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The $38 tablet is here

Sometimes a cheap tablet acts just like a cheap tablet. At least that is the case with the new Datawind Ubislate 7Ci, an Android tablet that's on sale now for the low, low price of $38. Time Magazine recently evaluated the tablet. It's message? Business owners and consumers should not expect much for $38.



Race to the bottom?



There's been a long-running race to the bottom among tablet makers. Naturally, when we say "bottom," we're referring to price. Tablet makers around the world have been racing to flood the shelves with the least expensive tablets possible in an attempt to capture the business of the budget-conscious consumer. The Datawind tablet, though, beats all of them when it comes to price.



The Ubislate



It seems odd to ask if the Ubislate 7Ci is worth the money. After all, it only costs $38. But Time's review says that the tablet performs about as well as you would think a $38 tablet would perform. It doesn’t offer much storage. Its viewing angles are poor. Its battery dies too quickly. And its performance definitely falls into the sluggish category.



Even cheaper?



Still, although the performance isn't great, Time does admit that the Datawind price tag is impressive. And Time's review suggests that this tablet won't be the last cheaply priced device to hit the market. Datawind's chief executive officer recently told the Washington Post that his company hopes to one day introduce $20 tablets. That would be quite impressive.

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Comments 1

Ravi Sharma on Monday, 14 January 2019 03:51

In India, Datawind Tablet is terrible. Obsolete OS, WhatsApp doesn't work due Timezone problem & no Play Store so cannot download most Apps that I like.

No customer support. Helpline is switched off. When you send emails, reply is to call customer care, but customer care is switched off.

Promised Free holiday voucher did not materialise.

Within 24 hours I wanted to return the Datawind Tablet, since then Datawind Tablet India have stopped responding.

Total waste of money.

Finally I got fed-up and bought another tablet.

Don't be tricked by their false Advertising on TV.

In India, Datawind Tablet is terrible. Obsolete OS, WhatsApp doesn't work due Timezone problem & no Play Store so cannot download most Apps that I like. No customer support. Helpline is switched off. When you send emails, reply is to call customer care, but customer care is switched off. Promised Free holiday voucher did not materialise. Within 24 hours I wanted to return the Datawind Tablet, since then Datawind Tablet India have stopped responding. Total waste of money. Finally I got fed-up and bought another tablet. Don't be tricked by their false Advertising on TV.
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