The Easy Eight

The best affordable tablets you can buy without burning a hole in your pocket
 Nidhi Singal        Print Edition: June 2013

Slowly, but surely, the tablet is becoming the primary personal computing device for millions of people the world over. Focus on browsing the web, fetching emails and on entertainment has endeared it to users who do not need high-end processing or a large screen. Additionally, prices are falling. Though the most expensive can cost up to Rs 50,000, there are models for as low as Rs 3,999.

Here are the best devices that will cost you less than Rs 15,000 -

1. ACER ICONIA B1 (Rs 7,999)
Beating some of the competitors on the price front, Acer's Iconia B1 runs on Android Jelly Bean and has a 1.2GHz dual-core Mediatek processor. But, paired with it is a 512MB RAM, which is on the lower end. This 7-inch tablet has a 1024x600p resolution screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, micro-USB and a 0.3MP front camera.

2. ASUS MEMO PAD ME172V (Rs 9,999)
The affordable MeMo Pad is an Android Jelly Bean tablet with a 1Ghz processor, 1GB RAM and a 7-inch 1024x600p display. Then there is 8GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB. The other features are a 1MP front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 4270mAh battery.

For those who need to be connected all the time, Huawei's Media Pad 7 Lite offers a 3G SIM slot along with a host of other connectivity options. It has a 1.2 GHz processor yoked with 1GB RAM. The rear camera is 3.2MP while the 8GB internal storage can go up to 32GB.

4. LENOVO A2107 (Rs 13,400)
The A2107 is a 7-inch tablet running the older IceCream Sandwich, though coming with a 1GHz processor and 1GB RAM. There are also dual SIM slots with 3G compatibility, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You also get a 16GB internal storage and slots to expand it to 32GB.

5. SAMSUNG TAB2 311 (Rs 12,499)
If a brand is your dope, then you can't do much better than Samsung. The 7-inch Tab2 311 isn't the latest tablet in town, but offers some of the best specs. It runs Android Jelly Bean coupled with the Samsung TouchWiz user interface. There is a 1GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM. The 8GB internal storage can be expanded up to 64GB.

6. SPICE STELLAR PAD MI-1010 (Rs 12,999)
This has a larger 10.1-inch HD IPS display and is powered by 1.5GHz dual-Core processor with 1GB RAM. Another Android Jelly Bean device, this has 16GB of internal memory that can be expanded using a microSD card. The company claims the 7600mAh battery is good for six hours of video and a standby of 15 days. It comes with a 3MP rear camera and a VGA front camera, but lacks Bluetooth connectivity.

7. ZYNC QUAD 9.7 (Rs 12,999)
While most of the tablets in this segment are stuck between single core and dual core processors, Zync has launched one with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. This 9.7 inch tablet has a 2048x1536p screen in an all-metal chassis. And, there is also a best in class 8,000mAh battery.

The FunBook Pro is a steal at this price as it has a 10.1-inch capacitive touch display good for watching movies, playing games and browsing the web. The Android IceCream Sandwich tablet is powered by 1.2GHz CortexA8 single core processor paired with 1GB RAM. It supports 3G dongles and that makes it good for Indian consumers. And did we mention the 5600mAh battery?

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