Best Tablets to Replace Heavy Computers and Laptops in India

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 21, 2017
A tablet is a small computer. Lighter and more portable than a laptop yet almost as high performing. Quite a few tasks can be performed with a tablet today. And if you decided you need one, we are here to help you choose the best. So, tablet computers. Here we go! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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RAM
STORAGE
DISPLAY
EQUIPMENT
INTERFACES
SENSORS
OS
WORKING TIME
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WARRANTY
 
PROS

The Super AMOLED display technology provides extremely bright, realistic, and saturated colours. And an unusually thin case makes this tablet one of the thinnest among the competitors.

CONS

The charge time is about 3.5-4.5 hours.

OUR VERDICT

This tablet offers high computing power, productivity, and modern technical solutions. It will be a perfect assistant not only for work but also for entertainment.

detailed parameters
CPU

Exynos 5 Octa Core Processor (1.9 + 1.3 GHz)

RAM

3 GB

STORAGE

32 GB

DISPLAY
  • 9.7"
  • 2048x1536
  • Super AMOLED
EQUIPMENT
  • Main camera - 8 Mp
  • Front camera - 2 Mp
  • Stereo speakers
  • Microphone
INTERFACES

4G, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, GLONASS, microSD, microUSB, 3.5mm Jack

SENSORS

Accelerometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Light sensor

OS

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

WORKING TIME

11 hours 

WEIGHT

375 g

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

Wide viewing angles provided by the IPS panel and the processor with high-definition 1080p video decoder allow you to watch your favourite movies in high quality.

CONS

The free RAM is about 15-16%, you will have to remove and optimise pre-installed apps.

OUR VERDICT

This exclusive model was produced specifically for Flipkart. It is a perfect solution for all fans of Internet surfing, gaming, and overall entertainment.

detailed parameters
CPU

MediaTek MT8321 Quad Core Processor (1.3GHz)

RAM

1 GB

STORAGE

16 GB

DISPLAY
  • 8"
  • 1280x800
  • IPS
EQUIPMENT
  • Main camera - 5 Mp
  • Front camera - 2 Mp
  • Stereo speakers
  • Microphone
INTERFACES

3G, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, microSD, microUSB, 3.5mm Jack

SENSORS

Proximity Sensor, G-Sensor, Light Sensor

OS

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

WORKING TIME

12 hours 

WEIGHT

450 g

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

This is a successful combination of a phone and a tablet. This Lenovo model can be called a 2-in-1 device as it is equally efficient and convenient when used both as a mobile and a tab.

CONS

The case back is easily scratched.

OUR VERDICT

This gadget perfectly combines a phone and a tablet, so you do not have to spend money on two devices. The phablet provides everything you need both for communication and convenient use as a tablet.

detailed parameters
CPU

MediaTek MT8735 Quad Core Processor (1.3 GHz)

RAM

3 GB

STORAGE

32 GB

DISPLAY
  • 6.4"
  • 1280x720
  • IPS
EQUIPMENT
  • Main camera - 13 Mp
  • Front camera - 5 Mp
  • Speakers
  • Three microphones with the Dolby Atmos® + Dolby AudioTM Capture 5.1 noise reduction function
INTERFACES

LTE 4G, 3G (UMTS), Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, microSD, microUSB, 3.5mm Jack

SENSORS

G-sensor, P-Sensor, L-sensor, E-compass, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor

OS

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

WORKING TIME

8 hours 

WEIGHT

225 g

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

Thanks to the battery capacity of 7800 mAh, the tablet will last for a long time, making the operation time unsurpassed for the Android devices.

CONS

An enhanced battery makes the tablet rather heavy.

OUR VERDICT

Due to the large display and good battery capacity, this tablet is an excellent replacement for bulky personal computers and laptops.

detailed parameters
CPU

ARM Cortex A53 Octa Core Processor (1.3GHz)

RAM

2 GB

STORAGE

16 GB

DISPLAY
  • 10.1”
  • 1280x800
  • IPS
EQUIPMENT
  • Main camera - 8 Mp
  • Front camera - 5 Mp
  • Stereo speakers
  • Microphone
INTERFACES

4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, A-GPS, Bluetooth, microSD, microUSB, 3.5mm Jack

SENSORS

G-Sensor

OS

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

WORKING TIME

24 hours 

WEIGHT

1300 g

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

You can connect a special full-sized keyboard and the tablet will be transformed into a full laptop.

CONS

The preinstalled operating system is rather outdated and imperfect.

