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While the wait for Android 4.3 continues, Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean have finally overtaken Android 2.3.x Gingerbread version. The latest Android distribution numbers for the month of June (updated by Google) confirm that Jelly Bean is the most-used Android version among the devices that have access to Google Play Store. It took a full year for Jelly Bean to reach this mark.

Android June 2013

Jelly Bean is currently running on 37.9% active devices which is a 5% increase over last month’s 33%, which made the difference.  Strangely enough, Android 4.2.x occupies only 5.6 % of the leading figure while the rest is at the helm of Android 4.1.x. 23.3% got lucky as they at least got on to the Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich bandwagon. A good 34.1% are still stuck with Android 2.3.x Gingerbread and 3.1% unfortunate people are still dragging on with Android 2.2.x Froyo.

1.4% Android users just made it to the list by rocking Eclair, while Donut and Honeycomb share rarity with 0.1% share each. Even though the figures indicate the diversity of Android versions, the actual figure could be higher as these are only the devices that have access to Google Play Store. There might still be some unfortunate ones that have not made in the census of the Android world due to their lack of access to the Play Store or those who weren’t interested to visit Google Play Store even once.

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Google reworked its algorithm to count the Android users, explained in Google’s own words:

Beginning in April, 2013, these charts are now built using data collected from each device when the user visits the Google Play Store. Previously, the data was collected when the device simply checked-in to Google servers. We believe the new data more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.

Jelly Bean 4.1 was revealed last year in June 2012, and Jelly Bean 4.2 followed in October 2012. With Jelly Bean 4.3 version to be revealed soon enough and Android 5.0 still months away, we expect the Jelly Bean to cross the 50% mark soon. The delay in the launch of Android 5.0 will also allow developers to develop custom ROMs to bring older devices to Jelly Bean bandwagon in the meantime. The complete updated report also features distribution on the basis of screen sizes and densities.

So which Android OS version are you on? Let us know in the comments and follow us on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter for related news on phones, tablets and gadgets.

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The battle of Smartphone OS is always exciting and it is great to see them pushing each other for change, growth and market share. In the latest International Data Corporation (IDC) WorldWide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report for 1Q2013, Windows Phone has pushed BlackBerry down to the fourth position while it proudly sits on the third position. Besides that, Android and iOS still occupied 92.3 % combined share of the volume for the same period.

IDC Report

During 1Q2013, Android manufacturers and Apple sold 199.5 million units worldwide which is up 59.1% from the 1Q2012. Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS has 75%, 17.3%, 3.2% and 2.9% share respectively in the market with others occupying 1.6%. Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC’s Mobile Phone team elaborated:

Android and iOS accounted for more than the lion’s share of Smartphones in the first quarter, but a closer examination of the other platforms reveals turn around and demand for alternatives. Windows Phone has benefited from Nokia’s participation, and BlackBerry’s new BB10 devices have already hit a million units shipped in its first quarter of availability.

Kevin Restivo, a senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker added:

Windows Phone claiming the third spot is a first and helps validate the direction taken by Microsoft and key partner Nokia. Given the relatively low volume generated, the Windows Phone camp will need to show further gains to solidify its status as an alternative to Android or iOS.

It is difficult to say if the Windows Phone will hold its position for long since BlackBerry is not far behind with just 0.3% market share less than the Windows Phone currently holds. BlackBerry has revealed an affordable Q5 QWERTY Smartphone for emerging markets and is thus expected to regain its position. However, Nokia has been launching their own affordable phones as well in the Asha and S40 series, but those won’t contribute to Windows Phone share.

Blackberry vs Windows Phone

Nokia’s new flagship Lumia 928 has been launched on Verizon in the US which might give Windows Phone more time to enjoy the third position it now holds. To keep his ground, Microsoft should work with Nokia and other vendors to roll out Windows Phone powered devices in the sub-$200 category. Nokia 520 is the only Windows Phone 8 in the sub-$200 category and it has been doing well in the emerging markets. We will be able to comment on BlackBerry once the price of its affordable Q5 qwerty Smartphone is revealed.

