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

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It’s June and it’s finally starting to heat up when it comes to tablets. Computex saw the announcements of some pretty cool tablets and Samsung is back with a full line-up of Galaxy Tab 3 devices. However, they’re not on sale yet and so it wouldn’t be fair to rank them in amongst the bunch you see below. We only rank what you can go out and buy from stores or from the comfort of your fancy smartphone. With that said, let’s take a look at this month’s Top 10 Best Android Tablets.

10. Acer Iconia A1

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We can certainly see what Acer were hoping to do with this one – create a tablet that offered a little more space than other Android tablets, and take the iPad Mini’s size head on. We’re not sure that it’s entirely worked here, sure you’ll see more on a web page but, aside from that there’s little to set this apart from the rest of the pack. For one thing, the specs leave something to be desired and what with this being an Acer device, the build quality isn’t going to be the best out there. Although, the pricing certainly reflects this, it’s a cheap tablet that offers some decent value for money, even if it is a little pedestrian.

  • 7.9-inch 1024 x 768 IPS LCD display
  • Quad-core MTK 8125 processor clocked at 1.2GHz
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage; Expandable to 32GB via microSD card
  • 5MP shooter on the back, VGA camera on the front
  • 3250mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 – Jelly Bean

09. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

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While the Galaxy Tab 3 series might be hitting shelves soon, Samsung’s new 10.1-inch tablet isn’t ready yet, which leaves this aging tablet to carry on that little bit longer. What’s interesting about the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and it’s new, younger brother is that the specs are mostly the same so, you’re not really going to miss out on too much here. Of course, there is the risk that this Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 gets left behind in updates but, it has had a very good run so far and Samsung are great when it comes to updating older products. This guy is available on pretty much every carrier as well, which makes for a device you can actually get online everywhere with, and if you can pick it up for a good deal now – then why not?

  • 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

08. Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

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When the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 was announced, there were no surprises that Samsung kept the formula pretty much the same as the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. From Samsung, we have another decent offering that will more than likely run for a fair price and packs a lot of features into it. First of all, you get a rear-facing camera and a microSD card slot, two things the current Nexus 7 doesn’t have. As well as this, you’ll get all of the software – give or take – of the Galaxy S 4 which makes this the perfect companion for those looking for a smaller tablet to accompany that new Samsung smartphone. Of course, at this point it might well be worth waiting for the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, if you can find this cheap enough though it won’t disappoint.

  • 7-inch LCD Display at 1024 x 600
  • 1.2 Ghz Dual-Core CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1.3-megapixel camera round front
  • 8 or 16GB of storage, with microSD support
  • WiFi and 3G: HSPA+21
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 111.1 x 188.0 x 9.9mm at 302g(Wi-Fi), 306g (3G)
  • 4,000 mAh Battery

07. ASUS Transfomer TF700

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While this version of the Infinity might be getting a little “old” in tablet terms, it’s still a great option even now. It’s still an incredibly powerful tablet, and while that display resolution of 1900 x 1200 isn’t as good as the Nexus 10′s and new Infinty’s 2560 x 1600 it’s more than good enough. The Tegra 3 here will show signs of age as the Tegra 3 does in most devices but, for the most part you’ll get decent performance. ASUS’ tablets aren’t exactly what you call affordable, as their build quality demands a certain premium but if you can get the TF700 on sale somewhere, you’ll have bagged yourself a bargain. Oh, did we mention it’s been updated to Android 4.2?

