Best Android tablets (September 2014 edition)

Best Android tablets (September 2014 edition)

Summary: Given the broad choice, and combine that with rock-bottom prices, there's never been a better time to pick up a new Android tablet! Here are my picks of the best Android tablets for September 2014.

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  • Introduction

    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.

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    Nvidia 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

    Pros:

    • Powerful hardware

    Cons:

    • Poor battery life
    • Not many killer Android games

Topics: Mobility, Android, Tablets

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  • ASUS?

    No love for the ASUS MemoPad 7? The tablet's been getting lots of good press lately, with quick Intel Bay trail internals and a $150.00 price tag.
    dsf3g
  • what? no Galaxy Tab S?

    Jeez, it's been out for more than a month now and it doesn't make the cut?
    Have you seen the Tab S?
    It has the most incredible screen for a tablet.
    And it is amazingly thin and light.
    And fast.
    How did it NOT make it on the list?
    warboat
  • Huh?

    Best Android tablets (September 2014 edition)

    -- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch

    Phased out in June, replaced by Tab 4.

    Some top-notch tech journalism, LOL...

    Go back to praising the mac and ripping windows 8, that seems to be the best you can do here...
    siskol
  • You forgot the best of the best

    Well, Adrian, you forgot the best of the best.They're a little pricy, but prices are falling rapidly. I'm talking about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S10.5, and the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.

    These tablets are both lightening fast, incredibly capable, shipping with Android 4.4.4, and made for different markets.

    My personal favorite as a musician and graphics artist is the Note Pro 12.2, which I plan on getting before Christmas.I love the tablet i have now, but the Note Pro 12.2 is three times faster than my aging tablet, offers a larger screen, and extremely fine tip capacitive pen.

    These are the ultimate BYOD tools.
    Robert Christopulos
  • You forgot the best of the best

    Well, Adrian, you forgot the best of the best.They're a little pricy, but prices are falling rapidly. I'm talking about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S10.5, and the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.

    These tablets are both lightening fast, incredibly capable, shipping with Android 4.4.4, and made for different markets.

    My personal favorite as a musician and graphics artist is the Note Pro 12.2, which I plan on getting before Christmas.I love the tablet i have now, but the Note Pro 12.2 is three times faster than my aging tablet, offers a larger screen, and extremely fine tip capacitive pen.

    These are the ultimate BYOD tools.
    Robert Christopulos