PhoneArena Awards 2012: Worst Tablet

PhoneArena Awards 2012: Worst Tablet
Slowly 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.

The worst tablet of 2012 comes from a maker that is still struggling to make a name for itself on the U.S. market. Some of its products we like, some we aren't big fans of, and naturally, the winner in today's category belongs to the latter group. Ladies and gents, the year's worst tablet is the...

PhoneArena Awards 2012: Worst Tablet
Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite

To tell you the truth, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite isn't that terrible of a tablet. It even has some neat tricks up its sleeve, such as the presence of cellular connectivity for web access and phone calls. But when you add its weak single-core processor and underwhelming build quality to the equation, it becomes evident that going with a MediaPad 7 Lite is probably not a very bright idea. Especially considering that for the same amount of money one can grab a superior non-3G tablet from a brand-name manufacturer. Unless you absolutely require 3G connectivity on your tablet, our advice is to pass on the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite.

PhoneArena Awards 2012: Worst Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is also on the list, and we bet that some of you are wondering why. Well, the thing is that when we got our hands on it, we were expecting a worthy successor to the original Galaxy Tab 10.1, but what we got instead was a marginally better tablet that offered little to justify its title with. In fact, when the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was released, folks holding on to the original had no reasons to upgrade, especially since the newer model carried a $450 launch price tag. Sure, Samsung is well capable of making good Android tablets, but the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was a dud.

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76 Comments

1. android_hitman unregistered

i wonder when the ipad will be on this list?? "what we got instead was a marginally better tablet that offered little to justify its title with" - sounds like the new ipad

2. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

But dude, the last one added a lightning connector! it was revolutionary!

22. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

The one with that lightening connector can beat all others in perfomance though. i cant even believe trolls r picking up ipad name here , which was supposed to be the 1st proper tablet. just think for a second why you people are simply hating something just because you couldnt own it or afford it??. dont you ppl having jobs or something apart from trollin n hating n feeling jealous all the time ?!!!

25. danny_a2005

Posts: 340; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

I agree... I want an ipad 4!!! +1

27. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

Last I checked, the Nexus 10 dominates the iPad 4 in all aspects. This includes, speed, screen, hardware and (saving the best for last) price! Not trolling, just smarter than you.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 30721; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The nexus 10 doesn't even sell dude. Get over it. A great tablet that no one even knows about.

41. lovefist unregistered

As much as I hate overpriced products from rotten companies, I have to agree with this guy. Nexus 10 ain't selling.

75. osorto40

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Thats why its sold out hmm interesting.

74. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

any one who knows about tech stuff never go after so called spec. its all about sofware and hardware integration which android fails big time to do bcoz of many devices n thats d same reason dey cant even give updates to thier old devices (check out 3gs, still getting updates) see the perfomance benchmarks od ipad 4 anyways bro . dont simply* speack rubbish. u wish u could be smarter . but hey !! keep wishing :)

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30721; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man U said it, they troll every apple article and if the article isn't about apple they find a way to make it about apple. The iPad plain, and simply shouldn't b in the list of worst tablets when it's the benchmark by which all other tablets r judged by. It #1 for a reason so deal with it.

45. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Get over it, it's nothing new! Everyone on every Gsmarena, Verge, Engadget, Pocketknow, and on every internet site bash, trash, hate Apple™®©

50. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Couldn't own/afford is different with doesn't want.. I can afford 5 iPads, but there are many tablets that have better value.. You see, it's all about value..

55. darkkjedii

Posts: 30721; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

K dude we get ya. Now go to bed

58. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Haha loyals I hate the the iPad and Apple, but could easily afford to buy an iPad a week and still live comfortably. Just because something has a high price tag, doesn't make it the best.

10. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

dude i have 100% same thought in my mind! but u know what, its the $630 BILLION + that makes all of these review sites ignore every wrong thing about apple, and make them portray apple as the leader in EVERY FUC**NG thing!

11. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Dont forgot the "4" in the name! Its the first tablet ever to be called iPad 4!

13. LOTR12

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Actually they still call it "The New iPad" even though it should be called The New iPad 2.

57. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Actually they called it "iPad with Retina Display" now. Wonder what will they call the iPad 5.. Hmm..

62. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

The newer ipad with pupil display.

18. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Doesn't make it the worst tablet of the year, just makes it only a little better than the previous best tablet of the year.

19. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Do you remember when iPad 2 was the best tablet out there? iPad 4 is 4x faster then iPad 2, it has better camera, retina display and Siri. Isn't it enough for you? If so, you can buy MS Surface Pro for 800$ when the iPad is only 400$. Written from my iPad 2

26. true1984

Posts: 860; Member since: May 23, 2012

yeah but you can can get a nexus 10 with a better resolution and proccessor with better perfomance for the same price. but what my tablet was 400 for a 32gb with expandable memory and a quad core proccessor. so have fun with that

31. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I agree but it depends on your personal preference, at the moment I better like iOS rather than Android, I'm used to it. I use my old htc Desire with 2.2, so I might switch to WP or stay with htc products like Butterfly. I don't like in WP that at the moment it doesn't have notification centre, good apps and quad-core processors.

54. true1984

Posts: 860; Member since: May 23, 2012

i guess you're right. i didnt get into it since i dont like apple's ecosystem. but i used to like apple so i guess i cant really criticize your decision

63. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Its not the fact that most people here think that the iPad 4 deserves to be the worst tablet of the year (although some haters do but it's a matter of opinion). The problem stems from the logic and phrasing used for the Samsung tablet being on the list. "what we got instead was a marginally better tablet that offered little to justify its title with" The new ipad (ipad 3) was only slightly better than the 2 and then the 4 is slightly better than the ipad 3. I'm sorry but you can't argue with that.

20. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I wish galaxy tab 2 P5100 on the first place. one of the worst gadget i ever purchased. I feel xtouch tabs from china is way better than this brick.

59. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

dude that was as good as it can be put for an ipad...you nailed it amigo!

64. shnibz

Posts: 504; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

It will be on the list when it sucks worse than the galaxy tab.

72. uzairkhan1994

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

just so u knw it is the most selling tablet...

3. MeoCao unregistered

I think it's not interesting to know what the worst thing is, there are many bad things and nobody cares. We all want to know what is the best. And the list should include top 5.

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