The tablet market in India is quite competitive. On one hand you would find feature rich, premium devices manufactured by mainstream manufacturers and on the other hand, you would find low end devices manufactured by domestic or Chinese manufacturers and are available at really affordable prices. Even these low end tablets offer decent hardware for your basic jobs and many of them are available for as low as two or three thousand. We won’t say that these devices are impressive or very well built but there are some decent devices that can be considered if you are looking to buy a tablet on a budget. We have listed some of these tablets here.
HCL ME U1
You weren’t expecting us to list quad core devices with HD displays here? Were you? The HCL ME U1 is a relatively old tablet but the price has dropped considerably. It has got the usual display size that is 7 inches with a painfully low resolution of 480 x 800. That is low for even a 4 inch display, let alone a 7 inch one. But for this price, you won’t be able to find anything better. The display has got poor viewing angles and the colours look faded. The contrast ratio is low and even the darkest black you are going to get is grey. It has got a 1 GHz processor which won’t be able to handle much except for the basic processes. You can run some basic social networking apps and web browsers. Multitasking would be strictly limited as you get just 512 MB of RAM. The internal storage is limited to 4 GB but you get a micro SD card slot that can support up to 32 GB of external storage.
Swipe Halo Value Plus
This tablet was launched at a higher price but we found it listed below 5000 at Amazon.in. For the price, this one is a great value for money. It runs a dual core processor that is clocked at 1.2 GHz. It comes with a similar 7 inch LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. While it is rare on budget tablets, this one gets dual cameras, both on front and rear. Most budget tablets come with just front camera for video calling. The rear camera has a 2 megapixel resolution while the front one is just a 0.3 megapixel. The tablet has got just 512 MB of RAM like most other budget tablets so multitasking is a strict no for the device. This tablet offers calling feature which is another rare thing for low cost tablets. Apart from 2G connectivity, you get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and GPS. It gets the usual crop of sensors. It comes with android Jelly Bean operating system. The tablet is powered by a 3000 mAh battery.
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HCL ME U3
This is a newer version of the tablet we listed earlier. It comes with a similar 7 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The display isn’t crisp obviously but the colours are a bit better than the U1. Still it isn’t very much better as the low resolution soaks up everything and you would hardly feel the difference. It runs a relatively new android Jelly Bean though it is still pretty old considering Google is already preparing for android L.
The device runs on a 1 GHz processor and comes with 512 MB of RAM. It has got a Mali 400 GPU which is decent for the device. The tablet comes with a 2 megapixel front camera which is decent for video calling and occasional vanity checks. The internal storage sits a bit low and you can add micro SD cards up to 32 GB. It supports various 3G USB modems so you can connect to internet using a dongle if there is no Wi-Fi access. This device runs on a 3100 mAh battery.
Micromax Funbook P280
Micromax recently launched this affordable tablet in the Indian market. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and has got the usual WVGA (480 x 800) 7 inch display. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor and comes with 512 MB of RAM. It has got 4 GB of inbuilt storage like most other tablets in this category and it supports micro SD cards up to 32 GB. For internet connectivity, it supports 3G via USB data cards. It also offers the standard connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB. You get a couple of preinstalled apps that would be useful for most people. They provide you with a detachable keyboard and a leather case along with the tablet. While the tablet is decent, the battery capacity is a bit low at 2400 mAh.
iBall Slide 7236
This is another tablet in the list which supports voice calling and just like the other one; it supports just 2G networks. So even if you are willing to use the SIM card for data, you will just be able to use 2G networks. This is a dual SIM device and both the SIM cards support 2G networks. It has got a 7 inch display with the same 480 x 800 pixel resolution. The processor is relatively powerful as compared to others as it runs a 1.3 GHz dual core processor. It has got 512 MB of RAM which isn’t much but you can’t expect better for the price. It runs android 4.2 Jelly Bean and the interface is mostly stock.
This tablet comes with a 2 megapixel rear camera and has also got a LED flash. There is also a front camera which is VGA only. The internal storage is the usual 4 GB and it supports micro SD cards up to 32 GB. The connectivity options here are the usual ones like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro USB. This tablet doesn’t support 3G connectivity and you would have to rely on Wi-Fi for high speed data transfers. This tablet is powered by a 2500 mAh battery which isn’t very impressive and they should have provided it with a slightly bigger battery.
Author Bio: The author is an expert in mobile technology and loves to write about different handsets launched. He has listed the Tablets under 5000 for the readers to make an informed buying decision.