OUR VERDICT

This cost-effective solution from one of the world leaders in the IT equipment manufacturing brings all the functionality for productive working, watching videos, and comfortable Internet surfing.

detailed parameters
CPU

Intel Atom Z2560 Dual-Core Processor (1.6 GHz)

RAM

1 GB

STORAGE

8 GB

DISPLAY
  • 10.1"
  • 1280x800
  • IPS
EQUIPMENT
  • Main camera - 2 Mp
  • Front camera - 0.3 Mp
  • Stereo speakers
  • Microphone
INTERFACES

3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, GLONASS, A-GPS, Bluetooth, microSD, microUSB, 3.5mm Jack

SENSORS

G-Sensor, E-compass

OS

Android 4.4.2 (Kit-Kat)

WORKING TIME

9.5 hours 

WEIGHT

555 g

WARRANTY

1 year

What is a Tablet

Tablets today are almost PCs when you look at the features. Short of playing some games or working in specialised apps with really hardcore system requirements, everything you can do on a PC you can also do on an up-to-date tablet. And tablets are so much more mobile and portable, even compared to a laptop. Internet surfing, working with office documents, social networking, audio- and video-calls, making high-quality photos and videos, etc. — all this and much more in a device the size of a book (and thinner than that). And lately, you even have a selection of operating systems, from traditional Android and iOS to Windows OS we all know from our PCs. No surprise that more and more users prefer tablets with every passing day. Here in this review, we would like to offer you some tips on how to choose the best tablet for you, and the description of 5 best tablet computers in our opinion to narrow down the list of options a bit.

There are also tablets specifically for drawing.

What Features to Compare

Performance

The brain of any computer-like device is its processor. It is responsible for data processing, apps launch speed, video and games playback, etc. How fast the processor works largely depends on the number of cores it has. We recommend you to look at quad-core 1.5GHz processors and more if you wish to have a cutting-edge high-performing device. Then there is also RAM, an extremely important parameter as well. With the world constantly requiring multitasking, the RAM can be considered enough often starts at 2GB. With this, your tablet will be able to process massive loads of data and work several apps at a time. As for the storage, it depends on what you are buying a tablet for. If you would like to store your data inside permanently, it will be better to look for greater storage space and/or the option to either expand the internal storage or use memory cards.

Display

Today you can encounter 7" to 12.2" tablets most often, though there are 5" and 20" ones too. The plus of the 7"–8" tablets is that they are lighter, more compact, and, therefore, more portable. Good enough for Internet surfing, playing, taking a device with you wherever you go. At the same time, it is probably more convenient to work with documents, read for a prolonged time, and use multi-window mode with a tablet of 10" or bigger. And then there is also the panel type. Panels affect viewing angles, clarity of picture, and response time. At the top of the list is the IPS panel type, but TN and TFT are still very popular, too. And, finally, you will need to look at the resolution. For a realistic and highly detailed picture, to start from the Full HD 1920x1080 pixels is a perfect choice.

Interfaces and Extra

There is hardly any user who'd buy a tablet without an option to connect either earphones or speakers, so there is that, the standard 3.5mm input is apparently a must. Also, it would be convenient to have a micro USB port to both charge your tablet and connect it to the PC. If you are going to use the device with an external monitor or TV, you will need an MHL, mini-HDMI, or Mini DisplayPort. Wi-Fi is also fiercely important, the latest version being the 802.11ac. Bluetooth can be a really nice extra. We think you will be also happy to have a tablet that adjusts the brightness according to the lighting around, rotates the displayed image when you rotate the device and recognises when something other than a finger or stylus is closing up (like going to sleep mode or shutting up when you close the cover). There are tablets that can be used as a metal detector if you are interested. A good camera will allow making high-quality photos and video, and if you have a front one it means you can video call your friends and relatives. Built-in speakers let you listen to anything without earphones, and a microphone is necessary for calls.

Other Features

There are three most used operating systems for tablets and they differ quite a bit. So, what do you get?

  • Android — a vast selection of apps and games, easy to use and quick to get used to.
  • iOS from Apple — stability, high level of personal data security and protection against viruses.
  • OS Windows — well-known, full Office support, interface and services we are all accustomed to.

Lastly, if you are clumsy or have kids or pets at home, surely you'd want a device that is not so easy to break. The choice between metal and plastic is a no-brainer in this situation. Plastic is often cheaper, though. And it would be awesome to have a tablet that works for 10 hours on a single charge, right?

