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Top 5 Budget Tablets for your Business

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1. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 - Samsung have been a busy bunch this year, haven’t they? They’ve released probably the best smartphone on the market at the moment, the Galaxy SIII; had a very expensive argument with Apple and released a few tablets along the way. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is currently their flagship tablet and if you have a spare £400 knocking about, it’s well worth considering. However for the tablets for work price, the Tab 2 is a brilliant alternative. The Tab 2 has a 10.1” screen, and has a snappy 1.2 GHz dual core processor. It runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich... or ICS, but we’re going to call it 4.0, for handiness sake), and is said to be upgrading to Android 4.1 soon (Jellybean, or JB... but again, we’re calling it 4.1). Its’ 1.2GHz processor handles multi-tasking well, and its’ display seems to be visible in various lights and angles. The Tab 2 also has another little ace; expandable memory up to 32Gb, which can’t be said for some of it’s main rivals. It has a rear facing 3MP camera, and sports a VGA camera on the front for those Skype calls. They’re available around £250 to £300. Bargain, sort of...

2. Blackberry Playbook - Yes, the Playbook. This tablet made a lot of mistakes when it was originally released, not having its’ own calendar or email applications built in; requiring a Blackberry phone for these functions to work, the Playbook struggled to make its mark. But this little 7” screened tablet has had updates to right those wrongs. It also has the ability to run Android applications within its own Playbook OS, which you can download from the Appworld store on the device. Alongside the 1GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, the best thing about this tablet? The price. Prices start from around £130 for the 16GB version. No expandable memory, but 16GB is a lot of memory for very little cash on a tablet.

3. Sony Tablet S - If you like wedges like I do, then you’ll like the Tablet S. It’s wedge shaped. Not a terrible thing; holding it is comfortable, but it’s even better when laid on a table; giving you an excellent angle to type. See? The wedge idea isn’t a bad one after all. Like the Samsung Tab 2, it has bags of features; expandable storage up to 32GB (16GB or 32GB onboard memory), USB support for transferring/hosting files, 1GHz dual core processor to handle a lot of what you can throw at it and a slightly smaller, however still hefty 9.4” screen. The Tablet S ships with the older version of Android, specifically built for tablets; Android 3.1 (Honeycomb, or ‘HC’... but to maintain the same trait throughout this article, we’ll refer to it as 3.1) however it’s upgradable to 4.0 and above, according to Sony. There is a 5MP camera on the back, but I reserve judgement on folks who use tablets as cameras... and a standard VGA camera on the front, really to be used for the likes of Skype and Google Talk (or ‘Hangouts’, if you will). This is the most expensive Tablet on our list, starting at £300 on the nose, however with the release of it’s successor, the Xperia Tablet S, I would imagine seeing the prices begin to drop over the coming months.

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Published on: 19th September 2012

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