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Best Android-powered tablets (December 2012 edition)

While there's no doubt that the king of the tablets is Apple's iPad, that doesn't mean that there's no demand for Android-powered hardware. There are some very good reasons why an Android tablet might be perfect for you.

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Topic: Mobility
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Google Nexus 7

The Google Nexus 7 is the first Nexus-branded tablet to be released by Google. The hardware, manufactured by Asus, consists of a 7-inch display with a 1280x800 resolution screen, an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera.

The hardware runs the very latest Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" operating system, and features an improved software keyboard.

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.

Price: from $199.

Link/image source: Google.

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Google Nexus 10

This is the Nexus 7's bigger brother, sporting 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, and a power pack capable of delivering 11-hours of usage.

Overall, a more powerful tablet than the Nexus 7, but at the cost of a larger device and a bigger price tag.

Price: from $399.

Link/image source: Google.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is Samsung's is a flagship tablet that commands a flagship price.

The hardware is all top-notch, with a 10.1-inch screen with a 1280x800 resolution display, a 1.4GHz Exynos quad core processor, a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, and a 100hour battery pack.

The software is Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" but there's an upgrade path to Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean".

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.

Price: from $499.

Link/image source: Samsung.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch

This is Amazon's flagship Android tablet.

The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD comes with a 1920x1200 resolution, 1080p (HD) display with in-plane switching, Advanced True Wide (ATW) polarizing filter, and 10-point multi-touch support.

Storage options are 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB (64GB only available on the 4G LTE version), but remember that there's no micro-SD card slot, so the model that you buy, you're stuck with for the life of the product.

The Kindle Fire HD is also powered by some serious silicon. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is powered by the latest generation dual-core 1.5GHz OMAP4 4470 processor with an on-board Imagination SGX544 graphics engine that's capable of over 12 billion floating point operations per second -- or 50 percent more than Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor.

Also packed inside is a dual antenna design for better reception, dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi and MIMO (Multiple In/Multiple Out) that offers higher bandwidth and longer range.

Price: from $299.

Link/image source: Amazon.

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Asus Transformer TF300

A power tablet that transforms into a notebook. It features a 10.1-inch screen with a 1280x800 desolution in-plane switching display and a 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. There's also an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, and 16GB of storage that can be augmented by the addition of a microSD card.

The tablet is powered by Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich".

If you want a tablet that transforms into a notebook, then this is the tablet for you. Through the use of the optional keyboard dock (an additional $149), not only can you add a keyboard and touchpad, but you also get 5 hours of extra battery life.

Price: from $350.

Link/image source: Asus.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch

Not that Apple has released the iPad mini, this seems to have rekindled interest in smaller tablets. For those who are looking for a highly-portable tablet on a budget, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is worth a look.

The 7-inch screen with 1024x600 resolution display is a little meager compared to the Nexus 7, but offsetting this is the micro-SD card slot that allows you to bump the storage up from the stock 8GB for a few dollars.

The tablet is powered by a dual core Texas Instruments OMAP processor and a 3 megapixel rear-facing camera. The stock operating system is Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" but you can upgrade to Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean".

Price: from $200.

Link/image source: Samsung.

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