For people who consume a lot of visual content, tablets are a great way to enhance the viewing experience. The best 4G tablets are those which offer a combination of great display and superior audio making it an ultimate binge-watching device.
While there aren’t many great options in the sub-₹15,000 segment, if you’re out in the market looking for a multimedia device, the following 4G tablets are worth a try.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
Weight: 469g | Dimensions: 245.2 x 149.4 x 7.5mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels | CPU: Exynos 7904 octa-core | RAM: 2GB/3GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB | Battery: 6,150mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP
The new 2019 Galaxy Tab A has a big 10.1-inch screen and is fitted with dual stereo speakers tuned by Dolby Atmos. It runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie based Samsung OneUI and is powered by Exynos 7904 chipset.
While you may not be able to churn out a lot of productivity from this tablet, it definitely is one affordable device to watch videos and movies on. With a 6,150mAh battery, you can use it on-the-go and say bye-bye to long haul travel.
Honor Mediapad T3 10
Weight: 460g | Dimensions: 229.8 x 159.8 x 8mm | OS: Android 7.0 Nougat | Screen size: 9.6-inch | Resolution: 800 x 1280 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 425 | RAM: 2/3GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 4,800mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 2MP
The Huawei MediaPad T3 10 has an aluminium back plate, rounded edges, and it feels great in your hand.
The tablet is powered by the entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor, which is capable of handling a multitude of tasks easily, including heavy games. The processor is paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory.
It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with the company’s own UI on the top. Considering the price, the tablet offers decent performance and good battery life.
Who should buy: Those looking for a sleek build and easy usability. It retails for Rs 13,999 on Amazon.
Who should not buy: Those who want the option to expand their storage options.
iBall Slide Elan 4G2
Weight: 585g | Dimensions: 10.4 mm thick | OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels | CPU: ARM Cortex A53 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 7,000mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 2MP
iBall has a range of Android tablets in the budget segment. Prime among them is the Slide Elan 4G2 tablet with a 10.1-inch display accompanied with a longer battery life. You get a pleasant graphic experience without compromising on power with the 7,000 mAh battery.
The iBall Slide Elan 4G2 runs on a quad-core processor, and has two storage variants: 2GB/16GB, and 3GB/32GB. Both are expandable via microSD up to 64GB
It's disappointing that a tablet with so much potential is still running on Android Marshmallow. The base variant retails for Rs 12,999 on Amazon, while the 3GB/32GB model costs Rs 14,999.
Who should buy: Those who don't want to compromise on visual appeal and battery.
Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android or a lighter tablet.
Samsung Galaxy J Max
Weight: 289g | Dimensions: 186.9 x 108.8 x 8.70mm | OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop | Screen size: 7-inch | Resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels | CPU: Quad-core processor | RAM: 1.5GB | Storage: 8GB/200GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP
Samsung’s Galaxy J series of phones and tablets has been all about affordability. The Galaxy J Max tablet is no different, featuring a 7-inch display and 4G LTE support on a budget.
The Galaxy J Max runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, which is disappointing. It's not the most powerful device in this segment, accompanied by a quad-core processor and 1.5GB RAM.
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Who should buy: Those who want a smaller display with the option of excess storage.
Who should not buy: Those who want the latest version of Android or a power tablet.
Lenovo Tab 4 8
CPU: 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 | Screen size: 8-inch | Resolution: 1280x800 pixels | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB, expandable up to 128GB | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 2MP | Battery: 4850mAh | OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
The Lenovo Tab 4 8 is a good option for those who want a well-performing phablet without breaking the bank. If you're not a budding photographer, or even too bothered about camera specs, you could take a look at this one.
The impressive battery life and comfortable design ensures that you can use it for hours on end, and the full HD LCD display, while making the colours a little jarring at first, is good enough for the price.
The camera performance is a let-down, as well as the OS, but if a budget phablet with good performance and a long-lasting battery is your goal, the Lenovo Tab 4 8 is worth a look.