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Tablets are everywhere, and while Apple's iPad – along with its little brother, the iPad mini – commands the most media attention, there's no shortage of excellent Android alternatives to choose from.
Here are my top 7 Android tablets for June 2013. New entries to this list include two budget Android tablets.
All of the tablets features here are very capable, powerful workhorses, and are ideal not only for home users, but also for enterprise users or those looking for a BYOD tablet. Any one of these will give you an excellent Android experience, and, when combined with the right apps, will allow you to get a lot of work done when you're away from your desk.
Google Nexus 7
My favorite tablet — and one that is rapidy replacing my full-size iPad as my go-to tablet.
The Google Nexus 7 was the first Nexus-branded tablet to be released by Google. The hardware, manufactured by Asus, consists of a 7-inch display with a 1280x800 resolution screen, an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a – somewhat limited – 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera.
The main downside of the Nexus is that it does not feature a card slot to allow you to expand the storage.
The hardware runs the very latest – and highly capable – Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" operating system, and features an improved, very efficient software keyboard. Being a Google tablet, you're also guaranteed software updates, rather than having to rely on the goodwill of the hardware maker.
The tablet also features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and optional cellular, and all this is powered by a battery that can give 10 hours of usage under normal conditions.
A powerful tablet in a small, easy-to-carry form factor.
The more I use this tablet, the more I like it. It's big enough to do real work, and yet small enough to carry around in a jacket pocket.
At a glance:
- 7-inch, 1280x800 display
- Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor
- Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean"
- 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera
- Choice of 16GB or 32GB
- Battery life of 10 hours
Price: from $199.
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