Last year, we saw a sudden spike in the number of affordable tablets that were entering the Indian market. While Aakash set the affordable tablet stage on fire with its price tag, performance issues didn't ensure a smooth sail to it, and to most of these tablets starting at 2.5K and ranging slightly over 10K. In the low segment tablet race, the newest entrant is iBerry, the brand may be unheard of and the name has probably taken cues from Apple’s ‘i’devices and BlackBerry, but the iBerry tablet we’ve got under our hood for a review comes across as promising. Yes, it falls under the sub-10K price range, and you wont be spending more than Rs.7,990 on this average 7-incher dubbed, iBerry BT07i.
Affordable sub-8K model
Design and Build quality
The iBerry is a 7-inch tablet, which could remind you of the Reliance 3G Tab, at a glance. To begin with, it’s a good looking tablet with greyish edges and a matte grey with a purplish tint on the rear side. The front shows a WVGA 800 x 480 and fortunately, a capacitive touchscreen. The touchscreen responded efficiently to our touch gestures. But, the screen, itself isn't too great. Below the screen, on the bezel, one will find touch buttons, like Menu, Home and Back. All ports are lined up on the right edge – microSD card, miroUSB port, HDMI, 3.5mm jack and mic and charging port. The volume controls and the main power button run along the upper edge. There is a front facing VGA camera embedded on the right corner below the screen, but the company chose not to include a primary camera. It's portable at 376 grams and measures 190mm x 120mm x 8mm.
The rear side
The iBerry tablet bundles up a USB cable and a connector, charger, user manual, earphones and a carrying case. Coming straight to the point, the case is almost useless and a misfit, covering the essential buttons and the tablet doesn’t stay secure in the case.
On video: iBerry 7 inch tablet
This iBerry tablet is fuelled by an ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz processor, which is a good inclusion for a sub-10K tablet and it runs on Android Gingerbread 2.3.4. However, we are unsure whether this tablet will get an ICS update. iBerry hasn't changed a lot on the interface front, the company has added to shortcuts to Apps, Gallery and the Berry. The company has kept it simple and straightforward. Access recent activities by long pressing the home button and view all homepages by long pressing the Apps icon on the screen. The UI wasn't sluggish and navigation was fine and smooth, but we did face some problems with the accelerometer, as the screen didn't auto rotate, while changing from horizontal to vertical and vice versa, and wouldn't work without restarting the tablet.
We carried on the AnTuTu test, the device scored pretty well at 2986, which is higher than some of the recent tablets like MSI WindPad Enjoy 10 and Milagrow Tabtop that have been priced a little over 16,000 and 13,000, respectively. For the Linpack test, the iBerry tablet scored 16.088 MFLOPs on single thread and 14.98 MFLOPS on multi thread.
The iBerry tablet supports MKV, AVI, RM, RMVB, MP4, MOV, VOB, DAT, FLV, Xvid, DivX, MPEG4, RV, WMV, AVS, H.264, H.263, VP8 and 3GP video files and managed to 1080p videos, effortlessly. The built-in speakers, along with the varied file formats support render the device apt for watching videos and movies. We only wished for a better screen quality. The video player interface is as simple as it could get with forward/rewind, play/pause, lock button to avoid accidental touches, while watching video or movie and options to play around with the screen like watch the video at 100 percent, 150 percent and even stretch the image being displayed. The music interface follows suit, it also gives you the option to instantly set the song as a ringtone or alarm tone with a single touch. We played a few MP3 files and the devices could emit decent tunes as well. The bundled earphones don’t seem comfortable and in spite of its ability of changeable eartips, the company didn’t pack eartips of other sizes.
Offers 1080p support
The device has a mini USB OTG and HDMI out, but for some reason it doesn’t come with a SIM slot. There is support for external 3G modem but not built-in, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g. All your data can be stored using the built-in 4G memory capacity, which can be further expanded up to 32GB using the microSD card slot. However, you will miss Bluetooth connectivity. Connecting to Wi-Fi and web browsing was a breeze. We tried the iBerry browser it worked fine for us. Pages were quick to load and zooming in and out was fine, but sometimes accompanied by a slight stutter.
Navigation is smooth
Disappointingly, the iBerry tablet does come with a primary camera. We haven’t seen low to mid-end tablets deliver well on this front. For iBerry, probably it’s better to not embed one, than rope in one that gives a mediocre performance. The front VGA camera doesn’t bring in an efficient performance either, but you can indulge in some video conference, even if taking snapshots has been given a miss.
Sleek and good looking
The iBerry tablet equips a 3600 mAH battery, which ensures video viewing for about 5 hours as promised. However, we tested it with a low-res video file and at about average use, it should run for about a day.
To begin with, the iBerry BT07i does a good job with a price of Rs.7,990 attached to it. The build quality and performance is good, its simple and straightforward to use and it's nice to see a sub 10K tablet come with a capacitive screen, which is quick to respond and offers support for full HD. If you could let go the slight stutter and the missing primary camera, we think the iBerry BT70i will make for a good pick. If you are looking for a tablet under 10k, you can definitely consider the iBerry B107i.
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Oct 21, 2016