Choose the right budget android tablet pc for your needs tips


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Google and Asus may well seem to have sewn up the Android tablet world with the very well received Nexus 7 tablet (£160), but there are many Android tablet options out there for much less money.

This is thanks to a vibrant ‘white box’ Chinese manufacturing scene, which sees wave after wave of super-cheap Android tablets crashing into our shops, and surprisingly, some are pretty good.

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Choose the right budget android tablet pc for your needs tips

  1. 1. Andro id Tablets Buying Guide Search Micro so ft will release Surface Windo ws 8 Pro TabletWhich kind budget android tablet is right for youBy admin On December 3, 20 12 · Add Co mment Google and Asus may well seem to have sewn up the
  2. 2. Android tablet world with the very well received Nexus 7 tablet (£160), but there are many Android tablet options out there f or much less money.T his is thanks to a vibrant ‘white box’ Chinese manuf acturing scene, which sees wave af ter wave of super-cheap Android tablets crashing intoour shops, and surprisingly, some are pretty good.While the Asus Transf ormer Pad Inf inity costs a whopping £600, and the majority of other big-name tablets hover around the £200 to £300 mark,some of the smaller 7-inch Android tablets , even those running Ice Cream Sandwich, can be had f or around £70 online or £90 on the high street.But f or that kind of money, are you going to look like a bit of a mug?Of course, you don’t get something f or nothing, and while on paper, at least, budget Android tablets may look as powerf ul and potent as theirbig-name, large-price-tagged brothers, there can of ten be glaring omissions.One of the f irst potential pitf alls to beware of is Google Play – the Android app store, which also peddles movie rentals, music downloads andebooks. Google Play is of ten unavailable on bargain-basement tablets, which means that you’re limited to a handf ul of badly made, unsupportedtitles.T he second common trap is the questionable quality of the components that make up your low-priced tablet. T he gumph may about boast a high-resolution screen, but this is a common shortcut, which can undermine the whole experience, and really expose your f rugal tendencies.If you’re looking f or a cut-price Android tablet, read our essential guide to avoiding possible pitf alls and saving money on buying the right devicef or you.Tablet Android 9.7 pollici Capacitivo
  3. 3. A decent displayEven the cheapest of the generic Chinese Android tablets tend to f eature capacitive displays these days, which are a vast step up in qualitycompared with the older resistive models that we used to see only a couple of years or so ago.Capacitive technology means that the displays are more sensitive to the touch, making the experience of using even the cheapest of tablets,such as the budget Kogan Agora (£119), much more satisf ying than trying to poke the wobbly, plasticky resistive screens of previous generationsof technology.However, as nice as the newer, cheaper displays might be to touch, you also want to examine the resolution they of f er. A 7-inch screenoutputting at just 800 x 480 isn’t going to look very clear or sharp, because that screen resolution is already a little out of date, even on thesmaller screens of Android smartphones nowadays.A decent budget option, however, such as the Archos 70 (available f or about £170), of f ers a 7-inch display running at a more respectable 1,024x 768, which will make everything f rom web text to apps appear much clearer than something that’s expanding a lower resolution image to f ill a 7-inch screen.Another legacy Android issue that still af f ects some of the cheaper tablets these days is access to the Google Play Store. Some models f romlesser known brands, such as the ViewSonic ViewPad 10e (available f or about £140) don’t have the certif ication to of f er access to Google’sof f icial app store on board, although most of today’s newer budget models now do.
  4. 4. Again, of f icial Google Play access is something to add to your pre-purchase checklist, because you really don’t want to be stuck using a terrible,unof f icial Chinese app store to access all your apps and games.Power and controlT his new wave of cheap Chinese tablet tends to run on versions of the All Winner chipset, coupled with a Mali 400MHz GPU. It works well enoughf or most apps and general use, but the key thing you want to be looking out f or is the amount of system RAM alongside it in the tablet.Some of the cheaper tablets skimp here to save money, and only of f er 512MB, which means the multitasking aspect of Android – one of its keyboasts – is compromised, and perf ormance is inevitably slower all round. At least 1GB of RAM ought to be the minimum to run Android 4.0 withany degree of success, and that’s something that most of the sub-£100 tabs are actually of f ering today.Brands for less
