After smartphones and laptops, it’s time to announce our pickings for 2014 in the best tablets category. Just like the laptop section, we have segregated the tablets into three; budget, mid-range and high-end segment. We came across plethora of options this year, from brands like Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, Samsung and Apple among others. The product competition in the tablet market is intense so it become hard to choose the best option, out of
Budget (Under Rs 10,000)
Asus Fonepad 7
Price: Rs 7,999 (approx)
The tablet sports a 7-inch display (1024x600p). Powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Clover Trail Plus Z2520 processor and 1GB RAM, the Fonepad 7 comes with 4GB internal storage expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB). Fonepad 7 runs Android 4.3 with Asus Zen UI running with promised update of Android 4.4 KitKat. It comes packing with a 3950 mAh battery and offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and calling support.
Dell Venue 7
Price: Rs 8,499 (approx)
Dell Venue 7 as the name suggest comes in a 7 inch 1280×800 pixels display form factor and caters to budget conscious users in the country. Packed with Intel Atom chipset and 2 GB RAM, Venue 7 is fitted with 3 MP rear and 0.3 MP front cameras. Loaded with 16 GB expandable storage (12 GB usable), the slate gets backed up by 4100 mAh battery. The tablet has a simple look to it but ably looks sturdy with regards to other devices in this segment.
Mid-range (Rs 12,000 – Rs 20,000)
Lenovo Tab S8
This tablet sports an 8-inch 1280×800 pixel display but strangely gets Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on board. If that wasn’t surprising enough, you get a quad-core Mediatek chipset paired with 1 GB RAM and offering 16 GB expandable memory. For those who like clicking pictures from tablet, the A8-50 comes fitted with a 5 MP rear snapper sans LED flash unit and a front 2 MP shooter for basic video calling. For a tablet, the A8-50 comes handy at 360 gms and dimensions measuring 8.9mm thickness. It gets powered up by a 4200 mAh battery.
Xolo Tegra Note
When Xolo was chosen by Nvidia to promote its high-powered Tegra 4 chipset, we were surprised by decision. The tablet, however, packs in a lot of power and built around a sturdy-yet-smudge magnet body. There’s even stylus on the Tegra Note and that facilitates the use of built-in Nvidia features.
Price: Rs 17,900
High-end (Rs 30,000 – Rs 45,000)
Apple iPad Air 2
Price: Rs 35,900 (16 GB Wi-Fi)
If the first Air iPad was good then iPad Air 2 promises to be better. It sports 9.7 inch 16:9 ratio display and running on the latest iOS 8 platform. Air 2 has been packed in a 6.1 mm thick body, making it first-of-its- kind in the country. Apple has added A8x chipset with possible 2 GB RAM in tow. There’s an 8 MP iSight camera and front HD camera as well.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S
Price: Rs 36,000 (approx)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S comes across as the closest competitor to the iPad series. Tab S packs a superlative 2K display and available in 8.4 and 10.5 inch form sizes. Unlike the iPad, storage is expandable that surely adds up to the attraction factor. In addition to that, the tablet is slim, trim, powerful and most of all, good all-round performer. Only if, Samsung can better the Tab S from looks point of view.
Read also: Samsung Galaxy Tab S review
Honourable mention: Huawei Honor T1, Lenovo Yoga 2