’s pretty much inferior to everything else on the market; but then again, its also the cheapest tablet you can get.
So why would you want to buy it? Well if your pinching pennies or worried that your little one may drop break a more mainstream model; then this could be the solution you are looking for.
It has bare bones radio hardware, it connected fine to the networks we tested it with, b/g/n but it lacks bluetooth, NFC and GPS capabilities.
In regards to the display, it’s low res 800×480; with basically no viewing angle what-so-ever, and when I say no viewing angle, I mean it. You really do have to peg on straight, You can’t really set it down anywhere, and a 45 degree tilt, pretty much destroys the colours. It fondly reminds me of early LCD’s on laptops in the 90’s…..but it’s $38
In terms of the base system, it runs Androud 4.2.2, on an anemic 1.2 GHZ Coretx A8 processor. It’s slow, very slow. You need patience and tolerance with this one. It comes with Google play, and Data wind’s proprietary app store, with comes with the basic social media apps, Facebook, twitter etc.
When testing, I found the Amazon app store to be less buggy/tolerable than the Google Play store, most apps and games take several seconds to load even their initial screen. In terms of kids apps, you should be wary of action/graphic heavy apps. Everything was more or less playable and useable, with the occasional stutter; don’t expect much…. but it’s $38…
As a dedicated media player, it fares better. Supporting all major media formats. AAC. MP3, OGG, wav etc. I did notice it skipped intermittently on my 320kbps MP3s, but my 192kbps were smooth. My DivX, Xvid and H.264 played smoothly through the curiously named “2160P Super-HD Media Player” high quality YouTube, Netflix and Amazon streaming video all played without issue. The built in speaker was what you would expect, but not terrible. Through headphones, the audio was clear and crisp.
In terms of battery life, I managed to get about two and half hours of media playback on full brightness, the battery is integrated into the board, so it can’t be replaced, but then again at this price, you wouldn’t really care.
The built in storage was a tiny 1GB partition, but there is a microSD that can expand the device up to 32GB. Its basic at best, and more than once I had to reboot the device from a hard lock and all my app icons disappearing. Its quirky, its indian and made of leftover hardware….but it’s $38
In this price range the tablet is basically throw away. Although its not marketed or targeted as an educational tablet for kids, the budget conscious parent could easily load it up with suitable apps, videos and songs without worrying anout a drop or liquid spill.
In summary, the Ubislate 7ci isn’t an purpose general tablet. If it wasn’t for the price, this tablet would have nothing going for it; but that’s not a bad thing. It doesn’t try to be a $900 iPad, it’s functional, its basic, it’s outdated, it’s $38, at that price you are essentially signing a waiver on complaining on it’s short comings.
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