Here is a quick run down, a list of best and most popular tablets in the market right now.
Top 18 Most Popular Tablets
This is the most affordable iPad and your ticket to the intuitive iOS 7/8 operating system and its built in app as well as a huge collection of productivity apps from Apple’s App store for free. The free Apple Apps that you can download from the App Store includes iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynotes and more which on their own is worth quite a bit if you have to buy them for an old generation iPad.
At the other end of the iPad spectrum is the iPad Air. The entry model being the WiFi 16GB while many have also considered the 32GB version. You will find that once you have downloaded all the free Apple Apps from the App Store, you would wish you’ve gotten the 32GB version. There is plenty to love about the iPad Air starting with the very thing that is staring at you in the face, the Retina display.
Even with the next generation already out in the market, the demand for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is not showing signs of stopping, the highest on demand being the entry level 7-inch model. Lightweight and portable at only 9.9mm thin, it’s easy to see how this dual-core tablet can create such a huge following. As an outgoing member of the Galaxy Tab family, the price makes it an even more enticing purchase.
Don’t have iPad Air money and still want to enjoy the new A7 chip 64-bit architecture and Retina display albeit on a smaller scale, the iPad mini with Retina display is your best bet. At 7.9-inch, this mini packs a punch and makes everything load faster and feels more effortless.
When Apple pulled the entry level iPad 2 and introduced the new iPad Air, we thought there won’t be another cheap big screen iPad from Apple. The first generation iPad mini took iPad 2’s place is the most affordable entry level tablet from Apple. But by retaining the iPad 4 with Retina display it gives customers another option if they have decided to only go for a big screen iPad.
Launched only earlier this month (Sept 14), this is the smallest and most affordable tablet from the giant online retailer. It has a strong 6-inch high definition HD 1280 x 800 resolution screen, a powerful 1.5GHz Quad-Core processor with 1 GB of RAM and a SlimPort enabled USB 2.0 port that lets you connect to a HDTV or VGA monitor with an adapter. You also have the option to double the storage memory to 16GB and pay to remove the Special Offers screen savers.
For the same reason as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch listed above, with the introduction of the next generation of Galaxy Tab 4 in the market, there is a steady drop in price for previous generation Tab 3 which makes the bigger sibling, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch very attractive as a big tablet option. Not to be snub at, the specification on the Tab 3 10.1-inch is still pretty capable.
Want something more than the standard Fire HD 6 or Fire HD 7 then get the Fire HDX 7. Apart from a high resolution 1920 x 1200 (323PPI) screen, it is powered by a Quad-Core 2.2GHz processor, 11 hours mixed use battery life, front facing camera, dual band and dual antenna (MIMO) WiFi as well as 4G option. The only thing it doesn’t have when comparing to the HD 6 or HD 7 is the rear-facing camera. Also available are 32GB, 64GB storage memory options and WiFi only or WiFi + 4G/3G version with Vodafone Internet Starter Pack.
Samsung’s flagship tablet range, the Galaxy Tab S, is also marketed as a premium, high-end and desirable tablet with its ultra-thin, lightweight and super sleek design. Inside, it doesn’t disappoint, powered by a super fast 1.9GHz Exynos 5 Octa-Core processor, it is able to use slower cores 1.3GHz quad-core for less demanding tasks and the super fast 1.9GHz quad-core when the going gets touch. With 3GB of RAM, you can throw anything at it, or multi-task to your hearts content. Also equally impressive is the Super AMOLED screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution. This is easily the best big Android Tablet in the market right now.
Want an alternative to the iPad mini (with standard display), the Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch, although slightly bigger (only 0.1-inch bigger) has a WXGA screen 1280 x 800, already better than the iPad mini’s 1024 x 768. The only downside is you only get 8GB internal storage but the option to expand the storage with a microSD slot for up to 64GB of storage and the low price tag more than make up for it.
Released last year, the Google Nexus 7 is still a very strong small tablet. From the partnership with Asus, already a well known brand for tablets, the Nexus 7 is akin to Google’s Reference hardware. A showcase of what a small tablet with Android should be. The second generation tablet has a powerful 1.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor 2GB of memory and 16GB of storage. The 7-inch HD screen at 1920 x 1200 pixel is packed with 323PPI. There is also a rear facing 5MP camera that was absent in the previous generation Nexus 7. Among other things, Dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and built-in wireless charging completes the device. A 32GB version is also available. A 32GB LTE version is also available.
