10" Android tab for under $300?

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  1. NickC_UK

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    Can anyone offer any opinions on which 10" Android tablet is best for a budget of under $300 (actually £200 here in the UK but about the same)?

    Currently looking at the following possibilities, starting with the cheapest:

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    Nurvo
    Sumvision Cyclone Voyager (2Gb)
    Lenovo S6000
    Asus MeMo Pad ME102A
    Toshiba Excite At10-A-104


    I have put together a list of differences in hardware specs:

    Sumvision Cyclone Voyager II (2Gb)
    CPU: A9 Quad-core, Rockchip 3188 1600MHz
    Camera: 2.0 / 5.0
    Connectivity: WiFi (802.11b/g/n), bluetooth 4.0
    Interfaces: USB, micro SD, HDMI
    Sensors: G Sensor, (add 3G dongle for GPS service)

    Lenovo S6000
    CPU: MTK 8125 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 1.20GHz
    Camera: 0.3 / 5.0
    Connectivity:Wifi (11.b/g/n), bluetooth 4.0
    Interfaces: Micro USB, micro SD, micro HDMI
    Sensors: GPS, Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass

    Asus MeMo Pad ME102A
    CPU: RK101 Quad Core 1.66GHz
    Camera: 1.2 / 2.0
    Connectivity:Wifi, bluetooth 3.0
    Interfaces: Micro USB 2.0, micro SD
    Sensors: G-Sensor, E-compass, Hall sensor

    Toshiba Excite At10-A-104
    CPU: Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core, 1.3Mhz
    Camera: 1.2 / 3.0
    Connectivity:Wifi (802.11a/b/g/n), bluetooth 4.0
    Interfaces: Micro USB 2.0, micro SD, micro-HDMI
    Sensors: 3D Acceleration sensor, GPS, Gyroscopic Sensor, e-Compass
    Any advantages/disadvantages of each which might help narrow the selection?


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    At the budget end of the price spectrum, I would add the Acer Iconia A3. And, at the other end of the spectrum,you may want to consider the Asus MeMO Pad FHD 10 and the Google Nexus 10.
     
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    From your list, I would go with the Lenovo.
     
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    Be aware that Lenovo's MediaTek quad-core processor is an ARM Cortex-A7 chip, which means that it won’t offer the same performance that you’d get from a model with a more powerful architecture like Arm Cortex-A15 or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600. And, the 1280 x 800 pixel display is also starting to look a bit dated, at a time when 10 inch tablets with 1920 x 1200 pixel or higher resolution screens are becoming commonplace.
     
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    Both Asus MeMo Pad FHD and Nexus 10 are over my £200 budget but the Acer Iconia A3 is just about within.

    The Acer is quite similar in spec to the Toshiba except that is supposedly has a 'Mediatek MT8125 quad-core 1.2Ghz' rather than the 'Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core 1.3Mhz' of the Toshiba. I say supposedly because there is mention elsewhere that the Acer actually contains a 'quad-core Cortex A7 processor', but I don't know what to make of that.

    The other sensors missing from the Asus but which the Toshiba seems to have are:
    3D Acceleration sensor, Gyroscopic Sensor, e-Compass
    but I don't know if the Acer has these just not mentioned in their spec.

    Edit:
    Just discovered that the 'Mediatek MT8125 quad-core 1.2Ghz' is the same as a 'quad-core Cortex A7 processor', how does that compare with the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core 1.3Mhz.
     
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    One downside of the Lenovo is that it has DDR2 rather than DDR3. Also I am not sure how it's MTK 8125 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 1.20GHz compared to the Toshibas Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core, 1.3Mhz?
     
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    You buy the tablet you want, hands down the Lenovo is the better tablet, but it's your money, buy the tablet you like.
     
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    To be honest, the Lenovo S6000 isn't going to win any specification battles, except for one, it costs just $250, and at that list price, this is a great all-around tablet. It has a fine screen, operates well and works just fine. But, the price-for-performance value is excellent. It's one of the budget-friendliest models out there. A real wallet saver. And, while we are trained to seek out the fastest and most powerful, this product is good enough for most people's needs.
     

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