PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best tablets
posted by PhoneArena Team / Dec 05, 2013, 10:23 AM
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.
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)
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
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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Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012
iPad Air #1 no brainer!
posted on Dec 05, 2013, 10:25 AM 18
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 Dec 05, 2013, 10:35 AM 32
Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 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 Dec 05, 2013, 10:46 AM 8
Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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 Dec 05, 2013, 12:14 PM 4
Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012
Lumia 2520 should definitely take the place of iPad Air.
posted on Dec 05, 2013, 10:35 AM 8
Posts: 30885; Member since: Feb 05, 2011
Start your own awards, and it will.
posted on Dec 05, 2013, 10:40 AM 18
Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 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 Dec 05, 2013, 10:46 AM 3
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