Best Tablets In India (August 2019)
No matter how big your phone has become, viewing content or surfing internet on a bigger screen is still a thing for many users.
Here’s where the tablets fit right in.
In this article, we have listed 6 of the best tablets available in the Indian market at present and categorized them according to the use-cases and the features they come with.
1. Apple iPad Mini
Overall Best Pick
- Smooth and faster performance
- 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
- Excellent iOS software
Apple iPad Pro is single-handedly the best tablet available in the market, not only in India but also in the entire world.
This marvellous device from Apple is a mobile powerhouse that will help you to enhance the productivity on the go and will let you enjoy your leisure time with movies and games.
Design and Build Quality
The Apple iPad Pro features an aluminium unibody design that looks and feels solid. Apple has crafted this product so skillfully, with exceptional fit and finish all around.
The four speakers on this device are located on the top and bottom and deliver excellent sound output with no distortions even at maximum volume levels.
At the back, there’s the famous Apple logo that in itself is a status symbol for many.
The antenna lines are gracefully embedded on the back plate, which looks like a design choice rather than a mandatory hardware addition to the tablet. In the front, the touch ID sensor is placed below the display.
This is a great choice of positioning the sensor as with a big device such as a tablet, housing the fingerprint sensor at the back isn’t comfortable to unlock the screen.
The Apple iPad Pro comes with a 10.5-inch quad HD Retina display with a resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels with an effective 264 ppi pixel density.
The screen has good brightness and the colour and contrast levels are exceptional.
This is a true tone display, meaning the colours on the screen will appear closer to the natural tones, making the images and visuals more lively and vibrant.
There is a scratch resistant coating over the screen to protect it from unforeseen events. Apple has also integrated an oleophobic coating over this screen to keep the water away.
With a refresh rate of 120Hz, the scrolling animations and videos are buttery smooth. This enhanced refresh rate also makes gaming a delightful experience on this tablet.
Processor and Performance
What’s powering this tablet inside is the Apple’s homegrown A10X Fusion chip with a 64-bit architecture.
The A10X Fusion chip is very fast and responsive while handling apps and games. Multitasking is a breeze even with the 4GB RAM inside. The optimization of hardware and software seems like a match made in heaven with this device.
Ample 256GB storage space lets you save all your files and documents into this tablet without depending on an external hard disk.
This homebrew Apple SoC has superior performance when compared to the high-end Qualcomm processors found on Android tablets.
One thing to note about the Apple iPad Pro is the storage. There are no external expansion options available to increase the capacity apart from the inbuilt storage.
The Apple iPad Pro comes with both Wi-Fi and cellular network connectivity.
The network signal reception is excellent with no signal drops once the device gets latched on to a network – be it cellular or on Wi-Fi.
The nano-SIM that has to be used with this tablet doesn’t have voice calling feature. However, you can use the data plans on the SIM to get internet on the go.
The Apple iPad Pro comes with a 12MP rear camera that has PDAF support for faster focus time. This f/1.8 aperture sensor is capable of decent low light photography as well.
This camera can record 4K videos up to 30fps and full HD, 1080p videos at 60fps. There is Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for smooth video footages.
The camera on the front is a 7MP sensor with face detection and HDR support. This camera can record 1080p videos at 30fps which is sufficient for video calls and occasional selfies.
An 8,134 mAh Li-Po battery powers this tablet. This battery has a rated screen on time of about 12 hours, but in real-world usage, the tablet achieves an average of 10-hour battery life.
With the excellent software and hardware optimizations underneath, the battery life on this device is unmatched with the competitors in the market.
If you have the money to buy an expensive tablet and you don’t want to compromise on the performance and quality, the Apple iPad Pro should be your number one priority.
Superior performance, long-lasting battery life and the excellent screen quality make it a true companion on your trips to do your work on the go or add some fun to your life.
Robust build quality
No voice calling
|Screen||7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 pixels|
|Processor||A12 Bionic Chip|
|SIM support||Single SIM 4G LTE|
|Camera||8MP Rear, 7MP Front|
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
- Gorgeous 10.5-inch SAMOLED display
- Battery-free S-pen
- Elegant and sleek design
Samsung is perhaps the only serious Android tablet manufacturer aiming to compete with the Apple iPad in the tablet market.
The Galaxy Tab S4 is the latest iteration of the popular Galaxy Tab lineup, now with improved internals and the latest Android 8.1 oreo operating system.
Design and Build Quality
The all-new Galaxy Tab S4 features a glass and metal construction that looks premium and feels really comfortable in the hands.
The glass back at the rear is aesthetically very pleasing to look at, with the camera and the flash sitting flush with the body.
