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...

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.

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

76. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

So a "Marginally Better" upgrade to iPad 3 secured itself the second spot in the best tablets, and a "Marginally Better" Galaxy Tab 10.1 is on the worst tablets list?! Clearly PA you are not biased. :)

71. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I have a iPad 3 and a Gslate, so I can afford both :-) now... Who gives a s**t

69. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Why all the sudden PA decided to have a 'Worst' Category? All previous awards have been the 'best'. I'm more keen on reading Best Tablet than Worst Tablet. Why PA?

68. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I think I agree with these awards, though I believe iPad Mini should hae been added. Why? PA compared Tab 2 to earlier model. True, may be its not a worthy upgrade. But what about Mini. Nexus 7 was already around. Many other 7 inchers were. But somehow mini had the worst display and mediocre hardware. Add value for money. Boom! Mini deserves to be here if comparison was being done. It was a disappointment to many looking forward to it. All said and done, imo, iPads are still the best tablets. All iPad have good battery life and awesome performance. Android still needs to be tablet optimized. I hope Key Lime Pie will solve that. Advantages of android are still unexploitable owing to pre mature ecosystem compared to iOS's. I hope nexus 10 will give it the much deserved boost.

60. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

really iphonearena? GALAXY TAB 2 is the worst tablet? Now you SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS. Wonder why the ipad isn't rated the worst tablet?

65. andyPA

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

iPad mini should be in the list. I was planing to purchase this tablet as a gift for my brother. But what we got? is only smaller iPad 2 no retina with same processing power (disappointing...) and new connector as the only "innovation" i've seen so far and yea it's expensive of course.

67. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

No retina.... So it has a low pixle density. Don't use the word "retina" it means nothing

49. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

these are indeed a terrible tablets!

34. soldiernation

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

Yea I had no reason to get a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to replace my original 10.1. Some things were taken off in comparison to the original 10.1.

32. kevkyle

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

I have the Tab 2....and love using it, especially logging into phonearena 5x a day. Lol :-)

30. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

We are missing the ipad mini in third place.

29. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 gave marginal improvements over an outdated tablet. 149ppI is just pathetic in this day and age. The iPad 4 has significant improvements (processing power) over a tablet that wasn't really outdated and is still an excellent product. Sure, the iPad 4 is expensive, and being released so soon after the iPad 3 raise some eyebrows, but just because these facts gives iHaters fuel to bash the product/company, that doesn't make the iPad 4 a bad product, and definitely doesn't deserve to be on this list. And folks, this comes from an iHater. Their products are far too expensive, and I hate their business model and ethics, but I can't deny that the iPad 4 (and 3) is an impressive piece of electronics.

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great to know that some one can absolutely not b a fan of apple, but still give credit where it's due. Hating apple has nothing to do with the iPad, its just a product. Thank u for being a mature techie, and not a childish joke.

28. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

OMG phone arena how can you say that about the Samsung tablet when the iPad 4 is exactly that as well. Shocking editorial work. If you gave other reasons fair enough. Very poor work

23. HempHead

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

Blackberry play book was pretty awful as well

24. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1292; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Ya. But I guess they took it as 2011 product...

52. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

its not awful!!! it was a great tablet but was overprice!!!

17. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Why would the ipad be on the list? It's probably the best tablet available.

21. Valdomero

Posts: 708; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

The iPad mini should be on this list

61. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

and the iPad 4 but they all look the same

16. Mghazisohail

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

did anyone forgot the ipad mini..........it was also a mini ipad 2.............truly fail!!!

15. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Lets not forget the xoom by motorola. That had to be the most expensive and worse experience I've had with a tablet. They wanted to be the first tablet to hit the android market and they were, but it was a half baked product has one of the worse screens on the market of any tablet i've ever seen. just all in all poor marketing on this tablet.

14. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Phonearena is vry partial fr dis one!!!

9. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Why didn't the Surface RT not make the list... It's another product from MS which is going down the Zune hd lane...

12. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

its not that bad a tab-seems quite nice, just a bit over priced and a shortage of apps

7. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The new ipad. Becasue apple thought it wasnt good enough to keep around for a year

6. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What about the iPad mini, this iPad lags and stuts and loads pages slowly, even the 4s is much better™®©

8. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

this is iphonearena. apple does nothing wrong in there eyes

33. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Their

51. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Learn to capitalize, before you bash apple.

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