Although the tablet world remains dominated by Apple, the tablet world is now becoming far more competitive. However, it isn’t just Samsung that want a piece of the action. Google have recently released the Nexus 7 and more and more companies are offering budget priced tablets in a bid to break into this very lucrative market.
With an increasing number available, we have selected a few that may be worth considering if you are thinking of buying a tablet this year.
Lava Android ICS E-Tab Z7H is being released as we speak and is definitely one worth considering. With a 7 inch screen, this handy portable tablet has 512 MB of RAM and 4GB storage. The tablet comes complete with a Tata Photon Plus dongle to ensure you have immediate internet access for a little extra. Specs include an 800 x 480 pixel screen, 1.2GHz single core Cortex A8 processor, built in Wi-Fi and is 3G compatible.
If this isn’t enough to entice you into buying the newest tab from Lava then there is also a free book bundle worth Rs 4,000 and a music and movies package worth Rs 1.250. If anything one of the few weaknesses of this tablet is the front facing camera which is only 0.3 Megapixel. However, at a price of Rs 5,499 this is sure to be a major competitor in the tablet market this year.
At under Rs 2,600 the Aaakash 2 looks like it will be a big hit with students over the coming months. The first version, which is regarded as the cheapest tablet in the world, has had some distribution problems, however, it’s hoped that this won’t be the same with the new updated version. With an 800 MHz processor the new version will be substantially quicker than its predecessor.
Specs are likely to be the same as the first model with an 800 x 480 resistive touchscreen display. It has GPRS and Wi-Fi connectivity and can be used with a data card. The device has 256 MB of RAM and 2 GB internal storage and with only a 2100 mAH battery, users will have to recharge often. Make no mistake, this isn’t the best tablet around, but for those operating on a tight budget such as students this is an ideal first tablet to own. Let’s just hope distributers can hit their target of 100,000 by the end of 2012.
The Apple iPad needs no introduction and for very good reason. Apple have been the world leader for the last few years and this looks set to continue. With over 60% of the tablet market, its dominance is no coincidence and with the iPad 3 you can see why. The new iPad or iPad Retina, as it is popularly known, this is due to its stunning display which is already becoming a big hit across the world. AT RS 32,000 it is quite costly, but if you can afford it, this is still the best option available. It has the same 9.7 inch display but as always with Apple, it’s an improvement on its predecessor.
Faster than the iPad 2 the latest model has an a5x processor, a 5 megapixel iSight camera which gives you sensational HD video recording and a whopping ten hours of battery life. Its new amazing retina display with 2056 x1536 pixel resolution is 4 times the res of the iPad 2 and promises an unrivalled picture. As always this list of available Apple exclusive apps is growing with the store now having over 200,000. With apps such as Garage Band which allows you to play a variety of instruments to the Things for iPad app that helps you organise your life so you don’t miss that all important meeting there is an app for everyone.
The great thing about the tablet market is that there is now device for everyone regardless of your budget. Whilst the specs vary substantially, all will do the basics, it’s just a matter of finding the one for enjoy.
Tablets vary wildly in price too; some are becoming very affordable, whilst others are at the top end of the price scale. Not forgetting the upcoming Surface tablet from Microsoft, which will be out around October and will have a similar price to the iPad, there’s also the Nexus and the Amazon Fire, both of which are about half the price of the top end tablets.
There’s an amazing amount of choice available so really shop around, have a good look at the specifications and price and most importantly, have fun.
Guest Author: Kerry Butters contributes ‘Best Tablets in India 2012’ on behalf of Broadband Genie, the consumer information site for broadband, smartphones and tablets.