What is The Best Android Tablet ?

The number of Android tablets available now is bewildering, and at times confusing for consumers. From the high-end devices from the likes of Samsung to the very cheap budget models from companies you have never heard of, a purchasing decision can be full of potential pitfalls. It would be easy to advise against budget tablets from no-name brands, but they can also offer uses that still make them value for money. For example, if you have a child who wants a tablet to help them with basic tasks such as web browsing, watching movies and playing games, the cheapest tablets may suffi ce for their needs. If they are unaware of speed issues and the occasional glitch, a small outlay can offer plenty of use for the right individual.

The pitfalls tend to come in reduced performance, often very poor battery life and screens that are diffi cult to read in bright conditions or diffi cult to tap due to a lack of sensitivity. Overall build quality can also be compromised, especially on the very cheap models under £100, so you should try to use one fi rst before buying if that is possible. Ultimately, if you want a tablet for yourself and intend to use it for a variety of tasks indoors and outdoors, you would be better paying the extra for a higher-end tablet. You will get better quality components throughout, a better screen and battery performance which does not get in the way of daily usage.

Your potential usage will determine how much you should spend, but there are very good quality tablets available at budget prices (Galaxy Note 8, Nexus 7 etc) so don’t presume that cheap – or small – always means poor performance. There are some real bargains available in the Android tablet world at the moment.

Asus Fonepad The Fonepad – not to be confused with Asus’ other brand, Padfone – is essentially a tweaked version of the Asus-built Nexus 7. With similar size and screen res it has upgraded build quality, the rare sighting of an Intel processor and, like the Note 8, it can also be used to make calls.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z At just 6.9mm thick – a whole 2.5 slimmer than the iPad – Sony’s Tablet Z can stake a claim to being the most desirable tablet around. It’s among the most powerful too, with a ten-inch screen with 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. And, like the phone, is fully waterproof.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Filling in the gap between the Note II phablet and the full-sized Note 10.1 is the 8. It comes with the trademark stylus, but also has a new feature for eight-inch tabs: you can use it to make phone calls. Ideally you’d do this using a Bluetooth headset, but you can hold it to your ear if you really wish to.


HP Slate 7 Veteran PC-maker HP has delved into the world of Android tablets with a device that wants to go head-to-head with the Nexus 7. It’ll be priced slightly lower – around £129 or $169 – and couples decent build quality, Beats Audio and reasonable specs with the inevitable compromises.

 Best combinations 

Which phone and tablet go together best?

Budget Nexus 4 + Nexus 7 The dual Nexus setup gives you almost unrivalled power and extreme portability in a package that is also mind-blowingly cheap. Buy from the Play store and you can pick them both up for the price of a single fl agship phone.

Media Sony Xperia Z + Nexus 10 For media use, resolution is the key. The 1080p display on the Xperia Z and the better-than- 1080p display on the Nexus 10 tab will provide you with the best on-the-go movie experience you can get.

Workhorse Samsung Galaxy Note II + Asus Transformer Pad Infi nity If power is your priority then the best-selling phablet, the stylus-equipped Galaxy Note II, and the high-end hybrid from Asus will give you a phone, smartphone, sketchpad, tablet and laptop in just two devices.

Source : Android Magazine UK Issue 23 2013