Tablets of 2013

P_500They said it would be the Year of the Tablets and we decided to give you a forecast. Here’s presenting some of the best tablets of 2013.

ASUS Nexus 7

ASUS Nexus 7 is an Android 4.2 (Jellybean) powered tablet. Running on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, the Nexus 7 boasts an all-day battery life and 32 GB storage. Available in both 3G and Wifi versions, the ASUS Nexus 7 measures at just 10.45mm weighs 340g. The tablet also features the ASUS TruVivid technology with Corning® Fit Glass for improved colour clarity, scratch resistance and a 178° wide-viewing angle IPS display on a 7” screen.

The NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 is a Quad-core processor which enhances the tablet’s speed, and reduces load times. This makes gaming smoother and application response time quicker. The 4-PLUS-1™ design gives processing power when required and saves battery life, giving it around 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading, and up to 300 hours of standby time.

The tablet has a 1280-by-800 high-resolution display, and sensors like a gyroscope and accelerometer, the ASUS Nexus 7 lets the users do a barrel roll, tilt, touch and tap easily, making it very gamer friendly.

The Asus Nexus 7 3G version will be priced in India at Rs. 21,999 and the Wi-Fi version would be priced at Rs. 18,999.

Amtrak My Buddy – A712 G

Amtrak recently announced the launch of a “calling” tablet My Buddy – A712G. The 7” My Buddy combines the functions of a phone and the features of a tablet and is a single sim-card model for 2G services.

The device is powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is equipped with a Cortex-A8 1.0 Ghz Processor. The Capacitive Screen has a 800 x 480 screen resolution. My Buddy has a Mali 400 GPU along with 0.3 MP front-facing and 2 MP rear facing cameras. It has a 512 MB DDR3 RAM and has 4 GB internal storage and a Micro-SD slot that supports up to 32GB extra storage. My Buddy comes with a built-in 3-Axis Gravity Acceleration Sensor, Bluetooth,  Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G with USB Modem, HDMI 1.4  Interface, Support MIC, Support Micro SD, Mini USB Port, 3.5 mm Std Headphone Jack, 3200 mAh Li-ion Polymer Battery.

My Buddy also comes with “eNlight Space” where your data can be stored forever on a central place in a secured environment on the Cloud.

The My Buddy EyeWatch is another unique feature that provides personal security to users. Eyewatch intelligently records Audio and Video data as well as the position of the device through GPS or GPRS and sends the same to the predefined set of contacts.

The My Buddy device is also useful for those who read a lot. The feature called BookChums allows users the access to over 50,000 free eBooks. A Hungama MyPlay feature provides access to over 450,000 songs, videos, ringtones and wallpapers.

My Buddy is available in 5 different models based on usage requirements and vary from the wi-fi model, to 2G SIM, 3G SIM, dual- SIM, and the most high-end version of 10.1” which also supports 3D viewing.

The Amtrak My Buddy – A712 G is priced at Rs 8,299.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Note ranges of tablets and phones have consistently been causing awe. Since their debut, naysayers have been writing the devices off, but the Galaxy Note range has been popular among testers, users and also reviewers. Samsung keeps their customers interested with a number of features, without forcing their users. Samsung devices run all media files (images, video, audio) very well and the Galaxy Note doesn’t disappoint either. The tablet is powered by Android 4.1 (Jellybean) with an 8”, 1280X800 display. It runs on a 2GHz processor and possesses 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card slot. The Note 8 has a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera and captures vivid colours quite accurately, although a bit of visual noise creeps in sometimes. Its size is 211X136X8mm and weighs only 340g.

The screen resolution could have been better and is likely to get better as the issue with the resolution was noticeable on the Galaxy Note II as well. Despite heavy use, the Galaxy 8 will last for a couple of days at least, thanks to the whopping 4,600mAh battery that it has.

The S-Pen feature that works with the stylus allows you to draw and write at liberty. The tablet’s AirView system senses the advent of the stylus and begins to display pop-ups and the nib on the screen, even before you touch it.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is priced at Rs 30,990 in India.

Acer Iconia W3

Acer has launched the first ever Windows powered tablet. Running on a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 processor, the Acer Iconia W3 has a 1280×800 pixels LED-backlit display with ten-point multi-touch and supports around 8 hours of battery life with every charge. The Iconia W3 has 2MP front and rear cameras.

Connectivity in the Acer Iconia W3 includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB and Micro-HDMI. Storage options are 32GB and 64GB and the device weighs 540g. Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 comes pre-installed on top of Microsoft Windows 8.

The Acer Iconia W3 32GB version is priced at Rs 30,499, though Acer is offering the tablet for Rs 27,999 “for a limited time.”

Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue

Huawei has launched the MediaPad 7 Vogue, a 7” tablet with calling features. Available in both Wi-Fi and 3G versions, the MediaPad 7 Vogue is powered by Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor self-made by Huawei. It has 1GB RAM in addition to a 16-core GPU. Internal storage is 8GB, which is expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. The 3G variant offers a built-in receiver for direct calling.

The MediaPad 7 Vogue has a 3MP rear facing camera that can record video in 1080p resolution, at up to 30 frames per second and a front facing VGA camera for video calls and images. The device comes preinstalled with Email, word processing, Facebook, Youtube and GPS navigation apps.

The MediaPad 7 Vogue has been launched in China and will make its way to India soon. But the date and pricing has not been disclosed yet.

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