According to current market research, it has been concluded that tablets running on Android operating system account for over four in every ten devices shipped to consumers. Further, Strategy Analytics group recently claimed that Android market share has increased from 29.1% market share in Q3 2011 to 41.3% in the same period 2012.
Reportedly, the main reason for the increase in the Android tablet market share is due to the launch of Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire and a slew of other tablets introduced by numerous manufacturers across the globe.
Moreover, adding to the same, software giant Google has launched the Samsung made Nexus 10 in October and hence, Android market share could face more uphills in Q4 as well.
With the launch of Android Jelly Bean in Nexus 7, the local vendors in India have also come up with tablets based on the OS. Going on the same lines, Karbonn has recently come up with a Jelly Bean based 10 inch tablet at Rs 10,490.
As the Nexus 10, which was released into the other markets across the globe in mid-November is still awaiting its Indian release, it is a welcome for the Karbonn offering.
Not only Karbonn, but other India based vendors have also starting coming up with Jelly Bean tablets at budget price points. Some of them follow the strategy of launching Android 4.0 ICS tablets and then rolling out the Jelly Bean upgrade to the same. One such tablet is Zync Z1000, which is a 9.7 inch tablet priced at Rs 10,990.
It's Christmas tomorrow and if you like to buy a tablet for yourself or gift it to your loved ones, Gizbot presents a comparison between Karbonn Smart Tab 10 Cosmic and Zync Z1000 for you to assist in your buying decision.
Display: Both Smart Tab 10 Cosmic and Z1000 feature a 9.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution.
Processor: Again, both the devices fare equally with a 1.5GHz dual core processor in this segment.
OS: Speaking of OS, Smart Tab 10 is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and Z1000, which is launched with Android 4.0 ICS is upgradeable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Speaking of software features, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has new features including Project Butter, expandable and contractible notifications, resizable app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos, improved Android Beam and many more.
Storage: On the storage front, there is no information regarding the internal memory capacity of Karbonn offering, which comes with 1GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
In comparison, Z1000 has 8GB on board storage, 1GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
Camera: In terms of camera optics, both Smart Tab 10 Cosmic and Z1000 have a 2MP rear camera and a VGA front camera for video calling.
Connectivity: On the data connectivity segment, Smart Tab 10 has features including Wi-Fi, USB port, HDMI port and 3G via dongle, whereas, Z1000 is packed with features including Wi-Fi, GSM SIM slot with 2G and 3G support, mini HDMI port, Bluetooth and micro USB 2.0.
Battery: When it comes to power management, the Karbonn offering is loaded with a 6,000 mAh battery and Z1000 is powered by a 7,000 mAh Li-ion battery.
Price: On the pricing front, both Smart Tab 10 Cosmic and Z1000 are priced at Rs 10,490 and Rs 10,990 respectively.
Both the devices - Karbonn Smart Tab 10 Cosmic and Zync Z1000 fall in the budget tablet segment. Moreover, they boast some interesting features that are available in a majority of other tablets in similar price points.
If the concern is a tablet with SIM slot for voice calling and 2G/3G internet with Bluetooth connectivity, Zync Z1000 is a better option.
On the other hand, if the concern is on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean user experience out of the box, the Karbonn offering should be the right choice.