  5. 5. T hanks to the insane level of competition in the Android tablet world, you don’t have to stick with the no-name models if you’re looking f or agood deal. Samsung’s second-generation Galaxy Tab 2 models have been reduced to under £200, while Motorola’s Xoom, and its Xoom 2 sequel,can be picked up f or around the £150 to £200 mark, giving you some seriously well-made technology f or the money.T he problem with Samsung’s models, f or some people, is the manuf acturer’s continued use of its TouchWiz interf ace. While TouchWiz is greatwhen used on a mobile phone, it makes a tablet f eel like, well, just an enormous phone. It kind of takes the f un out of owning and exploring a newmachine when it’s running the same OS as your mobile.Buying GuidePlus, makers such as Amazon take the skinning of Android even f urther, with the new Kindle Fire HD (£159), completely hiding most of Android’sbest f eatures in f avour of Amazon’s own user interf ace. Yes, it’s an Android tablet, but it’s an entirely dif f erent experience to the rest of thepack, and something you may or may not pref er.
  6. 6. Also down to personal pref erence is your display size. For some, a 7-inch screen is more than enough, while others pref er the larger 10-inchoption. In practical use, the only real hindrance of the smaller option is having to be a little more precise with your presses around the edges ofthe screen.Google hides lots of Android f unctionality behind sof tware toggles in the corners of the display, so f or the big-f ingered technology f an, the extraspace af f orded by the larger models is something to consider.Cheaper tablets, with their f atter, chunkier bezels, also make getting to the edges of the display a little tougher, too.Can it be updated?T he majority of the cheaper Android tablets under the £100 mark will arrive with an unskinned vanilla version of Android, untouched by the maker.While this is a good thing f or most, because you’re getting the purest vision of what Google and its team think Android should represent, itprobably means you’ll be stuck using the same version f or lif e.T he advantage of spending a little more money on a branded machine f rom a western company means you should at least see some updates tothe tablet’s OS when Google releases a new version. T hat’s one big reason people are plumping f or the Nexus 7 in such large numbers, becausewith Google’s of f icial backing, it ought to be f irst in line to see upgrades to f uture versions of Android, while it’s unlikely there will be any sucheasy upgrade path f or your random £70 Chinese SuperTab 7G XL.Some companies have shown they’re in it f or the long term, and have won over f ans with their approach to OS upgrades. Asus, f or example, iscontinually releasing updates f or its excellent Transf ormer series of machines, but those are high-end devices f or which you’d expect a littlemore support.In terms of the budget Android tablet makers, little French company Archos leads the pack in rolling out upgrades and supporting users, withowners of its cheaper machines benef itting f rom quite a f ew updates, including the newer versions of Android and minor bug-f ixing repairs.So don’t just look at the hardware alone. Cheap tablets shouldn’t be disposable and you have every right to expect some level of support f rom
  7. 7. the manuf acturer over the next year or two. And that’s worth paying a little extra f or.Tablet Android 10 pollici Capacitivo 3g integrato3G and connectivityAnother consideration is whether you’re the outdoorsy type or not. To save money, most of the cheaper tablets, and even Google’s Nexus 7,ditch 3G connectivity, so you’re stuck with using Wi-Fi to assess online f eatures and download apps.If you’ve got used to piggybacking on f riends’ and pub Wi-Fi, that won’t be an issue f or you, but it’s one of the reasons the cheap tablets are sovery cheap, so bear it in mind.Finally, something of an Android hot potato at the moment is support f or upgrading the onboard storage. Many of the phone and tablet makersseem to be moving away f rom of f ering SD card support, with even the Nexus 7 f ailing to include it. Ironically, that’s one area where the cut-throatsuper-budget Chinese tablet scene always emerges as a winner, with virtually all of the cheapest Android models including an SD card slot.Again, as with 3G, it’s down to personal choice, and whether you want or need the ability to shuf f le around your media on SD cards.Tagged with: budget android tablets • super-cheap Android tablets • Tablet Android 10 pollici Capacitivo 3g integrato
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