Best Tablets In India

by | Sep 13, 2018

No matter how big your phone has become, viewing content or surfing internet on a bigger screen is still a thing for many users.

Here’s where the tablets fit right in.

In this article, we have listed 6 of the best tablets available in the Indian market at present and categorized them according to the use-cases and the features they come with.

Let’s roll.

Best Tablets In India 

1. Apple iPad Overall Best Pick
2. Lenovo Tab4 8 PlusRunner-Up Pick
3. Lenovo Phab 2 PlusPhone – Tablet Hybrid
4. Samsung Galaxy A Tab 2017Branded Android Tablet
5. Honor Mediapad T3Well Built Android Tab
6. iBall Slide BraceBest Battery Life

1. Apple iPad

Best tablet in India - Apple ipad
Overall Best Pick
  • Best tablet money can buy
  • Powerful hardware
  • Robust app ecosystem
Apple is a brand that needs no introduction.

They have been ruling the world of consumer electronics since the day when the original iPhone was announced.

The Apple iPad is a premium category tablet that is certainly the best tablet among the rest when pitted against its competitors.

Retina display is here!!

The Apple iPad comes with a 9.7-inch full HD Retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels with an effective 264 ppi.

The screen has good brightness and the colour and contrast levels are exceptional.

Best in class design and build quality and the super fast processor..

The uni body aluminium chassis looks and feels premium.

What’s powering this tablet inside is the Apple’s homegrown A9 bionic chip with 64-bit architecture.

The A9 chip is very fast and responsive while handling apps and games.

Multitasking is a breeze even with the limited RAM inside.

The optimization of hardware and software seems like a match made in heaven with this device.

This Apple tablet comes with a 2GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage which isn’t expandable.

Wi-Fi only!!

Also on the connectivity front, this device is Wi-Fi only meaning you won’t get a chance to pop a sim and make calls right away.

However, a Wi-Fi plus 4G connectivity enabled version of this tablet is available at a higher price tag of Rs. 38,150, if that’s your thing.

Camera and battery – excellent!

The Apple iPad comes with an 8MP rear camera and a full HD, 30fps capable front camera for video calling.

The device also packs in a touch ID sensor for fingerprint locking and unlocking.

A 3240mAh battery powers this tablet which despite its lower capacity lasts surprisingly longer up to 10 hours.

The tablet runs on Apple’s iOS 10 OS which offers an immense app catalogue to choose from.

Go for it!

If you have the kind of money to buy an expensive tablet and you cannot compromise on the performance and quality, the Apple iPad is the go to choice.

No other tablet in the market at present can beat this beast in terms of raw performance or battery life.

The iOS store is much more mature than the Android Play store and has a rich catalogue of apps that is highly optimized to run smoothly without any hiccups.

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Great display
R
Powerful processor
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Long lasting battery
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Apps availability
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Build quality
Q
Expensive

 Specifications

Screen9.7-inch full HD Retina display
ProcessorApple A9 – bionic with M9 co-processor
RAM2GB
SIM supportWi-Fi only 
Storage32GB
Camera8MP rear, 1.2MP front
Battery3240mAh

2. Lenovo Tab4 8 Plus

Best tablet in india-Runner-Up Pick
 Runner-Up Pick
  • Elegant design
  • Dual SIM 4G support
  • Excellent battery life
Lenovo is a familiar company to a lot of Indians mainly due to the popular budget laptops and mobile phones in the market.

The Tab4 8 Plus is a high end tablet offering from Lenovo that aims to make movements in the dormant tablet market in the country.

Design and build quality – Lenovo signature spot on!

Lenovo makes some of the beautifully designed laptops in the market. The Ideapad series from the company is critically acclaimed for its aesthetically pleasing design.

Lenovo has tried to do the same with this tablet. The minimal style gives this tablet a premium fit and finish.

The back panel look interesting with the dual LED flash and the camera module sitting flush with the chassis.

Powerful internals..

The Lenovo Tab4 8 Plus comes loaded with a powerful Qualcomm Quad-Core processor clocked at 2GHz. This processor is sufficient for light multitasking and casual gaming purposes.

