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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
To show how serious Amazon is about the tablet market the company unveiled a new addition to the Kindle Fire HD lineup – the Kindle Fire HDX.
The HDX comes in two different flavors – a 7-inch version and a bigger, beefier 8.9-inch variety. Both are essentially the same hardware apart from the screen and the fact that the 8.9-inch version features a bigger, better screen and a rear-facing camera.
- Fire OS 3.0, a highly modified version of Android
- 2.2GHz quad-core processor
- 7-inch 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi) display | 8.9-inch 560 x 1600 (339 ppi)
- Both feature a front-facing HD camera, while the 8.9-inch version also has an 8MP rear-facing camera too
- +11 hour battery life
- Dolby audio
- Choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of internal storage
Price: from $229.
Google Nexus 10
The #2 spot goes to the Nexus 7's bigger brother — the Nexus 10. However, be aware that we are currently waiting for Google to announce a replacement for this device. This could happen any time soon.
The Nexus 10 sports a 10-inch screen with a 2560x1600 resolution display, a dual core ARM Cortex A15 processor, and a quad core Mali T604 graphics processor.
The Samsung-made tablet also comes with a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera – which is far superior to the 1.2 megapixel camera that the Nexus 7 has – and a power pack capable of delivering 11 hours of usage.
The Nexus is designed by Google, and so it offers the best, purest Android experience possible – and it also means that you will get operating system updates direct from Google, rather than have to wait for the hardware makers to the update.
Overall, a powerful, very well made tablet, and if you have space in your life for a 10-inch tablet, you should take a look at this one. The main downside of the Nexus is that it does not feature a card slot to allow you to expand the storage.
At a glance:
- 10-inch, 2560x1600 display
- Dual core ARM Cortex A15 processor
- Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean"
- 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera
- Choice of 16GB and 32GB of internal storage
- Battery life of 11 hours
Price: from $399.
One to watch – Samsung Galaxy Mega
Here's another handset to keep an eye on over the coming weeks – Samsung Galaxy Mega.
Do you think that other smartphones are small and puny? Do you have large hands? Large pockets? Carry around with you a large bag?
Answered "yes' to one or more of these questions? The Galaxy Mega may be for you!
It's clear that Samsung is carpet-bombing the marker with handsets in a variety of sizes, and this 6.3-inch phablet (cross between a phone and a tablet) is at the high end for what's possible – and plausible – for a smartphone in terms of screen size.
The mega is certainly not for everyone, but if you want a smartphone that you can use as a tablet, then this might be worth a look.
- Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2)
- 1.7GHz dual-core processor
- 6.3-inch 1.280 x 720 display
- 8MP rear camera
- 1.9MP front camera
- 16GB internal storage of internal storage
- 3.200 mAh user-replaceable battery
- MicroSD card slot
Price: from $150 with two-year contract.