Cheap Android Tablet Review Series starts with Reliance 3G Tab in India. It is a kind of Network Bundled Offer From Reliance Communications. From the aspect of cost of the hardware, Reliance 3G Tab can be classified as Cheap Android Tablet, it is just above $ 265 and comes with comprehensive feature. Unfortunately, this Cheap Android Tablet; Reliance 3G Tab is for India only (though the OEM ZTE equivalent tab is available elsewhere in the World) and restricted to use only the 3G Network of Relience. So, unless rooting is done, it can not be unlocked to use in other countries or networks with the hope of having a stable and Cheap Android Tablet.
Is Reliance 3G Tab is really Cheap Android Tablet ?
Apparently with the price tag of INR 13,000 (~ $265) with stable hardware and software parts it seems to be cheap. But the monthly cost of bandwidth is quite costly.
What makes Reliance 3G Tab the best bet among the Cheap Android Tablet PCs floating around ?
The 3G Network of Relience, bundled VPN, Warranty, hassle free Network usage, good workable hardware at that price tag makes it the best bet among the Cheap Android Tablet PCs in India, when compared with 7 inch cheap Android tablet PCs from China. It costs is just the double when compared with any Cheap Android Tablet, keep in mind they have no 3G SIM slot and the newer external 3G Modems (like ZTE 180) does not work with most Cheap Android Tablet. Moreover, with these cheap Android tablet PCs, mostly from China, has no Warranty, Wifi may or may not work even when the hotspot is right within the room. Most importantly, with any Cheap Android Tablet PCs, you might not be able to surf the Android Market but you have to download the apps from here and there.
The real hardware of Reliance 3G Tab that can be purchased by residents from other parts of the World
Even if someone residing outside India can manage to grab a Reliance 3G Tab, rooting has to be done, frankly at the time of writing, there is no rooting available for this Reliance 3G Tab to use it with other Networks. But, do not worry – ZTE is the original manufacturer of this Cheap Android Tablet. ZTE is a Chinese brand, but it is a big brand and ZTE actually supplies custom manufactured parts to Samsung, LG etc brands (Other is Huawei). Reliance 3G Tab is actually a factory modified model of ZTE V9C which costs around $290.
If you are thinking why Reliance 3G Tab looks like Samsung – it is because certain models of Galaxy tab is manufactured by ZTE.
External appearance of Reliance 3G Tab
Unlike the most Cheap Android Tablet PCs, Reliance 3G Tab have good quality finishing just like Samsung or equivalent tablets. This photo shows the thickness –
Newer models has no Reliance branding written on the front, but on the metallic back side.
Hardware Specifications of Reliance 3G Tab
Display : 7 inch TFT LCD capacitive display; supports multi touch gestures.
Resolution : WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixel)
Processor : 800 Mhz processor manufactured by Qualcomm
RAM : Mobile 512 MB RAM
ROM : 512 MB
Networking features : Wifi, 3G (SIM slot), Supports VPN natively, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1
Camera : Front VGA, Rear 2.0 Megapixels
Default Audio player: Supports Mp3, AAC, AAC+, Ogg, WAV, MIDI, PCM
Default Video player: Supports MP4, H264, H263
Exapandable memory: Up to 32 GB, 4 GB supplied free of cost
Speakers : Dual Speaker supports Dolby Surround by default
USB : Micro USB, connector supplied
Battery : 3400 mAH Li-On battery.
Weight : 389 Gms with battery and SIM card.
Native Voice Calling, SMS, MMS are supported like a smartphone.
Dimensions : 190mm x 110mm x 13mm
Software Specifications of Reliance 3G Tab
Operating System : Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, officially recognized by Google.
Others : Some useful apps preinstalled, Reliance network specific services and Apps.
Charger : External AC charger with adapter for Indian standard AC two Pin sockets.
Micro USB connector supplied
Earphones with mic support is bundled
So Reliance 3G Tab is not only a Cheap Android Tablet but also a smartphone that can be used to send and receive calls. Except the high bandwidth charges, it the best bet among the currently available Cheap Android Tablet PCs.