Gadget experts opine that tablets are going to replace regular desktops and laptops in next few years. Due to their portable nature, tablets are best placed to offer optimum solution for business, academic and entertainment needs of individuals.
This is probably why software and hardware makers (from Microsoft to Samsung) are focusing on Tablets.
Having said this, due to in availability of high speed mobile internet in Pakistan a.k.a 3G, tablets are yet to make an impact in local markets. But with possible emergence of 3G or even with lowering tariffs for GPRS/EDGE services, chances are that soon tablets will get common in our hands.
To get you prepared for that, we are presenting following list that consists of Android tablets which are best in their respective price ranges:
Takhti 7 – Rs. 15,500
We already told you about takhti 7 just couple of days back. Takhti 7 is a 7 inch Pakistani tablet offered by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in co-operation with INNAVTEK.
It comes with Android 4.0, 1Ghz processor and 512Mb RAM. The tablet has a front-facing camera, G-sensor, Mini USB 2.0 port, HDMI port, rich codec support and expandable memory.
Compared to other tablets, Takhti 7 is amazingly cheaper, coming at Rs.15,500 only but its availability is limited (i.e. in Rawalpindi/Islamabad only, as of now at least).
Archos 70 – Rs. 24,990
Archos has managed to make a good, cheap tablet in Archos 70.
Archos 70 is a cheap tablet which runs on the aged Android 2.2. It has a 7 inch touch screen with a resolution of 800×400. It has a 1Ghz processor, front facing camera, card slot, mini USB, mini HDMI and 256Mb RAM.
The tablet skips out on the camera, a good build and android market (which can be enabled by a simple hack) but still it manages to be a respectable tablet in this range at Rs. 24,900.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 – Rs. 31,900
A mid-range tablet, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is not only cheap but also comes with a rich feature set.
It comes with a 7 inch screen with a resolution of 600×1024. It has a 1Ghz dual-core processor with 1Gb RAM. Back boasts a 3mp camera with a front-facing camera as well.
Tablet has 8/16/32 Gb expandable storage. Bluetooth 3.0, USB-on-the-go, micro USB, compass etc are all onboard too.
Tablet runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is available for Rs. 31,900.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer – Rs. 39,990
The strongest competitor against the Ipad 2, Asus Eee Pad is still a great tablet. It has a 10 inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1280×800.
It runs on dual-core 1Ghz processor with 1Gb RAM. The back has a 5mp camera with HD video recording. OS running is Android 3.0 upgradeable to Android 4.0.
A front-facing camera, mini HDMI port, USB 2.0 port, card slot and scratch-resistant screen are all there too. Additional docks can be bought for the tablet separately and at Rs. 39,900 its a great value for money.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 2 – Rs. 44,900
Original tab wasn’t very impressive but the Galaxy Tab 2.0 is one of the best in this range. Packed with a 10 inch screen with a resolution of 1280×800.
A 1Ghz dual-core processor and 1Gb RAM power the tablet. The camera is of 3mp resolution with HD video recording with 2mp front facing camera at the front as well. OS is Android 4.0 pre-installed covered in Touchwiz. Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI, card slot, USB-on-the-go are there too.
For Rs.44,900 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a very good package.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime – Rs. 57,990
Easily the biggest competitor to the new Ipad, Eee Pad Transformer Prime has brilliant specs.
To start off, it has a 10 inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1280×800. The OS running is Android 3.2 upgradeable to Android 4.0.
The machine is powered by a quad-core 1.2 Ghz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with 1 Gb RAM. The back has a 8mp camera with Full HD video recording. A 1.2mp camera is at the front too. A HDMI port, Corning Gorilla glass and stereo speakers and additional docks (brought separately) are there too.
And even at Rs.57,990, Asus Transformer Prime still offers a huge bang-for-the-buck.