It wasn’t that many years ago when tablets were considered a bridging gap between smartphones and computers. Today though, many have given up their beloved computer towers altogether and replaced them with tablets that have just as much power, but come in a much more convenient size. But with a new model coming out every week it seems, how do you decide which one is best for you? You can start by checking out our top ten tablet reviews.
Full Size Tablets
Apple iPad 4th Generation – $499
It’s undoubtedly the Apple iOS operating system that gives the iPad the edge over any other tablet on the market. This operating system lets you FaceTime and text over iNetwork, but only with those who have an iPhone, iPod or iPad. For all other cases you’ll need to use your own Wi-Fi connection to text or chat, and you won’t have the option of FaceTime. The retina display included helps give the best screen resolution of all tablets, coming in at 2048 x 1536. With dimensions of 9.5 x 7.31 x 0.37 inches, it’s also the smallest of most large tablets and it has a medium-sized screen of 9.7 inches. And the space that really matters, storage, is also quite small at just 16GB, so watch how many songs and videos you’re storing on it. The battery life is also some of the shortest at 5 hours and 36 minutes, and just about everyone knows that the iPad is the most expensive option on the market.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – $449
The dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 are just a bit larger than that of the iPad with a size of 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.35 inches; but it also has a slightly larger screen of 10.1 inches. For a lower price it has the same 16GB storage space than the iPad, and just a slightly longer battery life of 5 hours and 42 minutes. The screen resolution isn’t nearly as good as the iPad, or for that matter, other comparable tablets with just 1280 x 800. So the reasons for the high price point? Those include little-talked about features included the pressure-sensitive stylus that’s great for artists or those that don’t want to mess up their screen too much, as well as the split-screen function and an IR remote. These are all features you won’t get with the iPad.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD – $244
Kindle is about so much more than just books now, although you’ll have an unlimited selection of those too with the Kindle Fire, and many of them are even free. Priced considerably lower than the top two tablets on our list, it also weighs less than the top two, coming in at just 1.25 pounds. Albeit the dimensions are a bit smaller at 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.35 inches, and you do also get a smaller screen size of 8.9 inches. However, the battery life is much longer (over 7 hours!) and you’ll get a whopping storage capacity of 32GB. That being said, there are far fewer apps to store than the Samsung or the iPad, simply because they’re not available; and the speed is also not as quick as the top two tablets.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity – $499.99
When a tablet sits in the same price range as the iPad, it better bring a lot with it, and this Asus Transformer might be one of the most comparable. The processor speed is lightning-quick, and it’s also very light at just 1.3 pounds. The dimensions of 10.35 x 7.11 x 0.33 inches don’t impede on the large 10.1 inch screen; and the storage capacity is double that of the iPad at just 32 GB. The battery life also extends past the 7 hour mark, but what good will that do you if you can’t do too much with it? In fact, aside from the price that is the biggest problem with this tablet. The android operating system means that it simply doesn’t have enough apps, meaning that you may not be able to get everything out of it that you were hoping to.
Microsoft Surface with Windows RT – $349.00
Calling all professionals! For those that literally need to take their computer with them wherever they go, the Microsoft Surface comes with many features that other apps simply do not. To start with it comes with a full version of Office 2013, a USB port, a MicroSDXC slot, to keep you “always connected.” You can keep it all within the huge 64GB of storage, and it all comes in a relatively small package consisting of 7 x 11 x 0.37 inches and weighing only 1.48 pounds. The screen size of 10.6 inches is the largest of all our top ten tablets; and the battery life is outstanding at 7 hours and 45 minutes, too. The kickstand that’s so highly touted by Microsoft however, is only on the left face and only at one angle so it’s not as versatile as it may first seem. The Microsoft Store could also leave you wanting for apps, and it’s not compatible with the Windows and XP operating systems you may already be using — a big negative for those thinking this will just be an extension of their computer.
BlackBerry Playbook – $214.99
Another tablet designed with the professional in mind is the BlackBerry Playbook. Those familiar with the brand’s other mobile devices will be able to switch easily over to the operating system, while it may take some slight maneuvering for those that are not. This specific model also comes with 16GB of storage capacity to keep things even across the board, although just like the iPad, Microsoft Surface and other tablets, you can choose larger memory options if you believe you need them. The biggest drawbacks to this tablet are the fact that you won’t have the huge selection of apps that are available with other tablets, and for those who put a lot of stock in stock and reputation know, BlackBerry may not be along too much longer for those who will be thinking about updates and newer models.
HP Slate 2 – $489.99
This tablet means business, and only business. While the HP Slate 2 has a very fast processor, easy connectivity, and something that’s easy to use for business purposes, this tablet may be the one that’s you. The digital pen lets you take care of those business tasks faster and easier than you can on other tablets, even the Windows Surface, which is also designed with the professional in mind. The battery life is comparable at just over 7 hours, and the 64GB of memory will allow you to hold just about as many documents and spreadsheets as you could possibly need. However, there are no entertainment features on this device, meaning you’ll need to go elsewhere for your music and movies; and many think the price is far too great to not be able to do just about anything you’d like with it.
Google Nexus 7 – $269
Moving into the smaller sized tablets, the Google Nexus tops comparable tablets with a great price, a light weight of 10.5 ounces, and a fair screen size of 7 inches. The storage capacity is the most you’ll find within this size, at 16 GB, and it’s got the best resolution of them all with 1920 x 1200 pixels. The processor speed is pretty quick at 1.5 GHz, and it’s got a long battery life of 7 hours and 37 minutes. The downside is that you won’t have a huge choice of apps available, and many will need to be updated for the newer Android operating system.
Amazon Kindle Fire 7″ – $199.99
You’ll find all of the goodness that’s in the larger Amazon Kindle Fire packed into this small package, too. Or at least most of them anyway. Of course, being in a smaller screen comes with smaller dimensions; these ones are 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.28 inches, and a screen size of 7.9 inches. Screen quality is fair though, at 1280 x 800 pixels, and it has a good storage capacity of 16GB. The battery life is just as long as its larger counterpart, getting a full 7 hours before you need to recharge. Just like the larger Kindle Fire however, you won’t get all the apps you may want, and because it’s tied to the Amazon ecosystem, you won’t get any more choices than that.
Apple iPad mini – $329
It’s the iOS operating system that makes the larger iPad so great, and the same can be said of this miniature version. In addition to FaceTime and the iNetwork though, you’ll also get the largest selection of apps within any tablet, and you’ll also be able to store them all in the large 16GB of memory. The battery life is actually much better than the larger iPad, with a full 7 hours and 37 minutes between recharges; and the 7.9 inch screen won’t make you feel like you’re looking at a “mini.” However, holding it also doesn’t feel like a mini and some consumers have said that it’s simply too wide for a smaller tablet. By contrast, some also believe that the price is far too big for something so small.