With a fresh batch of tablets due to arrive in the months to come, we as consumers are once again spoilt for choice as every manufacturer is trying their best to out-do the competition with price cuts, freebies etc. While it’s not a bad thing to wait a while to decide which one to pick, there are some who are impatient and that’s why we’ve rounded up all the worthy tablets that are currently available in the market under one roof, so take your pick.

BlackBerry Playbook
If you are a BlackBerry (BB) fanatic then the Playbook is worth considering. As a stand alone tablet, its feature set is a little weak compared to Android-based tablets but when paired with a BB, you get access to a host of new features like BB Bridge for instance. It’s also very compact, making it easy to carry around in your briefcase. There are three memory options available :

16GB – Rs.27,990
32GB – Rs.31,500
64GB – Rs.36,000

Your BB's best friend

Your BB's best friend

Some highlights of the Playbook :

  • 7.0-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Supports resolution of 600×1024 pixels
  • Wi-Fi only model currently available
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and A2DP
  • 5MP rear AF camera with 1080p video recording capability, 3MP forward facing camera for video calling.
  • 1080p HD video playback, DivX/WMV/Xvid support
  • Stereo speakers

HTC Flyer
HTC’s Flyer is another 7-inch tablet currently available in the market, so naturally it competes with the BB PlayBook and the aging but still capable, Samsung Galaxy Tab. But the Flyer has an ace up its sleeve as it runs on Google’s Gingerbread (2.3.3) OS thereby giving you greater flexibility in terms of app support or customization. The 3G version with 32GB built-in memory is the only one currently available for Rs. 39,890.

Stylish but expensive for it's size

Stylish but expensive for it' size

Some facts about the HTC Flyer :

  • 7.0-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Supports resolution of 600×1024 pixels
  • 3G, Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth v3.0 + EDR and A2DP
  • 5MP rear AF camera with 720p video recording capability, 1.3MP forward facing camera for video calling.
  • 720p HD video playback, DivX/WMV/Xvid support
  • Stereo speakers
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB

Motorola Xoom
The Motorola Xoom is a good option if you’re looking for a 10.1-inch tablet and although it released quite some time back internationally, it still packs quite a punch. Motorola have launched it for a rather steep price in India though. The 16GB Wi-Fi only version retails for Rs. 34,490 where as the 3G version goes for Rs.41,490.

A good 10.1-inch option

A good 10.1-inch option

The Xoom also features :

  • 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Supports resolution of 800×1280 pixels
  • 3G, Wi-Fi support
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and A2DP
  • 5MP rear AF camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video recording capability, 2MP forward facing camera for video calling.
  • HD video playback, MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264support
  • Stereo speakers
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB

Acer ICONIA Tab A500
The competitor to the Motorola Xoom, Acer’s ICONIA Tab A500 offers similar functionality and more by including a standard USB 2.0 port for plugging in pen drives. With the current Honeycomb 3.0.1, it's a bit sluggish to use but the 3.1 update has already started rolling out in some parts of the world and we will be getting it some time next month. The Wi-Fi version with 16GB built-in memory sells for Rs. 27,990.

3.1 update coming next month

3.1 update coming next month

The A500 features:

  • 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Supports resolution of 800×1280 pixels
  • 3G, Wi-Fi support
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and A2DP
  • 5MP rear AF camera with LED flash and 720p video recording capability, 2MP forward facing camera for video calling.
  • HD video playback, MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264support
  • Stereo speakers
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB

iPad 2
The iPad 2 needs no further introduction. If you love iOS and everything Apple then this is the one for you. The pricing hasn’t changed much since the time it launched but then that's the case with most Apple products. The following are the configurations and their respective pricing

              Wi-Fi Only     3G+Wi-Fi
16GB    Rs.29,500    Rs.36,900
32GB    Rs.34,500    Rs.41,900
64GB    Rs.39,500    Rs.46,900

Still going strong

Still going strong

Some facts about the iPad 2:

  • 9.7-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Supports resolution of 768×1024 pixels
  • 3G, Wi-Fi support
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and A2DP
  • 0.7MP rear AF camera with 720p video recording capability, VGA forward facing camera for video calling.
  • HD video playback, MP4 support
  • Stereo speakers
  • No Expandable memory


Galaxy Tab P1000
With its elder brother all set to make its debut anytime now, the Tab P1000 is still a good option for those who don’t want to spend too much and require a more compact form factor. You can buy the 3G version of the Galaxy Tab P1000 for Rs. 24,700 which makes it a pretty good deal.

