Best Android tablets (September 2013 edition)

Best Android tablets (September 2013 edition)

Summary: Don't want to get locked into Apple's ecosystem by buying an iPad or iPad mini? No problem! Here are my top Android tablets for September 2013. For those of you with limited carry space, there's a phablet for you to lust over.

TOPICS: Android, Tablets

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  • Ainol Novo 7 Venus

    The second cheap and cheerful tablet from Ainol. This one is the 7-inch Novo 7 Venus, and is certainly worth a look.

    Again, not a big-name brand, but a look at the spec will tell you that this is quite a well put together tablet, especially when you take a look at the price.

    At a glance:

    • 7-inch 1280x800 IPS display
    • ATM7029 quad-core CPU with GC1000+ GPU
    • Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" compatible with 4.2
    • 2 megapixel rear camera, and a 0.3 megapixel front camera
    • 16GB storage
    • Battery life of 5 to 9 hours

    Price: from $129.

    Link/image source: Aniol.

  • Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T

    The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T is not only the slimmest and lightest 1920x1200 resolution Full HD Android tablet on the market, but it is also stylish and very well put together.

    The 10.1-inch 1920x1200 resolution display is backed by a powerful Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor that is packed with a very capable 12-core GPU. This hardware runs the Android 4.0.3 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system, which is now showing its age, but is nonetheless a very capable and robust platform.

    The tablet features an 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 2 megapixel front camera, and the battery can go for 9.5 hours between recharges.

    At a glance:

    • 10.1-inch 1920x1200 display
    • Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor
    • Android 4.0.3 "Ice Cream Sandwich"
    • 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 2 megapixel front camera
    • Choice of 32GB or 64GB
    • Battery life of 9.5 hours

    Price: from $499.

    Link/image source: Asus.

  • Ainol Novo 9 Spark

    Looking for a cheap and cheerful tablet that has plenty of power to handle even the more demanding apps? The Ainol Novo 9 Spark is worth a look.

    You might not have heard of the manufacturer before, but the tablets are well worth taking a look at.

    At a glance:

    • 9.7-inch 2048x1536 retina IPS display
    • Allwinner A31 quad-core CPU with SGX544MP2 GPU
    • Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" compatible with 4.2
    • 5 megapixel rear camera, and a 2 megapixel front camera
    • 16GB storage

    Price: from $229.

    Link/image source: Aniol.

Topics: Android, Tablets

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  • G N 7 = disaster

    With all the problems this device has its a disaster by any measure. If MS had released a device with these problems it would have been front page headlines. This deserves no spot on a top devices list.
    • And exactly how is it a "disaster"?

      Pray tell, exactly why do you consider it a 'disaster'? Or are you using the term to mean that Nexus has been a disaster for the long-term viability of the iPad?
      • Plagued with problems problems and more problems

        Just the ones they acknowledged would be sufficient ... If they were the only ones ... This device may be headed for a recall.
      • Another article

        But the kid glove treatment just shows the tip of the iceberg.
    • seriously?

      It is not a disaster, and the issues were addressed within a few weeks of launch with an update. If you were doing anything more than trolling the waters you would have seen that.

      Personally, I own one that hadn't seen any of these issues.
      • also

        The likelihood of a few isolated hardware failures is not unique to the Nexus 7 devices.

        You realize just about everybody I know with an iPhone 5 has a power button that's stopped working?

        Surface RT was so sluggish in modestly intensive games and I don't believe that was even addressed until the tablet was several months old.
    • GN 7 (2013) Works fine over here.

      Since the update, I've had zero issues. Been playing Asphalt 8 and Crazy Taxi work no problems at all. GPS works well to. Tested this weekend on a one hour trip. Never turned off one on maps.
    • G N 7 = disaster

      It seems google is great at building software but they haven't had a single success at building an electronic device. Their philosophy on phones, tablets, laptops is build is cheap sell it cheap because what really matter is the OS the device is running because that's was sells ads.

      But as the laptop market has show us, design is king. People want to be sitting in a coffee shop sporting an attractive laptop or tablet, the king of stuff that apple an samsung make.
    • LOL

      LOL, are you kidding me? Microsoft DID release a product with a far greater failure rate than the new Nexus 7. And it wound up being the company's most successful consumer product. Perhaps you recall the extreme reliability problems that surrounded the Xbox 360 when it was first released, and the "Red Ring of Death" that afflicted a shockingly high percentage of owners (variously estimated at well above 20%)
    • Great Post

      up to I saw the check four $9210, I didn't believe friend woz like realey erning money part time from their computer.. there sisters neighbour started doing this for under six months and as of now took care of the mortgage on their cottage and bought themselves a audi. why not look here,,,
  • Google Devices

    Google devices and a lot of their products , are usually rather crappy. They rush to get things out before they fix the problems. Google is rather tacky.
    • Ummm....

      ROFL.... **take a breath** LMAO!

      Ah, thanks for that bit of troll humor... I needed a good laugh today. :)
      Technical John
  • What's #9?

    The captions for #5 and #9 are the same. #5 really looks like a Samsung product, #9 does not.
    • Galaxy Mega

      #5 is the Galaxy Mega (which isn't a tablet so why is it here?) but no idea what #9 is. Author ran out of crap to write so just through in some random POS for #9 and just copied the text from #5?
  • Oh Noooo!

    I refuse to click-thru.
  • Number 9

    Pray tell, what is number 9? It doesn't look like a very useful phone with no microphone or speaker holes on the face.
  • Adrian, you are still ignoring OTG for the Nexus 7.

    No the Nexus & doesn't have a dedicated memory card slot, but for the price of an OTG adapter cable - literally a couple US dollars - a card reader and an app - Nexus Media Importer (US$3.99) - you can read AND write to FAT & FAT32 cards (read only for NTFS at this time) WITHOUT rooting your Nexus 7.
    Jim Johnson
  • These slide show articles that require loading completely new web pages

    These slide show articles that require loading completely new web pages drive me nuts. Esp. on a tablet, where I do most of my reading, I don't have the time to waste on complete page reloads. You lose me as a reader when you do this. I'm sure some marketing study says you get more click throughs or better attention or more ad revenue, but I like galleries like this to having to pull a different book off the book case every time I get to a new chapter.
    • Dead Right

      You are absolutely correct!
      • They generate more AD view revenue that way - to hell with viewers

        Your time is theirs to do with as they choose. Your just an insignificant pawn.