With a 3GB of RAM, you wouldn’t feel any lags or stutters during while dealing with the device confronting with the usual daily tasks.

The 16GB inbuilt memory gives a breathing space for app installation and emergency media storage.

With the help of a micro SD card, you can increase the capacity up to 64GB.

Display and camera..

Finally we get to see a full HD screen on a tablet. We wish companies release more tablets with full screen panels to enhance the experience of a big display.

With 1920 x 1200 pixels, the display on this tablet is great. The colors are accurate and brightness levels are sufficient to work with in broad daylight.

This device also features 4G connectivity on both the SIM Slots.

The 8MP camera on the rear comes with a dual LED flash. The photos that comes out of this shooter is decent for social media uploads.

The 5MP front camera lets you do video calls in better clarity as well.

Battery life..

What’s powering the Lenovo Tab4 8 Plus is a 4850 mAh Li-ion battery. This massive battery pack helps this tablet to last for a day easily, even with heavy usage.

With light to moderate use, you can expect about 2 days of battery life with this device.
Final decision

The Lenovo Tab4 8 Plus is the best Android tablet that money can buy in the Indian market at present.

Since the recently launched Mi Pad 4 is not sure to hit the Indian shores, this tablet can be the perfect solution for large screen media consumption and productivity.

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Full HD display
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2GHz processor
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Android 7.0 OS
Q
No certainty in terms of software updates

 Specifications

Screen8-inch full HD
Processor2GHz Qualcomm MSM8953 octa core
RAM3GB
SIM supportDual SIM 4G VoLTE
Storage16GB up to 64GB
Camera8MP rear, 5MP front
Battery4850mAh

3. Lenovo Phab 2 Plus

Best tablet in India - Lenovo Phab 2 Plus
Phone – Tablet Hybrid
  • Best for Augmented Reality
  • Doubles up as a smartphone
  • Media consumption device
Lenovo is a well known Chinese OEM that is active in the Indian market with its impressive smartphone as well as laptop lineup.

The Phab 2 Plus from Lenovo is an interesting mix of phone functionalities fused into a tablet chassis.

Excellent build quality..

The Lenovo Phab 2 Plus comes with an aluminium alloy uni body construction.

The build quality is great with the rounded corners to make holding this giant phone or a tablet, aargh….the phablet easy in one hand.

This Android tablet from Lenovo features a 2.5D curved screen that blends into the chassis seamlessly.

Full HD display and a capable processor..

The display on this device is a full HD 6.4-inch panel with Corning Gorilla glass for protection from accidental drops and scratches.

The colours are vibrant and the brightness levels are on par with comparable modes on this list.

The large screen makes watching media, or texting – whatever be the use, a complete delight.

This device comes equipped with a MediaTek MTK 8783 Quad-core chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM.

On the storage front, it has 32GB onboard ROM which is expandable up to 128GB via the hybrid sim port.

Delightful extras..

One of the interesting aspects of this phablet is its sound quality.

This device features Dolby Atmos speakers for immersive sound experience.

This Lenovo Android tablet comes with a 13MP primary camera and ab 8MP front shooter.

This phablet has augmented reality features built-in which can be used in conjunction with the cameras as well as the wide range of sensors that comes with the device.

The battery on this beast is a 4050mAh Li-ion battery that will last you more than a day even on continuous usage.

Final verdict..

If you want an Android tablet that can be doubled up as a phone, the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is the go to device.

In reality, we’d like to term this device as a phablet rather than a tablet as it is an hybrid between the two.

With the AI features built-in, those interested in futuristic technology can get their hands wet with AR related apps and games from the Play store as well.

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Fingerprint sensor
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Great display
R
Battery backup is good
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Dolby Atmos sound
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Augmented reality features
Q
The processor is a bit of a letdown
Q
No dedicated SD card slot
Q
Outdated Android version

 Specifications

Screen6.4-inch full HD
ProcessorMediaTek MTK 8783 Octa-core
RAM3GB
SIM supportHybrid dual SIM
Storage32GB exp. up to 128GB
Camera13MP rear, 8MP front
Battery4050mAh

4. Samsung Galaxy A Tab 2017

Best tablet in India - Best Branded Pick
Branded Android Tablet
  • Wide service center network
  • Long lasting battery
  • 8MP rear camera
Samsung is a renowned brand that has a plethora of products ranging from mobile phone to LED TVs under its brand name.

