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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1. MeoCao (unregistered)
My picks are:
1. Nexus 7:
2. Nexus 10
3. Asus Transformer Pad infinity
38. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I'm pretty sure PA messed up the order, unless they're complete "geniuses" (sarcastically)
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
2. bohdan4ik13 (Posts: 103; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Beware, Amazon, Nexus brand steps on your toes :)
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.
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.
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.
3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3843; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Can't argue with the chosen ones.
But i think there should be 5 of the best, not just 3.
54. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
How are you gonna have five if there's only one that beats the rest.
55. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3843; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Then why is there 3 up there?
Which according to you, should only be one.
5. tedkord (Posts: 11880; 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.
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.
8. tedkord (Posts: 11880; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
But the category was best tablet, not best bang for buck.
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.
28. Ray.S (Posts: 332; 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.
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..
7. tedkord (Posts: 11880; 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.