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PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best Tablet

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PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best Tablet
Tablets - they're getting pretty popular, aren't they? Just a couple of years ago, they were regarded mostly as pricey toys rather than gadgets that one actually needed. But as they are getting cheaper by the day and as the number of apps optimized for tablet use rises, more and more people now own one.

But not all tablets are made equal, and it is our duty to inform you which ones are actually worth getting. In fact, today we'll tell you which are the best tablets that launched in 2012. 

Last year, Apple took our first prize with the iPad 2, but this time the top spot is occupied by the competition. And rightfully so as the best tablet of 2012 is a great device released at a nearly unbeatable price. Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the...

PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best Tablet
Google Nexus 7

No matter how you slice or dice it, the Google Nexus 7 is the best tablet released in 2012. Yeah, it might not have the most outstanding design, or the most impressive specs sheet, but at only $200 for the base model, it offers the highest value-for-money ratio you'll get from any other slate. And it isn't underpowered either! Inside it runs a capable quad-core processor so you get the performance you'd expect from a contemporary tablet. That 7-inch, 1280 by 800 pixel display is also worth mentioning as it is great for watching video or surfing the web. Best of all, don't forget that we're dealing with a Nexus device here. In other words, you'll be enjoying the pure, unaltered Google tablet experience, all the while receiving timely software updates.

PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best Tablet
iPad 4

Just like many of you, we were kind of disappointed to see that the iPad 4 was nothing but a marginal upgrade to the thrid-gen iPad, with only a somewhat faster processor and a better front-facing camera. Nevertheless, the iPad 4 is still one great device built tightly around Apple's higly acclaimed ecosystem. Not only that on iOS you get the widest app availability, but also the best selection of quality applications. And let's not forget that the iPad 4 exhibits the same features that made its predecessor so awesome, such as the immaculate build quality and the gorgeous, high definition display. Yeah, at $500 for the base model, the iPad 4 isn't cheap, but it is still worth every penny.

PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best Tablet
Google Nexus 10

And in third place we have the Google Nexus 10, standing out with its impressive internals, eye-pleasing display, and most of all, killer price tag of only $400 for the most affordable variant. That's actually quite a lot of bang for the buck you'll be getting, should you manage to find it in stock and buy it, that is. For starters, you'll be impressed by its PLS display packing 2560 by 1600 pixels of resolution. That dual-core Cortex-A15 Exynos chip should be running things pretty smoothly as well. And since we have a Nexus device here, quick software updates are guaranteed.

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posted on 13 Dec 2012, 12:23 59

1. MeoCao (unregistered)

My picks are:

1. Nexus 7:

2. Nexus 10

3. Asus Transformer Pad infinity

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 13:02 22

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

+1 sir .......

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 22:06 3

38. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

I'm pretty sure PA messed up the order, unless they're complete "geniuses" (sarcastically)

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 00:54 1

44. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

2 out of 3 top tabs are Google and Androids...the odd one is just that...an oddity!

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 04:11

53. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

There's nothing enticing about Android...
iOS all the way... it always wins on performance no matter what you throw at it...

And Nick... check your sources better next time before posting idiotic news.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 09:45

60. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

If you think the iOS is superior to the Android operation system, you obviously don't know jacksh*t about Android. It walks circles around your garbage "operating" system. It doesn't matter which iOS device you have--it's garbage. Androids do twice as much as the iOS does, and access to its settings is WAAAAY easier than trying to access or change anything, at all, on any iOS device. "Easiest smartphone to use," my ass. You're just a lil one-track minded numbskull. Simple-minded OS for a simple-minded person. Apple is going down the tubes. Their stock constantly drops and their customer service is literally as good as JC Penny's. They lack innovation. The hype disgusts me. Apple = marketing, marketing, marketing. If you want a real "smart" device, get an Android. Noob.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 01:09

62. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

You're so paranoid your mama had to call for an emergency landing when she heard how stupid you sound!!!

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 15:09

56. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

Whether or not you find Apple products appealing, a list of "bests" would be incomplete without the latest model of the most popular product in that field. It would be like having a list of the best muscle cars of the 60's and 70's and leaving out the Mustang because your dad got fired from Ford. Even if you don't think that it is the best for you, doesn't mean that it isn't the best for someone else. I prefer android, but when the latest iPad will outsell the rest of the competition 5 to 1 (hyperbole, not an exact statistic), it shouldn't be left off this list.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 12:25 7

2. bohdan4ik13 (Posts: 103; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Beware, Amazon, Nexus brand steps on your toes :)

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 14:50

27. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

There are folks like me who will always choose Nexus devices over Amazon's for the simple fact that the latter butchers the Android OS (an old version) to put their own UI. I would just install and use the Amazon apps on Google Play to use Amazon services on a Nexus device.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 20:19

58. OSUTIN (Posts: 23; Member since: 28 May 2012)

And people believe that OEMs butcher Android. Look at Amazon before you make such crude accusations.

