Top Android tablets (June 2014 edition)

Top Android tablets (June 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 pick of the top Android tablets for June 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 June 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.

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    The Google Nexus 7

    The new Google Nexus 7 is the much-anticipated follow-on to the highly-successful original Nexus 7. The hardware, once again manufactured by Asus, consists of a 7-inch display with a resolution bumped up to 1920x1200 HD display and a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, an Adreno 320 GPU, a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage, a 5 megapixel rear camera, and a – somewhat limited – 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera.

    The main downside of the Nexus 7 continues to be that it does not feature a card slot to allow you to expand the storage.

    The hardware runs the very latest – and highly capable – Android 4.4 "KitKat" operating system, and features an improved, very efficient software keyboard.

    Also, being a Google-branded tablet, you're also guaranteed software updates, rather than having to rely on the goodwill of the hardware maker to make them available.

    The tablet also features Wi-Fi, optional cellular, Bluetooth, NFC, and optional cellular, and all this is powered by a battery that can give 10 hours of usage under normal conditions.

    A powerful tablet in a small, easy-to-carry form factor.

    About the only thing I don't like about the Nexus 7 is the 16:10 screen aspect ratio, which makes the device feel awfully top-heavy in portrait mode.

    At a glance:

    • 7-inch, 1920x1200 HD display and a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch
    • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
    • Adreno 320 GPU
    • Android 4.4 "KitKat"
    • 5.0 megapixel rear camera
    • 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera
    • Choice of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage
    • Stereo, surround speakers
    • Battery life of 9 hours

    Price: from $199.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Hardware

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  • Price matters

    This would be MUCH more useful if broken down into price brackets. The consumers looking for a $100 tablet are not interested in reading about a $500 tablet (if they still exist).

    For example:

    Under $100
    $100-$150
    $150-$200
    $200-$300
    $300-$450
    $450 and above
    Economister
    • RE: Price Matters

      I agree. I went looking for a tablet a few months back, but I could care less about anything over $200. Not that I didn't have the money, but because there was no way it was going to provide the value to me that a price like that would command. I ended up buying a used Galaxy Note 10.1 (non-2014) with a bluetooth keyboard cover for $175, and I love it.
      trybble1
      • More New Tablets for June

        i P r o T a b l et-- is worth reviewing and offers ten new Tablets to launch in June - including the new Ramos i 10 Pro ($399) Windows 8.1 - Android hybrid, that's the first Dual Boot tablet on the market, with an 8-second Windows boot-up time with an Intel Bay Trail 64-bit CPU plus features a 10" 1920x1200 HD display, Bluetooth, GPS, along with 9 hours battery life --

        Also new is the Ramos i12 ($299), an ultra-size 12-inch tablet also powered by Intel; plus the new iFive mini4 ($199) which is the first 8-inch Android tablet available with a retina-quality 2048x1536 display.
        jensonmacabensw
  • Plus 3 or 4 G

    It annoys me that very few are listed / made with a sim socket for use via that method I still use VERY HAPPILY a old Tab 1 7 inch with 3G but I also use it as a phone as well but since I have hands the size of shovels I don't have a problem but with SMALL phones I do
    The BarnOwl
  • 11 units, 4 OS versions

    Say no more...
    jimoro
    • You might want to learn to read version numbers.

      I see 8-version 4.x Android tablets and 3-version 3 FireOS tablets.

      As to sub-version numbers, well, if Android developement moves too fast for you, you can buy something from one of the snail-paced legacy vendors.
      anothercanuck
  • So what's with the price problem?

    I love the Xoom I use. It's not the fastest, nor the most full featured Android tablet, but then again it's solid as a rock, fast, and running the very latest version of KitKat. I'll use it till it no longer meets my needs.

    On the other hand, if I were looking for a tablet I would be looking for one that was solid and reliable, running the latest OS, very fast, very capable, a 10.1" or larger tablet that would be reasonably priced.

    My first choice would be Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 64gb tablet. This is definitely not cheap, but it's the best. For those of us who have the large screen in mind as musicians there isn't anything better. It's 749 at Best Buy.

    My second choice would be the Hannspree 13.3" tablet. It's not as fully loaded, advanced, or even boasting the latest OS, but it has extremely good reviews, which means that it will last, and the price is only 249.99 at Amazon.

    Like I said, the Samsung its the best in every area, but the Hannspree is very good.

    If I were in the market for a large tablet I would have no problem investing in either of these.
    Robert Christopulos
  • Why is Asus NEVER mentioned when they talk about great tablets?

    I have an Asus Memo pad HD7 that can go toe-to-toe with almost every one of these tablets and it cost less than $150 when I bought it. It is a GREAT tablet that can handle anything I throw at it. But Asus is never mentioned in any of these articles.
    RobertMoore12@...
  • Best tablets

    If price isn't an issue go With the Galaxy Note 8.0 and on the cheap end grab a Nexus 7.

    Both are in infinitely more useful than the ipad.

    http://youtu.be/GQl47P9grhc
    Liquidfire3D
  • Android Tablets

    Every description was missing vital information. Some were missing the Ghz rating of the CPU; some were missing GPU info; some were missing battery size (no, telling me it is a "10 hour battery" says NOTHING in the real world); Could have been a good piece, but wasn't. I wish I was paid to produce "partial" results.
    douglas_john_ledet@...
  • It Slightly Faster

    It's slightly faster to simply post all of your personal identifying information straight to the web than to wait until it is stolen from your android device. Enjoy your cheap tablet
    Burger Meister
    • Android Security?

      I wonder-

      With Android you can secure your passwords with things like Roboform, and your internet access over open networks with features found in things like AVG or Avast.

      If your Android is lost or stolen you can also install a kill or freeze feature in Avast or AVG.

      if an unauthorised person tries to operate the tablet through facial recognition, password, or shape recognition, all the whole having your tablet broadcast it's position and a photo of the thief to your email.

      Further, things like Roboform are able to securely protect your passwords.

      Because the external Sdcard is solid state your data is pretty safe from hardware crashes. Even so, I make a backup to an external drive every week.

      I've had a laptop stolen before. Fortunately my passwords were protected but all my data was gone irrevocably. I've also suffered total losses from power surges. My tablet never leaves my side and the total level of security I have on my Android tablet is unreal in comparison.

      What in the world are you talking about?
      Robert Christopulos
    • not sure what you mean

      Android devices are not that insecure, and there are plenty of softwares to make them more secure if thats what you are crazy about.
      Jimster480