HTC has pulled out all the stops with the One, which looks great, performs well and includes some clever features. The lack of storage expansion and the persistence of BlinkFeed are irritations, but overall the HTC One stands up well against rival flagship handsets.
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Acer's Olympics-branded Iconia Tab A510 isn't the most eye-catching of Android 4.0 tablets, but it does have a quad-core processor, a useful software bundle and above-average battery life. Business users may prefer the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T for its keyboard dock.
The Transformer Pad implements a number of cost-saving measures and consequently lacks the sparkle of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. Still, the Pad is significantly cheaper than the Prime, so you may well be prepared to accept the trade-off.
Toshiba's AT200 impresses with its slimline design and light weight, but better value for money is available elsewhere. For example, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime — complete with keyboard, Android 4.0 and quad-core processor — can currently be had for a similar outlay.
HP's Slate 2 is a neat and compact 8.9in. Windows 7 tablet, although it's short of CPU muscle and has limited internal storage capacity. We'd prefer mobile broadband as standard rather than optional, while battery life could be better.
The Transformer Prime is the best marriage of screen and keyboard we've seen in a tablet. The quad-core Tegra 3 processor gives it professional-level performance, and battery life is excellent too.
The slide-out keyboard is the Android-based Eee Pad Slider SL101's key feature, and it's probably the make-or-break feature if you're considering a purchase. We'd choose the Slider's Transformer stablemate, but it's nice to have the choice.
The vertical market-oriented Motion CL900 is quite heavy, but the trade-off is a rugged build quality that's absent from run-of-the-mill Windows 7 tablets. Lack of performance may be an issue for some potential buyers, but battery life is good and there are plenty of useful accessories on offer.
We like the idea of running Android and Windows on the same tablet, and the ViewPad 10pro's Android-in-Windows implementation has merit. However, ViewSonic needs to polish up a few aspects of this tablet, notably its performance and battery life.
Fujitsu's Stylistic Q550 has a functional and robust design. We appreciate the removable battery, while the Infinity Lounge Windows 7 overlay has potential. However, performance is mediocre and internal storage sparse. There should also be a housing on the chassis for the stylus.