That's it, roughly. We hope it helped. Now let's proceed to some really remarkable representatives.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Great Opportunities in the Premium Segment

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet is a combination of high computing power and excellent technical characteristics in an elegant package. Being the premium line tablet, the Galaxy Tab S2 is equipped with a modern and efficient 8-core Exynos 5 processor developed by the Samsung research department. Besides the processor, the device offers a fairly large amount of RAM, providing great processing and computing speed. Due to that, this tablet is really multifunctional. The Galaxy Tab S2 will cope with any amount of work and any task complexity.

You will be really pleased with the display size of 9.7" and its high resolution (2048x1536). The display is made using the Super AMOLED technology, so you get high contrast, bright and saturated colours, and minimal power consumption. The 13-megapixel camera with the CMOS sensor provides as high-quality photos as the SLR cameras do. Despite all its power, the tablet has very balanced energy efficiency. On average, the Galaxy Tab S2 battery lasts about 11 hours.

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Micromax Canvas Tab P681

Balanced Features for Different Tasks

If you are going to carry your tab around, for example, to work or to school, then compact Micromax Canvas Tab P681 is the perfect solution. The device with an 8-inch display and a resolution of 1280x800 can easily be placed in a bag, backpack, and even in your pocket. You can also install a Sim card to connect to the Internet without the Wi-Fi coverage. By the way, this tiny tablet even has a built-in 3G network modem. The modern energy-efficient and quite productive MediaTek MT8321 processor with the RAM of 1 GB offers quite good performance. The Micromax company successfully combined sufficient performance, multifunctionality, and significant energy efficiency. The built-in battery of 4000 mAh allows working for about 12 hours. If the built-in memory of 16 Gb is not enough to store your files, you can use microSD memory cards (the Canvas tablet supports memory cards with a capacity of up to 32 Gb).

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Micromax Canvas Tab P681
 

Lenovo Phab 2

Hybrid, or 2 in 1 Device

The Lenovo Phab 2 is a combined device, called a phablet. Generally, a phablet is a phone with an enlarged screen, close to the size of the tablet. These devices are perfect if you are going to carry it around and surf the Internet a lot. The 6.4" display with an oleophobic coating offers the widest viewing angles and quite good resolution. Due to the special design of the case, the smartphone will be easy to hold and use with one hand. The modern 64-bit processor and 3 GB of RAM perfectly suit many demanding applications and games. This Lenovo phone tablet supports modern networks of the 4th generation, allowing you to fully get the fastest Internet speed and keep pace with the times. Modern life if hard to imagine without listening to music while commuting to and from work, doing sports, and so on. Lovers of quality music will appreciate the Dolby Atmos sound processing technology. Thanks to this solution, you will enjoy the music or effects in movies and games at their best quality.

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Lenovo Phab 2
 

Iball X1 4G with VoLTE Support

Autonomy and Usability

The Iball X1 is not that compact (it is rather large and weighs 1.3 kg). But there is a great plus. The model has a long-lasting enhanced battery with a capacity of 7800 mAh. Thanks to this, the tablet can last about a day in the medium-load mode, which is an outstanding feature. The manufacturer thoughtfully added a foldable stand to the tablet design to set it horizontally. Now you do not have to hold it in your hands during work, which is very convenient if you need to do something else. The modern version of Android (Marshmallow) and a productive, eight-core processor with a clock speed of 1.3 GHz and the RAM of 2 GB allow working with several applications at once. You can also run resource-intensive and demanding games with minimal efforts. The built-in modem and the slot to install the Sim card makes this tablet autonomous in terms of network. The Iball X1 tablet supports the 4G standard for the maximum available connection speed.

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Iball X1 4G with VoLTE Support
 

ASUS TF103CG

Elegant Transformer for Reasonable Price

Asus is one of the leaders in the production of high-quality computing devices. The unusual feature of this model is its ability to connect to a full-size keyboard by the same manufacturer. In this case, the tablet turns into a full-fledged laptop, limited only by the capabilities of the Android operating system. The tablet heart is the Intel processor. This kind of processor shows quite acceptable energy efficiency and performance. The quality IPS panel used in the 10" display makes the image as realistic as possible. Moreover, the IPS panel offers wide viewing angles both horizontally and vertically. The Asus tablet has a built-in memory of 8GB but if you are not satisfied with this capacity, it can be expanded with a MicroSD memory card up to 64GB. You can also use the lifetime 5GB cloud storage of the ASUS Webstorage Space. Finally, the Asus TF103CG tablet has a slot for a Sim card to provide wireless high-speed mobile Internet connection.

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ASUS TF103CG
 

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