26/03/2013

Tablets to buy below INR 7k: March 2013

Recently, I was given an option (by my parents) to get a new device within the budget we can afford (and that wasn’t much). Further, I was confused whether I should go for a tablet or a phone at that price point. Finally, I settled on a tablet for the below reasons:
  • (Not everyone may agree on this point, but for me) The screen size of a tablet is best for reading eBooks and other stuffs. Being a heavy reader myself, tablet was always going to be my best bet.
  • Bigger screen size makes videos and games look more pleasant
  • Tablets come with far more lucrative specs than as compared with phones in that range (Don’t get shocked, think for a second)
  • I really hate getting disturbed by spam messages and calls, so, I feel perfectly fine with a tablet that doesn’t come with voice calling.
I am sure may of you won’t agree with me over the majority of the points I stated above, especially the last one. Let it be then, because this post isn’t about why you might prefer a tablet over a phone. As per the headline, I am expected to talk about some budget tablets. So, here I go:

Best budget tablets worth every penny you spend:

BSNL Penta IS701C/ BSNL Penta IS709C:

The reason I am grouping these two tablets together is because they are almost replicas in terms of specifications as well as price.
  • Priced at INR 3,990 (available as low as INR 2,799)
  • Specs to cheer for:
    • 1080p Video Playback
    • 7 inch Capacitive Touch screen
    • Priced absurdly low (Penta IS709C can be bought at INR 2,799, at the time of writing)
    • USB Connectivity
    • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (not too old, eh?)
  • And a few specs you don’t want to learn about:
    • 800x480 resolution, though you can’t complain much at this price point
    • Looks like a plastic toy meant for kids
    • No sim slot, so, no voice calling
    • Only one micro USB port. That means either you can charge it, or connect it to a 2G/3G dongle or usb drive.
  • Go for it if:
    • If you are really low on cash.
    • You want to gift it to someone you hate.

Zync Dual 7.0:

This tablet was launched just two-three weeks ago.
  • Priced at INR 5,990
  • Specs to cheer for:
    • 8 GB internal storage, of which around 5 GB would be available to the end user
    • 1 Gigabyte RAM
    • 1.6 GHz Dual Core Processor with Mali 400 GPU
    • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Not the latest, but it’s not far behind either)
    • Aptly priced at a MRP of INR 5,999
  • And a few specs you don’t want to learn about:
    • 3000 mAh Battery, might not last long enough
    • 800x480 resolution isn’t too crisp for a 7 inch screen
    • No calling support here either
  • Go for it if:
    • You can manage with a 480p screen and a poor battery life

Lava E-tab Xtron:

I don’t know what xtron means, other than the fact that it might be inspired from either neutron or electron. This tablet is one of the best ones money can buy.
  • Priced INR 6,500
  • Specs to cheer for:
    • 8 GB internal storage, with about 5 GB free for the user
    • 1 GB RAM
    • It has an IPS display, so it has great viewing angles
    • A nice resolution of 1024x600 makes the display look crisp
    • 1.5 GHz dual core processor with Mali 400MP GPU
    • Design is quite trendy
  • And a few specs you don’t want to hear about:
    • Battery:
      • Takes too long to charge. According to a review by thinkdigit, it took 5 hours to charge the battery from 60% to 100%
      • Takes too less to discharge. I mean, quite poor battery life.
    • No SIM slot, no voice calling
  • Go for it if:
    • You always have a charging point near you

Karbonn Smart Tab 8 Velox:

This is the tablet I settled on. It’s been just over 24 hours since I bought it, and can I say, I am impressed with my choice. I really had a difficult time getting this tablet, as the tablet is out of stock everywhere on the internet, and I got a negative from most offline shops too. Most of them said Karbonn might have discontinued this product. I really wonder if that would be the case, as it has just been over 2 months since the tablet was launched, and as per the store owners, the tablet was doing good in terms of sales.
  • Priced INR 7025, got it for INR 6,500 from Spice Hotspot
  • Specs to cheer for:
    • 1.5 GHz Dual Core Processor with Mali 400MP GPU
    • 8 inch capacitive screen with 4:3  aspect ratio makes it perfect for reading books, magazines and web pages
    • Has received quite some support from the developer community
    • 1 GB RAM
    • Nice sleek design
    • Charging is done through a separate dc in. So, mini USB port is available for use even when you are charging
    • Great battery life with 4,500 mAh battery
    • 1024x768 resolution makes everything look crystal clear, and makes it possible to read documents even in zoomed out view
    • Plays 1080p videos without any glitch (even without mx player)
  • And a few specs you don’t want to hear about:
    • The 4:3 aspect ratio makes it too wide to hold in a hand
    • Only 1.5 GB of internal memory. 1 GB is available for installation of apps, another 1 GB is available for system apps.
    • The screen sometimes goes haywire while charging. Might be a problem with my piece, will talk to the service centre guys shortly (and update here, if I manage to recall this)
  • Go for it if:
    • You are smart, like me. :P (Kidding)
    • Find 7 inches a bit small and 10 inches a bit too big
    • You can manage without voice calling support
Add any other good tablet you know about in the comments, and I might look if it’s eligible to be added to the list. You can hope for a review of my newly bought Smart Tab 8 Velox soon, looks like I need to arrange a camera. Don’t forget to follow us on the internet to hear the latest from us.
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