A Tablet For Every Budget

BY NADIA HUSSEIN. TRANSLATION BY DINA AMIR

The fact that you should own a tablet is inevitable now; as you use it to check social media, play, watch movies, or even finish some work. It’s easy to carry, and its prices vary.

Yaoota gathered for you some of the best examples of different tablets, for all different purposes, from playing games, to studying. Their prices vary, and even the expensive ones have many amazing features. Some are cheaper as ASUS 7, and Lenovo Ideapad A3500, or DELL Venue 7. If you want a tablet for playing games, then go for Nvidia Shield; it’s designed for games lovers. If you’re looking for a tablet that has very high features and performance for all purposes, then go for Google Nexus 9, Sony Xperia Z2 10.1, Lenovo Yoga 10, or IPad Mini 2.

Tablets for low budget

These tablets will be more convenient for users who have a low budget, students and users who need very good performance for daily usage.

ASUS Fonepad 7

Asus Fonepad 7

The whole body is made of high quality plastic; it’s strong and handles daily usage. Its weight allows you to use it with one hand.

It’s  suitable for: your daily routine, entertainment, and surfing the internet.

The price starts from EGP 900. You can take a look at the price comparison here

Features

  •  Weight: 290 grams. Dimensions: ( 192.00* 110.00*10.70)
  • Android 4.3 (jelly bean)
  • Screen: 7 inches
  • Resolution: 1024* 600 pixels
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z2520 with 1.2GHz dual core
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internal Storage: 8 GB ( can add micro memory card up to 64 GB)
  • Battery: good performance with continuous usage, it lasts for 10 hours. You can use power saving mode to make the battery last longer.
  • Rear Camera: 2 mega-pixels, which is very low; you can consider the camera as if it doesn’t exist.
  • Front Camera: 0.3 megapixels. Allows video calls and very low quality selfies.
  • Number of SIMs: 2
  • Connects to 3G and Wi-Fi

Disadvantages

  • Calls longer than 15 mins are exhausting, so you need headphones or Bluetooth headset.
  • Sometimes the performance is slow, when you use multiple apps at the same time.
  • The screen is not clear under the sun.

Advantages

  • Reasonable price
  • Works well with advanced games as Asphalt 8
  • You don’t have to recharge it every couple of hours
  • You can make phone calls and connect to the internet using the 2 SIMs. You can use one SIM card for saving data and Internet usage while the other SIM card can be used for phone calls.
  • 5 GB of lifetime ASUS web storage space

Lenovo Ideapad A3500

lenovo ideatap a3500

It’s an average price tablet with a big screen. The battery works for a whole day, without the need to recharge. Good RAM and acceptable Processor. It gives you the ability to watch movies and surf the internet with a good resolution.  You can download applications and some simple games.

This tablet is convenient for: your daily routine, watching videos, surfing the internet, and low space games.

Price is EGP1,199 and you can check the price comparison here

Features

  • Weight: 320 grams. Dimensions ( 198mm*121.2mm*9.9mm)
  • Android 4.3 (jelly Bean) and can be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Screen: 7 inches. Resolution : 1280*800 pixels
  • 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Internal storage 16 GB ( can use external storage up to 64 GB)
  • Battery can survive a day of heavy usage without having to recharge
  • Rear Camera: 5 megapixels without flash. Average performance and average quality pictures. Pictures taken at night are of low quality
  • Front camera: 2 megapixel, so you can take selfies, and record average quality videos
  • Connectivity: 3G and Wi-Fi

Disadvantages

  • Works smoothly, but sometimes it slows down when you open many apps at the same time.
  • Rear camera will only take very average photos
  • The screen is very dim under sun light

Advantages

  • Affordable price
  • No need to recharge the battery for a whole day
  • Good front camera
  • SHAREit app that allows you to exchange files with other Lenovo users.
  • You can manage your power through many modes, such as power saving mode.
  • You can use a wireless mouse and keyboard, using Bluetooth.

Dell Venue 7 

Dell Venue 7

Low price tablet with average performance. You can surf the internet, play YouTube videos, and work on multiple things at the same time. It won’t stop working if you use multiple apps or did multiple tasks at the same time.

This tablet is convenient for: your basic tasks, and some entertainment, with fast performance. Heavy space games cause the device to slow down, and may cause some problems.

Price starts from EGP 1,600. You can check the price comparison here

Features

  • Weight: 234 grams. Dimensions: 193*118*9.6mm
  • Android 4.2.2 (jelly Bean)
  • Screen: 7 inches. Resolution: 800*1280 pixels
  • Processor: Intel Atom 1.6 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GHz
  • Internal storage: 16 GB ( can add external memory card up to 32 GB)
  • Battery survives hours of heavy work.
  • Front Camera: VGA and its resolution is below average
  • Rear Camera: 3 megapixels. It’s nearly useless, as it takes below average photos. It takes around 2 sec to take a photo. Recording a 720p video is disappointing, with only 15 frames per second.
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and 3G, but you can’t use it to make phone calls.