The Galaxy A Tab from Samsung is a revamped version of the earlier Galaxy tab series with an improved display and processor.

Form factor and build quality..

The design Samsung has chosen for this tablet is minimal to say the best. The silver color adds some sort of premium look to the other wise bland look.

Plastic construction doesn’t look premium but it isn’t too bad either. Only issue we had in mind was that the paint might smudge after a while.

The usual square camera cutout and the flash beneath the sensor gives this tablet a typical Samsung-ish feel to it.

What’s inside?

Samsung has decided to go the Qualcomm way with this release.

This Galaxy A Tablet features a Qualcomm 435 processor which we have seen with many budget Android smartphones in the market.

It’s not a high-end processor per se, but it can definitely handle most of you daily causal tasks with ease.

The 2GB of RAM is kind of a bummer as we expected at least a 3GB in order to maximize the processor potential to the max.

Display and battery..

An 8-inch display adorns the front of this display. What perplexed us was the fact that Samsung still hasn’t given a full HD display even at this price.

Leaving that aside, the quality of the screen is not bad. The details are decent with sufficient contrast and sharpness levels.

The battery is a huge 5000mAh Li-ion cell which will make this tablet sail through a day of constant usage to the next day with enough juice left.

Verdict?

If you love the brand Samsung and has that urge to use a branded device, no matter what, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 2017 offers a peace of mind due to the fact that the company is known for its reliable and really durable products from the past.

The huge battery inside and the lower screen resolution will let you use this device for so long that the fear of running out of juice is not anymore a worry to live with.

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5000mAh battery
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Samsung brand value
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1-year warranty
Q
No full HD display

 Specifications

Screen8-inch full HD
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 435
RAM2GB
SIM supportSingle SIM 4G LTE
Storage16GB up to 256GB
Camera8MP rear, 5MP front
Battery5000mAh

5. Honor Mediapad T3

Best tablet in India - Best Build Quality Pick
Well Built Android Tab
  • Decent battery life
  • 1-year warranty
  • Lot of software features baked in
Honor is the sub-brand of the popular Huawei, which has been active in the budget smartphone segment in India.

The MediaPad T3 is Honor’s new take at capturing the less saturated tablet market in the country utilizing the company’s goodwill in delivering quality products at affordable rates and the brand value of the parent company, Huawei.

Build quality and design

The Honor MediaPad T3 is one of the best looking tablets to hit the market for a while.

With the falling sales, companies have been less interested to care about the design aspects of tablets, it seems.

The MediaPad T3 has that simple and elegant design Honor has pioneered with its smartphones.

The metallic backplate is very solid and rigid. The plastic insert in the upper side of the rear houses the antennas for better signal reception,

The single rear camera is housed on this frame and sits flush with the chassis.

The buttons located on the right side of the tablet is very clicky and responsive to the presses.

Display

The Honor MediaPad T3 features a 9.6-inch HD display with an effective resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

The screen on this tablet is bright and vivid but lacks in details when it is compared to other contenders on this list with full HD displays.

Honor has packed in a lot of software goodies to enhance the viewability on this display.

The low light and eye comfort mode baked in to the custom EMUI skin on this tablet will reduce the stress on your eyes and eliminate eye fatigue.

Performance

Inside the MediaPad T3 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8917 octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz.

For tablet mainly used for casual tasks such as web browsing and media consumption, this processor does perform well without any problems.

This tablet comes with a 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory expandable up to 128GB with a help of a SD card.

Miscellaneous

If you are willing to spend a couple of thousands more, the Mediapad T3 with 32GB of inbuilt storage is available for just under Rs.17,000.

The MediaPad T3 comes with a single SIM slot that accepts 4G LTE network connections for ultra fast data speeds and crystal clear voice calls.

