iBall Slide WQ32: The power to do more

Written by Sudhir Chowdhary | Updated: Sep 18 2014, 13:45pm hrs
IBall SlateThe cool thing about iBall?s Slide tablet (WQ32) is that it runs on Microsoft Windows.
Latest technology, powerful features and best of apps, all at affordable priceshomegrown gadget makers of mobile phones and tablets are indeed giving stiff competition to multinational device firms. iBall is one such good example of an Indian brand that has stood ground against the MNC onslaught. While it is a common perception that domestic brands are all about low pricing and not-so-update products, Best IT Worldthe promoter of iBall product range comprising mobile phones, tablets, keyboards, speakers, mouse, MP3 players, among others seems to be defying it. Backed by deep insights in local market conditions and an extensive distribution networknot to mention a high profile endorser in Hindi film actress Kareena Kapoorthis Mumbai-based gadgets firm has managed to capture the imagination of todays digitally-savvy generation.

In a deft move, iBall has joined hands with some of the biggies in tech world, namely Intel and Microsoft, to debut its first 3G business tablet that runs on Microsoft Windows. And, in a smart strategy that should have the big names in the business worried, iBall has priced its new device at R16,999 only. Come to think of it, there are many people among us who work on Windows-based desktops or laptops, either at home or in the office. While Android-based mobile phones and tablets enable us to attend to office-related work, such as send out an urgent email etc, we truly miss Windows-based features such as Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excelthat give us a typical office feel, dont we Moreover, with changing work patterns, the need for a handy, portable and light computer is felt even more. If it is based on a Windows environment, even better.

Well, consumer usage patterns around technology are constantly evolving and people are looking for tablets which allow both work productivity and entertainment. While Windows-based tablets are now available to a whole new group of consumers in India, who are looking for innovation and value, ground reality is that they are MNC products and are not-so-affordable.

The cool thing about iBalls Slide tablet (WQ32) is that it runs on Microsoft Windows. Company officials reckon that iBall has collaborated with the two technology giants mentioned earlier to increase the penetration of

affordable business devices in India. With the latest Windows 8.1 operating system and power of the Intel Atom processor, iBalls Slide tablet is the first budget 3G Business tablet in India, and will help users manage their PC-related business requirements. This

8-inch tablet comes packed with several free licenses, including the Microsoft Office license for one year, 1 TB (terabyte) OneDrive cloud storage, and the Windows Defender Antivirus and Firewall to protect the tablet. The 8-inch size is becoming more popular with recent entries including the Sonys Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4.

The Slide WQ32 comes in an attractive design paired with the metallic brushed body embodied in a sleek frame, which not only feels great in hands but also gives it an extremely classy look. It measures 214 x 127 x 10 mm in body dimensions and weighs a light 354 grams. The tablet comes power-packed with 20.3 cm IPS display, so youll get good viewing angles. Theres 2 GB RAM, 16 GB built-in storage (with 64 GB further expandability), 5 megapixel auto focus camera with flash, and a front 2 megapixel camera for video chatting. The tablet also lets users connect all accessories and peripherals including the keyboard, mouse, speaker, USB, projector, and scanner, as any normal PC or laptop does.

Interestingly, the Slide tablet supports HDMI to connect to the TV and the built-in 3G SIM slot enables anywhere, anytime connectivity. It offers consumers the power of a PC in a tablet and comes with a free one-year subscription of Office 365 Personal that includes Power Point, Word, Excel, OneNote plus 1 TB of cloud storage through OneDrive. In other words, this iBall creation lets you do everything you can do on a laptop and more. The device is supported by a strong 14Wh Polymer battery that provides the tablet a power-packed performance.

In my experience, the Slide WQ32 provided a fairly decent tablet performance. I feel that users can use it as a mini-computer for handling everything from everyday computing tasks to more demanding ones such as giving a Power Point presentation. It can also run multiple apps, such as reviewing Excel sheets and documents, further boosting productivity. The fast Intel Atom processor Z3735D processor delivers the performance needed to take on these tasks.

While Android is undoubtedly a good operating system, a major factor in its success has been the low prices of small and mid-size tablets running it. The introduction of inexpensive Windows devices raises the strong possibility that many shoppers who previously would have purchased a budget Android device will opt for Windows instead. In my opinion, people looking for a light-duty second computer for web browsing and email would definitely be satisfied with iBalls Windows-based Slide.

Should one, especially sales people, consider buying a laptop anymore!

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions: 214 x 127 x 10 mm

Display: Full capacitive multitouch, 8-inch IPS screen

Processor: Intel Atom processor Z3735D

Operating system: Windows 8.1

Storage: 16 GB built-in storage

Memory: 2 GB DDR3 RAM

Camera: 5 MP (rear); 2 MP (front)

Network: WCDMA 2100 MHz, data connectivity only

Estimated street price: Rs 16,999