iBall Slide Stellar A2: iBall has been in the tablet market for quite some time now and it seems to be getting better at identifying the core needs of a consumer. The Stellar A2 tablet is fresh off iBall’s Slide series which has branded itself as a “performance tablet PC” and is priced at Rs 11,999. We tested the iBall Slide Stellar A2 and here’s our review.
Design: One of the first things that we noticed about the Stellar A2 was how easy it is to hold and operate using one hand. Weighing 273 grams, it may not be the lightest or the slimmest device in the market, but one feels comfortable even after holding it for long hours.
The iBall Slide Stellar A2 has well-rounded corners with a dual metallic band sliding along its edges. The metallic grey finish at the back of the device gives it a premium feel overall. The thick bezels at top and bottom halves give space to rest your fingers while using it in a horizontal mode.
iBall has decided to do away with the volume ringer and replace them with capacitive buttons making it easier for users to adjust the volume while watching a movie or listening to music. This small design change has swiftly put an end to endless fumbling in the dark for the volume buttons while watching a movie.
Screen: The seven-inch screen with 800 x 1280 pixels HD resolution at 215 PPI is definitely good enough. In my case, it ended up distracting fellow travellers in the metro who were happy to lean over my shoulder to get a peak at the screen. The screen gives you good viewing angles, although in the sun, it’s much harder to read, view on the tablet. The only downside is that it seems to get scratched easily.
Performance: In the AnTuTu Benchmark test, the iBall A2 Stellar scored 33259, well above Xiaomi Redmi Note. The A2 stellar gets all the basic functions right. It doesn’t heat up or freeze despite toggling multiple apps or browser windows. It starts to stutter and crash only when the RAM is stretched to the maximum. The iBall A2 Stellar battery lasts for about 6 hours, but it can go the extra mile under moderate use.
Software: The tablet runs on Android KitKat and comes with a couple of gesture controls that can fire up a few tools such as the browser by simply drawing a letter on the screen. For example, drawing an E will take you to the browser, but it’s not customisable. So a user cannot rewrite the pre-defined letters for the gesture function. And that requires you to learn a list of letters by heart.
Camera: There is nothing new to write home about the camera. It gives decent shots for an 8-megapixel camera and the dual led flash at the back might come in handy for after-dark shots. The 8-MP front camera enhances the video-calling experience on apps like Skype.
Verdict: Building a device that doesn’t compromise on features and price is a tough job for any manufacture. Balancing price and features can be challenge, but iBall seems to have made the right moves with the Stellar A2.