Best Tablets In India

by | Nov 7, 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 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4Runner-Up Pick
3. Lenovo Tab4 10Value for Money Tablet
4. Lenovo Phab 2 PlusPhone-Tablet Hybrid
6. iBall Slide BraceBest Battery Life

1. Apple iPad Pro

Best tablet in India - Apple ipad
Overall Best Pick
  • Excellent hardware and software optimization
  • Reliable Touch ID protection
  • Robust app ecosystem

Apple iPad Pro is single-handedly the best tablet available in the market, not only in India but also in the entire world.

This marvellous device from Apple is a mobile powerhouse that will help you to enhance the productivity on the go and will let you enjoy your leisure time with movies and games.

Design and build quality

The Apple iPad Pro features an aluminium unibody design that looks and feels solid. Apple has crafted this product so skillfully, with exceptional fit and finish all around.

The four speakers on this device are located on the top and bottom and deliver excellent sound output with no distortions even at maximum volume levels.

At the back, there’s the famous Apple logo that in itself is a status symbol for many.

The antenna lines are gracefully embedded on the back plate, which looks like a design choice rather than a mandatory hardware addition to the tablet. In the front, the touch ID sensor is placed below the display.

This is a great choice of positioning the sensor as with a big device such as a tablet, housing the fingerprint sensor at the back isn’t comfortable to unlock the screen.

Display

The Apple iPad Pro comes with a 10.5-inch full HD Retina display with a resolution of 1668 x 2224 pixels with an effective 265 ppi pixel density.

The screen has good brightness and the colour and contrast levels are exceptional. This is a true tone display, meaning the colours on the screen will appear closer to the natural tones, making the images and visuals more lively and vibrant.

There is a scratch resistant coating over the screen to protect it from unforeseen events. Apple has also integrated an oleophobic coating over this screen to keep the water away.

With a refresh rate of 120Hz, the scrolling animations and videos are buttery smooth. This enhanced refresh rate also makes gaming a delightful experience on this tablet.

Processor and Performance

What’s powering this tablet inside is the Apple’s homegrown A10X Fusion chip with a 64-bit architecture.

The A10X Fusion chip is very fast and responsive while handling apps and games. Multitasking is a breeze even with the 4GB RAM inside. The optimization of hardware and software seems like a match made in heaven with this device.

This homebrew Apple SoC has superior performance when compared to the high-end Qualcomm processors found on Android tablets.

One thing to note about the Apple iPad Pro is the storage. There are no external expansion options available to increase the capacity apart from the inbuilt storage.

Connectivity

The Apple iPad Pro comes with both Wi-Fi and cellular network connectivity.

The network signal reception is excellent with no signal drops once the device gets latched on to a network – be it cellular or on Wi-Fi.

The nano-SIM that has to be used with this tablet doesn’t have voice calling feature. However, you can use the data plans on the SIM to get internet on the go.

Camera

The Apple iPad Pro comes with a 12MP rear camera that has PDAF support for faster focus time. This f/1.8 aperture sensor is capable of decent low light photography as well.

This camera can record 4K videos up to 30fps and full HD, 1080p videos at 60fps. There is Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for smooth video footages.

The camera on the front is a 7MP sensor with face detection and HDR support. This camera can record 1080p videos at 30fps which is sufficient for video calls and occasional selfies.

Battery Life

An 8,134 mAh Li-Po battery powers this tablet. This battery has a rated screen on time of about 12 hours, but in real-world usage, the tablet achieves an average of 10-hour battery life.

With the excellent software and hardware optimizations underneath, the battery life on this device is unmatched with the competitors in the market.

Verdict

If you have the money to buy an expensive tablet and you don’t want to compromise on the performance and quality, the Apple iPad Pro should be your number one priority.

Superior performance, long lasting battery life and the excellent screen quality makes it a true companion on your trips to do your work on the go or add some fun to your life.

R

Great display

R

Powerful processor

R

Long lasting battery

R

Availability of many apps

R

Great build quality

Q

No voice calling

 Specifications

Screen10.5-inch 2224 x 1668 pixels
ProcessorA10X Fusion Chip
RAM4 GB
SIM supportSingle SIM 4G LTE, no voice calling
Storage64 GB
Camera12MP Rear, 7MP Front
Battery8134mAh

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Best tablet in india-Runner-Up Pick
 Runner-Up Pick
  • Gorgeous 10.5-inch SAMOLED display
  • Battery-free S-pen
  • Elegant and sleek design

Samsung is perhaps the only serious Android tablet manufacturer aiming to compete with the Apple iPad in the tablet market.

The Galaxy Tab S4 is the latest iteration of the popular Galaxy Tab lineup, now with improved internals and the latest Android 8.1 oreo operating system.

Design and build quality

The all-new Galaxy Tab S4 features a glass and metal construction that looks premium and feels really comfortable in the hands.

The glass back at the rear is aesthetically very pleasing to look at, with the camera and the flash sitting flush with the body.

