Indian market is flooded with budget tablets and every day a few more tabs are entering the market.
However in India, in spite of large numbers of low cost tablet in the market, Apple is the number one tablet maker with about 51 percent share while Samsung has around 25 percent share.
The Indian tablet vendors like Micromax, iBall, Karbonn and many others have consistently producing low cost tablet with handsome features.
But the question arises whether these low cost tablets provide the same user experience as the iPad or Galaxy Tab does?
Let us lea through some of the features of low-cost tablets.
There are two types of touchscreen: resistive and capacitive touchscreen. The resistive works better with stylus and the capacitive one works well with fingers.
Though the resistive touch screens are almost dead in the tablets and all capacitive touchscreens are not the same, they differ in their responsiveness. Several low cost tablets with capacitive touch screen don’t have good touch accuracy. This touch accuracy makes the functionality difficulty with tasks like playing games, web browsing and serious typing.
Not all processors are made same even if they are of same manufacturer. For example Qualcomm has many processors in the name of Snapdragon S1, S2 and many more. If S1 and S2 processors both have a clock speed of 1 GHz still they differ when it comes to performance because of the cache memory. The performance depends on how much cache memory it contains, which GPU is being used and overall how well the processor is optimized.
There are many other processors makers like Rockchip, MIPS and Allwinner which are also used in low cost tablets. These chipsets are not at all comparable with the Qualcomm or Nvidia processor. Though these chipsets offer 1.2 GHz clock speed they might perform worse than 800 MHz processor of Qualcomm.
Many low cost tablets come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system which is outdated right now as the latest version Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is out in market. These tablets never receive software update. Though the manufacturer produces improvised version of tablet but still come up with the old operating system.
All budget tablets in India are running on the Google’s Android operating system. When you buy an Android based tablet its recommended to make sure that it runs on the recent version of Android. At present Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is most popular operating system as there are very few models which come with the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
Measuring battery life is not so easy. If you want a faster processor, a better brighter display and so on then you have to compromise with the battery life a bit. Normally most of the tablets are capable of working up to 4 to 6 hours. Increase in battery life depends on how you use it; you can switch off the Wi-Fi when it is not in use and reduce the display brightness to boost its life a bit.
Purchasing a tablet is based on what you are expecting from the device. If you are using it for primary functions like net surfing, using Facebook, Gmail, Twitter etc, reading e-book, listening music and basic document work, then low cost tablet would be fine for you.
If you want a tablet for watching videos, playing games or doing graphics concentrated tasks like editing videos or photographs and keep lots of applications on the tablet then low cost tablet is not for you.