Apple’s iPad Mini or Wishtel IRA Icon? Tablet dilemma..

By on December 16, 2012
Tablet dilemma

The need for tablets is emerging as the preferred device for entertainment and content consumption. There has been an increase in tablet market in the years as compared to the computers. The tablet market is the new white-haired growth opportunity in India as well as rest of the world. With the introduction of various domestic and global makes of tablets in India, the market is witnessing a revolution of sorts and gaining popularity of Budget Android Tablets from old and fresh manufacturer around the country.  Even though Apple and Samsung tablets are making their existence, but there is still dominance of regional players like Micromax, Karbonn, Pantel and few others which generate neck to neck competition. Adding to the list of regional players, Wishtel, a Mumbai based tech firm is also not too far behind. By introducing tablet computers Wishtel has unveiled yet another device before the Indian people. The Ira Icon HD by Wishtel is yet another device which launches just before the arrival of Apple iPad Mini in the country. The Wishtel tablet is very similar to Apple’s iPad mini which comes along with advanced 3D graphic enhancers and few other smart features.

Display and Design:

The Wishtel Ira Icon HD is an 8 inch device integrated with TFT LCD multi-touch capacitive display having 800 x 480 pixel resolution where as the Apple’s iPad mini is of 7.9-inch touch screen capacitive display with compact LED backlit IPS LCD having 1024 X 768 resolution and it also features Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. IRA ICON weighs around 50% more than iPad mini with a weight of 600 g and dimension of 210 X 160 X 8m. Though the dimensions are very similar to iPad mini being 200 X 13.7 X 7.2 mm.  

Processor:

Talking about the processor iPad runs on a dual core 1GHz cortex-A9 with A5 chipset and IRA Icon with Android ICS OS, cortex A8 processor powered by 1.2GHz.

Memory and RAM:

Definitely Wishtel couldn’t touch Apple for its memory and RAM. Apple’s memory is twice as that of Wishtel with Wishtel having 8GB of memory and 1GB of RAM and Apple 16GB of memory of 512MB of RAM. But IRA Icon comes with an expandable memory up to 32GB and that is missing with iPad mini

Camera Features:

Wishtel gives great pictures with its 2.0MP rear camera with 1600 X 1200 pixels and front VGA camera of 0.3MP for video calling with 640 X 480 pixels but Apple is Apple. Its rear camera with auto focus lens is of 5.0 MP with 2592 X 1944 pixels and front camera of 1.2 MP with 1280 X 1024 pixels, 720p@30fps for HD videos, face detection, and face time over Wi-Fi.

Connectivity:

The major difference is that of inbuilt 3G with Wishtel as it comes with a 3G SIM slot and for iPad mini doesn’t feature an inbuilt but yes, you can buy a 3G package. With not a very major difference in its W-Fi and blue-tooth connectivity, iPad mini comes with only 2.0USB port but Wishtel has taken a step ahead and has provided with a mini and micro USD slot and Mini HDMI port.

ipad mini is prices at Rs.19272/- with great features and IRA Icon is priced at Rs.13, 999/- with similar features. Though iPad mini supersedes IRA Icon but not sure if it will be able to supersede IRA Icon on the pricing front. Well, if it’s a brand that matters and not price, then it’s a different ball game all together.

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