Tablets in the sub-15k category have been attracting a lot of attention in the recent past with Zync pricing its ICS tablet at 9,000. Micromax has its Funbook and in the midst of all these brands, there’s an Ainol Novo 7 Paladin with its super affordable tag. Can Intex's new muse, the iTab, tip the scales, though? Let’s find out.
Design and Build Quality
The iTab comes in a complete black outfit; the front has a matte steel finish with a silver lining between the bezel and the screen, giving the tablet a sophisticated look. The back though is a fingerprint magnet due to the glossy finish. We’d have loved a similar matte finish at the back. The 8-inch screen size makes it stand out in a crowd of 7-inch low budget tablets currently in the market. Let’s take a quick tour of the device.
The front camera and buttons
The front consists of the large 8-inch (800 x 600 pixels) capacitive touchscreen with a G-sensor. There’s also a VGA camera on the top right, along with a rather unwanted icon of a tower depicting the tablet's Wi-Fi capabilities. All the connectivity options are located on the right. There’s a USB slot, microSD card slot, mini USB, 3.5mm headphone jack, power slot, microHDMI, Reset slot, microphone and power ON button – all on that one side. The volume rocker keys and back and menu button are located on the top, while the speaker is located at the back.
Owing to the fact that it's an 8 incher and not the usual run of the mill 7-inch tablet, the form factor deserves a special mention. It’s easy to hold the tablet in both, portrait and landscape orientations, as there’s equal weight distribution. The uniform bezel on all sides is another plus, as we saw with the Funbook that uneven bezel widths don’t really contribute to the tablet’s looks. At 457 grams, it’s not the lightest tablet in the market, but with this form factor and ergonomics, we’re definitely not complaining.
The iTab is predominantly made up of plastic, but we didn’t observe any creaking parts even with a substantial amount of pressure applied. The screen itself does catch a lot of fingerprints, but that’s unavoidable. With the iTab, Intex has managed to conjure up quite a looker of a tablet.
Updated 19 Jun, 2013, 9:20 pm IST
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