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The OS giant has revealed its plans for upcoming future including next year in a blog post for its Microsoft Office Web Apps. According to the blog post, the update will bring “real time co-authoring” in the “next few months” allowing users to see all other working users and their changes related to a particular document where the changes get reflected in real time. PowerPoint Web App already has this function which is bound to become faster in the future. The feature has been borrowed from Google Drive.

Web Apps

In addition to Windows 8 tablets and iPads, Microsoft said that Android tablets will also be able to access its online suite of tools via the mobile Chrome Browser support. Other changes include easier file management, faster launch times and a find a replace feature in the Word Web App. Microsoft hasn’t released any hard and fast schedule for these updates and Android tablet support but we expect it to roll out in the upcoming months.

In relation to Android tablets, Microsoft added, “The Office Web Apps serve as a key connection point between the Office and the expanding array of devices our customers use. We enable you to access Office content and tools from your device of choice through cross browser support on those devices where Office isn’t installed or available. The full power of the Office Web Apps is already available for Windows 8 tablets and iPads and we will be extending the same capabilities to Android tablets via mobile Chrome browser support.”

Office Web Apps

Microsoft is also working on an Office update codenamed Gemini which is expected to be available in the later part of this year. The update will be specialized for touch-enabled devices and will be inspired from Windows 8 centric versions of Office.

You can read the complete blog post here. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and also bookmark our site for more such updates at your convenience.

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The updated apps for both iOS and Android will now be able to show recent trends from over 100 new locations. Additionally, Discover tab will tell you what is happening on Twitter. It helps users better customize the trends according to their preferences.

Twitter for iOS (v 5.6)

It now supports inviting friends to join Twitter from within the app. It also brings improved playback of Vine videos with minor bug fixes. Vine is a video playback app from Twitter currently available for iOS only and might come to Android soon.

Twitter Logo

The retweet department got the major revamp as the app will show the person who originally tweeted the messages as well as replies to retweeted tweets from within the app along with the retweeter as well. Here is a complete Change log for Twitter for iOS v5.6:

See what’s happening near you or around the world by viewing Trends in hundreds of locations.Invite friends to join Twitter from within the app

Improved playback of Vine videos

Replies to retweeted Tweets now include both the author and person who retweeted the Tweet

Enjoy a smoother experience due to bug fixes and other improvements.

Twitter for Android (v 4.0.2)

This is a comparatively minor update and brings back the menu button. It was previously removed forcing users to go to the tab and choose settings or other accounts. The menu button also allows users to easily switch between Accounts.

Twitter for Android received a major update earlier last month when it was brought more in line with Google’s Holo design. The complete Change Log for Twitter for Android (v4.0.2) is given below:

See what’s happening near you or around the world by viewing Trends in hundreds of locations.

Get quick access to account switching and settings via the menu button.

Enjoy a smoother experience thanks to bug fixes and other improvements.

If you have tried the new versions, leave your comments below and let us know your likes, dislikes and what more you expect in the next update. Keep following us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest for more info.

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Mobile Internet company UCWeb has launched a revamped UC Browser for Android, Java and iPad. It brings a lot of useful features such as UI enhancements, offline video streaming, incognito browsing, ad blocking etc. to the table. UC Browser is a market leader in terms of user base with 400 million plus users across 150 countries.

UC Browser for Android (v9.0)

It brings UI enhancements such as unlimited speed dials, multiple start-up screens and the start screen support for drag and drop for shortcuts or favorites to create folders. Customized themes and wallpapers are now supported via the UC Theme Centre. Other notable changes include incognito browsing for anonymous surfing, ad blockage and improved tool for taking and editing screenshots. The browser also allows users to cache videos for offline viewing in absence of internet connectivity.

UC Browser updated

“We are working with partners across domains and verticals by way of sharing traffic, users, and revenue with them; thus creating a mutually beneficial relationship for both. The Indian mobile internet community will benefit from the investment that we make in building an ecosystem in the market. We are open to explore the fresh stream of ideas and newer business models to sustain the vitality of the community,” says Mr. Xiapeng He, Co-Founder & President of UCWeb.

