The tablet market in India has seen an exponential growth in the last few years. Everywhere you look, companies are coming up with models in every price category. Big players like Apple, Sony, Samsung, Google and Amazon have also jumped into the Indian tablet sphere with their top-of-the-line range.
The likes of the iPad, Sony Xperia Tablet Z, Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 come with a price tag that places them beyond every user’s reach. People who want a good slate, but may not want to shell out as much, need not give up hope. There are quite a few tablets in the market that are reasonably priced and give pretty good performance as well. Here’s a look at the best tablets priced below Rs 15,000 in the market.
Zync Quad 9.7
Priced at Rs 13,999, the Zync Quad 9.7 is definitely a steal. The tablet has a really good set of features under its hood, including an LED backlit 9.7-inch Super HD IPS panel boasting a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. That is almost equivalent to what the latest iPad comes to the market with. Thanks to this, the display on the Zync Quad is pretty crisp and clear.
In terms of specifications, the Quad 9.7 runs on a Jelly Bean v4.1 operating system. While the tablet has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, the tablet comes clocked at 1GHz by the manufacturer. However, it can be hoped that Zync will soon release the Android update for this tablet to get the Quad 9.7 to live up to its full potential. The tablet also features a good graphics processor as well as 2GB of RAM.
The tablet comes with internal storage capacity of 16GB, which can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card. The slight drawback here is the fact that, out of the 16GB, only 11.6GB of storage is available for user data while the rest is used by the system ROM and app data.
The tablet also comes with two cameras – a 5 megapixel on the rear and a 2 megapixel on the front. Connectivity is taken care of with Wi-Fi b/g/n, a microUSB port for PC and USB OTG and a miniHDMI interface for connecting large screen displays. The lack of a GPS or Bluetooth feature is sorely missed, though. Rounding up the package, the tablet comes with two 4000 mAh batteries, which are bound to give you a good up-time.
The Zync Quad 9.7 comes with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor clocked at 1GHz
The Quad 9.7 comes with stock Android Jelly Bean tablet user interface and launcher. Users will find some free apps pre-installed, including a few games, productivity apps and utilities. That aside, the standard line-up of apps like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, GTalk, Skype and MSN Messenger are also installed. Overall, the user interface of the tablet is pretty smooth. The biggest drawback of the tablet is the onboard speaker, which is so low that playing videos or music on it is almost useless. Users will have to rely on headphones if they want to watch videos or listen to any content.
Barring the underclocked processor and the poor onboard speaker, the other features of the tablet definitely make it a value for money tablet. While there are other budget tablets with similar processor capabilities and screen sizes, the Quad 9.7 definitely stands out.
Wammy Desire 2
WickedLeak recently launched the the Wammy Desire 2, which is the newest 7-inch tablet boasting a 5-point multi-touch IPS panel with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels,. The table comes with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. Overall, the Desire 2 has a pretty good build quality along with a firm chassis. The rear panel of the tablet sports 2 megapixel camera along with an LED flash. The tablet offers all the usual interface options, including a 3.5 mm audio port, microUSB port, miniHDMI out as well as a microSD card slot that comes with its own rubber port flap. The vital statistics of the tablet stands at 10.9 mm thick and 196 mm wide while the tablet weighs in at 298 g.
The tablet sports 1GB of RAM and takes care of inbuilt storage with 8GB memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. In the optics department, the tablet comes with 2 megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing shooter. The connectivity options available on the Wammy Desire 2 includes all the usual suspects: Bluetooth 2.1, wireless networking 802.11 b/g/n, as well as 3G via USB dongle and USB OTG to connect input devices and storage drives. The tablet also supports GPS. The Desire 2 is powered using a 3300 mAh battery and comes with an Android Jelly Bean v4.2 operating system.
The Wammy Desire 2 is definitely a good buy keeping the price in mind
Overall, the Wammy Desire 2 is definitely a good tablet with a fast processor and a good IPS display panel. The Desire 2 is currently priced at Rs 9,490, which is great price for users who are on the look-out for a quad-core tablet with a good display resolution within the Rs 10,000 price category.