Still offers good value

Still offers good value

A few facts about the Tab P1000:

  • 7.0-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Supports resolution of 600×1024 pixels
  • 3G, Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth v3.0 + EDR and A2DP
  • 3.1MP rear AF camera with LED flash, 1.3MP forward facing camera for video calling.
  • HD video playback, DivX/WMV/Xvid/H.264/H.263support
  • Stereo speakers
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB

Viewsonic Viewpad 7
Viewsonic’s Viewpad 7 has the potential for a decent tablet but it was too overpriced for a 7-inch form factor. To add to its woes, it's quite underpowered as well, if you think about the measly 600Mhz CPU. We just got a update from Viewsonic regading the pricing which has now dropped to Rs.17,999.

Unnessarily expensive

Unnecessarily expensive

The Viewpad 7 includes the following feature list :

  • 7.0-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Supports resolution of 800×480 pixels
  • 3G, Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and A2DP
  • 3MP rear AF camera , 0.3MP forward facing camera for video calling.
  • MP4 and 3GP support
  • Stereo speakers
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB

Viewsonic Viewpad 10
The Viewpad 10 is a completely different beast compared to its younger and more timid sibling. This tablet lets you dual boot between Android and Windows 7 and instead of an ARM CPU, it's powered by Intel’s Atom N455 processor. The Viewpad 10 is priced at Rs. 30,000 with 16GB built-in memory and Wi-Fi only.

Windows or Android? How about both

Windows or Android? How about both

The Viewpad 10 Features:

  • 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Supports resolution of 600×1024 pixels
  • Wi-Fi support
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and A2DP
  • 1.3MP forward facing camera
  • HD video playback, MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264support
  • Stereo speakers
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB

Olive Pad V-T100
The Olive Pad and the Viewsonic Viewpad 7 are practically identical as the OEM that's built the tablet appears to be the same. It is cheaper though at Rs. 24,900 for the 3G version, mostly due to the fact that  they don’t have to charge a premium for the brand name.

Affordable 3G tablet

Affordable 3G tablet

The Olive Pad has the following features :

  • 7.0-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Supports resolution of 800×480 pixels
  • 3G, Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and A2DP
  • 3MP rear AF camera , 0.3MP forward facing camera for video calling.
  • MP4 and 3GP support
  • Stereo speakers
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB

Zinglife E-Pad ZL-101
The E-Pad could have sold really well with the whole iPad look-a-like design but sadly it's not the most user friendly tablet. It does manage to playback 720p videos smoothly though, I’ll give it that. The pricing is good for a 10.1-inch tablet at just Rs. 15,000 but honestly, I would give this one a skip.

Buy it if you dare

Buy it if you dare

Some facts about the E-Pad ZL-101:

  • 10.1-inch resistive touchscreen
  • Supports resolution of 600×1024 pixels
  • Wi-Fi support
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and A2DP
  • VGA forward facing camera for video calling.
  • HD video playback
  • Stereo speakers
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB

Creative ZiiO 7
Last but not the least we have Creative’s own ZiiO 7 PMP. I refuse to call it a tablet since you can't really do much beside watch videos or listen to music. It packs in a great audio chip, the X-Fi, which helps quite a bit for music and videos. It’s a little pricey at Rs.17,999 but it’s any day better than the Zinglife.

A good PMP, but that's about it

A good PMP, but that's about it

It packs in the following features:

  • 7.0-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Supports resolution of 800×480 pixels
  •  Wi-Fi support
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and A2DP
  • VGA forward facing camera for video calling.
  • H.264, MPEG4, WMV9, MOV, AVI, MKV support
  • Stereo speakers
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB

That's all for now folks. Be sure to read up on reviews before you make a buying decision. It's recommeded to try out the tablets before since many of them may look identical on paper but the real world experience can differ greatly.

Publish date: July 13, 2011 4:53 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 8:10 pm

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