UC Browser for Java (v9.0)

It also brings improved UI with support for night mode. UCWeb’s free online storage service UDisk is also supported for users which gives them 2 GB of permanent storage space online and 4 GB of temporary space for a week. Users can use UDisk to save information such as user account credentials and download multimedia files in the background for faster playback.

UC Browser for iPad (v2.0)

The revamped UC Browser for iPad employs a U3 engine to give a performance boost and three times better graphic processing with up to 30 fps. The support for WebGL standard allows the browser to render even those graphics heavy pages that Apple’s Safari browser does not support as yet. Advanced hardware rendering is also thrown in as a bonus to improve speed. Browser also offers a “View it Later” mode with complete multimedia support for overall offline viewing.

Cloud acceleration technology reduces data costs by up to 85% and reduces rendering time for web pages. The cloud download support lets you save files that iPad cannot recognize for later access via other devices. A new user interface and night mode support just about rounds up the awesome new feature list for iPad browser.

The company has 25% market share in India and will soon be opening its second headquarters here. Let us know your reviews in the comments below and follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook.

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Apple seems to be hell bent on ensuring Samsung is out of its smart phone competitors list. In its latest move Apple on Friday added Samsung’s new line of smart phone devices to its complaint against Samsung filed at a federal court in California, USA. Amongst the devices listed is Samsung’s latest flagship smart phone, the Samsung Galaxy S III. Other devices include the Galaxy Note Tablet 10.1, Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II.

Earlier this year, Apple had filed a US patent lawsuit against smart phone manufacturer Samsung Electronics in addition to the earlier case filed in April 2011. Apple in its February case accused Samsung of having infringed a new set of patents which were different from its April 2011 case. Apple was seeking a preliminary injunction and had asked the federal judge to stop the sales of the Galaxy Nexus until the case was resolved. Though the injunction is pending appeal it resulted in a halt of Galaxy Nexus sales.

Apple now seems to be seeking a similar ban on Samsung’s flagship devices like the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note. Apple’s new list of devices not only includes devices in their basic form but also in their carrier independent forms. This overall ensures that the device sales are halted entirely.

Apple in its stand said that Samsung had not only blatantly copied Apple’s innovative technology but also its distinctive and elegant user interface in its products. Samsung had flooded the markets with such infringing devices to capture a significant market share which was in direct violation of Apple’s intellectual property rights.

Samsung Galaxy S III has been Samsung’s latest flagship smart phone. It has Samsung’s bestseller smart phone right since its launch, clocking more than ten million devices sold within just two months of its launch.  Samsung’s latest defeat in its legal battle against Apple wherein it was ordered to pay Apple US$ 1.05 billion in damages has only ended up making Samsung smart phones more popular in the market. According to the latest surveys Samsung smart phones especially the Galaxy S III are selling like hot cakes.

Apple certainly seems to leave no stone unturned in its legal battle against Samsung. Its latest move of targeting Samsung’s flagship smart phones has certainly taken the legal battle to new heights.

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The event which every developer in Mumbai was eagerly waiting for a very long time finally, saw a dawn of rise on 1st September 2012 . The Google Developer Group (GDG) Mumbai kicked off with an event on Android Application Development.

What is Mumbai GDG?

Mumbai GDG is an open and non-profit developers group that aims to learn, share and know more about Google technologies. The events organised by this group are absolutely open to newbies, developers, students, lecturers and anyone who is interested in learning, sharing, and discovering Google’s technologies.  Also it is the fastest growing developer community in India with highest number of events organized in last 6 month worldwide.

 

The event registered presence of 250 attendees at the prestigious P.C Saxena auditorium of IIT Bombay.  Also, it witnessed delegates from Google India namely Mr. Uttam Tripathi (Program Manager for Developer Relations @ Google India), Mr.s Bhumika Sharma and Mr. Badrinath Kulkarni (Android Application Engineer).

