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PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best tablets
Tablets have come a long way, haven't they? Once regarded as little more than a rich man's toy, they are now more popular than ever, with millions of people worldwide relying on one for their mobile computing needs. They have become more affordable, more powerful, and much more useful thanks to the increasing number of apps built specifically for tablet use. But of course, not all tablets are made equal, and it is our duty to keep our users informed as to which slates are truly worthy of attention. That is why today we'll be taking a look at the very best tablets of 2013. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the iPad Air, the Google Nexus 7, and the LG G Pad 8.3.

iPad Air


PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best tablets
The iPad Air isn't just an amazing tablet. It is an engineering masterpiece – thin and long-lasting; powerful and beautiful. Seriously, it must have taken a lot of effort on Apple's side to create a full-sized slate so slim and light without sacrificing either its battery life or its performance. Speaking of performance, the iPad Air is quite a beast, delivering the silky-smooth user experience we've come to expect out of a contemporary tablet. Sure, we know that Apple's tablet doesn't come cheap, but even with its starting price of $499, the iPad Air is still worth picking.



Google Nexus 7 (2013)


PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best tablets
The 2013 edition Google Nexus 7 tablet is neither the most affordable, nor the most powerful Android slate in existence. It can't be regarded as a beauty queen either. However, with a tempting starting price of just $230, Google's 7-incher is the ultimate value-for-money tablet you can possibly find. And it is an awesome device as a whole, packing an eye-pleasing, pixel-packed display and a decently-performing quad-core processor. What's more, the 2013 Google Nexus 7 is among the few tablets that let you enjoy Android in its purest and most up-to-date form, always treated to timely updates.


LG G Pad 8.3


PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best tablets
After being absent from the tablet scene for well over a year, LG made a comeback with the G Pad 8.3 – an amazing slate packing tons of potential in a compact, premium body. It is a device capable of grabbing the attention of both geeks and mainstream consumers thanks to its powerful hardware, gorgeous display, and beautiful design. And if that's not enough, the LG G Pad 8.3 is surprisingly affordable considering what it has to offer. LG's 8.3-inch slate can be found online retailing for under $350, which is quite a good deal for such a well-made device. 


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posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:25 18

1. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


iPad Air #1 no brainer!

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:35 32

3. Sauce (unregistered)


Because people with no brain buy it!

Kidding. That's something a jealous hater would say.
The iPad Air is an amazing tablet, as well as the other two listed!

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:37 2

4. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol

Yeah they all are, I believe next year's surface tablet will be #1 though.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:07 10

18. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


This years Surface 2pro already is.. There's nothing it can't do❕

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:30 4

36. haseebzahid (Posts: 1801; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


pro 2 is not listed cuz its level is too damn high then tab-toys

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:37 3

38. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Yup, sure does I mean that thing has a fan right?... you know what else has a fan? I thought so too

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 13:49

45. Sauce (unregistered)


LOL!!

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 14:16

49. Sauce (unregistered)


I HOPE SO! I'm getting bored of seeing the exalted Apple iPad take #1 since its existence.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:46 8

10. DaHarder (Posts: 152; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


Unless of course one desires affordable (microSDXC) storage expansion as opposed to some US 100.00 just to go from 16gb to 32gb, or a much more video/movie viewing friendly 16:9/16:10 aspect ratio, or a higher resolution display, superior outside visibility, or built-in USB and HDMI ports, or hardware GPS capabilities that don't cost US 129.00 extra, et. al.

Anyway... Interesting how the section on the Nexus 7 was so full of 'snide little' comments regarding its looks, SoC performance, et. al.

Regardless... It's a fair enough listing, though the actual writing clearly shows signs of unnecessary bias and snark.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:14 4

31. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


This comes to zero surprise to anyone with half a brain that the air deserves first place on this list, but I think the g pad should be replaced by the note 10.1 (2014 edition). idk maybe it's crappy...

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 13:07 3

43. cezarepc (Posts: 487; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


I'd replace the GPad with not the Note 10.1 but THE one true productivity tablet: Surface Pro 2 (too pricey though)

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 17:56

63. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 205; Member since: 14 May 2013)


G Pad is a beast it deserves to be in that list. I own one and I am very happy with its design and performance.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:35 8

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2207; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Lumia 2520 should definitely take the place of iPad Air.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:40 18

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 10095; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Start your own awards, and it will.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:44 2

8. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


darkk did you end up getting the air too or just the mini w/ retina?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:29 2

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 10095; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Mini with retina, love it too. The form factor is great. How bout you?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:53 5

15. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2207; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Saying that same thing again?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:17 4

33. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


...and it works the second time around

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:40 3

29. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


You could always make your own Pro Apple only site so you don't have to read other people's opinions or views on anything but your own.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:50 2

40. bucky (Posts: 1288; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Dark agreed with the rating. Someone else didn't like the view of it. Take a second and read

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 14:08 5

47. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Yeah I understand that. Then he suggested that another person (ArtSim98)make his own ratings. Hence my statement.

What's your point?

