Top 10 Best Tablets of 2014
From Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF 700 to Google’s Android Nexus, computer tablets allow you to browse the web, check emails and download apps, all at the touch of a touchscreen.
10. Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 takes over from its predecessor as the top Android tablet available. You get high performance mixed with high style, and you don’t have to make a lot of sacrifices to get both. Other tablets – including the Prime, which is expected to drop in price once this model gets into the market – may provide better value, but no other Android tablet will give you the full package that the Infinity does.
9. Amazon Kindle Fire HD (2013)
Since we initially reviewed the Fire HD, Amazon released an update which added a new feature: FreeTime. FreeTime turned the Kindle into a great tablet for kids, allowing them to create separate user profiles and limit screen time. Usefully, you can set different limits for reading and everything else, so kids can’t sit there playing games all day long.
8. Kobo Arc 10HD
The Kobo Arc 10HD is a cool looking tablet that offers pennies on the dollar. Kobo’s bloatware is unobtrusive and the fact it gives you full access to the Google Play store is already an advantage. The only real downside to the Kobo Arc 10HD is the weight of the thing, which makes using this device as a eReader while on the move a bit of a no go. . But when you consider the price you pay, it’s well worth the money.
7. Barnes & Noble Nook HD
We can hardly find fault with the hardware, and at this price it’s hard to find fault with anything. Since the Nook was set free from the confines of the Barnes & Noble content store it has been an amazing deal. An easy-to-use and well-built tablet at a great price.
6. Tesco Hudl
The Tesco Hudl is the most affordable tablet on this list with a nice design and good build quality. Key specifications are better than the price tag suggests such as the processor and good quality 7 in screen. A microSD card slot and Micro-HDMI port are two reasons to buy the Hudl over Google and Amazon alternatives. The Hudl feels nice in the hand with its soft-touch plastic casing. You can pick from four colours: black, blue, red and purple and there’s a range of accessories to go with it, including cases and headphones.
5. Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Sony has made a very desirable tablet in the Xperia Tablet Z. We particularly like its striking svelte design and features that you don’t get with rivals such as NFC, its waterproof casing and infrared. However, its slightly lacking performance means the Nexus 10 will save you some money or the iPad 4 will give you a smooth experience for the same price.
4. Google Nexus 10
The Nexus 10 is easily the best 10in Android tablet we’ve seen to date. It has a fantastic screen, decent cameras and software features all for a more than reasonable price. Those looking for an alternative to the full-sized iPad needn’t look any further.
3. Apple iPad mini
The iPad mini is a small screen tablet. It’s a shame Apple couldn’t have included a Retina screen and newer processor – like with the iPad Air (see below). This Wi-Fi only model also has no GPS. It’s not cheap by any means, especially if you want more storage spare or the 3G/4G cellular version, but it’s great value compares to a full-size iPad. You can save a chunk by buying a Nexus 7, Nook HD or Kindle Fire HD, but if you really like Apple products, this product will not disappoint you.
2. Apple iPad Air
The iPad Air — the fifth and newest edition of Apple’s 9.7-inch tablet — isn’t much different from its predecessor, except for the fact that it’s lighter and faster. Those two virtues make the Air a worthy upgrade. The Air weighs just over 1 lb, making it one of the lightest full-size tablets to ever be sold. And the Air’s new 64-bit A7 processor — the same chip powering the iPhone 5S — is a nice step up from the iPad 4′s dual-core A6X. Starting at $499 for 16 GB of RAM and Wi-Fi, the Air is not cheap, but it’s cool Retina display, rich selection of applications, and 9- to 10-hour battery life make it a good choice for tablets.
1. Nexus 7 (2013)
This updated version of Google’s Nexus 7 hit the shelves in the summer of 2013. Produced again by hardware company ASUS, the emphasis with the new model is on portability, weighing 50g less than the previous version and coming in at 2mm thinner. And as with its predecessor, one serious advantage over competitors is its price: $499 for the 16GB version and $599 for the 32GB. Early reviews report improved graphics on the Nexus 7 2’s 1920 x 1200 Full HD 1080 display, a first for 7-inch tablets with 323 pixels per inch. It also offers the possibility of restricted profiles, allowing limits to be set for children’s browsing, and faster switching between accounts. Taking pictures may not be the primary function of tablets, but this one still comes with a 5MP camera on the back and a 1.2MP camera on the front.
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