Best Tablets In India (August 2019)

by | Aug 7, 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.

Let’s roll.

Best Tablets In India

1. Apple iPad MiniOverall Best Pick
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4Runner-Up Pick
3. Lenovo Tab V7Value for Money Tablet
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1Best Budget Android Tablet
5.Fusion 4G TabletHonarable Mention

1. Apple iPad Mini

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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.

Display

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.

Connectivity

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.

Camera

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.

Battery Life

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.

Verdict

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.

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Excellent display

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Powerful processor

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Robust build quality

Q

No voice calling

 Specifications

Screen7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 pixels
ProcessorA12 Bionic Chip
RAM4 GB
SIM supportSingle SIM 4G LTE
Storage64 GB
Camera8MP Rear, 7MP Front
Battery8134mAh

 

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

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 Runner-Up Pick
  • 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.

Display

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.

Miscellaneous

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.

Battery Life

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.

Verdict

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.

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Excellent battery life

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Iris scanner

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Latest Android 8.1 OS

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AKG tuned speakers

Q

Snapdragon 835 is a bit outdated

 Specifications

Screen10.5-inch 2560 x 1600 pixel
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.7GHz
RAM4 GB
SIM supportSingle nano sim VoLTE
Storage64 GB Upto 512 GB
Camera13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery7300mAh

3. Lenovo Tab V7

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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.

Connectivity

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.

Battery Life

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.

Verdict

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.

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All-day battery life

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Latest Android 9.0 OS Pie

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Dual SIM card slots

Q

No certainty in terms of software updates

 Specifications

Screen6.9-inch 2160 x 1080 pixels IPS
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 450
RAM4 GB
SIM supportDual SIM 4G VoLTE
Storage64 GB
Camera13MP rear, 5MP front
Battery5180mAh

 

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

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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.

Camera

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Brand value

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Kids Mode 4.0

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Voice calling

Q

Average camera performance

 Specifications

Screen10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 pixels
ProcessorExynos 7904 octa core processor
RAM2 GB
SIM supportNo
Storage32 GB
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery6000mAh

 

5. Fusion 4G Tablet

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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

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.

Verdict

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.

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4G Dual SIM

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32GB storage inbuilt

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Scratch resistant textured finish

Q

Front camera quality is not up to the mark

 Specifications

Screen9.6-inch HD 1280 x 800 pixels
ProcessorMediaTek MTK 6735 Quad Core
RAM2GB
SIM supportDual sim 4G
Storage32GB exp. up to 128GB
Camera8MP rear, 2MP Front
Battery5000mAh

This curated list of the best 6 tablets available in the market concludes here.

If you have gone through the content and feels like we have left out any of the models that you want us to review, let us know in the comments below.

Do check out out buying suggestions for tablets priced under Rs.10,000 and Rs.5,000 for more choices.

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