Here are the very best in tablets that will ease your reading, entertainment and also provide you enough computing support.
Out of several tablets available in the Indian market, we have carefully chosen five top tablets that pack great value when it comes to money and most importantly - battery life.
Apple iPad (Fourth Generation)
Apple's iPad tablet has been leading the Indian market ever since its introduction. Apple recently announced the fourth generation iPad tablet with powerful dual-core Apple A6X mobile processor. This tablet essentially replaces the third generation iPad tablet with dual-core Apple A5X mobile processor. One does not have to spend months to learn new features as most functions are well implemented.
The new Apple iPad packs the same 9.7-inch touchscreen display but packs 2056x1536 pixel resolution with pixel density at 264 pixels per inch. The display also has fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating. It packs a dual-core Apple A6X mobile processor with quad-core graphics. Apparently, this mobile processor provides serious improvement in performance over the
Apple A5X processor used in the third generation iPad. Featuring the new Lightening connector, the new iPad tablet has a 5 megapixel iSight camera with five element lens and f/2.4 aperture. In the front lies a 1.2 megapixel camera that promises HD FaceTime video chat. This tablet has been widely adored mostly because of its battery life which lasts up to 10 hours.
Apple India sells the iPad Retina in WiFi only and WiFi+3G models. The Apple iPad Retina WiFi costs Rs 30,500 (16 GB), Rs 36,500 (32 GB), and Rs 42,500 (64 GB) where as the WiFi+3G Models are sold at Rs 38,900 (16 GB), Rs 44, 900 (32 GB), Rs 50,900 (64 GB).
Google Nexus 7 Tablet
Google and Asus recently announced the highly anticipated Nexus 7 tablet; it was finally launched in India last month. This is a Google Experience Device that means it gives pure Android experience, without any modification. It is an affordable tablet that runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. Google has also started rolling out the new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for this tablet as well.
About 11 mm thick, the Nexus 7 tablet packs quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 mobile processor paired with 1 GB RAM. At this moment, Asus offers only 16 GB version of the tablet in India while the 32 GB version and another with 3G is expected in coming few weeks. This tablet packs pure Google Android Experience but does not offer some of the crucial features such as micro SD card. It has a 7-inch IPS panel LCD display with 1280x800 pixel resolution. There is a 1.2 megapixel camera in the front for video chat. Besides, the tablet features Nea Field Communication chip. Other features include WiFi, Bluetooth, Accelerometer, Gyroscopic Sensor, Proximity Sensor and e-Compass.
Officially the Google Nexus Tablet is being sold for Rs 19,999 and you can get a better deal on the same online.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
Transformer Prime offers best of both worlds - large touchscreen and a full keyboard dock. Aside from transforming from tablet to laptop the device also gets double the battery life and a whole new set of functionality as well with the use of the dock. The Eee Pad Transformer Prime features a 10.1 inch Super IPS Panel capacitive display supporting ten finger multi-touch. The display is manufactured using the Corning Gorilla Glass technology to make it scratch proof and provide it strength.
Transformer Prime tablet comes with Android 3.2 Honeycomb pre-loaded and now the company has started releasing the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the same. Asus has packed the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core mobile processor paired with 1 GB RAM for smooth Android experience. The tablet has an 8 megapixel back camera with flash to click high quality images and capture full HD quality video. In the front lies 1.2 megapixel camera for video chats. Other features of the tablet include an HDMI port, a micro SD card reader, and audio port. Asus has added G-sensor, light sensor and gyroscope to provide better gaming experience with most advanced games.
Asus Transformer Prime is being sold in 32 GB for roughly Rs 37,600 and 64 GB for Rs 44,500 approximately.
Samsung Galaxy Note 800
Samsung has introduced its top of the line Galaxy Note 800 tablet with 10.1-inch capacitive display with 1280x800 pixel resolution. This tablet was touted to compete with the Apple iPad tablet but nowhere close to the Retina display. The new Galaxy Note 800 features mesh of speakers on each side of bezel in landscape mode.
Samsung has packed a powerful quad-core 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos 4 Quad 4412 mobile processor couple with 2 GB RAM. While this tablet arrives with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the box, the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update has started rolling out for this tablet. On top of Android, this tablet uses TouchWiz user interface. This tablet also comes with S Pen stylus to support the several note-taking, drawing, sketching and other gestures. At the back of Note 800 lies a 5 megapixel camera which can record HD videos while the front 1.9 megapixel camera is meant for HD quality video chats.
Samsung Galaxy Note 800 is being sold in India at Rs 37,500 for 16 GB and micro SD card slot can accommodate up to 32 GB memory card.
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook
The BlackBerry PlayBook has faced tough competition but due to unfortunate delays, it has taken a backseat. Nevertheless, the BlackBerry Playbook packs a stellar hardware and delivers smoother usage experience. The PlayBook runs the QNX operating system married with BlackBerry OS. This tablet is a dual-core Texas Instruments processor with a PowerVR SGX540 graphics chip and 1 GB RAM. Several tests conclude that the PlayBook has the most responsive touchscreen display.
RIM has packed a 7-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. This display supports four point, multi-touch and gesture support. At the back lies a 5 megapixel camera to record full HD 1080p videos. The front facing 3 megapixel camera allows video chats. PlayBook does not have a micro SD memory card slot but it comes in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB storage options. If you have BlackBerry smartphone then PlayBook can be used as its large screen to check mails or use BBM. RIM has pushed the PlayBook 2.1 OS software update that also brings several Android apps and more fancy features.
RIM PlayBook is available at different prices while you can manage to grab the 64 GB version for as low as Rs. 16,000 online alone with warranty.
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