This device comes with 1-year warranty including a separate 6 months warranty for in-box accessories such as charger.

Battery life

The MediaPad T3 is powered by a 4800mAh Li-ion battery inside.

Taking into consideration of the average battery capacity of tablets nowadays, this is quite a respectable one.

With moderate to heavy usage, this tablet will last well over a day worth of usage for most of you guys out there.

Verdict

The Huawei MediaPad T3 is a well built Android tablet.

Made of an interesting combination of aluminium and plastic, this tablet feels really light in hand but definitely stands rigid and solid during normal operations.

If you are looking for a well built tablet for your daily causal needs, the MediaPad T3 is worth checking out.

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Solid build quality
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4G VoLTE connectivity
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Feature rich EMUI
Q
Limited 2GB RAM

 Specifications

Screen9.6-inch HD 1280 x 800 pixels
Processor1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8917 Quad core
RAM2 GB
SIM supportSingle SIM 4G LTE
Storage16 GB up to 128 GB
Camera5MP Rear, 2MP Front
Battery4800mAh

6. iBall Slide Brace XJ

Best tablet in india-Best Battery Life Pick
Best Battery Life
  • Suited for media consumption
  • Best outdoor trips companion
  • HDMi out
iBall is a popular computer peripherals manufacturer in the country.

We have reviewed many iBall products in the past on our website owing to its low cost and decent build quality for the budget.

The Slide Brace XJ is one of the premium tablets from the company that offers a plethora of features and a mammoth battery to back these up.

Design and build quality

iBall Slide Brace stands out from the pack when it comes to the design. This tablet features a retractable kickstand built-in to the body.

This will let to rest the tablet in a convenient position on its own while watching media content without having the need to invest money on a third party kickstand.

The speakers on this tablet are located at the bottom rounded chin which faces sideways.

This is a bit of bummer as the sound dissipates away in to the sides and not towards the listener.

The hard plastic shell seems very durable and rigid.

What’s more interesting is the inclusion of an HDMi port. This will let you connect the tablet to a TV or a monitor if you’re inclined to watch content on a bigger display.

Display

The iBall Slide Brace comes with a larger 10.1-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

Being an IPS LCD, the viewing angles are excellent and there is no noticeable colour shift when viewed from extreme angles.

Brightness levels are up to the mark and colour accuracy suffice to say is decent for the price.

Performance

Inside the iBall Slide Brace XJ is a 64-bit octa-core Cortex A53 SoC which runs at a base clock of 1.3GHz.

Coupled with 3GB RAM, this processor does perform well in light scenarios with web browsing and document editing. However, expect some slowdowns when it comes to gaming.

With 32GB of onboard storage, you can install few of your favourite apps right away without having to fear about the storage capacity.

Miscellaneous

One of the biggest USP of this device is the multi language support. This tablet supports about 22 native indian languages.

This makes this tablet a lot more easier to use for those who are less skilled with the english language.

Battery life

The gargantuan 7800mAh Li-ion battery inside this tablet will last for a couple of days with moderate usage.

Even with continuous usage in the form of media consumption and internet browsing will comfortably get you over a day and half.

Verdict

If you’re in search of a tablet for media consumption on a big screen, this is the best bet as of now in the Indian market.

Functions such as USB OTG support and an HDMi out will let you maximise the true potential of this tablet on to a whole new level.

The impressive battery life will also be beneficial if you love taking your device out on a long off-grid trip.

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Built-in kickstand
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IPS display
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Great battery life
Q
Less powerful processor
Q
Limited memory expandability up to 64GB

 Specifications

Screen10.1-inch HD 1280 x 800 pixels IPS LCD
ProcessorOcta Core 1.3GHz ARM Cortex A53 64bit
RAM3 GB
SIM supportSingle SIM 4G VoLTE
Storage32 GB up to 64 GB
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery7800mAh
This curated list of the best 6 tablets available in the market concludes here.

If you have gone through the content and feels like we have left out any of the models that you want us to review, let us know in the comments below.

Do check out out buying suggestions for tablets priced under Rs.10,000 and Rs.5,000 as well for more choices.

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