Featured: Top 10 Best Android Tablets, Monthly Power Rankings – October 2012


The closer and closer we get to Christmas the more tablets we should see emerge from the woodwork and there should be some decent sales around as well. Whilst October might be a little early to start talking about Christmas, when it comes to releases all the companies hoping to do with will be wanting to be shipping new models soon – if not already. We're only just starting to see manufacturers announce new devices for this fall but, as always, Android Headlines only presents you with the Top 10 tablets that you can go out and buy. We'd love to hear from you in the comments on whether or not you've just bought a tablet, planning to get one or any suggestions!

10. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 2

The successor to the original Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 2 is a solid device but for the money that Samsung are asking for it you don't get all that good a deal. You'll most likely be stuck on Ice Cream Sandwich if they handle the update like they did on the first Galaxy Tab however, even still, you're left with a lacklustre 1024×600 display and a dual-core 1Ghz chip. It's a shame to see Samsung's only 7" device pale in comparison to the Nexus 7, especially when you think how successful their tablet line was last year. It's not all bad though because you do get the added benefit of some extra accessories that you wouldn't be able to use with the Nexus 7.

  • 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

9. Toshiba Excite 10

Whilst the company has just announced that a new Toshiba Tablet is on the way, this is the best option that they currently have on sale. Even still, it's not the greatest thing in the world. It's a solid, run of the mill, Android tablet. It comes with the same Tegra 3 that they all do – not a problem, no but when the S4 Pro is working it's way into phones it's starting to take chips out of the Tegra 3's armor. It's a fairly simple, good looking tablet that won't get in your way all that much and it's also quite thin, too. When it comes right down to it though, this is just another Android tablet – nothing special, nothing fancy. If you can find one for less than what Toshiba want – which was always far too much – then you could get a real bargain.

  • Quad-core Tegra 3 at 1.5 Ghz
  • 1GB RAM with 16/32 or 64GB Storage with microSD card slot
  • 10.1" 1280—800 LCD (do I have to, okay then, 149 ppi)
  • 2MP front-facing camera and 5MP rear-facing camera
  • WiFi b/g/n and GPS
  • 25 watt hour battery

8. Acer Iconia Tab A700

There's something about Acer that continues to bother me: they make good tablets and then do nothing about it. It's been sometime since the A700 hit the scene but, there's been no noise made about the tablet since then and with Acer's questionable build quality still a concern here it's no wonder. Acer's brightest and best of their Iconia Tab line comes with a stunning display, a decent-enough Tegra 3 and good battery life but all this is wrapped in a somewhat thick and uninspiring shell. Not to mention Acer build quality is still present so, don't expect this to survive anything more than the odd knock here or there.

  • Quad-core 1.3Ghz Tegra 3
  • 1GB RAM with 16, 32 or 64GB of Storage with room for microSD card
  • 10.1" 1900—1200 IPS Display (giving you 224 ppi)
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera with 5MP rear-facing camera
  • WiFi b/g/n with GPS
  • 9800 maH battery

7. ASUS Transformer Prime – TF201

Whether or not you already have one of these, this is still a solid tablet offering. There are some problems with it, as I'm sure some of you have experienced, with WiFi and GPS signal but, it still fits the bill as a premium tablet. It may have been superseded by the Transformer Infinity and the PadFone 2 but that doesn't mean this is a poor offering. It's quite a great premium feel and thanks to the keyboard dock you could actually get some work done on it as well, making this one of the best ways to replace a hulking laptop. It also runs Jelly Bean now!

  • Quad-core 1.3 Ghz Tegra 3
  • 1GB RAM with 32 or 64GB of Storage with room a microSD card
  • 10.1" 1280—800 Super IPS+ Display (149 ppi)
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera and 8.0MP rear-facing camera
  • WiFi b/g/n and GPS
  • 25 Watt Hour overall battery

6. ASUS Transformer TF300

I know what you're thinking: "More of the same" however, the TF300, whilst primarily a cut down version of the Transformer Prime is a good tablet in its own right. With a range of colors, and an affordable price tag – considering you get a keyboard dock as well – it makes for a more unique tablet, that's for sure. Whilst the specs aren't everything the Transformer Prime was it doesn't come with any faults, either. ASUS have done a good job at bringing premium features down a notch in price without sacrificing too much. The screen is still a good looking IPS panel and you still get quad-core performance. As a bonus, they've been update to Jelly Bean just as the Prime has.

