Top 5 Tablets In India, Available In The Rs. 20k Price Range [August 2013]

When you talk about top 5 Tablets in India, it’s always pegged to how deep is your pocket. Few months back we showcased budget Tablets, available in india under 10k. As the tablet market is picking up and people are blessed with more buying power, mid range Tablets market in india is also growing. Okay! so you’ve got Rs. 20,000 and you want to zero in on a best tablet, what are your options? Would you go in for the usual favourites or the new challengers that are also quite convincing? Confused…eh??

Congratulate yourself! For you are now part of the many millions who are confused just like you. But this shouldn’t be a cause of concern because we, at Dazeinfo, are here at your service, to assist you select that perfect tablet as per your requirement(s).

Top 5 Tablets In India Under 20k Price

Well there are a lot of good options when you are looking out for Top Tablets in the Rs.20,000 price bracket and some more if you stretch your budget by a few thousand rupees. So here’s a compiled list of the Top 5 Tablets in India in the Rs. 20k Range:

Kindle Fire HDTop 5 Tablets in India: Kindle Fire HD

The Kindle Fire HD by Amazon is a new entrant in Tablet segment and looks very promising. It has been launched in two variants – 7 inches and 8.9 inches. We’ll be examining the smaller sibling (7 inches) over here. It has an HD display resolution of 1280×800 pixels with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich colour and deep contrast ensuring multiple viewing angles. The tablet comes equipped with Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for that perfect virtual surround sound experience. It also has a dual band, dual antenna Wi-Fi to enhance connectivity and improve download speeds and multimedia streaming. As far as the processor is concerned, it is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Imagination SGX540 GPU along with a 1GB RAM. In today’s day and age of quad and octa-core processors, a dual core unit seems to be quite austere but Amazon claims that this processor is well suited to perform all routine tasks flawlessly. It weighs 395 grams and is supported by a 4400 mAh battery that gives a claimed back-up of about 11 hours. The Kindle Fire HD comes pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Now that seems ancient by all standards, but make no mistake, this OS is a highly customized version of the stock ICS that we’d be generally used to. Amazon has thrown in a lot of its own features in a bid to make things ‘different’. For example, you can’t download Apps straight from Google Play. Instead, you get to download Apps from Amazon’s own Appstore that features a selected set of Apps. It also allows you to download Apps from other sources (aka side loading). It also comes with a front facing HD camera for video chat.

The biggest disappointment with the Kindle Fire HD is that it doesn’t support 3G. Yes, this is a Wi-Fi only tablet. This seriously limits connectivity and versatility options. While you could use your phone as a portable hot-spot or use a portable Wi-Fi router, the fact that this tablet doesn’t support cellular connectivity could turn away many potential buyers.

The Kindle Fire HD in its 7 inch avatar retails in India in two variants – 16GB costing Rs. 15,999 and 32GB costing Rs 18,999. Apart from the lack of cellular connectivity, the Kindle Fire HD does impress in other areas such as sound and display quality and normal, everyday usage and functionality. It is also priced very competitively.

Apple iPad Mini:Top 5 Tablets in India: Apple iPad Mini

The smallest of Apple’s tablets needs no introduction as such for it enjoys great brand loyalty and an even bigger fan following. Yes, there is a certain degree of snob appeal with all products that sport the ‘bitten apple’ logo on them. You can immediately associate with these products a certain novelty factor that definitely sets you apart from the crowd.

The iPad Mini, that’s ranked in Top Tablets in India list, is the 16GB, Wi-Fi only version. Yes, you’ve guessed it right, even this doesn’t support cellular connectivity. Call it a handicap or call it a glaring oversight but what Apple has done is that it’s made the iPad more affordable and accessible. Thereby making things difficult for the competition. The iPad has a 7.9 inch LED screen that has a resolution of 1024×768 pixels. It comes with a dual-core A5 processor and runs on iOS 6. The 16 GB variant that we’re talking about weighs around 308 grams. The iPad Mini has a 5 megapixel primary camera and a 1.2 megapixel secondary, front-facing camera. It is available in two colour options –White & Silver and Black & Slate.

Priced at Rs 21,900, this is almost 2 grand over the 20k mark; but what you get in return is Apple’s unmatched quality, access to a host of third-party applications and a high resolution display. The only drawback apart from its price being the lack of cellular connectivity and a non-expandable memory.

Asus Fonepad Tablet:Top 5 Tablets in India: Asus Fonepad

The Asus Fonepad tablet is available in two options – one retailing at Rs 17999 and the other retailing at Rs 15999. We’ll be taking the elder sibling i.e. the Rs 17999 variant into consideration.