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 10:15

61. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

It's not an accusation, it's a fact... And you're right about OEM's butchering Android OS as well... And I did buy the original Kindle Fire, used it for a day, frustrated by it because of minimal usability, returned it, got refunded and bought myself a nexus device.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 12:27 7

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3896; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Fair enough....
Can't argue with the chosen ones.
But i think there should be 5 of the best, not just 3.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 04:12

54. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

How are you gonna have five if there's only one that beats the rest.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 07:53

55. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3896; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Then why is there 3 up there?
Which according to you, should only be one.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 12:29 15

4. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Nexus 7 nexus 10 ipad4

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 12:29 7

5. tedkord (Posts: 11925; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I'm certainly not an Apple fanboy, but I can't see the Nexus 7 beating it the newest iPad for best tablet. It comes closer than anything before.

Best value, hell yeah. Best 7 inch tablet, yep. (Certainly better than the iPad mini). Best performance per dollar, uh huh.

But not overall best. That will come from Android in the next year or so.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 12:32 4

6. rawkuss (Posts: 29; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

"Best performance per dollar"

Pretty sure that's why it won. Ipad 4 was pretty underwhelming and might as well be the Ipad 3S.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 12:33 4

8. tedkord (Posts: 11925; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

But the category was best tablet, not best bang for buck.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 14:07 1

24. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)

Nexus 7 can be palmed easily, iPad 4 can't

This category is a best overall, not best performance or screen. The iPad 4 is 2nd just because it isn't as utilitarian.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 15:05 14

28. Ray.S (Posts: 335; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

Sure, but we do take price into account. We don't just look at specs. What good is a super high-spec'd tablet that costs $800? It'll fail.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 23:27 1

40. danny_a2005 (Posts: 165; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)

ipad 4 64GB with 3g is almost 800 bucks, and it is the most sold tablet... if you really want something you always get it... who doesn't want an ipad 4?

I really like the nexus 7, but, I would save a bit to get the ipad instead of nexus 7..

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 12:33

7. tedkord (Posts: 11925; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

And to add, I personally think the killer deal in smaller tablets is the Nook HD. Once that is rooted fully and given AOSP or CM10, it'll be killer.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 12:34 8

9. ultimatebatman (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

The Galaxy Note 10.1 for me. The Pen makes the tablet experience infinitely better, and adds much more to the tablet experience than a resolution race does. The Nexus 7 is a close 2nd.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 13:03 2

14. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

I agree, I own a n7 and love it. However, if cost was no object, I would have a note 10.1

Tablet+smart stylus=biwinning

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 17:26 2

32. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)

Agree 100%! The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 should have been on this list. I'm pretty sure the display resolution of the Note 10.1 is what made PA count it off the list and I certainly don't understand why people cry out loud for that resolution.

I mean come on, 1280x800 display res is not that bad. Even Windows PC's at our workplace have display resolution of 1366x768 pixels with display sizes ranging from 15 to 18.5 inches monitors and I'm telling you, no one ever complained about resolution or about having not clearly seeing a text or something on the monitor. And that is from people WHO DO REAL WORK. Also, hi res screens strain the battery and performance even more which I personally think is not worthy of a trade off.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 probably is the best tablet around. Excellent multitasking capabilities and excellent performance. No lags at all. Multi-window mode is unique, even if it is limited to specific Samsung apps only. And oh boy, my nephew just loves drawing something on my Note 10.1 using the S Pen.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 17:32

33. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)

*high res

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 01:46

47. yajia1 (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

Duh. It's the screen you get to use and tap and pinch and look at all the time in a tablet right? It needs to be one of the best features, if not the best.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 16:18 1

52. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)

Sure, the screen is the thing that you look at. But could you please point out a reason for needing an outrageous pixel density on a screen? I mean, a practical use case scenario?
Aside from zooming out a text and still seeing the characters perfectly clear, what else? And besides, it's not like you do it often anyways. Or at least, you'll not gonna like reading those tiny characters on your tablet screen for long hours.

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 04:21

59. yajia1 (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

I was actually torn between the note 10.1 and nex10. Finally decided to go to nex10 just because pf the screen. Reading texts on the note 10.1 is quite a hard job for the eyes. Especially when you zoom them. Everything looks pixelated, unless yoi have poor eyesight.

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