Best Android Tablets of 2013
The tablets are one of the most appreciated gadgets on the market because of the advantages they are offering, being placed somewhere between smartphones and laptops.
If until couple of years ago Apple was dominating this segment with its iPad, now rival companies like ASUS and Samsung, have started to introduce Android-powered tablets that are capable of competing against the iPad on the same level in terms of hardware specifications and build quality.
There are currently a lot of Android tablets on the market to choose from, while some of them come at great prices. Anyway, if you have the money and you want to purchase a new Android tablet, choosing the best one to suit your needs is not an easy task.
There are a lot of 10-inch Android tablets tablets that are starting to put a lot of pressure on Apple’s iPad. After the 7-inch tablet segment went off after Amazon released the Kindle Fire, Apple thought that a 7-inch-ish tablet would attract some more customers to their iOS-powered tablets.
In this article we will try to take a look at both worlds (the 10-inch and 7-inch tablets) and show you which are the best Android-powered slates that are available (or will be available soon) in early 2013.
Best 10-inch Android Tablets of 2013
The 10-inch Android-powered tablets are usually priced between $500 – 600, and most of them are coming with full HD displays and powerful hardware configurations. Let’s have a look at some of them.
Google Nexus 10
The Google Nexus 10 is one of the most powerful Android-powered tablets currently available on the market. Co-developed by Samsung and Google, the Nexus 10 it’s a 10.1-inch tablet that impresses with the 2,560×1,600 pixels resolution of the Super PLS TFT display, even bigger than the one of the latest iPad.
The Google Nexus 10 also impresses when it comes to hardware platform, courtesy of the Exynos 5 Dual chipset based on two Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. It also has 2 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage.
Being a part of the Nexus tribe, the Google Nexus 10 will be among the first wave of terminals to receive the latest Android updates.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Announced at CES 2013, Sony Xperia Tablet Z comes with a 10.1-inch LED-backlit LCD display with a resolution of 1,200 x 1,920 pixels with shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass. The Xperia Tablet Z is underpinned by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, plus 2 GB of RAM, and 16/32 GB of internal storage. It also brings an 8 megapixel camera with full HD video recording support.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z is running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and it is planned for an upgrade to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Samsung is also in the 10-inch tablet market battle with its own tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a 1,280 × 800 pixels display with PLS technology, and is powered by an Exynos 4 Quad with four Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and three internal storage options 16/32/64 GB.
The camera is a 5 megapixel sensor, and the tablet is upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Samsung has fit the TouchWiz UI on top of it, and the tablet also comes with an S Pen stylus.
ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700
ASUS is one of the few tablet markers that is using premium materials for their Android slates. The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is one of them and its aluminium case is accommodating a 1,920 x 1,200 pixels display with IPS technology, but, the hardware platform is not that fresh: it has an Nvdia Tegra 3 chipset with quad-core Cortex A9 CPU at 1.6 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, and up to 64 GB of internal storage.
The 8 megapixel camera on the back is capable of recording full HD videos at 30 fps. The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Best 7-inch Android Tablets of 2013
The 7-inch tablets are usually chosen by the users who need more portability and by those who can’t afford a 10 incher. There are also a lot of interesting 7-inch Android tablets on the market, some of them coming at really low prices and packing impressive hardware in the same time.
Google Nexus 7
Probably the tablet with the best price – performance ration, Nexus 7 is manufactured by ASUS for Google and comes with a 7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, while the hardware platform is based on an Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset with quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A9 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and up to 32 GB of internal storage.
Anyway, one of the major advantages of the Nexus 7, besides the price ($199 for the WiFi-only 16 GB model), is that it will always be updated to the latest Android versions ahead of other tablets.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is also a great option when it comes to choosing a 7-inch Android tablet, especially because it has the same price point as Google’s Nexus 7 ($199 on Amazon store). Anyway, the Kindle Fire HD is running Android 4.0 but it has a highly customized user interface that barely lets you know that it’s an Android-powered tablet.
Kindle Fire HD packs a 7-inch IPS LCD display with 800 x 1,280 pixels, dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of internal storage.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
Even though it’s not quite a 7-inch tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a great option if you want a portable tablet. Galaxy Note 8.0 features an 8-inch TFT display with 800 x 1,280 pixels, but it also comes with a quad-core Exynos 5 Octa processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 runs Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, and it packs an S Pen stylus compatible with the software enhancements brought by TouchWiz UI.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Even tough it’s not exactly the best choice in early 2013, because it will definitely receive a successor soon, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is still a highly appreciated tablet with good sales, mostly because its competitive price. It sports a 7-inch PLS display with 1,024 x 600 pixels, while the processing jobs are performed by a TI OMAP SoC with dual-core 1 GHz CPU. Now add 1 GB of RAM and 8/16/32 GB of internal storage and the technical specs list is almost complete.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 comes pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it can be upgraded to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.
There are a couple of Android-powered 10 and 7 inch tables currently on the market capable of managing almost any type of media content courtesy of their powerful hardware platforms. Moreover, they are mostly featuring HD or full HD displays in order to provide the best web browsing or view playback experience.
Which tablet would you choose if it were to purchase one now? Please, let us know in the comments section below.