However, glass is glass and it is very brittle. There is a high chance of the rear glass getting scratched easily if you don’t use the device carefully.

The four speakers on this device are tuned by AKG, the famous acoustics engineering company and they deliver excellent quality sound output with rich bass and clean treble.

The buttons on the sides of the tablet are made of metal, the same as the frame around the display and offer excellent tactile feedback.

Samsung has dumped the fingerprint scanner on this tablet and replaced it with an iris scanner.

The USB C port for charging and data syncing is present on the bottom along with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels.

The pixel density count on this tablet is slightly higher than the Apple iPad Pro tablet, at 287 ppi.

Even though the pixel density is almost the same, the AMOLED panel makes it up for the Galaxy tab to be the best tablet displays out there in the market.

The colour reproduction is excellent on this display and covers an impressive 220% of sRGB colour gamut with 450 nits of brightness.

This, in simple terms, means that the display can visualize images and videos in true colour, similar to the natural colour palette.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is powered by the relatively powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. While it’s not the latest processor available in the market, the 835 has enough firepower to run this tablet without any lags or stutters.

Supporting the processor in its graphics duties is the Adreno 540 GPU. Gaming and graphics performance is smooth and doesn’t pose any hiccups in the middle.

The 4GB RAM inside aids for better multitasking. App loading times are considerably less as well.

This tablet has 64GB of internal storage out of the box that can be expanded up to 512GB with an SD card.

Miscellaneous

The improved S-pen now has a battery-free operation method that won’t require you to charge it frequently.

The pen has a more handy design and feels much like the real world pen which we are used to.

This tablet supports fast charging and Samsung is kind to include its adaptive fast charger out of the box.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has a 7300 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery pack inside that will last for about 8-9 hours of continuous usage.

Samsung claims that it can last for 16 hours of screen on time, which is a bit of a stretch as each users usage patterns may vary significantly.

The included fast charger in the box charges the battery relatively quickly in under 2 hours.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is the best Android tablet available in the market as of now.

The gorgeous 10.5-inch super AMOLED display together with the powerful Snapdragon 835 processor helps this tablet to deliver excellent performance and eye catchy visuals to the end user.

R

Excellent battery life

R

Iris scanner

R

Latest Android 8.1 OS

R

AKG tuned speakers

Q

Snapdragon 835 is a bit outdated

 Specifications

Screen10.5-inch 2560 x 1600 pixel
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.7GHz
RAM4 GB
SIM supportSingle nano sim VoLTE
Storage64 GB Upto 512 GB
Camera13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery7300mAh

3. Lenovo Tab4 10

Best tablet in India - Value for Money Tablet
Value for Money Tablet
  • 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 10 is a budget tablet offering from Lenovo that aims to make movements in the dormant tablet market in the country.

Design and Build Quality

Lenovo makes some of the most 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 aluminium chassis looks and feels very premium and offers excellent heat dissipation when compared with glass bodied tablets.

The back panel has a minimalistic design with the dual LED flash and the camera module sitting flush with the chassis.

The front-facing dual speakers on this tablet emit loud sound with no considerable distortions even at maximum volume levels.

The hardware ecosystem around this tablet is robust with the company itself offering accessories such as keyboards to improve the productivity on the go.

Processor and Performance

The Lenovo Tab4 10 Plus comes loaded with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor clocked at 2GHz. This processor is sufficient for light multitasking and casual gaming purposes.

With the 2GB RAM, you wouldn’t feel any lags or stutters while dealing with the device for usual daily tasks.

But to make things clear, you shouldn’t bother to run high-end games on this tablet. The underpowered chipset will falter and offer you a less rewarding experience.

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

With 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, the display on this tablet is decent. The colours are accurate and brightness levels are sufficient to work within broad daylight.

This is an IPS panel which makes it suitable to watch movies and other videos in whatever position you may please with no colour washouts occurring at extreme angles.

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

The 5MP front camera lets you do video calls in better clarity under suitable lighting conditions.

Connectivity

The Lenovo Tab4 10 supports both Wi-Fi and cellular data connectivity.

Similar to the Apple iPad Pro, the nano SIM that can be used with this device can only be used for data connection and not for voice calling.

Battery Life

What’s powering the Lenovo Tab4 10 is a 7,000 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.

Verdict

The Lenovo Tab4 10 is one of the best budget Android tablet that you can purchase under Rs.15,000 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.

R

Affordable

R

Excellent battery life

R

Android 7.0 OS

Q

No certainty in terms of software updates

 Specifications

Screen10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixels IPS
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 425
RAM2 GB
SIM supportSingle sim, 4G LTE, no voice calling
Storage16 GB
Camera5MP Rear, 2MP Front
Battery7000mAh

4. 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.

R

Fingerprint sensor

R

Great display

R

Battery backup is good

R

Dolby Atmos sound

R

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

5. iBall Slide Brace XJ

Best tablet in india-Best Battery Life Pick
Best Battery Life Pick
  • 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.

R

Built-in kickstand

R

IPS display

R

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 for more choices.

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