Best Android Tablets for Holiday 2013

Best Android Tablets 2013

Update: Some of the prices listed in the “Best Android Tablets for Holiday 2013″ list may have changed since the article was written, so check twice before ordering a device.

The Christmas is just around the corner and if you are still planning to gift a tablet, here are “The Best Android Tablets for Holidays 2013.”

In an attempt to help you find the best android tablet of 2013, we gathered in this article some of the cheapest, some of the most powerful, and some of the most popular tablets that are currently available on the market.

Nexus 7 2013

The Nexus 7 2013 is the latest stock-Android tablet co-developed by Google and ASUS. Launched in July 2013, the Nexus 7 2013 is the first device in the world to come pre-loaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

The Nexus 7 2013 represents great value for the money given the starting price of only $229.

The 7-inch tablet co-developed by Google and ASUS packs a LED-backlit IPS LCD screen with 1200 x 1920 resolution and Gorilla Glass protection, while being powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU and Adreno 320 GPU.

Nexus 7 2013 also comes with 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB storage, Li-Ion 3950 mAh battery, and two camera units, a 5 MP one mounted on the back and a 1.2 MP user-facing unit.

The connectivity features include WiFi in all standards, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and microUSB 2.0.

The tablet is available for purchase on Amazon at a starting price of only $229 and you can order it using the following links: Nexus 7 2013, WiFi-only 16 GB – $229.98 and Nexus 7 2013, WiFi-only 32 GB – $274.95

Nexus 7 2012

As you probably know, the Nexus 7 2012 is the predecessor of the aforementioned Nexus 7 2013. Also developed by ASUS and Google, the Nexus 7 2012 is still a powerful tablet, even though it was launched more than a year ago.

Nexus 7 2012 sports a 7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display with 800 x 1280 pixels and a Gorilla Glass protective layer. The tablet is powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, also bringing 2 GB RAM, 16/32 GB internal storage, user-facing 1.2 MP camera with 720p@30fps video recording support, and a 4,325 mAh battery.

The connectivity features of the Nexus 72012 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, and microUSB.

The Nexus 7 2012 is available for purchase on Amazon, with both 16 and 32 GB storage, and it can be ordered using the following links: Nexus 7 2012 WiFi-only 16 GB can be ordered for $179.99, while Nexus 7 2012, WiFi-only 32 GB costs $197.98.

Nexus 10

The list of Best Android Tablets for Holidays 2013 continues with another Nexus tablet, this time co-developed by Google and Samsung. We are talking about Nexus 10, the 10.1-inch tablet that saw the light of day in November 2012.

Powered by Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 5 Dual chipset with dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15 CPU and Mali-T604 GPU, the Nexus 10 also boasts about 2 GB RAM, 16/32 GB storage, and a 10.1-inch Super PLS TFT display with an amazing resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.

Nexus 10 also brings front-facing 1.9 MP camera and rear-facing 5 MP shutter with 1080p@30fps video recording, plus connectivity features like Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and microUSB 2.0. A massive 9,000 mAh battery is keeping the lights up.

The Nexus 10 is currently on sale at Amazon and it can be purchased using the following links: Nexus 10, WiFi-only 16 GB at $380 and Nexus 10, WiFi-only 32 GB at $419.16.

Kindle Fire HD

Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets are some of the most popular on the market, therefore there are worthy of a spot on the Best Android Tablets for Holidays 2013 list.

The Kindle Fire HD was released in September 2012 and is currently the cheapest tablet in Amazon’s portfolio. The Kindle Fire HD brings a 7-inch IPS LCD display with 800 x 1280 resolution, and 216 ppi pixel density, while the processing tasks are handled by a dual-core 1.5 GHz TI OMAP processor.

The tablet measures 191 x 128 x 10.6 mm and weighs 345 grams, while packing 2 GB RAM, 8/16 GB of internal storage, and connectivity features like Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Bluetooth, and USB 2.0.