The Fire HD 7 is just as good at the new HD6. Now in its 4th Generation, there is now a front and rear facing camera. Powered by a fast quad-core 1.5GHz processor and faster GPU, it is twice as fast as the previous generation Fire HD. The 7-inch HD screen pushes 216 PPI at 1280 x 800 resolution. When you get any Fire HD devices, Amazon throws in free unlimited cloud storage for all your photos. The dual firing stereo speakers uses Dolby Digital Plus technology that creates a virtual 5.1 multi-channel surround sound. Together with the screen, the tablet is ideal to consume media (books, music, video and magazine)
The Asus Transformer Book T100 comes with a detachable keyboard, a 10.1-inch WXGA screen and battery that last up to a surprising 11 hours. Powered by Intel Atom Z3740 1.33GHz quad-core processor, 2GB memory and 32GB storage (64GB option is also available), this is a must have for those who needs a Windows environment for work. For that it includes Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 preinstalled with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Note.
14. Lenovo Yoga 10
The only tablet in this line-up with a super long battery life of 18 hours thanks to it’s rolled edge design which can double up as a grab handle, a stand in viewing mode and a tilt stand in typing or gaming mode. It also has a fold-away kick stand that works both in stand and tilt modes. With a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, Dolby Digital Plus audio, 5MP rear facing and 1.6MP front facing camera and the microSD slot supports up to 64GB storage, it’s a great all rounder. The 1.2GHz quad-core processor powers and the premium silver metallic finish lets the Yoga 10 stands out.
Here is an affordable 10-inch tablet in our line-up. The entry level A10 from Lenovo is powered by a 1.3GHz quad core. Apart from the battery life, the finish and looks, the specifications aren’t very different from the Yogo 10 above. With a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 HD display, dual front facing speakers with Dolby audio enhancement, 2MP front facing and 5MP rear facing camera and microSD slot it’s your run of the mill big tablet.
A great value mid range big tablet, the new generation Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 has a vivid 10.1-inch screen. With a stylish leather-like feel back cover, thin profile and sleek design, it oozes sophistication. The 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution screen (16:10 ratio) lets you multi-task with Samsung’s Multi Window view easily while the 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of memory keeps things running smoothly. If you have a Samsung phone, you can use the SideSync feature to access your phone screen from your tablet to transfer data as well as copy and paste text between the phone and tablet. It also includes a 3MP rear facing camera and 1.2MP front facing camera as well as MicroSD slot for storage expansion up to 64GB.
The next generation Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7-inch improved tremendously. Starting with the display, the screen now gets the HD treatment, a vivid WXGA 1280 x 800 display at 16:10 ratio, better than a 720p HD screen. It also had loads of nips and tucks compared to the Tab 3 7-inch and you will notice this immediately in how narrow the device looks. It now has ultra narrow side bezel and a new 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB memory, 8GB internal storage memory and supports microSD expansion up to 64GB. As with the bigger Tab 4 10.1, it supports Multi Window for multi-tasking.
So what if you want all the power of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch but don’t need the big screen. You option would be the smaller and still equally attractive and powerful Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch. This highly desirable small tablet runs on the same 1.9GHz Octa-Core Exynos 5 processor with 3GB of memory and that true to life, stunningly vivid Super AMOLED screen at the same resolution as it’s bigger sibling. Imaging squeezing the same 2560 x 1600 pixels into a smaller 8.4-inch display, packing almost 360PPI.
To make it easier for our readers, we have grouped the following tablets according to screen size and included the UK prices for your reference.
Small Tablets (6 – 8 inches)
Here is a quick look at our line-up of small tablets. For the most up to date prices, please click on the links below:
- Apple iPad mini WiFi 16GB
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch
- Apple iPad mini with Retina Display WiFi 16GB
- Amazon Fire HD 6 8GB
- Amazon Fire HDX 7 16GB WiFi
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch
- Asus Google Nexus 7
- Amazon Fire HD 7 8GB
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1-inch
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch
Big Tablets (9 – 10 inches)
Here is a quick look at our line-up of big tablets. For the most up to date prices, please click on the links below:
- Apple iPad Air WiFi 16gb/32gb
- Apple iPad 4 with Retina 16GB
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch
- Asus Transformer Book T100 [WINDOWS 8.1]
- Lenovo Yoga 10
- Lenovo A10-70 10-inch
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1-inch