Low cost tablets: Pros and cons of these devices
March 29, 2016 at 11:00
The tablets have become essential supports in the lives of millions of users worldwide. The appearance of these platforms has transformed the consumer electronics sector by offering an intermediate terminal between smartphones and computers that is capable of offering the best functions of each other. Although we currently attend a context marked by the saturation of the market, and some fatigue on the part of consumers unable to quickly absorb some models that come to market very frequently, the range of alternatives at our disposal, does not stop increase.
As we mentioned on other occasions, we can find terminals from hundreds of firms that offer a wide variety of prices ranging from 35 euros approximately, up to several thousand in the case of the most exclusive. This situation results in that, in many cases, it is complicated to choose which device can be more useful, so acquire a new tablet It must be an action that we must meditate before. Currently, we are looking for economic devices but, at the same time, they offer us acceptable benefits, since the general line that brands have followed in recent years, focuses on marketing terminals with a good relationship between quality and price through a improvement of its characteristics, without this impacting too much on the price but, what advantages and disadvantages has the fact of acquiring a low cost tablet? Here are a series of aspects to consider when buying one of these devices.
Regardless of the range of our future device, there are some basic features that should not be taken lightly when buying a new terminal. Among the most prominent, we mention a resolution of screen that does not lower 1024 × 768 pixels, especially if we are going to use it for the reproduction of audiovisual content, a autonomy what don't descend of the 6 hours, and a capacity of storage above 16 GB. As we have mentioned on other occasions, we must be very clear on what uses we will use our tablet, so reviewing its specifications is very important.
Although the plastic and the mixture of this material with others, still have an important role when it comes to forming the housings of a large number of models, we attend two relevant facts: On the one hand, a finishes improvement which translates into a more comfortable grip and a better adaptation to our hands, and on the other, to a decrease of its dimensions but especially of its weight, thanks to the reduction of internal components.
Without a doubt, the most prominent part of these platforms since through the panels we perform all the tasks. In recent years we have witnessed not only an improvement in resolutions that, however, also brings an increase in the consumption of resources, but also, a resistance increase of the screens thanks to the incorporation of reinforcement technologies such as Dragontrail or more widely, Corning Gorilla Glass, regardless of their generation. In the case of all terminals, including low cost ones, this translates into an extension of their useful life.
He 4G still prevailing day after day. This means that more and more manufacturers decide to incorporate in their devices the compatibility with this type of connections to guarantee users the maximum possible speed. The low cost tablets They do not escape this fact and, currently, it is possible to find many devices that support this type of networks next to others such as 3G and WiFi.
This aspect is one of the ones we consider the most when acquiring new terminals. By less than 200 euros, it is possible to find good models with characteristics that, despite not being the best, do allow us a good experience of use at least, for leisure.
– Dual boot
Finally, we highlight a trend that has been losing popularity in recent months but that can be attractive and useful for many: The existence of Android and Windows within the same device that tries to offer the best of both interfaces to users in an attempt to combine the productivity offered by Redmond's software with the large number of applications available for the green robot system.
What we previously mentioned as one of the strengths of low cost tablets also supposes one of its most important disadvantages since, although many already incorporate 4G connections, there is still a considerable number of devices that either only support 3G and WiFi or, in other cases, they are only capable of supporting a single network.
Finally, we comment on a feature that despite being pending improvement in almost all models, regardless of their manufacturer, range, or specifications, becomes more apparent in cheaper terminals. In these cases, we find batteries of dimensions reduced that are not able to withstand intensive use and that in some cases, can wear out completely at 2-3 hours with actions such as video playback or game execution.
As you have seen, in the tablet sector we also find lights and shadows that can condition the success of a device and also the experience they can offer users. After knowing the advantages and disadvantages of the most affordable devices, do you think they are good alternatives capable of satisfying the needs of many, or do you think they still have a long way to go before they can become really competitive? You have available more related information such as, for example, a list of the cheapest models that we can currently find in the market.