BSNL Penta IS701C Hand on Review

And it has been unreal so far. Every 5 out of 10 inquirers ask about BSNL Penta 701c Tablet PC, about its performance, features, availability, price and what not. So, we couldn’t resist much and get our hands on this very Tab so that we can tell you all about this tablet.

  • See the Specification and features list of Penta Is701c Here.

NOTE: BSNL Penta IS701c at Rs 2499 offer is no more valid. See here the list of Tablet below Rs 5000.

So now, first and foremost, let’s start with how the appearance of the Tab is?

I have a white cased beautiful looking 7 inch Tab in my hand and the appearance is very soothing, the credit goes to the white color casing of the Tab.

bsnl penta hand on review

How heavy is the Tab?

A little more than what you would think but is ideal and feels good and griped.

Is it an early riser; startup time?

It takes almost a minute for this Tab to start and initialize completely. The first sound which bursts out of the tablet as soon we start the tablet might scare you to run away. But after that, it is just normal.

How nippy is it inside run; switching screens and inside the menu?

This is something which is really impressive at this price. I have used the Tab for at least an hour now but the moment out of any running application, I can browse for another without experiencing any delayed response. So, I could say 701C is surprisingly seamless, given the price.

How big storage is featured here?

The storage status is: 4GB internal which expandable up to 32GB using external memory card. Fair enough!

What about the processor and the RAM?

‘Decent’ is the word keeping in mind the price at which one can buy this Tab. Both complement each other very nicely and not very often you would feel disappointed by its performance.

Is screen resolution good enough?

Well screen resolution seems to be an issue. If you are used to higher end Tabs you might find this one a bit repulsive. Having said that, the Tab’s resolution is just as good as any other budget Tablet in the price vicinity of Penta 701c. Now the issue is also the viewing and. Of course you don’t get it as broad as a mid range or high range tablet pc. But it all boils down to the fact that with its price, 701c is still a good buy.

Can I insert a SIM?

No, no chance.

The big question: How about the dongle support for the internet?

Well, I tried this Penta 701c Tab with three different dongles and with three different SIMs. The three different dongles which I used were MTS, IDEA and Airtel. The different SIMs used were Docomo, Idea and Airtel. I paired each one of the available options and could reach to the successful internet connectivity every time.

So, I assert you don’t have to worry much about dongle support here. We have also uploaded a video on the Youtube showing how to connect BSNL Penta 701c to the internet successfully using different dongles.

By any chance GPS or at least A-GPS is featured inside?

No, not yet. Let’s hope the makers incorporate this technology very soon as a few others have already started coming up with Tabs with A-GPS in this very budget segment.

What are the major worries tied to this Tab?

1> The Tab gets heated up too quickly, which might spoil your longer experiences with the Tab.

2> Though the battery back-up is alright, making it i.e. charging it full takes a lot of time(near about 4hrs)

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  • Mr.raj kp

    19.12.2013 ko mera penta tab. device centre pahucha par aajtak(21.5.2014) koi response nahi hai.kharidne ke pahale soch le .

  • Visakh

    hey please help me i can’t connect my penta IS701C to pc using usb too. When i connect my tab using usb a notification will apper on the screen of tab usb connected and when i turn it on nothing will happen in my pc no box or folder will open so i can’t copy any apk or music pictures etc to my tab plz help me

  • Ravindra

    Please friends dont buy any Penta Tabs. !!

    Reasons …
    Worst customer service & service center ever I saw in my life ….

    WS802C ID: NOV P 40

    I had given the Tab for service in the month of November, due to touch screen issue, after waiting for three months I got the replacement, tab which was gave for service was brand new but the received tab is physically damaged and battery backup is very low, when I complained to the service centre they gave me option to accept tab or to buy new,  so guys don’t go for the Penta Tab.

    Dissatified with service and product.
    So friends please don’t buy any PENTA tabs better to take chines Tab but not Penta Tab ..!!!

    Its not only for me I saw many customer suffering from same problem.

    Ravindra Paswan

  • chinmoy das

    I want to buy it. Can can I play hd game like nove 3,modern combatb 4, nfs mw etc without any problem..

    • Tablet Guru


  • koustav koner

    I have a reliance netconnect 1x ac 8720 dongle.Is it supported in BSNL Penta IS701C?

    • Tablet Guru


  • Sandeep

    As far I know , It’s only support only specific dongle with no sim support. How ever I don’t recommend it to anyone.

  • Dipan Mridha

    I am planning to buy a bsnl penta is701c. i have a reliance netconnect ZTE AC2726 dongle . Kindly suggest me is it going to work or not.

    • Tablet Guru

      Yes it will work. See the demo here

    • sayed azaaruddeen

      its waste tab dont buy it, it hangs, get heated,stuck .its totally waste of money .i buy this bsnl tablet for 5200 rs but it is now dead its performance is very low rather buy some company tablet like Samsung ,apple.

      • Tablet Guru

        If your tablet is dead try re-installing Android.

      • T.M.Ganesan

        I agree. It heats up quickly and the charge does not last long. It hangs and reset does not work. List of Service centres is not uptodate.when I approached two service centres listed by Penta , they said they are no more the authorised service centres and declined to take up service. As of now I have the tablet without any use and nobody to service

  • ankit

    I have BSNL penta is701c and I have forgot my password and I have tried too many pattern attempt and its lock now.

  • Madhusudan

    Hi. Want to gift Penta 701c to my friends son who is in Oman. Any restrictions as far as network lock etc.

    • Tablet Guru

      Nope. No such issue is there.

  • ramniklal marolikar

    I have penta is701c tab. Tata-photon dongle will be supported in it or not.