Our pick: Top 5 tablets with voice calling

From display size and price range to battery life and operating system, the criteria for zeroing down on a tablet may differ from person to person. Today, there is

From display size and price range to battery life and operating system, the criteria for zeroing in on a tablet may differ from person to person. Today, there is a certain segment of users who prefer tablet with voice calling facility so that it is usable as a phone too. For these consumers, here’s our pick of five tablets that support voice calling.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 – Rs 15,999
We've picked the older Galaxy Tab 2 310 over the newer Tab 3 T211. The newer Galaxy Tab 3 T211 handles voice calls quite well, but the overall usage is quite sluggish. Read our review of the Galaxy Tab 3 T211. On the other hand, those looking for a Samsung tablet with voice-calling functionality will still find Tab 2 310 worth every rupee. The Tab 2 310 is a well-built tablet with a slew of nifty features. It is powered by a Ti OMAP dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It was launched with v4.0.3, but is upgradeable to v4.1.1. The voice call quality is crisp and clear, and the speaker is loud enough too. In our review of the Galaxy Tab 2 310, its got a rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Our pick: Top 5 tablets with voice calling

Still worth considering...

 

Here’s a quick look at its specifications:

  • 7-inch WSVGA display with 1024 x 600 pixels of resolution
  • Wi-Fi, 3G
  • Bluetooth v3.0
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • 3-meagpixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 16GB onboard storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card slot

Asus FonePad – Rs 14,130
The Asus Fonepad is yet another good option if you are looking for a tablet with voice calling functionality. It is a quad-band GSM and 3G phone and supports other connectivity options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It even comes with A-GPS and GLONASS support. While testing the FonePad, we found the call quality as well as speaker volume to be quite good.  It is powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor and runs on Android v4.1. In our review of the Asus FonePad, its got a rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Asus FonePad

Asus FonePad is powered by an Intel Atom Z2420 processor

 

Here’s a quick look at its specifications:

  • 7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels
  • 3G, Wi-Fi
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Bluetooth v3.0
  • 3-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front facing camera
  • 8GB of internal memory, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card slot

Lenovo A3000 – Rs 14,499
Lenovo’s A3000 comes with voice call functionality, along with support for 3G and Wi-Fi. Though we haven’t tested the tablet, it comes with a solid feature set. The 16GB model with expandable memory is being sold for Rs 14,499. Interestingly, the tablet comes with support for dual SIM mode. The A3000 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Mediatek processor with 1GB RAM, and runs on Android Jelly Bean version. Users can also take a look at the Lenovo A1000 priced at Rs 8,999 that comes with support for 2G calling.

Lenovo Ideapad A3000

Lenovo Ideapad A3000 sports a 5-megapixel rear camera

 

Here’s a quick look at its specifications of the Lenovo A3000:

  • 7-inch IPS display with 1024 × 600 pixels of resolution
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM), 3G, Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • GPS
  • 5-megapixel rear camera, 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 16GB onboard memory, expandable up to 32GB

iberry Auxus Core X4 – Rs 16,990
iberry may not be a very well known brand, but we’ve seen some really efficient tablets from the company in the past. One of the most recent ones in its Auxus range – Core X4 – appears to be worth considering too. Priced at Rs 16,990, the tablet comes with a large 9.7-inch display. It is powered by a 1.6GHz Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core processor coupled with 2GB RAM. So, we can expect the tablet to be quite fast. It gets the slightly older 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich flavour of the Android OS. Looking at the specs (on paper), it does appear to be value for money. The only hiccup seems to be its mediocre cameras.

Superior specs sheet

Superior specs sheet

 

Here’s a quick look at its specifications:

  • 9.7-inch IPS display with 1024 x 768 pixels of resolution
  • Wi-Fi, 3G,
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • HDMI
  • 2-megapixel rear camera, 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 16GB onboard storage, expandable up to 64GB

Karbonn Smart Tab Fone A37 – Rs 7,799
Those looking for a tablet with voice calling functionality under Rs 10,000, should take a look at the Karbonn A37. Now, we haven’t tested this device, but glance at its specs sheet and you'll find it woth considering at Rs 7,799. The 7-inch tablet not only comes voice calling facility but also supports dual SIM mode. Though the built-in memory is just 4GB, it does get an expandable memory slot for up to 32GB.

The Karbonn Smart Tab TA Fone A 37 Kommunicate 3G

Dual SIM support

 

Here are the key specs of the Karbonn Smart Tab A37:

  • 7-inch capacitive display with 800 x 480-pixel resolution
  • Dual-SIM, 3G, GPRS/EDGE, voice calling
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 2-megapixel rear camera and VGA front camera
  • 4GB of internal memory, expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card

Besides, users can also take a look at the newly launched Kobo Arc. Priced at Rs 9,999, the Kobo Arc comes with heavily skinned Android UI and looks quite sleek and handy. Another tablet worth a dekko is the 8-inch Xolo Play, which is available online for as low as Rs 12,250. Those who primarily use their tablets to read or watch movies will find the voice calling facility quite handy. However, to avoid looking silly in public, do get a headset to go along with the device.

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