About a year ago, I couldn’t understand how a tablet around this size would fit into my lifestyle, but after (sort of) winning a 7.9-inch device, I changed my mind.
I love that it’s light, fits into most of my bags, easier to hold (no weight shifting), and just well, convenient. Comparatively, my ~10″ devices sometimes get neglected because of its size and weight. It’s suddenly less convenient to toss into a bag or travel with (only because I now have a lighter option, it makes it better).
Another factor to consider, if you own a 5″ smartphone, buying a 7″ tablet seems a bit pointless, so a 9″ or 10″ would make more sense. If you are in the market for a small tablet, which I’m defining by between 7 and 8 inches, take a look at my list. In no order, they are:
GOOGLE NEXUS 7
Made by Asus, it has a 7.02″ HD display (1920×1200), is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and weighs 340g. It offers WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, and optional LTE connectivity; 1.2MP from facing camera, 5MP rear camera; stereo speakers; and a microUSB port.
MORE INFO: Google.co.za
PRICE: R3899 from Takealot.com
GALAXY NOTE 8
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has an 8″ screen (1280×800), runs on a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage (expandable up to 64GB), a 1.3MP + 5MP camera, with Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities, and a 3G option. It weighs 345g, comes with an S-Pen and runs on Android Jellybean. Also consider: Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab2 7.
MORE INFO: Samsung
PRICE: R5,079 from Nivo (WiFi only model)
The iPad Mini is a 7.9″ tablet (1024×768) that weighs 308g (WiFi only model); and has a dual-core A5 processor, available in 16/32/64GB variations. It has a front facing HD camera, and a 5MP rear camera which also does 1080p HD video. Connectivity options include WiFi, Bluetooth, and optional LTE.
MORE INFO: Apple.com
PRICE: R3,599 from istoreonline.co.za
LENOVO IDEATAB A2107
The Lenovo IdeaTab has a 7″ HD display; 1GB RAM, 8 or 16GB storage options; weighs 400g; has dual cameras (0.3MP + 2MP); 3G and WiFi capabilities; dual speakers; and an internal roll cage (resistant to multiple drops). It also has dual SIM slots; microUSB connector and microSD for expandable storage.
MORE INFO: Lenovo.com
PRICE: R2,499 from Incredible Connection
ACER ICONIA A1
The Acer Iconia A1 is a 7.9″ tablet that has an LED-backlit display; weighs 410g; a quad-core 1.2GHz processor; offers 8 or 16GB storage; a 5MP camera that shoots video in 1080p; a microSD slot (expandable up to 32GB); mini HDMI out; WiFi, Bluetooth and optional 3G.
MORE INFO: Acer.co.za
PRICE: R2995 from TheTablet.co.za
KINDLE FIRE 7″ HD
The Kindle Fire has a 7″ HD anti-glare display (1280×800), weighs 395g; has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor; comes with 16 or 32GB of storage; WiFi and 3G connectivity; micro USB and micro HDMI ports; Dobly audio with virtual surround sound; offers 10 hours battery life.
MORE INFO: Amazon.com
PRICE: R3,299 from Incredible Connection
Welcome to Wired to the Web. My name is Nafisa Akabor and I’m a technology journalist covering business and consumer tech for the last 15 years. I’m passionate about start-ups, smartphones, mobile payments, travel tech and electric cars. ✉️ firstname.lastname@example.org