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 08:46

61. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 70; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


I get you JT. It's like people who tell those who disagree with American policy to leave the country. Can't people have different opinions without being told to scram? SMH

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 17:09 1

56. darkkjedii (Posts: 10095; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Thanx for enlightening him bucky. +1

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 22:20 2

59. bucky (Posts: 1288; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Sigh...no point in arguing if they don't even know what they are saying themselves-never mind me.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:46 3

9. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 356; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


No way, Windows 8 RT is going to get meshed with WP8 because even Microsoft knows that RT was the wrong idea. iPad is a much more mature tablet and definitely deserves to be at the top of the list.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:09

19. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Who cares.. It's a toy compared to the surface2pro.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:51 3

41. bucky (Posts: 1288; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


If you're looking for a true laptop experience the pro 2 is dead last in every category compared to any laptop in its price range.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 15:34

52. ihavenoname (Posts: 1249; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


RT is pathetic. Full 8 is good RT.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:16

32. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


meh, that's wishful thinking right there

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:39 6

5. hunted (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


where is xperia z tablet?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:48

12. hmd74 (Posts: 261; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Is it a 2013 device?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:52 3

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2207; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yes. .

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:41 5

7. VLaRueC (Posts: 106; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


The 2520 would make it in Phone Arena's best Microsoft tablet awards. Of course, the iPad would some how still win even in that category because...Well this is eyePhoneArena. If they don't keep giving Apple praise, they risk getting blacklisted from Apple press conferences.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:05 4

17. jellmoo (Posts: 619; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Orrrrrrrr, the iPad Air just might be a great tablet.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:11 3

21. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Or, anything that starts with i just sounds played out, feminine, fadish, and corny now...

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:47 1

11. tiburonpineda (Posts: 39; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Galaxy tab 3 7.0

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:53 4

14. zekes (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


All fanboy stuff aside the iPad still number one out of all the tablets I have used I still run back to the iPad with no hesitation

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:14 8

22. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Your profile picture looks like someone who would use Apple products... Did you wait outside for 24 hours in the freezing cold to get 2 more features, and nothing else new❔❔

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:25 3

35. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


hmm, lets see here WP picture, username o_O, you have every reason to hate apple. I am more than happy to be the one to tell you that I appreciate that, keep the hate comments coming dude

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 16:14

53. zekes (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


No actually at the store I work at I got it the day before hit public so you look stupid Ha

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 16:29 2

55. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


You get iPads at the tanning salon, skin cancer?!

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 17:45 1

57. zekes (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


That was funny

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:01 2

16. mikelemon (Posts: 92; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Rocking a HP Touchpad 32GB with dual boot webos and Cyanogenmod. It works.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:10 1

20. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Can't wait to get my Nexus 7 2013 personally. Not surprised to see the Air in the top 3, but I am a bit surprised that it took number 1. Then again it is a Phone Arena review.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:16 1

23. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


If Microsoft can make the surface 3 pro a lot thinner then I can see it begin to be recognized by the haters....

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:47

30. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


If Microsoft could get the Surface Pro down to the size and weight of the iPad Mini it'd be in serious consideration... and get The Simpsons Tapped Out in the app store!

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:33 1

37. haseebzahid (Posts: 1801; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


dont think its about size of pro2 series its all about money they asking for it size can be justiified for the abilities of pro2 but price ...

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:20 6

24. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


What hppnd to galaxy note 10.1(2013 edition)....

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:22 1

26. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


It's called the (2014 Edition), but I agree.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:21 1

25. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I don't understand why they limit the nominees to 3. The Note 10.1 (2014) should be on this list.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:24 3

27. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 219; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Iphonearena yaar.
Nevee care about thier award.
Just read gsmarena ipad air vs galaxy 2014 edition.
almost all categories 2014 edition won!
This is iphone arena .they will never include beloved samsung products!

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:45 2

39. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 199; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Except the Note 3 was already on two of these lists. Camera and Phablet, but what do I know. I just have read all these award articles.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 13:05 4

42. Honestcritic (Posts: 14; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


Samsung Galaxy 10.1 2014 Edition is amazing. The stylus adds something no other tablet has.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 13:31 4

44. cR203 (Posts: 183; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


How the hell did the galaxy note 2014 edition not make this list. Can someone give me an explanation for that? I highly disagree with this list. PA needs to be fair and do this list over or something.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 14:07 1

46. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 219; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Only US company list you can see :)

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 14:14 2

48. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


LG is a US company? Get your head checked.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 14:43

50. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 219; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


but us is first.. i means they only make US first ..they always avoiding asia ..

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 15:30

51. fergie130 (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


Nexus 7 over Ipad

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 16:23 1

54. zekes (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


How many apps are optimized android tablets just a handful That's why the iPad is very ahead on my android tablet apps look silly and clunky and the funny thing is on my android tablet most apps force close because they're not made for that resolution are very unoptimized

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 20:30

58. Andrewtst (Posts: 287; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Every best must add-in Apple else iPhone_iArena can't be loyal.

Well done - iPhone_iArena!

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