  Disadvantages

  • Heavy space games slow down the tablet.
  • Both cameras are useless. With this tablet forget taking photos or recording videos.
  • Android 4.2.2 which is very outdated.
  • Not convenient to heavy space games or apps that require high graphic performance.
  • You can connect to the internet, without making any phone calls using your usual SIM.

Advantages

  • It performs fast while performing your basic tasks.
  • Displays games as Asphalt 8, without having to slow down or stop while playing.
  • Colors are clear and the resolution is good.
  • PocketCloud 2.0 allows you to reach your laptop, mobile, PC wherever you go so you can update and exchange your files.

Tablets for Gamers

These tablets are amazingly convenient to all games lovers and with excellent performance.

Nvidia Shield Tablet

Nvidia Shield Tablet

Tablet for gaming; you can connect it with a wireless controller, using Wi-Fi direct, which is much better than Bluetooth, when it comes to the speed of connectivity. You can connect it using Bluetooth too. It also comes with a digital pen (Nvidia DirectStylus), along with a collection of apps for gaming. You can also access other apps and games on Google play store.

To get a strong Wi-Fi connection you have to stay close to the router, around 20 feet away. When it comes to the design, you can perfectly hold it in one hand, whether vertically or horizontally.

This tablet is convenient for: gaming lovers. It has an amazing graphic card and displaying speed that satisfies all the gaming maniacs.

Price starts at EGP 2,700. For the price comparison check here

Features

  • Weight: 579 grams. Dimensions (158*135*57)
  • Android 4.4
  • Screen: 8 inches. Resolution: 1920*1080 pixels
  • Processor: Tegra K 1, 2 GHz. It’s very fast.
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Internal storage: 16 GB ( ability to add external memory card up to 128 GB)
  • Battery survives 8 hours of continuous heavy usage, which is very good for a gaming tablet.
  • Rear camera: 5 megapixels
  • Front camera: 5 megapixels
  • Connectivity: 2 SIMs and connect to Wi-Fi

Disadvantages

  • Its heavy
  • When you try 3D games, you have to recharge it more frequently as it slows down and becomes very hot. When you first start playing the screen displays 60 frames/second, within an hour, it drops to 20 frames/second. This is a result of the tablet’s high temperature.
  • When you download and install the updates, it takes quite a long time, despite the existence of a fast Wi-Fi. It’s boring when you have to wait for 30 mins to play your favorite game because your tablet takes a long time to install the updates.

Advantages

  • The performance is really good.
  • Battery survives for a suitable time.
  • The resolution is amazing.
  • You can record up to 20 mins, which makes you capable of recording your memorable gaming moments. You can also record your video while playing, using your front camera. This captures your unforgettable moments while playing your favorite games.

High performance Tablets

These tablets are convenient for everything. You can play HD videos, play all games you want, and use multiple apps. In other words, this collection of tablets will meet all your expectations.

Lenovo Yoga 10

Lenovo Yoga 10

This Lenovo HD tablet is a proof that Lenovo can produce Chinese devices that are of a high quality, and performance, to compete with all the famous brands. It comes with a beautifully elegant design and very good features in comparison to its fair price. Its screen is 10 inches with a relatively great resolution. It operates fast, very easy to use, but like most of the tablets, the camera is not that good.

This tablet is convenient for someone, who wants a large bright screen, with a battery that survives for a long while, and a high performance in general. Don’t wait for a perfect performance with heavy space games, or a good photo with low light.

Price starts at EGP 2700. For the more price comparison, check here

Features

  • Weight:  615 grams. Dimensions (261*180*8.1)
  •  Android 4.4
  • Screen: 10 inches. Resolution 1200*1920 pixels
  • Processor:  1.85 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Internal storage: 16 GB (ability to add external memory card up to 64 GB)
  • Battery survives for 10 hours under heavy usage, with average usage it can last for 2 days.
  • Rear Camera:  8 megapixels without flash.
  • Front camera: 1.6 megapixels. Good for video calls, even under low light conditions.
  • Connectivity: 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi

Disadvantages

  • You’d better use it horizontally because its weight is not well balanced vertically.
  • Under the sun, you won’t be able to see the screen as clear.
  • At night, the rear camera will take low definition photos. Recording videos at 1080p videos but the details are not perfect.
  • The processor is good, but using many apps at the same time slows down the device.
  • High graphic games might not be clear, because of the low number of frames/second
  • When you raise the speakers’ volume to the maximum, there might be a disturbing noise.

Advantages

  • A 10 inch HD screen. Anti-scratch gorilla glass.
  • Long life battery
  • Epic stereo speaker.
  • Amazing performance.

Google Nexus 9

Google Nexus 9

It’s not as big as the Samsung 10 tablet, neither small as the nexus 7. It’s big enough for a good display, and small enough to be easily carried wherever you go. You can use it with one hand. The design is smooth, with a metal frame. It’s elegantly designed, with a protected screen with gorilla glass 3. All of this comes with an impressive, fast performance. If you are not a big fan of touch keyboards, you can connect to a physical keyboard using Bluetooth and NFC technology.

This tablet is convenient for whoever wants entertainment, high performance, HD sound, games, and many more apps that need a high qualified tablet. The only problem is the internal storage; it’s very small in comparison to all of its features.

