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September 23, 2012

Round-up: Top 7 seven-inch Tablets

Last week, we featured our top 5 tablets above 7-inch and as promised, here’s another rundown of the top 7-inchers based on what we think has the best price-to-feature ratio. Check out our list after the break.


1. Google Nexus 7 – this tablet clinched the top spot on our list because of the obvious reason that it’s by far the cheapest quad-core slate in the market. Yes, it has its fair share of shortcomings but its sleek design, snappy performance and very competitive price tag well compensates for its deficiencies. Check out our full review of the Google Nexus 7 here.

2. Acer Iconia Tab A110 – in our opinion, if this tablet had been launched earlier, it would’ve put up a good fight against the Nexus 7. A revamped version of the A100, the Iconia Tab A110 had the crucial features that the Nexus 7 lacked which kept people from getting it, but its delayed announcement and the slightly higher price tag is not enough to snatch the top place in our list.

3. Ainol Novo 7 Crystal – of all the Chinese tablets that are available in the market, the one that usually stands out are the ones that came from Ainol. Ainol tablets hit the sweet spot because it has a very good price-to-feature ratio. Their latest creation, the Novo 7 Crystal, continues the lineage of affordable tablets that won the hearts of the not-so-picky consumers. The Ainol Novo 7 Crystal can be had for $139.90 on their website and it may not be too long before local retailers sell this tablet.

4. BlackBerry PlayBook – considered as one of the best 7-inch tablets, this tablet captivated consumers especially BlackBerry users with its sleek design and simple OS. However, the tablet is criticized for its functionalities which are too dependent on a BlackBerry handset and for not having enough apps. Its premium price tag also didn’t help the tablet to entice consumers to get one.

So why is this on our list? Well in case you haven’t heard, the BlackBerry PlayBook‘s price has dropped significantly since June. The 16GB version now only costs PhP10’990, while the 32GB and 64GB models now only retails for PhP14K and PhP16K respectively. Yes it still has the same flaws that it had before but at this price point, we think that the BlackBerry PlayBook is now a tablet worth considering. You can find out more about the tablet in our full review here.

5. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7” Wi-Fi – to be able to compete with the other 7-inchers, Samsung decided to make the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2’s price more competitive. But the company has to cut some corners in order to achieve this like placing a sub-par display, processor and battery. Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7” has what it takes to go up against its competition.

6. Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 – the online retail giant addressed most of the features that were lacking on the first Kindle Fire and included it on the latest iteration. But even with better specs and a $200 price tag, we think that this tablet (or any 7-inch tablet for that matter) will still have a hard time competing with other Chinese tablets like Ainol in the local market because of pricing.

7. Huawei MediaPad 7 – back in February when we did the review of this tablet, we find its price too high even for its decent specs. As time passed, we’ve seen some stores retailing this tablet around the PhP16-18K range. It’s still a bit pricey compared to other tablets of the same size but note that this tablet is 3G enabled and has a slightly better configuration than the Galaxy Tab 2 7” 3G which has the same price.

There’s no denying that a quad-core tablet (or any device for that matter) outperforms other lesser core slates. However, not everybody is all too excited about jumping into the quad-core bandwagon especially if there’s a significant price difference between the two. Whichever aspect you choose to prioritize (specs vs price), we hope that this list helped you to decide which device will you spend your hard-earned cash on.


16 Responses to “Round-up: Top 7 seven-inch Tablets”

  1. JMBalicano
    Twitter: JMBalicano
    says:

    Not sure if the Blackberry Playbook should even rank up there considering it was a failure at launch, and even afterwards with the massive discounts. Agree with everything else on the list though.

  2. Kendra
    Twitter: SahleehSanDiego
    says:

    nice review. since i’m not really a constant tablet user, i don’t want to spend more than 10k so i’ll pass to nexus 7 which i tested before and what you mentioned are true so now i’m saving for ainol because in all fairness, you’ll get more than what you paid for instead of getting iped, apads and the like so i’m still waing for my preordered ainol flame…

    • Ghost Riley says:

      @Kendra You can still get the tablet for almost 10k if you’ll buy it in the US.

      You can ask one of your relatives in the US to buy you one (P 8,400). And then you can pay for the shipping fee via Johnny Air (maybe 2k). I forgot the exact shipping fee.

      I got a monitor from the US and paid 5k for the shipping fee. It’s shipping weight is 9 lbs. So I’m assuming it’d be cheaper for the Nexus 7 because it weighs under a pound.

  3. Ben says:

    “There’s no denying that a quad-core tablet (or any device for that matter) outperforms other lesser core slates. ”

    Wrong. It’s a proven fact that the chip’s number of cores or it’s frequency are not the only factors that leads to better application performance. A microprocessor’s relatively improved architecture is the primary basis for it’s potential.

  4. Miss Call says:

    Samsung cut “corners”? That is bad because Apple will sue them again.

  5. dan_md says:

    A nice attempt to compare to tablets but lacking in delivering information needed for comparison. A table would have been a nice addition. As a buyer, I would look for the ff: screen resolution, wireless/3G functionality, price, build quality, built in memory, external memory, battery life, OS/OS Version.

  6. kenny says:

    the kindle fire HD would’ve been a great buy if and ONLY IF, we had access to Amazon Prime.

  7. coachjojoc says:

    Again, the Huawei MediaPad 7 = BULOK.
    Why am I unable to transfer files to the SD card?

  8. primon says:

    Why do you have to include the playbook? You could hardly install something on it thus it’s almost useless. But I have to agree that it’s hardware is very good.

  9. ricky says:

    samsung galaxy tab plus 7 p6200 is the one for me.
    price to feature ratio!

  10. Boy Butet says:

    I agree with the inclusion of BB Playbook since it offers good value nice sturdy tablet too bad its apps is quite mediocre but none the less its worth buying parin! As for the Google Nexus 7, its quite funny that after using my N7 for a more than a month it broke and never turned on and I returned it to Asus Philippines for repair and luckily they accepted the warranty, there are quite a number of complaints kahit sa US for its hardware.

  11. Whiz says:

    who has playbook? seriously?

  12. edisson says:

    please help me. I want a tablet but I will use it mostly on reading pero sana may magaganda ding apps. below 11k ang budget ko.. :D

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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