Tablet Gift Guide for Holiday 2015
Aside from smartphones, cameras, and notebooks, we’re also giving you a guide for your holiday gadget shopping for tablets. As we were checking stores and online listings, we found out that there are just a few notable tablets in the market today. It seems that the tablet game is slowly fading away in competition unlike smartphones. Still, tablets are good mobile companions so here are our picks.
We sorted them by pricing for easier reading based on your budget.
We begin with the Huawei MediaPad T1 7.0, a run-of-the-mill 7” tablet with 3G-connectivity and phone functionality for just Php 4,990. There’s also the Lenovo IdeaTab 2 A7-30, which is more business-like in design for Php 5,799. The Acer Iconia Talk 7 is also the same as the IdeaTab 2 w/ 3G but it has better cameras, bigger storage, and an updated Android 5.1 version for just Php 5,990. The ASUS ZenPad C is also a good buy for Php 5,995 and among the 3G-ready tablet mentioned earlier, this one is the best looking.
Let’s jump to tablets with HD screen starting with the Acer Iconia One 8 which has a bigger 8” display and an octa-core chipset for Php 6,990. The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 also has 3G-connectivity like its ZenPad C sibling but with a better display, higher memory and greater performance for Php 7,995. Also from ASUS, the Google Nexus 7 (2013) might be already 2-years old but since it’s a Nexus device, it is the cheapest Android 6.0 Marshmallow tablet in the local market starting at just Php 7,995 for the 16GB version and Php 9,995 for 32GB.
Windows tablets are also available for under 10k like the Cherry Mobile Alpha Morph with its large 10” display and included keyboard dock which is now for sale at just Php 5,999. There’s even a Dual Boot version with Android for Php 7,999. The Lenovo Miix 3 Tablet with its 7.85” IPS display and more business-oriented design is good for Php 8,998. You may also check out the Acer W4 with its included keyboard cover which now at Php 9,999 only.
Php10,000 – Php19,999
Moving up to the next bracket, we can have the Xiaomi Mi Pad for Php 10,999 with its crisp 7.9” IPS display, NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset, and expandable memory. If you’re a Sammy fanatic, you can check out their mid-range tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A with an included S-Pen for note taking and sketching for Php 15,990. The high-end ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 is perhaps the most powerful tablet you can get for Php 16,995 with its 2K display, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
Php20,000 – Php29,999
The Apple iPad Mini 4 starts at Php 20,490 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version. If you want the latest iPads, this is the cheapest of the bunch. Although, we suggest you get the 64GB version rather than the 16GB for just Php 25,490. Another similarly-sized slate is the flagship Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 which flaunts it skinny body and outstanding Super AMOLED display for Php 24,990 w/ 32GB of expandable storage. Jumping to the bigger Apple iPad Air 2 will cost Php 25,490 for the base 16GB Wi-Fi only version. Again, we suggest considering a bigger storage option for the iPads like the 64GB for Php 30,490. The Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 also has a bigger sibling dubbed as Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 that is priced at Php 29,990.
Php30,000 and above
Investing on your tablet? Well, we still have tablets over the 30,000 mark. The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, with an 8.1” display and thin 6.4mm body, currently retails for a steep Php 31,990. It has Sony’s premium offerings like waterproofing, PS4 Remote Play, and Hi-Res Audio with Digital Noise Cancelling.
The Microsoft Surface 3 is also great buy at Php 34,999 through resellers but that’s the tablet only. The Type Cover is available for separate purchase and also the Surface Pen. The latest and grandest Apple iPad Pro is now officially offered in PH for Php 42,990 with 32GB of storage. Higher storage configuration will cost more. Also, the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil are extra cost. And finally, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z4 is the most expensive consumer tablet you can purchase for Php 45,740. With that, you’re getting a 10” 2K display with a claimed 130% sRGB coverage, Hi-Res Audio with Digital Noise Cancelling, the latest Snapdragon 810, and of course waterproofing. All in a slim 6.1mm body.
That’s it. We hope you can find a suited tablet for you. May it be for school, work, or just a personal slate. If you have any suggested tablets or good deals you want to share, don’t be shy and share it to all the readers via the comment section.