Tuesday, 18 February 2014

SYNAPSE CIRCUIT WHEN? BUDGET ANDROID TABLETS


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WHEN? WHEN WILL ANDROID MANUFACTURERS GIVE US A DECENT COST EFFECTIVE TABLET?

#MWC2014 #AndroidTablets #Nexus72014

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You are probably wondering what I mean with the above title, right? You’re thinking, “But the Google Nexus 7 2013 is great!” and... “Samsung Galaxy Note tablets are brilliant!” And of course you are right! But...

...EVERYTIME I READ NEWS OF NEW ANDROID TABLET I BECOME DISAPPOINTED...
...to learn the components. I ask myself, “How is it that budget Android tablet components always stays within a certain parameter?” And it seems that I am not the only tech writer / reviewer disappointed with most budget Android tablets as I occasionally read other reviews.

We’ve witnessed the budget Android handsets become powerful, inexpensive and very usable. The Moto G and the Nexus 5 are great examples of such power for a decent asking price. When will tablets see that leap forward? The Nexus 7 2013 is great, but why can’t other manufacturers follow? Why can’t other manufacturers up the ante? Now would be the time as the Nexus 7 has been out a while now and it is time to set a newer standard in the components. I pretty sure that the Nexus 7 2014 is going to be pretty amazing.

Here’s a typical 7” tablet spec:-

Display 7”
Resolution: 1024×600 IPS
Capacitive Touch (5-point)

CPU  
Quad 1.2GHz

Operation System 
Android 4.1

Memory / Storage
RAM: 1GB
Internal Storage: 8GB (as default)
Extended: Up to 32GB microSD

Network       
GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
UMTS 900/2100MHz
2G/3G Cellular Voice, SMS, MMS
Mobile Data: GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA

GPS   
GPS/A-GPS for Location & Navigation

Connectivity           
Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n
DLNA supported
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0 (compatible to 2.1+EDR)
USB: microUSB

Sensors       
Accelerometer
Ambient Light
Proximity

Camera        
Front: 0.3Mp, FF
Rear: 3Mp, FF

Audio
Built-in MIC, Speaker
Audio formats: ogg / wav / wma / mid, midi / mp3 / 3gp(aac) / amr / ape / flac etc.

Video
1080p @ 30fps (MP4/H.264/VC-1/WMV-9 etc.)

Cloud Service
Yes    

Battery         
Type: Li-Polymer
Capacity: 4100mAh

Yep! Above is your generic Android 7” tablet. Ok, some manufacturers try to get away with a dual core processor to be the cheapest but, like I keep saying, apps are getting larger and more demanding of the CPU & RAM! Other than that the generic 7” is kinda boring, right?

TABLETS MWC14

I am hoping that at this year’s MWC we’ll see a minimum of a 1.7GHz quad and 2GB RAM on level entry tablets! I also think the time has come for a HD display as standard.

That’s what I think is needed to draw more of the market away from the iPad / iPad mini. It can be done and it is happening already! A good friend of mine recently picked up a Lenovo 10” IdeaTab S6000 tablet for just under £200! Pretty good going!

But going back to the MWC14, I reckon there is no excuse for tablets running anything less than KitKat! I can’t wait to see what will be revealed! Would you believe that I have yet to purchase a tablet! Even my friend has got one before me! Lol! Good on her!

What do you reckon?

Take good care!


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