Tablets are ‘on fire’ as they say, this year. If you want to purchase a tablet that allows you to use mobile internet (3G) using the SIM card slot, I have chosen two of the most popular models in price vs features .
Asus Tablet Fonepad 7 ME175CG
Asus is no stranger to the world of tablets and its lineup even includes several models. I chose the Fonepad 7 ME175CG because it has a very good price compared to the features/characteristics and performance it offers.
On this tablet we get a screen resolution of 1280 x 800, an IPS display and a diagonal of 7 inch. The colors rendered (which can be adjusted by means of the tablet’s own toolkit) and the contrast are excellent as well as the screen’s viewing angle.
The only minus is that the reflection of the display screen is too high, and you are likely to encounter some difficulties with this model when you use it outdoor or in bright light.
The design of the tablet is not a very inspired one, the thickness of it is above average and the plastic chosen is not the best quality. The weight is reduced but the ergonomics of the tablet is affected by the problems mentioned above.
Performance and features
The CPU used on this model is a Dual Core Intel Z2520 which is more powerful, of 1.2 Ghz helped by 1GB DDR 2. The apps run smoothly and even regular games aren’t an issue for this tablet. We get the same Android 4.2 installed on the Asus FonePad 7 and I do not think the tablet will get an update to another version due to hardware limitations.
The internal memory is 8 GB but we can also add a micro SD memory card for up to 64 GB. It also has extra space on the Asus Cloud service offered free when purchasing this tablet.
The rear camera is 5 MP and takes acceptable pictures (for a tablet) even in poor lighting conditions and the front camera is only 1.2 MP. The GPS feature is also present on this model, but in addition we have Bluetooth as well, which is useful if you want to use the tablet in phone mode, but you must have a compatible handsfree.
The autonomy of the tablet is approximately 5-7 hours but according to the manufacturer you can probably get 10 hours of use if you also use a battery management tool.
Overall, it is a very good product at a more than decent price for a tablet with a SIM card, phone feature, GPS and Bluetooth. We basically have a phone, tablet and GPS navigation system all in one, which is great right?
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 T211
It would be unnatural not to include a Tab 3 as well in our small summary of 3G tablets. We have chosen the Tab 3 T211 model, a 7 inch tablet from Samsung because it is very popular and it is also one of the best-selling models of the manufacturer.
If we should compare it with its Asus rival, in that case we are talking about a far superior screen from all points of view. Although it has a resolution of 1024×600, the details and colors are impressive on the T211 Tab.
The tablet barely reflects natural light and the colors and luminosity level stay the same irrespective of the angle of viewing. It is probably one of the best tablets on the market if we refer to the quality of the screen, and if you think about it the screen represents 50% of the tablet. The touchscreen reacts promptly and fluently as well, mostly thanks to the TouchWiz interface which has been updated/perfected by Samsung every year.
Performance and features
As for hardware we have the same Dual-Core of 1, 2 Ghz, but instead the 1Gb memory are DDR3 (not DDR2 as in the case of Fonepad). The tablet runs apps, browser and most games decently/smoothly excepting those that require a powerful GPU.
The internal memory is 8 GB in this case, of which approximately 3 GB are taken up by the Android operating system. But the storage is also a plus for Samsung because if you buy this model you have 50 GB storage space available on cloud Dropbox for 2 years. It is more than enough right?
The GPS feature is also present (as on most Samsung models). Additionally, on Tab T211 I even noticed that the satellite connection in the case of using a navigation software is done faster than on a dedicated GPS navigation system . Bluetooth isn’t missing either from the features of the Tab 3 T211 model, which is necessary if you want to use the tablet as a phone, and allowing the use of a handsfree.
It isn’t cheap, but has an excellent price-quality ratio. It is a perfect model for the most demanding of you, and also for those who rely on a tablet all the time.
We are dealing with two tablets with a very good price-quality ratio.
Although Asus FonePAd M175 has a weaker screen and has a less sleek design it comes at a lower price than its competitor. On the other hand Samsung Tab is very slim and the screen and user interface are far superior and these aspects are reflected in the price of the tablet which increases significantly.
Which do you think is the right one for you? Or did you have another model in mind? Certainly these tablets are not the only ones available, but these seem to be the best choices of tablets with 3G (and GPS) if you want to purchase such a product.