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March 31, 2014

The clash of the 8 inch tablets

samsung galaxy tab  3 8
Samsung Galaxy3 8
If you on the market for 8’’ tablet following information might help you to decide. We personally thing that two things are most practically important for the end user - screen resolution and the response to touch , scroll, new browser page or an app opening. Something you can do when you go to the electronic store and try to choose one.
In the 8 inch tablet category there is now the following tablets in the order of my overall judgment of their desirability (see specs at the end of each for comparison purposes):
Samsung Tab 3 8 - at 249.00, this is still a bit costly, but it is light, responsive and has a good screen. Probably has a slight edge on reliability over the others.
Specs: 1.5 GHz Samsung Exynos 4210 Dual Core processor, 1.5 GB DDR2 SDRAM memory, 1280 X 800 resolution, Mali 400 GPU, .68 pounds

asus memo pad
Asus Memo 8
Asus Memo 8 - at 229.00, this tablet is a slight bit costly (when you consider the MeMO HD 7 has been seen as low as the $100 range on sale.) ASUS is asking a slight premium for that extra 30% of screen space as compared to the MeMO HD 7. Depending on your preference and the sale price, We rate the Samsung and ASUS a virtual tie for overall value/desirability.
Specs: AMD Quad Core 1.6GHz processor, 1 GB DDR3L SDRAM memory, 1280 X 800 resolution, Mali 400 MP4 graphics, .8 pounds

We did not perform hands on comparison on the effect of the quad core versus two core between Samsung and Asus – any comments on that are welcome.!

dell venue
Dell Venue 8
Dell Venue 8 - at prices ranging from 129.00 to 179.00 for the 16GB tablet, it is definitely worth a look. Dell tends to be good on customer service and this tablet has 2GB of DDR memory which is definitely a plus.  The Dell Venue 8 runs true android. If you got a branded 8" pure android tablet for the $129 Black Friday sale price, the deal is hard to beat.The Atom is an Intel processor and has to emulate the ARM-based architecture to run Android. Dell has released an update that has enabled multi-user profiles and it appears to be working without problems. The Dell Venue 8 is also available with 32gb of internal storage for a list price of 199 dollars.
Specs: Intel Atom Z2580(up to 2.0GHZ)Dual Core processor, 2GB DDR2 memory, 1280 X 800 resolution, Intel HD Graphics, .82 pounds

Acer Iconia
Acer Iconia
Acer Iconia A1-810 - gets some good reviews and sells for about 170.00. Slightly below the Dell Venue and kind of heavy at 1.01 pounds. It also has a lower resolution than the other tablets, but it is still worth a look...
Specs: MTK MT8125 1.2 Ghz Quad Core processor, 1 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 1024 X 768 resolution, Integrated PowerVR SGX 544 Graphics, 1.01 pounds (Acer website lists weight as 14.46 ounces or approximately .9 pounds)

The recent price drop of the ASUS Memo 8 to $199.00 makes it a bargain in relation to the Samsung Tab 3 8. While the Samsung is sleaker and lighter and has 1.5 GB internal memory to the Memo 8's 1 GB DDR, the 50 dollar premium that they are asking for the Samsung Tab 3 8 is a bit high. The Asus MeMO 8 offers a quad-core processor while the Samsung Tab 3 8 has a dual core processor. The Asus Memo 8 and the Dell Venue 8 give a lot of bang for considerably less money. The Dell Venue 8 offers 2GB RAM and is selling for less than either the MeMO 8 or the Tab 3 8. Unless you want the TV remote control functions of the Samsung Tab 3 8 or are very much into the lightest tablet possible, Asus and Dell are offering attractive tablets for less money. The Acer A1-810 is a good tablet, but maybe not quite on par with the others at this price. Acer A1-810 was selling as low as 149 dollars recently.

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