Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
26th Nov 2013
Tablets have been a mystery to me. After dissing the first iPad, I had to eat my words, as Apple's slate garnered tremendously-positive response. One thing is clear; useful or not, people are buying tablets. And if you too have decided to get one for yourself, what better time to make a purchase than Diwali? The pioneer of this market, Apple, has unveiled its next wave of iPads. For a change, Nokia too has unveiled a tablet under the Lumia brand. However, these gadgets will take a few months to reach the Indian market, and may not be within reach of the masses. So let's just check out what's available right now, at various price points.
Asus MeMO Pad ME172V
Price: Rs 5900
The Asus MeMO Pad ME172V is probably the only sub 6k tablet from a reputed brand. It features a 7" display with pixel dimensions of 1024x600. The screen incorporates a 10-point multi-touch display that has LED back-lighting. The tablet is driven by a 1 GHz single-core CPU with a Mali 400 GPU. According to Asus, the slate's 4270 mAh Li-Po battery provides a battery backup time of 7 hours. It runs on Android 4.1, which isn't very new, but then, what more can you ask for Rs 5900?
Google Nexus 7
Price: Rs 10,000
Apart from pure Android experience, it's the pixel-packed 7" IPS screen that makes the Nexus 7 stand out from the crowd. The display is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 3. The tablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset. The ULP Geforce GPU is pretty good at gaming. Other features include 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 4325 mAh battery. Despite the fact that it lacks a microSD card slot, we think it's the best tablet you can get for Rs 10,000.
Apple iPad mini
Price: Rs 21,000
The iPad mini sports a 7.9" IPS screen with pixel dimensions of 1024x768. The tablet's aluminium body is a refreshing change from a horde of plasticky Android tablets in this category. It's powered by the previous-generation A5 chipset, and has a 5 MP camera. Other specs include 16 GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. Like any iDevice, the iPad mini lacks a memory expansion slot, which is Apple's way of ensuring optimal performance. The iPad mini 2 is not yet here, but if you can find one for a similar price, just buy it.
Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 311
Price: Rs 25,000
If you're looking for a mid-range tablet from the Android camp, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 311 is worth your consideration. The tablet features an 8-inch screen with pixel dimensions of 1280x800. It's powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and has 1.5 GB of RAM. For photography, there's a 5 megapixel snapper. Additionally, you get a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 16 GB internal storage, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, and 4450 mAh battery. Plus, I'm sure many will be glad to have full-phone functionality. The Tab 3 311 runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 out of the box, and is available for Rs 25,000.
Apple iPad 4
Starting from Rs 40,000
If you're ready to spend big, there's not a single Android tablet better than the iPad 4. The 9.7-incher features an impressive IPS panel with 2048x1536 pixels. The dual-core A6X chip with quad-core graphics makes sure all the games run smooth on it. Apart from that, you get a 5 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing snapper, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. The tablet is also compatible with Apple's latest iOS7. The iPad 4 base model is priced at Rs 40,000. You can choose the higher variant depending on your storage and connectivity requirements.
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