PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best Tablet
posted by Nick T. / Dec 13, 2012, 12:12 PM
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...
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.
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.
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.
This story is part of:PhoneArena Awards 2012 (11 updates)
17 December PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best PhoneCue the drum roll, pop the champagne, and throw the confetti up in the air! Get ready for the grand finale in our PhoneArena Awards of 2012 series because today we are announcing the year's best phone. And as you might expect, the winner in today's category is a smartphone - a smartphone that is great in many ways, which is why it truly deserves to be honored...
14 December PhoneArena Awards 2012: Worst PhoneOur frequent readers are probably well informed as to which of the phones currently on the market are good and which aren't. After all, it is our duty to review as many of them as possible and then tell you which handsets you should avoid or purchase in case you're out looking for one. Speaking of which, the great majority of the phones we got to play with over the past 12 months were actually very decent devices. Some of them, however, weren't that well executed, and today we'll tell you about the ones that underwhelmed us the most...
13 December PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best TabletTablets - 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...
12 December PhoneArena Awards 2012: Worst TabletSlowly but surely, we're on our way to announcing the best smartphone and tablet of 2012. But before we get to them, we'd like to take a look at the other end of the spectrum. Today, we'll talk about tablets - bad tablets, to be more specific, namely the tablets that we were most disappointed by this year. Yeah, we know that nearly all of the tablets we reviewed over the past 12 months were given decent scores, but a couple of them were just meh. Care to know what they are? Okay, enough talking then.
11 December PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best CameraphonePhones aren't just for calling anymore, and we bet that even your grandparents are well aware of that. Instead, taking photos is what smartphones are used for the most, as recent surveys have shown. And that should come as no surprise: most high-end smartphones can capture images so good that they are well capable of replacing an entry-level point and shoot camera. Therefore, including a 'Best Cameraphone' category in our PhoneArena Awards of 2012 seems quite logical to us...
My picks are: 1. Nexus 7: 2. Nexus 10 3. Asus Transformer Pad infinity
posted on Dec 13, 2012, 12:23 PM 59
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+1 sir .......
posted on Dec 13, 2012, 1:02 PM 22
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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 Dec 15, 2012, 4:11 AM 0
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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 Dec 28, 2012, 9:45 AM 0
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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 Dec 15, 2012, 3:09 PM 0
Beware, Amazon, Nexus brand steps on your toes :)
posted on Dec 13, 2012, 12:25 PM 7
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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 Dec 13, 2012, 2:50 PM 0
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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 Jan 02, 2013, 10:15 AM 0
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Fair enough.... Can't argue with the chosen ones. But i think there should be 5 of the best, not just 3.
posted on Dec 13, 2012, 12:27 PM 7
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How are you gonna have five if there's only one that beats the rest.
posted on Dec 15, 2012, 4:12 AM 0
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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 Dec 13, 2012, 12:29 PM 7
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"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 Dec 13, 2012, 12:32 PM 4
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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 Dec 13, 2012, 11:27 PM 1
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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 Dec 13, 2012, 12:34 PM 8
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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 Dec 13, 2012, 5:26 PM 2
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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 Dec 14, 2012, 4:18 PM 1
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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 Dec 23, 2012, 4:21 AM 0
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