Best Tablet Under 15000 Rs. in India (July 2016)
Xiaomi’s first ever tablet, the Mi Pad is a welcome addition to the plethora of budget tablets available in the market. Initially, the pad was only available in mainland China. Presently, the tablet is available in the global market as the Chinese manufacturer seeks to take on other budget Android and Windows tablets. Interestingly, the Mi Pad has emerged as a serious competitor to the pricey Ipad Mini. So is the Mi Pad best tablet under 15000 Rs. its manufacturer claims it is? Let us find out.
Best Tablet Under 15000 Rs. : Xiaomi Mi Pad
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Over the years Xiaomi has proven that its devices can more than hold their own against Android and Windows devices from well established brands such as Google and Samsung, and the Mi Pad is no exception. The Mi Pad boasts of a 7.9 inch display that offers a larger viewing surface than the Nexus 7’s 7 inch display. With a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels that translates to a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch, the Mi Pad’s 7.9 inch IPS screen is better than that of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. The latter sports an 8 inch screen with a lowly 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution.
The color reproduction on this 7.9 inch IPS screen is fantastic and so is the touch responsiveness. Thus, images, graphics, and texts are crispy and sharp. The 4:3 aspect ratio of this screen is another great feature of the Mi Pad’s display. Also, the display’s viewing angles are awesome. For protection against smudging and scratches, the 7.9 inch display sports a Gorilla Glass 3 anti-scratch protective glass.
The Mi Pad’s closest rival, the Nexus 7 boasts of the same screen resolution as the former, however, the Nexus 7 has a portrait mode display similar to that of large smartphones. This portrait mode is not satisfactory especially when compared to the squarer display of the Mi Pad.
Design and Built
At first glance, it is not difficult to see why Xiaomi is nicknamed Apple of the East, as the Mi Pad closely resembles the Ipad Mini. However, the Mi Pad is slightly thicker and heavier than the latter. Nonetheless, it feels comfortable to hold and is sturdy. According to Xiaomi, the tablet is made of a magnesium alloy. At the back, the Chinese company opted for a glossy plastic shell. The latter cover is not removable and thus it is not possible to remove the tablet’s battery.
On the upper left corner of the rear cover is the reflective silver Mi logo. At the bottom of the rear panel are two speaker grilles. The tablet’s primary camera is located on the top left corner of the rear panel. On the left side of the tablet is a Micro SD card tray. The power button and volume rocker are found on the right side. At the top of the tablet is a 3.5 mm head jack while at the bottom is a micro USB port.
The Mi Pad borrows some of its design cues from the iPhone 5 c. This is evident from the design of the rear cover that wraps around the tablet’s side and is visible from the front. The tablet is available in a variety of colors. Overall, the Mi Pad has a sleek design that sets it apart from other budget Android tablets in its price segment. Also, you are not likely to tire from holding it with one hand. This is a plus given its large screen size.
User Interface and Software
The Mi Pad runs on the Android Kitkat 4.4.4 operating system. As with other recent Xiaomi smartphones, this tablet comes with a customized version of the MUIU 6. The latter is nicely scaled to fit the tablet’s larger screen. Similar to Apple’s iOS the MIUI 6 of the Mi Pad lacks an app drawer. Interestingly, Xiaomi sells this tablet without a theme store. Moreover, the tablet’s widgets can only be added to the left side home screen. This is a deviation from the norm where widgets can be added in any screen. In addition, the tablet comes with a new home screen that features a grid of widgets. These widgets are nicely arranged and apps cannot be placed on the same screen as the widgets.
Performance and Battery
One of the best things about the Mi Pad tablet is its performance. The tablet is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 SoC. The Mi Pad is one of the only tablets that use the Tegra K1 SOC processor. The latter is a 32-bit quad core processor that clocks 2.2 Ghz. While the four main cores power the tablet’s operations, the fifth core is a low power companion core that comes in to operation when power needs to be conserved. The Tegra K1 processor is backed by of 2GB RAM, which is not impressive but is better than what you get with other Android tablets in the Mi Pad’s price segment.
Thanks to its powerful processor, the Mi Pad performs daily tasks with ease and can play HD videos and play graphics intensive games with ease. Similar to other tablets within its price range, the Mi Pad tend to heat up when gaming. When compared to the Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, the awesomeness of the Mi Pad’s Tegra Ki SoC processor becomes evident. The processors of its two main rivals clocks 1.5 Ghz and 1.2 Ghz respectively.
The Mi Pad is available in two storage variants, 16 GB and 64 GB. The internal memory of the 16 GB variant can be expanded up to 128 GB using a micro SD card. As for mobile data, the Mi Pad is a Wi-Fi only device that cannot be used for calling or receiving calls.
With a large 6,700mAh battery under its rear cover, the Mi Pad is more than capable of outlasting its competitors, the Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. The two have 3950 mAH and 4450 mAH batteries respectively. The tablet can withstand a couple of days of light usage and can withstand 10 hours of movie watching.
The Mi Pad comes with two cameras. With 8 megapixels the primary rear camera is great for taking photos outdoors. Though the cameras lack an LED flash, they are capable of taking 1080 p videos. At the front is a 5 megapixels camera that is great for taking photos as well as making video calls. The camera quality of the Mi Pad cannot be matched by the cameras of its two closest rivals. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 has a 3 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera while the Nexus 7 has a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera.
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It has been claimed that Xiaomi is rapidly taking over Samsung’s Chinese market share. This seems to be true when you compare the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and Xiaomi Mi Pad. In many aspects, the latter tablet is a far better option than its rival. Additionally, when compared to the Nexus 7 from Google, the Mi pad is still the best option. In conclusion, the Mi Pad is the best tablet under 15000 Rs. price. Moreover, although the Mi Pad is not as polished as its pricier competitor the iPad Mini, you are able to save a lot of money by acquiring the Mi pad.
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