Android Tablets

PTCL Evo Tab Review

PTCL 3G Evo Tab

First, I’d like to apologize for such a late review of the PTCL 3G Evo Tab. Last few days went through two major mishaps for me: a hard disk crash which lost about 800GB of my data and I’m suffering from Dengue fever (seems like now I’m in the recovering stage, but still, fever goes on) which is spreading a lot in Lahore these days.

Coming back to the topic, here is the long-promised review. I spent a pretty long time with the PTCL Evo Tab. Took it to Murree, performed 3G speed tests at various places and compared it with the PTCL Evo WiFi Cloud, made phone calls with the tablet and of course, tried many apps on it.

Let’s begin with the review now.

PTCL 3G Evo Tab Review

PTCL announced their first Android tablet on August 14, an entry-level tablet, but perfect for browsing the web and checking your emails on the go. PTCL 3G Evo Tab is like a mobile with a bigger screen and provides you the same powerful functionality of Android as other Android smartphones.

PTCL 3G Evo Tab

Just to make it clear, I’m not going to compare the PTCL 3G Evo Tab with any other high-end Android tablets available in the market right now, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Motorola XOOM, Galaxy Tab 10.1 etc.

PTCL Evo Tab is a hybrid EVDO/UMTS tablet with a 7-inch screen, multitouch display, 800 MHz processor, 512MB RAM, 5 megapixels camera and is powered with Android 2.2 (Froyo). Let’s take a look at the specifications in a bit more detail.

PTCL 3G Evo Tab: Specifications

  • Display: 7.0-inch TFT LCD display (800 x 480 pixels)
  • Processor/EVDO: 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7627T (Turbo) processor, 3G EVDO-enabled Tablet, supports all GSM and CDMA SIMs
  • Camera: 5 megapixels camera with autofocus, front camera for video calls
  • Video: Video recording at standard resolution
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 512MB internal storage, supports microSD card upto 32GB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, microUSB, 2 SIM slots
  • Other: A-GPS, 3.5 mm jack, accelerometer, Quick Office, PTCL News Bits app
  • Battery: 7 hours usage, 72 hours standby (with 3G) and 140 hours standby (without 3G).
  • OS: Android 2.2.1 Froyo

And now, let’s continue with the rest of the review in detail.

PTCL 3G Evo Tab: Design

PTCL 3G Evo Tab

PTCL Evo Tab is flat on the front and back. On the front, just above the large 7-inch display, you see a front-facing camera for video calls on the top-right corner and the Evo Tab logo in the middle. And below the screen, you see the three standard capacitive buttons: Back, Menu and Home keys.

PTCL 3G Evo Tab

On the back side of the Evo Tab, there is a 5.0 megapixels camera along with PTCL, IVIO and Android brandings. Not to forget, there is also a card-hook-type something at the back where you can hook a card and make your tablet stand without the need of a dock or a separate stand. Neat! Perfect for watching videos on YouTube.

On the sides, you can find the power button, volume controls, speakers and tiny reset button (for just in case, you ever need it) while on the left side, there is the built-in mic for making voice calls or to record audio.

PTCL 3G Evo Tab

PTCL 3G Evo Tab

Bottom of the PTCL Evo Tab has 2 SIM slots, a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB of memory card, a 3.5mm audio/headset jack and a microUSB slot for charging the tablet or PC connectivity.

We did an unboxing video of the PTCL Evo Tab a few days back. Do check it out below.

PTCL 3G Evo Tab: Display

The 7.0-inch TFT capacitive display screen on the PTCL Evo Tab is certainly not the best we have seen, but justifies to the price PTCL is asking for this Android tablet. The resolution of the display screen is 800 x 480 pixels, which I feel is a bit low for the device. It should have been around 1024 x 600 pixels, but again, we never had any issues with the display apart from some apps that do not enlarge on larger screens i.e Android app.

PTCL 3G Evo Tab

Viewing angles of the screen were much better than most of the other low-end Android tablets. And when in direct sunlight, leave the brightness sensor to automatic and it will adjust the screen brightness according to the outdoor lights. This was another feature that many Android phones (my experience with Samsung Galaxy S) have issues with, but PTCL Evo Tab went great with that.

