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Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
The Asus Transformer Pad TF701T is one of the slimmest and lightest 2560x1600-resolution, 300 pixels-per-inch, full HD Android tablet on the market, but it's also stylish and very well put together.
The display also supports 10-point multitouch.
The 10.1-inch 2560x1600 resolution display is backed by a powerful Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor that is packed with a very capable 72-core GPU. This hardware runs the Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" operating system.
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The battery life is also excellent, with the tablet and dock combo capable of 17 hours of work.
At a glance:
- 10.1-inch 2560x1600
- Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor
- Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean"
- 5 megapixel rear camera, and a 1.2 megapixel front camera
- Choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage
- Battery life of up to 17 hours
Price: from $449.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch
The Android market is dominated by Samsung, and it's no surprise that it has come out with a new 8-inch tablet — the Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch.
At $299, the Tab 3 8-inch is a bit pricey, but it's a good competitor to the iPad Mini for those who don't want to get caught up in the iOS/App Store lock-in web.
The best thing about the Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is that it is essentially an upgraded Galaxy S II.
At a glance:
- 8-inch, 1280x800 display
- 1.5GHz Exynos 4212 dual-core processor
- Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean"
- 5-megapixel rear camera, and a 1.2-megapixel front camera
- USB 3.0
- 16GB storage of internal storage
- Battery life of about 11 hours
Price: from $299.
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.