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There's never been a better time to pick up a new Android tablet. Not only are prices at their best, but also there's never been a better selection of hardware from big-name OEMs on offer.
Here's my top Android tablets picks for September 2014.
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.
And for you gamers out there, there's a new entry from Nvidia – the Shield.
The Nvidia Shield features an 8-inch full HD display, front-facing speakers with rich sound, DirectStylus 2 technology to augment touch, and brings with it the first GPU-accelerated 3D painting experience, and an optional cover that both protects the screen and can be used as a kick-stand to prop up the device.
It also features optional LTE connectivity.
There are also plenty of games to play. In addition to all the Android games available from Google Play, there are now more than 400 Shield-optimized games available through the Shield Hub, and another 11 specially optimized games for Tegra K1, with more on the way.
- KitKat (Android 4.4)
- Nvidia Tegra K1 192 core Kepler GPU, 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU with 2GB RAM
- 8-inch 1920 x 1200 multi-touch Full HD display
- 16GB/32GB internal storage
- microSD card support
- 5 MP front and rear camera
- DirectStylus 2 input
- 3-axis gyro
- 3-axis accelerometer
- 3-axis compass
- Optional LTE
Pros and cons
- Powerful hardware
- Poor battery life
- Not many killer Android games