The pitfalls tend to come in reduced performance, often very poor battery life and screens that are diffi cult to read in bright conditions or diffi cult to tap due to a lack of sensitivity. Overall build quality can also be compromised, especially on the very cheap models under £100, so you should try to use one fi rst before buying if that is possible. Ultimately, if you want a tablet for yourself and intend to use it for a variety of tasks indoors and outdoors, you would be better paying the extra for a higher-end tablet. You will get better quality components throughout, a better screen and battery performance which does not get in the way of daily usage.
Your potential usage will determine how much you should spend, but there are very good quality tablets available at budget prices (Galaxy Note 8, Nexus 7 etc) so don’t presume that cheap – or small – always means poor performance. There are some real bargains available in the Android tablet world at the moment.
Which phone and tablet go together best?
Budget Nexus 4 + Nexus 7 The dual Nexus setup gives you almost unrivalled power and extreme portability in a package that is also mind-blowingly cheap. Buy from the Play store and you can pick them both up for the price of a single fl agship phone.
Media Sony Xperia Z + Nexus 10 For media use, resolution is the key. The 1080p display on the Xperia Z and the better-than- 1080p display on the Nexus 10 tab will provide you with the best on-the-go movie experience you can get.
Workhorse Samsung Galaxy Note II + Asus Transformer Pad Infi nity If power is your priority then the best-selling phablet, the stylus-equipped Galaxy Note II, and the high-end hybrid from Asus will give you a phone, smartphone, sketchpad, tablet and laptop in just two devices.
Source : Android Magazine UK Issue 23 2013