Since tablets arrived at the markets there was talk that they would be greatly desired by Android users everywhere and that still holds true till today. The technology used in the devices has been driving users to replace their computers and portable gaming consoles for Android tablets, since there are loads of different devices in the market that appeal to every taste.
The proof that the search for tablets isn’t decreasing is on the new data provided by IDC that foresee a 59% increase in the desire for tablets, reaching 229 million sold tablets all over the world.
The tablet market is well provided for when it comes to top of the line devices, and new arrivals are to be expected soon with the upcoming IFA event in Berlin.
The time has come when users all over are asking us what are the top 5 tablets available in the market today, and as of now they will have an answer to that. We try to judge all the devices we can and based on that we managed to put together a list of the top 5 Android Tablets that are currently available in stores around the world.
5 – Asus Transformer TF700T
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This one is an oldie, that’s for sure, it has been on the market for over a year, but it still fits on our top 5 list. Launched in July of 2012 the TF700T is still able to impress most users.
The first thing you will notice if the 10-inch, 1920×1200 resolution screen with 224dpi. And one awesome thing about Asus is that they keep their devices updated when it comes to software and provide their users with pre-installed applications that they really need and are useful, like SuperNote.
At a hardware level you have a 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra QuadCore, 1GB of Ram and Android 4.0, now upgradable to 4.1.2.
4 – Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
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This is another oldie as it has also been in the market for over a year now, but it still fits on our top 5 list.
The Note 10.1 enables you to have a 10-inch screen accompanied by the power of the S-Pen and the proprietary applications that make use of the S-Pen. This makes it a great tool for professionals that need to take notes without wasting paper and without having to search for a pen. It is also a great tool for artists that seem to make brilliant sketches on the Note and than share them with the rest of the world with minimal effort.
Its hardware is still able to be taken into account, even though it has been in the markets for over a year, we have a 1.4GHz Exynos QuadCore, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.0.3, upgradable to 4.1.2 (and expecting and upgrade to 4.3).
3 – Samsung Galaxy Note 8
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With an S Pen, 8-inch screen and a few interesting proprietary applications we decided the Note 8 deserved to taken into consideration. Joining those first characteristics are great hardware and a reasonable price, which gives the Note 8 the third spot in our top 5.
The 8-inch screen seems to have the perfect size for those that seek a device to work on a daily basis, using a pen to take notes directly on screen and still be able to enjoy it as a media device.
When it comes to hardware we have a 1.6GHz Exynos QuadCore processor joined by 2GB of RAM and 4.1.2 Android version.
2 – Sony Xperia Z
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Sony caught everyone by surprise with a fantastic smartphone and then surprised everyone yet again with an excellent tablet. An IP57 certified tablet, capable of enduring dust and water and is fully prepared for more demanding use. The Xperia Z is a perfect tablet for workers that could have used one but were restrained due to their fragility.
When it comes to hardware you can count on a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and brings 4.1.2 Android, already upgradable to 4.2.
As you can see its specifications are very similar to those of the Nexus 7, so why doesn’t it come first? Because we give great value to the software that comes preinstalled in the devices and to OS updates. Since updates to the OS aren’t available as quickly as those of the Nexus 7 we feel that the increased endurance of the Xperia Z isn’t enough to get the top spot in our list.
1 – Google Nexus 7 (2013)
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The first Nexus 7 that appeared on the market was one of our favorites already, and the launch of the second version of allowed Asus and Google to perfect what they hadn’t got right with the first one. If the first version was a serious contender for a spot in our top 5, the new version with better hardware, lighter and easier to use deserves the first place.
The new Nexus 7 has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of Ram and the most recent updates to the Android OS.
This closes our TOP 5 of Android tablets. We leave it up to you to comment on our list and give us any tips on other devices you think should have made it to the TOP 5.