PTCL 3G Evo Tab: Processor / Gaming

PTCL Evo Tab is powered with a 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7627T (Turbo) processor, which is almost equivalent to the processing capabilities of the Google Nexus One. This processor includes, 800MHz of applications processing, 400MHz of communication/modem processing, 320MHz DSP for multimedia and Adreno 200 GPU for graphics. We went a bit too technical, eh?

The tablet might lag at a few graphics-intensive apps, but overall speed has been pretty fair. The unit we got with the initial software running on it was pretty slow and apps kept crashing due to low internal memory – but after the latest Android software update released by PTCL, the tablet is quite responsive now and significant performance fixes have been made. In short, PTCL made us happy!

PTCL 3G Evo Tab

PTCL has a very extensive step-by-step tutorial on how to update your PTCL Evo Tan, but if you still run into any issues, ping me up and I’ll be glad to help anyone with the update.

PTCL Evo Tab is not built for high-end gaming, but you can still play some optimized games on the tablet like Angry Birds, Doodle Jump etc. They work just perfect. Do watch the video above!

PTCL 3G Evo Tab: Camera

PTCL 3G Evo Tab

A slight printing glitch shows on the box that the PTCL Evo Tab has a 3.2 megapixels camera, but it actually is 5 megapixels. Camera quality is good – in fact much better than many existing Android phones.

For those who have played with the PTCL E3G Evo Tab, don’t judge the camera quality by just taking a look at the photos on the Tab itself. You get the full quality of the photos on a PC. I have attached a couple of sample photos taken from Evo Tab’s camera below, and no, that is NOT me in the second photo! 😉

PTCL 3G Evo Tab

PTCL 3G Evo Tab

Evo Tab also has a VGA front-camera for self-photos and of course, for making video-calls using Fring, Tango or any other app. There is an extra setting added by PTCL to configure your default camera (front or rear) to counter incompatibility of apps.

Here is a sample video shot using the rear camera of the PTCL Evo Tab:

Remember, the Camera app won’t work without a SD card.

PTCL 3G Evo Tab: Body/Build Quality

This is where I was very much impressed. Until I didn’t have the tablet in my hands, I thought it to be of a plastic body, but the first time I held it in my hands, it felt no less than a HTC product with a solid feel and hard build quality. PTCL Evo Tab seems to have a Teflon finish.

PTCL Evo Tab weighs 429g and is 12mm thin. Might be a bit heavy for some users, but from what I have seen, people like heavy mobile products.

PTCL 3G Evo Tab

PTCL 3G Evo Tab: 3G Evo Connectivity

This is one of the most important features of the PTCL 3G Evo Tab – inbuilt connectivity for PTCL’s 3G EVO. Now you can surf the web, watch YouTube videos, check emails etc. on the go without having to depend on WiFi or GPRS/EDGE connection.

PTCL 3G Evo Tab

You can switch between GPRS/EDGE and 3G with just a reboot of the tablet. Evo Tab gives you the option for 2 SIM slots and supports all GSM and CDMA SIM cards. You can have your both SIMs inserted, but use one at a time. This is also available in the Settings.

I recently had a trip to Murree, and had the Evo Tab with me. During the trip, I noticed that even if the 3G signals die out, you will still be connected to PTCL’s standard dial-up speed – so in short, you will not get disconnected. And not to forget, the personal hotspot feature. You can even host a hotspot to connect other devices with the 3G Evo connection or use USB tethering to directly connect your PC or laptop.

PTCL 3G Evo Tab: Battery

Battery on the Evo Tab is “just okay”. Not too awesome, but still does the job. It gives 7 hours of normal usage time with some browsing, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Standby time is around 72 hours with 3G and 140 hours standby time without 3G and everything disabled.


If you need a tablet for just browsing or a bit of YouTube surfing, then this can be the perfect tablet for you. Considering the price, you don’t get a full-featured Android tablet at this price. For one year of subscription with Evo Tab that costs Rs. 31,999 – you will just pay Rs. 8,000 for the tablet and the rest goes for the standard Internet rate @ Rs. 2,000 per month for 3G EVO.

