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Featured: Top 10 Best Android Tablets, Monthly Power Rankings – April 2013

April 9, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

2013 is beginning to get a little more exciting, and with that new tablets are starting to sprout up. Of course, we’re all looking forward to when Google announce the next Nexus 7, which could be as early as this year’s I/O conference. With that said though, decent offerings from Sony and ASUS have popped up, making the tablet market a little bit more exciting but, for the most part not a lot has changed. Samsung’s latest tablet offering, the Note 8.0 has launched in the UK and should be coming here soon, it’s beginning to look like Android tablets in 2013 might be growing up and getting a little more affordable than this time last year.

10. Acer Iconia A110

Acer Iconia Tab A110 Tries To Compete With Nexus 7, But Is It Worth $230?

 

While Acer are certainly not known for making quality Android tablets, there’s a lot worse out there and at least there’s a decent processor inside of this one from Acer. Where Acer’s offerings normally fall down is in poor build-quality and of course, slow updates that might not ever arrive. As 7-inch tablets go, Acer could have made a better go of it but, depending on how much you pay for this tab, you could be getting a decent deal.

  • 7-inch 1024—600 display
  • 1.2GHZ NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • WiFi, micro HDMI out
  • Average battery life of 7.5 hours
  • Stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

09. ASUS MeMo Pad ME172V

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Having just launched, this 7-inch MeMo Pad has a lot to prove, firstly, it’s a little pricey for what it is at $150. Having said that, $150 might be worth the premium to get ASUS’ decent build-quality and their willingness to keep older devices updated. It’s also mostly stock Android which should please a lot of you. Where it falls down though, is in the VIA CPU and the 1024 x 600 resolution. ASUS would have been better off making an 8GB version available for a little less, as it stands the Nexus 7 is very much worth the extra money.

  • 7-inch 1024 x 600 IPS Display
  • 1 GHz VIA WM8950 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB of Storage, with microSD support
  • 1MP front-facing camera
  • 4,270 mAh battery
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

08. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

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Honestly, the Galaxy Tab 2 is beginning to show its age now but, it’s still a decent offering, especially if you want microSD support and a rear-camera. Also, accessories are readily available for it – which is to be expected for Samsung products – such as keyboard docks and a lot of decent cases. 1024 x 600 is never nice to hear, especially since we’ve been spoiled by the displays on the Nexus 7 and 10 but, Samsung have done a good job at delivering a solid all-rounder.

  • Dual-core 1Ghz TI OMAP 4430
  • 1GB RAM with 8, 16 or 32GB of Storage
  • 7″ 1024—600 LCD Display (an okay 170 ppi)
  • VGA front-facing camera and a 3.2MP rear-facing camera
  • Dual-band WiFi b/g/n, GPS, WiFi Direct and DLNA
  • 4000 maH battery
  • Launched with Android 4.0, but updated to Android 4.1

07. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

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The successor to one of the most successful 10-inch tablets has had a good run but, with the Note 10.1 following closely, the Tab 2 10.1 quickly began to look like Samsung’s least favorite offspring. What this mediocre 10-incher has working in its favor, is that you can pick one up on pretty much any carrier, so if you need data coverage wherever you are there are plenty of options. While it’s not speed demon, for everyday life it could be all you need and want in a tablet.

  • Dual-core 1Ghz TI OMAP 4430
  • 1GB RAM with 16 or 32GB of Storage with room for a microSD card
  • 10.1″ 1280—800 LCD Display (again at 149 ppi)
  • VGA front-facing camera and 3.2MP rear-facing camera
  • WiFi b/g/n, GPS and WiFi Direct
  • 7000 maH battery
  • Launched with Android 4.0, updated to Android 4.1

06. ASUS Transformer TF700

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ASUS make good tablets. Period. They’ve been doing it a long time now, and they don’t appear to be slowing down much at all. The TF700 is a brilliant tablet, despite the fact that it’s been out some time and ASUS seem content to push the cheaper TF300. Thanks to ASUS being pretty good with updates, it recently got an update to Android 4.2 – one of the few devices to carry it on this list – but, that update might well be the last one it ever sees. There’s nothing stopping you buying a TF700 today but, they are quite pricey and it might be worth waiting for until something new comes along.

