Hello there everyone!
It’s feels a little weird, actually updating your blog, if you haven’t done so in a long time, even though you should have. Well, anyway, here I am again!
I’m supposed to be enjoying my summer holidays right now, but I somehow got myself into a couple of projects and thus have to remain busy all the time. It’s like, it’s frustrating when things don’t work, but at the same time, its really satisfying when they do. Well, that’s been the story of my summer holidays. It’s a very different summer holiday for me, when compared to last year. You might wanna read this to know more.
Anyway, as things were moving on, I had to read up and surf the internet a lot for information. Sitting in front of my laptop all the time was really strenuous, with all the brightness and the glare the screen offers, and not to mention its 2.5 kg weight. I then realised I didn’t actually need a core i5 processor for the tasks I was doing – surfing and reading pdf files. So I decided to get myself a tablet.
Now, I am not the type who would buy an Apple iPad3 or Samsung Galaxy Tab, splurging on money, but yes, I did need SOMETHING. My mom told me on my birthday,”You can buy anything you want under 7k. You can get a new touchscreen phone, or that tablet thing you were saying.”
Now that put me in a spot. My phone was, pretty old. I have in fact put cellophane tape on it so that the keys don’t fall off – really. I really wanted to see what Android was all about, I mean, everyone was talking about it so much! So, what to buy? A good phone? or a half decent tablet?
I ditched the phone idea, because frankly, I needed a big screen to read and surf. And even though the keys were falling off, it did one thing properly- make calls and send/receive msgs. I didn’t have any real issue with it. So, I decided to get myself a tablet.
I always thought that one couldn’t get a decent tablet for under 10k. I looked at the Micromax tablet in an electronics store, and I wasn’t impressed by it, looked too small for some reason, but also looked well worth the price of 6.5k. So, I started scouting the internet for good sub-10k tablets.
Googling away, I could see that most websites had recommended a tablet from a company called iBerry. I was thinking, “What the hell, there is no way I am going to be called the owner of an iBerry tablet.” Brand- consciousness has become a very basic instinct, you see.
It turns out, though, that the tablet is excellent. It offers awesome features for a very affordable price. Even 13k tablets from companies like iBall, HCL, Reliance were no match to this. That’s when I had made my decision.
The brand conscious part of my brain was hesitant, but I had made my decision, and once I make a commitment, I then don’t even listen to myself. (No offense to Sallu fans)
I mean, just think about it, all tablets anyways have the same components, same processor from the same company, same RAM, etc, and all of them have android, so it doesn’t make a difference, eventually. Of course, my basic aim was to look for a gadget that could help me surf the net, and read pdfs. That was getting satisfied by every tablet I saw, and all of them had about a 6hr battery life on average.
There is one problem with sub 10k tablets though – most of them don’t have SIM slot, bluetooth, GPS. Mine wasn’t different, but, woh chalta hain, I reasoned.
Obviously, my parents weren’t really thrilled when they heard the iBerry name. “Atleast buy that Reliance tablet, you cannot trust these local companies, see the name itself sounds so fishy!”, they said. But I somehow convinced them and got myself an iBerry BT07i tablet, with a 1GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 2GB flash extendable upto 32 GB, an OpenGL accelerator, motion sensors, 5 touch capacitive touchscreen, and most important of all – Android 4.0.3- Ice Cream Sandwich! All for a price of 7.8k!
I was pretty impressed by touchscreen response, and the looks and build quality would make someone confuse this for a Galaxy tab itself!
The charger started giving problems, though, so I asked for a replacement of the charger, and I had it delivered to my doorstep in 2 days, all the way from Chennai. Not bad for a “local” company I’d say.
Its been about one week, and I absolutely LOVE my tablet. I’ve installed many apps and am beginning to see what the excitement was all about. The market is amazing! Personally I feel, it doesn’t matter, after a limit, as to what hardware you have. If your software works like magic, that’s all you need to love your device!
So what effect will a new gadget have? Will it make one more connected? Or will it make one more dis-connected?
Only time will tell.