Best 7 inch Android Tablets (October 2013)

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Looking for the best 7-inch Android tablets on the market?¬†Android Authority¬†has your back!¬†Out of all the many 7-inch devices out there on the market today, we’ve gathered up just six devices that truly stand out from the rest of the pack.

While most of these devices are under the $250 mark, price isn’t the only factor involved in determining this list. We are simply looking for solid tablet experiences, whether its pure Android or something a bit different like Amazon’s Kindle Fire series with their forked Android OS.

#1 ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)

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ASUS’ and Google’s Nexus 7 (2013) features a heavily optimized Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a gorgeous 7-inch LCD IPS 1,920 x 1,200 display.

As for software, you get pure, unadulterated, stock Android — 4.3 Jelly Bean, to be exact. And an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat is also expected to arrive within the “coming weeks”.

ASUS Nexus 7 (2013) Specs

  • Profile: 7.62mm (0.3-inch); 2mm thinner, reduced bezel by 3mm on each side
  • Weight: 318g (11.2oz)
  • 7-inch LCD IPS display with 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • Adreno 320 graphics (4x graphics framerate)
  • 2GB of DDR3LM memory
  • 16/32GB storage
  • 5-megapixel camera,¬†1.2-megapixel¬†front-facing camera
  • dual-stereo speakers
  • virtual surround sound technology
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • MicroUSB port with SlimPort
  • 9 hours video playback, 10 hours web and reading

For more on the Nexus 7 (2013), including our review, click here.

Buy Now on Amazon | Google Play Store ($229)


#2 Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

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At the very end of September, Amazon unveiled its latest member to the Kindle family, the Kindle Fire HDX. The new Fire HDX models stomp all over their past-gen version with a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM and 16/32/64GB price configurations.

The Fire HDX has a 7-inch 1920×1200 LCD display, which is also an improvement of the Fire HD. There‚Äôs also a unique Mayday button that brings you live assistance 24/7, at no added cost.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Specs & Features

  • 186mm x 128mm x 9mm
  • 303 grams
  • 7-inch 1920×1200 LCD display, with 323 PPI
  • 16GB, 32GB, 64GB configurations
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU at 2.2GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Stereo speakers
  • Wi-Fi with MIMO support
  • Bluetooth
  • HDMI out
  • HD front-cam
  • Battery rated for 11 hours of ‚Äúmixed use‚ÄĚ
  • Majito Fire OS 3.0 (based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean)

For more on the Kindle Fire HDX, click here.

Buy Now on Amazon ($229)


#3 ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7

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ASUS’ MeMO Pad HD 7 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor and 1GB of RAM. It comes in 8 and 16GB storage options, and it has a microSD slot.

It’s also equipped with an impressive 3,890 mAh battery and a decent 7-inch IPS LCD 1,280 x 800 display. At $149, the MeMO Pad HD 7 presents a lot of value, while rising above the run of the mill budget tablets.

ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 Specs

  • 196.8 x 120.6 x 10.8 mm
  • 302 grams
  • MediaTek MT8125 chipset with a quad-core Cortex A7 clocked at 1.2GHz
  • 7-inch IPS LCD display, 1,280 x 800 (216ppi)
  • 1GB of memory
  • 8/16GB of storage
  • microSD card slot
  • Sensors:¬†Accelerometer, gyro, compass
  • 5-megapixel back camera
  • 1.2-megapixel front camera
  • 3,890 mAh battery
  • stereo speakers
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

For more on the ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7, including our review, click here.

Buy Now on Amazon ($149)


#4 Amazon Kindle Fire HD (2013)

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Now that the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX has arrived, the Kindle Fire HD is also getting a minor refresh as well as a major price cut – with the tablet now starting at just $139.

Largely this is the same tablet as the original, but this time around the Kindle Fire HD (2013) has a slightly faster 1.5GHz dual-core CPU.

The Kindle Fire HD (2013) also has a 7-inch IPS 1280 x 800 display, a touch sensor that helps decrease glare, and stereo speakers, the Kindle Fire HD is perfect for media consumption. There’s also a battery that is said to last through about 10 hours of mixed use.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Specs & Features

  • 191 x 128 x 10.6 mm
  • 345 grams
  • 7-inch 800 x 1280 IPS touchscreen display
  • laminated touch sensor that helps decrease glare by 25%
  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU
  • 8 or 16GB storage
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Stereo speakers
  • Wi-Fi 2.4GHz/5GHz and MIMO support
  • Bluetooth
  • HDMI out
  • Majito Fire OS 3.0 (based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean)
  • Battery rated for about 10 hours mixed use

For more on the Kindle Fire HD, including our iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD comparison, click here.

Buy Now on Amazon ($139)


#5 Barnes & Noble Nook HD

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Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The Google Play Store was recently opened up to the Nook HD, making the tablet something worth picking up.

It features a 7-inch IPS LCD 1,440 x 900 display. It’s rated at 243ppi, giving it a Retina-like experience, which is perfect for media consumption.

Barnes & Noble Nook HD Specs

  • 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm
  • 315 grams
  • dual-core Cortex-A9 1.2GHz CPU
  • 7-inch IPS LCD display, 1,440 x 900 resolution¬†(243ppi)
  • 1GB of memory
  • 8GB of storage
  • microSD card slot
  • HDMI

For more on the Nook HD, click here.

Buy Now on Amazon ($124.99)


#6 ASUS FonePad

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Original Asus FonePad

The ASUS FonePad is unique in that it’s powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Atom¬†Z2420 processor and 1GB of RAM. The tablet is a FonePad in the literal sense of the word — just throw in your SIM card and you can make calls.

If you’re a US resident it’s a bit difficult to get this device, as it’s marketed and sold outside of the U.S. A quick search on eBay shows international sellers offering the tablet for around $275.

You do get a bit of a vanilla Android experience with the FonePad. Instead of opting for a fully skinned version of Android, ASUS only made a few, slight additions to the stock interface.

ASUS FonePad Specs

  • 7-inch touchscreen ISP display with 1280 x 800 resolution
  • 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor and PowerVR SGX540 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8/16GB of memory
  • microSD support (up to 32GB)
  • 3-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and 720p video recording
  • 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • HSPA+ and 3G support for voice calls
  • GPS, A-GPS and Glonass
  • Noise-canceling¬†digital microphone
  • weight: 340g
  • size: 10.4mm profile
  • 4,270mAH battery
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Custom Asus apps: Floating App, SuperNote Lite, WebStorage Office Online
  • 5GB of free lifetime Asus Webstorage

For more on the ASUS FonePad, including our review, click here.


So that’s concludes our list! Of course the Android world doesn’t hold still, so expect this list to be continually updated, at least on a monthly basis.

What did you think of our picks? What is your favorite 7-inch tablet, and why?

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