iPad Pro, mini iPad 4, Galaxy Tab S2, Google Pixel C, Microsoft Surface Pro 4, such are the references that occupy the high end of the tablets. Terminals overpriced even a year ago, their prices have dropped since. However, they still flirt with the bar of 500 euros, which is still a rate high for a lot of us.
Alongside these slates of luxury, there are affordable models, which are often still less expensive than a portable games console. Here are some tips to find the right compromise between price and possibilities.
Main element of your future tablet screen capacitive technology is now widespread. A capacitive screen is the guarantee of good sensitivity when he will be grazed to your fingers. Resistive terminals same multi-point should be avoided. Indeed, the sensitivity of a resistive screen is much smaller and their use is most effective with stylus or otherwise the tip of the nail.
The number of sensitive points shall not be less than 5 if possible, although a 2-point multitouch screen is perfectly functional and sufficient in 80% of the situations. The angle of view of a screen will be better with IPS technology, but this isn’t necessarily an option present on the entry level. Regarding the screen diagonal, the smaller sizes will be returning within budgets lowest: for do not exceed the 100 or 200 euros, do not expect 17,78 cm diagonal screen (7 inches), maximally (8 inch 20,32 cm).
The definition must not be less than 1024 x 800, because it is exceeded by most smartphones coming out now!
The processor and RAM
Although having evolved to the level of pure performance, the entry-level tablets difficult to compare machines to more than € 200. Many of them are equipped with MediaTek processors, ranging from the simple heart to eight cores. There are also frequently processor Rockchip refiner, he also specializes in entry-level equipment. Beyond €100, we start to see the opener at Qualcomm, often enough to ensure stable operation on a daily basis. Of course, these aren’t the latest Snapdragon 821, but a little Snapdragon 410 will be more than enough to surf the Web or watch some videos.
Attention however, don’t be fooled by the shelves displaying proudly “octa-core” for a ridiculous price. The number of cores has an impact on the functioning of the machine, but it is better to focus on a tablet with a dual-core processor at 2 GHz than an octa-core 1.2 GHz Tablet. The frequency has its importance and many manufacturers optimize not tablets low cost for optimal operation with processors in addition to four hearts. Most high end machines have fast quad-core processors.
But which model to choose? Choose the Cortex A7 or A53. These architectures are often represented in the entry level tablets, the A53 Cortex being faster than the A7, oldest. In all cases, do not expect to play the latest 3D games with graphics up. Integrated GPUS are often shoddy and former as Mali 400. Even the Adreno of Qualcomm in entry-level SoCs will be worth. Nevertheless, a tablet like the Archos GamePad 2 will satisfy players with a budget despite his age.
For what is the RAM, it is best of 2 GB. Some tablets have only 512 MB, which is much too limited at present, becoming increasingly hungry applications. Prefer so tablets with 1 GB of RAM, even under € 100.
The operating system
The weak point of the tablets at low cost is undoubtedly the upgrades of the different versions of the operating system.Indeed, we should not rely on an upgrade to the latest version of the Android system. On the contrary, the few models that stand out from the lot are those who see publish a single upgrade, but we should not expect more. Here is a summary of the versions of Android that could end up on the shelves of the market:
- Android 2.2 Froyo: obsolete version,to avoid,
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread: obsolete version,to avoid,
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb: tablet version,outdated,
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: obsolete version,to avoid,
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: obsolete version,to avoid,
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean: obsolete version,to avoid,
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: obsolete version,to avoid,
- Android 4.4 KitKat: old, but widespread version in entry-level,to avoid,
- Android 5.0 Lollipop: recent, relatively widespread version in entry-level,to focus on,
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow: version,preferred.
- Android 7.0 Nougat: latest version, very rarely available at this time
In recent years, Google has facilitated access to certifications allowing manufacturers to enter the market of official applications Play Store on their tablets. The alternative markets such as GetJar or AppsLib disappeared from these machines, which is a big step forward. As a precaution, however make sure that your tablet is sold with the Store : the store icon should be present on the box. If this isn’t the case, we recommend that you choose a model that is certified by Google in order to take advantage of the latest updates for applications and avoid downloading pirated or obsolete programs.
With the decrease of the prices on storage, low-cost tablets usually offer against 4 GB 8 GB not so long ago that. A big progress allowing you to enjoy more of your machine. Run the machines which don’t have that 4 GB internal memory, you can’t do much. Note, however, that many manufacturers of entry-level offer to extend the storage via a Microsd port. A good point when we know that even the iPad does not have!
Network, connectivity, battery life
Wi – Fi or Bluetooth/GPS, you need to choose. In fact, don’t expect to use Google Maps or Mappy on the first model to 100 euros. The price will not be pulled down without concession: Bluetooth or GPS are available options at the top of the hundred euros.
Autonomy will be also no surprise : a battery backup in case of need, as long as your slate can be recharged by USB, you need and not just a charger owner. You’ll be lucky if you get to watch two long whole film without reloading.
Everything is not in the price. Before you fall on a model of the Middle Kingdom, from a site of Chinese import, some details are to check: shipping, time (before the holidays, better anticipate buying under pain of being left out of time or while stocks last), Miscellaneous (levy on digital media, VAT, etc.). By buying in a more traditional distribution channel, style physical store, after sales service is more likely to be assured in the event of a problem.
What models to choose?
Less than €55, the new Fire of Amazon tablet will suit less demanding. With an IPS display, it runs on FireOS, a modified version of the Android system. However, to overlook the Play Store and address advertisements within the interface. A necessary compromise to ensure a low price while maintaining decent performance.
For a hundred dollars, you can direct you to the Lenovo ZTE A7, rather well equipped despite some flaws. She is often on sale less than €60.
With very low prices, Chinese tablets on Bridgat.com are of interest to you. Be careful though not to choose at random. Many models are to be avoided, but some stand out however of the lot. There are notably Xiaomi brand or even Meizu, which quickly ascended the steps to the top. Today, the outputs of their new tablets are followed by loan by the fans. However increasingly high prices, sometimes more than 250, which gradually away these brands in the low-cost sector who has born.
However, the succession is assured by competitors like Chuwi or Teclast. More discreet, they offer relatively decent hardware at very aggressive prices. For about€ 150, for example will be available Over Chuwi VI10, a tablet of 10.8″ that runs under RemixOS and 10 Windows at a time! Or even the Teclast X 98 Air III, in format 9.7 less than 130. Don’t expect no monsters of power, you can however find your account if you are not too demanding.
Another advantage of the import out of the low price, these are the many communities that formed around these Chinese brands. Even the famous site of hack XDA offers tutorials and manipulations in order to easily modify these machines. Before any import purchase, we recommend to visit these forums to find out what might be the problems faced by other buyers.