Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
27th Aug 2014
Tablets are not a laptop replacement, but they are quite good at few tasks such as video playback, web surfing, and casual gaming. Simple user interface, quick boot times, and truckload of apps make them more appealing. While using a tablet is easy, purchasing the right one is not. That's why we publish a list of top tablets in every price range. After suggesting tablets under Rs 10,000, 20,000, and 30,000, here are some recommendations for those who don't mind paying premium for a good slate:
Apple iPad Air
Street Price: Starts From Rs 36,000
Apple's latest tablet, the iPad Air sports a 9.7-inch IPS screen with pixel dimensions of 1536x2048. Similar to the iPhone 5S, the iPad Air boasts of the A7 chipset that offers console grade graphics for games. It features a 5 megapixel rear snapper, while there's a 1.2 MP front-facing camera for video chat. On the software front, you get iOS 7 out of the box. The user interface is buttery smooth. Plus, Apple's App Store offers a rich selection of software. What makes it stand out is the sleek aluminium body. At 7.5 mm it's one of the thinnest tablet in the market. For a change, Apple has priced it quite sensibly. You can pick-up the basic version starting from Rs 36,000.
Samsung GALAXY Tab S 10.5
Street Price: Rs 44,800
Powered by the octa-core Exynos chipset, the GALAXY Tab S 10.5 isn't the fastest tablet in the market, but it does feature the best display on any 10-incher. The AMOLED screen produces vibrant colours and amazing contrast. It sports an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and a 2.1 megapixel front-facing snapper for selfies. Other specs include 3 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Infrared port, fingerprint scanner, A-GPS, and 7900 mAh battery. The tablet runs Android 4.4 (KitKat). We are not fans of Samsung's heavily customised TouchWiz UI, but it gets the work done anyway.
Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx K3011
Street Price: Rs 31,900
If you're looking for a tablet that actually lets you work, Lenovo has got your covered. The IdeaTab Lynx K3011 boasts of a 11.6-inch screen with 1366x768 pixels. It is an IPS panel so expect wide-viewing angles. The 1.8 GHz Intel Clover Trail ATOM Z2760 processor runs full-fledged Windows 8 OS effortlessly. Multitasking is taken care off by 2 GB RAM. The tablet features a 2 megapixel camera for Skyping. There's an onboard micro HDMI port for mirroring screen on HD televisions. Other features include 64 GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 2 USB ports, and 6800 mAh battery. What's more, with a keyboard dock accessory, you can transform this tablet into a netbook.
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