Which Android tablet is for you?

June 29, 2014

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The biggest advantage when buying Android is the sheer choice that you’ve got in front of you. Whether you want a large laptop replacement tablet or a small, nimble tablet to take around with you during the day, Android offers a wide variety of choice to suit your needs. We round up the best Android tablets for whatever task you’ve got in mind.

Students

Students like myself are often on tight budgets and in need of something that gets the job done for the lowest price possible. One of the most important uses for a student’s tablet is viewing textbooks and for that a high resolution display helps is immensely helpful.

The usual speed and swiftness of any device is needed and extras like a stylus and multi-window support are positives as well. With all of that in mind, you’ve actually got a few choices.

Nexus 7 (2013)

The first and cheapest choice is the Asus Nexus 7 (2013). It’s light, fast, cheap and has a great screen. It’s also a Nexus device meaning you’ll get updates first and it comes with unadulterated stock Android. That’s also a downside, as stock Android currently lacks multi-window support and you won’t get as many features as other tablets will offer. It’s currently being sold for around $200. You can read our review of the Nexus 7 (2013) here.

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The second choice the LG G Pad 8.3 has only come into consideration with recent price drops. These price cuts have brought it within touching distance of the Nexus 7 (2013) and it’s currently being sold for around $300. It offers a little bit more screen real estate, as well as a much nicer aluminium back construction. It also runs LG’s own skin which offers multi-window support as well as a few additional features. You can find out more about the G Pad 8.3 by reading our review here.

Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

The third and final choice is a little more expensive for those with bigger budgets, or better yet, somebody else buying it for them. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) offers even more screen real estate with a higher resolution and since it’s a part of the Note family it comes with the great S-Pen which can be used to jot down notes and draw diagrams. It also offers a tonne of features alongside the S-Pen and you can read about all of those features and more, in our review of the Note 10.1 (2014 edition) here.

Gaming

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While many high-end Android devices will suit your gaming needs well, there are a few tablets that have gaming in mind. The EVGA Tegra Note 7 is one such tablet offering high-end gaming performance at a budget price. Retailing for around $199 it features a quad-core Tegra 4 processor with a 72 core GPU. It also features front facing speakers and an HDMI out port, as well as the usual TegraZone app store for Tegra optimised games. There’s also the option to connect it to a bluetooth controller for an even more immersive experience.

Laptop replacement

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There’s one tablet that comes to mind when thinking of a laptop replacement and it’s the Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2.  With a massive 12.2-inch screen and the usual Samsung additions like multi-window and the S-Pen it pushes laptop replacement to a whole new level. It doesn’t skimp on performance either with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor backed by 3GB of RAM it has all of the power necessary to keep up with all of the intensive processes. All of this comes at a cost, and that cost is $750. You can read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy NotePro12.2 here.

All rounder

Often times you aren’t looking for a tablet that does a specific thing exceedingly well, but rather, everything well. These all rounder tablets must keep up with the daily demands while still having enough juice at the end of the day for a House of Cards marathon before you sleep. They must also be durable enough to pass to the kids, and light and nimble enough to carry around all day. With all of that in mind you’ve got two exceedingly good choices.

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The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is light, thin and powerful. Oh and did we mention that it’s water and dust resistant? It’s pretty much the perfect tablet for people in need of a do-everything tablet and waterproofing is great for those who need peace of mind that spilling the morning coffee on it won’t do it the least bit of harm. It retails for around $499 for the 16GB variant and you can read about the Xperia Z2 Tablet in our full review here.

samsung galaxy tab s 10.5 first look (10 of 24)

Samsung releases so many tablets that it’s hard to ignore them in a tablet round up, and their latest offering is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. There are two variants of the Galaxy Tab S, a 8.4-inch variant and the larger 10.5-inch variant. Both feature beautiful Super AMOLED displays and are light and thin. They also offer the usual Samsung software features — whether you like them or not– like multi-window support. The Tab S 10.5 retails for around $500 and the Tab S 8.4′s asking price is $399. You can read our review of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 here.

Which is your preferred Android Tablet and why?

Comments

  • Amit

    Student using tablet primarily to read books? Aye..
    As far as I have seen its been created for distraction from life. I have seen many people playing candy crush daily while travel or watching movies on those HD displays or WhatsApp..

    • Adam Koueider

      Shhhh…don’t let the teachers know ;) On a more serious note, students have been distracted by things way before tablets came into play. Before it was doodling, now it’s playing candy crush. In the end it comes down to whether the student wants to learn, and if they do, then they will learn.

  • Pobrecito hablador

    I like the Sony Xperia Z2 because it’s very light. However, I’d like to see a 8 inch version of it, for it to be lighter and more comfortable for reading.

    • anGel_pLayer

      That would be a nice tab…. Something like an 8″ Xperia tablet… I’m all for it as long as it has SD card and long battery life…

    • wurst

      The Z2 tablet is easily light and compact enough, no need for a smaller version!
      And I couldn’t think of a more comfortable device for reading – my Nexus 7 pales in comparison.