It was successfully hosted by Jatin Malhotra  founder and head of GDG – Mumbai.  The event was then taken further ahead by, Mr. Uttam Tripathi who explained the concept of  GDG and how it can benefit developers? He also, mentioned various Google initiatives such as Google Academy, Google Live, etc.. to help Google developer community worldwide.

The next in the line up was an enlightening session by Mr. Badrinath Kulkarni who explained the basic of Android Application development. In which, he also explained the Android architecture , followed by actual development process by building a Tic – Tac – Toe game, using Android development tools. The session was concluded with Android Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and it scope which too was practically demonstrated.

(Note : NFC is a set of short-range wireless technologies, typically requiring a distance of 4cm or less to initiate a connection. NFC allows you to share small payloads of data between an NFC tag and an Android-powered device, or between two Android-powered devices.)

The event was a huge success in term of GDG – Mumbai next big Dev Fest event where  participant get chance to win cool prizes and showcase their Android application. The last date of submission of your Android application for the Mumbai GDG DevFest event is 28th September 2012. To participate for the Dev Fest event kindly register you and your team member (max. 5 member group) here.  Also do join the Google+ and Facebook page of GDG – Mumbai to get updates on latest happening and events.

Do, let us know any queries about GDG Mumbai in the comment box below and stay tuned with The Geeks Club for latest in the world of technology.

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If the array of touchscreen Smartphone is not enough, then you can now have a touchscreen notebook at your hands. This latest offering Go Note from Ergo Electronics is coming in the market of UK and it is priced $235. Finally you can have a notebook powered by Android OS.

GoNote

It does not end here as there are so many things that this device has to offer. Go Note one has 10 inch screen and is outfitted with Android 4.0 ice-cream sandwich OS. The best part is that it has multi-touch capability. So, no longer a touchpad or external mouse is needed as to control your notebook touch over the screen will do the job.

This touchscreen feature is one of the best things about Go Note and it is so important because it allows the applications to be used in the way they are supposed to. The android apps are designed to be handled by touch and not through trackpad or keyboard.

If you are interested to know more about what you are going to get for the money you are paying, then you need to delve a little deeper.

Standard Features Of Go Note

Rockchip RK2918 processor with 1.2GHz system, 55nm chip, ARM’s Cortex-A8 structure has provided enough power and capacity to this notebook to perform superbly. It is a perfect combination of performance and price.

Along with that, the features include –

  • 1GB DDR3
  • Internal memory of 8GB
  • 9000mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • One HDMI port with 4 USB port of 2.0 configuration and
  • VGA camera for self portraits and video chats

These are some of the basic configuration features of the GoNote and they are for providing better and convenient using experience for the user.

Software Features In Go Note

In terms of software, it has quite a few things to offer. For instance, it comes preloaded with Kingsoft Office. Along with that there is Box.net application, which will allow you to access 5GB or free cloud storage for things you want to store.

Being powered by Android, Go Note allows you to access and install any application from the huge Android app market. This way, you can make your notebook all the more feasible, helpful and convenient. Adding apps will also provide you the unique chance of personalizing the gadget.

You will have full access to Google Play, but won’t be allowed to stream movies. Moreover your Go Note won’t allow you to use some of the apps and games. Even if you download them, you cannot be able to use them. That is indeed a drawback.

On a more practical note, if you are thinking about buying a touchscreen notebook and comparing the price and the features of the available ones, then you may have second thoughts.

Similar kind of notebook from other companies powered by the windows 7 OS may cost you a little more, but will allow you complete access to all the apps and other software. In this context you also need to remember that those notebooks will provide the apps which are perfect for those kinds of gadgets but not for something powered by Android OS. The device is quite expensive, but in one word it is cost-effective!

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When you think about buying a camera, Nikon as a brand automatically comes in your mind. Nikon has a long reputation of producing most powerful cameras for its users. But with its new launch Nikon S800c, Nikon has taken a step ahead from its traditional brand image as a leading camera manufacturer.

