Top 5 online tablet deals

There are many top of the line tablets that have recently become cheaper, and are now on our list. Here is our pick.

There are many low cost tablets in the market, with the likes of Spice Mi720, Reliance 3G tab and Beetel Magiq. However, all these tablets come with bare minimum configuration and do not give the same kind of experience as some of the better known brands like Samsung, Asus, HTC and Acer do. And the best part is that tablets from these makes are now available at a much lower price. Here is a look at some of the options they offer.

BlackBerry PlayBook (20,900)

BlackBerry PlayBook marked the foray of RIM into tablets. Initially the tablet was criticised for being over priced but now the price has comes down to Rs 20900 level. The tablet runs on the QNX operating system and is powered by a Cortex A9 dual core processor with PowerVR SGX540 graphics and 1 GB RAM.

The PlayBook sports a 7 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen that has 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. The high resolution screen also has four-finger, multitouch and gesture support features.

A 5 megapixel camera is loaded at the back of the PlayBook, and records full HD 1080p video in Mpeg format. There is also a 3 megapixel front-facing camera that allows video chatting.

The BlackBerry PlayBook uses a standard 5300 mAh Li-Po battery, which, once fully charged, lasts for up to 7 hours. The PlayBook does not have a microSD memory card slot. You can choose from 16, 32 or 64 GB internal storage space as per your requirements.

Bluetooth connectivity in the PlayBook lets you use a Bluetooth enabled keyboard or mouse to it for ease of use. Other connectivity options include a micro HDMI port, a micro USB port, a charger connector and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The unique feature of the HDMI output is that it can show separate contents on the tablet and the TV to which it is connected.

The Document to Go application lets you view ppt, doc and xls files. You can also create doc and xls files right on the tablet. Connecting to a BlackBerry smartphone via the BlackBerry Bridge allows you to access corporate emails, calendar, address book and the task list in real time. Other business features of the PlayBook include corporate intranet browsing and enterprise VPN.

In case you do not have a Blackberry phone, RIM is offering a BlackBerry Curve 8520 mobile free with the PlayBook 16 GB, which costs about Rs 27,000. It comes with some other free accessories as well; you can read a detailed review of the phone here.

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