Top Android tablets (May 2014 edition)

Top Android tablets (May 2014 edition)

Summary: Want a tablet but don't want to buy a svelte iPad Air or the petite iPad mini because you want to stay away from the Apple walled garden? Not a problem! Here are my top Android tablets for May 2014.


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    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 have 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

    Price: $349.

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    Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1

    Samsung currently has a lot of tablets on the market – over 30 by my last count – so it looks like they are shotgunning the market with every size and shape tablet possible, and seeing what people want.

    The selling point of the Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 is the "PRO" label. Samsung have packed this tablet with power so people can get their work done.

    • KitKat (Android 4.4) with Samsung TouchWiz
    • Exynos 5 Octa-core CPU with 2GB RAM
    • 10.1-inch display at 2560 x 1600 pixels (with a pixel density of 299 pixels-per-inch)
    • 8 MP rear camera with flash
    • 2 MP front camera
    • 16GB internal storage
    • microSD card support
    • With Galaxy Perks, you’ll also receive content and services like a $25 Google Play credit, 3 free months of Hulu Plus, 50GB of Dropbox space, and 1 year of Gogo Inflight Internet access and more

    Price: $499.

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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 soon.

    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 direct from Google, rather than have to wait for the hardware makers to 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.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Hardware

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  • Hmmmm.....

    Samsung released their Galaxy 4 series tablets yesterday. A but early, perhaps for inclusion, but it does make the inclusion of the Galaxy Tab 3 seem inopportune.
    • Additional New Models Available In May

      The site iProTablet -- features six new models to launch in May, including the iFive mini4 ($199) which is the first 8-inch Android tablet on the market with a retina-quality, 2048x1536 display and powered by the new RK3288 processor with performance comparable to Snapdragon 800.

      Also new is the Pipo T9 ($277) with an 8.9" full HD display and features comparable to the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" tablet; plus offers a 3G HSPA+ SIM card slot with Internet and that also makes voice calls like a regular Android phone.

      The Ramos i10 Pro ($399) also launched this week and is the first Hybrid tablet that let's you use both Windows 8.1 and Android and easily switch between the two operating systems... and features a 10-inch full HD 1920X1200 display, an Intel Bay Trail 64-bit processor, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and an 8000 mAh battery.
  • Windows tablets

    Windows tablets make up for their lack in apps in work productivity. I had Acer iconic a500 for 2 years and I sold it and bought a windows tablet. I miss the amount of diverse android apps, but the tablet feels more useful especially for working.
    Pollo Pazzo
    • Windows + Linux

      Plus maybe Android . That would be my Holy Grail. I want to avoid the Google and MS walled gardens, too .
    • Bluestacks...

      Just install Bluestacks on the Windows tablet... There is a fair range of the Android apps that will then be available for use, so you get the best of both worlds - a superior tablet platform in Windows 8 combined with availability of Android apps (unless you went WinRT in which case no bluestacks for you).

      As an aside - good luck trying to use an Android tablet for BYOD... Any company remotely concerned about data security won't let that thing anywhere near their networks or corporate apps.
    • Work?

      There is a device for work. It is called a laptop or desktop. Well, in most cases the tablet is less a workhorse, though there are some tasks well handled by the little guys.
  • Please.. just stop

    "Want a tablet but don't want to buy a svelte iPad Air or the petite iPad mini"

    How to turn what could have been an informative article into 'I've got nothing better to do than write this crappy article'...
    • Yes, please just stop...troll

      There really wasn't any call for the disparaging comment. The "svelte" comment was what set you off? Seriously? In the immortal words of William Shatner, "Get a life!" It is true that the iPad Air is pretty slim and graceful, and no one can be honest AND argue that Apple's prices are really competitive... I would tell you to bite me, but your posting name indicates THAT would be a bad idea.
  • seems the resolution on the kindle HDX 8.9 is off

    560 x 1600 sb. 2560 x 1600
  • Recomendations without RAM quantity.

    Why don't these lists show what the ram memory is on each device, and also if it is easy to hook up to an HDMI monitor? There are probably other things that should be elaborated on too, but these seem to be the essentials for me and probably a lot of other potential buyers. Besides the quad processor, I would like to see 3 to 3.5 gig of ram plus a micro hdmi output. That tends to make any Tablet a better value especially for a home user. In the future, more and more Androids may be considered as a true home computer for many technically challenged users. My Tablets are less that 10% as troublesome as my W7 computers. I use both, but I have the ability to overcome most of the W7 problems. Most user might not. Android Tablets just keep churning along and doing their job.
  • Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

    Adrian need to learn how to speak English...i.e. "The Xperia Z2 Tablet is essentially features the Z2 smartphone expanded to tablet proportions." This error is atrocious!

    And if you're saying this is a transcription error then you need to read your own blog for errors before/after it is done by an Asian wannabe copywriter!
  • other tablets

    I bought an Ainol Nuvi 3G tablet last year,It cost me just £84 delivered and is a cracking 7 inch tablet with 3G connectivity.Not mainstream or well advertised but it does a great job.During the time Ive had it Ive bought and then sold a Blackberry playbook,Sony Experia tablet,an HP windows tablet,all having been less good than expected although the Sony was not far off what I wanted.
    Ive kept the Nuvi in preference to the others.Sums it up for me.