The price starts at EGP 3,300. For the price comparison, check  here.

Features

  • Weight: 425 grams. Dimensions (228.2*153.7*8)mm
  • Android:  5.1.1 (Lollipop)
  • Processor:  Nvidia Tegra K1
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Internal storage: 16 GB
  • Battery: up to 9 hours
  • Rear Camera: 8 megapixels with a flash for recording 1080p videos, with 30 frames per second.
  • Front camera: 1.6 megapixels. Acceptable performance.
  • Connectivity: 4G and Wi-Fi

Disadvantages

  • The internal storage is not enough for a tablet, and it doesn’t allow external memory cards.
  • When recording a video in a full-screen mode, the resolution won’t be good enough.
  • Due to the small storage (16GB) and not allowing external memory cards, don’t think about saving your favorite movies, and songs. You’d better watch them online.

Advantages

  • Front stereo speaker with BOOMSOUND system, which guarantees you clear HD sound.
  • HD screen with amazing performance, when playing video or games.
  • You can control the light mode, according to your place, whether you’re under the sun, or in a gloomy place.
  • Epic speed, even when you open more than one app and play high graphic games.
  • Android 5.0 guarantees a fast, easy performance. It also protects all your data automatically and has a different mode for guests where you choose which apps they can open and you can prevent them from doing any phone calls, or sending messages.

IPad mini 2

iPad mini 2

IPad mini with retina screen or iPad mini 2, both are tablets from apple. These are the small version of the IPad.  It’s popular for its elegant design, with a high-quality performance. The screen is 7.9 inch.

This IPad is convenient for whoever wants high-speed performance, with an extraordinary screen. The pictures are very good, however in dim places, it is not as good. It’s also the fastest when it comes to the Internet speed.

Price starts at EGP 4,700; you can check the price comparison here

Features

  • Weight: 331 grams. Dimensions ( 200*134.7*7.5)mm
  • IOS 7
  • Screen: 7.9 inch. Resolution: 1536*2048 pixels
  • Processor:  Dual Core 1.3 GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal storage : 16-32-64-128 GB
  • Battery: up to 12 hours (heavy usage)
  • Rear camera: 5 megapixels. Captures good photos, but not in dim places, and at night it won’t capture even fair photos.
  • Front camera:  1.2 megapixels
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G, but some versions only connect to Wi-Fi without a slot for a SIM card.

Disadvantages

  • No slot for external memory card
  • Very low quality when capturing photos in a dim place, or at night.
  • Touch ID isn’t available in the home button.
  • Some versions connect to Wi-Fi only, without a card slot.

Advantages

  • Amazing screen. This retina screen’s resolution is 2048*1536; which gives you an amazing experience, whenever you want to record a video, or take a picture. It’s also amazing for games.
  • Advanced wireless feature, which allows you to connect to more than one Wi-Fi; this booms the Internet speed, which is awesome for downloading apps and files.
  • The microphone also isolates noise, which is great for video calls, and video recording.
  • The processor is high speed, which makes everything easier.

Sony Xperia Z2 10.1

Sony Xperia Z2 10.1

This tablet has its own unique design, with 10.1 inch screen. It’s one of the thinnest tablets, its weight is 439 grams only, and that’s why it’s considered the lightest tablet with this size. It looks special with its metal edges. Its back is made of dim plastic. You won’t find any fingerprints or scratches on it as Sony fixed the glass back of Xperia Z1.

This tablet will give you all what you need from the long life battery to the big HD screen that gives you an epic experience with its amazing angles.

Price starts at EGP 4,700. You can check the price comparison here

Features

  • Weight: 439 grams. Dimensions ( 266*172*6.4)mm
  • Android 4.4.2
  • Screen: 10.1 inch. Resolution: 1920*1080
  •  Processor: Quad Core 2.3 GHz
  •  RAM: 3GB
  •  Internal storage: 16-32 GB (ability to add an external memory card up to 64GB)
  • Battery: without using 4G services, it survives for a whole day-up to 10 hours under heavy usage.
  • Front camera: 2 megapixels. Convenient to selfies and video calls
  • Rear camera: 8.1 megapixels. Allows you to record 1080p videos (30 frames/second)
  • Connectivity: 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi

Disadvantages

  • The rear camera is not that good as it takes blurry photos.
  •  Recording a 4K video, consumes a lot of space. 3 mins takes 1 GB of the internal storage, which is technically 11 GB out of the 16GB. You can add an external memory card, but this feature consumes a huge space.
  • The tablet becomes very hot after 3 mins of recording HD video. The temperature gets higher as you continue recording. You might even find a message to tell you that the camera will stop, near the 11 minute, so the device can cool down.
  •  The light reflection on the screen

Advantages

  • Elegant design
  • Lightest 10 inch screen tablet
  • Big HD 10 inch screen, with a lot of other features as X-Reality and Triluminos that gives you clear, bright colors. Even your videos and games appear to be very clear and colorful.
  • The device is protected from water and dust.
  • HD sound system.
  • Amazing device, when it comes to graphics, due to its fast processor, RAM, and the graphic card. It takes you to a whole new world of colors, which is very convenient for your games and advanced apps.

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