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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 4.2 "Jelly Bean" operating system.
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.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
The Xperia Z2 Tablet is 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 U.S.
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
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.