Best 6 Tablets

We've compared the most popular tablets on the market, to help you make an informed decision about which one is right for you. Choosing the right tablet is not just about staying within your budget but also determining how you will use it. Your needs are different if you are buying it for entertainment versus professional use or if you intend to replace as opposed to supplement your other digital media devices. Keep this in mind when you compare what each tablet offers so that you end up choosing a device based on those features which are most relevant to you.

Last Update: Aug 19, 2014
Tablets
Apple
Apple iPad (4th generation)
Best for: People looking for a particularly smooth and comfortable experience with a plethora of apps that are easy to find and low on bugs. Although other tablets are quickly catching up, this is still the most popular tablet on the market.

Suggested Price: $716

Operating System: Apple iOS

Overall Rating:
Asus

ASUS NEXUS 7

Best for:Those looking for something in between a tablet and smartphone in size. With an Android Jellybean operating system and a seven inch screen, this is by far the best and most flexible of the small tablets and offers and offers a lot of bang for your buck.

Suggested Price: $194

Operating System: Android 4.2 Jellybean

Overall Rating: 
Amazon -kindle

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Best for:Media-junkies of all sorts. If you're using your tablet primarily to watch tv or movies, listen to music or read books while on the go, this is the best choice. For a relatively low price this provides the best viewing, the fastest streaming and access to Amazon Prime.

Suggested Price: $269

Operating System: Amazon Android

Overall Rating: 
Apple mini

Apple iPad Mini

Best for:Users who want a smaller sized tablet and are willing to pay a higher price for the comfort and design of Apple products as well as the convenience of the Apple App Store.

Suggested Price: $339

Operating System: Apple iOS

Overall Rating:
 
Nexus 10

Google Nexus 10

Best for:Those who want a large tablet without breaking the bank. The Nexus 10 has all the advantages of the most up to date Android OS and is actually slightly cheaper than the full sized iPad.

Suggested Price: $456

Operating System: Android 4.2 Jellybean

Overall Rating:
 
Asus

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700

Best for:Its flexibility in hooking up to a keyboard dock and being used as either a tablet or a laptop. This also gives more room for connectors and slots for external devices, SD card slots and an extra battery.

Suggested Price: $429

Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Feature comparison

Feature Apple iPad (4th generation) Google Nexus 7 Amazon Kindle Fire HD Apple iPad mini Google Nexus 10 Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700
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MSRP $716 $194 $269 $339 $456 $429
Display Size 9.7 inches 7 in 7 in 7.9 in 10.1 in 10.1 in
Display Resolution 2048 x 1536 1280 x 800 1280x800 1024 x 768 2560 x 1600 1920 x 1200
Operating System Apple iOS Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Amazon Android Apple iOS Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Android 4.0
Processor Apple A6X NVIDIA Tegra 3

Texas Instruments

OMAP4460
Apple A5 A15 NVIDIA Tegra 3
Number of Cores Dual-Core Quad-Core Dual-Core Dual-Core Dual-Core Quad-Core
Flash Memory

16 GB

16 GB

16 GB

Integrated

16GB

32 GB

64 GB

16 GB

Integrated
32 GB
Wireless Connectivity

Bluetooth 4.0

802.11 a/b/g/n

NFC

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth

802.11 a/b/g/n

Bluetooth

802.11 a/b/g/n

NFC

Bluetooth

802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 EDR
802.11 b/g/n
Preloaded Software

Messages

Music

Reminders

Camera

iBooks

iTunes

Maps

Game Center

Photo Booth

FaceTime

Videos

Safari

Photos

App Store

Newsstand

Clock

Mail

Notes

Siri

iCloud

Calendar

Contacts

Google Earth

Google Chrome

Google Play

Facebook

Twitter

Gmail

Calendar

Contacts

Skype

Mail

Messages

Music

Reminders

Camera

iBooks

iTunes

Maps

Game Center

Photo Booth

FaceTime

Videos

Safari

Photos

App Store

Newsstand

Clock

Mail

Notes

Siri

iCloud

Calendar

Contacts

Google Earth

Google Chrome

Battery Run Time 10 hours 10 hours 11 hours 10 hours 9 hours 9 hours without laptop dock, 14 hours with laptop dock
Sensors
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Three-axis gyro sensor
Digital Compass

Gyro sensor

Accelerometer

Magnetometer

Accelerometer

Ambient light sensor

Gyro sensor

Accelerometer

Ambient light sensor

Three-axis gyro sensor

Digital Compass

Gyro sensor

Barometer

Digital compass

Accelerometer

Ambient light sensor

Gyro sensor

Ambient light sensor

G-sensor

Digital compass
Dimensions (WxDxH) 7.31x0.37x9.5 inches 7.8x0.4x4.7 inches 5.4x0.4x7.6 inches 5.3x0.28x7.87 inches 10.4x0.4x6.9 inches 10.4x0.3x7.1 inches
Weight 1.44 lbs 12 oz 13.9 oz 10.88 oz 1.33 lbs 21.1 oz
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