India. Despite the awkwardness of it all, companies confess that a lot of Indian consumers see value in holding a large tablet to their ears to make a call. The latest in the line is the Lenovo Tab A7 (A3500-HV).
Design: The A7-50 is a regular looking Android tablet. But despite being a 7-incher, it can be easily gripped in one hand. The matte finish rear flap also assists the grip, which is crucial for a tablet that comes with calling. The power and volume buttons of the right protrude a bit and are easy to find. There is a side flap to insert the SIM and SD card, while the camera ends up creating a slight bump on the rear.
Screen: The HD screen is one of the first things that impressed me with this tablet. The screen also has a wide viewing angle, which is often a problem for tablets. The screen is great for watching video, but you might need to use a headphone to hear what is happening.
Performance: Performance wont be a problem for the average user. However, the 1 GB RAM will start showing up if you push with high-end gaming. I faced no issues with multitasking which was almost seamless, except for the slight pause here
and there. That shouldnt bother anyone. The tab also stays cool most of
Camera: This is one of those strange devices in which the front camera actually feels better than the one on the rear. The 5 MP camera is okay, and performs decently in good light. The selfie camera seems sharper though.
Storage: Out of the 16 GB, about 12.6 GB is available for the user. You would however want to buy an SD card to store those HD movies.
Software: The Android OS has been tweaked to make it easier on the larger screen. So there is no app draw as such. Lenovo has added a few apps for power management and sharing. Yes, there is FM radio too.
Battery: The battery is good and can easily last a full day with use as a phone. With just the Wi-Fi running you will get much more out of this battery. As far as connectivity goes,
absolutely no issues on this front.
Verdict: If you are one of those looking for a tablet with calling then this is definitely one of the top options along with the Asus Fonepad 7. The device is good enough to be used as a standalone tablet with 3G connectivity, that will save you the awkwardness of using it as a phone.