Spice Stellar Pad Mi-1010
Seven-inch tablets were the hottest selling ones at one point in time, and further price cuts on the hardware has spawned large screen and dual-core tablets too. Quite a few large-screen budget Android tablets have been reviewed by us in the past and a few worthy ones have risen. One of them is the Spice Stellar Pad Mi-1010.
The Mi-1010 has a beautiful looking design with rounded edges and a matte-finish metal back panel. The front panel is completely covered edge-to-edge by the display’s protective glass, with no buttons whatsoever. The rear panel sports a 3 megapixel camera as well as two stereo speakers. Other specs include a microUSB PC interface, a miniHDMI port, a microSD card slot and the standard audio jack. The tablet measures 259 x 174 x 10 mm. and weighs in at 667 grams, which feels a tad heavy in the hand.
The Spice Stellar Pad M1-1010 has all the usual but much needed interface options
The Mi-1010 is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor. The tablet comes with 1GB of RAM and sports an internal storage of 16GB, which can be expanded up to 32 GB via microSD card. The display featured is an HD 10-inch LCD IPS panel with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. The tablet runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The Spice Stellar Pad Mi-1010 is definitely a great tablet to own. While the MRP of Rs 17,999 definitely feels steep, the product is also available in the market for around Rs 13,000, which makes it a bargain. While the weight of the tablet can be an issue, along with the fact that it can’t be charged via the USB port, these are minor issues. When compared to other tablets with similar specifications, the Mi-1010 overpowers most in terms of screen size, display resolution, internal storage and build quality.
EAFT Destiny D90T
Apple’s iPad is definitely the most popular tablet out there. Most Android tablet manufacturers are trying to emulate the same form and design, but can’t really match up. One of the newest entrants to the tablet market which tries to do that is the EAFT Destiny D90T. The tablet in question does look a bit like the iPad due to the black bordered display with a 4:3 ratio. In terms of specifications, though, the differences start arising. The tablet sports a dual-core processor and features a 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
The EAFT Destiny D90T is a good 7-inch dual-core processor tablet option
The D90T comes with an internal storage capacity of 8GB. A big drawback here is the fact that only 5.6GB is available for the users while the rest is eaten up by the system. The cameras present on the rear and front are both of 2 megapixel variety along with an LED flash. Connectivity is taken care of by standard options of Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, 3G via dongle, micro USB PC interface and mini HDMI. The tablet is powered by two 4000 mAh batteries connected internally to form a single large 8000 mAh battery. The D90T has a standard Android ICS user interface with the stock launcher, which runs without any glitches.
To sum it up, the EAFT Destiny D90T is a good tablet for sure. While the MRP of the D90T stands at Rs 16,990, the tablet is also available for an offer price of Rs 14,990. Keeping the performance of the dual-core processor and the IPS display in mind, the tablet can definitely be recommended for users who want to surf the Internet or read eBooks.
Lenovo recently launched the 7-inch A2107 tablet with a dsplay resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. In terms of specifications, the tab features a single core processor. Externally, the company has done a pretty good job on the build and design front.
The A2107 has a very rugged frame that looks strong and firm. The shell is made from plastic with a matte-finish rear panel that feels rubberised. Overall, the tablet definitely looks neat and very classy. Weighing in at 400 grams, the tablet is definitely heavy.
Lenovo has done a decent job with its latest 7-inch tablet, the A2107
The A2107 is a dual-SIM tablet with a 2 megapixel rear camera and a front-facing VGA shooter. The internal storage is 16GB, but around 3.5GB is occupied by system storage for the data, apps and the operating system. The good thing is that users can extend the storage by using a microSD card. Connectivity options are the standard Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, WCDMA 3G and micro USB for PC connectivity and USB OTG. The tablet comes with Android ICS v4.0 operating system.
While many budget tablets come with dual-core processors and a cheaper price tag, the Rs 14,000 price tag may cause a few problems for the A2107. But users who are on the look-out for a branded tablet with SIM-based 3G support, a good build quality and decent performance should definitely check this one out.
There are some other tablets that don't strictly fall under the Rs 15,000 price category, but are not completely out of reach. Options that present themselves in front of the users include the iPad mini, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and the Asus Nexus 7 3G, all of which sport a price tag of Rs 21,990.