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Best tablets to buy in India: We list the best tablets for all your needs

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Buying a tablet today can be a daunting task and it depends on what you need out of the device – are you looking to replace a laptop? Whether you need a device for education, for work, or for entertainment, there are many factors to consider when choosing a tablet. The cost of these devices may vary depending on your budget. If you are planning to buy a tablet for productivity, then you need to look into the premium segment for branded accessories. While it may be reasonable to buy an ultrabook or a lightweight laptop at this price, tablets can offer better versatility and portability. But how many options do you have in different price segments? We take a look at your picks in the latest episode.

On this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora chats with Senior Reviewer Sheldon Pinto and Review Editor Roydon Cerejo to discuss the tablet, a recent offering for Android users from companies like Xiaomi, Realme and Motorola.

A tablet in the budget segment – which includes tablets priced between Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30,000 – can offer value to those looking for an entertainment device. These aren’t powerful tablets, but are good enough for watching videos or playing some light games. You can choose from options including the Realme Pad or the Motorola Tab G70. However, finding accessories for a tablet in this price range can be challenging. An exception in this category is the Xiaomi Pad 5, which offers powerful hardware under Rs. 30,000 points including a capable processor, a 120Hz display and customized software. However, you may end up spending more on accessories for this tablet.

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Following them is the mid-range segment which includes tablets priced above Rs. 30,000, buyers can look at Samsung and Apple options. For example, the iPad mini (2021) is a compact tablet with Apple’s recent A15 processor, along with Apple Pencil support. However, the small display can be a downside for some users. The iPad Air (2022) with the M1 SoC delivers more power, and offers support for Apple’s accessories, including a keyboard.

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While these tablets may offer ample performance, it is worth noting that the base models come equipped with only 64GB of storage along with Wi-Fi connectivity, which may not be enough for all users. On the Android front, you can consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, which offers expandable storage and an included stylus. You can optionally buy a keyboard, and Samsung even offers a useful DeX mode for power users.

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If money isn’t a concern, the premium segment includes the 11-inch Apple iPad Pro and the 13-inch model with mini-LED display with HDR and HLG format support. You can also pick up one of Microsoft’s Surface tablets, such as the Surface Go 2, which is powered by an Intel processor. There is a more powerful Surface Pro 8 with better hardware and it runs on Windows 11. Samsung also offers its Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus – as well as the larger 14-inch Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra priced above Rs. 1 Lac.

We also discuss the importance of software on a tablet, what you need from a multitasking tablet and how it can help with usage depending on the availability of apps on different platforms.

You can listen to all this and more by hitting the play button on the Spotify player embedded above in our more than half-hour episode.

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