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PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best Tablet

0. phoneArena 13 Dec 2012, 12:12 posted on

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...

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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: 1352; 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: 1086; 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: 82; 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: 3012; 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: 3012; 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: 692; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Nexus 7 nexus 10 ipad4

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 12:29 7

5. tedkord (Posts: 4937; 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: 4937; 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: 260; 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: 119; 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: 4937; 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: 107; 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: 107; 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.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 12:39 2

10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I don't think the Nexus 10 should be on top of the iPad 4, yet. 4.2 is still too unoptimized to grant the best performance for such a high density display. iPad is on top for now. However, as soon as Google releases that update... Nexus family will be on top again. Enjoy your victory in the large tablet race, Apple, it won't last much longer.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 13:08

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


I see your point. But I would still take a n10 over an ipad 4 anyday.
In my honest opinion, invest in a n10 because the only con (lack of 10" hd apps) will be negated very soon. In fact your purchase of a n10 will help create such apps. So f**king buy it already!!! XD

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 13:25

18. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


So you either enjoy qn iPad right now, or you get a nexus 10 and wait probably for years to get half the ipads apps and developer interest...

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 16:13

30. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


You're exaggerating it a bit. It won't take "years". The time it will take for devs to update will be directly affected by how many people buy it. If a lot of people buy the Nexus 10, devs will update their apps to fit the Nexus 10 sooner, and since the Nexus family is rather popular, it will probably take a few months to get the full selection.

Either way, the Nexus 10 is still great. Would rather have it than an iPad, even though 4.2 isn't optimized fully and all the apps aren't available. That's my preference though, Android.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 05:43

50. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


The thingt is the ipad when it first came out it had tintu unusable iphone apps that pushed developers to make better apps and they did(275k+apps). with windows 8 rt there is no apps olther than from the store : you can't use windowsphone's apps so now the have 30k tablet apps. while android, they choose to blow up phone apps witch can look good for apps with heavy content (like instagram witch is still a phone app in the ipad and looks better on android) but developers say" our apps work, not perfectly and not terribly, why would we bother optimizing them..."

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 12:41 15

11. DomSanity (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


For me it should be...

Best Full-Sized Tab:
1. Nexus 10
2. iPad 4
3. Note 10.1

Best Small-Sized Tab:
1. Nexus 7
2. Kindle Fire HD
3. iPad Mini

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 13:34 3

22. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


So, maybe there should be two categories - and also, BEST PHABLET category, too.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 15:48 1

51. tggoulart (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


doesnt need to have that category, we all know that the galaxy note 2 is the best phablet

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 14:26 1

25. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Nice list, but I think it should go like this:

Best Full-Sized Tab:
1. Nexus 10
2. iPad 4
3. Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

(The Surface would be included if it was cheaper)

Best Small-Sized Tab:
1. Nexus 7
2. Nook HD
3. Kindle Fire HD

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 18:42

35. DerryAhmad (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Mostly agreed with your list. I'd take out iPad Mini and replace it with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 though. Too bad it was banned in most European and northern america countries

I'd go with:

Best Full Size:
1. Note 10.1
2. iPad 4
3. Nexus 10

Best Small-Sized:
1. Nexus 7
2. Galaxy Tab 7.7
3. Kindle Fire HD

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 23:32 2

42. danny_a2005 (Posts: 119; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


I'd go with:

Best Full Size:

1. iPad 4
2. Nexus 10
3. Note 10.1

Best Small-Sized:
1. Nexus 7
2. iPad mini
3. Kindle Fire HD

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 12:58 3

12. gazmatic (Posts: 625; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


nexus 7, asus transformer infinty, microsoft surface

if price wasnt an issue then surface wins, then transformer, then ipad

ipad is just a bigger iphone

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 13:20 1

16. chethan316 (Posts: 28; Member since: 07 Nov 2010)


Pretty fair ranking. Thumbs up PA.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 13:23

17. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


I just love my Nexus 7......it so feels so good to hold & shimmer in tis beauty...best tab eva !!! i hardly use my lappy anymore...sorry lappy !!

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 13:28

19. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I can go with this. The surface could have also been thrown in instead of the ipad since it was well reviewed and is a new ecosystem with a neat keypad. The ipad gets in on name and popularity more than anything. The nexus devices are a pretty sizable upgrade in quality for android tablets as well as the "bang for buck" ratio with pricing/specs so they definitely deserve to be there.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 13:28 1

20. AlexWII (Posts: 8; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


Ipad 4
Ipad mini
That's all !

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 13:35 8

23. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Are those the two winners for the tablet that is the most overpriced and most overrated? I agree then.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 13:33

21. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Great for paying the new Hobbit game on.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 14:47

26. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


I cant wait to see best smartphone

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 23:31

41. danny_a2005 (Posts: 119; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


we all know the note 2 is taking the price

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 15:11 1

29. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


phonearena u really showing ur true face now... what is best about ipad 4 to get 2nd place? i mean come on... its the same screen as ipad 3 and every other thing is the same except the new processor and that s**tty connector... how come u give it the 2nd place when there is actually nothing new from its older version and it gets smashed in every possible way from Nexus 10... really shame on u phonearena...
my picks and im pretty sure most of people here would agree to:
1- Nexus 10
2- Nexus 7
3- Asus Transformer Pad Infinity...

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 18:35

34. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 860; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Not really, the iPad kills the Nexus 10 on the graphics department and has better games and tablet apps available for it. Otherwise Nexus 10 all the way.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 16:55

31. ajerseyjr (Posts: 10; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


I pick are:
1. Nexus 7
2. Nexus 10
3. Ipad 4

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 20:40

36. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6579; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


NEXUS 7 NEXUS 10 & GALAXY 7 SINCE ITS now 199$

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 21:41

37. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


This is the most civil "best of" comment section so far. Its a Christmas miracle!!!

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 23:25

39. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


I'll wait for the second generation of Surface tablets to come out.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 00:36

43. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


IPad 3/4( i dont like apple or own any of their crap anymore. for obvious reasons they come first )
nexus 7( got one and love it to the death)
nexus 10 ( will get one next year)

that's my pick

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 01:09

45. JunkCreek (Posts: 404; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Nexus 7 on the top...
I'm not so sure if it is a honest score from PhoneArena.

I'm sorry, I'm not trolling, but from the all the reviews I've read on PhoneArena, wasn't iPad Mini got the highest score review?

SO, I'm sorry for saying may be this score is just a formality to all of user, so the comment section didn't full of any offensive words?

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 01:49

48. yajia1 (Posts: 107; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


It's because of the price/specs ratio. iPad mini just doesn't cut it at $329. If they included retina display, it might have.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 01:43

46. yajia1 (Posts: 107; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


I'm thorn between iPad4 and Nexus10. People, please advice. Sadly, in countries where PlayStore isn't available, Nexuses are a lot more expensive. When they are on the same price (16GB, WiFi only) at $500, would you recommend Nexus10 or iPad4?

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