However, glass is glass and it is very brittle. There is a high chance of the rear glass getting scratched easily if you don’t use the device carefully.
The four speakers on this device are tuned by AKG, the famous acoustics engineering company and they deliver excellent quality sound output with rich bass and clean treble.
The buttons on the sides of the tablet are made of metal, the same as the frame around the display and offer excellent tactile feedback.
Samsung has dumped the fingerprint scanner on this tablet and replaced it with an iris scanner.
The USB C port for charging and data syncing is present on the bottom along with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels.
The pixel density count on this tablet is slightly higher than the Apple iPad Pro tablet, at 287 ppi.
Even though the pixel density is almost the same, the AMOLED panel makes it up for the Galaxy tab to be the best tablet displays out there in the market.
The colour reproduction is excellent on this display and covers an impressive 220% of sRGB colour gamut with 450 nits of brightness.
This, in simple terms, means that the display can visualize images and videos in true colour, similar to the natural colour palette.
Processor and Performance
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is powered by the relatively powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. While it’s not the latest processor available in the market, the 835 has enough firepower to run this tablet without any lags or stutters.
Supporting the processor in its graphics duties is the Adreno 540 GPU. Gaming and graphics performance is smooth and doesn’t pose any hiccups in the middle.
The 4GB RAM inside aids for better multitasking. App loading times are considerably less as well.
This tablet has 64GB of internal storage out of the box that can be expanded up to 512GB with an SD card.
The improved S-pen now has a battery-free operation method that won’t require you to charge it frequently.
The pen has a more handy design and feels much like the real world pen which we are used to.
This tablet supports fast charging and Samsung is kind to include its adaptive fast charger out of the box.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has a 7300 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery pack inside that will last for about 8-9 hours of continuous usage.
Samsung claims that it can last for 16 hours of screen on time, which is a bit of a stretch as each users usage patterns may vary significantly.
The included fast charger in the box charges the battery relatively quickly in under 2 hours.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is the best Android tablet available in the market as of now.
The gorgeous 10.5-inch super AMOLED display together with the powerful Snapdragon 835 processor helps this tablet to deliver excellent performance and eye catchy visuals to the end user.
Excellent battery life
Latest Android 8.1 OS
AKG tuned speakers
Snapdragon 835 is a bit outdated
|Screen||10.5-inch 2560 x 1600 pixel|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.7GHz|
|SIM support||Single nano sim VoLTE|
|Storage||64 GB Upto 512 GB|
|Camera||13MP Rear, 8MP Front|
3. Lenovo Tab V7
Value for Money Tablet
- Portable and lightweight
- Full HD display
- Front-firing dual speakers
Lenovo is a familiar company to a lot of Indians mainly due to the popular budget laptops and mobile phones in the market.
The Lenovo Tab V7 is a budget tablet offering from Lenovo that aims to make movements in the dormant tablet market in the country.
Design and Build Quality
Lenovo makes some of the most beautifully designed laptops in the market. The Ideapad series from the company is critically acclaimed for its aesthetically pleasing design.
Lenovo has tried to do the same with this tablet. The aluminium chassis looks and feels very premium and offers excellent heat dissipation when compared with glass bodied tablets.
The back panel has a minimalistic design with the dual-LED flash and the camera module sitting flush with the chassis.
The front-facing dual speakers on this tablet emit loud sound with no considerable distortions even at maximum volume levels.
The hardware ecosystem around this tablet is robust with the company itself offering accessories such as keyboards to improve the productivity on the go.
Processor and Performance
The Lenovo Tab V7 Plus comes loaded with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. This processor is sufficient for light multitasking and casual gaming purposes.
With 4GB RAM, you wouldn’t feel any lags or stutters while dealing with the device for usual daily tasks.
But to make things clear, you shouldn’t bother to run high-end games on this tablet. The underpowered chipset will falter and offer you a less rewarding experience.
The 64GB inbuilt memory gives a breathing space for multiple app installation and emergency media storages. With the help of a micro SD card, you can increase the capacity up to 64GB.
Display and Camera
With 2160 x 1080 pixels resolution, the display on this tablet is decent. The colours are accurate and brightness levels are sufficient to work within broad daylight.
This is an IPS panel which makes it suitable to watch movies and other videos in whatever position you may please with no colour washouts occurring at extreme angles.
The 13MP camera on the rear comes with a dual-LED flash. The photos that come out of this sensor is good enough for social media uploads.
The 5MP front camera lets you do video calls in better clarity under suitable lighting conditions.
The Lenovo Tab V7 supports both Wi-Fi and cellular data connectivity.
Similar to the Apple iPad Pro, the nano-SIM that can be used with this device can only be used for data connection and not for voice calls.
