With the release of the Realme Tablet, Realme has reignited interest in Android tablets. The Realme Tablet is one of the best value-for-money tablets available, with a starting price of Rs 13,999 (Rs 15,999 for the LTE version), and the quality of its 10.4-inch display, dual cameras (important in this pandemic era), battery life, and design. However, it isn’t as if it isn’t up against some competition. The following are some of the more notable competitors to the Realme Tablet:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
Price: Rs 17,999
Possibly the most direct competitor to the Realme Pad. It, too, has a 10.4-inch display with a resolution of 2000 x 1200. And, given its excellent track record in power management, some may prefer its Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chip. Quad stereo speakers ensure that it delivers excellent sound, and while some may dislike Samsung’s interface, the fact remains that it is jam-packed with features.
It also has a large battery and almost all of the connectivity options you’d want in a budget tablet. It is not, however, as stylish as the Realme Pad. But then, this one comes from a company that may be the best at making Android tablets.
- TCL Tab 10S
Price: Rs 14,999
TCL may not be as well-known as the other brands on this list, but its Tab 10S has made people sit up and take notice. The tablet has a 10.1-inch full-HD display and a RAM/storage combination of 3 GB/32 GB, which when combined with the MediaTek Helio P22T chipset ensures efficient performance for most routine tasks. It even has an IP52 rating, so it will be safe from the occasional splash of water.
Decent front and rear cameras, as well as a massive 8000 mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging, make this tablet a good option for those who want to get some work done as well as do some research – the processor, however, is what holds it back.
- Lenovo Chromebook Duet
Price: Rs 26,999
What does a Chromebook have to do with a list of tablets? It is, after all, the only Chromebook on the market that can be used as a proper tablet. The Chromebook Duet has a 10.1-inch full-HD display, but unlike other Chromebooks, the display can be detached from the keyboard and used as a standalone tablet. This is because the tablet comes with a magnetic keyboard that can be removed. The Chromebook also comes with a kickstand cover.
While the Helio P60 processor isn’t the fastest, the bundled keyboard, clever kickstand, and overall smooth operation of Chrome OS make this a great tablet-cum-notebook option right out of the box. It can also run Android apps. Yes, it is more expensive than the Realme Pad, but it also includes a keyboard and a kickstand cover and is frequently available at a lower price.
- Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus
Price: Rs 14,999
This is a point of contention if you are primarily interested in content consumption. If you’re looking for a latest tablet primarily for watching shows and videos, this one is a good option. Its main selling points are its 10.3-inch full-HD display and stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support.
However, it is not intended to be overly pushed in terms of performance – you get an Helio P22 processor paired with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. It’s fine for routine tasks like messaging, e-mail, and basic Web browsing, but anything more than that causes things to become choppy. Still, it’s a solid tablet for multimedia users. And Lenovo has a good track record with Android.
- Apple iPad (8th Edition)
Price: Rs. 27,000
For some, this would be an absurd comparison. After all, the Apple iPad is significantly more expensive than the Realme Pad, even when discounted to close to Rs 25,000 during some festive sales. The reason this tablet is here is that it is simply the best base tablet available. And it’s not just about the specs, though the 10.2-inch display and dual speakers are excellent, as is the ten-hour battery life.
But the iPad has something that no other Android tablet (even the most expensive one) does: iPad OS, a software that is not only optimized for it but is also regularly updated. When you factor in support for the Apple Pencil, it’s easy to see why the iPad is still the tablet we’d recommend if you have the money.
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