  • Quad-core 1.2Ghz Tegra 3
  • 1GB RAM with 16 or 32GB of Storage with a microSD card slot
  • 10.1" 1280—800 LCD (149 ppi)
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera with 8MP rear-facing camera
  • WiFi b/g/n, GPS
  • 22 Watt Hour Battery overall

5. Sony Xperia Tablet S

For a time it looked like Sony's new tablet was doing well, they had refined their unique design from last year's Tablet S and offered new software with worthwhile additions however, the company seems to have come across some problems that have resulted in sales of the tablet being halted. The company discovered a flaw in the tablet's manufacturing that resulted in the screen coming loose from the rest of the tablet, resulting in a susceptibility to water damage. It's a real shame to see Sony hit by this but, they've said that sales will continue once they've sorted the problem and any tablets that are affected by the problem will be repaired by the company.

  • Quad-core Tegra 3
  • 1GB of RAM with 16, 32 or 64GB Storage with room for a microSD
  • 9.4" IPS at 1280—800 – giving you 161 ppi
  • A 1 MP front-facing camera with a rear-facing 8MP camera
  • WiFi b/g/n and GPS
  • 6000 maH battery

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung's Galaxy Note line is doing pretty well at the moment, with the new Galaxy Note II just about to launch on all the four major carriers and the Note 10.1 bringing the S-Pen technology to all. The Note 10.1 isn't without flaws however as there are reports of some sluggishness but I imagine that this will be sorted out when the update to Jelly Bean comes. The device has a different design than we're used to on Samsung tablets and has some front-facing speakers, making movie-viewing a lot better on the ears. It is relatively pricey for what you get but, if you're likely to use this in a productive sense then this could well be worth every penny. Samsung have done a good job at making TouchWiz viable for productive use.

  • 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
  • 7000 maH battery

3. ASUS Transformer Pad TF700

The successor to the Transformer Prime is certainly an impressive device. Not only does it bring back some of the premium feel associated with the Prime but it brings with it an absolutely stunning display as well. The Tegra 3 is here, clocked slightly higher than the TF300 and the keyboard dock is here again to steal the show. Realistically, whatever it is you want to do on a tablet, the TF700 will get it done. It plays games like a champ and thanks to its keyboard dock you can easily manage pesky e-mails quickly and easily. It's not cheap but, it's been out for some time now so, expect sales to pop up in the coming weeks.

  • 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

2. Amazon Kindle Fire HD

I know, I know, what's an Amazon tablet doing here? Well, it's here because it's fresh on the market and also comes with some nice hardware. Did I mention that it was cheap? There are two versions of the Fire HD, one with the usual 7" display at 1280×800 and another with a larger 8.9" display with 1920×1200. They both have the same internals though and unfortunately come with Amazon's screwed up version of Android. If you're an Amazon Prime user though, these tablets will get you some nice perks. Hardware wise these are very capable tablets, with dual-band WiFi and less screen glare. There also really quite cheap as well, making them perfect for Christmas, right?

  • A TI OMAP 4470 – which is pegged to outperform the Tegra 3
  • Dual-band WiFi with a pair of antennae and MIMO Support
  • Stereo Speakers
  • HD Front-facing camera with a custom Skype application
  • HDMI Out
  • HD IPS Displays
  • Laminated Touch Sensors – said to decrease glare by 25%
  • Bluetooth
  • 16 to 32GB of Memory

1. Google Nexus 7

It's here again and, with good reason, the tablet just keeps getting stronger and stronger. With a 32GB version all but confirmed it's starting to look like the Nexus 7 is becoming the best tablet around. The device is of course, always up-to-date and the additions in Jelly Bean that we've all come to know and love make the Nexus 7 scream in use. More and more apps are getting optimized for the Nexus 7 and with it's resolution of 1280×800 it can run a whole host of tablet apps anyway. There's so much to love about the Nexus 7 and whilst there are rumors of a Nexus 10 on the way I'm sure that we'll continue to hold on to our beloved Nexus 7.

  • Quad-core Tegra 3 Processor
  • 1GB RAM – 8 or 16GB of Storage
  • 7" 1280—800 HD IPS Display (that's 216 ppi)
  • 1.2MP Front-facing camera
  • WifFi b/g/n, NFC and GPS
  • A sizable 4325 maH battery
  • Corning Gorilla Glass