This is also a 7 inch tablet that has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. It comes with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. The Fonepad has a 1GB RAM. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. As far as internal storage capacity is concerned, this tablet has a mammoth 32 GB of internal storage capacity that is further expandable up to 32 GB via Micro SD card. It also features cellular connectivity options along with a voice call feature. It has a 3 megapixel primary camera and a 1.2 megapixel secondary camera. This tablet is powered by a strong 4270 mAh battery that promises a very good back-up.

Given the Rs. 17999 price tag and the kind of features the Asus Fonepad Tablet brings to this completion, it certainly deserves to be at the top. While there are no visible drawbacks as such, Asus really needs to pay attention to improving its dealer network and enhancing its after-sales service so that customers don’t end up struggling with post-sales issues.

Google Nexus 7C:Top 5 Tablets in India: Google Nexus 7

Google’s very own Nexus range of tablets is indeed a highly sought-after series of tablets. The Nexus 7C that we’re comparing here is the existing version. The new version was made available in the US on 30th July and is still yet to hit Indian shores. The current generation Nexus is available in the following variants:

  • 16GB Wi-Fi – Rs. 15999
  • 32GB Wi-Fi – Rs 18999
  • 32GB Wi-Fi + 3G – Rs 21999

We’re going to talk about the top-of-the-line 32GB Wi-Fi + 3G variant in this comparison. As usual, even the Nexus has a 7 inch screen. It is an LCD Capacitive Touchscreen with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. The screen is a corning glass one so there’s no need to worry about scratches and smudges.  It has a 1.2 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor along with a 1 GB DDR3 RAM. This tablet runs on the latest version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It doesn’t have a rear camera. The only camera it has is a 1.2 Megapixel font facing unit. It also doesn’t support voice calls. The Nexus 7C is powered by a best-in-class 4325 mAh battery. It weighs around 340 grams.

Google’s Nexus 7C has a lot going in its favour. It provides the buyer with what could possibly be maximum bang for his/her buck. It is great value for money and ticks all the right boxes. Then why isn’t it taking top honours in this comparison? Well, at Rs. 21999 it is a tad over-priced. We’re talking about tablets priced within 20k, aren’t we? Apart from the price, there shouldn’t be any other roadblocks in the Nexus’ path to victory. It enjoys the ‘Nexus’ status, making it first in line to receive all the Android updates from Google and also enjoys Google’s unmatched back-up support. Things like the lack of a primary camera and lack of voice call support feature can actually be overlooked once you consider its specifications. So if you’re okay with spending a rupee less than 2k (read Rs. 1999) over your initial budget of 20k and can live without your tablet having a rear facing camera, the Google Nexus 7C is definitely your best bet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (T211):Top 5 Tablets in India: Galaxy Tab 3

Ahh! The final tablet in this list and also our winner in this Tablet Battle Royale. Samsung has introduced its latest generation of tablets in the form of the Tab 3 range; the successors to the ultra popular Samsung Galaxy Tab and Tab 2.

There are three variants on offer:

  • Tab 3 T211 – Rs. 16900
  • Tab 3 T310 – Rs. 21495
  • Tab 3 T311 – Rs. 24500

We’ve selected the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (T211) for this shoot-out.

Its screen is a 7 inch TFT unit that has 1024×600 pixels displaying up to 16 million colours. It has a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB of RAM. It comes with an 8GB on-board memory (storage capacity) that is expandable up to 32GB via Micro SD Card. It has a 3 Megapixel primary camera and a 1.3 Megapixel secondary camera. It weighs about 308 grams. The device ships in with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is powered by a 4000 mAh battery. While these features are on par (and in some instances below as well) with the competition, they carry nothing to write home about. We’re pretty much used to them. The Tab 2 was a hot selling product in Samsung’s line-up and with the release of the Tab 3 we expected things to be radically different. Alas they aren’t! The Tab 3 (T311) is well equipped but at the same time it is also almost Rs. 7600 more expensive than the Tab 3 (T211). What Samsung has done in the case of The Tab 3 (T211) is that it has improved a best seller by focussing on its inherent strengths and making some subtle changes here and there to make sure that the device is up-to-date with its competition; and at the same time it has also managed to keep the price pretty low.

You may say that all Samsung devices (phones and tablets) sport a similar design and build, have a similar feel to them, etc. But that’s not a deterrent in any way. These days more and more manufacturers are adopting a similar design language and philosophy for all their products.

The reasons why I feel Samsung bags top honours in this comparison are:

  • Affordability – At Rs. 16900 it’s a little costlier than the Kindle Fire HD but it also offers cellular connectivity. Remember we’re talking about tablets below 20k!
  • Accessibility and versatility – Expandable storage, Wi-Fi, 3G support, Cellular support, Voice Call support, etc. the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (211) has it all.
  • Availability – Thanks to a strong dealer network and widespread service outlets, post-sales service is never going to be a problem with Samsung.

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