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Google Nexus 10
Here is 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.
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 directly from Google, rather than have to wait for the hardware makers to do 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" upgradable to 4.4 "KitKat"
- 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.
LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition
Do you like the Android operating system but hate all the customizations/bloat/crapware that tablet makers like to cram into it? If you answered "yes" then you are not alone, and LG has a tablet that might be of interest to you.
The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is a standard LG G Pad 8.3, but with the OS and all the trimmings deleted and a stock version of Android 4.4 "KitKat" loaded onto it instead.
The result is a solid, well-made tablet that runs the latest Android operating system.
- Android 4.4 "KitKat"
- 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor with an Adreno 320 GPU
- 8.3-inch 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution with a pixel density of 273 pixels-per-inch
- 5MP rear camera
- 1.3MP front camera
- 16GB internal storage
- MicroSD card slot
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
The Xperia Z2 Tablet essentially features the Z2 smartphone expanded to tablet proportions.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet is slated to go on sale in the UK and wider Europe in March, and has been approved for AT&T in the US.
Not only is the tablet waterproof and dustproof, but this one is also thinner and lighter than Apple's iPad Air.
- KitKat (Android 4.4)
- 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with an Adreno 330 GPU
- 10.1-inch 1,920 by 1,200-pixel display
- 8.1MP rear camera
- 2.2 MP front camera
- 16GB and 32GB internal storage