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Picking a portable tablet

Don't want to wait for the new Nexus 7? There are plenty of new Android tablets in this segment already in the market

The Nexus 7 (2013) announced last week by Google sounds, on paper, like a great new tablet in the competitive 7-inch segment. For now however, it is not available in India. The company has committed to bringing its hardware here more quickly in the future—the first Nexus came to India only recently, almost a year after being launched.

The new Nexus 7 is also a little more expensive than the original version, and the $30 (around 1,780) price increase is definitely going to affect prices here too. The 16 GB variant of the new Nexus 7 is priced at $229 in the US, while the original Nexus 7 (priced at $199 in the US) was priced 15,999 here. That definitely suggests that the new Nexus 7 will be a lot closer in price to the iPad Mini, which is available for 21,900.

The new tablet will support features such as wireless charging, and will come with a more powerful quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU, with 2 GB RAM. Early reviews have been full of praise, and note that the performance and build quality are both excellent.

The display resolution has also been raised to full HD, but the 7-inch screen size has been retained; many new tablets in the segment are now coming in 8-inch models, which offer a wider screen when seen in portrait mode.

The new Nexus 7 will also come with Android 4.3 loaded—this is definitely an advantage over tablets from other brands, because Android version updates still happen only slowly, and the new version brings a lot of interesting changes. One of the new features is the ability to create restricted profiles—for children, or guests, so they can access only the apps you want them to. So you could have one profile for your children, where they can play games, but not use the browser, for example. The new version also supposedly improves gaming performance and security.

Since the price and the launch date for India aren’t known yet, some people might not want to wait for the Nexus 7. If you’re one of them, here are some alternatives:

Google Nexus 7

We’d normally not mention an older device, but the new Nexus 7 has caused some sellers on Amazon to drop prices on the original Nexus 7. The build quality of the Nexus 7 and the hardware powering the device were among the best last year, and it still blows away competition at the same price. Just check the cost though—some sellers are still charging full price, which isn’t worth it with the new version around the corner.

Specifications

CPU: 1.2 GHz quad core

RAM: 1 GB

Storage: 16 GB

Screen size: 7 inches

Resolution: 1,280x800

Battery: 4,325 mAh

Price: 11,999

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 T310

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Specifications

CPU: 1.5 GHz dual core

RAM: 1.5 GB

Storage: 16 GB

Screen size: 8 inches

Resolution: 1,280x720

Battery: 4,450 mAh

Price: 21,495

Simmtronics Xpad Mini

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Specifications

CPU: 1 GHz quad core

RAM: 1 GB

Storage: 8 GB

Screen size: 7.85 inches

Resolution: 1,024x768

Battery: 4,000 mAh

Price: 11,999

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