  • Quad-core Tegra 3 clocked at 1.6Ghz
  • 1GB RAM with 32 or 64GB of Storage + a microSD slot (remember those?)
  • 10.1″ 1920—1200 Super IPS+ (that’s a healthy 224 ppi)
  • A 2.0MP front-facing camera as well as an 8MP rear-facing camera
  • WiFi b/g/n, GPS and a full-sized USB port on the Keyboard Dock
  • 25 Watt Hour overall battery
  • An added bonus: Have a Transformer Prime? Use its keyboard dock with the Infinity
  • Shipped with Android 4.0, updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

05. Sony Xperia Tablet Z

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Since CES, Sony have been on a bit of a roll lately. Each device they’ve announced or let out into the world, has been received pretty well and the Tablet Z is no different. It won’t be up for grabs in the States until May time but, the water-resistant and dust-resistant tablet is certainly worth considering. Sure, there’s no Nexus 10 display here but, at Full HD this is certainly good enough. With a stunning design and build, this might be the most premium-looking tablet on the market. All of this doesn’t come cheap though, and the tablet is going to run $499 for the 16GB WiFi Only version, dang.

  • 10.1 inch 1,920 x 1,200 display
  • 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 6,000mAh battery
  • 8.1MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera
  • DLNA enabled
  • NFC
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Four stereo speakers
  • 32 or 64 GB internal storage and removable SD card slot
  • Universal IR blaster
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

04. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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While the Note 10.1 doesn’t come with a Full HD display or anything too spectacular, it’s got some speedy internals and of course, the S-Pen. Say what you will about the Galaxy Note smartphones, the S-Pen makes a lot more sense on a tablet, and at this size it might replace that laptop on the go, depending on what sort of field you’re in. When it comes down to it, the Note 10.1 is a powerful tablet that should be updated for some time to come, if Samsung’s treatment of the Galaxy S and Note lines is to go by. Now, if you were looking for something a little smaller…

  • Quad-core Exynos at 1.4 Ghz with Mali400MP GPU
  • 2GB RAM with 16, 32 or 64GB of Storage
  • 10.1″ 1280—800 LCD Display (that’s 149 ppi)
  • 1.9MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear-facing camera
  • WiFi B/g/n, GPS and a 3G capable model
  • Launched with Android 4.0 but updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

03. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

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The Galaxy Note 8.0 has been something of an oddity ever since it was announced at MWC in February, is it a tablet, is it another giant phone? Well, it could be both really, that’s the strange thing. The American WiFi Only variant will launch without the earpiece, but the annoying hardware buttons are still here! The Note 8.0 is honestly a little too expensive for what’s included, it’s a larger Galaxy Note II marketed as a tablet pretty much, which might not be a bad thing. The HTC Flyer was a good tablet for those needing pen input and Samsung now offer their Note at a much more sensible size, the question is whether or not it’s worth $399.99?

  • 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412
  • 8-inch WXGA display (1280 x 800 at 189 ppi)
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • 5 megapixel (rear), 1.3-megapixels (front)
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 and 5 GHz; WiFi Direct; AllShareCast; Bluetooth 4.0; USB 2.0
  • 2GB RAM, 16/32/64GB storage with microSD card support (up to 64 GB)
  • 210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95
  • 338 grams
  • 4,600 mAh

02. Google Nexus 7

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Ah, the immovable Nexus 7, I wonder how many will want the Note 8.0 here instead? The Nexus 7 is certainly looking a little old now, with Google I/O coming up soon he could find himself replaced! Nevertheless, with regular updates from Google, a fantastic price-tag and a decent build from ASUS, it’s hard not to love the Nexus 7. Of course, there are other options out there but, in the 7-inch tablet market, the Nexus 7 is still king.

  • 7″ 1280—800 HD IPS Display (that’s 216 ppi)
  • Quad-core Tegra 3 Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB of Storage
  • 1.2MP Front-facing camera
  • WifFi b/g/n, NFC and GPS
  • A sizable 4325 maH battery
  • HSPA+ on AT&T, T-Mobile and most GSM carriers.
  • Launched with Android 4.1, updated to 4.2 Jelly Bean

01. Google Nexus 10

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It’s such a shame that there aren’t more apps to show off the fantastic display on the Nexus 10. A lot of people think the Nexus 10 is a little pricey, and compared to the Nexus 7 we suppose that it is but, for those that want to watch movies and TV on their tablet, the Nexus 10 is perfect. With the Play Store getting more and more video content day-by-day the Nexus 10’s display is given chance to shine. The Exynos 5250 under the hood is also pretty snappy as well. Owners of the Nexus 10 will know all of that and more but, what about you? Is there room for a ten-incher like the Nexus 10 now, will we see a sequel to this?

  • 10.05-inch “True RGB Real Stripe PLS” at 2560 x 1600 (298.9 ppi compared to the iPad with Retina display at 263.92 ppi)
  • Dual-Core Cortex A-15 CPU – Exynos 5250 withMali T604 quad-core GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage with no room for microSD
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with flash and 1.9MP front-facing camera
  • WiFi, Dual NFC Chips, one at the front and one at the back, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • microUSB as well as microHDMI
  • 9000 mAh battery for 10 hrs of HD video