You can purchase the Kindle Fire HD directly from Amazon’s website using these two links: Kindle Fire HD, 8 GB costs $154, while Kindle Fire HD, 8 GB has a price of $184

Kindle Fire HD 8.9

If you are a fan of bigger displays, then you might also want to have a look at the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. Announced in the same time with the Kindle Fire HD, but released on the market a month later, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 also represents good value for the money.

The tablet packs an 8.9-inch IPS LCD 1920 x 1200 pixels display with 254 ppi pixel density, and it’s powered by the same dual-core TI OMAP 1.5 GHz processor as its 7-inch brother. Kindle Fire HD 8.9 comes with 1 GB RAM, 16/32 GB storage, a front-facing HD camera, while measuring 240 x 164 x 8.8mm and having a weight of 567 grams.

The connectivity features of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Bluetooth, and USB 2.0.

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is up for grabs in Amazon’s online store, and it can be purchased using these two links: Kindle Fire HD 8.9, 16 GB for $244 and Kindle Fire HD 8.9, 16 GB for $314.

Kindle Fire HDX

The Kindle Fire HDX is the most recent tablet announced by the online retailer giant, a tablet that was released on the market in October 2013.

The Kindle Fire HDX is 186 mm tall, 128 mm wide, 9 mm thin, and boasts about a 7-inch IPS LCD display with an impressive resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels. The tablet is powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor with quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU, paired with 2 GB RAM and 16/32/64 GB internal storage.

The 7 incher also comes with a front-facing HD camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Bluetooth, and microUSB 2.0.

You can buy the Kindle Fire HDX directly from Amazon, making use of the following links below, being available with 16, 32, 64 GB of internal storage, respectively: Kindle Fire HDX, 16 GB at $244Kindle Fire HDX, 32 GB at $284, and Kindle Fire HDX, 64 GB at $324

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

The Kindle Fire HDX is also available with an 8.9-inch display, and, as you’ve already guessed, it’s called Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.

Most of the hardware specifications are similar to the ones of Kindle Fire HDX, therefore the technical specs list includes quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB RAM, 16/32/64 GB storage, and HD front-facing camera.

Aside of the aforementioned specs, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 also comes with a rear-mounted 8 MP camera with autofocus, LED flash, and image stabilization, plus an amazing 8.9-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1600 resolution and 339 ppi pixel density.

If you want to order the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 now, you can use the following links: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, 16 GB for $394Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, 32 GB for $444, and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, 64 GB for $494.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

If you in search of an affordable tablet, then you should take a look at Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.

Announced in April 2013, and released on the market in July 2013, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, customized with Samsung TouchWiz UI.

The 7-inch Samsung tablet comes with a TFT display with 600 x 1024 resolution and 170 ppi, while the processing tasks are handled by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 technical specs list also includes 1 GB RAM, 8 GB of microSD-expandable storage, 3.15 MP primary camera with HD video recording, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

In terms of connectivity, the tablet brings Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, IR blaster, and USB 2.0.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 with 8 GB storage can be ordered from Amazon at a promotional price of only $159.99.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

If you prefer displays bigger than 7 inches but you are on a somewhat limited budget, you might also want to consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 as your option.

Even though you might be tempted to believe that it shares the hardware platform with the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0’s hardware is more potent than the one of its little brother.

The tablet comes with an 8-inch TFT display with 1280 x 800 resolution, runs Android 4.4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box (of course, with Samsung’s TouchWiz skin on top of it), has a 5 MP rear-facing camera with HD video recording, 1.3 MP user-facing camera, and a 4,450 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is powered by a dual-core Exynos 4212 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, has 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, infra red port, and microUSB 2.0.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is available on Amazon in both white and gold-brown, and it can be ordered from the following links: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, White, 16 GB at $249 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, Gold-Brown, 16 GB at $249.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is also available with a 10.1-inch display, and this variant also makes it on our list of Best Android Tablets for Holidays 2013.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 has Intel Atom Z2560 chipset with dual-core 1.6 GHz CPU and PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB native storage expandable via microSD, and a 1280 x 800 10.1-inch TFT display.

