Top 10 Best Android Tablets Buyers Guide: October 2013 Edition



In the past month or so, more has happened in the tablet space than we thought it would, which means this list has been shaken up a little bit. With big names like ASUS and Samsung making a comeback with a refreshed Transformer and a new Galaxy Note 10.1. Overall, it looks like this Fall is a good time to buy a tablet, with some really great options out there. The days of one tablet standing out as the clear winner are long gone. Read on to find out why.


10. Lenovo IdeaTab A1000



While it seems that everyone has a 7-inch tablet to make, they're not all made equal. Lenovo has realized that what a lot of people want in a 7-inch tablet is simply a decent all-round device that doesn't cost the earth. For those people, the IdeaTab A1000 ticks a lot of boxes, as we discovered in our review. Sure, it's not the best looking 7-incher out there but, it has a lot going for it and at the price it retails for, there's certainly worse out there.

  • 7-inch 1024—600 resolution TFT Display
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal storage (with 4GB for apps) expandable via microSD card slot
  • Android 4.1.2
  • Mediatek 8317 dual-core processor running at 1.2GHz
  • front-facing VGA camera
  • 3,500mAh battery

Lenovo Ideatab A1000 7-Inch 8GB Tablet (Black)

09. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0




On its third-generation now, Samsung has been delivering some of the best tablet experiences around for some time now. However, it seems that their focus is on their Note line – which isn't a bad thing at all. Where Samsung's 7-inch offering is concerned however, the Galaxy Tab 3 won't be turning too many heads. The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 doesn't have much going for it in terms of specs or build quality, much like version 2 of the device. However, what Samsung's smallest tablet does offer is a similar experience to their phones and all of the features many have come to expect. All on a budget – of sorts. All-in-all, this isn't the tablet that many of us would like to get for Christmas but, it's certainly good enough.

  • 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

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7-Inch, White)Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7-Inch, Gold-Brown)

08. HiSense 7 Sero Pro




We know what a lot of you are going to say here – this thing is old, right? Well, it's only "old" in the sense that it's using a Tegra 3 and reminds us of last year's Nexus 7. Neither of those are reasons to discount this little guy. Available from WalMart for just $129 in stores, this is some seriously good value. Especially when you consider that software updates seem to keep coming from HiSense and the build isn't all that bad. You even get a half-decent camera and stock Android to boot. Sure, it's nowhere near as good as the current Nexus 7 but, it's also $70 cheaper, which is still a lot of money for some people. Looking for an Android tablet that gets the job done with a decent display and decent performance? The HiSense 7 Sero Pro will do nicely.

  • 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

Hisense Sero 7 7" Tablet Dual Core Processor with 4gb Memory, E270bsa


07. ASUS MeMo Pad 8.0



While ASUS is of course known for giving us the Nexus 7 and the more recent 2013 model, they do of course make tablets of their own. In fact, they were arguably one of the few manufacturers to create tablets that made people take notice of Android. ASUS is taking a leaf out of their partner's book here, going for affordability over outright performance. The MeMo Pad 8.0 is a nice blend between size, portability and pricing. Sure, its internals aren't going to do much for many of you but, if you're looking for a solid device in between 7 and 10-inches, this is something to consider.

  • 8.0-inch IPS 1280 x 800 Display
  • Quad-Core 1.6 Ghz CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of Storage with microSD card slot
  • 5MP rear-facing camera and 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • Android 4.2
  • 8-hour battery life


06. Toshiba Excite Pro




Flying low under the radar is Toshiba's Tegra 4 beast. It's an unassuming device that looks like any other Toshiba tablet before it but, it's got the mythical Tegra 4 under the hood and features that all-important screen resolution of 2560 x 1600. If you can get past the large bezels and overall plain look of Toshiba's Excite Pro, then you'll end up with a pretty great Android tablet on your hands. There's nothing to worry about when it comes to software either, as this is just stock Android, plain and simple. With a few apps selected by Toshiba of course.

