GSMArena Tablet Buyer's Guide: November 2014: Compact Tablets

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Compact tablets

Starting from the ground up we'll be focusing first on the smallest of tablets and will run through them from the lowest price up. This is the segment that has the cheapest slates out there and in this November issue they are even cheaper than in the August one.

Compact tablets are mostly made to fit a budacquire bill and not for performance but near the discontinue of the list you'll see a couple that are made for performance and not just affordability.

The first tablet in our list is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0. It's already an aging hardware rig by now but it already has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and has its positives. Its main advantage is the below €100 price tag which allows it to qualify as the most affordable tablet in our list.

It packs a 7" display of the unimaginative 600 x 1024px resolution but has a microSD card to complement its 8GB of onboard storage, a dual-core processor that will push task along and a 2MP capturing camera should you need one. Sadly, it comes without a front-facing camera.

For a small extra the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 offers 3G connectivity through a SIM slot.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0

Pros Cons

  • MicroSD card slot

  • Very cheap

  • Good battery life

  • Compact and light

  • 3G

  • Low-res classy screen (600 x 1024px)

  • Limited chipset performance

  • No front-facing camera


The next slate on our list is the Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176CX. It commands a higher price but is still quite affordable. The display diagonal is the same 7" but the resolution is increased to 800 x 1280px and the classy screen is an IPS unit. On the back there's a more serious 5MP shooter and Asus has included a 2MP front-facing capturing camera for video conferencing - neat.

The Memo Pad 7 also has a microSD card, stereo speakers and remarkable battery life - all the makings of a competent small slate for a fine price.

It doesn't carry a 3G option, though so if that's a must for you then go along to our next candidate.

Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176CX

Pros Cons

  • Inexpensive

  • microSD card slot

  • Capable chipset (Intel Atom Z3745)

  • High-res capturing camera (5MP)

  • Stereo speakers

  • Great battery life

  • No 3G/LTE model available


The next listing is the Asus Fonepad 7, which has as the name suggests, built in 3G connectivity. It costs around the same as the Memo Pad 7 and matches it spec for spec although it has a dual-core Intel Atom chip and not the quad-core found in the Memo Pad 7.

Mind you, this is the older Fonepad 7 and not the latest one as it has much better specifications. The newer model does offer dual-SIM functionality so if you're in need of a small slate running two SIMs it may be worth to see into.

Asus Fonepad 7

Pros Cons

  • Appealing price

  • microSD card slot

  • Capable chipset (Intel Atom Z2560)

  • High-res capturing camera (5MP)

  • 3G/LTE built-in

  • IPS display

  • Questionable future software update support

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX is a very tempting offer at this point in time. Currently, its price is reduced and it will probably stay this way until the discontinue of the holiday shopping season. The Kindle Fire HDX packs a 7" 1200 x 1920px FullHD IPS display, a Snapdragon 800 chipset and stereo speakers.

It doesn't have the most fantastic capturing camera and the base 16GB non-expandable storage is a small limiting. Amazon's Fire Operating System (OS) is based on Android but sticks closely to the company's ecosystem and has its own app store with no access to the Google Play store.

If you like Amazon services and want a small tablet the Kindle Fire HDX is a superb choice. It also comes with an LTE option.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Pros Cons

  • Great price at the moment

  • Great chipset (elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 800)

  • FullHD display

  • Stereo speakers

  • LTE option

  • 16/32/64GB variants

  • No microSD card slot

  • Limiting software

  • Low-res capturing camera (1.3MP, 720p)

  • No front-facing camera

Another remarkable choice is the Google Nexus 7 (2013). It's built to showcase the latest Android has to offer and comes with timely updates (currently freshly running 5.0 Lollipop). Its chipset is showing its age but remains good.

The Nexus 7 (2013) has fine stereo speakers, a remarkable FullHD 7" display but its storage is limited to either 16GB or 32GB. There is an LTE variant available for an extra charge.

The price of the Google Nexus 7 (2013) has been back and forth - sometimes the slate is a steal and others it's not the best deal around. Currently, the tablet sits in the middle but might be worth waiting a small bit more for.

Asus Google Nexus 7 (2013)

Pros Cons

  • Great FullHD display

  • Stereo speakers

  • Good chipset (elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro)

  • Superb software support

  • High-res capturing camera (5MP)

  • LTE option

  • No microSD card slot

  • No 64GB option

  • A small expensive at the moment


The Huawei MediaPad X1 makes it once more into our tablet buyer's guide. That's becautilize it has a fine hardware foundation of a large battery, metal body, expandable storage, high-res capturing camera and LTE built correct in.

The Huawei MediaPad X1 comes with the company's own HiSilicon Kirin 910 chipset, which performance-wise matches what the Snapdragon 600 can do. The 7" FullHD display was a joy to gaze at when we encountered the MediaPad X1 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this past February. The bezels around the display are very slim and the metal-clad body follows suit.

It is a small expensive but might be worth it if you're looking for a device that can create and receive calls and hold advantage of LTE connectivity.

Huawei MediaPad X1

Pros Cons

  • Metal body

  • FullHD display

  • Very high-res capturing camera (13MP)

  • GPS

  • LTE option

  • Questionable future update support

  • Expensive

  • Limited availability



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