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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
One of the biggest players in the smartphone and tablet market is Samsung, and its Galaxy range of hardware.
Samsung brings to the table not only excellent build quality, but also custom features that appeal to hardcore business and enterprise users, features such as on-board virtual private networking (VPN) support.
- Processor: 1.0 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9;
- Operating system: Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich"(upgradable to Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean");
- Screen: 7-inch, 1024 x 600 resolution;
- Battery life: Not specified, but tests suggest about 8 hours.
- Expandable storage;
- Enterprise features;
- Front and rear facing cameras.
- No near-field communications (NFC) support;
- Glass can scratch easier than the competition;
Price: Starting at $249 for 8GB model.
Image source: Samsung.
Archos Arnova 8 G3
While Archos is better known for making media players, it also makes the Arnova range of tablets which are aimed at the more budget end of the market.
The Arnova 8 G3 is the company’s 8-inch offering. However, in order to get it in at a recommended street price of $150, corners have had to be cut in terms of the hardware.
- Processor: 1.0 GHz dual-core Cortex-A8
- Operating system: Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”
- Screen: 8-inch, 800×600
- Battery life: Not specified, but tests suggest about 3 hours
- Cheap price
- Low resolution screen
- Poor battery life
- Poor speakers
Image source: Archos.
Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite
Think of tablet makers and you'll probably come up with Apple, Amazon, and Samsung. Huawei is not a name that springs to mind, but it is a big player in China when it comes to budget-priced consumer electronics, and it s a company making massive in-roads in Western markets.
While the iPad mini or the Kindle Fire HD is light years ahead of this unit, this is a solid, well-made, reliable tablet. It might not have the best screen, or the most powerful processor, but as a cheap tablet to throw into a bag, keep on the coffee table, or give to someone working out in the field, it is well worth considering
- Processor: 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A8;
- Operating system: Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich";
- Screen: 7-inch, 1024 x 600 resolution
- Battery life: Not specified, but tests suggest about 2 to 3 hours.
- Cheap price;
- Solid build quality;
- Expandable storage.
- Low resolution screen;
- Poor battery life.
Image source: Huawei.