The tablet measures 243.1 x 176.1 x 8 mm and has a weight of 510 grams, while sporting a 3.15 MP camera on the back, 1.3 MP sensor in the front, and a 6,800 mAh battery.

In terms of connectivity it brings Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, IR port, and microUSB 2.0.

It can be ordered from Amazon using these two links: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, Gold-Brown, 16 GB at $299.99 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, White, 16 GB at $317.99.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 also made it to the list of Best Android Tablets for Holidays 2013. Despite being released more half a year ago, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is still a powerful handset.

The 8-inch tablet manufactured by the Korean company sports a TFT display with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution and is underpinned by Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 4412 chipset with quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex A9 CPU and Mali 400 MP GPU.

Galaxy Note 8.0’s technical specs list also includes 2 GB RAM, 16 GB flash storage, microSD support (up to 64 GB), 5 MP primary shutter, 1.3 MP front-facing camera, and all the connectivity features worth of a modern tablet, including Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0.

The 210.8 x 135.9 x 8 mm case accommodates a non-removable Li-Ion 4600 mAh battery that promises up to 8 hours of multimedia playback and an S Pen stylus.

If you want to order the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 from Amazon, feel free to access these two links: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, White, 16 GB – $329 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, Brown-Black, 16 GB – $329.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

The aforementioned Galaxy Note 8.0 has a bigger brother, called Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

The tablet packs a 10.1-inch PLS TFT display with 800 x 1280 pixels and compatible with the S Pen stylus included in the package, along with 2 GB RAM, 16/32 GB internal storage expandable using microSD cards of up to 64 GB, 5 MP and 1.9 MP cameras mounted on the back and front panels, respectively, and a 7,000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has a an Exynos 4 Quad chipset with quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex A9 CPU and Mali 400 MP GPU, while running Android Jelly Bean customized with Samsung’s proprietary ToucWiz UI.

The tablet measures 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm, weighs 600 grams, and it can be ordered from Amazon using the three following links: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, White, 16 GB for $399.99Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Deep Gray, 16 GB for $399.99, and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Deep Gray, 32 GB for $449.99.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

You can’t write about Best Android Tablets for Holidays 2013 and not mention the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is one of the most powerful tablets currently on the market, boasting about a Snapdragon 800 SoC with quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 320 GPU, 3 GB RAM, 16/32 GB of microSD-expandable storage, and impressive 2560 x 1600 10.1-inch Super Clear LCD display.

The 10.1 inch Samsung tablet features Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, infra red, and microUSB 2.0, and has a massive non-removable Li-Po 8220 mAh battery.

The front-facing camera is a 2 MP unit, while the rear-facing shutter has an 8 MP sensor, bot capable of recording 1080p@30fps videos. Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, customized with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, tweaked with S Pen-specific features.

You can use the following links below to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition with 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, both white and black body colors being available: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, White, 16 GB – $549Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, Black, 16 GB – $549Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, White, 32 GB – $599, and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, Black, 32 GB – $599.

Sony Tablet Z

The Sony Tablet Z is the most powerful tablet ever developed by the Japanese company, and as you can see, it has been included on our list of Best Android Tablets for Holidays 2013.

Sony Tablet Z is 266 mm tall, 172 mm wide, and 6.9 mm thine, weighs 495 grams, and it is both dust proof and water resistant. The tablet is powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon APQ8064 processor, has 2 GB RAM, 16/32 GB native storage, microSD support (up to 64 GB), and a 6,000 mAh battery.

The primary camera has an 8.1 MP sensor, while the rear-facing camera is a 2.2 MP unit, both with support for 1080p@30 fps video capture.

