The best tablets under Rs. 20,000 (up to April 2013)
If you are looking to pick up a tablet in a budget of Rs. 20,000 you have quite a few devices to choose from. Unlike cheaper budget tablets, these devices compromise on fewer features, and bring to the table a set of unique features that set these products apart from their brethren.
You can expect to get a tablet with either a 7-inch or 10-inch display (which are standard sizes), with decent resolution and performance. The hardware powering these devices too is impressive and they have good multitasking capabilities. Some of these tablets also offer users the ability to make calls. The sub-Rs. 20k price bracket also has also sees tablets from big names such as Samsung and Asus.
So, here’s a list of seven tablets in the sub-Rs. 20k price bracket we think you should check out:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 P3100
The Galaxy Tab 2 is Samsung’s venture into the budget tablet category. Priced at Rs. 15,990 the Tab 2 gives users a complete Android experience. The tablet runs Android 4.0 ICS straight out-of-the-box and can be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The interface is skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, which is one of the better-preloaded skins to come on an Android powered device.
The Tab 2 hits the sweet spot between the budget tablets and the iPad. It also has the ability to house a SIM card slot not only to make calls but also to use 3G data to browse the Internet. The rear-facing camera is one of the better cameras available on a tablet in its price range. Playing games, watching videos and browsing the Internet were all a treat on the tablet. Also, if you have used an Android powered Samsung smartphone you will feel right at home with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.
Google Nexus 7
If a true vanilla Android experience along with access to the latest updates is what you seek, then the Nexus 7 is the device for you. It is really smooth and has blazing fast response. For Rs. 15,999 (16GB) and 18,999 (32GB), the Nexus 7 is the best Android experience you can get on a tablet. The lack of 3G support is missed here (the 32GB Nexus 7 3G version is priced at 21,990) but there are workarounds to it.
The Tegra 3 processor along with the IPS display makes multimedia consumption, gaming and browsing the Internet and reading books on the tablet a real treat. The 7-inch form factor is comfortable to use too.
iberry Auxus CoreX2 3G
The best thing about the iberry Auxus CoreX2 3G is its display. The resolution is the same as the Nexus 7 and its overall performance too is good. The power under the hood is impressive and it will run all the apps from the app store with ease. The tablet is capable of multitasking as well.
The CoreX2 3G also has the ability to house a SIM card slot for 3G data as well as calls. The downside is that the onboard speaker is underwhelming. It also runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean straight out of the box. For Rs. 10,990 the Auxus CoreX2 3G can rank high on your consideration list.
Zync Quad 9.7
The Zync Quad 9.7 has a 9.7-inch display. The best part about the display is that it boasts of a resolution of 1536x2048 pixels. That is the same resolution as the 3rd Gen iPad with Retina Display. The display is really crisp and awesome to look at but its brightness could have been better. The tablet has a whopping 8000mAh battery and weighs in at 603 grams.
The Zync Quad 9.7 doesn’t support Bluetooth or feature a SIM card slot, but does have expandable storage via a microSD card slot, as well as Wi-Fi support. It has a 5MP rear facing camera and a 2MP front facing camera. Under the hood, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, Mali-400 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage are present on the tablet. The Zync Quad 9.7 is priced at Rs. 13,990. For the price you pay, you get an interesting feature set and specifications. The tablet runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and can be considered as the poor man’s 9.7-inch Retina Display tablet.
Spice Stellar Pad
The Spice Stellar Pad is a great budget Jelly Bean tablet, perfect for those looking for an affordable 10-inch Android device with solid overall performance. It has good power under the hood, an impressive display, good touch response and clear audio. Sure, it is plagued with some lag and crashing apps, but that is found on all budget tablets.
For Rs. 13,000 you get a 10.1-inch display with a 1280x800 pixel resolution. The display is nice to consume multimedia content on as well as read text and browse the Internet. The hardware is capable of running all the apps from the Play store and the 7600mAh battery has the ability to last for 6.5 hours in continuous video playback.
The specifications of the Videocon VT10 are at par with the Spice Stellar Pad but the VT10 has one advantage - it is better built. The display on the tablet is 10.1-inches with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. The display is vibrant and has good viewing angles.
The Videocon VT10 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean straight out of the box giving you access to Google Now and a slew of features making the tablet smooth to use. The tablet also houses a 6800mAh battery, which will last for a little over 6 hours of continuous playback.
WickedLeak Wammy Magnus
If a powerhouse in terms of performance is what you are looking for, then we suggest you take a look at the Wammy Magnus. In terms of its specifications, it has a 10.1-inch touch screen IPS display with a 1280x800 pixels resolution. A 1.5GHz quad-core processor and SGX544 @8 'cores' GPU, along with 2GB of RAM power the device. It has built-in storage of 16GB expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. WickedLeak claims that the Wammy Magnus supports videos up to 4k resolution (Ultra HD 4096x2160 pixel video decoding).
The tablet also has an 8000mAh battery, which the company claims will last for about 6 to 7 hours. With the power under the hood, the Magnus would be an ideal choice for those looking for a tablet with the ability to multitask. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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