Top Android tablets (November 2013 edition)

Top Android tablets (November 2013 edition)

Summary: Want a tablet but don't want to buy a svelte iPad Air or the petite iPad mini? Not a problem! Here are my top Android tablets for November 2013. And for those of you with limited carry space, there's a phablet for you to lust over.

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  • 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-inc 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 a Galaxy Note 2 (minus the stylus, which I don't care much for anyhow) for $100 less.

    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.

    (Source: Samsung)

  • 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"
    • 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.

    (Source: Google)

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega

    Do you think that other smartphones are small and puny? Do you have large hands? Large pockets? Carry around with you a large bag?

    Answered "yes' to one or more of these questions? The Galaxy Mega may be for you!

    It's clear that Samsung is carpet-bombing the marker with handsets in a variety of sizes, and this 6.3-inch phablet (cross between a phone and a tablet) is at the high end for what's possible – and plausible – for a smartphone in terms of screen size.

    The mega is certainly not for everyone, but if you want a smartphone that you can use as a tablet, then this might be worth a look.

    • Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2)
    • 1.7GHz dual-core processor
    • 6.3-inch 1.280 x 720 display
    • 8MP rear camera
    • 1.9MP front camera
    • 16GB internal storage of internal storage
    • 3.200 mAh user-replaceable battery
    • MicroSD card slot
    • NFC

    Price: from $150 with two-year contract.

    (Source: Samsung)

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Topics: Mobility, Amazon, Android, Tablets

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  • Android tablets

    I'll pass. My surface 2 just rocks. I couldn't care less about Google's spyware devices.
    gbouchard99@...
    • surface 2

      Surface 2 ain't bad. But u do know MS does spy on u with NSA help right? ;-)
      ThinkFairer8
      • Ms

        They might have in the past. I know that someone here in Canada was arrested for having child pornography pictures on it's SkyDrive. Microsoft reported him to they authorities. The main difference is that it is not Microsoft's business model to do so. For Google, selling information about you is. That's what they do systematically.
        gbouchard99@...
      • Who really gives a $hit?

        I couldn't care less who spies on my drivel so long as it stays within their walls. I have nothing of any interest to anyone but a thief wanting my dosh. And I do trust them that far!
        johnmckay
    • gps

      I'd love and prefer the surface.. .if it had a built in gps. Since it doesn't. Its worthless to me.

      ps: they all spy on you.
      rwwff
    • Well... well... spyware devices !?!

      Do you really believe, deep in your heart, that Google is the only ones who spy on people ?
      Give it another go and let the world know about it !
      Google got into trouble red-handed, yes... but aren't there nobody else that you can think about spying ? None at all ?
      Let me give you a hint... does W... as in Windows... and M... as in Microsoft... ring a bell ?
      Right, you just didn't knew that they spy... did you ?
      iTrucker
    • LOL!

      Microsoft Surface? Oh, you mean the device whose half the storage is taken up by the itself ? And doesn't include GPS(on non-cellular model)? And has a 208 ppi screen? And of course lacks Apps....wow best tab in the world!

      #Nexus10_user
      ubuntu_freak
    • LOL!

      Microsoft Surface? Oh, you mean the device whose half the storage is taken up by the OS itself ? And doesn't include GPS(on non-cellular model)? And has a 208 ppi screen? And of course lacks Apps....wow best tab in the world!

      #Nexus10_user
      ubuntu_freak
  • Mismatch

    Description on slide 4 doesn't match the device.
    greywolf7
  • Slide 5 - At a glance

    Galaxy Note 10.1 has 2.3 GHZ Snapdragon 800 quad core processor on the LTE version.
    1.9/1.3 GHZ big/little Exynos (dual) quad core processor on Wifi version.
    greywolf7
  • If anything slide 9 is not a tablet...

    the Samsung mega is a phablet-(phone/tablet) as its "between" 5 and 7 inches. A tablet is anything from "7" inches and over...
    ITGuy000
    • Names/Definitions

      So...I therefore claim a wrist-worn watch/phone/tablet to be called a "Phwablet".

      But, in order to make the distinction, a pocket-watch style watch/phone/tablet would have to be called something like "Phwocketlet" or "Tablephocketatch"

      Sorry, but I disagree with you. Any defs arbitrarily based on screen-size are doomed to inaccuracy and failure. For example, per your definition a 17" screen full-featured notebook with phone and clock functions still would be called a 'tablet' because "a tablet is anything from "7" inches and over".
      TexasJack
    • Semantics

      I would agree. The author also takes other liberties, including in his list Kindle devices as Android.

      Perhaps a different title for the article would have been appropriate.
      louishelps
  • Nexus 7 is $229

    Article says $199
    spatters71
  • Why no cell phone capability

    10" tablet is perfect for people who don't get to sit in their office all day and cell phone service in the tablet along with a blue tooth headset keeps all your information in one place and saves on two data connection charges.
    TiffanyinTexas
  • Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T has Android Jelly Bean now.

    My Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T has had Andrioid Jelly Bean for many months. It has improved performance significantly!
    rkd7777
  • Android Device Prices with KickBacks

    YOU absolutely have to wonder when Samsung, Google and others are going to drop their retail prices to kickback prices the vendors get for consumers. A $500 device (retail) can be had by a consumer from a vendor who offers it on a 2 yr contract for $99. Why can't that be the retail price. Who is making the money and who is getting screwed over ?

    The Consumers are getting screwed over because the devices are mass produced and price per device to manufacture is almost dirt cheap.
    Labrynth
  • No Xperia Z Ultra?

    If you're going to include big phablets (over 6" display) in this list, the new Sony is the one to have, not the Galaxy Mega. Radically thin (though a tad heavier than the Samsung), 1080p display, faster processor. faster wireless (802.11ac LAN, HSPA+ 42, 150Mbps LTE). Top of the line all the way. Only two drawbacks I can name: no flash/LED light, and not yet being offered by any US carriers.
    mark@...
  • Kindle Fire HDX looks good...

    I was debating between a iPad Air and a new Nexus 7, I might have to add the HDX to the selection process. My current Nexus 7 is only about a year old and I'm still happy with it, maybe it's too soon to replace. I might sit it out until the next round of new product releases.
    FrankInKy
    • So long as you know it has no rear camera...

      I only mention it as it came as a surprise to me... I expected ALL tablets to have both. I have a mini and a transformer1.. now looking for an all round Android with camera and SD slot, and latest 'kitkat'. Trickier than I thought!!!!
      johnmckay