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Tablets are everywhere, and while Apple's iPad – along with its little brother, the iPad mini – commands the most media attention, there's no shortage of excellent Android alternatives to choose from.
Here are my top seven Android tablets for November 2013.
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.
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.
The Kindle Fire HDX is a serious competitor to Apple's new iPad Air and is, in my opinion, one of the best tablets out there.
- 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.
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 4.3 "Jelly Bean" 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, 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 4.3 "Jelly Bean"
- 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.