If you are in the market for a 10-inch tablet, you’ll be surprised by how limited your choices are. In India, Android does not have enough 10-inch tablets that could be called a value-for-money proposition. The problem, in most cases, is price.
For any other screen size, be it 7 inches, 8 inches or 9 inches, there is a wide variety of tablets by different manufacturers. And while not every one of those will be a winner, you always have a few decent options. For example, you can buy the Digiflip XT811 for Rs. 10,000, which is a good enough proposition for most regular users when compared to an iPad Mini, which costs about Rs. 17,000. But for 10-inchers, there’s no such luck in the budget segment.
The new Asus Transformer Pad TF103 is the cheapest you should go, and that costs Rs. 20,000. Sure, there are a few others that cost less, like the iBall Slide series, but there are far too many problems in those for us to recommend.
So you have the TF103 for Rs. 20,000, the Lenovo Yoga 2 for Rs. 25,000 and it just keeps going upwards till about Rs. 50,000 for the Samsung Galaxy Note or the Sony Xperia Z2. Meanwhile, the iPad Air starts at Rs. 27,000. While the price difference is again Rs. 7,000—the same as the 8-inchers—the percentage of difference is much lower: 25% compared to 41%.
The iPad Air is a better tablet than its Android competitors, so in most cases, you are better off raising your budget and buying an iPad instead of any of the 10-inch Android tablets.
The problem really isn’t the iPad Air; it’s still a pretty expensive tablet for a large number of Indians to buy. The problem is that Google’s Android partners aren’t making affordable 10-inch tablets. The loser, in the end, is the consumer.