And we aren't even talking about shady grey-market deals. This is the official price for a warranty-covered 16GB Wi-Fi Google Nexus 7 on India's most trusted online retailer, Flipkart. And honestly, when a product of this caliber is valued at this kind of price, no other budget tablet manufacturer should have the right to charge anything more than Rs. 500 for their products, because it can safely be said that this is a product that is 20 times better than what anyone else in this price range offers.
Why is the Nexus 7 a better product? The primary reason is the fact that it uses an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core chipset, one of the best of its kind for gaming. It also offers an HD resolution screen, where many similarly priced tablets can only achieve a lowly 480x800 pixel display. And most importantly of all, you get a stock version of Android 4.3 that is completely free of bloatware, and one that is ensured an update to Android 4.4 when it launches. Most of the competition is still messing around on Android 4.0 or 4.1 that is riddled with bloat.
Okay, the 2012 version of the Nexus 7 is not the best in its own stable; the 2013 version gets a better, higher-than-FullHD display, the absolute gem that is Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4Pro chipset, twice as much RAM and a decent 5MP back camera. But it isn't available here in India, and costs the equivalent of Rs. 15,000 if you buy it abroad, which will mean you don't get warranty support.
The bottom line here is, if you're looking to buy a budget tablet and don't have an uncle-cousin-friend coming down from the United States, you couldn't make a better choice that the 2012 Nexus 7. I bought it, and I'm perfectly happy with my decision.
The above article is contributed by Ali Pardiwala.