The tablets, preferably Asian, smaller and cheaper than the Apple iPad Mini, seeking to convince users to improve their performance.

While smartphones are steadily increasing the tablets do not stop wane. Hence the new and even strange term phablet references those device halfway between the smartphone and digital tablet. Perform the same basic functions: photos, video, calling and games. But it is becoming clear to carry them down the street can be quite uncomfortable.

According to the latest report from IDC (International Data Corporation), during the first quarter of 2013 sales of mini tablets was 49.2 million units, up 142% on 2012. The iPad Mini was the flagship of Apple earned top sales with 19.5 million units sold (65% more than in the same period last year). But the 7.9 inch tablet has been reduced slightly its market share, from 43.6% to 39.6%.

The Asian competition is the one giant subtracting U.S. buyers. South Korea’s Samsung, which has grown by 282% in a year, ranks second, while Asus appears in third place in the hands of Nexus 7 (with 7-inch) tablet that led to the Taiwanese firm to already have a 5.5% of the market (a rise of 350%). Finally, Amazon has the fourth thanks to Kindle Fire models (two of the three tablets in this range have 7 inches). The taste for Mini tablets grows and more and more models that leave the iPad Mini great, although sales yet.

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Tablets order from least to highest price

Archos 70 Titanium . Its screen is 7 inch (1024 x 600 pixels), incorporates the operating system Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and has a pretty fast processor (dual core 1.6GHz). The wireless connectivity stays in Wi-Fi and weighs 280 grams, far less than their peers. Price: € 129 (8GB).

Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0. LCD screen (1024 x 600 pixels) 7-inch, dual-core processor 1 GHz Blackberry Playbook 2.0 operating system. The camera has 5 MP rear and 3MP front. It has GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1. Is heavy for its size, 425 grams. Price: € 149 (16GB), € 179 (32 GB) and 249 € (64 GB).

HP Slate 7 . 7-inch TFT display (1024×600 pixels), Android OS 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and dual-core ARM processor of 1.6 GHz wireless connectivity is limited to Wi-Fi network. The back camera has 3 megapixels and the front is VGA. Weighs 370 grams. Price: € 149 (8GB).

Acer Iconia B1. 7-inch screen (1024 x 600 pixels) dual-core processor 1.2 GHz and operating system Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It has Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and GPS. It weighs only 320 grams, slightly less than average for this size of tablet. In contrast, the battery only provides 3.5 hours of video playback. Price: € 115 (8GB) and € 139 (16GB). ME172V Asus 7-inch LED display (1024 x 600 pixels), Android OS 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and 1 GHz processor battery provides about 8 hours of battery life and has Wi-Fi but no Bluetooth. The camera has only one MP, but also has front webcam. Its weight is 340 grams. Price: € 159 (16GB).

Nexus 7. ​​Google tablet is developed by Asus. Its screen offers enough quality (1280 x 800 pixels), the processor has four cores and operating system is Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). In terms of connectivity it offers, has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and 3G. It weighs 340 grams. Price: € 199 (16GB), € 249 (32 GB) and 299 € (32GB with 3G).

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 P3110 Wi-Fi. smaller The Samsung tablet has a 7-inch LCD screen (1024 x 600 pixels), Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and dual core processor 1.0 GHz offers 3-megapixel rear camera and incorporates Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi. Weighs 341 grams. Price: € 179 (8GB) and € 249 (16GB).

BQ Elcano. LCD 7-inch HD (1280 x 800 pixels) with a viewing angle of 178 degrees, use the Android OS 4.0 (upgradeable to 4.1) and load a Dual Core 1GHz Cortex has high speed Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi. It has two cameras (2MP front and 5MP rear). Weighs 142 grams. Price: € 195 (16GB). Lenovo Idea Tab A2109 HD Screen 7 inch Android 4.0 OS MTK 6575 processor and 1.0 GHz Cortex A9. If speed is not your forte, improvement in terms of connectivity as it has 3G and Bluetooth 4.0. It weighs 420 grams, slightly more than the average, and the battery offers 8 hours (3G). Price: € 199 (16GB).

Kindle Fire HD. Their 7-inch LCD screen HD is one of the most advanced in this size (1280 x 800 pixel video playback at 720p). The dual-core processor 1.2 GHz Wi-Fi and is 35% faster than the original Kindle Fire. It weighs 395 grams and offers 11 hours of battery life in web browsing. Price: € 214 (16GB) and 244 € (32 GB).