Nikon S800c

It takes a lot of effort to make a device where one can get the best quality point and shoot camera in one hand and on the other hand, most advanced technologies like Wi-Fi facility and android operating system. The device has just arrived into the marketplace, and waiting for mammoth success and popularity among the tech-savvies. With its quality outlook and unique features, the line of success seems very near for this device.

As a camera NIKON S800C features crystal clear picture quality and probably better quality than the other point and shoot cameras from Nikon, at the same price range. The 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, accompanied by 10x NIKKOR zoom lens would let you to capture some great or special moments of your life with perfect color and sharpness. The sharpness and clarity of photos and HD videos, even in the bad light are some features that will keep it among the leading point and shoot cameras in the market. But, as mentioned earlier, this camera is quite unique than the others for the reasons of Android support.

Here are a few features of this camera that will help the readers better to understand the device-

Nikon S800c feature

  • Android OS: This is the best part of this camera. As it is powered by Android operating software, users can always stay connected with their different social networking websites like Twitter, Facebook and Google+. With the help of android technology, they can easily download their favorite games and applications on their Nikon S800c. So, with Nikon S800c, one can relish the same benefits of Smartphones and tablets.
  • The Benefits of COOLPIX Camera Technology: The EXPEED C2 processing engine of Nikon S800c promises to deliver speedy performance to its buyers. Its continuous drive mode takes almost 8-9 frames within a second to ensure that you will not miss a single moment to capture. With its variety of filters and scene modes, you can easily take stunning pictures of exquisite qualities.
  • Built-in GPS: With the help of the inbuilt GPS facility in the Nikon S800c, you can easily access information about your shooting location.
  • Full HD Video: The Nikon S800c has the capability of capturing full HD video with startling sharpness and fidelity. In addition, it features an awesome stereo quality sound, which can give you a feel of a mini home theater. For showing your creativity to others, you can easily upload your videos in any popular websites like Vimeo and YouTube almost instantly.

Nikon S800c has almost similar functions and operations like a Smartphone or tablet. With the help of its bright and wide 3.5 inch touch screen OLED monitor, the device is very easy to use and navigate through. You can easily access internet connection in your camera with the help of its Wi-Fi connection facility. Overall, it can be concluded with its wide ranges of unique offerings, the device is completely worth to buy.

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Tablet, the word was related only with medicines before Apple guy, Late. Steve Jobs brought up a device named iPad. Apple iPad is something which almost every tech lover dream to own but the fact is that it is not affordable by all. Fortunately many other brands have designed the budget Tablets for such tech lovers. There is actually a plethora of budget Tablets in the market which in fact makes the choice difficult.

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You will agree with me if I say that the budget tablets designed in the beginning were nothing less than a atrocious gadget but with time the first phase of bad Tablets have changed into decent and advanced budget Tablets.

budget tablets

The major feature which makes the latest budget android tablets a decent power under the hood is the operating system of Google Android. The tablets working on Android are actually worth buying and if the operating system is Android 4.0 ICS, it doesn’t calls for a second thought.

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In this piece of writing I am coming with a budget tablet buying guide. I will take a budget spectrum of 272 USD* (15,000 INR) while considering a budget tablet.

My list will include a few tips or say factors which may help you deciding with your budget tablet-

Look for Build Quality

You are buying budget tablets but that doesn’t mean that you will compromise with the build or make of the tablet, however it is not sensible to expect a stellar quality too. Usually the budget tablet have a 7 inches screen but the iTab from Intex is an exception with an 8 inch screen.

The budget tablets are usually made from plastic and have a matte finish to provide an easier grip but some of them like Intex iTab, HCL MeTab, Zync Z990 and Mrcury mTab come in a glossy body.

Try avoiding the glossy body tablet as they get smudgy and dirty faster.

I feel that the build quality is not very good but seeing the price it is acceptable. What else can you expect at such low price?