Tablet Z comes with a 10.1-inch LED-backlit LCD display with 1200 x 1920 resolution and 224 ppi pixel density, enhanced with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The tablet runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, but it is planned to receive Android 4.4 KitKat in the first quarter of 2014.

Sony Tablet Z is available on Amazon and it be ordered using the following links: Sony Tablet Z, 16 GB – $436.99 and Sony Tablet Z, 32 GB – $520.99.

Lenovo Ideatab A1000

The list of Best Android Tablets for Holidays 2013 continues with an cheaper model, the Lenovo Ideatab A1000.

Priced only $99.75, the Lenovo Ideatab A1000 packs a 7-inch TFT display with 600 x 1024 resolution, 8 GB storage, microSD support (up to 32 GB), 1 GB RAM, front-facing VGA camera, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0.

The processing tasks are handled by a Mediatek MT8317 chipset with dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A9 CPU and PowerVR SGX531u. Lenovo Ideatab A1000 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, but it can be upgraded to Android 4.2.

You can order the Lenovo Ideatab A1000 with 8 GB storage directly from Amazon at $99.75.

 

ASUS Memo Pad HD 7

The ASUS Memo Pad HD 7 is another affordable Android-powered 7-inch tablet.

The handset manufactured by the Taiwanese company sports a 7-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution, has a Mediatek MT8125 chipset with quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU and PowerVR SGX544 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB native storage, and microSD support up to 32 GB.

The ASUS Memo Pad HD 7 also comes with a primary 5 MP camera, while the front panel accommodates a 1.2 MP sensor. It measures 196.8 x 120.6 x 10.8 mm, weighs 302 grams, and is upgradable to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Use the following links to order the ASUS Memo Pad HD 7 from Amazon in Blue, White, Green, or Pink body colors: ASUS Memo Pad HD 7, Blue, 16 GB – $129.99ASUS Memo Pad HD 7, White, 16 GB – $149ASUS Memo Pad HD 7, Green, 16 GB – $149, and ASUS Memo Pad HD 7, Pink, 16 GB – $149.

ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T

The ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T is one of the few tablets on the market powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 4 T40X chipset, with quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex A15 CPU and ULP GeForce GPU.

The 10.1-inch tablet has a 2560 x 1600 Super IPS + LCD display, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB native storage, microSD cards support (up to 64 GB), and promises 13 hours of battery life.

ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and has two cameras with 5 MP and 1.2 MP sensors, mounted on the back and front panels, respectively. The connectivity features include WiFi in all standards, Bluetooth, and microUSB.

You can order the ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T from Amazon and the ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T docking station with keyboard using these two links: ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T Tablet at $399 and ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T Keyboard Docking Station at $135.15.

HP Slate S7-4200US

Also known as the HP Slate 7 Plus, the HP Slate S7-4200US is a very good options if you are looking for an affordable 7 incher.

HP Slate S7-4200US comes with a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display with 216 ppi pixel density and it’s powered by the somewhat older Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset with quad-core 1.3 Cortex A9 CPU. The HP tablet also brings 1 GB RAM, 8 GB microSD-expandable storage, 5 MP rear-facing camera, VGA secondary camera, a 4,000 mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

HP Slate S7-4200US can be ordered from Amazon using the following link: HP Slate S7-4200US, 8 GB – $149.99.

HP Slate S10-3500US

HP also has a competitor for the 10-inch tablet segment, the HP Slate S10-3500US, which comes with Beats Audio sound enhancement.

HP Slate S10-3500US packs a 10.0-inch 1280 x 800 display and it’s powered Marvell PXA986 dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. It also brings 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage expandable using microSD cards, WiFi, Bluetooth, microUSB 2.0, and a 7,000 mAh battery.

HP Slate S10-3500U measures 259 x 178 x 9.7 mm and the Silver model can be ordered from Amazon using the following link: HP Slate S10-3500U, 16 GB – $289.