If you are planning to buy a tablet you will have a plethora of options and that too at different price points. From Rs 3,000 to Rs 60,000, tablets are available in all price brackets.
One has to make his choice quite wisely because, as in the case of cheap smartphones, low budget tablets have bare minimum specifications and may ruin your experience. Remember Aakash tablet, the world’s cheapest tablet? Though it gained a lot of eyeballs, consumers were heartbroken when they used it.
So here we have listed the five best tablets and to take care of your monetary concerns, we have chosen these devices from various price points.
Apple iPad (4th generation)
With its 9.7 inch screen and a single home button, Apple iPad (4the generation) looks just like second and third-generation iPads. But that’s where the difference ends. It has a new lightning connector, retina display, quad core graphics chip, and a faster new Apple A6X system-on-chip mobile processor.
The 4th generation Apple iPad has an amazing display and its performance can give the chills to any other top end tablet in the market. Also, it has a wonderful range of third-party apps specifically designed for Apple tablets. For shutter bugs it has a 5 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front camera.
Prices for the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB WiFi only models of iPad (4th generation) are Rs 31,900, Rs 37,900 and Rs 43,900 respectively. On the other hand, its 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB storage versions with the 3G + WiFi option are priced at Rs 39,900, Rs 45,900 and Rs 51,900 respectively. As per your requirement, you can choose one of the above mentioned combinations.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes in three versions – T311, T310, and T210. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 T310 and T311 are similar except for the fact that the latter comes with SIM calling while the former is a WiFi-only tablet. Since we reviewed the Tab 3 T311 and found it to be good, we also expect the others to be of equally good quality.
Tab 3 T311 is available for around Rs 23,000 while the Tab 3 T310 can be bought for less than Rs 20,000. Both the T310 and T311 have an 8 inch display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, Android Jelly Bean 4.2 OS, a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, a 64 GB micro SD card slot, 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.9 megapixel front camera and 4450 mAh battery.
Both the tablets have features like Multi Window (access two apps on a single screen), Smart Stay, Reading Mode, IR remote control that can be used as a universal remote, and Pop up video.
Among all the handsets in our top 5 list, Xperia Tablet Z is the only water and dust resistant tablet to let the user enjoy multimedia content in any kind of environment.
The Xperia Tablet Z(https://www.themobileindian.com/news/11077_Hands-on:-Sony-Xperia-Z-tablet) runs on Android 4.2.2 and has a 10.1 inch LCD display with 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. Sony has packed a quad core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 mobile processor inside with 2 GB RAM.
This powerful tablet comes with 16 GB on-board storage for India region. At the rear, it packs an 8 megapixel camera with Exmor R mobile image sensor for great quality photos even in low light conditions. The front facing 2.1 megapixel camera is capable of holding a full HD 1080p video chat.
The tablet supports LTE, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi and NFC as well. You get GPS and TV out with DLNA and MHL (HDMI function though USB). Sony Xperia Tablet Z comes with a 6000 mAh battery and at 6.9 mm thickness it is even thinner than the Apple iPad Mini tablet. It is priced at around Rs 40,000.
Asus Google Nexus 7 (32 GB)
Google Nexus 7 (32 GB) tablet made by Asus comes in two variants – WiFi only for around Rs 13,000 and 3G+ WiFi version for around Rs 15,999. Please note that in the 3G version one cannot make calls as the 3G can be used only for data connectivity. There is a 16GB+WiFi version of the Nexus 7 as well, which is available for as low as Rs 9,999.
The Asus Nexus 7 comes with a 7 inch IPS screen with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and 10 finger multi-touch support. The tablet sports a quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with 1.2 GHz clockspeed along with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It has 1 GB RAM, a
1.2 megapixel front camera, Bluetooth, 4325 mAh battery and NFC connectivity as well.
Xolo Play Tab
A couple of days back Xolo launched the first Tegra based tablet, called Xolo Play Tab 7.0 for Rs 12,999. This is Xolo’s second tablet after the Xolo Tab, which was launched sometime back with a quad core Snapdragon processor.
The Xolo Play Tab comes with a Tegra 3 mobile processor which has four performance cores and one battery saving core. To assist in high end gaming there is a 12-core Nvidia ULP GeForce graphics processing unit in the tablet. The Play Tab has a 7 inch IPS-LCD display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.
Besides, the 338 gram weighing Xolo Play Tab has 8 GB in-built memory, 32 GB expandable storage slot, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, 2 megapixel front camera, and 1 GB RAM. There is no rear camera in the tablet. Also, the tablet has a 4000 mAh battery that is said to provide 8 hours of music playback. The Xolo Play Tab has WiFi, Bluetooth, and micro USB for connectivity but it has no SIM connectivity.