Apple is still the king of the tablet market with a mammoth market share. However, it seems that Apple is slowly losing its hold on the tablet market, due to the incoming of high-end Android tablets from the likes of Samsung and Microsoft.
Nevertheless, tablets continue to make an impact on the market. A tablet is more than an entertainment device, but can pack the productivity feature of a laptop computer?
There's a serious misconception that a tablet computer is merely a tool for watching movies or playing games. Even they can be productive, if used in the right way.
We've rounded up the top 5 tablets you could buy in the Indian market. Prices may wary depending on the brand and features it offer.
Apple is the leader when it comes to the best tablet device onto market. They say when you think of a tablet, the iPad instantly comes to your mind. With the launch of the iPad Air 2, Apple is targeting even more buyers. The iPad Air 2 is lighter, thinner and much faster compared to its predecessor. If you're looking out for a complete package, the iPad Air 2 fits the bill perfectly. The device starts upwards of Rs. 35,990.
Samsung recently launched the Tab S 10.5, and it looks deadly gorgeous. Not just the tablet feels great; it should be perfect for media consumption. This very model, the Tab S 10.5, has a bigger Super AMOLED display, fast Exynos 5 Octa-core (1.9GHz, 1.3GHz), 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera and a monster battery inside. The slate offers a healthy 3GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board memory, which can be later expanded up to 128GB via microSD card slot. The makers have added a respectable 7,900mAh battery fitted inside. The tablet is thin and sleek (6.6mm) and weighs in at 294g (Wi-fi) / 298g(LTE). The tablet costs Rs. 44,000.
Designed by HTC, the new 8.9-inch tablet runs Android 5 Lollipop out-of-the box. The HTC-made Nexus 9 sports an 8.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536-pixels. The display has a ratio of 4:3 as opposed to 16:9. It is powered by a 2.3GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 (64-bit) processor, paired with 2GB of RAM.
There's an 8-megapixel camera given on the rear, and a 1.6-megapixel front-facing shooter for video chat. It will be available in either black or white and comes in three variants: 16GB for $399 (Rs. 24,440), 32GB for $479 (Rs. 29,219) and an LTE-enabled 32GB model for $599 (Rs. 36,600).
Here comes another premium tablet with premium experience. Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 has a 10.1-inch Full HD display , featuring Triluminos screen technology alongside the company's new "Live Colour LED" technology, which it claims makes colours appear natural and vibrant. The tablet runs on the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat version with Sony's customized UI layer on top. Under the hood is a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board memory, which can be expanded via a microSD card slot. On the imaging front, the tablet features an 8.1MP rear-facing camera with an Exmor RS sensor. It also has a 2.2MP front-facing camera for video calls.. Sony claims that the Xperia Tablet Z2's 6,000mAh lithium polymer battery can deliver 10 hours of multimedia playback without a single recharge. The device is now available on sale for a price of Rs. 47,000.
The latest Yoga 2 tablets feature a new Hang mode and improved kickstand that rotates nearly 180-degrees. The device is powered by Intel Atom processor and dual band speed Wi-Fi. It also sports dual front speakers with cinematic Dolby Audio and Wolfson Master HiFi for enhanced sound and an 8MP rear camera and 1.6MP front-facing camera.
Under the hood is a 1.86GHz quad-core Intel Atom Processor Z3745 and 2GB RAM. It comes with 16GB internal storage and a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 64GB capacity. The company claims a battery backup of 18 hours.