The tablet market has been rather stagnant the past couple of years which is interesting as once upon a time it was sales of PCs that were dying while tablet sales were soaring. However, with the introduction of large screen smartphones, referred to as phablets, and interest in notebooks having slowed down the sale of tablets. That is not stopping Virgin Mobile of Canada in bringing in a new tablet into its arena – the budget priced $329 Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 joins their only other tablet, the $239 ZTE Grand X View. The big news at Virgin Mobile is that you can now purchase either one of these tablets on their new 24-month installment plan although you can still buy them outright if you so desire. The Galaxy Tab E 9.6 will cost you $13.75 per month for 24-months. The ZTE Grand X View was not listed on a monthly plan yet, but we expect it to be about $10 per month.
While part of their affordable line of tablets, Samsung’s Tab E still outperforms many other ‘cheap’ tablets on the market. It packs a 9.6-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display powered by a Qualcomm quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, along with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of memory, expandable to 128GB of internal storage via a microSD card. It has a decent 5MP primary camera and a 3MP front-facing camera (FFC) for selfies and video chatting. A large non-removable 5,000 mAh battery provides power. Measuring 241.9 x 149.5 x 8.5 mm and weighing in at only 490 grams it is light enough to carry around all day while traveling to watch a movie, play games, or read. It is a great addition to Virgin Mobile’s tablet offerings.
Virgin Mobile’s tablet plans, called Flexi-Data Plans, allow you to connect for as little as $5 per month, and this includes 10MB of data. The second plan bumps your payment up to $20 per month but gives you up to 1GB of data. The last plan will cost you $40 per month and will give you up to 5GB of data. Things to know – Virgin Mobile may charge a $15 activation fee – data roaming is blocked outside of Canada to help you avoid roaming fees – and any overage in data usage beyond 5GB will be charged at $10 per 1GB.