PhoneArena Awards 2011: Best tablet

PhoneArena Awards 2011: Best tablet
Ladies and gentlemen, the time has finally come for the PhoneArena Awards of 2011 to pick the year's best tablet. What makes a tablet worthy of becoming numero uno in today's category? Well, we are taking the overall user experience into account, so pure technical specs like clock speed, RAM, megapixel count, and the likes don't really matter that much.

The winner in today's category needs to be easy to use and pleasant to look at. Furthermore, size and weight are also of great importance. Its portability needs to be met with decent performance and a long battery life.

Can you think of a device that meets these criteria? We sure can, and we are giving it the “Best tablet” title today, but before that, allow us to remind you that we have given out a dozen of other awards already. We have them listed by category below, so if you have missed any of them, feel free to take a look.

The iPad 2 gets the prime spot today not only because it was the slimmest tablet at launch and offered Apple's brand new, dual-core A5 chip. It is the year's best tablet because it delivers a yet-to-be-matched tablet experience and has the broadest selection of tablet-optimized apps out of any platform you could think of. Will Ice Cream Sandwich bring the Android tablet experience up to par? It certainly has the potential, so a year from now, the king of all tablets might not be made by Apple. Until that happens, however, the iPad 2 will be the tablet to be dethroned.

First runner-up: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Okay, we know that some will argue that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 should have taken the top spot in today's category. However, they should keep in mind that if it wasn't for the iPad 2 and its slim profile, Samsung probably wouldn't have gone back to the drawing board and redesign its 10.1-inch tablet right before launch. Yet the result from that transformation was successful indeed – a slate slimmer and lighter even than the already anorexic iPad 2. But despite its thin waistline, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 packs enough processing punch to deliver a smooth Honeycomb experience.

Second runner-up: Asus Eee Pad Transformer

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer introduced an interesting concept to the market – the tablet came with a detachable keybard that did not only convert the slate into a Honeycomb netbook, but also extended its battery life to the staggering 16 hours. And people seem to love the idea, judging by how well the tablet sold both in Europe and in the U.S. Those who were hesitant about grabbing one, however, are likely not going to think twice once its successor, the Tegra 3-powered Asus Transformer Prime hits the market.

There you go, folks! The iPad 2 gets our “Best tablet” award today, followed by the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. However, the PhoneArena Awards of 2011 are not over yet. The last two categories are likely to be the most exciting ones yet, and will be announced over the next couple of days. Stay tuned!



1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

if only the transformer prime had been released in time.....

2. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

all three are total ripoffs. thanks to fire the prices of tablets must come down

6. xvengence42

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

How are they a waist of money? They are the highest quality tablets on the market. The Fire is hardly a tablet and cant do even half of the things the other ones can.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i wouldnt call them rip offs. They are "premium" tablets. And the transformer is priced 150 below the other 2 and has more connectivity options by far. So on that, id say the asus is the best value for a premium tablet. The Fire however, is hardly incapable. It runs a dual core OMAP setup, which is technically a stronger chip than the Tegra2 used in the Tab and Transformer. It is held back a bit by its shallow amount of ram, but that's about it. So for 200 bux you have a potentially very capable tablet that is premium in all things but price (and of course lack of cameras). it is also easily rooted and is already getting an unnoficial ICS port. Higher prices do not equal higher quality, and neither does the reverse. The Fire is the best thing for the market, because the more it succeeds the more it pulls the prices of all the other tablets down. We call that "free market economics". :)

11. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yeah, I was in Best Buy yesterday and was looking at the Kindle Fire. Nothing against people who like it but if I had $200 and was looking for a tablet I would save up another $400 and buy the GT10.1 But i'm a little biased because I have a GT10.1 and love it :)

33. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

Well the iPad 2 is selling a lot so does it matter?

3. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

No Sony Tablet S or Motorola Xoom? This must be a joke....

4. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

the xoom was a piece of s**t.

5. xvengence42

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

The xoom was really bad.. and ive never even heard of the Sony Tablet S..

8. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

The Tablet S was good, but they only have 3 slots, and its probably like 4th or 5th, and the Xoom was expensive, half-baked and laggy. The whole point of owning a Xoom was probably to get the right to say "I'm anti-apple and I love it"

32. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Yah man. But why would the Galaxy 10.1 be placed over the Sony Tablet S...give me proper reasons.

34. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

a horrible design on the tablet s and the galaxy s is way thinner…

7. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

The Transformer should have made an easy second, and the iPad I guess would have won due to its smoothness and app store. I would have placed them in this order: 1. Apple iPad 2 - Great apps and smooth performance 2. Asus Eee Pad Transformer - Good price point and good value 3. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - Great looks and powerful hardware 4. HTC Flyer - Now now, go search Youtube for HTC Flyer running Honeycomb, its smoother then all the other honeycomb tabs out there. Smoother than the SGT8.9, Xoom, and the Tablet S. Ok, it debited a bit high on the price scale but it was simply a quality tablet, regardless of its 2nd gen Qualcomm chip! 5. Sony Tablet S - Great screen, smooth, PS certified, great UI, one of my favorites. 6. Umm, the G-Slate I guess, haven't heard a lot about it but I guess its good.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I completely agree on the top 3. i thought the Asus should have taken 2nd place since it carries the same hardware as the Tab, but at a lower pricepoint and with more actual functionality, but they said none of that went into decisions.. so i guess its just based off swyping and skin deep looks? Gslate is a great tablet.. again its the same hardware as pretty much every other android tablet (tegra2 + Honeycomb), but it priced itself out of competition. It has a very good screen on it as well.

12. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

gee did anyone actually think PA would give # 1 to anything else besides an apple product. That have wet dreams of Jobs bygolly!

14. antifanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

You're name is droid domination

17. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

antifanboy, its quite obvious that he was being sarcastic

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and for someone who makes their screen name "antifanboy", you are one of the biggest and biased fanboys on the site.. arent ya, taco?

13. rycx365

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

Waiting for the windows 8 tablet :) Hope they can top the list next year

15. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

There is no best tablet. Only not too bad

16. jacko unregistered

samsung galaxy tab 10.1 result from that transformation was very successful indeed that apple tried to ban it xoom was a p.o.s i got the xoom and i really like it can anyone tell me y its a p.o.s ???

18. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

The Xoom wasn't bad once it was released on wifi. The big disappointments seemed to be the broken promise of LTE and the screen. Most tablet screens are better than the Xoom's. I have the Acer A500 and the screen is also mediocre. My iPad 1st gen screen is better, but the form factor is not so good for video. . Its great that the iPad has HBOGo and Netflix and an IPS screen, but its form factor causes 16:9 video to be shrunk down and much smaller than on an Android tablet. I wish Apple would release a widescreen iPad.

19. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

I agree with the top 3. I have the Ipad 2 and the Transformer and love them both for different reasons. I actually bought the xoom and took it back after 2 days. Absolutely hated it and then bought the Transformer and Love it. My brother bought the Galaxy Tab and that is really nice as well.

20. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Sooo, a tablet with no USB support and no SD card support won the award....yep, that makes sense.

21. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Seriously? I have support for both on my A500 and never had a need for either. A checklist of specs does not make a device good.

29. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Really all I need is a way to transfer data - I could also use dropbox, but SD card makes it nice for me/

22. antifanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

You being a hater won't change that

28. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

not a hater - we have an ipad 1 in the household - i just want something with more usefulness and more functionality....

27. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I agree. If I could give more than 1 thumbs up, you would've recieved 10 from me. John B.

31. stealthd unregistered

And why should anyone care?

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