The Great Indian Tablet Bazaar

The Great Indian Tablet Bazaar

With the launch of super-cheap 'Aakash' tablet, the tablet wars have become even more intense.

Technologies are being replaced by newer ones rapidly. A tablet launched a year ago is now outdated! Apple, too, had to launch the newest version of the iPad, the iPad 2, to stay ahead in the race. Last few weeks have seen the entry of numerous pocket-friendly tablet PCs in the Indian market. In the present times, the Indian consumer has a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to tablets. 

Let's take a look at the different categories of tablets in terms of performance, screen size, OS, and price range:

The Great Indian Tablet Bazaar

Big Apple: iPad

Devices Available: Apple iPad, Apple iPad 2

Price Range: Rs. 27,900 - Rs 46,900

Pros: Excellent user interface, super-sleek design, amazing app store, great battery life

Cons: No Flash support, storage limitations

The mighty iPad is a category in itself. It is oozing with revolutionary features and it wouldn't be an exaggeration to call it the 'Tablet King.' iPad's interface is something which sets it apart from all other tablets. With the arrival of iPad 2, the device is now available in an ultra-sleek design. The number of apps available for iPad is greater than other tablets. And it's not the just the quantity of apps which gives iPad the edge over other similar devices, the quality of apps is also amazing. Be it an app for composing music, or the FaceTime app for video chat, the users are sure to get a great experience. iPad is a rage amongst technocrats, youngsters and loyal Apple fans.

The Great Indian Tablet Bazaar

Big Screen Androids

Devices Available: Samsung Galaxy Tab 750, Motorola Xoom, Acer Iconia Tab, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Notion Ink Adam

Price Range: Rs 20,999 - Rs 35,000

Pros: More ports and connectivity options, good battery life, less expensive as compared to iPad 2, great internet browsing experience, good apps for social networking

Cons: Less apps as compared to iPad 2, problems in upgradation of software

Whether through smartphones or by the means of tablets, Android's grip on the market is getting stronger by each passing day. Devices running on Android Honeycomb are being considered as worthy alternatives to iPad. Many such tablets have 10.1 inch screen, great camera output and are powered by Dual Core processors with speed as high at 1 GHz at times. This is great for multitasking. Users can connect external keyboard to have a desktop-esque experience. Apps are available for download at Google Apps store and Android Market. Ideal for people looking for alternatives to iPad and those who like to stay online for long hours.

The Great Indian Tablet Bazaar

Smart and Compact 7-inch Tablets

Devices: HTC Flyer, BlackBerry Playbook, Galaxy Tab

Price Range: Rs 26,000 - Rs 35,000

Pros: Easy to carry, good alternatives to smartphones, apps available

Cons: As expensive as 10-inch tablets

Many users are not really comfortable with iPad's 9.7 inch screen and Android's 10-inch screen and are happy with 7-inch tablets. These devices can easily slide into the pocket and weigh very less. These devices are slightly bigger than smartphones and are good options if you're okay with the small size screen. Except the Playbook, all other devices are equipped with Android and some of them even have Dual Core processor powering with them. BlackBerry Playbook runs on BlackBerry OS and users will require separate messaging and email plans for it.

The Great Indian Tablet Bazaar

Budget Tablets

Devices: Reliance 3G Tablet, Beetel, HCL Me, Spice MI, MAGIQ Tab, Olive Pad

Price Range: Rs 9,000 - Rs 15,000

Pros: Great price, Android handset interface, apps available for download

Cons: Not too great on performance when compared to high-end tablets, battery okay-ish, design average

Budget tablets have taken Indian tech market by storm and this segment is heating up gradually. And, with the arrival of 'Aakash' on the scene, the competition is expected to intensify further. For people who are okay with not getting an iPad-like performance can go for such tablets. Most tablets in this segment are available in 7-inch. As far as the processor is concerned, these tablets are available in 600 MHz, 800 MHz and 1 GHz processing speed. Ideal for users who want a tablet but don't want to spend a fortune on acquiring one. (Technology, MensXP.com)

The Great Indian Tablet Bazaar

Also read: A Guide to Indian Tablets, What you Need to Know About the $35 Indian Tablet

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