The GSMArena Tablet Buyer's Guide: February 2015: Compact Tablets

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Compact tablets

In the segment containing the smallest of tablets - 7" in classy screen diagonal - we'll be working our way from the ground up. Starting from the cheapest found currently on the market (cross-referenced between multiple retailers). Keep in mind that we factor in prices from authorized resellers and not the makers themselves, as they tdiscontinue to have the best prices.

This guide marks the departure of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 as our basement-price offer. This time we have the Hewlett Packard (HP) Slate7 Plus, which is both more powerful and cheaper than the Samsung offering. The Hewlett Packard (HP) Slate7 Plus boasts a 1280 x 800px 7" display (up from the 1024 x 600px) a Tegra 3 chipset with quad-core processor, 5MP main camera, Video Graphics Array (VGA) front-facing one, 8GB of expandable storage and a very low price at the moment.

The only weakness here is the lack of a cellular option for the Hewlett Packard (HP) Slate7 Plus but at this price we doubt many would splurge on a separate data plan.

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Hewlett Packard (HP) Slate7 Plus

Pros Cons

  • Cheapest 7" tablet

  • High-res display

  • Quad-core chipset

  • 5MP camera

  • 8GB storage built-in

    • No 3G variant

    The next entry on the list is another newcomer - the Lenovo A7-50 A3500. It's a bit more expensive but not by much and is more or less the same hardware. The incompatibility here is that the Lenovo A7-50 uses a Mediatek MT8382 chpset with a quad-core processor that uses Cortex-A7 instead of the Cortex-A9 cores found in the Slate7 Plus.

    Lenovo's A7-50 also features a 3G version. The price incompatibility is close to nothing meaning you could acquire a 3G-enabled tablet without spending extra money.

    Lenovo A7-50 A3500

    Pros Cons

    • Inexpensive

    • IPS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) of fine resolution

    • Quad-core chipset

    • 5MP camera

    • 3G variant available for almost the same price

    • Uninspiring design

    • Questionable future software support

    Moving the threshrecent to about €100/$85 is the Acer Iconia One 7 B1. On tap it has a remarkable IPS 7" display of 800 x 1280 pixel resolution, 5MP camera, stereo speakers and a dual-core 1.6Giga Hertz (GHz) processor packed into an Intel Atom chipset.

    There's no cellular option here so if on the go data is vital to you we recommdiscontinue you see elsewhere. If not this might be the best compact tablet on a budacquire you can buy correct now.

    Acer Iconia One 7 B1-730

    Pros Cons

    • Low price

    • Good classy screen resolution

    • Intel Atom chipset

    • 5MP camera

    • Stereo speakers

    • IPS display

    • No 3G/LTE version

    The Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176C is a regular already in our buyer's guide. It's around 20% more than the aforementioned Acer tablet but adds an Intel Atom Z3745 chip with quad-core chipset clocked at 1.86GHz.

    The bump to the next best Intel Atom chipset is the only thing that could sway users toward Asus' offering instead of Acer's. If both fit the bill for you, specs-wise, we recommdiscontinue you decide if you need the beefier chipset.

    Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176C

    Pros Cons

    • IPS classy screen of 1280 x 800px resolution

    • 5MP camera

    • Great quad-core Intel Atom chipset

    • Stereo speakers

    • 1080p video

    • GPS on board

    • Price has gone up

    • No 3G/LTE version




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