Many of us have been under this misconception for a long time now that it was Apple’s idea of iPad that was the first one its kind and it was after that the revolutionary change occurred in the industry of tablets. I think it’s safe to say the latter is true but Apple was not the unique innovator in this field. We have had failures in the past that did not take off because of the obvious reason that we were not ready to be enameled by the tablets when the PC form factor itself was a new concept for many. Microsoft, Nokia and HP were amongst the few who were reinventing the idea of computing before Apple succeeded in the late 2000s.
The success of Apple was because of the innovative use of multi-touch screen, slimmer design and faster and better UI for the users to access their basic necessities that come up from the constant need to be in touch with technology within ease and comfort. By then, PCs were more or less part of a good number of households and technology had integrated in our lives much more than it had just a decade ago.
Now, with more tablets just within our reach, we are left with options to choose from and select the best ones within a certain budget. There are high-end tablets as well for those who want faster, better and smoother performance but then again, not all want such tablets and are fine with something that fits the pocket. The market for mid-range tablets exists to indulge those who want something that works efficiently, giving them access to basic stuff like surfing the Internet, and watching videos and listening to music on the go.
Google Nexus 7
Google had also entered into the industry of smartphones and tablets but that was after introducing Android OS to the world. Google does not bombard products like Samsung does and they only have the Nexus series, made in collaboration with manufacturers. The Nexus 7 is an amazing deal when seen against other tablets, as it comes with a 7-inch IPS LCD display screen of 1280X800 resolution at 216ppi density. The processor is a 1.2GHz quad-core NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 CPU and GeForce GPU and 1GB RAM, which is incredible considering the amount of money this tablet costs.
It comes with an internal storage of 8GB and 32GB and no external storage support. It has 1.2MP front-facing camera and you can connect via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC. Why does this make the best deal? Thanks to quad-core CPU, it is blazing fast and comes with a stock Android, making the UI very easily navigable and just the way Google intended it to be. The 16GB version is priced at Rs. 16,000 and 32GB is priced at Rs. 19,000.
Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite
This tablet comes from a Chinese networking and telecommunication maker who has dominated the market by supplying most of their equipment service to many countries. They have now entered the smartphone and tablet market and introduced MediaPad 7 Lite that comes with a 7-inches IPS LCD display screen of 1024*600p resolution at 170ppi. It powered by a single-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex A-8 CPU and 1GB RAM and comes with Android ICS installed.
The built-in storage is 8GB and support of up to 32GB for external storage. There are two cameras – 3.2MP rear-camera and 0.3MP for the front. It supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 2G/3G connection. Overall, it has a good display, audio and comes in a metallic chassis made with silvery aluminum alloy. The downside is its single-core CPU that gives slow and dull performance and the older Android version. This tablet is priced at around Rs. 15,300.
Micromax Funbook Pro
Micromax didn’t stop itself from entering the tablets as well when it ventured into smartphone industry. They released their own tablet that meets up the specs of a mid-range tablet to satisfy those who don’t want to spend an exorbitant amount of money on high-end tablets. It comes with a 10.1-inches TFT LCD display screen with 1024X600 resolution. The processor is a 1.2GHz single-core Cortex A8 CPU and comes with Android ICS. Internal storage is 1GB RAM and external storage is available up to 32GB. We also get Wi-Fi and 0.3MP front-camera but that’s about it.
So, what makes this a special deal? The affordable price gives you a larger display with great visuals. There is also an Educational App that gives you access to content from various fields like MBA, CBSE, Engineering Entrance, Commerce and General Knowledge. This makes the deal even better, especially for students. The downside is bad battery life, and of course, there is no support for Bluetooth and SIM card. The price for this tablet is around Rs. 10,000.
Acer Iconia B1
Acer has also long taken the plunge into the industry of smartphones and tablets. Acer, known for their notebooks, netbooks, monitors and desktops, has done well to enter when the time was just right. They introduced the Iconia B1 into the market last year, and it boasted a 7-inch WSVGA TFT display screen with a 1024X600 resolution at 170ppi. It is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz MediaTek CPU and PowerVR GPU and 512MB RAM, which is ideal for a tablet in this category.
It comes with Android Jelly Bean OS. The built in storage is 8GB with an option of an external storage support up to 32GB. You can connect via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and there is a 0.3MP front-camera, making it easier for video chatting. But the downside with this is again low battery life and no support for a SIM card. This tablet is priced around Rs. 8,000.
Karbonn Smart Tab 10
A relatively new manufacturer, Karbonn has joined the fray with the Smart Tab 10. It enters a field where we already have the likes of Samsung, Huawei, Micromax, and Acer. It comes with a 9.7-inches LCD display of 1024*768p resolution. The CPU is a dual-core 1.5GHz, and comes with 1GB RAM and 1.5GB of internal storage and 32GB expandable storage. There is a 2MP rear-camera and a front camera of 0.3MP for video calling. You can connect via Wi-Fi. It comes with Android Jelly Bean OS. There is no major flaw for the price it comes for, which is around Rs. 10,500.
There have been a deluge of new tablets that have been launched over the last year that are catered toward the budget buyer. This year also sees a lot of new additions, making the budget tablet market highly contested.
Ravi Kumar is the editor of AndroidCampus, a tech blog focusing on the latest in the world of Android. In his free time, he likes to read novels, watch movies and game on his Xbox.