While Android smartphones are on par with their iOS counterparts, there is still one segment where Android is really playing the catch up game. Several manufacturers have tried to enter the tablet space, but the shadow of iPad has loomed large and thick on them, and as a result Android tablets have not done as well in the market as most had anticipated. A reason often cited as to why Android tablets haven’t been as popular as the Apple counterparts is a lack of content including apps that are tailor made for the larger screen size. Most Android apps are just scaled to fit the large display which leads to a big question mark over the UX. However, if you have invested heavily in Android ecosystem, it makes sense to want an Android tablet. So what are the devices that you must look at? Here is our list:
Nexus 7 2013 Edition
The best Android tablet without a doubt is the latest variant of the Nexus 7. With the 7 inch screen which brings a true HD resolution to the table, you have a form factor that is very comfortable to consume content. The tablet is powered by a Snapdragon S4 Quad Core SoC and with Vanilla Android running, you are always guaranteed the latest Android updates on the Nexus 7. The screen on the tablet is its USP and in the time of us using the tablet, the performance was blazing fast. It is good for occasional gaming and can be picked for Rs 18,500 making it one of the most affordable Android tablets out there.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
The Sony Xperia Z2 tablet is the successor to the Tablet Z from Sony. It is a waterproof tablet featuring a 10.1 inch Triluminous LCD Display with full HD resolution as well as stereo speakers making it one of the best Android tablets for media consumption. The tablet is not yet officially launched in India, but you can pick it up at various E-Com portals such as E-Bay. The Xperia Z2 tablet is powered by the Quadcore Snapdragon 801 SoC and features a 3GB RAM and 16 GB of internal storage which can be expanded thanks to a Micro SD card slot. The device has a massive 6,000 mAh battery giving the tablet a stand by time of more than 1200+ hours. The only real complaint we had with the tablet was that the screen is a tad too reflective.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
If you are a business professional and looking for a tablet that can double up as your workstation primarily for presenting or editing reports, the Tab Pro 12.1 is a very good option. The tablet is easily the largest tablet in the Android lineup. The Tab 12.2 brings with it the S-Pen that has become synonymous with the Note series of devices from Samsung. You can also run multiple applications at the same time, making the tablet one of the better ones for live multi tasking. We reviewed the Note Pro 12.2 on Techsplurge here and while the pricing of the device was a bit of a a downer, we could see the space for the tablet despite its absolutely mammoth size.
The Nexus 10 is now almost a two year old tablet. If you are looking for a tablet that runs stock Android and guarantees you updates without compromising on size or the display performances, the Nexus 10 is still a fine choice. The internal hardware on the tablet is not up to the mark of some of the more recent tablets, but despite that the performances are very respectable. The Nexus 10 has perhaps the best display out of any Android tablet out there. The tablet has 2 GB of RAM and is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 5250 Dual Core chip. While the tablet was never released officially in India, it can be picked off places like E-Bay for an absolute bargain price of just over Rs 30,000.
Lenovo Yoga 8 Tablet
The Lenovo Yoga tablet is a surprise feature on our list. We were not expecting a lot from the tablet when we used one of the units owned by a relative. We were pleasantly surprised by the smooth performance. If you are looking at a budget tablet with a unique style, then the Yoga 8 is a good choice. The tablet runs a dated Android 4.2, but the 8 inch display is pretty good. the form factor of the tablet means it is great for watching videos or movies thanks to that kick stand. The tablet is powered by a Quad Core MTK 8389 SoC with 1 GB of RAM. The internal storage is 16 GB, though there is support for expansion via a Micro SD card. Do look out offline for the tablet as we were able to drive a nice bargain and pick one for as low as Rs 15,000.
Those were some of our most favorite Android tablets that we highly recommend. Do let us know your opinion on our choice and which of the above is your favorite?