PTCL 3G Evo Tab: Gallery


  • Thanks for such a comprehensive review… I hope ptcl will come up again in future with more better and cheap devices… This time I think the screen size and the processor made me to fall back from getting one.

  •  I am using PTCL EVO dongle for the last 2.5 years with unlimited package and for me this tab costs only Rs. 8000 as rest is broadband price. This is a good deal, buying today.

  • hey i was losing the applications kh it stucked all of sudden aur nah kuch close ho rha hy nah open for last 2hours.wat should i do?

  • Hi bro i sorted the first problem now once try to update it stops and gives error as following :

    E: failed to seek in /sd card/
    E: signature verificaton failed
    Instalation aborted

  • Keep device unplugged when starting update process. With power attached pressing power+volume won’t work.

  • i just got it but facing one problem and that is battery charging issue 14hrs tak charging pay laga diya but still 30% charged airlink change the cable but still facing same advise me what to do

  • thanks for the review. pls could u let me know if we can view ebooks (epub/pdf files) in this? I basically would like to use it as a ebook reader since there is none available in PK and the ones available are too damn expensive 🙁

  • hey dude tell me can we upgrade its OS to 2.3 for making skype video calls wht u think its a good device to have…nd after inserting memory card can we store more apps on it……

  • hey dude can we connect it to our pc or laptop to get internet access …nd can we upgrade its 0s to andriod 2.3….

  • I have some serious problem with Evo TAB. While I use SIM function it wont allow me to use GPRS along with phone call, I mean to say that phone is off while data GPRS is on (I am not talking about CDMA)

    And when Data mode is off then phone is off (again not talking about CDMA)

    Are you guys also facing same problem.

    my version is MD70-plus-V2.11

  • yes you can use it as e-reader. you have to download application like Kobo or kindle from android market. I am using kobo application which is working ok with epub files. while PDF files can be opened on acrobat reader available with evo tab.

  • hmm thanks for the feedback but now i’m thinking of getting toshiba thrive or just B&N ebook reader… 🙂

  • Hi Haris, thanks for this comprehensive review. I would like to know whether it is possible to obtain only the tablet without the PTCL stuff somewhere in Lahore or Islamabad? Is anything like that even available in Pakistan?

    Also, can you please tell whether this is a resistive touch-screen or an iPad like touch-screen?

    Thanks again.

  • No, you can’t buy this tablet without the PTCL Evo hardware or subscription. It is a bundled package that comes with it. And its touchscreen is somewhere between a resistive one and a capacitive one.

  • Thankx Man! It Wax An Awesome Review…!

    The Only Question Is PTCL Says Itx 3.1 Mbps..! If It Is Then Uh Should Hav Got Downloading Speed Between 300kbps to 360kbps??
    The Downloading Speed Uh Got Is For 1Mbps Connections…!
    Nd How The Hell The Uploading Speed Is That Much…!
    Im A Bit Confused…!=P

    Nd I Need Ur Suggestion I’ve Used Galaxy S2, Galaxy Mini nd Galaxy Ace… What Would Uh Recommend?? Should I Buy PTCL Evo Tab?? As Im Just Looking For Itx Internet Connection So I Dont Have To Look For WIFI Or To Spend My Money On Expensive GPRS Pakages…!

    In Future Is There Any Possibility That It Will Get “GingerBread”, “HoneyComb” or “IceCreamSandwich”…!=P


  • hello. i am selling my 3G Ptcl Evo Tab with 8 months internet still on it and in its original packaging n warranty cards. The demand is Rs. 25,000. Contact 0321-5212111

  • hi mai ya kharedna chahta ho,,,but kia is me sim card available hai ? and iske ilwa aor koye model hai ? hia to kaonsi? iske price kia hai? plz tal me…    [email protected]   and contacte no..  03333446005

  • aoa
    CAN WE UPGRADE ITS OS TO ANDROID 2.3?????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • It’s a bit off question regarding Android usage in Pakistan, would Toshiba thrive tablet be compatible with ptcl internet stick?

  • My evo tab only gives sound in one head phone for music etc (and yes i have tried the headset on other devices..they are good)

    Anyone who can help with tht?