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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
To show how serious Amazon is about the tablet market the company unveiled a new addition to the Kindle Fire HD line-up – the Kindle Fire HDX.
The HDX comes in two different flavors – a 7-inch version and a bigger, beefier 8.9—inch variety. Both are essentially the same hardware apart from the screen and the fact that the 8.9-inch version features a bigger, better screen and a rear-facing camera.
- Fire OS 3.0, a highly modified version of Android
- 2.2GHz quad-core processor
- 7-inch 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi) display | 8.9-inch 560 x 1600 (339 ppi)
- Both feature a front-facing HD camera, while the 8.9-inch version also has an 8MP rear-facing camera too
- +11 hour battery life
- Dolby audio
- Choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of internal storage
Price: from $229.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition)
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is Samsung's is a flagship tablet that commands a flagship price. And it just got better with this latest update
The hardware is all top-notch, with a 10.1-inch screen with a 2560x1600 resolution display, a 2.3GHz quad core processor on the LTE version (the Wi-Fi/3G version has a 1.9GHz quad-core CPU and a secondary 1.3GHz quad-core CPU), a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, and a 10-hour battery pack.
The software is Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean" operating system, bu an upgrade is coming soon.
For times when a finger just isn't precise enough, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a nifty stylus called the S Pen specifically designed to work with a number of applications. This really comes to its own when doing fiddly things like working in a spreadsheet, or knocking out a doodle.
The stylus makes the Galaxy Note 10.1 a great machine for taking notes, planning, and sketching out ideas. This can be a hugely useful for BYOD usage.
There are two drawbacks to this device. The first is the price. This is a premium tablet, and has a premium price tag to go with that. But at $50 more than the iPad, it's hard to recommend the new Galaxy Note 10.1, especially when you factor in the second drawback – performance. While the hardware baked into the new Galaxy Note 10.1 is top-notch, the tablet still suffers from a sluggishness that makes it annoying to use. Perhaps this will be fixed by a software update, but for now it plagues what should otherwise be a flagship device.
At a glance:
- 10.1-inch, 2560x1600 display
- 2.3GHz Exynos quad core processor on the LTE version
- Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean" (Android 4.4 "KitKat" coming soon)
- 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera
- Choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage
- Battery life of 10 hours
Price: from $549.
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 is 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 4.3 "Jelly Bean" operating system.
The battery life is also excellent, with the tablet and dock combo capable of 17-hours or 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.