I’ve been searching for a tablet not too small (7″) nor too big (10.1″) and not too costly either (a budget of 350 USD is the limit). The competitors were Apple iPad Mini 16GB Wifi, Lenovo IdeaTab A2109, Toshiba Excite 7.7 and Acer Iconia Tab A210 (I know it’s a 10″ but at 320 USD with nVidia Tegra3 and Jellybean a nice alternative).
All the competitors had some cons and also I was truly confused by the choices. But out of the blue, I saw a online seller selling Samsung Galaxy Tab 730 (aka P7300) for around 19000 INR with 1 year manufacturer warranty. Even though it was slightly above budget and slightly old, it was a good deal for a Tablet which has a nVidia Tegra 2 processor with 1 GB RAM and official ICS update and not to forget 3G connectivity inbuilt with a SIM card slot.
So I went ahead bought the Galaxy Tab P7300 soft black color along with a Samsung made book cover for 990 INR (actual MRP 3500). So here are some specs to ponder upon
- nVidia Tegra2 – Dual Core 1 Ghz processor with ULP GeForce graphics
- 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage (no microsd card slot)
- 8.9″ PLS TFT capacitive touch Screen with 1280 x 800 resolution (170 ppi)
- 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth connectivity
- 3 Megapixel back camera and a 2 Megapixel front camera
- Size : 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm Weight : 450 grams
So there you have it not too big and not too small with decent enough hardware power and 3G connectivity as in a country like India wifi connectivity is only at selected areas.
The box had a USB cable, a charger plug, earphones and a USB connector to connect external harddisk, pen drives, keyboards etc. I augmented it with a screen protector and a book cover. My tablet is ready to go…Hope to share more of my experiences with you in future posts on this tab.