With the holiday season here, many of us are looking into buying a new tablet computer for ourselves or someone else. And while there have been a lot of new devices to hit the market in 2013, the general rule this year has been one of perfecting that which has come before, instead of any bold new innovations. Below, we will go through some of the most exciting releases of the year and thin the herd a little, narrowing them down to the top 5 tablets of 2013, breaking down the specifications and hardware to give you, as the consumer, a better idea of the best tablet for the money among those that were released this year.
Of course, the big news for this years was Apples dual release of both iPad Air and new iPad Mini. While not strictly new, these two tablets have come a long way in displaying that Apple hasn’t lost its touch when giving consumers all the features and hardware that they want. Apples offerings for 2013 may not be the most budget conscious on the market, but when you slide through their beautiful displays at lightening fast speeds, you certainly know where that money went.
The newest in the series, this tablet aims to take all of the features of a full size tablet and make them, well, lighter. Weighing in at just 16 ounces, this is by far the lightest tablet one the market, but that doesn’t affect its performance or aesthetics at all. It is a sleek and organic feeling tablet, boasting an A7 Dual Core 1.3 GHz processors, 16 gigs of Flash memory, and a whole suite of productivity apps, the newest Apple tablet doesn’t disappoint. A high price point doesn’t necessarily mean it not a good value however, as the computing power you buy with your money when you spend it on an iPad Air is certainly money well spent.
Ipad Mini– The second generation of iPad Minis improves a lot on its predecessor. The lackluster display has been improved upon with the cutting edge Retina display, making for an amazing graphical presentation on such a small device. It features the a processor in the same family that runs its big brother, the iPad Air, a 1 GHz A9 powerhouse that makes this tiny addition a monster in Apple bid for your hard earned money. Definitely not designed to be a budget tablet, it has a pretty high price point, like most of Apples offerings, but the scratch that you plop down for this diminutive tablet is paid back in full with its beautiful display, dynamic multi-touch interface, and gaggle of native apps.
Microsoft’s initial bid for its share of the tablet market left any long time fans disappointed when the Surface RT was released. Its successor, however, is proving that the software giant can hold its own when it comes to the complete package as well, with the Surface 2. Improving upon the successes of the first generation, and surprisingly listening to consumer feedback to improve upon its shortcomings, the Surface 2 is certainly worth some consideration.
Surface 2– Featuring a 1.7 GHz quad core processor and 2 GB of available RAM, Mr. Gates’ offering for this year is a surprising improvement on the Surface RT. It has a drastically improved interface, as well as dynamic 5-point touch screen capabilities. Consumers who remember the debacle with the Surface RT will be pleasantly surprised by the durability and ease of use of the new offering form Microsoft. The price point could potentially make the Surface 2 one of the best tablets for the money, but users will ave to accept the limited app capability inherent on all Windows platforms. The Surface 2 does come standard with Microsoft’s Office Suite, so productivity junkies rejoice.
Google unveiled the second generation Nexus 7 this year to much fanfare, and makes a welcome addition to this years contenders for the best value for a tablet. It was released to directly compete with the full size iPad, but its weight and styling shouldn’t have much problem competing, as it’s lighter, thinner, and much more powerful than the first generation iteration.
|Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 4G LTE Tablet,Black||2.3 GHz Quad-Core4.4||3GB RAM|
2560 x 1600 Pixel
|1.67 Pounds||8.0 Megapixel with Flash|
2MP Front Camera
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|Sony Xperia Z||Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz||2GB DDR2 SDRAM|
32 GB Serial ATA
1920 x 1200 pixel
|1.09 Pounds||8MP rear camera |
2MP front camera
Apple iPAD Air
|Apple A4||1 GB DDR2|
2048 x 1536
|1.00 Pounds||5 MP iSight camera||Check Price>>|
|2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core||2 GB DRAM|
WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
|0.73 pounds||8MP Rear + 2MP Front||Check Price>>|
|ASUS Vivo Tab Note 8||Intel Atom 1.3 GHz||2 GB DDR3|
1200 x 800
|0.8 pounds||8MP||Check Price>>|
|Quad-Core 2.2 GHz||2GB DDR2|
2560 x 1600 (339 ppi)
|13.2 ounces||8 MP |
Font Facing HD Camera
|Nvidia 4||2GB DDR2|
1366 x 768
|2.1 pounds||Two 720p HD cameras,||Check Price>>|
|Snapdragon S5 1.2 GHz||1.5 GB SDRAM|
|0.7 Pounds||3MP+1.3MP front camera||Check Price>>|
|Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz||1GB RAM|
|8.3"||12 ounces||5-MP||Check Price>>|
|Lenovo Miix 8 Tablet||1.3 GHz Quad-Core||2 GB DDR2-SDRAM|
1280 x 800
|0.7 pounds||8MP + 2MP front||Check Price>>|
|1.2 GHz quad-core||1.5 GB |
|0.6 pounds||3 MP + 1 MP front Camera||Check Prices>>|
|Quad Core 1.5GHz||1GB RAM (DDR3)|
|10.1"||1.2 Pounds||Front : 3MP|
Rear : 2MP
|Quad-Core 1.6 GHz|| 1 GB RAM|
16 GB Flash Memory
1280 x 800
|1.2 pounds||2MP + 1.2MP front||Check Price>>|
|Quad-Core 1.86 GHz||2 GB DDR3|
|0.98 pounds||8 MP + 2 MP front||Check Price>>|
|Dual Core Processor||1GB RAM DDR3|
1024 x 600
|9.8 ounces||0.3 MP||Check Price >>|
|Dual core 1.2GHz||DDR3 SDRAM|
|1.1 pounds||2 MP||Check Price >>|
|8880, Dual Cortex-A9 Dual 1.5GHz||DDR3 SDRAM|
800 x 480
|1.2 Pounds||Dual Camera||Check Price >>|
Nexus 7 2013– Coming in strong with a 1.51 GHz processor and 2 GB of DDR3L Ram, this affordable behemoth may very well be the best deal for the money this year in tablet computing. The spectacular 7.02 inch display is visually dazzling, and comes runs like a rocket right out of the box. It comes standard with Android 4. 3 Jelly Bean, and has an extremely diverse set of apps and features. That is has the lowest price point of all the high end tablets can’t be overlooked either, as you could easily shell out double the cost for similar computing power.
When Amazon announced its entry into the tablet market with the Kindle Fire, many people were skeptical about its ability to compete with dedicated hardware and software manufacturers to produce a quality computing device beyond e-readers. Amazon showed them the light, and does it again this year with the Kindle Fire HDX.
Kindle Fire HDX- Like the Fires that have come before, the Kindle Fire HDX is a more economy based tablet, with the introductory model coming in at just a bot more than the comparable Nexus 7. That being said, nothing about this device screams budget computer. With a quad core 2.2 GHz Krait processor, 2 GB of RAM, and the highly intuitive Fire OS, this time around the “Mojito” OS, the Kindle Fire HDX really turns up the heat on the competition, and brings a refreshing bit of quality to the more budget conscious of tablet buyers.
Those are the hot ticket tablets for this years holiday season. They all have drawbacks and positive features, but with all the information compiled, I think falls between the Nexus 7 2013 and the Kindle Fire HDX. For the price you pay for these two fine tablets, you get the computing power you need, the crystal clear display you crave, and access to a multitude of free apps and games, all while having a decent amount of cash left over for something else. Like the runner up.