  • 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 LCD Display
  • Quad-Core Tegra 4 at 1.6 Ghz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of Storage
  • 9.5 Hour Battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Toshiba Excite Pro AT15LE-A32 PDA0EU-00101Y 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet (Silver)

05. ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T



Before the Nexus 10, the ten-inch tablet to lust over was the Full HD TF700 Transformer from ASUS. At this year's IFA, they revived the Transformer line with this, the TF701T. Don't let the name fool you though, as this is greatly improved over its older brother. With a fresh new panel hitting 2560 x 1600 and of course, the Tegra 4, this is the best Transformer there ever has been. Obviously, you're going to be paying a premium for such a device but, owners of previous Transformers will tell you that as 10-inch tablets go, the Transformer line is right up there with the best.

  • 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS Display
  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 Quad-core CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB of Storage with microSD card slot
  • 802.11n dual-band WiFi, microHDMI port, Bluetooth 4.0 etc
  • Android 4.2
  • Battery life up to 17 hrs (pad + docking)

04. Google Nexus 10



Set to be replaced at what seems like any moment, can Google's Nexus 10 still cut it? Well, of course it can. The Samsung-built Nexus from 2012 is still pretty great, for a pretty great price to boot. With stock Android to come for many moons and a stunning display, there's no reason not to buy the Nexus 10. Sure, waiting for the new one might be a good idea but, this model of the Nexus 10 isn't going to fade into obscurity, that's not how Google plays things. For those of you looking for a solid ten-incher, this is one of the best to consider but, if you're always looking for the next best thing, then waiting a little while is also a good idea.

  • 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 or 32GB 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
  • 9,000 mAh battery for 10 hrs of HD video

Google Nexus 10 (Wi-Fi only, 16 GB)Google Nexus 10 (Wi-Fi only, 32 GB)

03. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0



For those that want a tablet a little larger than the 7-inch offerings that seem to be everywhere, the Galaxy Note 8.0 offers a great alternative. Not only does it have that little bit larger a display, it also features the S-Pen. Which makes a whole lot of sense on a device like this. With all of Samsung's apps and services, you'll be able to get a little work done on the go as well as play Fruit Ninja like a boss. While its build leaves a lot to be desired, it's Samsung through and through. For a lot of people, that's a good sign and they've certainly done their best to deliver a compromise between screen sizes and performance.

  • 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

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (16GB, White)Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (16GB, Brown-Black)

02. Google Nexus 7 (2013)



There's something to be said of the Nexus 7, it's easily the best value for money there is when it comes to tablets and yet, it still offers more than most tablets. With great performance, an understated yet classy design and great longevity when it comes to software, the Nexus 7 is the king of 7-inch tablets. Sure, the lack of a microSD card is still going to be off-putting to some but, we think the rest of the Nexus 7's features and hardware make up for that misgiving. Consider the fact that there's now an LTE version on sale, this is one of the best and most portable Android tablets around.

  • 7-inch 1920—1200 resolution display (world's highest resolution tablet)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
  • 16GB and 32GB internal storage options
  • 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • Android 4.3 – Jelly Bean
  • 3,950 mAh battery
  • Wireless Charging

Google Nexus 7 Tablet (7-Inch, 16GB, Black) by ASUS (2013)Google Nexus 7 Tablet (7-Inch, 32GB, Black) by ASUS (2013)

01. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition



The Galaxy Note 3 isn't the only device that Samsung has to launch this fall. The Note 10.1 has received a shot in the arm, too. What an upgrade it was too, featuring a brilliant high-resolution display and a fresh new design. If the original Note 10.1 was disappointing, this year's model is much improved. While there are some teething problems concerning the software, the hardware is a great upgrade and offers some much-needed improvements over the original. With much more screen real-estate to work with thanks to the screen resolution, the Not 10.1 – 2014 Edition is one of the tablets to launch this year. Period.

  • 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 LCD Display
  • 1.9 Ghz Samsung Exynos Octa-Core CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16Gb of Storage with microSD card slot
  • 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera
  • Android 4.3 with TouchWiz
  • 8,220 mAh Battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (16GB, White)Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (32GB, Black)Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (32GB, White)

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