      • Tjaldid

        I mainly want a version that has small side bezel so I can hold it with one hand in Portrait mode.

      • Pobrecito hablador

        Yes, light enough for a 10 inch tablet, but I would like a smaller form factor version of the Z2, like the 8″ Galaxy Tab S, which is even lighter than the Nexus 7 and perfect for reading. I’d buy the Galaxy Tab S 8″, but I don’t like Samsung’s bloatware.

    • Tjaldid

      I would like to see an 8″ with next years spec

      -Snapdragon 810 / tegra K2
      -4GB LPDDR4 RAM
      -QUAD HD WhiteMagic Display
      -32GB/64GB internal storage options, microSD support
      -6000 mAh battery

      -EXTRA: Stylus Support, Wireless charging and $349-399 price point

      • overtook

        Ahahahahaga snapdragon 810? And why only quadHD ?

        • Tjaldid

          for an 8″ it seems good enough (and obviously I’m hoping for this to be released around March)

      • T.J.

        Project Tango sounds like the closest thing you’re going to be able to get in the near future if the specs stay the same on the consumer version.
        http://youtu.be/MTL1IXTDH30

        • Tjaldid

          all of the parts will be available at the beginning of next year and I am willing to wait

      • DDT

        If we let the RAM and display to be just a little bit lower, add an 4:3 display and we will get the amazing 2014 iPad mini. If not, you can wait for such android tablet PC in 2015 and beyond.

        • Tjaldid

          NO Chance of lowering the Ram but 1080P 16:9 shure

  • Jayfeather787

    NEXUS 7!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jayfeather787

      I also really want to see that Volantis.

      • MasterMuffin

        It’s basically the new Nexus 10!

        • Jayfeather787
          • MasterMuffin

            That’s a huge upgrade! According to this m.hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/61201-amd-radeon-r9-280x-vs-nvidia-geforce-gtx-770-4k/ that’s GTX770 level stuff!

          • Jayfeather787

            Yeah I really want that. If not that, than this is a pretty good deal, too. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121802R

          • MasterMuffin

            BTW maybe I too should pay closer attention to AMD. “Nvidia’s $3000 Titan-Z takes on the $1500 Radeon R9 295X2 — and gets crushed” mobile.extremetech.com/latest/221521-nvidias-3000-dollars-titan-z-takes-on-the-1500-dollars-radeon-r9-295×2-and-gets-crushed world’s fastest GPU for such a low price (low being relative) :O

  • Antreas Arkoudi

    Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2

  • sisterk

    Tab s pls

  • Fright

    Nexus 10 why? simple it’s a nexus!!

  • cyan

    Don’t forget Mi Pad (you have to import one) !!!

    Is there any 4:3 android tablet?

    • Jayfeather787

      The upcoming volantis is rumored to be 4:3

  • s2weden2000

    Tab pro 12.2..only way to r0ll…

  • Foosa Noble

    My galaxy note 10.1 2014 was the best tablet investment I ever made. Especially when it was on sale.

    • https://www.dvidshub.net/portfolio/1191004/john-brandenburg#.U4HkWJR0rU0 John Brandenburg

      I agree. I use mine every day but hardly ever for school. It is definitely my break from Java Programming class. Thank goodness I got a good deal on Groupon for mine.

  • CommentatusMaximus

    You missed the entire Asus Transformer line. The only Android tablet with a matched docking keyboard. It also has incredible battery life and TWO sd card slots.

  • T.J.

    This is my preferred tablet:
    Project Tango Tablet Development Kit: http://youtu.be/MTL1IXTDH30

  • North01

    I’m waiting for an Android L and Windows 8.x tablet powered by Intel’s Core M (x86-64 Broadwell-Y). The 10″ Llama Mountain design was very appealing. I would like Tegra K1 inside of an Android phone, but I have no interest in an ARM based tablet.

  • http://www.friv4gaming.com/ Friv 4

    and now I just want to use it immediately because it was exactly what I awaited.
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  • bakakun028

    Nook hd+ is the best value for buck. Everything else is superfluous

  • Brian Dong Min Kim

    I’d like to see a 10.1 incher with
    2K SAMOLED display
    Exynos 5433
    4GB RAM
    32-128GB Storage options
    USB 3.0
    Redefined TouchWiz experience
    Software support for 3 years
    10000mAh Battery
    Options to download “bloat”
    Revolutionary Smart features.

    • DDT

      If we assume you can forget the supports for 3 years, 10 Ah battery, downloadable bloat and gimmicky smart features right now ( this is a SAMSUNG obviously) you can happily get an iPad 2014 which got all of this and even more.

      • s2weden2000

        The aijpaddy is 0ut…

  • suit up !

    I just love Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet for the below reasons:
    a) lightweight
    b) superslim
    c) Snapdragon 801
    d) Super slim UI customizations by Sony
    e) IP58 certification
    f) Adreno 330 GPU
    g) STAMINA mode for Battery management
    h) Super crisp display with X-Reality Engine (1920*1200)
    i) 6000 mAh battery

  • Yuga Max

    the APPs on Android tablet are 2 bad, much worse than IOS