Most electronic gadget enthusiasts would agree that getting the best tablets out there would mean going for the iPad or any of the top-of-the-line models from Samsung, Asus and the likes. However, that also means you will need to shell out a mini fortune to get any of them. This is somewhat of a downer for the casual user who doesn’t really care all that much about brands and specs but just wants something to do basic stuff like browsing websites, reading email and a little casual gaming on the side. While there are already less pricey alternatives out there right now, I don’t think there’s anything cheaper than the new UbiSlate 7Ci from Datawind out there right now. At least not in the North American market.
The 7Ci is a 7-inch tablet that runs on Android 4.0.2 and comes with the usual bells and whistles most other tablets do but the best thing about it is the price. At $37.99 it is easily one of the most inexpensive tablets (if not the most inexpensive) out there. Not bad really considering the specs. It’s 7-inch screen is equipped with a 800×480 capacitive touch screen which should be good enough for most purposes. Sure it’s no retina or IPS resolution but it should be sufficient for your everyday browsing, reading and casual gaming purposes. It has 512MB system memory (RAM) and an internal memory (storage capacity) of 4GB which you can expand up to 32GB via a micro SD slot. It has wifi connectivity and can connect to audio or your computer using mini USB and a standard 3.5 mm audio jack. It is powered by the Cortex A8 1GHz processor and has a G-Sensor for automatic orientation.
As you can see these features isn’t something to scoff at and will probably be enough for majority of casual, light users. But one thing that this cheap tablet has made even more feasible is the possibility of use in education. Schools who wish to use tablets as additional teaching tool will probably look at this unit as a good candidate. After all, not all schools will be able to afford the top-of-the-line iPad or its Android counterparts.
Find out more about the UbiSlate 7Ci over at Datawind’s official website. Unit is still still due for release as of this writing so just check out the site to get release updates.