  • Quad-core Tegra 3 clocked at 1.6Ghz
  • 1GB RAM with 32 or 64GB of Storage + a microSD slot
  • 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, now up-to-date with Android 4.2

06. HiSense 7 Sero Pro

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When the Nexus 7 hit shelves, it looked set in stone that nobody else could produce a tablet to match it in price and specs. Well, it seems that HiSense has only gone and done just that – even though it’s taken them some time. The Sero 7 Pro is a very attractive tablet at just $149 from Walmart, sure it’s no Nexus 7 but, that does mean you get a rear-facing camera and a microSD card slot. If you’re looking for those sorts of things then this is the device for you. Along with a Tegra 3 and a 1280 x 800 display you’re getting an incredibly good deal here. This is a Google Certified tablet as well, so there’s the Play Store and a whole raft of Google Apps built in to this little guy. You can even root this thing! There’s no telling how good HiSense are going to be when it comes to future updates but, for the time being this is shipping with stock Android – 4.2 at that – and it’s a really great price as well.

  • 7-inch 1280 x 800 Display
  • 1.3 Ghz Quad-Core Tegra 3 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of Storage with microSD support
  • 5MP rear-facing camera with 2MP front-facing camera
  • 4,000 mAh Battery
  • Android 4.2

05. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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Last year, Samsung decided to give their S-Pen over to a full-sized machine in the Note 10.1 and it was a formula that has seemingly paid off. The Note 10.1 is a powerful machine, with the added benefit of the S-Pen and all of the apps to go along with it. In a strange sort of way, you might find yourself getting more done on here than you would with a keyboard – of course, such a thing depends on what profession you’re in and what you need to get done on the go. For those looking for a tablet to easily show off and adjust graphs, diagrams and sketches this is a great tablet for that. The screen resolution is now showing its age but, that’s down to the Wacom technology inside of the tablet and we’re sure that Samsung have something up their sleeve for the Note line later on in the year.

  • 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

04. Sony Xperia Tablet Z

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While Sony might have issues selling their Xperia Z, their Tablet Z seems to be quite popular, with those that have bought it claiming they love it. There’s good reason for this as well, the Tablet Z has everything you could want or need inside of a tablet, it’s got a fast quad-core CPU, a decent 1900 x 1200 display and great looks to go along with it. It might be a little pricey but, it seems to be worth it, it’s waterproof as well – so yes you can now watch YouTube in the tub. As far as updates go, Sony don’t do too bad a job at that, it might take them some time to get an update out but, they will support the tablet.

  • 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

03. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

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While the Galaxy Note 10.1 is getting on a bit, the Note 8.0 is brand new. This smaller version of the Note tablet might provide folks with the best compromise between a Galaxy Note smartphone and a large tablet. The S-Pen is here and so too, are the associated suite of apps – allowing you get a little more done on the move. Thanks to the device’s size, you’ll be able to see a little more than the Nexus 7 and of course, there’s expandable storage and a rear-facing camera. Overall, Samsung seem to be asking a little too much for this tablet but, performance is good and the S-Pen can really offer some added-value depending on what you’re going to use it for. It’s a shame that they’ve decided to use buttons here but, the S-Pen will now trigger the menu and back buttons which should makes things easier.

  • 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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We wonder how much longer the Nexus 7 is going to hold this spot – it’s been here a long while. It’s not held this spot for nothing though, it’s fantastic value for money and while it doesn’t come with expandable storage or a rear-facing camera it makes up for in a sharp display and some decent performance. Let’s not forget that this is a Nexus and this will be updated far longer than the others in this list, making this more of an investment than a quick purchase. While the HiSense Sero 7 Pro and the Galaxy Note 8.0 seem to have this beat on paper, the Nexus 7 will continue to stay current and up-to-date for a long time to come. Having said that, Samsung will give ASUS and Google run for their money. One thing’s for sure though, the next Nexus 7 is going to have to be something special to keep up with incoming competition.

  • 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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Here’s another device that’s held it’s spot for a long time, and again for good reason. From a technical standpoint this is one of the best tablets you can buy right now, and thanks to Google it’s not going to bring your wallet to tears. The 2560 x 1600 resolution still stands up as beating the iPad and most others quite handsomely. Having said that, the Tegra 4 is finally making its way to tablets which should give the Exynos 5250 something to worry about. For now, the Nexus 10 is one of the best tablets out there and it’ll be updated for a long time to come.

  • 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

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