April 20 2015: Chennai-based Zebronics has been around for nearly 20 years offering PC enclosures, keyboards, loudspeakers and other accessories. Last month they ventured into tablets -- and in keeping with their business ways, the Zebpad 7t500-3G picks the sweet spot in tablet sizes -- 7 inches -- and throws in everything on the average buyer's wish-list -- at an aggressive price.
Dual cameras -- 2 MP and 5 MP -- dual 3G SIM slots for calling and surfing; 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage expandable to 32GB; Bluetooth and on-the-go USB slot; a decent enough 1024 by 600 touch screen; FM radio, Android Kit Kat OS and Wifi.... the Zebpad , unlike many pricier tabs we have tried, has speakers that let you listen to music or watch movies without needing headphones.
Some thought has gone into the default apps -- Gaana, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook -- anticipating aam janatha needs, instead of loading the memory with a lot of over-hyped sites. Admittedly this device is not manufactured in India, but it seems made to an Indian design.
The MRP is Rs 7490, but the best buy online is around Rs 6000. If one aspired for a full featured dual-SIM, dual-camera calling tablet, but was challenged by the typical asking price, the Zebpad will seem like a steal. Anand Parthasarathy