What’s powering the Lenovo Tab V7 is a 5180mAh Li-ion battery. This massive battery pack helps this tablet to last for a day easily, even with heavy usage.
With light to moderate use, you can expect about 2 days of battery life with this device.
The Lenovo Tab V7 is one of the best budget Android tablets that you can purchase under Rs.15,000 in the Indian market at present.
Since the recently launched Mi Pad 4 is not sure to hit the Indian shores, this tablet can be the perfect solution for large screen media consumption and productivity.
All-day battery life
Latest Android 9.0 OS Pie
Dual SIM card slots
No certainty in terms of software updates
|Screen||6.9-inch 2160 x 1080 pixels IPS|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450|
|SIM support||Dual SIM 4G VoLTE|
|Camera||13MP rear, 5MP front|
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1
Best Budget Android Tablet
- Latest Android 9.0 OS Pie
- Best for kids
- Decent build quality
Samsung is the undeniable champion in the consumer electronics industry with the largest shipping volumes in mobile phones.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is an affordable Android tablet from the company aimed at developing countries like India.
Design and Build Quality
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A features plastic construction that feels a bit cheap but at a price of just under Rs.15,000 Samsung had to cut some corners obviously.
The textures back help in improving the overall handgrip of this device.
Display and Performance
This Android tablet sports a 10.1-inch full HD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.
The colours seem fine and the brightness levels are adequate for a tablet of this price.
A home-brewed Exynos 7904 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz powers this tablet.
While the performance is not anything that will blow you away, it does handle casual tasks well.
Multitasking does works when you have 2-3 apps open in the background. Anything more is going to take a toll on this processor.
This device comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 200GB, thanks to the dedicated SD card slot.
There is a 5MP rear camera on this device along with a 2MP camera on the front for video calling.
Nothing impressive to write about, the cameras do work as expected.
This Android tablet runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie OS.
This tablet has a single sim slot that lets you add a 4G LTE enabled sim and use this device as a standalone phone with native voice calling.
There is a dedicated kids mode 4.0 option on this tablet to trim down the functionalities, with only apps suitable for kids in action.
This will let your kids engaged in various educational games as well as certain whitelisted websites.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is the best for you if you’re in the market for a product from a reliable brand with reasonable hardware with the latest Android 9.0 Pie OS.
Kids Mode 4.0
Average camera performance
|Screen||10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 pixels|
|Processor||Exynos 7904 octa core processor|
|Camera||8MP Rear, 5MP Front|
5. Fusion 4G Tablet
Cheap and Good Tablet
- Best for Augmented Reality
- Doubles up as a smartphone
- Media consumption device
Fusion5 is a UK based Android tablet manufacturer recently entered the Indian market.
The Fusion5 tablet is a 9.6-inch device running on the Android operating system with voice calling capabilities.
Design and Display Quality
The design of this tablet feels nice in hand and looks pleasing to the eyes thanks to the silver textured finish.
This device comes with a 9.6-inch IPS HD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 800 pixels that provides great viewing angles with decent colour accuracy.
Power and Performance
Rocking the Fusion5 4G android tablet inside is a MediaTek MTK6735 Quad core 64-bit
processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.
The device comes with an inbuilt memory of 32GB out of which about 23GB is user accessible.
Partly due to the lack of a full HD screen, the otherwise medium range chipset is able to perform quite faster when dealt with causal tasks such as media consumption and internet browsing.
Connectivity wise, this android tablet comes equipped with Wi-Fi as well as dual sim support.
There is an option to expand the memory up to 128GB via an SD card.
The radio chip inside is capable of receiving 4G signals on both the sim slots.
Camera Quality and Battery Life
This device sports an 8MP rear camera for taking occasional photos and a 2MP front camera for video calls.
The images from the rear camera come out a little oversaturated but are mostly decent for uploading on social media.
A 5000mAh Li-ion battery powers this android tablet. The device lasts for a day on moderate to heavy usage.
However, if you are constantly using GPS or making voice calls, this may vary significantly.
The Fusion 4G is a tablet that aims to be perfect workhorse which can perform voice calling as well media consumption side by side without any degradation in quality.
Usually, tablet manufactures consider voice calling as a secondary function and the Fusion 4G proves to be an exception to this norm.
4G Dual SIM
32GB storage inbuilt
Scratch resistant textured finish
Front camera quality is not up to the mark
|Screen||9.6-inch HD 1280 x 800 pixels|
|Processor||MediaTek MTK 6735 Quad Core|
|SIM support||Dual sim 4G|
|Storage||32GB exp. up to 128GB|
|Camera||8MP rear, 2MP Front|
This curated list of the best 6 tablets available in the market concludes here.
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