Look at Micromax Funbook, it is available at just 118 USD* (6,500 INR) and still have a quite decent build. The best made budget tablet priced under 15K (INR) is Blackberry PlayBook.

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Screen Quality And Size

I mentioned this thing above that most of the budget android tablets are coming with 7 inch broad screen except Intex iTab which has a good 8 inch screen. The tablets with 7 inch screen have a resolution of 480X800 which is not brilliant of course, but again; seeing the price it is justifiable. Actually the resolution works fine in all kind of work.

When we talk about the screen, the next thing which comes into consideration is the quality of touchscreen. So let me tell you that the quality of TouchScreen varies according to the price.

For example- the touchscreen of Micromax Funbook which I am considering as the cheapest budget android tablet is not best at its touchscreen quality but when we check that of Zync Z999Plus and iBerry Axuxus it is fair enough. But then again BlackBerry Playbook has best touchscreen in this segment.

Well if thought in terms of budget tablets, the quality difference is not much. I mean to say that if you consider the tablet pricing 6,500 to that costing 10,000 the quality is hardly speckled.

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Processors

When we are talking about the tablets under budget segment, the processors does not vary much. All of them are generally single core processors between 1GHz0 1.5 GHz.

If you are looking for a dual core processor tablet in this segment of budget tablets, you have just two options to go with- Mercury mTan Neo 2 which has a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and BlackBerry Playbook having 1.5GHz dual core processor.

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If you are willing to move ahead of the budget android tablets, you will definitely get a wide range of tablets running with brilliant processing power but the thing to consider is that do you really need that much power?

Actually the decision depends upon your use of tablet. If you don’t have some heavy duty use of the tablet, the single core processors would work fine for you.

Only thing which may affect is memory, lower memory affects the multitasking abilities of the tablets. BlackBerry Playbook, iBerry Axuxus and Zync Z990 comes with 1GB Ram and rest are with 512 MB RAM.

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Features and Connectivity

Only BlackBerry Playbook has a USB port for charging and the other entire budget tablets come with a DC IN Jack for charging battery. Now, if you consider the USB charging port as an unspoken standard for charging, the budget tablets would let you down.

If you want to use your SIM card in your Tablet to double up its use as a mobile phone as well, you have to go with the Mercury mTab Neo 2, iBerry Auxus AX03G or Zync Z999 Plus, because all of other budget tablets don’t have a SIM card slot.

If you are looking for a GPS connectivity let me tell you that none of the budget tablets is featured with it. You will get relocation via cell towers of A-GPS Support.

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If you want to store many of your favorite songs or pictures in your tablet, I must warn you here that the budget tablets don’t have a high storage capacity. BlackBerry Playbook has a 16 GB storage which is the highest; rest tablets in this segment have 4-8 GB of storage capacity.

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Operating System In Budget Tablets

This is the best feature in the budget tablets that most of them run on Google Android 4.0 ICS. The only budget tablets running on old version Android are iBall Slide and Mercury mTab Neo 2. Intex iTab also runs on Androus 2.3.1 Gingerbread.

You can access the Google Play Store with almost all of the budget tablets except HCL MeTab and BlackBerry Playbook. Micromax FunBook has its own custom app store.

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My Conclusion

There are many different budget tablets in market emerging every next day and after doing a comprehensive research I can advice you that almost all of them are homogeneous in nature. All of them provide a good value at a price tag of 181 USD* (10,000 INR) .

In a nutshell My Buying Guide aims to make you informed about various factors you need to consider before shelling out to buy a Tablet.

If power and performance really matters to you, go for the dual core Tablets instead of single cores one and do not buy the ones offering 512 MB RAM.

If storage capacity is very important for you, buy the Tablets with 8 GB. Do check that it as a micro SD Card slot.

If you are buying the Tablet to watch movies, go for the one offering high resolution display.

  • My Pick- iBerry AUXUS AX02
  • Best Value Budget Tablet- Micromax FunBook
  • Best Performance budget Tablet- Mercury mTab Neo 2.

Note*– Prices mentioned here are approximate and are subjected to vary.