Reliance 3G Tab Review
- Undeniably attractive price tag
- Steady performance
- Good battery life
- Display isn't the crispest one around
- Touch response tends to go awry at times, while largely sure at other times
- Poor camera image quality
- Network locked
The most interesting thing about the Reliance 3G Tab is the price, undoubtedly. What this does is lowers the entry price barrier for branded tablets. We were pretty impressed by the performance in general. While it isn't a multimedia or gaming powerhouse, the 3G Tab does a bit of everything. Steady performance, good battery life and a surprisingly sleek form factor are some of the strong points of the Reliance 3G Tab. However, you do sacrifice on certain aspects, the display is average, touch response is not very fluid, and the camera results are poor. If the Rs 30000+ Android tablets are out of your budget, this may just be the right one to introduce you to the world of tablets.
This was inevitable. The Rs 28k upwards price tag of most high-end tablets caters to a niche market, but was largely out of reach of most potential buyers. However, the Reliance 3G Tab (essentially the ZTE V9C, since ZTE makes these tablets for Reliance) changes that, quite dramatically. The price point is the most attractive thing about the tablet, but the first impressions had indicated a pretty competent tablet. After a more detailed review of the tablet, here are our findings.
Look & Feel
Minimalistic. Quite simply, this is the most matter to fact tablet we have seen till date. Not that it is a bad thing, at all. The display has a glossy black frame around it. Power key and the volume rocker are on the right side, assuming the Tab is held in the portrait mode. Micro USB charging port on the bottom panel, while the 3.5mm audio jack is on the top panel along with the speaker. The left panel is largely clean, except for the groove designed to allow you to open the rear panel.
Speaking of which, the rear panel is dressed in classy silver colour, quite a contrast from the black on the front. Open the panel and this is the smartphone-ish experience. The huge 3400 mAh battery, the SIM card slot (Reliance were kind enough to provide us with an active Reliance GSM connection, with 3G activated) and the microSD card slot.
The build quality overall is pretty acceptable. No flashy design elements, just simple tones. There are no hardware buttons for home, menu and return – just touch based ones. They don’t light up in the dark, and that can be a little uncomfortable at times.
[RELATED_ARTICLE]The Tab 3G just feels very compact. Was bound to happen to a certain extent, since this is a 7-inch display. However, those of us who have used the very first Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000 would most probably agree that the P1000 felt much bigger than this one. And it was slightly thicker too. Weight wise, the 3G Tab tips the scales at 389grams, not much more than the 389grams of the Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000. We are comparing the two, while they may be of slightly different eras since they both have 7-inch displays. Like for like comparison, if you please.
First reaction of most people is that at this price, the tablet will miss out on a bit of the feature set, if not the most of it. An ARM11 800MHz processor along with 512MB of RAM powers this tablet. The 7-inch display is a simple TFT with capacitive touch capability. The resolution of the display is 800x480 pixels.
While there is literally no internal storage space to boast of, Reliance has nicely bundled a 4GB microSD card with the tablet. You can use a microSD card up to 32GB. There is the combo of a 2MP camera and VGA camera.
A lot of applications come preloaded on the 3G Tab. Docs To Go is a complete office suite, allowing you to view, create and edit Word, Spreadsheet and Presentation documents. Reliance’s own applications as well - R World, RelianceTV and RWorld Online. Then there are the usual suspects – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and even Orkut (it still lives!).
Read more about the Reliance 3G Tab's performance, bundled data plans, and our verdict, on the next page...