It’s a phone, it’s a tablet, it’s both. iBall’s new device is packed with interesting features and has the looks to go with it
Technology can be bewildering at times. Few could have imagined a few years back that the humble mobile phone in your hand could transform into a high-end computing device, enabling you to not just make calls and text short messages but also sketch and write notes, make elaborate presentations and browse the Web on a larger-than-phone screen. The success of Samsung Galaxy Note has opened a new category in mobile phone industry. It is a hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet. And its unique combination of connected and creative freedom has encouraged other device makers to experiment with sizes and form factors, giving consumers more and more choice.
Among the homegrown device makers, Mumbai-based promoter of iBall products, Best IT World is fast gaining recognition and visibility in the IT and communications market with its innovative products—mobile phones and tablets—at affordable prices. It is now the first among domestic companies to come up a hybrid device called iBall Andi 5c. In a deft move, the firm has roped in Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor as its brand ambassador to promote its new phone-tablet combo, besides other iBall products. Recently, Best IT World gave us an opportunity to review their new gizmo. Let us find out more about this new-age device.
At a first glance, this hybrid device may seem uncomfortable to hold and awkward to use. But once in your hand, you will be tempted to change your initial impression. Looks wise, it is a stylish and sturdy gizmo with a pretty good build quality. The fit and finish is great and it has a comforting weight to it that feels substantial but not heavy. The front features a large 5-inch WVGA IPS capacitive touch display. The Home button is a physical type, while the Menu and Back buttons are capacitive. Towards the top of the display is the speaker and front facing camera along with the light and proximity sensors.
Closer inspection revealed that the Andi 5c also features a built-in flash and provides various options of multi-shot and panorama capture which lets one capture a wide area of space and combines all frames to make a single picture to surprise all. There’s more, it flaunts a front camera too for 3G video calling.
Once the iBall device is switched